St. Francis High principal receives national leadership award

Principal Raeann Huhn, who has served St. Francis High School for 38 years (including 20 years as principal), received the 2024 National Catholic Educational Association “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award.

The Batavia resident is one of 11 recipients nationwide to receive this award for outstanding work being done in Catholic education across the country.

The awardees are a mix of leaders, teachers, pastors, and superintendents who are entrusted with the faith formation of students in Catholic school communities.

“Our LLP honorees tirelessly carry out the mission of faith formation deeply invested in the students, the schools, and their ministry,” said Lincoln Snyder, NCEA president/CEO. “Together, let’s honor them for doing the Lord’s work as true servant leaders.”

Huhn’s career at the Wheaton school began in 1985 when she was hired as a business education teacher. From 1990-98, she served as business department chair, then assistant athletic director for four years, director of athletics for two years, assistant principal for six years, and then principal since 2004. She also coached cheerleading and girls and boys tennis.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Huhn said. “It is a privilege to partner with the amazing St. Francis High School community and support our outstanding faculty, staff, and students in my role as principal.”

It has been a particularly exciting year for the school. In addition to Huhn’s national recognition, the school also received the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School Award, its girls volleyball team celebrated a back-to-back state championship win, and the school is also celebrating its seventh consecutive year as a Microsoft Showcase School.

St. Francis president Phil Kerr said of Huhn and the award: “I would like to personally congratulate Ms. Huhn for her achieving this highly prestigious national award. Under her nearly 40 years of leadership, she has fulfilled St. Francis High School’s mission of developing Catholic, faith-filled young adults.”

St. Francis High School Principal Raeann Huhn Courtesy of Jamie Lavigueur/St. Francis High School
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