Middle School Language Arts teacher Matthew Florian with his son, Oscar, and wife, Melissa, on Easter Sunday The last time Catherine remembers being in St. Matt’s gym, she was playing in a middle school Volleyball game alongside her twin sister, Hannah, playing against the Blazers. Born and raised in South Bend, she attended St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend (where she converted to Catholicism), and later graduated from St. Joseph High School. She returned to her high school alma mater to teach in the classrooms she once sat in, built on the grounds of the old hospital that she was born in. After teaching English to ninth and twelfth graders for two years, God called Catherine to teach religion to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at the Cathedral School of Saint Matthew. She couldn’t be more excited to share her faith with the students and help them grow in their relationship with God. We are happy to welcome Catherine to our school community, this time teaching for the Blazers!Middle School Religion teacher Catherine Horvath with her mother, sister, and father at her sister’s graduation from Indiana University
Matthew Florian was born in western Pennsylvania and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A lifelong Catholic and product of Catholic education, Matthew is the eldest of 5 children. Matthew graduated from Holy Cross College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in history, and from Bethel College’s Transition to Teaching program in 2014. Licensed in Historical Perspectives and Journalism for Indiana, Matthew has served as a full-time substitute, instructional aide, and full-time teacher at the John Glenn, Union-North, and New Prairie school corporations. Matthew met and married his wife Melissa at Holy Cross College in 2012, and resides with her, their son Oscar, Melissa’s grandmother Barbara, and dog Wrex in Olive Township. When not in the classroom, Matthew is a 1st Degree member of the Knights of Columbus St. Michael’s Council #1542 in Laporte, manager of the Columbian Club of Laporte, Coordinator of Aircrew Training for Civil Air Patrol’s Indiana Wing, and a production team member for the South Bend Cubs. He is a parishioner of St. Stanislaus Kostka in New Carlisle, where he sings and is a member of the Usher Club. Welcome to our school, Matthew!