Ms. Caitlin Carey begins her second year as our Art teacher. As a life long artist, Ms. Carey is always looking for ways to use her talents that will benefit others. It is so important for children to express themselves creatively, and she loves helping facilitate that at St. Francis. Miss Carey taught abroad in India and has also been involved in a youth group. She loves working with children because of their big imaginations and an ability to view the world with a simplicity that often escapes adults.
Mr. Rich Hurdle With over 40 years of performance and teaching experience, Mr. Hurdle has taught students of all ages and skill levels with an education in music theory, musicianship, aural skills, improvisation, composition, arranging, stagemanship, and technical training in all genres of music. Mr.Hurdle is very excited to bring Band to St. Francis!
Mrs. Colleen Rastovich has been involved in the arts in one way or another for most of her life, particularly music, which she considers to be divinely inspired. Mrs. Rastovich studied piano performance at Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Conservatory of Music. She then moved to Atlanta, where she graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has taught music in both public and private schools. She is trained in the ORFF method and is the creator of AMP (Art, Music, Dramatic Play) a cross-curriculum storyline approach to the creative arts. In addition to serving as Music Specialist for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Mrs. Rastovich is Musical Director of St. Francis Catholic Church and Director of the St. Francis Children’s Choir. She is grateful for the beautiful ORFF instrumentarium with which she teaches, Bend’s clean air and fresh water, and the opportunity to serve God through a job she loves. Mrs. Rastovich and her husband, Rob, run Rastovich Family Farms and Barley Beef with their four children, Samuel, Alexis, Victoria, and Max. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, sculpting, playing music with her children, and sleeping.
Mrs. Joan Tyler is our Librarian. Mrs. Tyler is a parish volunteer with years of experience running a school library. We are so grateful that she is sharing her time and talents with us. She would love few parent volunteers who would be willing to reshelve books and keep the library tidy.
Mrs. Karen Laubacher received her Catechist certification from the Diocese of San Diego where she began teaching Religious Education in 1995. She is now a certified catechist for the Diocese of Baker. Mrs. Laubacher has taught Religious Education to grades Kindergarten through 8. Mrs. Laubacher was our St. Francis Parish Middle School Youth Minister for two years before teaching in fifth through eighth grade for the last nine years. She and her husband, Roger, are active parishioners. Their youngest son, Bradley, graduated from St. Francis and is a freshman at the University of Oregon and a member of the Duck Track Team. Their older son, Patrick, is in the U.S. Navy and their daughter, Bethany, is a medical student at OHSU in Portland.
Sister Sabina Mbenge of the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega was born in the Machakos District of Eastern Kenya. She received her Masters in Education in 1994 from Leads University, UK. Sister Sabina was the principal of St. Angela School for 14 years. She was the formator of young Sisters of Mary for two years and Superior of the Sister of Mary for four years. She answered the call for religious sisters to come to the Diocese of Baker seven years ago and now teaches religion for preschool through fourth grade. She also spends several hours teaching in our preschool classrooms.
Senora Anna Torres Spanish is Senora Torres’s first language and she was introduced to a second language, English, at an early age. She understands the benefits of learning multiple languages because it helps the students think of the world in different ways. The students not only gain a better understanding of other cultures but they also improve their cognitive skills as many recent studies have shown. Senora Torres is currently a student at Central Oregon Community College and is working towards a degree in Elementary Education. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, walking by the river, reading, and cooking for family and friends.
Mrs. Gail Putnam conducts our P.E. classes twice a week. She starts her fourth year at St. Francis. Mrs. Putnam is a new grandmother.trulytruely enjoys the young children in her classes and integrating movement with curriculum goals. Mrs. Putnam also plans and coordinates our field day activities. She appreciates the parent volunteers who help set-up and take-down field day and is always willing to add a few more to the list.
Mr. David Wolf joins our staff this year. He has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Sanoma State University with an Educational Specialist credential. Mr. Wolf has been a Special Education teacher for 8 years and specializes in helping his students develop and find personalized strategies to help them be successful in their academics. He is dedicated to positively influencing and empowering those around him. Mr. Wolf has worked in both elementary and high school settings. He sees his work as empowering students to realize they are truly capable of achieving their life goals.
Mrs. Sue Neal is teaching the middle school sewing elective. She is a volunteer but also an experienced teacher. Mrs. Neal has firm rules for students because they are using real sewing machines and hot irons. The student's products are fabulous. Most wish to repeat the course so they can go on to more complicated projects.
Mrs. Patty Marx is our lunch room and kitchen coordinator. Patty is a grandparent in our school and a parishioner. Patty takes great pride in knowing each child by name and their food preferences. If you are running an event out of our kitchen you will receive your training from Mrs. Marx.
Mrs. Allison Williams also works in our kitchen as a lunch coordinator.
Mrs. Julia Brunko is the Yearbook supervisor. She is a long time supporter of St. Francis School and has the perfect amount of precision to help students make the year book pages beautifully aligned without causing any anxiety. Now that's talented teaching!
Mrs. Ann Thompson is the after school care teacher. She believes that the children should have some autonomy after three o'clock. Many activities are provided and students may choose what interests them. Students also vote on where they will spend their time, in the gym, outside, or in the classroom. Mrs. Thompson allows the children to discuss the game plan before the vote and then encourages everyone to finish their homework so the fun can begin.