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Fall River teacher becomes new principal at St. Michael’s School



FALL RIVER, MA – As the head of technology as well as the Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Ryan Klein never imagined that his technology skills would be the backbone of an entire school. Just two short months ago, Ryan Klein played a key role in the ability for St. Michael School of Fall River to quickly switch from in person education to remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the school.

Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Joseph and St. Michael parishes as well as St. Michael School, has announced that Ryan Klein is the next principal for St. Michael School in Fall River. “Ryan has been a very active member of St. Joseph’s parish for many years. After a career in law enforcement, Ryan’s passion and support of Catholic education prompted him to become a substitute teacher in 2017, which quickly transitioned to head of technology and ultimately, to the middle school ELA and Social Studies teacher. We are blessed to have Ryan’s high educational and technology standards.”

Father Jay adds, “The parishes of St. Joseph and St. Michael are such a close knit community and are huge supporters of St. Michael School. Knowing that the school leadership is a well-known and visible member of this community is invaluable to the stability and growth of St. Michael School. Mr. Klein will be instrumental to achieving our goals of raising our academic standards, increasing our enrollment, and the continued faith development of the children in our community.”

“It is such an honor to be leading this wonderful school and I am humbled by the extraordinary support and faith from Father Jay and the parish communities,” according to Mr. Klein. “We are going through unprecedented times and I am prepared to take on the challenge of leading a school when the definition of ‘school’ is still an uncertainty.”

Klein holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England College and is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children – two at Bishop Connolly High School and the youngest at St. Michael School.

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