I am Dr. Chuck Briscoe and I am entering my 2nd year as the President/Principal of Bethlehem Academy. This is our 153rd year of serving students in the Faribault area and we are the oldest secondary school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
This is my 32nd year as a principal and my 41st year in education. I started as a teacher and coach in Jackson, Minnesota and then moved to Apple Valley High School. I began my career as a principal at Wells-Easton High School and helped to bring four other districts together to form United South Central. I was a principal in Willmar, Minnesota and then had the once in a life-time opportunity to open a brand new high school in Rochester, Minnesota. With luck, great staff and students and supportive parents, Century High School quickly became a great school recognized at both the state and national levels.
I left Century High School six years ago to become a school superintendent and then have faced some enormous life challenges with my wife’s health in the past three years. I was fortunate to be selected to be the principal at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood four years ago and I told the staff that it took three miracles to get me there. In many ways it was the best job that I have ever had so it was a gut-wrenching decision to leave that job this summer when my wife’s cancer returned.
I have been married to Cindy for 41 years and have four children. I ride an ordinary bike about 3000 miles each year for relaxation and the world always looks better after a bike ride.
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