New Principal Named

After an extensive search, St. Joan Antida High School has named Megan Otero as the school’s new principal. Otero most recently served as the academic dean for Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. She firmly believes in the solid foundation that a Catholic education provides for all students and values the all-girl learning environment.

Through her own experience, she understands the formative role both traits have played in her own life. Otero has experienced the hallmarks of a Catholic education from the standpoint of student, teacher, and administrator. Otero graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee and went on to attend the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a Master of Education degree, and most recently, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership.

Otero has experience teaching in the United States and abroad as she has taught in South Bend, Oklahoma City, Santiago, Chile, and most recently at Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. During her time with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee, Otero taught science, social studies and algebra to middle school students before becoming the school’s academic dean.

“Megan’s extensive teaching experience, commitment to Catholic education and experience working with diverse student populations all stood out to us in the interview process,” said Marikris Coryell, President of SJA. “Her passion to make a difference in the lives of young women in Milwaukee will guide her leadership as we work together to continuously build a stronger SJA for the students and families we serve.”

New Assistant Principal Named

Elizabeth (Betsi) Lingen (class of 1993) has been named assistant principal at St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). Lingen previously served SJA as principal for the past two years and made the decision to transition to this new role due to a desire to have more direct student interaction. As assistant principal, Lingen will oversee student life and culture, and will spend 50 percent of her time in the classroom teaching, serving as chair of the history department.

Lingen has served SJA for more than 12 years, holding multiple leadership roles, including director of admissions and dean of students.

“Everyone associated with St. Joan’s would like to thank Betsi for her guidance, service and vision over the last two years leading our academic team as principal,” said Coryell. “It was important to both Betsi and all of us here at SJA that we supported her desire to be back in the classroom, working directly with students each day. This new leadership role allows Betsi to focus more time on student engagement and success while also playing an integral role in the direct education of our young women.”