Stejskal, world traveler and
outdoor enthusiast, joins HT staff
By Ryan Gueningsman
Holy Trinity High School and Elementary School
principal Todd Stejskal has been all around the world.
Now he has his eye on bringing all of his
experiences and knowledge to Holy Trinity, as his first year
of serving as principal is about to begin.
"I grew up here in northern Minnesota,
and went to school there. Then I went to school at North Dakota
State for five years," he said.
"Right out of college, I got a job half
way around the world in Guam. I was a teacher over there for
four years, and did a little seeing of the world in that time,"
He was also able to visit many other Pacific
Rim countries in Eastern Asia.
Stejskal moved back to the states in 1996, and worked in Park
"That was a public school in Park City.
Then, through the University of Utah, I earned my Masters in
Educational Administration," he said.
The yearning for the outdoors and the "four
seasons of Minnesota, hunting deer and fishing" called him
"I moved back up here, worked in southern
Minnesota for a year as a dean of students and athletic director,"
He also was the assistant principal last year
in Ogilvie, which is north of the Twin Cities.
This is his first year as head principal.
"It's been a wonderful transition,"
Stejskal said. "Everybody's welcoming with open arms, and
everything I've encountered about the community and the school
has been very positive."
Stejskal's goals for this first year is to
take some of the stress off of Father Paul Wolf's position. Wolf
was school principal and superintendent, in addition to serving
the parish as its pastor.
"He's accomplished so many things. But,
with this new set up, I'll be in charge of administration for
the school teachers, student activities, events, curriculum."
Taking a good look at the curriculum is also a major goal of
"Everything will be looked at. That will
be a big focus this year. Lining it up from grade to grade,"
he said. "There are also a lot of teachers here who have
had a lot of experience, and have a lot to offer the younger
teachers in addition to their students."
"We don't want to reinvent and throw
a lot of new things at you, though. We want the teachers to take
an open look at what's going on, and we can use that as a map
for the upcoming year," he said.
The student life at Holy Trinity is also something
Stejskal wants to take a look at.
"It's important to take the time to get to know the parents
and the kids, then creating a culture and environment that's
truly good for everyone here," he said.
Another focus will be communication between
the school and the community.
"I've moved right into the community, and have been meeting
people from around town," he said. "I encourage people
to stop in and ask questions and to just keep the channels open."