St. Michael School announces appointment of new principal

St. Michael School has named Alanna Stevenson as its new principal, a role that she will assume in the fall, at the beginning of the 2024-2025 academic year. Currently the principal of St. Dominic Academy in Auburn, Stevenson brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership to St. Michael’s. Stevenson will succeed Kevin Cullen who has served as principal at the Augusta Catholic school for 10 years.

“Mrs. Stevenson comes to us with extensive experience as an educator and a proven aptitude for engaging students,” said Father Nathan March, pastor of St. Michael Parish. “During her tenure at St. Dominic Academy, she has served in several capacities. She has led the way in building a positive, safe school climate, developing a virtues-based restorative practice-based discipline system. She is known for her strong commitment to Catholic education.”

Stevenson joined the St. Dom’s faculty in 2016 as an English teacher and added the title of dean of students in 2018, a role in which she developed and implemented curriculum and built positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. She was named principal in 2019 and has carried out the St. Dom’s mission in all aspects of her leadership responsibilities, including academic programming and student experience, faculty and staff development, enrollment and marketing, strategic budgeting, and parent relations.

“I feel incredibly blessed for this new opportunity to continue working in Catholic education at dynamic school, and in the parish where I was confirmed,” said Stevenson. “I look forward to collaborating with Fr. Nathan, faculty, staff, parents and others in ensuring St. Michael’s continues to grow and thrive in the future, providing an educational experience of the highest quality for as many students and families as possible.”

Prior St. Dom’s, Stevenson served as an English teacher at both Maranacook Middle School and Maranacook Community High School in Readfield and as adjunct instructor of writing at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. In addition to her experience in education, Stevenson served in the Maine governor’s office as the director of boards and commissions (2003-2004) and as legislative assistant to then Congressman John Baldacci (2002-2003).

Stevenson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine at Orono where she earned a degree in English. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Maine at Farmington.

St. Michael School was founded in 2007 with the merger of St. Mary’s School and St. Augustine. With these two prior schools, Catholic education in Augusta dates back well over 100 years. Today, St. Michael’s educates more than 180 students from pre-k through grade eight, providing a rigorous academic program and opportunities to practice and model strong faith through community outreach. The school instills in students the importance of mutual respect and compassion for others.