McNicholas welcomes new principal, teachers

McNicholas welcomed three new faculty members for the 2018-2019 school year: Principal David Mueller, SAIL teacher Jeanne Daly, and math substitute Dan Hogan.


Taking over in the leadership role of McNicholas is Prinicpal David Mueller. Mueller grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended St. Xavier High School before heading to Yale for college. After Yale, Mueller earned his master’s degree from Xavier University. Before McNicholas, Mueller’s 43 years of teaching English took him to St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri, then to St. Xavier High School, and Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, where he also served as principal at both schools.


Mueller said he was interested in coming to McNicholas because he had never taught at a coed school. He also added that he has always liked teaching English, especially African American Literature and British Literature. When he’s not at McNicholas, Mueller said he enjoys spending time with his three children and three grandchildren. He also enjoys running and traveling. “The students and faculty at McNicholas have enthusiasm, spirit, and class,” Mueller added.

Principal David Mueller


Jeanne Daly joined the SAIL Department, where she shares a room with fellow SAIL teacher Val Combs. Along with being the mother of four McNicholas graduates, Daly is also a graduate of McNicholas High School. She then attended the University of Cincinnati and has taught at St. Louis Grade School, New Richmond High School, and was a substitute teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Daly said she enjoys being in her garden when she’s not at McNick. “The students are very respectful. It is a very welcoming warm place,” Daly said.


Dan Hogan is subbing in the math department for Ashley Brothers, who is on maternity leave. Hogan came to McNicholas High School because he has known Principal David Mueller for a while and was asked by him to come teach at McNicholas. Hogan grew up in St. Louis and attended Xavier University for his undergraduate and Missouri University for his graduate degree.


Hogan taught math at Ross High School and Mother of Mercy High School for 41 years before deciding to retire. Outside of school, Hogan works the scoreboard for the Xavier women’s and men’s basketball games. He has been working the scoreboard for 35 years. “The students are well-behaved and have great manners, and the staff is very enthusiastic,” Hogan said.

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