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Holy Cross School Administration

Angela Budzinski, Principal (pictured at right)
Angie has worked in the field of education for 31 years and has been with Holy Cross for the past 20 years. She holds a B.S. from Beloit College, and a M.S. from Indiana University. In 2002, Angie was named the Diocesan Principal of the Year and was then nominated for National Principal of the Year.

Clarice Trzaskowski, Assistant Principal, Computer Science This is Clarice's ninth year at Holy Cross.  She received her BS in Education from IUSB in 1991.  She has completed her work on her ENL (English as a New Language) certificate through the University of Notre Dame ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) Program.  Clarice has also taught in New York state, teaching 2nd and 4th graders Junior Achievement.  She is the mother of a current Crusader, and she herself is a graduate of Holy Cross School.  In addition to teaching, you can also find Clarice cheering on various Holy Cross sports teams after school and on the weekends.
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Dulce Curry, Administrative Assistant
Dulce came to Holy Cross in 2017 as a volunteer helping with the start of the Prekindergarten Spanish Immersion Program.  She took on the role of Administrative Assistant at the beginning of the 2017/18 school year.  She has 3 children and one of them is a young Crusader in the PreK Immersion Program.
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Gloria Kucela, Office Assistant
Gloria is beginning her tenth year in the office.  She is the mother of two Crusader graduates.  She graduated from St. Mary's College with a degree in Philosophy, with a minor in Religious Studies and Psychology.
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Ann Priebe, School Financial Administrator
Annie is beginning her tenth year at Holy Cross.  She has worked in the office for the past four years and has also worked as an Aide and substitute teacher for several years.  She became the School Financial Administrator at the beginning of the 2017 school year. She is the mother of two Crusader graduates and is also a Crusader graduate herself.
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Annie Borjas,  Prekindergarten Immersion
Annie came to Holy Cross at the start of the 2017-18 school year.  She came to us from Stanley Clark School.

Cara Barnes, 3rd Grade

Cara has been teaching for 13 years and this is her 9th year at Holy Cross School. She graduated from Indiana University at South Bend with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has two little Crusaders of her own in third and sixth grades.  She has taught second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

Barb Echard, Junior High Reading
Barb has taught at Holy Cross for 23 years (Language Arts and Computer)  and holds a B.A. from Purdue University.

Deanna Finfrock, Preschool / Prekindergarten Traditional Tract
This is Deanna's second year as preschool/prekindergarden teacher.  She had previously been the Aide in our preschool/prekindergarden.  She has worked several years as our SCRIP coordinator and also is a substitute teacher.

JoAnn Goepfrich, 1st Grade
JoAnn has 28 years of teaching experience in Catholic Schools, plus this year will be her 14th at Holy Cross. She has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from IUSB.

Rebecca Hagen, Junior High Religion
This is Becci's sixth year at Holy Cross. She graduated from Holy Cross College in 2011 with degrees in Elementary Education, English Language Learner, and Middle School Mathematics.

Erin Harker, 5th Grade
This is Erin's fifth year at Holy Cross and her seventh year of teaching in Catholic Schools.  She previously taught at IHM / St. Casimir School in Lansing, Michigan.  Erin earned her BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Grand Valley State University.  She received her Masters Degree through Spring Arbor University.

Ana Hernandez, PreK Immersion Aide
Ana came to Holy Cross at the start of the 2017 school year. 

Debbie Hudak, School Counselor
Debbie is in her  22st year at Holy Cross and her 25th year in Education. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Purdue University and an MS in School Guidance Counseling from Indiana University, South Bend.  In addition to individual and group counseling at Holy Cross, Deb teaches a character education program in each grade once a month.  Preschool thru 5th grade receive PeaceWorks and 6th-8th grades learn LifeSkills.  Each of these classes teach the student about respect, boundaries, how to have healthy relationships, positive outlets for feelings, anger or stress, how to form friendships and how to positively stand up to bullying.  Deb also tries to teach how to make positive life choices and to be able to make positive life choices and to be able to see how certain choices have consequences.  She is married with two beautiful daughters.

Stefani Jedrzejewski, Junior High Science and Social Studies
Stefani has spent the past 19 years teaching at Holy Cross. She earned her BS from Indiana University.  While at Holy Cross, she has taught computer, 3rd and 5th grades and 6th grade science. 

Kathy Kowalski, Resource Teacher
Kathy has educated the minds and hearts of Crusader students for 30 years. She received her BA from Nazareth College.  She was a recent recipient of the Light of Learning Award.  She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade and is currently one of our Resource Teachers.

