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Welcome to our new Administrator- Mrs. Alesch



“I am excited to join a talented and committed PCS team that works tirelessly to helpteresa students become better versions of themselves each day, while nurturing them in their Catholic faith, and elevating them in their academic achievement,” she said. “Last but not least, I’m looking forward to joining a strong and invested school community that focuses on whole-child growth.”

Catholic schools have been part of Alesch’s past, present and future. She, her mother and siblings all attended Emmetsburg Catholic School (ECS) in the Diocese of Sioux City. “My mom has served a number of years and still serves ECS as the food service director,” said Alesch. “My siblings’ children and my children all attend or attended ECS and/or Bishop Garrigan School. I felt called, literally, to PCS. When I answered, I knew it was the perfect next step in my school leadership, professional development and personal faith journey.”

Alesch earned her school administrator certification from Iowa Principal Leadership Academy. She has a Master of Arts in (school) library and information science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from William Penn University. She has endorsements in U.S. history, psychology and English-language arts from William Penn University. “I am passionate about creating an educational culture centered in authentic relationships, compassion, empowering students and teachers into places of leadership, and involving parents and community,” said the new PCS principal.

Alesch began her career at Graettinger-Terril (G-T) CSD in 2005 as a high school teacher (English, history, reading, psychology/sociology), National Honor Society advisor and varsity volleyball and track coach. “In small schools, educators often wear many hats,” she said. “Before becoming the preschool/6- 12th grade principal and district curriculum coordinator, I served PK-12 in various roles such as teacher-librarian, dean of students and technology director. I loved working with and am proud of the staff and students of G-T for their great strides in instructional leadership, real-world projects, student growth, technology and community involvement.”

Alesch left her role as principal to become the regional administrator for Prairie Lakes AEA’s Spencer region, where she supported families, districts, educators and AEA staff “in providing special education services to a range of individuals from birth through age 21.”

She married her high school sweetheart, Cody Alesch, in 2002. He is the head wrestling coach and retention completion specialist for Iowa Lakes Community College. They have two children, Sacha 13, and Teague 10, who attend Emmetsburg Catholic School.

Alesch is also a speaker and the author of an Author Academy Award-winning book, Broken to Brave: Finding Freedom from the Unlived Life, which is about “my cancer journey and the toll it took as well as the battle back to living without the Excited to join PCS team Alesch can’t wait to work with the students of Pocahontas Catholic School (PCS). “I am excited to join a talented and committed PCS team that works tirelessly to help students become better versions of themselves each day, while nurturing them in their Catholic faith, and elevating them in their academic achievement,” she said.

“Last but not least, I’m looking forward to joining a strong and invested school community that focuses on whole-child growth.” Catholic schools have been part of Alesch’s past, present and future. She, her mother and siblings all attended Emmetsburg Catholic School (ECS) in the Diocese of Sioux City. “My mom has served a number of years and still serves ECS as the food service director,” said Alesch. “My siblings’ children and my children all attend or attended ECS and/or Bishop Garrigan School. I felt called, literally, to PCS. When I answered, I knew it was the perfect next step in my school leadership, professional development and personal faith journey.”

Alesch earned her school administrator certification from Iowa Principal Leadership Academy. She has a Master of Arts in (school) library and information science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from William Penn University. She has endorsements in U.S. history, psychology and English-language arts from William Penn University. “I am passionate about creating an educational culture centered in authentic relationships, compassion, empowering students and teachers into places of leadership, and involving parents and community,” said the new PCS principal. Alesch began her career at Graettinger-Terril (G-T) CSD in 2005 as a high school teacher (English, history, reading, psychology/sociology), National Honor Society advisor and varsity volleyball and track coach.

“In small schools, educators often wear many hats,” she said. “Before becoming the preschool/6- 12th grade principal and district curriculum coordinator, I served PK-12 in various roles such as teacher-librarian, dean of students and technology director. I loved working with and am proud of the staff and students of G-T for their great strides in instructional leadership, real-world projects, student growth, technology and community involvement.”

Alesch left her role as principal to become the regional administrator for Prairie Lakes AEA’s Spencer region, where she supported families, districts, educators and AEA staff “in providing special education services to a range of individuals from birth through age 21.”

She married her high school sweetheart, Cody Alesch, in 2002. He is the head wrestling coach and retention completion specialist for Iowa Lakes Community College. They have two children, Sacha 13, and Teague 10, who attend Emmetsburg Catholic School.

Alesch is also a speaker and the author of an Author Academy Award-winning book, Broken to Brave: Finding Freedom from the Unlived Life, which is about “my cancer journey and the toll it took as well as the battle back to living without the the burden of illness and stress.”

Article courtesy of the Catholic Lumen- June 4, 2020



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