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
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
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.