Melissa Manier, 2nd Grade
Melissa has been teaching elementary school in the South Bend area for 21 years, the last 16 of them at Holy Cross. She began her teaching here in Early Childhood Music and for the last 12 years has happily taught 2nd grade.  In addition, Melissa has been the Director of the annual Jr. High play for the last 9 years.  She is the mother of three former Crusaders and holds a BS in Education from Indiana University.

Kim McClain, Art
Kim has been at Holy Cross for 20 years and is currently teaching art part time.  She received her BS degree in Art and Design from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana.  All  three of her children are former Crusaders.  She considers teaching Art a true blessing.

Ashley Parmelee, Kindergarten
Ashley has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education from Ball State University.  She is in her 13th year of teaching.  Ashley has had the privilege of teaching special education preschool, preschool, first, third, fourth, and now kindergarten!  She is the mother of 2 current Crusaders.

Kathy Prokopius, Prekingergarten Traditional Program Aide
Kathy started at Holy Cross at the start of the 2017 school year.

Becky Ridenour:  Resource Aide
Becky has been at Holy Cross for 10 years as a lunchroom aide, resource aide and as a primary grade classroom aide.  She was at Bridges Preschool as an Early Childhood aide for 6 years.  She spent 10 years as an Instructional Resource Specialist with South Bend Community School Corporation Bilingual Department.

Clare Roach, Two Way Immersion Coordinator / Junior High Spanish
Clare came to Holy Cross to help with the establishment and workings of our Two- Way Immersion Program in 2017.  She is also our Junior High Spanish teacher.

Gina Robinson, Kindergarten Aide
Gina came to Holy Cross at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Candace Salazar, Physical Education
Candace came to Holy Cross at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.  She teaches three days a week.

Jennifer Sosinski, 4th Grade
Jennifer has been in education for the past 27 years, including 22 years with Holy Cross. She earned her BS from Elmhurst College.

Julie Van Meter, Music
This is Julie's 11th year at Holy Cross. She received her Bachelor's of Music degree from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame IN and has been teaching music for 26 years.

Gail Dukes
Gail has 19 years of experience with the Holy Cross School Library.  



Denise Botka:  Denise has returned as a Lunchroom Aide after a short break.  She has worked several years as a Lunchroom Aide.

Beth  Pieszchala:  Lunchroom/Recess Aide.  Beth started as an aide in the lunchroom/recess in the 2016-17 school year.  She became the kindergarten aide late that year.  She has 2 Crusaders in school at this time.

After School Care
Roxann Knapp:  Coordinator in our After School Care.  Roxann began teaching at Holy Cross in 2010 and has extensive Montessori experience earning her education at IUSB/TMA Montessori Teaching Academy at Edison Lakes.  Roxann coordinated several programs while working at Montessori Academy for eight years.  She returns to Holy Cross, having fulfilled the roll as a parent of three former Crusaders.  She also is a substitute teacher here at Holy Cross and previously was our Preschool teacher.

Erik Wishmeier:  After School Aide.  Erik worked as a Kindergarten Aide at Holy Cross School for 4 years.  He is currently in his 11th year as an After School Care Aide. 

Ron Dials:  Maintenance Supervisor.  Ron came to use in the 2015-16 school year.  He was previously at St. John's and has served in maintenance for many years, both in South Bend Community Schools and local Diocesan schools.

Lidia Guevara:  This is Lidia's 4th year as an afternoon custodian.  Her son is a Crusader at Holy Cross.

Bill Myers:  Bill is in his 13th year at Holy Cross and is currently working as our part time custodian.     He has an ASB in Business Management/Accounting from Michiana College of Commerce. He also earned a certificate from the IRS for Tax Preparation and for Locksmithing from Foley-Belsay Institute.  Bill enjoys his family and being around nature.

Patty Myers: Patty has been at Holy Cross for many  years as a lunch/recess aide and has also helped in the school office.  She began working in maintenance in the middle of the 2016-17 school year. 

Will Myers:  Will has worked in maintenance for several years.  He is a Freshman in college and is a former Crusader and St. Joseph High School Indian.

Xochitl Ramirez: Xochitl began working in maintenance on a part time basis at the bend of the 2016-17 school  year. 

Barb Stevenson:  Barb has been with Holy Cross school for 22 years.  She is currently an afternoon custodian and has worked as a lunchroom aide for several years.    Barb enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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