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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Andrew Bach ready to take the helm at St. Mary's

  • When St. Mary’s High School kicks off its new school year on Monday, Aug. 25, it will do so with a new high school principal, Andrew Bach, who said he is excited to bring about positive outcomes that continue long-standing traditions in both the school and the community.
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  • When St. Mary’s High School kicks off its new school year on Monday, Aug. 25, it will do so with a new high school principal, Andrew Bach, who said he is excited to bring about positive outcomes that continue long-standing traditions in both the school and the community.
    Bach, originally from Minnesota Lake near Mankato, graduated from Maple River High School in Mapleton and went on to study social sciences with a secondary minor in education at St. John’s University. After graduation in 2011 Bach was hired as a social studies teacher at St. Mary’s.
    In February, it was announced Bach would become the high school principal at St. Mary’s due to the retirement of Jerry Neubauer.
    “I am excited for this school year,” Bach noted. “It is a great honor for someone my age to have this opportunity. I’m excited to continue the tradition and keep areas where we are strong and improve in areas that we can. I’ve had a great support staff in the office as well as teachers, facility and maintenance. Everyone has been in place so that has made the transition easy for me so far. I’m looking forward to having a good year.”
    Bach’s first full-time teaching assignment came as a Social Studies teacher at St. Mary’s where he also coached the C-squad volleyball team and was also assistant football coach. Bach said this year the coaching will take a backseat as he wants the opportunity to put all of his energies into his job as principal.
    Bach said he is grateful for the opportunity to lead the school into the future, although he said while becoming a principal was something he would eventually accomplish, he never thought he would have this opportunity so soon.
    “It was a thought, but it wasn’t a plan when I came to St. Mary’s nor did I think it would happen this quickly,” Bach added.
    Bach said his goals for this year include being able to change gears quickly, to be positive and work with people with an understanding of where they are coming from.
    Since Bach has lived in Sleepy Eye, he has played on the Sleepy Eye Indians Amateur baseball team for three summers, along with playing in the slow pitch softball league. In his free time, Bach takes advantage of several recreational activities that Sleepy Eye has to offer, such as biking, using the trail around Sleepy Eye Lake, rollerblading, fishing, and fall bonfires among others.
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