Sam Govea joined St. Michael’s High School in July 2010. He served most recently as principal at Cathedral High School, a Lasallian institution in El Paso, TX. Mr. Govea earned a BS in education from the College of Santa Fe in 1984 and then began teaching U.S. history and coaching varsity basketball at Cathedral High School. He went on to serve as dean of students and then vice principal of the school. He earned his master’s in education from CSF in 1999, at the Dona Ana campus, the same year he was appointed principal of Cathedral. An El Paso native, Govea graduated from Cathedral High School in 1980.
As principal over the last decade, Mr. Govea has managed a multi-million-dollar budget for Cathedral; implemented a program wherein juniors and seniors can take college-level classes that also fulfill high-school credit; actively recruited a diverse array of teachers, including retired public school teachers looking for a more enriching atmosphere and professionals in specific areas of instruction, such as judges for classes in government and certified public accountants for economics. He also designed methods to more fully integrate the Lasallian Tradition into the classroom environment and implemented educational seminars for faculty and parents.