MADEIRA, August 2013 – St Gertrude School’s Miami Rd campus is back in session and buzzing with excitement after a long and busy summer that included building renovations and addition of several new faculty members—three of which are new Dominican Sisters arriving from other teaching assignments across the country.
“I am impressed with the faculty and staffs’ good spirits and readiness despite all the construction work that took place this summer. The new year is off to a fabulous start, enrollment is up—especially in our Kindergarten—and I look forward to integrating our new faculty members into the wonderful teaching staff that has been a hallmark of St Gertrude School for nearly 80 years,” said third year principal Sr. Mary Aquinas, adding, “the consolidation of school and parish offices under one roof has made us more efficient and effective even in the short time we have been together.”
Among the many improvements are a new Information Technology Lab, upgraded mobile computing devices, and consolidation of the administrative wing with expanded office and storage space. Sr Mary Aquinas added, “The changes made sense from a curricular and space perspective to better leverage our resources and processes. I am grateful to the faculty and staff for helping facilitate the moves and for their willingness to embrace new procedures that will enhance the learning and safety atmosphere for all our students.”
The new Sister’s on faculty are: Sister Veronica Marie, O.P. (7th grade Language Arts and 8th grade Religion), who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education from Benedictine College. She has 3 years of experience in Catholic school education, most recently at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Denver, Colorado, where the Sister taught Junior High Religion and English. Sister Sophia, O.P., is the new 4th & 5th grade Religion and English teacher and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Providence College and a K-6 Elementary Teacher License from Aquinas College. She has 5 years of experience in private school education and taught Middle School Religion at St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater, Minnesota last year. Sister Marie Noelle, O.P., is the 2nd Grade Teacher and she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Eureka College and is currently completing her Masters in Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. Sister Marie Noelle has 8 years of experience in private school education and was on the faculty at St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Illinois in 2012-13 where she taught 2nd grade.