Cara Barnes, 3rd Grade
Cara has been teaching for 12 years and this is her 7th 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.
Margaret Copelin, Physical Education
This is Margaret's third year at Holy Cross. She came to us from St.
John the Baptist School in South Bend. She holds a Master Degree in
Elementary Education and a BS Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Resource
Barb Echard, Junior High Reading
Barb has taught at Holy Cross for 22 years (Language Arts and Computer) and holds a B.A. from Purdue University.
Deanna Finfrock, Preschool / Prekindergarten
This is Deanna's first year as preschool/prekindergarden teacher. She has been the Aide in our preschool/prekindergarden for 2 years. She has worked several years as our
SCRIP coordinator and also is a substitute teacher.
JoAnn Goepfrich, 1st Grade
JoAnn has 27 years of teaching experience in Catholic Schools, plus this year will be her 13th at Holy Cross. She has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from IUSB.
Rebecca Hagen, Junior High Religion
This is Becci's fifth 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 forth year at Holy Cross and her sixth 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.
Debbie Hudak, School Counselor
Debbie is in her 21st year at Holy Cross and her 24th 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 18 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 29 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 20 years, the last 15 of them at Holy Cross. She began her teaching here in Early Childhood Music and for the last eleven years has happily taught 2nd grade. In addition, Melissa has been the Director of the annual Jr. High play for the last 8 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 19 years. 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 12th 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.
Becky Ridenour: Resource Aide
Becky has been at Holy
Cross for 9 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
Jennifer Sosinski, 4th Grade
Jennifer has been in education for the past 26 years, including 21 years with Holy Cross. She earned her BS from Elmhurst College.
Julie Van Meter, Music
This is Julie's 10th 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 25 years.