The Meramec Valley R-III School District has hired two new assistant superintendents for the 2018-19 school year.
Tom Sauvage, currently the Pacific High School principal, was named assistant superintendent of personnel and student services. He replaces Dr. Jeremy Way, who is transferring to Wright City after four years with Meramec Valley.
Dr. Carrie Schwierjohn was named the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She replaces Dr. Terri Parks, who announced her retirement in January after serving the district for six years.
In announcing the appointments, incoming Superintendent Dr. John Mulford said the district was fortunate to have a strong pool of candidates to choose from for both positions.
“At the end of the day, we felt Dr. Schwierjohn and Mr. Sauvage possess the knowledge and experience we need to continue moving the district forward,” he said. “Dr. Parks and Dr. Way have invested much time and energy toward establishing a strong foundation as relates to their respective areas and we will work tirelessly to carry on these efforts to ensure Meramec Valley is recognized as one of the best school districts in the area.”
Sauvage has been an educator for 22 years — 16 of which have been with the district. In addition to his 12 years as principal of Pacific High School, he was an assistant principal in that same building for four years.
Prior to working in the Meramec Valley R-III School District, Sauvage was the high school principal and athletic director in the Fair Play R-II School District and taught high school mathematics and physical science in the Bolivar R-I School District.
Sauvage said becoming assistant superintendent is the right fit for this time in his career.
“At this time in my life, this is my dream job. From my educational knowledge to my personal interest, this job is a great fit,” he said. “This opportunity will allow me to build on the many relationships, experiences and previous successes that I have been an active part of within our community to continue to help the school district excel.”
Sauvage also said he sees himself as a servant leader who will be able to aid the new superintendent and the other new assistant superintendent as they transition into the district.
“While leaving Pacific High School was a tough decision because of the great staff and students, as assistant superintendent, I will be able to serve the community in a greater capacity,” he said.
Sauvage has been married to his wife Amy for 21 years. They have three children — Gabriella, who is a sophomore at Missouri State University; Ryan, who is a senior, and Jacob, who is a freshman, both at PHS.
Schwierjohn currently serves as the director of assessment for the Wentzville School District. Prior to that, she served as an elementary principal in the Warren County School District for five years and the dean of students at Confluence Academy, South City, for three years.
In addition, she worked as a teacher in the Ferguson Florissant School District prior to entering the administrative ranks.
When asked about her transition to Meramec Valley, Schwierjohn stated she’s excited and honored to be joining the team.
“I look forward to continuing the excellent work and collaboration that is taking place in the district, and am thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated staff and community,” she said.
Schwierjohn’s husband, Robert, is a teacher in the Orchard Farm School District and they have two children, Ian and Lauryn, who attend Orchard Farm High School.