The 2019-2020 school year opened with new principals at four elementary Catholic schools.
Michael Kelleher, a Richmond native and alumnus of St. Bridget Grade School, is principal at All Saints Catholic School in Richmond’s Northside. His experience includes assistant principal at St. Benedict, Richmond; principal at St. Bernadette, Springfield; and interim principal at St. Edward- Epiphany, Richmond.
A graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education and the Remick Leadership Program, he holds a master of education and master of educational administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
He and his wife, Danielle, have three children with their fourth child due on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Sarah Owens, a 13-year educator with experience in private and public schools, is principal at St. Joseph School, Petersburg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and teaching license from Marymount University in Arlington, and is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia.
Owens, her husband and their two children, who are students at the school, are members of St. Joseph Parish.
Kim Versprille Callahan, who worked for Norfolk Public Schools for the last 21 years in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, is the principal at Christ the King School, Norfolk. She has extensive experience and training in special education and has taught in several classroom settings and levels.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in education from Regent University. She has also earned an educational specialist degree.
An alumna of Christ the King School and Norfolk Catholic High School, Callahan spent 10 years teaching fifth grade at CTK. In addition to her commitment to education, she has coached basketball at CTK and NCHS.
An active parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Parish, she has been married to Patrick M. Callahan for 30 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Tracy Hamner, most recently the principal of St. Anthony School, Florence, South Carolina, returns to St. Edward-Epiphany as principal. He served as the school’s assistant principal from 2013 to 2015.
Hamner is an alumnus of St. Benedict, Richmond, and Benedictine College Preparatory where he was valedictorian of the class of 1998.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Richmond and a master’s in sport management from West Virginia University where he served as an assistant basketball coach. He has also completed the national School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
From 2008 to 2013, Hamner was head basketball coach at James River High School, Midlothian. He also taught English and was an assistant coach for football, baseball and softball.
Hamner and his wife, A’Leigh Spensieri Hamner, a St. Benedict School and St. Gertrude High School alumna, have three children — Taylor, 10; Molly, 8; and Sean, 5 — who are students at St. Edward- Epiphany.