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Saint Xavier Hirings Include New Leadership Positions

Saint Xavier High School is pleased to announce the hiring of several individuals in new leadership positions for the 2021-22 school year. Tony Kemper will direct the Learning Differences Program alongside Christina King who will transition from her current role as guidance counselor. Ronzell Smith will serve as Assistant Principal for Student Life.

Christina King was hired by St. X in 2020 as a member of the School Counseling Department. She brings almost 20 years of experience with students with learning differences. Christina and Tony will co-direct the learning differences program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Masters in Teaching Special Needs. She has worked in various roles supporting students, including learning support services, exceptional childhood education, and educational consulting with Square One. In 2015, she developed a learning difference program for a K-12 private school. 

King resides in the East End with her husband, Michael, and children, Alexander and Lucy. She supports the local community as an active member of the Friends of the Zoo Board for the Louisville Zoo, National Alliance of Mental Illness (Suicide Awareness,) and LouCity Ladies supporter group for Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC.

“When we hired Christina in guidance last year, I knew her future was in learning differences. After watching her work this year, I am so excited she has accepted this new role to work side-by-side with Tony Kemper,” said St. X Principal Amy Sample. “Christina has every quality and talent a school would want in its Director of Learning Differences. She pushes and challenges students with great compassion and care.”

Tony Kemper, who replaces Dr. Beatriz Pacheco, is a longtime educator who has served as Head of School at The de Paul School since 1994. His responsibilities include overseeing all school operations and educational processes. Under his leadership, The de Paul School has been Louisville’s academic leader in the remediation and preparation of students with specific learning differences. Tony began his career in 1981 as Director of Tutorial Programs for the Bloomington de Paul Reading & Learning Association.

Dr. Pacheco has been employed at St. X since 2005. During those 16 years, she has served as a member of the English Department and most recently as the Director of Learning Differences. Dr. Pacheco will finish out the remainder of the school year before pursuing an opportunity on the West coast.

“With the loss of Dr. Pacheco at the end of this school year, I could not imagine how we would begin to fill that loss. Tony was the answer,” added Sample. “His career has been dedicated to students with learning differences. Through his leadership at The de Paul School for more than 25 years and his mentorship with other schools around the country, he is one of the best in the nation in this field. Outside of his tremendous qualifications for this position, he is truly a wonderful human being. Our students, parents, and teachers will love working with him. St. X is truly blessed.”

Kemper holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Special Education Administration from the University of Louisville. He resides in Georgetown, Indiana, with Carol, his wife of 31 years. The couple has two children, Ben, St. X Class of 2018, and Carmen, a senior at Floyd Central.  

“I have long been aware of the acclaimed scholastic and character preparation with which Saint Xavier blesses young men,” said Kemper.  “I am professionally and spiritually excited to be a member of the St. X academic team.”

Ronzell Smith is currently a teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools. He was hired in 2011 by JCPS as a Special Education Teacher. During his ten-year tenure with JCPS, he has served as a Student Response Resource Teacher, Behavior Support System Resource Teacher, and a Positive Behavior Intervention Support Resource Teacher. 

“Outside of his experience and exceptional work with JCPS in student discipline, Ronzell understands the importance of our school mission in all that we do,” said Principal Sample. “He is a man of faith who sees school discipline as a way to build students into better young men for this world. We believe his vision of merging accountability with compassion and understanding is perfectly in line with who we are.”

“First, I would like to thank God and the Saint Xavier family for choosing me to be the next Assistant Principal. I am honored to become a part of an extraordinary and talented team,” said Smith. “I believe that the vision and mission of Saint Xavier High School align with my philosophy, which is ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education’ – Martin Luther King. I am truly humbled by this opportunity.”

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Central State University, a master’s degree from Antioch McGregor University, and an administrator certificate from Indiana University Southeast. He and his wife, Christie, have two children, Alana, a freshman at Manual, and Christopher, a 6th grader at Jefferson County Traditional Middle School. They reside in the Fern Creek area and enjoy watching their daughter play basketball and traveling to watch their son play baseball.

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