Vice Principals of Cotter Schools

Mr. Dave Forney, Vice Principal for Student Life

Mrs. Mary Eileen Fitch, Vice Principal for Academics

David Forney began serving as principal of Cotter Schools in August 2014. Over the past 18 years, he has served at Cotter in many roles such as Dean of Academic Life, Principal of Cotter Junior High School, and School Counselor as well as coaching cross country. Prior to coming to Cotter, he worked as a school counselor and coach in Worthington, Minnesota .

"I look forward to working with you to provide a great educational experience for our Cotter students and families. Sr. Judy and I will work closely together as a team to provide educational support and direction. As part of the Cotter family, I am excited to collaborate with students, parents, faculty, and staff in this journey."

David's wife, Mary, is an art teacher at Cotter. They have three adult children, Hannah, Seth (06), and Samuel (09). David enjoys running, camping, and canoeing.

Mary Eileen Fitch joins Cotter Schools as Vice-Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. As a graduate of Cotter High School (‘95), Mary Eileen is excited to return and give back to the Cotter community. Mary Eileen received her BA in Philosophy and Political Science from St. Norbert College, and her MA in Instruction and K-12 Principal License from St. Mary’s University. She comes to Cotter with 15 years of classroom instruction and teacher development, working in both public and private schools at the middle and high school levels. She has extensive knowledge and training in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Professional Learning Communities, Project-based Learning, and Standards-based Instruction. Mary Eileen is thrilled to be working at Cotter, a place where the students, faculty and staff truly care about each other and strive to improve themselves and the lives of those around them on a daily basis.

“Our teachers guide and lovingly challenge our students to develop their full potential academically, physically, spiritually and socially, and it is my job to provide the teachers the support and assistance they need to succeed in this process.”

Mary Eileen moved to Winona this summer with her husband, Dan, and their three children Lucy, Emmett and Patrick who are enrolled in the WACS system. They are settling into their new community, and they are happy to be closer to family.

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