Parents, I hope you and your children are enjoying the summer. It is hard to believe it is already the middle of June. I wanted to share with you the most recent hiring of new teachers and to recap other staff changes that were communicated in May.
Our new junior high Spanish teacher is Mrs. Sara Silva. Here is an excerpt from a recommendation letter for Mrs. Silva written by Mrs. Tapia. “Since 2005, Mrs. Silva has been working with Los Monitos Language Company, formerly known as Los Monitos Language Center. Within this company, Mrs. Silva has worked as a Spanish Instructor, Office Manager, and as the Director of Program Development. I have known Mrs. Silva for more than 7 years. She is native from Mexico and, like myself, she is highly motivated to teach and share the importance of learning Spanish as a second language. I know that Mrs. Silva will continue developing and improving the Spanish program that I started eight years ago at Holy Trinity. We met to talk about the expectations of the program, in order to have a smooth transition for all of our students. I am confident that Mrs. Silva will be a great addition to our school.” We are excited to have Mrs. Silva on our staff. Ms. Leo Provan has been hired as our new Pre-K through 6th grade Spanish teacher. She will also teach public speaking and drama to our 7th and 8th graders. Ms. Provan, a native of Santiago, Chili, has most recently been teaching as a Spanish instructor with Los Monitos Language Company. We were impressed with her enthusiasm, her comprehensive view of language development, and her creativity.
Ms. Morgan Linden will be our new junior high science teacher. Ms. Linden has taught junior high physics, chemistry, and biology for the last three years in Arkansas. In a recommendation letter from her former assistant principal, it states: “Morgan is extremely creative and she thinks outside the box. She has shown excellent classroom management skills and developed a sound rapport with students, colleagues, and parents that is characterized by mutual respect. It’s this commitment to personal growth and the never-ending success of her students’ well being that makes Morgan an outstanding educator. Morgan has my highest recommendation for any teaching opportunity that you may offer and I look forward to learning more about her accomplishments that lie in her professional future.” We are happy to announce that Mrs. Pat Hammer will be working with our 7th and 8th graders during their resource day with additional science lab classes as we embark on our STEAM initiative.
Ms. Clare Wolz will join us as the 7th and 8th grade religion teacher. Ms. Wolz has a degree in Theology from Bellarmine University and comes highly recommended by all who she has worked for previously. Ms. Wolz had multiple job offers from other Catholic schools in our area, and we are proud that she chose Holy Trinity.
In social studies, Mrs. Morgan Vihlidal will be returning to Holy Trinity to teach 7th and 8th grade. Mrs. Vihlidal taught ten years at KCD, and also three years at Holy Trinity. She does a great job of connecting writing into her subject matter, and brings experience and leadership to this position. Additionally, she has worked with the current 7th and 8thgrade students and we are excited to have her back at Holy Trinity. We will definitely continue our Washington, D.C. trip and hope to utilize Mrs. Murphy’s knowledge and passion for D.C. for many years to come.
Ms. Ashley Samuel and Mrs. Michelle Hartlage will be teaching mathematics for 7th and 8th grade. We will be dividing up 7th and 8th grade math classes to make sure each group is challenged according to their potential, with Mrs. Hartlage assisting in 7th and 8th grade math and serving in a new role as Math Resource Teacher.
Ms. Elizabeth Przystawski will be our third Pre-K teacher. Ms. Przystawski graduated from Bradley University, where she earned her degree in elementary education and played tennis. Last year she taught third grade at St. Bernard School here in Louisville. Through the interview process as well as her recommendations, we were impressed with her nurturing spirit, her dedication to Catholic education, and her devotion to her students.
In 4th grade, Mrs. Brooke Bertsch, one of our current junior high teachers, will replace Mrs. Michelle Hartlage as a homeroom teacher. Mrs. Bertsch will teach math and science in 4th grade, and Mrs. Schuhmann will teach religion and social studies. Mrs. Becca Weibel will replace Mrs. Carol Bissmeyer as the reading resource teacher. Mrs. Weibel has been at Collegiate for ten years as their reading resource teacher. Mrs. Michelle Harrington will move to the 3rd grade to replace Mrs. Katie Baker, who is moving to Kindergarten. Mrs. Wendy Stewart will be the new 5th grade social studies and religion teacher, replacing Ms. Samuel. Mrs. Stewart taught for over ten years in Catholic schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She taught English, social studies and religion.
In a few weeks we will be sending out a letter which will include links to various registration materials as well as pertinent information for the coming school year, e.g., handbook, calendar, etc. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Jack Richards, Principal