Upper Elementary

The goal of the Upper Elementary Department is to build a structure of knowledge on the foundation of skills taught in the early years.  The focus for students changes from learning to read, to reading to learn.  Perseverance and personal accountability are being developed as social skills continue to be strengthened.  Students at this level are expected to communicate and collaborate with the respect for others in mind. 

Our program includes:
Storyline or simulation based learning

Third Grade

noid1y01231Mrs. Stephanie Naegele  has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Northern Arizona University with a post degree in Education.   This is Mrs. Naegele’s 17th year at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.   She expertly prepares her students for standardized testing while instilling a love for all living things.  Mrs. Naegele participates in preparing and harvesting the school garden, use simulation based learning and goal setting to encourage her student's independence. 

Fourth Grade


Ms. Erika Pakalnis comes to us from the University of Oregon Pace program with her undergraduate degree in education.  She  coached our prize winning cross country team this year.

Fifth Grade


Mrs. Beth Boswell has a degree in Education from the University of Portland.  She substituted in public and Catholic schools in the Portland area and taught 5th grade and P.E. at St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Oregon.  Mrs. Boswell moved to Bend from Portland with her husband in 1989. They have three grown children who all attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Mrs. Boswell has taught P.E. and the 4th and 5th grades for us..  Recreating outdoors with her family is her favorite pastime.  Mrs. Boswell blends online study using the Chromebooks with traditional methodologies to create a dynamic learning environment.