Ms. Cate Carey joins us this year bringing a wealth of international experiences working with children and sharing her love of art. Cate is a parishioner and looks forward to sharing her Catholic background in an art room setting and building relationships with our families along the way.
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!
Learning Support Program
Mr. Andrew (Drew) Hopper completed his bachelor's of arts degree with an emphasis in collaborative special education and is certified to teach Kindergarten through twelfth grade through The University of Alabama. Mr. Hopper has met all the necessary requirements and holds an Initial I teaching License in the state of Oregon and has received training and professional development in the areas of collaborative problem solving differentiated instruction strategies, and Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). In addition, Miss Marissa Manza will be a mentor and provide support for Mr. Hopper remotely.
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 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. 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 a day teaching in our preschool classrooms.
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 third year at St. Francis as a grandmother. Gail also plans and coordinates our field day activities.
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.