Faculty & Administration
Faculty and Administration
B.A. Business, Saint Anselm College; M.A. Education, University of Notre Dame; M.A. Educational Leadership, DePaul University; M.B.A, University of Notre Dame
I have worked in Catholic education for over 15 years in various roles as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and consultant, and I could not be more excited to be the Head of School at STMA. The deep faith and learning here are second to none. I am grateful to be at a school that is focused on both faith and reason.
B.A., Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame; M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Literature, B.A. Anthropology, Biola University; M.A, Early Christian Studies, University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame
I am delighted to help students see the world with new eyes, and grow in their capacity to do hard things, as we study and enjoy the beautiful Latin language together.
B.A., Classical Philology, University of Dallas; Ph.D., Literature, University of Notre Dame
I am excited to collaborate with long-time friends at STMA. I am excited about being involved in my children’s lives. And I am excited about making things like Latin and literature seem magical to young students who desperately need deep loves in this shallow world.
B.S., Elementary Education, Purdue University Fort Wayne
I’m excited to work in a school that appreciates the beautiful traditions of our Faith and strives to do all for the Glory of God and the salvation of the young souls entrusted to our care. The Faith is seamlessly woven into the school activities, our school culture, and all subject areas. Having worked for over four years in Catholic Schools, I’ve found that teaching the Catholic Faith brings the most joy and fulfillment. I’m thrilled to be teaching Kindergarteners academic skills, instilling a joy of learning, encouraging growth in holiness, and doing so all through the lens of our Catholic Faith and Tradition.
B.A. Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; J.D., Ave Maria School of Law
I love learning and have developed a deep interest in Catholic education which aims to lead the whole person on the pathways of truth, goodness, and beauty towards God. I hope to contribute to the mission of St. Thomas More Academy where I can help cultivate a sense of wonder, reverence, and joy in response to the love of Our Lord, who, as Gerard Manley Hopkins observed, “plays in ten thousand spaces.”
B.A., Art Education, Concordia University
I am choosing to teach at St. Thomas More Academy because STMA recognizes that the fine arts are imperative for the development of the whole person. STMA’s Art and Drama curriculum, which I am helping to create, will give students an understanding of the fine arts as skills to be cultivated, rather than innate talents. I also believe that all people, especially children, are in great need of good stories and images of beauty. Children today are bombarded by messages and stories that show a world marked by despair and insanity in which they have no agency. It is my mission to deliver a message of hope in my classroom by showing that the created world is beautiful, and that my students are called to be co-creators with the Divine Creator.
B.A., Liberal Arts, Wyoming Catholic College
I was drawn to STMA because I wanted to share the invaluable gift that my own education has given to me: an appreciation for God and His beauty in spirit, mind, and body. STMA‘s education inspires students to pursue our Lord in all that is Good and True. I believe that there is no profession more important than helping young students to recognize and love what is beautiful, encourage them in the joy of learning, and challenge their minds and imaginations. I am thrilled to be a part of STMA‘s team and to provide children with this gift.
B.A. Hillsdale College, M.E. University of Dallas
I see education as an adventure into unknown places, and like any good adventure, it takes hard work and diligence. Yet when all is said and done, the traveler returns with a love for this foreign land that delights in everything from the commas and apostrophes to the the lofty mountains of Philosophy and Literature. This is my own encounter with education, and I am excited to share this with my students at St Thomas More Academy.
B.A., Political Science, Eastern Michigan University; Teaching Certificate, Indiana University South Bend
I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity to teach at STMA because it is an opportunity to share in wonder and joy with others. No education is a true and complete education if it does not get at the nature of things and their relationship with eternity. As students spend time at STMA, they will be habituated in heart, soul, and mind to see the beauty, truth, and goodness in all things. As they grow in wonder and virtue, they, like St. Thomas More and all the other saints, will understand who they are, what things are, and why it matters in the context of all eternity. It is an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I look forward to all the good that will come!
B.S., Elementary Education, Theology Minor, Franciscan University of Steubenville
I am excited to teach at STMA and join its mission of “forming children in truth, wisdom, and authentic freedom.” Strengthened by the Sacraments, I am passionate about equipping my students to serve God and neighbor as mature, thoughtful individuals in the modern world who can be sent out on a mission to transform our world and build up God’s Kingdom on Earth. Education should form the whole person, body, mind, and soul, and I believe STMA is forming students to become the saints we are called to be. St. Edith Stein said “the most effective educational method is not the word of instruction but the living example without which all words remain useless.” I am so grateful to be part of a community of learners that lives this where faculty, staff and students are striving for academic excellence and personal holiness through discovering the truth, goodness and beauty of God’s world.
B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame
To a world which fears that ephemerality and meaninglessness lie at the root of all things, the Catholic Church proposes an alternative: that God sustains created reality, has entered into it in the person of Jesus Christ, and now works through it to bring us into relationship with Him. Catholic education does young people a disservice if it offers them anything less than a vision of this alternative in all its glory and challenge. This requires not only thoughtful and compassionate intellectual work, but also the personal witness of a community and a culture that draw their strength from the graced rhythms of the Church’s sacramental and liturgical life. I am excited to participate in this life alongside my students and colleagues at St. Thomas More, sharpening our vision to more fully see that “all the world is shining around us, and love is smiling through all things,” and equipping us together to witness to our hope to those who know it not.
