Award-winning principal: ‘Every day is a new adventure’

Pierz principal receives national recognition for educational leadership and excellence

While Debra Meyer-Myrum was growing up, her “Grandma Edith” always told her she’d make a good teacher. According to the National Catholic Educational Association, that prediction was spot on.

Meyer-Myrum, principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Pierz, was recently awarded the 2019 “Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award” from the NCEA for her dedication and commitment to excellence in Catholic education.

Meyer-Myrum, or “Mrs. M&M” as her students endearingly call her, was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers and administrators, as well as diocesan leaders and organizations dedicated to the nation’s Catholic schools. She will receive the award in April at the NCEA’s annual convention in Chicago.

(Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Central Minnesota Catholic)

With more than 40 years in education, 33 in leadership, Meyer- Myrum has tackled the gamut of administrative responsibilities — from governing a board to budgeting to curriculum development and beyond. What she really cherishes is the people, the families and the students.

“I really love relationship-building and helping the children form who they are,” she said.

She also sees herself as a visionary, and is eager to work with the whole community to delve into developing a new seven-year strategic plan in the coming year.

“I really like searching out what is the latest in education, what we can do to make our school better, how to help teachers with their teaching skills and how to help students in their learning. That’s what excites me the most,” Meyer-Myrum said.

Father David Maciej is pastor of St. John Nepomuk Parish in Lastrup and Holy Cross in Harding, two of the school’s supporting parishes, along with St. Joseph in Pierz and St. Michael in Buckman. Father Maciej said Meyer-Myrum “brings the love of God alive in so many ways.”

“Debra’s leadership at Holy Trinity School, and in the Pierz community area, is one of a deep faith in Christ and a love for students, teachers and community members,” he said. “Her expertise in administration and academics forms Holy Trinity to be a school that truly lives its mission statement: to be a Christ-centered Catholic community where faith and learning are lived and celebrated daily through Gospel values and academic excellence.”

Meyer-Myrum said she is very honored to be receiving this award.

“It’s not me, it’s really the community working together. In all the places I have worked, it’s about working with everyone that makes a Catholic school successful,” she said.

Holy Trinity has about 175 students in preK through grade 6.

“My motto has always been, ‘Every day is a new adventure,’” Meyer-Myrum said. “It’s all about the kids and helping them to be successful and comfortable with who they are, while learning about their faith and academics.”

Author: Kristi Anderson

Kristi Anderson is a multimedia reporter for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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