Leslie McDaniel, Class of 1966, Marylhurst UniversityLeslie McDaniel ’66 was named principal of  Sts. Peter and Paul School (SPPS) in Idaho in 2016.

SPPS welcomed Leslie McDaniel as its new principal this year. She is also teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies and science.

“I am enjoying it here. Everyone has been so welcoming. I think I’ve had more dinner invites since I’ve been here than I’ve had in my whole career,” she smiled.

For her entire career she has taught in Catholic schools – mainly fifth grade, but also Title I and P.E. After receiving her educational administration certification to become a principal, she took a position at Christ the King in Milwaukie.

McDaniel later ended up in La Grande at a small Catholic school. That facility closed at the end of the last school year, and she began to look for another position when she discovered SPPS.

“I really came on faith,” she smiled. A Skype interview and then a visit where her hosts showed her Grangeville sealed the deal.

McDaniel is getting to know the parish and school, and, most importantly, the students.

“I started checking them into lunch each day – a duty I took over from their teachers,” she explained. I need to do that and put names to faces.”

She also greets the students when they enter school in the mornings, and “I’m getting those names right – most of the time!” she laughed.

“I certainly do not believe a principal should be a scary person,” she said. “I want them to know me, and if there is a problem I want them to be able to talk to me and also be accountable and responsible for their actions.”

This news item is an excerpt from an article by Lorie Palmer published in the Idaho County Free Press on Oct. 12, 2016. » Read the full article on IdahoCountyFreePress.com

Leslie McDaniel earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Marylhurst University in 1966.