Mr. Joseph Miller, a native of South Bend and graduate of 12 years of parochial education, began serving as principal of St. Adalbert School on July 1, 2017. Prior to that he was principal of Holy Family School. Before becoming an administrator, he taught spanish and theology and coached football for several years at St. Joseph High School. At that time, Mr. Miller began an initiative to reach out and welcome the local Latino community more deliberately to St. Joe High. Through this initiative, Mr. Miller met and visited the homes of dozens of families from St. Adalbert School. In 2006, Mr. Miller began a bus service to pick up students from St. Adalbert to go to school at St. Joe High School every morning. He not only arranged this service, but he drove the bus!
Mr. Miller began his teaching career as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in Brownsville, Texas and subsequently served in education and direct service to the poor in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru.
Mr. Miller earned his BA in communications from Indiana University at South Bend, Master of Teaching from the University of Portland, and Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame where he fostered a particular interest in the Preferential Option for the Poor expressed through educational opportunity.
Mr. Miller and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of four young children.
Deacon Drew is originally from Castroville, Texas. He is the oldest of three boys in his family. He first moved to the South Bend area when he attended Notre Dame and graduated in 2009 after studying economics and political science. He then taught for two years at a Catholic school in Mobile, Alabama in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program. Upon completion of ACE Teaching Fellows and receiving his M.Ed. from Notre Dame in 2011, he worked for four years in the administrative team of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives. In 2015, he answered God's call to enter Moreau seminary to discern priesthood in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He professed first vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience in 2017, and lived at St. Adalbert in his final year of seminary last year. Upon receiving his M.Div from Notre Dame in May, 2021, Holy Cross assigned him to St. Adalbert's for his deacon year, and he is grateful and excited to continue serving this community. He made his final profession of vows on August 28, 2021, and was ordained a deacon the following day. Please pray for him as he prepares to be ordained a priest on the feast of St. Adalbert, April 23, 2022.
Hi! My name is Kim Elliott. I was born in Elkhart, Indiana. I attended Concord High School. I also went to Ball State University and graduated from Indiana University South Bend. I currently live in South Bend. I am married with two children. Peighton, my daughter, is 15 and attends Adams High School in South Bend. My son, Xavier is seven and is in the first grade here at St. Adalbert. For fun, I enjoy dog sitting on the weekends for families in the area. I also love spending time with my family. We are avid Hockey fans. We enjoy watching my son Xavier play hockey for the Irish Youth Hockey League at the Ice Box and Notre Dame. Watching hockey games on the weekends keeps us very busy. I also enjoy decorating and working with young children.
I am a new teacher at St. Adalbert School, but I have 28 years of teaching experience in local diocesan schools, most recently at Holy Family School. While at Holy Family I received the Light of Learning Award in 2008 and was named to the South Bend Community School Corporation “Inspiring to Academic Excellence Teacher Honor Roll” in 2010. I am a native of South Bend and attended local Catholic schools through high school. I earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Indiana University and hold a Life License from the State of Indiana. As a graduate student my research on test anxiety was published in the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is still available digitally. While teaching I also worked nine years for the University of Notre Dame as an advisor to the Ameritech Pre-College Minority Engineering Program (APMEP). I enjoy learning and have taken classes and participated in workshops allowing me to travel and study a variety of topics. Among those opportunities I have been able to study birds in Minnesota, Maine, and Connecticut; energy in Rhode Island, and even nanobiotechnology at Cornell University in New York!
I have two successful sons, four wonderful grandchildren, and a dachshund mix dog, Annie. When time allows I enjoy reading and walking Annie.
Hi,Welcome! My name is Shari N.Richey and I teach first grade here at Saint Adalbert School. This is my first year teaching here. I’m excited and blessed to see how God is going to move through the teachers and our students as we embark on this upcoming year and the ones to come. I am a recent 2020 graduate of Bethel University, but due to COVID-19 I wasn't able to walk until this past April. Still thankful for the opportunity to do so. I’ve primarily worked in the South Bend Community School Corporation for the past 8 years. My goal is to constantly show my students love, encouragement and push them to their full capabilities. I pray for my students daily to stay optimistic of how they can strive for greatness no matter the situation. I enjoy singing, traveling and enjoying the company of family and friends. I pray God continues to use us all as strong vessels as we walk in the image and purpose he has for us.
