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St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield announces new administrative team

Pictured, from left, are Karen Klump and Jennifer Errthum.
Pictured, from left, are Karen Klump and Jennifer Errthum.

The Rev. Patrick M. Mulcahy, pastor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield, recently announced a new administrative team to lead the school.

Jennifer Errthum has been named the new principal and Karen Klump has been named the new part-time assistant principal. Both will begin their new positions July 1.

Errthum has 29 years of educational experience in the Diocese of Joliet.

She spent her first 17 years teaching at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. The last two years of her time there was spent as their part-time assistant principal.

Since 2008, Errthum has been the full-time assistant principal at St. Mary’s. Since her arrival, she has spoken locally and nationally about programs started at St. Mary’s.

The junior high is running a successful 1:1 program and currently uses a block schedule. It also has several master teachers on staff.

It currently employs a special education teacher, reading specialist, technology coach and campus minister. These are all positions and programs that are not usually available at Catholic Schools.

Errthum is looking forward to continuing on at St. Mary’s as principal.

Klump has been an educator for 12 years, the last five of which have been at St. Mary Immaculate.

She began her career teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago at Our Lady of the Ridge School, where she taught first and second grades.

After receiving her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a certification in school leadership, she worked as an adjunct instructor at Lewis University, helping prepare future teachers to think creatively about their methods.

She served as president of St. Mary’s Home and School Association for two years and chaired a variety of school fundraisers before returning to the elementary classroom as a second grade teacher.

Klump loves teaching, so she is happy to continue her work in the classroom, but she is also very excited about assuming her new part-time administrative role as assistant principal.

She is particularly excited to help promote all the good St. Mary Immaculate does for its students and their families.

Errthum and Klump are inheriting all of the issues with the closure of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be planning for the reopening this fall.

St. Mary Immaculate School provides academics and a Catholic faith education for students preschool age 3 through eighth grade.

It is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59 in Plainfield.

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