Sheerin stepping down from posts at Holy Trinity

Michael Sheerin sings with students and staff at the kick off of the HTC Elementary Building campaign in 2017. PCC file photo

Principal, Chief Academic Officer and Head Soccer Coach stepping down after 35 years in southeast Iowa schools

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary Principal and Chief Academic Officer Michael Sheerin announced his retirement today effective Friday.

Sheerin wrote in a text to Pen City Current that this is a perfect ending to 35 years teaching students in southeast Iowa.

“My time spent with the students, staff, and teachers are some of the most rewarding times of my life,” Sheerin wrote.

A release from Holy Trinity Catholic system indicated Sheerin informed the board Wednesday that his last day will be this Friday.

“HTC is extremely grateful for Mr. Sheerin’s many years of service and dedication to Holy Trinity. He was a tremendous part of HTC’s new state of the art elementary school, the creation of a 21st century classroom, and major upgrades in technology for our entire school system,” according to a release from Holy Trinity Wednesday afternoon.

The Holy Trinity school board will being an immediate search to fill the role of the Elementary Principal at the system’s brand new elementary school in West Point.

In the interim, Craig Huebner, will serve as the principal for kindergarten – 12th grades.

“HTC has a tremendous staff who will work with Mr. Huebner to ensure a smooth transition through  this process,” the release indicated.

“HTC is confident that we will provide our students, teachers, and staff with a principal who will continue our tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to our Catholic Christian environment.”

Sheerin began his teaching career at Fort Madison Aquinas in 1985 and had teaching stints at Iowa Wesleyan College, Central Lee and Harmony school districts.

Sheerin was also the girls head varsity soccer coach and said he is stepping away from that as well, but said he will take those memories with him into retirement.

“A simple smile, gentle hug, consoling a worried or hurt child, talking a parent off of the cliff, losing a sprint to the girls soccer team, being humbled by a child’s words, witnessing the unsolicited generosity of parents and community for our small school system, all wrapped up with love make it a fitting journey’s end,” Sheerin wrote.

He moved to the United States in 1981 from Ireland, met his wife Shelley and the two have raised three daughters here.

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