DR. RICK ERICKSON
Dr. Rick Erickson will be installed as principal of Consolidated Parochial Elementary School (CPES) by the Rev. Joseph Coerber, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Johnsburg on Sunday, Sept. 29. The service will be held during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Johnsburg. A reception to provide parishioners the opportunity to meet the new principal will follow.
C.P.E.S is one of the oldest Catholic consolidated schools in Wisconsin, formed in 1969. C.P.E.S. is jointly operated by St. Isidore Parish in Mount Calvary, Saint Cloud and Saint Joe St. John Parish in Johnsburg, and St. Mary Parish in Marytown. The school is located in Johnsburg. The school student body consists of pre-Kindergarten up to sixth grade.
Dr. Erickson has extensive experience as an educator and administrator in both Catholic and public schools, most recently as the principal of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Random Lake. Erickson's experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator has taken him from Willibrord Catholic High School in Chicago, to St. Mary Springs in Fond du Lac, as well as service in the North Fond du Lac and Sheboygan School Districts.
Dr. Erickson has been an active counselor for over 45 years, holding a Doctorate in Human Services, with emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. Erickson founded the South Chicago Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center and helped found the Children's Grief Support Center in Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac County Crisis Response Team, a group that has responded to all tragedies involving schools in our county. He has also assisted ASTOP in Fond du Lac for several years, counseling victims of abuse and their significant others.
He has taught at all levels from early childhood to graduate level in college having a strong sense of the role each plays in the educational sequence of an individual. Trained as a Chicago Catholic Archdiocese Lay Minister since 1973, Erickson has been serving as a member of the St. Isidore Parish Pastoral Council for the past year and has been its representative to the School Advisory Council.
A lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, Erickson has coached or moderated many athletic and co-curricular programs, having spent 46 years as a coach in basketball - at all levels from middle school to college (an experience which includes having coached on opposite sides of the court of now Archbishop Listecki). He also coached high school football for 20 years and has been a high school baseball coach. Dr. Erickson's love for sports and desire to expand the possibilities for girls led him to help form the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference in Chicago.
A native of Chicago, Erickson and his wife Juliet have been pleased to make their home in the Holyland for the past 17 years. Erickson's wife Juliet has been a teacher at St. Mary Springs High School for the past 33 years.
Fr. Gary Wegner, O.F.M. Capuchin, the pastor designate for CPES, said in regard to the appointment of Dr. Erickson; "I look forward to working closely with Dr. Erickson. He brings a wealth of experience to the position and I believe that he will provide the leadership we need to continue making our Holyland Catholic School an outstanding a place where the minds of our children are challenged academically and their hearts can be inspired by the Gospel.