Ryan Klein

FALL RIVER – As the head of technology as well as the Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Ryan Klein never imagined that his technology skills would be the backbone of an entire school.  Just two short months ago, Klein played a key role in the ability for St. Michael School of Fall River to quickly switch from in person education to remote learning as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  His leadership and organizational skills are two of Klein’s defining qualifications that will guide him in his next role as the school principal.

Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Joseph and St. Michael Parishes as well as of St. Michael School, is proud to announce Ryan Klein as the next principal for St. Michael School in Fall River.

“Ryan has been a very active member of St. Joseph’s parish for many years,” Father Mello said. “After a career in law enforcement, Ryan’s passion and support of Catholic education prompted him to become a substitute teacher in 2017, which quickly transitioned to head of technology and ultimately, to the middle school as the ELA and Social Studies teacher.  We are blessed to have Ryan’s high educational and technology standards.

“The parishes of St. Joseph and St. Michael are such a close knit community and are huge supporters of St. Michael School.  Knowing that the school leadership is a well-known and visible member of this community is invaluable to the stability and growth of St. Michael School.  Ryan will be instrumental to achieving our goals of raising our academic standards, increasing our enrollment, and the continued faith development of the children in our community.”

Of his appointment as principal, Klein said, “It is such an honor to be leading this wonderful school and I am humbled by the extraordinary support and faith from Father Jay and the parish communities. We are going through unprecedented times and I am prepared to take on the challenge of leading a school when the definition of ‘school’ is still an uncertainty.”

Klein holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England College and is pursuing a master of science degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He and his wife, Michelle, have three children – two at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, and the youngest at St. Michael School.

For more information about St. Michael School, please go to www.smsfr.org/.


About the Catholic Schools Alliance

The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. Our schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students from across the academic spectrum reach their God-given potential. With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, we prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society.

For more information about the Catholic Schools Alliance, please go to www.catholicschoolsalliance.org.


The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River