Waukesha, WI, March 12, 2018 - Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) is pleased to announce Mrs. Laura Anderson as their new Principal.
Donna Bembenek, President of CMH, shared the news with faculty and staff early this morning. “We are so pleased to have Mrs. Anderson join the leadership team as Principal. Laura is a strong spiritual leader and exemplary school administrator.” Bembenek added, “Laura is well known among the CMH community as a parent of alumni Haley (‘13), John (’15) and two current students, Kyle and Zachary (‘19). She is an active volunteer and is often seen at school events and in parishes across Waukesha County.
The Principal Search Committee collaborated with the school community to identify the attributes for a successful candidate. A record of academic success, a leader who role models their Catholic faith, and a collaborator with faculty and parents to continue the strong outcomes for which CMH is known, were identified as key priorities. “In Laura, we are blessed to have hired someone who has a record of being a successful academic administrator, leads with faith, and has pre-established relationships with the extended CMH community,” said Ann Marie Wick, CMH Board Chair, alumna (‘88), and member of the Search Committee.
Mrs. Anderson comes to CMH from St. Charles Parish School (St. Charles) in Hartland, WI, where she currently serves as Principal. Under the leadership of Mrs. Anderson, St. Charles earned Exemplary Recognition in Mission and Catholic Identity from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Additionally, Mrs. Anderson led initiatives in technology, STEM and curriculum work, and was involved in a multi-million-dollar campaign and campus expansion. Prior to her role with St. Charles, she taught middle school mathematics at Holy Apostles Catholic School in New Berlin, WI. Mrs. Anderson has an undergraduate degree from Cardinal Stritch University, a master’s degree from Aurora University, and completed her certificate in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. She and her family are members of Holy Apostles Catholic Parish in New Berlin.
Bembenek added, “Throughout the process, Mrs. Anderson impressed the Search Committee with her passion for developing faith-based leaders and building on the exemplary education received by CMH students. When asked about her appointment as principal, Anderson said, “I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to serving the CMH community and nurturing and expanding the strong Catholic culture and rigorous academics that are well established.I am committed to preparing students to serve others.”
Mrs. Anderson will assume her duties on July 1, 2018.