Presentation principal named director of urban education

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Michael Rogers, principal of Presentation of Mary School in Maplewood, will serve the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as its director of urban education beginning in February.

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

As director, Rogers will support the archdiocese’s 15 urban schools and manage their Legacy grant funds, which are provided through the GHR Foundation.

“Ultimately, I want to make urban Catholic schools in this archdiocese successful and sustainable for the benefit of the children who live in these communities,” Rogers said.

At Presentation, which serves more than 200 students from preschool through eighth grade, Rogers has collaborated with St. Pascal Baylon School in St. Paul to implement training on cultural proficiency for faculty, staff and families, and to share busing between the two schools.

Rogers attended Catholic elementary school in north Minneapolis and graduated from Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. After earning a degree at North Dakota State University in Fargo, he taught at a school for boys in the Bronx, N.Y. Upon returning to Minnesota, he taught at St. Thomas More in St. Paul before becoming principal at Presentation.

“Through several of his life experiences, Michael is familiar with the challenges that urban schools face and pledges that he will advocate passionately and tirelessly on their behalf,” said Jill Reilly, superintendent of the archdiocese’s Office of Schools.

Rogers and his wife, parishioners of Maternity of Mary in St. Paul, have two children and expect their third child in the spring.

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