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  • Fischer named principal at St. Mary


    Jennifer Fischer has been named principal at St. Mary Campus of Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools.
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  • Jennifer Fischer has been named principal at St. Mary Campus of Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools.
    Holy Cross Academy officials announced her appointment Wednesday.
    Fischer, who serves as the executive director of Massillon Digital Academy, begins her new job Oct. 28.
    She replaces Kathy Untch, who is retiring. Untch, who began her fourth year as principal at St. Mary, will remain with the school until Nov. 1.
    Fischer is looking forward to working daily with students.
    “I’m pretty excited,” Fischer said. “In my administrative position, it doesn’t allow me to work with kids every single day. Now I deal with older kids. Now I get to work with younger kids and I am able to start helping to form their educational experience a little earlier.”
    Fischer’s family has a long tradition with St. Mary. Her daughter Molly graduated from the school and is a freshman at Central Catholic. Her daughter Elizabeth is a sixth-grader at St. Mary. Her husband, David, and his siblings and parents also attended St. Mary.
    “I’m used to the community at St. Mary,” she said. “It’s a tight-knit community and I am looking forward to it.”
    Previous to her five years with the Massillon Digital Academy, Fischer was assistant director of the East Canton Digital Academy and E-learning coordinator at Perry Local Schools. She also has taught in the Osnaburg and Plain Local school districts.
    Fischer hopes her experience in the digital world will help St. Mary convert to a STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — school.
    “Students are being exposed to online learning every day,” she said. “We hope to incorporate that into the everyday curriculum.”
    By utilizing digital media, Fischer hopes her students will be better prepared for high school and beyond.
    “Having the experience of a public school administrator, you see a lot and learn a lot, and I hope to bring some of those experiences with me,” she said. “I know they’ll teach me and I’ll teach them.”

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