AUGUSTA — St. Michael Catholic School is starting this school year with a new principal, Kevin Cullen, who was most recently a history and Spanish teacher at St. Dominic Academy in Auburn.

Cullen replaces Janet Galati, who was principal at St. Michael for the past two years. She moved to Florida.

Cullen was on the job this week.

According to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Cullen taught English as a second language to students from Vietnam and Cambodia at a high school in Stockton, Calif., in the early 1990s and previously was a nuclear engineer and a training and education officer while stationed in Scotland with the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1988.

“The search committee was impressed by his wide range of experience and his collaborative style,” the Rev. Louis J. Phillips, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools, said in the release. “I think he is a perfect fit for St. Michael Catholic School as the school begins a new chapter of its history.”

Cullen has a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from Granite State College in New Hampshire, and a master degree in education from Concordia University in Montreal.

Cullen, a former professional golfer in California and New Hampshire, also has coached golf and tennis at St. Dominic.

He and his wife, Laurie, formerly owned Maple Lane Golf Course in Livermore.

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