By Anne Marie Amacher
Being named the new principal at Lourdes Catholic School in Bettendorf makes Katie Selden feel her life has come full circle.
The dean of students for the past two years at Assumption High School in Davenport, Selden said she’s going back to her hometown.
Selden moved to Bettendorf when she was in eighth grade. Although she did not attend Lourdes Catholic School, she has family who are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Prior to serving as Assumption’s dean, Selden worked at Catholic schools in Minnesota. She took time off when she had twins, and then resumed her education career when she accepted the post at Assumption. Previously, as a teacher, she taught first and fifth grades and middle school religion classes.
Becoming a principal has been a goal for some time, and she took courses in preparation for administration before she had her daughters who are now 3 years old.
As principal, Selden looks forward to working on the business side of school life and curriculum. “I also look forward to working with the kids.”
Selden and her husband, Ben, reside in LeClaire, but were members of St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Their daughters attended 3-year-old preschool at St. Paul school. This past week the family registered at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and twins Mary and Abigail are enrolled to attend 4-year-old preschool at Lourdes.
“I am excited and fortunate to get this opportunity,” Selden said.