||My name is Mark Ruedinger, and I am the principal of Christ Child Academy. We are a Catholic school committed to partnering with parents in the education of their most precious gifts – their children. Education of the whole child – spiritually, academically, emotionally, socially, and physically – is of primary importance to our school.
Our vision and purpose flow from the Gospel message of faith, hope, and love. Teaching this message permeates our curriculum. Our students receive a value-based education where morals are stressed and taught throughout the day in every classroom. Through this Christ-centered environment, our social conscience is heightened enabling our students to be actively engaged in service and community projects. We understand the importance of giving back because we have been given so much. Praying together each day is a gift that we treasure.
At Christ Child Academy, we have one class of every grade from Pre-K3 to grade 8. This provides us with a small nurturing environment where children are encouraged and cared for in a special way to reach their potential. Christ Child Academy provides a supportive and faith-filled setting for its students to grow and learn.
Strong academics are of prime importance to the mission of our school. Our faculty is committed to professional development. Staff development is a crucial part of improving the educational program.
I invite you to take a moment and view the information on our website. If you would like more information about our school or a tour of the facilities, please call our school office at (920) 459-2660.
||My name is Sam Shackelford, and I became the Director of Christian Formation for the Tri-Parishes during the Summer of 2018. That’s a weird title, but basically if you’re a Catholic on the Southside between First Grade and Forty, you’re my responsibility!
I was born and raised a cradle Catholic in St. Louis, Missouri where I went to Catholic School Kindergarten thru Senior year. I got into youth ministry during my Junior year, and I’ve been involved ever since. I received my Bachelor’s in Philosophy & Religion at Truman State University, then promptly became a professional dishwasher. (To be precise, my self-proclaimed title was Dishwasher Extraordianaire)
I received my Master’s in Pastoral Theology from the (unfortunately defunct) Institute of Pastoral Theology, then I joined the Michael James Mette Band and traveled all over the country, capstoning the tour with a diocesan youth conference in Malaysia. (Yes, that Malaysia!)
When the band split up, I found myself applying to a small ministry in the Diocese of Green Bay called SPIRITUS, where I would end up dedicating nine months to leading retreats to bring young people closer to Christ. I then spent two years running a religious education program in Lena & Coleman, Wisconsin.
Finally, I moved to Manitowoc in 2017, marrying my sweetheart of less than a year, Dana Dolezal. Our first child, Theresa Rose, will be born in August 2018.
It’s been a long, crazy road, literally around the world, to get here. Nowadays when I’m not working around the house, I fill my time with cooking, music, theater, games, photography, and annoying my wife. But working with young people has been my passion since I was a teenager myself, and I pray that God will guide me in using the gifts he has given me to serve these communities for His glory. God bless y’all!