Welcome to St. Matthew Catholic School! My name is Heather Stessman, and this is my ninth year as principal of SMCS. I was raised in Yates Center, Kansas, and moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University. After earning undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science, I worked for two years at the Kansas Secretary of State's Office and also dabbled in substitute teaching. I decided to become a teacher, so I moved to Ft. Worth to attend Texas Christian University, where I earned a master's degree in secondary education. After graduation, I returned to Topeka and taught at Washburn Rural High School for 12 years. During that time I had my two daughters, Reagan and Reese, who are students here at St. Matthew. I also completed an endorsement in educational administration at Emporia State. In January 2009, I was reading the Leaven and saw the opening for the principal's position at St. Matthew, and the rest, as they say, is history!