Yvonne Schwab, Principal


  • Yvonne Schwab is in her 12th year as Principal of St. James the Less Catholic School. During that time, the enrollment has tripled and for the past four years, the students have achieved average yearly progress in every area. In the 2013-14 school year, St. James the Less Catholic School was selected as a stop for the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour to celebrate the hope-filled mission of Catholic schools in the lives of children and families across the country. “We want to draw greater attention to the amazing legacy and bright future of these schools that form engaged citizens and advance the common good,” says Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., who co-founded ACE 20 years ago. “ During that tour, Ms. Schwab received a Sorin recognition award from the University of Notre Dame. In 2012, Yvonne Schwab was named a “Champion of Change” under President Obama’s ‘Winning the Future Across America’ initiative. Ms. Schwab was also named 2011 NCEA Distinguished Principal Award for Region 6 and 2011 National Distinguished Principal Award Winner. Brother Robert Bimonte, executive director of the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools had this to say about Yvonne Schwab. "Through her leadership, teachers have learned new skills, new languages and new ways of organizing basic school structures to maximize the learning experience for students."

Connie Morse, Assistant Principal

  • Connie Morse, Assistant Principal and Teacher Leader. Mrs. Morse has been a teacher at St. James for the past 13 years. In her fourth year as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Morse has been instrumental in all facets of teacher support. Additionally, she is instrumental in the research data of student achievement, administration of standardized testing and leads professional development with Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Morse splits her day teaching math and her administrative duties.

Lori Smith, Assistant Principal

  • Lori Smith is in her sixth year as teacher and first year as Assistant Principal at St. James. Mrs. Smith has become a leader through her determination to provide every student with the tools for success. This has led her to provide other staff members with professional development on differentiation of instruction, methods of teaching children of poverty, serving children with special needs and assisting teacher with creating course work to meet the challenges of students for English is not their first language. Mrs. Smith splits her day teacher Language Arts and her administrative duties.