I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Alica Holthaus, and I am the new superintendent for St. Maries Joint School District #41. My name is a bit challenging. Most people either misspell it or mispronounce it. I am not offended by either. I am named after my mother whose name is Alice. There is only one i in my first name, and it is pronounced Uh – liss – uh. My last name is pronounced Holt – house.
I am happy to be a wife, mother, daughter, sibling, student, and educator. I spent 22 years in the classroom in a variety of assignments with the majority of my time in the classroom spent at the middle school level. I have also been an elementary principal for nine years. Nearly all of my experience has been in Idaho, with the exception of the past two years being in Missouri.
My husband and I enjoyed our time in Missouri, but missed our families. We now feel like we are home, back in the beautiful state of Idaho. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. It is a great place to live. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to smell the scent of freshly cut wood when I am outside. We have been exploring the rivers around us, and it is such a joy to see the various animals and birds. We are so lucky to get to become part of this community.
This is your school district. These are your schools. I want to partner with you in making them the best and safest places that they can be. Our children are our most important resource, and it is only through a combined effort that we can create the strong citizens that we need for our tomorrow. My door is always open. Forgive me if I don’t know your names, as I have a lot of names and faces to learn. I am eager to meet our staff members, parents, patrons, and students who comprise our wonderful school district. When you see me around town, please feel free to introduce yourself and visit with me about how we can all work together to meet our goals.
Alica Holthaus, Superintendent