Mrs. McGleam takes over as Dean for this school year


Mrs. McGleam is now the Dean of Students at St. Joseph High School.

Jessica Watts, Staff writer

Mrs. Tricia McGleam came to St. Joseph High School 13 years ago. She interviewed at 3 other Catholic schools, but the other 2 were only for coaching positions, as she coached girls’ basketball.

St. Joe’s however offered her a full-time position, as well as a coaching position and she had family members that graduated from here, as well.

This year, she takes over as Dean of Students on top of many other hats that she wears. As dean, her plans are very simple, yet vital in making St. Joe’s an amazing place to be.

“I would like to provide a safe and nurturing environment for students and faculty alike,” McGleam says. “I also hope I can be a role model for students in how to create self-advocacy for themselves as well as setting their goals and reaching them in the future.”

Past deans such as Ms. Kalal and Ms. Ieremia have taught her a lot of lessons. She uses those lessons each and every day to help make St. Joe’s the way she wants it to be.

“From Ms. Ieremia I learned that if you set standards, students will always reach to those standards,” McGleam says. “From Ms. K I learned to take a nurturing approach to always understand and to look at scenarios from all angles and all sides.”

Something that the students of St. Joe’s can do to make Mrs. McGleam’s job a little bit easier is to treat each other with respect and how we would want to be treated. She also asks that we come to her or another faculty member to ask for help before a situation becomes difficult so that they can help us navigate those situations.

“I was very excited when I was offered the job as dean because I felt like I was going to get to know the students better on a personal level,” exclaims McGleam. “I’ve always known families and parents through the admissions and in the business office, but now I have the opportunity to get to know the students better.”

When asked about how the 2019-2020 school year is going so far, she thinks we have a wonderful group of students overall and the year has started out very successfully. She truly feels like the students in the building truly look out for the best interest of others and is looking forward to a great year.