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  • Rev. Terry Fisher

    Pastor and Rector

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    I am from South Bend. I graduated from Holy Cross grade school and Saint Joseph High School. I taught at Saint Matthew School for ten years and then went to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. I was ordained a priest in 1985.

    My mother’s home made Lasagna is my favorite food!

    If I could go any place, I would go to New York or Ireland.
  • Sister Gianna Marie

    Principal

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    I am a religious sister with the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka. I grew up on the West Coast and in the Midwest with both of my parents, 4 brothers, and 1 sister. I grew up loving sports, especially soccer and basketball, and began coaching at the age of 13

    ​I am excited to be here at St. Matthew’s for my third year as Principal and have enjoyed all 8 years of serving Catholic schools as an administrator.

    My favorite part of being a principal is working with our great staff and serving our parents and students
  • Dr. Lindsey Esbensen

    Assistant Principal

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    I was born in Orlando, FL and went to Catholic schools all my life. When I left for the University of Notre Dame, I had never seen more than one inch of snow on the ground. After 17 years at Notre Dame (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.), I became very familiar with more than one foot of snow on the ground every winter. I love interacting with students from Pre-K through eighth grade here at St. Matthew Cathedral School.

    My favorite things to do are hiking, watching movies, cooking and baking, and playing games or sports (e.g., tennis, bowling, putt-putt golf, and frisbee) with my kids. I like pretty much every kind of food, but especially Southern-Style food, as you would find at Cracker Barrel.

    On my outlandish "bucket list" for vacation I would like to watch the O'Henry Competition in Austin, TX, or visit the Punderdome in New York just one time in my life. For my more realistic dream vacation, however, I would be thrilled to go hiking in Tennessee with my family.
  • AnnMarie Ferris

    Secretary

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  • Leah Richardson

    Business Manager

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    I am from the South Bend area, growing up in Osceola and attending Queen of Peace Church (they didn’t have a school when I was a kid). I graduated from Penn High School and Ball State University. My husband, TJ, and I have four children. Our daughters, Aubrey and Cassidy, both graduated from St. Matthews and are now in high school at JAHS. Our sons, Zac and Ryan are in 7th and 2nd grades at St Matt’s.

    ​Some of my favorite things are going to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset, having Sunday breakfast with my extended family, watching my kids play sports, play their instruments, sing in the choir and act in plays. I also love Mexican food, Chicago hot dogs and almost any kind of dessert – cookies are my favorite.

    ​My dream vacation would be to hang out on the beaches in Fiji.
  • Pat Gring

    Admissions Director

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  • Cathy Roney

    Technology Coordinator

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  • JoAnn Palmer

    Librarian, State Titles Director, Grant Writer

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    It has been my pleasure to be associated with the Cathedral School for nearly twenty years. Although I was born in Chicago, Illinois, my family and I moved numerous times between the mid-west and the east coast. I was education predominately in Pennsylvania. In fact I received my undergraduate degree from Immaculata University located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.​

    My husband and I have three exceptional children (all our children graduated from SMCS) and are the proud grandparents of four remarkable children.
  • Susan Richter

    8B - Middle School Social Studies

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  • Janet Wroblewski

    8A - Middle School Math

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  • Dr. Ellen Andrews

    7B - Middle School Science

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  • Joshua O'Brien

    7A - Middle School Literature

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    My name is Joshua O’Brien. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I grew up on the corner of Angela boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue where I developed a love for Our Lady’s University. Some of my earliest memories consisted of watching Saturday morning cartoons with one eye, while the other watched the streams of one way traffic. My older brother Jamie and I learned to throw footballs in our front yard with these passersby. South Quad is the”park” that my mother would take us, and Law School chili was my Father’s attempt at a home cooked meal.

    I have two brilliant younger sisters, and I love to make stir fry for them (even if one is a vegetarian and the other is picky). In my free time I enjoy reading a good book in my freshly weeded garden and playing the guitar for my wife.

    I ran Cross Country and Track at Saint Joseph’s High School before moving on to Notre Dame. I graduated in 2012 with my BA in English and Russian. While at Notre Dame I studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and I plan on returning there next summer for the World Cup!

    This is my third year at St. Matthews, and I am grateful everyday for my supportive and persistent colleagues and my bright and (usually) funny students.

  • John Fyrqvist

    6B - Middle School Religion

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  • Luz Hernadez

    6A - Middle School Language Arts

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  • Sarah Pellico

    5B - Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies

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    I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I attended St. Adalbert from K-8, Washington High School, and Saint Mary’s College. My husband and I have 5 children, four of them attend the Cathedral School, our oldest has graduated and now attends Marian High School. I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, and spending time with my family. I really enjoy trying different foods, though I can’t handle spicy very well.

    My dream meal would be fresh sushi, a good salad, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

    If I could go anywhere, I would go to Hawaii and enjoy the sand and sun.

  • Anita Hunckler

    5A - Science, Math, and Religion

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  • Judy King

    4B

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    This is my third year teaching 4th grade here at the Cathedral School. I was born in South Bend, and attended St. Joseph High School and Indiana University. I earned my Masters Degree in Education from IUSB. I have taught at Our Lady of Hungary School and Holy Family School before coming to St. Matthew. My husband and I are proud parents to three children, one just graduating college and twins that are heading off to college this year.

    My favorite food is any food that I don’t have to cook! If I could go anywhere, I would take my family on a tour of Europe!