¡Hola! I am Yadira Gonzalez and this is my first year as the K-3rd grade religion teacher. I graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cellular Biology. You might be wondering what a biologist is doing teaching 2nd grade. God’s ways are not always the most apparent, but I can say that God has been guiding me through my entire life and my Catholic education has led me to a deeper love for God himself. This love for Him has led me back to my grade school: Saint Adalbert! Being a student here was such a blessing, and I can now share that same blessing with my students.
Kevin Joyce P.E, B.S. Political Science-Illinois State University M. Ed. University of Notre Dame This is my 18th year teaching in the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese. I have been married to my wife Jennifer for 30 years, and we have two adult daughters. Caleigh is 24 and Bridgette is 21 years old. Caleigh graduated from Indiana University and is living and working in Austin, Texas. Bridgette is a junior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. We have a dog named Thor. I enjoy teaching and working with the students everyday. I enjoy sports, reading, and hanging out with my family. I am currently learning how to play the violin. My goal is to one day play at a Mass.
I am a first-generation college graduate, receiving both my Bachelor's in Psychology/Philosophy and my Master's in Education from the University of Notre Dame. I have worked in research, administrative and teaching positions and in both public and Catholic schools, but by far, this is my favorite role. It is wonderful to teach here at St. Adalbert, where I first began my student teaching in the summer years ago.
Some time ago, I earned my degree and teaching license simultaneously while teaching full-time at a Catholic school in Oakland, California through the ACE program. After leaving the Bay Area and teaching for a brief time, I came to work for ACE at Notre Dame because I wanted to recruit inspired and hopeful young teachers, especially teachers of color like myself, for the classroom. It was good and important work, but I still longed to be the change I wanted to see in the world, so I left that job after 2 years to return to classroom teaching. Just a few short years later, I have the privilege of teaching 3rd graders who are the most incredible kids in the world, here at St. A.
I believe it is necessary to push and challenge my students socially, spiritually and academically as we grow together in their educational journey. Our classroom is built on the expectations to be helpful, honest, respectful and the best you can be-- that is what our students strive for, and I'm so glad to have a class that truly shows these values!
On a personal note, I love to sing, exercise, cook/bake, and I spend lots of time with my family when I'm not teaching, planning to teach, or thinking about teaching!
Faith Yusko is ecstatic to join the St. Adalbert’s family as the 4th grade teacher! She is originally from Long Island, New York, but just moved to South Bend after teaching in Tucson, AZ for two years as an ACE Teaching Fellow. Miss Yusko received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Scranton with minors in Chinese, and communication.
Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Yusko worked at a 4-H educational sleepaway camp for 8 summers where she learned her passion for engaging kids to learn in fun and creative ways. She went on and did post graduate service programs with The Sisters of Bon Secours and Sisters of St. Joseph that afforded her to serve communities in Baltimore as a Child Development teacher, as well as as an NGO advocate at the United Nations. Faith recently earned her Masters of Education degree through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. She enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with her dog, Indiana Bones.
Hello! My name is Br. Matt Rehagen, CSC. I am a Holy Cross Brother, and this is my first year teaching at St. Adalbert. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and I am a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education. In addition to being the 5th Grade teacher, I am the Athletic Director at St. Adalbert. I love playing and watching sports, and I'm very excited to be here!
I was born and raised in New Jersey where I attended a small Catholic grade school and large public high school. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where I received my BA in English. Prior to full-time teaching, I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers, was a stay-at-home mom, and then a substitute teacher. I studied education at Indiana Wesleyan and received my teaching license in 2009. I taught for two years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School outside of Indianapolis, and then moved to the South Bend area where I subbed for one year before finding a home at St. Adalbert in 2012. In 2015, I received my ENL certification through Holy Cross College. I love many things about St. Adalbert: I love that we get to celebrate Mass together, I love that I get to teach literature and language arts to the same students for three consecutive years, and I love that I get to work with this devoted staff. My goals for my students are that they think clearly and critically, that they communicate effectively, and that they grow in Christian virtue.
I am so happy to be teaching middle school here at St. Adalbert's this year! I am a South Bend native and attended St. Joe High School. After high school I moved to Chicago, where I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Education and an endorsement in middle school math. I taught middle school in Chicago for several years before returning home to South Bend this past summer. I also received my ENL certification through Notre Dame in June.
