St. Thomas More Announces 2022-23 Academic Leadership

April 13, 2022: St. Thomas More High School announces that Patrick Idstein will assume the role of principal on July 1, 2022. Currently the school’s dean of academics, Idstein will replace Joel Eul (TM ’79), who will retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year. St. Thomas More math department chair Aliscia Benetti will join the leadership team as dean of academics.

Idstein has spent the past ten years at St. Thomas More, serving as dean of academics since July 2020. As dean of academics, he oversaw instruction and curriculum, working collaboratively with the St. Thomas More teaching staff to meet the individual needs of our students.

“During my ten years at St. Thomas More, I have been encouraged by the level of care and support that everyone has for our students,” said Idstein, who taught social sciences at St. Thomas More before joining the administration. “I hope to continue building this environment as principal, maintaining the positive culture, close-knit community, and high expectations our teachers and staff have worked hard to create at St. Thomas More.”

After nearly a decade in the classroom, Benetti will take over Idstein’s role as dean of academics. She started at St. Thomas More in August 2019, teaching math and computer science during her three years at the school. Benetti also taught math at MC2 High School in Walker’s Point and at Greenfield Middle School.

“St. Thomas More provides compassionate, faith-based guidance to a uniquely diverse student body,” said Benetti, an alumna of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. “In this new role, I hope to work with our teachers to continue developing our school’s Catholic identity, helping our students grow into their faith and strengthen their personal relationships with God.”

Members of Christ King Parish, Idstein and his wife, Victoria, live in Wauwatosa with their two-year-old daughter, Della Maria. He attended Marquette University, earning a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. Maintaining his allegiance to the Golden Eagles, he enjoys attending local sporting events, especially Marquette basketball.

Benetti and her husband, Tim, reside in Bay View with their three children, Mia, Sofia, and Cecilia, and are members of St. Matthias in Milwaukee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s in Administrative Leadership from Alverno College. A lifelong Milwaukeean, she enjoys exploring the city and playing the double bass for local symphonies.

“Along with their academic credentials and strong leadership skills, Pat and Aliscia understand our school culture and the needs of our student body,” President John Hoch (TM ’87) said. “Pat has worked under two St. Thomas More principals, giving him an intricate perspective on the position and how to best support our teachers and students.”

“Aliscia brings an uncanny ability to think strategically with an eye on the future,” Hoch continued, “and has developed the relationships and institutional knowledge that will benefit her immensely as an administrator.”

St. Thomas More has begun searching for a dean of students to complete our academic administration for the 2022-23 school year. Nicolle Schroeder, currently dean of students at St. Thomas More, has accepted the principal position at Wauwatosa Catholic School.

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