August 26, 2013

36-year veteran takes principal position

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Ron Pittman is settling into a new school year and position at All Saints Catholic School.

Pittman, from southern Indiana, was looking for a bilingual position when he saw an opening for a principal at Logansport’s Catholic elementary school.

Pittman is replacing James McNeany as principal of All Saints Catholic School. McNeany was principal for five years before he took a position as principal of St. Theodore Guerin High School, a Catholic school near Indianapolis.

Before Pittman became an administrator, he was a teacher for 16 years. Pittman was principal at Saint Wendel, Evansville, for nine years and has been a school administrator for 20 years. All told, he’s been with the diocese of Evansville for 23 years.

He also has six years of experience teaching overseas in Colombia. After he returned from South America, he lived in Louisville before moving to Evansville.

Pittman and his wife, Lilia, have a house in Indianapolis together. During the week he lives in Logansport and on the weekend he travels back to Indianapolis.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting students, parents and learning the routines,” Pittman said. “I have an awesome staff.”

In addition to Pittman, the school has two new teachers, Emma Lloyd and Tammy Nystrom. The school also has a new fenced-in playground area. Pavement and a black fence were added at the start of school.

“So far, everything has been running smoothly,” Pittman said.

Father Mike McKinney, who spearheaded the job search committee, agreed, saying the start of school was as smooth as he can ever remember.

McKinney said when he first saw Pittman’s resume, he immediately began calling his references. McKinney said the school has a strong faculty and Pittman will be great in the position with his experience.

“His experience in elementary education will help us to continue to have a good stability,” McKinney said. “He really engages teachers and holds them accountable. He is a man who has faith and lives that out.”

Pittman has been working in the school environment for 36 years. He did most of his college through Indiana University, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. He did additional graduate work in school administration. When he graduated college, he began teaching in the Evansville area.

“What drew me to the position was the bilingual job and chance to work with a multicultural group,” Pittman said. “It’s important because I’ve never worked in a multicultural school in the states.”

He has two children, Alex, who is in the U.S. army and stationed in Afghanistan, and Victor, who works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pittman expects and wants the year to go as smoothly as it began.

McKinney spoke of Pittman adding to the existing partnership with other schools, particularly with Michele Starkey and Logansport schools.

“We have a great partnership; it is not a competition,” McKinney said. “If we can provide good leadership in the area of education, faith and we have this incredible resource of knowledge, talk about a blessing.”


If you go: WHAT: All Saints School benefit dinner and auction WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 WHERE: Angie's Catering & Cakes, 1007 17th St., Logansport COST: $30 per person. There will be a silent and live auction benefiting All Saints School as well as appetizers, dinner and live music.