Dear St. Francis de Sales Community,

I write to you today to express my gratitude and excitement for the gift you have given me by inviting me to serve as your Principal. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the school.

I look forward to learning about and building on the traditions of faith and academic excellence that are already characteristic of St. Francis de Sales School. I want to thank Mr. Roy Rash for his long service of ministry to the school community and wish him well on his new journeys in retirement. I would also like to thank the many members of the search committee and other members of the community who so graciously welcomed me and allowed me to 'catch' their infection enthusiasm for the school. Their thoughtfulness, hospitality, faith, and professionalism cannot be overstated.

One of my near-term goals is to meet and get to know each of you and to help you get to know me as well. To that end, I will share a bit about myself with you now. As a life-long Catholic raised in a devout family, my faith is fundamental to who I am. I believe we live out our faith within our smaller and larger communities - the family, the parish and school, and the entire Catholic church. My family includes my devoted wife of 8 years Anelia and our delightful daughters Holly (6) and Emma (2). We are parishioners at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein. 

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashford University, a Master of Arts in Teaching specializing in Secondary Education Social Studies expected this summer and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration to begin this fall. In my ten years of experience in education I have taught, coached, tutored, and coordinated technology. Most recently I served as the Director of Curriculum at Most Blessed Trinity Academy in Waukegan.

One of my core beliefs is that, no matter what the present circumstances are, things can always be improved. I bring this mindset of continuous improvement to the school. It is my vision to build on the already strong foundations to strive for new heights of Christian excellence: how we live our faith, how we grow our school community. I find a mindset of growth and improvements to be energizing and I hope you do as well.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you! 

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Kyle Schmitt

Mr. Kyle Schmitt