Nevoral Class of 2001 1st Grade Teacher
“You can always go
home again.” This phrase could not be more fitting for me! My Holy Cross
journey began in Kindergarten, took me all the way through 8th grade, led me to
Deerfield High School, then the University of Illinois for college...and back
Thanks to all of the
teachers at Holy Cross, I was well prepared for the challenges that I would
face in my academic career. Thanks especially to Senora Heinemann, I was well
prepared and confident walking into an honors Spanish class as a freshman in
high school. This preparation later led to living with a host family for a
semester abroad, and earning a minor in Spanish in college.
education at Holy Cross not only prepares students academically; it helps to
shape them morally, emotionally and spiritually as well. Holy Cross is unique
because we are more than just a school community – we are a faith-based school
community. This is one of the things that makes teaching here so rewarding.
I graduated from Holy
Cross School knowing that I was part of a family that had, and would continue
to, support me in the years to come. I feel so blessed that Holy Cross has
welcomed me back home.
Cross played an instrumental role in shaping me into the person I am today.
Thinking about my former teachers, I am both inspired and excited to be that
guiding force in the lives of my students.
from Jenny Stagl - - - Class of 1999
What makes Holy Cross so different? Holy
Cross prepared me for an academic career that has taken me to the University of
Notre Dame for college and now Johns Hopkins University for graduate studies.
Thanks to Senora Heinemann, I was well prepared to walk into a
sophomore-level Spanish class as a freshman in high school, a semester abroad
in Spain, and today a Spanish-speaking patient’s room. As a result of Mrs.
Miles’s current events curriculum, I learned to appreciate the world outside of
school walls. Through their instruction and example, the devoted teachers at
Holy Cross instilled in me a love for learning and the self-confidence to
believe that I can achieve anything.
Why is Holy
Cross so special? Holy Cross is more than a school; it is a community, where I
attended weekly mass with my classmates and spent Sunday mornings surrounded by
friends and family in worship. At Holy Cross, I discovered that faith calls for
more than an hour on Sunday morning. Holy Cross emphasizes service to others
and provides students with opportunities to experience the joys of giving. The
service I began at Holy Cross never stopped. From Habitat for Humanity, to
service trips in Appalachia, volunteer work in an impoverished clinic, and most
recently a medical mission trip to Haiti, service has become a fundamental
component of my faith.
Growing up with
Holy Cross meant having a second home just minutes away from the first. More
than ten years after graduating, I still feel as much a member of the Holy
Cross community as the day I began kindergarten. I am confident that my
Catholic education at Holy Cross has helped shape me into who I am today and
continually challenges me to live by Christian values. My experience at Holy
Cross makes me grateful to my parents, teachers, and Father Hal for the
dedication and care that went into my Catholic education.
Doyle - - - Class of 2003