Mr. Andrew Moe Appointed Headmaster of St. Michael High School

PETOSKEY – May 11, 2022 – St. Michael High School (SMHS), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Andrew Moe as its headmaster for the 2022-23 academic year.  

Mr. Moe formerly taught theology, philosophy, literature, and Latin at SMHS, while also directing the school’s extensive liturgical programs, from 2014 to 2021.  He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Augustine Institute, respectively.  He also serves as a co-director of the Marian Center in Joy Valley, a lay apostolate near Petoskey.  He returns to the school following a year as Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Gaylord.

SMHS Board President Mrs. Julie Wieman stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Andy back to St. Michael!  He is a faith-filled, veteran educator who enthusiastically embraces our mission.  He will provide excellent continuity, vision, and leadership, and needs no introduction to the local Catholic community.”

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Moe stated, “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to lead St. Michael at this crucial stage of its development.  In every way this is a homecoming for me and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves on behalf of our families as we endeavor to educate more students in the traditions and truths of the Catholic faith and Western culture.”

Mr. Moe replaces outgoing Headmaster Dr. Richard Brake, who has led a remarkable transformation of SMHS over the last four years, elevating its intellectual rigor and emboldening its Catholic identity.  

Regarding the appointment, Dr. Brake commented, “I couldn’t be happier to see Andy in the headmaster position at SMHS.  He was essential in executing this transformation during his prior tenure, and thus his return is a tremendous blessing.  Andy is the right man at the right moment for St. Michael and I am confident that we will continue to prosper under his leadership.”

Mrs. Wieman concluded, “Richard’s vision, leadership, and relentless efforts were essential in making our beloved school what it is today.  On behalf of the SMHS Board, I thank him for his immeasurable contributions as our headmaster and I invite everyone to stay tuned for further announcements in the days and weeks ahead.”

St. Michael High School is High School with a Higher Purpose and a proud member of the Chesterton Schools Network, the largest and fastest-growing network of its kind in the country.  SMHS welcomes all families who seek a better education and faith formation for their students and offers tuition assistance to qualifying families.

Established in 2013, the St. Michael mission is to nurture and elevate a new generation of joyful leaders educated in the Classical tradition and truth of the Catholic faith.  For information on SMHS, visit the school website at or contact Dr. Brake at

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