Monica Hayden has been chosen to become the next principal of St. Mary’s School System, effective July 6.
Hayden succeeds Eleanor Spry, who retired after eight years as System Director.
Hayden is originally from California, but she and her husband recently moved to Fancy Farm, where he grew up.
Hayden has been a Catholic educator and administrator for 17 years. She has 10 years of classroom teaching experience and seven years as a principal.
She has a strong background in curriculum development and academic principles, and an understanding of the importance of fundraising and sound budgeting.
Hayden holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University System. After 11 years as an engineer, she chose to pursue her desire to teach. She then earned her Master of Arts in Education and Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
“It was immediately clear that Mrs. Hayden had a deep and personal understanding of Catholic education,” said David Kessler, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Owensboro. “His background in engineering, coupled with his career in education, gives him a unique perspective as we continue to move the St. Mary’s school system forward.
Hayden previously served at Saint Irenaeus Parish School in Cypress, California from 2013-2020 and Saint Joachim Catholic School in Costa Mesa, California from 2003-2013.