Meet Our Principal
I attended and graduated from Fredonia Central Schools. I also attended SUNY Fredonia, where I majored in mathematics. In 1985 I was hired to teach math at the Fredonia Middle School. As a teacher, I coached modified wrestling for almost 20 years, and I was the advisor for many, many clubs and activities. I loved every minute of my teaching career but new challenges were laying in wait for me.
After attending St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Fredonia, I was awarded a School District Leader Certificate and was named Fredonia Middle School principal shortly thereafter. After retiring from my principalship there, I taught mathematics part-time at Jamestown Community College.
I still attend St. Anthony's R.C. Church with my 92-year-old mother every Sunday, and I'm proud to call Chautauqua County home.
In the fall of 2018, I was hired as the interim principal at NCCS, and I accepted the position of permanent principal at the beginning of 2019. I have over three decades of experience as an advocate for children and students of all ages. Being the principal at NCCS is something that I take very seriously. I love meeting new families and getting to know members of our ever-growing NCCS family. I will continue to work hard and to take very good care of our NCCS children.
I am very excited for our future and look forward to working with you.
With NCCS Pride,
Mr. Andrew Ludwig, Principal
Meet Our Canonical Administrator
Father Daniel Walsh
I was raised in Salamanca, the oldest of six children. I attended St. Patrick's Grammar School (Class of '56), then entered the seminary with a year at Salamanca High School and Boston College. I was ordained a priest in 1968. I was an assistant priest in several Buffalo churches and taught for four years at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and a year at Holy Angels Academy.
From 1986 to 1999, I was pastor of St. Anthony Church in Fredonia, then pastor at St. John the Evangelist in Buffalo from 1999 to 2002, and St. Joseph Church in Gowanda from 2002 to 2012. I retired in 2012, but in 2015, I felt the world and the church needed me, and I became pastor of Holy Trinity in Dunkirk.
Over the years, I've had many interesting experiences! I am an Eagle Scout, I marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, ran the Boston Marathon, went to Woodstock in 1969, traveled to India twice, and officiated at Principal Andy Ludwig and Kara's marriage and baptized their children.
I believe God matters, and NCCS matters because it reminds the students that God matters. When you have faith, you can cope with life so much better. It's like having love and money. It doesn't answer all your problems, but it helps.
I especially enjoy the students. They keep me young and motivated! I'm constantly challenged by the question, "How can I give them what they need?" I'm very excited for our future and look forward to working with you.
With NCCS Pride,
Father Dan Walsh, Canonical Administrator