St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Our Administrators

Sarah Townsend
Elementary Principal

Sarah (Lefke) Townsend is a 1995 graduate of Portland High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Alma College in 1999, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Sociology and Social Studies. At Alma, she was a two-sport athlete playing both softball and basketball for the Scots. During her senior softball season the team made it to the national tournament where they placed 3rd and Sarah was an All-American selection. She earned her masters of arts degree in Educational Leadership from Marygrove College in 2010. She taught 5th grader at St. Mary School in Westphalia from 2001-2013.

Sarah met her husband, Jim Townsend, at Alma College and the two were married at St. Patricks in 2000. The have three children; Reese, Jayden and Deacon. They reside in Portland.

“Teaching for 12 years at St. Mary made me grow deeper in my faith. I am excited to be working in my hometown and to be a part of St. Patrick School.”


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Randy Hodge
Middle and High School Principal

Randy is a 1987 graduate of St. Patrick High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and also his master of arts degree in secondary school principalship from Central Michigan University. He taught at Central Montcalm Middle School from 1993-2008.  Randy became principal of St. Patrick School in 2008.


Randy and his wife, Michelle are parents to two children, Savannah and Sam, who are both graduates of St. Patrick School.


 "I am so happy to be here at St. Pat's as the administrator.  Michelle and I feel like we’ve come home to where our hearts are—Portland and St. Patrick School and Church."


Faith is Guiding Principle for Principal 

(Reprint from Faith Magazine)


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