Stephanie Nitchals Begins Tenure as New Senior High Principal

Stephanie Nitchals Begins Tenure as New Senior High Principal

Over the past 17 years, Stephanie Nitchals has served in three Catholic schools as an English teacher, guidance counselor, dean of academics, high school principal, and head of school - and now she is bringing her depth of experience to BSM as the new senior high principal.

In her most recent role as high school principal at Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida, she initiated a STEM track, led a cutting-edge renovation project, and dramatically increased the number of students taking AP exams. She also built several student-business partnerships designed to give students real-world opportunities in fields such as cyber-security, software development, and engineering.  

“I have no doubt Stephanie’s skills and expertise will propel BSM to new heights as we fulfill the promises of our mission and vision,” said President Adam Ehrmantraut. “Her passion for innovative thinking and dedication to excellence will greatly benefit our community.”  

A native Minnesotan, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota and earned her Master of Arts in Education from University of St. Thomas. 

“I can think of no better way to fulfill my passion for Catholic education than by serving at BSM,” Stepahnie said. “I have always known Benilde-St. Margaret’s to be at the forefront of education innovation, and I can’t wait to partner with the dedicated, passionate, and talented faculty and staff to take the important work of BSM to the next level.” 

Stephanie’s first day at BSM was Wednesday, June 30.

Stephanie replaces Dr. Susan Skinner, who departed BSM at the end of the 2021 school year to become the new Vice President for Mission at Hill-Murray Catholic School in Maplewood, Minn.