My favorite thing about teaching middle school is getting to know my students while teaching them for several years. They grow and change so much during this time! I also love seeing them make connections between the building blocks of math and religion they learned in K-5 with the deeper skills and concepts of math and religion throughout middle school. My goal is that every student leaves my class with a stronger relationship with God, and with the knowledge that they are capable of even the toughest math problem.
It has been a great blessing to teach middle school students for 21 years. I started teaching at St. Monica in Mishawaka after receiving my teaching degree from Indiana University in 1998. After 8 years at St. Monica, I taught at John Young for 2 years and then God directed me here, to St. Adalbert School where I have taught for the past 11 years. I am currently teaching Math and Social Studies but have also taught Religion. As a fluent Spanish speaker, it has been a great pleasure to be able to communicate with parents who are very supportive and appreciative. During my time at St. Adalbert, I have had the pleasure to help coordinate Confirmation retreats for our students, facilitate Quiz Bowl, make costumes for musicals, and serve as a teacher liaison for HASA.
My husband, Joe and I have four wonderful children, now grown adults, and four incredible grandchildren.
Ms. O'Meara is excited to be celebrating her 5th year at St. Adalbert as the visual arts instructor and music teacher. She also leads the school choir and directs the spring musical.
In her own words: I am very happy to be back in my hometown of South Bend, Indiana where I was able to help my father and be closer to my two wonderful grown sons.
Jeannie O'Meara's accomplishments include (but are in no way limited to):
-Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame
-Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota
-Studied at L'Univerite Catholique de L'ouest
-Taught at Ciampino Airport in Rome
-Translated for Jacques Maritain Institute in Rome, Italy
-Teaching K-8 Music, choir and drama for 15 years in a Catholic School, in Seattle, Wahington
-Founded a Children’s Musical Theatre Company and served as Artistic/Musical Director for over a decade
-Earned my Kodaly/Orff Music certification and continued her studies in classical voice and flute
-Studied Spanish, Spanish Culture, and Art in Mexico at San Miguel de Allende
Her goal for the arts program at St. Adalbert is to share her passion for the arts and to inspire the students to develop their own passion and appreciation for the arts. She strives to prepare each and every student to have a solid foundation in music and art by teaching basic skills as well as a global and historical overview of the subjects.
In her 5 years at St. Adalbert she has produced and directed such shows as: Aladdin, Lion King, Peter Pan, Annie, and The Sound of Music.
When she has time, you can find her with her family, singing opera, reading, hiking, doing yoga, and/or traveling. And if you are really lucky she bakes a coconut cake once a year
Mrs. Cramer is a native of South Bend and earned her BS in Elementary Education, Reading Minor, and Computer Endorsement at IUSB. She began at St. Adalbert School in June of 2020. She is teaching Science for 4th - 8th grade. She also helps out with study hall and testing with the students. She began teaching in 1993 and she has taught at St. Thomas the Apostle, St Joe Grade School and St. Pius X. Most years of her teaching have been in Technology and Engineering and began a Lego Robotics Club for Kindergarten through 3rd. The program was very popular and grew each year in the 3 years it was implemented. At St. Joe, she taught 1st Grade for 3 years.
Mrs. Cramer and her husband have two children who are Catholic school students themselves. Her daughter graduated from Marian High School and Holy Cross College with a degree in Psychology. Her son is a Senior at Marian High School and preparing to go to Marian University in the fall. In her spare time she likes to knit and crochet or test her wits with different kinds of puzzles! "In spite of all the years I’ve spent as a teacher in Catholic education, nothing could have prepared me for the great joy that comes from being in the presence of St. Adalbert students each day. Enjoying their smiles, enthusiasm and respect is the best part of being here!"
This is my first year as the technology teacher at St. Adalbert. I am originally from New Jersey where I taught for many years in both public and catholic school. I am very happy to be teaching here.
I graduated from Montclair State University , where I earned an undergraduate degree and 2 master degrees. In addition to teaching in New Jersey I supervised the Fine and Practical Arts Department, Social Studies and Science Departments.
This summer I moved to Indiana to be closer to my family. I have three daughters, two sons-in-law and seven grandchildren which keep me very busy!
In my spare time I like to cook, walk and read. I love teaching and hope to share my love of learning with my students.