By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
“God drew me here,” new St. Mary’s principal Ricky White said. “My family and I are excited to be here and are looking forward to getting to know the community.”
White began his duties at the school on July 21. He comes to Caledonia by way of Oak Grove, Louisiana, a town of about 2,300 people.
“So, we’re familiar with life in a small town,” White said.
Born in Seattle, Washington, White said he grew up mostly in the south and in Texas. His career has taken him from Loiusianna to New Hampshire and points in between.
So far, he and his wife have really taken to Minnesota.
“I’ve yet to meet an unfriendly person in Minnesota,” he smiled. “The people here have been very friendly.”
White said he’s had a chance to meet a few of the staff and looks forward to working with them as things ramp up in the weeks ahead for the start of school.
His wife, Gemma, who is also a teacher, is looking for employment in the area. The couple have a son, Matt, 11, and daughter Hannah, 9.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to provide the best education I can for kids,” White said. “The previous principal was here for six years, so I don’t see the need to come in and make a lot of changes. I think we have a great staff and I expect things to go well.”
White has jumped right in, attending seminars in Rochester and he’s been immersed in the school since coming here in late July.
White said he and his family enjoy the outdoors and he’s looking forward to the upcoming Minnesota winter. He brings 15 years of teaching experience with him to the job at St. Mary’s.
School begins September 2.