St. John Neumann’s Baca-Anderson retires

As the year draws to a close at St. John Neumann Catholic School, it is time to reflect upon the past accomplishments and plan for the school’s future. Principal Joyce Baca Anderson retired at the end of the year and the school now welcomes new administrator, Jennifer Welte.

Mrs. Baca Anderson retired from Pueblo 60 City Schools as a former administrator, elementary school principal and teacher. She found a calling to St. John Neumann Catholic School and has served the school for 10 years. She says it’s now time to retire and close the family educational circle started by her mother, Eva R. Baca. Her mother’s educational career began in 1965, at Lakeview Elementary, which is now named St. John Neumann Catholic School.

“I have been blessed to end my career with the SJNCS Panther Family. I have loved being the school administrator, loved each precious child, loved getting to know their families, loved my staff, and I have loved working with and for the Board of Directors. Sadly, we will all miss Fr. Ben Bacino, our board president, his liturgical guidance, his humor, and dedication to Catholic education.”

Mrs. Baca Anderson looks forward to retirement as she says it will mean more time with her family.

Jennifer Welte will be the new administrator. She possesses strong expectations for Catholic education and will serve the school well. Her education career pathway began at University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a degree in in speech pathology and audiology. Her interest in serving the diversity of needs among children beckoned her to pursue graduate studies in special education at Adams State College and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Prior to starting her career at St. John Neumann School, she taught children with mild to severe needs at various schools through special education programs and she has been involved in many other aspects of education including technology. Jen has been connected to the school in many ways. Jen and her husband, Mark, have two children who attend St. John Neumann School. Mark and his siblings all are SJNCS Panther Alumni. Jen is active in the Pueblo community through her involvement with the Riverwalk Foundation Board, Pueblo Junior League, and many business-community partnerships she and her husband embrace. Mark and Jen are also award-winning BBQ competitors.

St. John Neumann Catholic School is an independent, private Catholic school continuing to be a school of excellence operating under the blessings and in a positive working relationship with Bishop Berg.