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Greetings From Your New Principal!

Dear St. Paul's families, Greetings from your new principal!

My name is Keith Tacey. Originally from Bay City, Michigan, I graduated with a degree in education from Saginaw Valley State University in 2008. Two weeks after graduating, I moved to Vietnam to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL). In 2011 I married my amazing wife Huong. In 2012 we gave birth to our first of now three boys. From 2013-2016 we lived in Seattle, Washington to get citizenship for my wife. We returned to Vietnam in 2016, and in December of that year we opened Wordplay English Language Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. Wordplay is still running today, taken care of by some dear friends of ours. In addition to being a teacher and now principal (M.ED Administration & Supervision; Liberty University), I am a synthetic phonics trainer (Science of Reading friendly), Montessori trained, and successfully homeschooled two of our boys before relocating to America in August 2023. For the last year, I worked as a principal intern & Reading Design Coach in Salisbury, North Carolina.

On January 12th, 2024 I accepted a call to be St. Paul’s next principal beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. I am joined here in Columbus by my wife Huong, and our boys Dennis (7th grade), Joshua (JaJa; 2nd grade), & Solomon (8-months old). Principal Galecki has been working closely with me since March, ensuring a smooth transition. For those who have questions for me, I can be reached at My summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-1:00pm. Meetings are by appointment only, as I have a lot to prepare for the new year. Please rest assured that St. Paul's will continue to offer basketball, will continue to have monthly family activities, and will continue to have class trips. In fact, this year 5th-8th grades will be going to Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more info. Moving forward, the best place to get fun, day to day updates on happenings in the school will be our website , our Facebook page, and our Instagram. I am still determining to what extent we will be using Bloomz next school year. Finally, please stay tuned for opportunities to meet the principal, and attend open house events coming up in July. 

Have a blessed summer everyone!


Mr. T

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