  • Donna Quinn

    4A

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  • Sheila Wilcox

    3B

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    This is my 22nd year at the Cathedral School! How time does fly! I have taught first grade, kindergarten, and now third grade. Which is the most exciting? Hard to say!

    I have two children of my own – Torie Collins who is now 30 and married, and Drew who is 27 and also married! – as well as assorted cats, dogs, and fish. I also have three amazing (biased I know) grandchildren – I’m so excited as both my grandchildren will be attending St. Matthew Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year – Grandma will get to see them every day!

    I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. Thank you for entrusting them to our care.

  • Marcy Balderas

    3A

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  • Jordynn Keultjes

    2B

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  • Kathy McMillen

    2A

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  • Rhonda Menting

    1B

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  • Tere Sinka

    1A

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    My hometown is South Bend. I was born here. I went to Saint Joseph High School and the University of Notre Dame. Hometown girl all the way.

    My favorite fruit is pineapple. My favorite food is Penne Vodka.

    I’ve been very fortunate in my lifetime and have traveled many places over seas and lived in Australia so I guess for me my dream vacation would be to visit all the major baseball parks in the US. Baseball is my favorite sport and I love the Cubs.

  • Mary Lauck

    KB

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  • Jenna Fischer

    KA

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  • Mallory Mehall

    All-Day 4-Yr-Old PreK

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    I am from South Bend. I am a graduate of St. Matthew Cathedral School. I have worked at the Pre-k since it opened.

    My favorite food is any Chinese food.

    Lastly, my dream vacation would be to visit Greece or Ireland.
  • Lisa Macheca

    4-Yr-Old & 3-Yr-Old PreK

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    I was born and raised in Mishawaka. I am married and have 4 boys ages 19-6. I enjoy watching them play sports and reading. I have a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University and have worked in the preschool environment for over 10 years. I have been at St. Matthew for 3 years.

    My favorite food is ice cream and my dream vacation is to go to Rome.
  • Anne Slater

    Music & PE

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    I am a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana and currently reside in Granger with my husband Larry and our son Owen. I am the youngest of seven children. I was born and raised on the west side of South Bend which was rich with Polish Catholic Americans and large families like mine. Growing up, I attended St. Adalbert’s elementary school, Washington High School and then Indiana University.

    I have been teaching in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for nineteen years and have been at St. Matthew Cathedral since 2011. I currently teach music and PE and enjoy working with students from all the different grade levels.

    In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends. Also, when I have the time I enjoy playing golf and going on long bike rides , and sitting down and learning a new piece of music.

    I have been very blessed in my life and love being a part of St. Matthew Cathedral School!
  • Regina Mauck

    Art & Special Education

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    I grew up in Elkhart but I now live in South Bend. I graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2014 with a B.A. in Studio Art and preschool-12 grade certification in Art. I then moved to Ohio to be a member of the Lalanne Service through Teaching Master’s Program at the University of Dayton. In this program I lived and taught high school art in Cleveland while also taking classes at UD. After completing my 2 years of service and my degree I graduated with a Master’s of Science in Education with a focus in teacher leadership and special education in 2016. I then moved back to South Bend to be closer to my family. I am starting my 5th year of teaching and my 3rd year at St. Matthew’s.

    My favorite food is any type of pasta. Right now on the top of my list are Iceland and the Netherlands. I have also always wanted to take a huge road trip around the United States.
  • Cathy Knabenshue

    Special Education Director

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    I was born & raised in South Bend, and attended Holy Cross Grade School, St Joseph High School, and IUSB. I received bachelor education and masters in special education from IUSB. I am married and have 3 children and one granddaughter; my son is campus minister at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino CA. I have a daughter who is a respitory therapist in Pasadena Ca and a daughter who is an ICU nurse st Memoria in South Bend. My granddaughter is a sophomore at USC. She gave me a USC grandparent shirt; a little hard to wear in ND territory.

    I love chicken and usually eat it at least once a day. I would love to go to Hawaii.

    My most memorable time is 2010 when our whole family went on a trip to Italy with Chris’s school group to see The Shroud of Turin. One day I hope to live close enough to all my children so it’s only a day or less drive. That way we can get together for holidays etc.
  • Janice Horan

    Title I Teacher

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  • Amy Boardley

    Title I Teacher

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  • Hannah Dollinger

    ELL Director, Health Teacher, PreK-8 Athletics Assistant

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  • Jennifer Arndt

    After-School Care Director, ELL Assistant, School Aide



  • JoAnn Medich

    School Aide



  • Lori Newport

    School Aide



  • Kate Malinowski

    School Aide



    I was born in Cincinnati, OH. I have one older sister. We moved to Bismark, ND when I was 1 and I lived there until I was 6. Finally, my family moved to the north side of South Bend where I lived until college.

    I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from IU Bloomington. While at I.U., I met my wonderful husband. We have been married for 16 years and have 3 children. Starting in fall of 2017, I will have worked at St. Matthews as an aide for 6 years. I enjoy reading and exploring nature with my family.

    My favorite food is pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

    My dream vacation would be to visit every National Park in the United States and stay at all the lodges.

  • Colleen Maxwell

    School Aide



  • Martha Meadows

    School Aide



  • Sue Sjoberg

    School Aide



  • Jessica Sheehan

    Band

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    Jessica Sheehan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She studied music at St. Mary’s College and graduated in 2009. She currently lives with her sister, Maria and their labradoodle, Jack. Her hobbies include reading, playing trumpet and going on bike rides.

    Her favorite food is chicken tacos. She loves to travel and plans to go sightseeing around Europe sometime in the next few years.