B.A., Music, Physics, and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
God created the world in beauty, order, and wisdom, and mathematics is a very powerful way of coming to understand and appreciate this reality. Not only can mathematics be used to describe the order in the physical universe, but there is a beauty and order to the workings of mathematics itself. Ironically, there often seems to be a fear that a rigorous understanding of the maths and sciences is threatened by an adherence to faith in a higher reason or Creator. Much to the contrary, mathematics makes it quite evident that our minds and our universe operate in a reality characterized by a deep order and wisdom. I am excited to teach mathematics at St. Thomas More Academy so that, by helping students to understand the order and beauty of mathematics, they may more readily perceive and appreciate the order and beauty in the world around them.
B.A., Psychology, Ave Maria University
I am choosing STMA because I want to form students in the richness and beauty of both the Catholic faith and the classical liberal arts. Students and faculty will encounter God in everything we do at STMA: academics, relationships, lunch, recess, and all aspects of the school community. I am excited to be a part of something far greater than myself, and have the privilege of giving young minds the tools to think well and love God in their ordinary lives.
B.A., Music & Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
I’m thrilled to be a part of an educational community that deeply understands the whole human person – heart, mind, body, and soul – and is committed to forming the saints of today. STMA’s classical curriculum fosters children’s innate curiosity and appreciation of the beautiful, which I believe is the most powerful way of coming to love the Truth and will inspire them to pursue Christ in every endeavor, even after their time here.
B.A., Political Science, University of Notre Dame
I am thrilled to be working at St. Thomas More Academy in the office where I get to know so many of the children at school. My family and I moved to South Bend in the summer of 2020. My husband, Jim, and I met at Notre Dame as undergraduates many, many years ago. When he was given the opportunity to return as a faculty member, we were very excited to be a part of the Notre Dame community again. We had no idea what a vibrant and welcoming Catholic community we would find when we moved back. I am blessed that my little “two day a week volunteer” position ended up turning into full time office work! It is a privilege to meet all the children and have a small part in their school day.
B.A.Philosophy, Antioch College 1991; Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Iowa 2003
I’ve chosen to teach at Saint Thomas More Academy because I’m always going to be a teacher one way or another and because I’m convinced of the primacy of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, of the world’s enchantment by God’s presence, of classical Christian education and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and of the dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. I’m also convinced a vibrant Catholic community belongs at the center of our children’s moral and spiritual development, so I mean to give what I can to that.
B.A. Classics/Classical Philology, B.A. German, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Dallas; M.A. Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; M.A./ABD History, University of Notre Dame
My love of Latin really took root when I first read the poems of Vergil, Catullus and Horace as a student in High School – the ability to come into relationship with the voices of those who lived and breathed so long ago and whose thoughts lived on in the written word for me to encounter. It was breathtaking. My love has only grown over the years – as a medievalist meditating on the Salve Regina, not merely as a prayer from our beautiful patrimony – but as a prayer penned by one of the most brilliant monks of his age, a man who suffered greatly through his physical disabilities.
Language connects us; history informs us; prayer puts us in relationship with the Divine.
I am humbled to share in this amazing opportunity to create uniquely Catholic education in a world so contrary. I think the words of St John Henry Newman sum it up (substitute “school” for “univesity”):
“It is one great advantage of an age in which unbelief speaks out, that Faith can speak out too; that, if falsehood assails Truth, Truth can assail falsehood. In such an age it is possible to found a University more emphatically Catholic than could be set up in the middle age, because Truth can entrench itself carefully, and define its own profession severely, and display its colours unequivocally, by occasion of that very unbelief which so shamelessly vaunts itself.” St. John Henry Newman, Idea of a University
B.A., St. Mary’s College of Maryland; M.A. in Secondary Teaching with Concentrations in Visual Arts and credits towards Curriculum and Instruction in Unified Arts.
In recent years, I became an Art Teacher/Forensics Speech Coach/Dance teacher for St. Jude Catholic School in the Diocese; and prior to that, I was a Unified Arts Teacher in a Catholic school in Vermont. Some examples of my teaching environments in addition to traditional classrooms of Catholic schools have been in pine forests and mountains of Vermont, the slums and rural fields of the Philippines, and box theatres in Washington DC. My theatre arts background includes storytelling theatre, performance art, puppetry, and some classical traditional plays. My educational theatre background consists of teaching workshops that integrate cross-curricular with any subject matter – including social studies and history, classic literature, and biblical stories.
I am delighted to play a role in the formation and education of the pupils at St. Thomas More Academy. I love sharing my enthusiasm for art and architecture with active young minds and seeing their creativity unleashed. To do these things within a community where our Christian Faith is at the core of our efforts as teachers and parents makes it all the more exciting and rewarding!
B.A., Theology & Communications, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Children are the future of our Church and the world, and I believe a Catholic, classical education is the best education we can offer them. I am honored to be able to help the teachers at STMA form children in mind, body and soul.
BA, English and Vocal Performance, University of Notre Dame
MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The authentically Catholic curriculum is what brings me to St. Thomas
More Academy. And, as a music teacher, one of my singular joys is
teaching the tenets of our faith through the rich musical tradition of
our Church. What better way to do that than at daily mass and almost
daily music classes at a truly Catholic school? As an added benefit,
STMA is a classical school, a method I firmly believe in. I am
excited to once again teach in a Catholic classical setting!
B.A. University of Notre Dame, Architecture
I am excited to join the mission of STMA in teaching our children to appreciate the beauty of God’s artful creation. I come from a classical background in architecture & art with a B Arch from the University of Notre Dame. Paired with my love for art and history I will strive to help the middle school students form an understanding and appreciation for classical art and studio collaboration.
I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach at STMA where I get to daily seek Christ, who lies hidden in all of the good, true and beautiful things that are studied at STMA, who animates the students and faculty of STMA, and who is substantially present in the Eucharist, the pinnacle of STMA’s day. I look forward to sharing my gifts and talents as a teacher to help further the mission of STMA for years to come!