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Mercy Appoints Wessling as Principal

May 02, 2018
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School has appointed Kristi Walters Wessling ’88 as its next principal effective July 1, 2018. She replaces Sarah Regan who is moving to Florida to take on a national consulting position.  Wessling, the school’s current Assistant Principal for Academics, has been a teacher and administrator for 23 years and has deep ties with the school as a Mercy alumna and Mercy parent.

During her time at Mercy, Wessling has taught or chaired the math and business departments, was a sponsor for Student Council and member of the Curriculum Committee.   In 2015, she chaired the AdvancED Accreditation team conducting surveys, analyzing results and preparing data for the external accreditation group report. Mercy exceeded the AdvancED Network Averages in every category.  She also helped introduce the Understanding by Design philosophy for lesson planning to faculty members.  

She holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

“Kristi has a strong commitment to Mercy Catholic education and her institutional knowledge of the school will be invaluable in her new position,” said Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President.

A Mercy mom, her daughters Caitlyn Wessling Milone, M.D. ’08 and Rebecca ’13 graduated from the school.  Her youngest daughter, Abigail, is an incoming freshman.  Wessling is also on the School Board at St. Pius/St. Leo School and its Education Committee.  She has been a volunteer volleyball coach there as well as at the YMCA.

When asked about her appointment Wessling said, “As principal, I will continue to pursue academic excellence, a strong Catholic identity and faith development, and the promotion of the values and charisms of the Sisters of Mercy for all our students.”