Last month, the Diocese of Grand Rapids announced that a new independent Catholic elementary school would open in Ada this fall.

Today, they have announced the founding principal of St. Robert Catholic School.

The new school will be the first Catholic school to open in the Diocese of Grand Rapids in more than 50 years where one did not exist previously.

Liz Peters will be the principal of the new school in Ada.

Peters has nearly 15 years of experience in Catholic education in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. She began her career at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland, where she taught second through fifth grades for more than a decade. In 2013, she was hired as the assistant principal at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Grand Rapids. She is leaving that position to become principal of St. Robert Catholic School.

Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in English language arts and literature with a minor in education from Grand Valley State University. She holds a master’s degree in education from Cornerstone University and certification as an administrator and teacher through the State of Michigan, as well as advanced catechist certification through the Diocese of Grand Rapids.