Some Words from Principal Cramsey
Faith – Academics – Service
It is with great excitement, pride, and humility that I look forward to the upcoming school year as the principal of St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School. I am blessed to have the opportunity to lead St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School that is inspiring students to flourish in the Catholic traditions of FAITH and SERVICE while fostering ACADEMIC success.
I am originally from Quincy, IL, where I attended St. Dominic’s Catholic School through the 8th grade. At that time, St. Dominic School was a part of the St. Francis Solanus parish where I regularly served as an altar boy for the 6 a.m. Mass and was a member of the Young Franciscans. My wife, Ginger, has family roots in Jersey County. For 20 years, Mrs. Cramsey has been a Kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Wood River.
Ginger and I recently celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary; only possible by keeping God in the center of our relationship. We were blessed to be given the opportunity to raise three wonderful sons, Lucas, Cameron, and Caden. We are also very proud grandparents of four precious grandchildren who bring us endless happiness and laughter and keep us young at heart. We recently settled on ten beautiful acres in Macoupin County where we will create a haven for our children and grandchildren as well as extended family and friends; always thanking God for our immense blessings.
I have dedicated myself to the field of education for thirty-two years. In that time, I have worked with a variety of students, staff, and families from various backgrounds ranging from 6th through 12th grades. After a year of substitute teaching, I taught physical education and science at Wilbur Trimpe Junior High in Bethalto for eleven years. I had the opportunity to continue to serve in a new capacity as an assistant principal at Edwardsville Middle School for three years. During that time, a new middle school was being constructed. I served as the inaugural principal of Liberty Middle School in Edwardsville for eight years. For the past nine years, I have served the students, faculty, and staff and parents of Edwardsville High School as the principal.
I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in 1983. As a believer in life-long learning, I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1999. I continued to study Educational Administration with a focus on Educational Leadership at SIUE; earning my Specialist Degree in 2012 and my Doctorate in Education in 2014.
My leadership style is one that values the contributions of its members, encourages shared responsibilities, and prioritizes service to others. I classify myself as a servant leader and strive to put the needs of my students, families, teachers, and church community above my own.
My commitment to you is to prioritize all members of the St. Francis/Holy Ghost School community and parishes, to walk in my faith daily, to honor our traditions and to continue on the path of greatness that has been paved through the unwavering commitment and dedication of current and past faculty and staff and our pastors, Fr. Hyland Smith and Fr. Marty Smith.
I look forward to working with you as a team to inspire each student at St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School to grow their FAITH, attain excellence in ACADEMICS and foster an attitude of SERVICE to others.
Respectfully Yours in Christ,
Dr. Dennis Cramsey