St. Benedict Cathedral names Megan Wright principal

Special to The Message

Megan Wright

Father Alex Zenthoefer, rector of St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville and diocesan Vicar General, recently announced the appointment of Megan Wright as principal of St. Benedict Cathedral School, effective July 1.

Father Alex said, “Ms. Wright brings with her 16 years of education experience both in the classroom and as an extension of the administrative team at Helfrich Park STEM Academy (in Evansville). She is a woman of great faith, and we are blessed that she will be guiding our school staff and students as we continue our critical work of educating our children and forming disciples.”

Father Alex continued and offered gratitude to Laurie Schopmeyer, who served “tremendously” as interim principal since the summer of 2023. Schopmeyer will return to the classroom at St. Benedict.

“A collaborative team approach will continue to be shared among Mrs. Schopmeyer, Mrs. Heather Russler and Mr. Bart Burke to ensure the transition of Ms. Wright is as seamless as possible” Father Alex said. “We are committed to providing the very best to our students and families.”

Diocese of Evansville Superintendent of Schools Michelle Priar was thrilled to share the news of Wright’s hiring.

Priar said, “Her educational experience and leadership skills, along with her commitment to helping young people deepen their faith, will serve the St. Benedict Cathedral School community well.”

Wright is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and middle school, and a master’s degree with an emphasis on computer education. She earned another master’s degree from the American College of Education with an emphasis on educational leadership administration.

Wright said, “I am truly grateful for the journey that brought me to St. Benedict Cathedral School. It is a blessing and a great honor to be named the principal. I look forward to collaborating with staff, administration and the community at St. Benedict to enrich and grow students’ academic achievements rooted in sacred traditions and faith. ‘Small things done with great love will change the world,’ Saint Teresa of Calcutta.”

During her time at Helfrich Park STEM Academy, Wright served as a sixth-grade science teacher. A 2004 Mater Dei High School graduate, she is a parishioner of St. Philip Parish in Posey County.