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.
Many years ago, when I was a student in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, I was required to practice teaching to a group of summer school students at St. Adalbert. Little did I know then that 20 years later, I would be invited to return to this special school to serve as an administrator. It has been a blessing to rejoin this community of deeply committed and gifted teachers and to walk alongside them as they teach, guide, and love their students.
Prior to my current role at St. Adalbert, I served for 16 years as a middle school language arts teacher in the cities of Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and finally, in South Bend. I earned my Master’s in Education degree from the University of Notre Dame as a member of ACE, after graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in English. From 2001 to 2003, I completed administrative coursework in the ACE Leadership program.
My husband and I have four children who are Catholic school students themselves, and their “busy-ness” keeps us busy. If there’s time in my week for a little self-indulgence, you’ll find me curling up with a good book, trying out a new recipe in my kitchen, or enjoying a walk or hike outdoors.
In spite of all the years I’ve spent as a student or 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. Encountering their smiles is, for me, the best part of being here.
My name is Claudia Quijada. This is my 5th year as a teacher at St Adalbert School.
I have been a parent for 12 years and this is a dream come true.
I always dreamed of making an impact on little ones. I always found myself making them feel safe, loved and comfortable. I have known almost all the teachers from when I was a parent, working with them today is a blessing. God gave me this opportunity 5 years ago when I started as a teacher’s aid. It meant the world to me knowing that my child was in great hands and I am here to make parents feel the same way. Coming everyday with the same enthusiasm as day 1 shows me how happy I am to be here. St Adalbert has become more than a job, it has truly become part of my family.
Sight words. Play-doh. Learning Centers. Smiles. Welcome to the world of St. Adalbert Kindergarten! I'm Kristi Jones and I have had the privilege of being the Kindergarten teacher for 19 years at this wonderful school. In Kindergarten, we enjoy sounding out words, learning 100 sight words, visiting the pumpkin patch, celebrating the 100th Day of School, beginning to add and subtract, learning how to play and get along with others, and much, much more.
Attending a Catholic school when I was younger inspired me to become a teacher in the first place. It is all I ever wanted to do and has lived up to all of my expectations and then some! When I'm not at school you can find me spending time with my family, friends, and walking my four-legged baby.
What I love most about St. Adalbert is the warm and welcoming feeling you get when you're here. You cannot find a better place! Our students and families are the best.
-South Bend West Side Native
- Indiana University Graduate
- Kindergarten Endorsement from Bethel College
- Light of Learning Award Recipient
Welcome! Bienvenidos! Witamy! My name is Jennifer Crain and I teach first grade here at Saint Adalbert School. I have been here as a teacher since 2004, but since Saint Adalbert was the school of my mother, all of her siblings, and even my grandfather, I have been around one way or another since birth.
In 2004 I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree from Manchester University in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. While in college, I was able to study and practice the Reggio Emilia Method, which focuses on student centered learning. During my time at Saint Adalbert, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the English as A New Language Program through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. Through the program, I learned a lot about how to better serve the unique needs of our non-native English Speaking students as well as the most effective strategies to help all of my little ones master the English language. I hold dual licensure from the state of Indiana in Elementary Education and English as New Language. I have won the Diosican Light of Learning Award twice, once in 2010 and once in 2016.
I have worn many hats around the school during my time here. I currently serve as the liaison for the College Mentors for Kids Program, which connects our students one on one with students from the University of Notre Dame. The goal of the program is to help our students realize their potential as future college students. I also serve as the teacher representative for Saint Adalbert School to the Diocesan Council of Teachers.
There are a lot of things to love about our school community. One of my favorite things about Saint Adalbert School is the sense of community. From the moment you walk in the door, you can feel that this place is special. The kindness and care with which the children and adults treat each other constantly amazes me and encourages me to be the best that I can be.
First Grade is the year where our little ones learn to read. Much of what we do is focused on becoming readers and growing a love for the written word. First Graders have such a love of learning and a zeal for the work they do. It is always an exciting moment when they begin to see themselves as readers and start decoding language in the world around them. Another thing I love about teaching first grade is that by getting to know our students when they are very young, I get to see them grow over the course of many years before they go on to high school. I am always filled with a sense of pride and hope when I see them head off to high school.
I have been fortunate enough to mentor a number of student teachers from Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. I really enjoy the work I do with these young men and women because it helps me to think about my teaching in new ways and pushes me to try new things in my classroom. I am always happy to hear from them about their work in their own classroom and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.
Hi! My name is Blanca Leverton (Alvarado). I have been teaching at St. Adalbert Catholic School for 6 years as the second grade teacher. I completed my student teaching at St. Adalbert’s and after graduating from Indiana University South Bend in 2013, I became the 2nd grade teacher! I attended Washington High School here in South Bend, but attended elementary and middle schools in Texas. At a very young age I knew that I wanted to become a teacher and inspire students to be the best that they can be, just like my teachers inspired me throughout the years. On the first day of my student teaching I knew this was an amazing place to be at and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.
