Sauerhoff to lead St. Michael
Tish Sauerhoff, the new principal of St. Michael Special School, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1994-97. After working for a Fortune 500 company as a lead systems analyst, she began her educational career in 2005.
When asked why she decided to leave a promising career in information technology, Sauerhoff said, “Education was always my passion. In the beginning of my career change, I missed managing large-scale projects. Now, I am able to use many of the skills I learned in the corporate world, while making a difference and doing what I love.”
Sauerhoff received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a specialization in grades 4 through 8, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also earned a master of education degree in leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Sauerhoff was a fifth- and eighth-grade English and reading teacher in Texas public schools for six years. In addition to working with special education students in an inclusion setting, she served students with special needs as a reading interventionist.
While working as a classroom teacher, she contracted with the University of Texas and the Region XIII Education Service Center to design and conduct professional development workshops for teachers throughout the state. This training included curriculum development, best-teaching practices and increased cognitive engagement.
She was invited to present at the Texas Literacy Institute for the Institute for Public School Initiatives, where she shared strategies for differentiating instruction. In 2011, she became dean of faculty at New Braunfels Christian Academy. Her husband accepted a position in New Orleans in 2013, which led her to become assistant principal of academics at Archbishop Chapelle High School.
“St. Michael is an extraordinary place where students are able to grow in faith and reach their full potential,” Sauerhoff said. “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to join such a special community.”