Educator of the Year

Jeff Lynch, Principal of St. Charles Catholic School, has contributed significantly to the betterment of the students and overall education. Trademark Publishing Group is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by Jeff Lynch and we wish him and everyone at St. Charles Catholic school continued success.

We select the educator of the year that has made an impact in education. He or she has set forth realistic goals on a professional level and not only met them but exceeded their projected potential.

Jeff Lynch is the Principle of St. Charles Catholic School which is located at 804 N. East Shady Ln., Kansas City, MO 6411. Jeff has been dedicated for the past 25 years to the education field. Jeff works diligently to inspire grow all of his students into mature and successful adults. Jeff is committed to upgrading the school’s technology infrastructure with a focus on adapting to modern trends. Jeff Lynch joined St. Charles Catholic School in 2013 as principal. He is a product of Catholic Education having graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Lynch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Simpson College in Indianola, IA, and his m.s.e. from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1990, Mr. Lynch returned to Dowling Catholic High School as a teacher and a coach for 15 years. He spent three years as principal at Sacred Heart School in Boone, IA. In 2008, Mr. Lynch and his family relocated to Independence, MO when he became the principal of St. Mary’s High School. Mr. Lynch and his wife, Becky, who is also a schoolteacher, reside in Kansas City, MO with their three sons, Jayson, Lucas, and Joey.

About St. Charles Catholic School

After World War II, the area north of the Missouri River experienced intense growth, and the Most Rev. Charles H. LeBlond assigned the task of establishing a new parish and school for the Diocese of St. Joseph to Rev. Maurice Wogan. In the spring of 1947, Father Wogan, a man of determination, logic and vision, purchased five acres of pasture in what was then Linden, MO. His new community’s first Mass was celebrated in the Englewood School Auditorium on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, with a congregation of 40 people. On Christmas Eve 1947, Mass was celebrated in a two-story army chapel that had been dismantled and transported to the site of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Bishop LeBlond dedicated the church on February 14, 1948. Story has it that St. Charles Borromeo was LeBlond’s patron saint, but “Borromeo” did not appear on church records until around 1960. The first floor of the Church was renovated into three classrooms, and in the fall of 1949 three Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas began teaching. They became the first Catholic School in Clay or Platte County. In 1952, a separate school building was constructed. A new church building was dedicated on September 3, 1956 by Archbishop Edwin O’Hara. Prior to the dedication, the diocesan map of Missouri had been redrawn, creating the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Oddly enough, St. Charles Borromeo Church straddled the border line of two municipalities. Two separate building permits were required to build the church. The Rev. James Lyons became St. Charles’ second pastor in 1963. He guided the 900 parish families through the challenging changes of the Second Vatican Council, including the liturgical reforms and the growth of lay involvement in parish leadership. By the 1970’s the parish was home to 1,650 families. In 1978, the Rev. William Baumann became St. Charles’ pastor. As a liturgist, Rev. Baumann expanded the music program, developed the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and continued extensive lay involvement in the ministries of the parish. Rev. Baumann was succeeded as pastor by the Rev. Michael Tierney in 1984, and then by Rev. Norman Rotert in 1985. Under Father Rotert’s leadership, the parish moved into programs of social justice, renewal and reorganization, including adding a “sister-parish” with St. Ann Parish in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. In 1991, the Rev. John Wolf, C.PP.S., began pastoral duties at St. Charles as the Society of the Precious Blood (Congregatio Prezziosisimi Sanguine, or C. PP. S.) accepted from the diocese the full responsibility of parish leadership. In addition to the continued flourishing of pastoral ministries, attention to the physical plant and renovation projects marked Fr. Wolf’s pastorate.

Contact Information:
Jeff Lynch
804 N. East Shady Lane Kansas City Missouri 6411
(816) 436-1009

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