We learn and prepare for so many things in second grade, but the most important rite of passage as Catholics is that students will prepare for two sacraments. As a second grader, students prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Watching our students prepare and grow in their faith is what fundamentally makes us a Catholic school. As part of their everyday learning in second grade, students receive instruction in math, reading, science, social students, spelling, vocabulary, Fun-dations, writing, and bilingual religion.
Besides being a second grade teacher, I am also a wife and mother. I recently got married to my amazing husband Joshua Leverton and we are in the process of adopting our daughter Mia. We will also be welcoming our second child this summer! We love to visit zoos, aquariums, and any place that has water.
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!
BS in Systems Analysis, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
M. Ed. University of Notre Dame
This year (2018-19) is my seventeenth at Saint Adalbert School teaching fourth grade (and I love it!). I am married to Katy and we have four children -Jenny, Matt, Tommy and Molly. I also have a beautiful granddaughter!
I love my students and their families, my family, the outdoors, soccer, basketball, and Irish music and dance. My favorite holiday is St. Patricks Day. I love visiting Maine in the summer. I love teaching because I enjoy the challenge of motivating each individual student to do their best. One of my most enjoyable things is to have old students come by and visit and tell me about what they have done with their lives since St. Adalbert. (That's an invitation!)
Kevin Joyce 5th Grade
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 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.
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.
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!"
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
¡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 elementary religion. 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.
Hi there! My name is Nicolás (Nick) Munsen, and I am the 5th-8th Grade Religion teacher at St. Adalbert's. I earned my B.A. in Theology and the Program of Liberal Studies (a "great books" program) from the University of Notre Dame in 2017, and just recently graduated from Boston College with my Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) in 2019. I am thrilled to return to South Bend and to join the incredibly faithful community of St. Adalbert in worship and in teaching—and what a pleasure it is to share the riches of our Catholic faith with the young men and women of our school! Pray for all of us as we journey to become more intentional, devoted disciples of our Lord, Jesus Christ through the reading of scripture, the study of church doctrine, and communal prayer.
When I am not teaching at St. A's, or taking classes at Holy Cross College, you can find me reading theology and fantasy books, playing guitar or drums, practicing my Latin, and enjoying the company of my fiancée and our friends. God has truly blessed us—may he continue to bless us all and all the children he has placed in our care!
I am the technology teacher for grades Pk-8. This is my second year at St. Adalbert, but it is my seventh year teaching. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2013 with my BS in Elementary Education (K-6) and ENL (Pk-12), and began teaching 4th grade in in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. I enjoy helping students learn and discover new things, and helping them improve their skills. I recently completed my masters degree in education in instructional design and technology. I love teaching technology here at St. Adalbert and I plan to help students learn how to use new tech tools and improve digital literacy skills. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, scrapbooking, and baking. I feel blessed to have joined the St. Adalbert school staff!
Joe Yonto, 2nd year Physical Education Teacher at St Adalbert's.
Wife Theresa and I have 3 boys, Joseph, Gabe and Tony.
Grew up in South Bend, attending Holy Cross Grade School for 8 years and then graduating from SB St Joseph High School, then graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation attended Harry Wendelstedt Professional Umpire School in Daytona Beach, Florida, finished 2nd in the class of 300 and was assigned in Professional Baseball to the Appalachian League, then promoted to the Midwest League. Opportunity was presented to me to return to my alma mater Saint Joseph High School and become the Head Baseball Coach and teach Physical Education/Health. I taught and coached there for 3 years , then another opportunity was presented to be a Supervisor in Professional Baseball for the Western Baseball League (California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Utah). After 5 years on the west coast I became Supervisor of Officials at the University of Notre Dame for 10 years for Coach Paul Mainieri, along with that Umpired in the Big Ten, Big East and MAC Conferences/Umpired 9 Big East Championships. Was offered a position with Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians where I worked for 5 years with the Major League Hitters on tracking the ball and strengthening their eye muscles. From there became a College Head Baseball Coach for 14 years.
I grew up around a Catholic Environment my whole life, graduated Catholic Grade School (Holy Cross) and High School (SJ), my family all have attended Catholic Schools, taught, coached and worked at Catholic Schools, was one of Fr Hesburgh's drivers for numerous years, my Dad Coached Football at Notre Dame for 20 years, always try to be involved in community service projects.
Catholic Faith, Family and Educating have been the center of my life and it is a great opportunity here at Saint Adalbert's to take all these experiences and try to teach the students some valuable life lessons as they continue to grow and learn.