May 10, 2021 (OMAHA, NEB) – The CUES School System announces the retirement of Mary McGuire effective June 30, 2021, and names new chief academic officer.

Mary McGuire has served as chief academic officer (CAO) since 2017 after retiring from other roles within the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools. Throughout her career, Mary served as a principal, teacher, and program coordinator.

Fr. Dave Korth, president of the CUES School System, turned to Mary with a request that would bring her out of retirement; he offered her a challenge and asked for a three-year commitment as the CAO for the CUES schools – Sacred Heart, All Saints, and Holy Name. Mary served an additional year, a total of four years, to help guide the schools through academic program changes due to the pandemic.

“Mary’s skills and experience resonated with the challenge of starting a new school system. We wanted an expert to help us coordinate strategic changes needed, incorporate professional development, and set system wide expectations for the three schools,” said Fr. Dave Korth.

Upon completion of the transition with the new CAO, Mary will officially retire after nearly 30 years of service with Catholic Schools in Omaha.

Jennifer A. Sturgeon, Ed.D will join the CUES School System July 1, 2021, as chief academic officer.

In this role, Jennifer will support and guide the instructional leadership team and academic programs for the CUES School System. Moreover, she will guide academic growth, monitor techniques facilitated by staff, and establish standards while implementing best practices.

Her most recent experience includes serving as a national professional development trainer and consultant focusing on the creative curriculum and best practices in literacy for Early Childhood and Elementary classroom settings.

Prior to that, she served as a non-profit executive director of a Head Start program that provided services to families living in poverty in North and South Omaha. Her experience includes working with Omaha Public Schools as a special education supervisor and held teaching roles within the district.

Additionally, she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in elementary education, early childhood education, and special education at Northwestern University, Doane University, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and College of Saint Mary.

Jennifer received her doctorate degree in educational leadership, master of science in educational administration, master of arts in early childhood education and bachelor of science in human resources and family sciences from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She holds a Nebraska Superintendents endorsement and is certified in both PreK-8 administration and Special Education.

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