Notre Dame Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Hensel, to the position of principal of Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School,

effective July 1, 2024.

Hensel currently serves as Associate Principal and was previously a member of the faculty assigned to the English department. He is the first alumnus of Notre Dame Junior-Senior High School to be appointed principal.

Hensel, a graduate of Notre Dame’s Class of 2013, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree

in English with a concentration in Adolescent Education and a minor in Advanced

Writing from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where he went on to obtain a Master of

Science in Adolescent Education. He furthered his education at Canisius College in

Buffalo where he earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration. He holds New York State Certification in both English Language Arts Grades 7-12 as well as School Building Leadership.

For Hensel, being able to serve the school he loves is “humbling” and “a privilege.”

“My parents worked so hard to send my brother and I to Notre Dame because they

recognized the importance of a quality, faith-based, and value-centered education.  I

am forever grateful to them for doing everything they could to give us that gift. It

truly changed my life.”

Hensel is proud of Notre Dame’s tradition of faith, service, and academic excellence

and credits the dedicated faculty and staff of Notre Dame for his own academic

success. “I know we will continue to have an impact on students in the Mohawk

Valley for generations to come.”

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Notre Dame Schools provide a  private-Catholic education rooted in our faith and over sixty years of tradition.  Notre Dame is dedicated to developing each student’s individual academic, spiritual and personal gifts so he or she becomes responsible leaders in our community.  Through Faith Formation, Campus Ministry, and our award winning NJROTC program, Notre Dame students participate in many community service projects dedicating many hours of service to our community.

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