Monday, July 30, 2012

Saint Bernard welcomes Shelley Perry as Faculty Member

Ms. Shelley Perry has joined the faculty at Saint Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman and will begin her teaching assignments this Fall Semester 2012.  Perry, a twenty-nine year veteran teacher, will teach classes in biology and chemistry.

Ms. Perry attended college at Saint Bernard College, Athens State College, and the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) where she majored in Chemistry and earned a double minored in Math and Biology.  

John Tekulve, Headmaster at St. Bernard Prep, said, “I am eager to have such an outstanding teacher join the faculty.   Ms. Perry will teach two classes of Biology as well as two classes in Chemistry.  In addition she will teach a course in AP Chemistry and serve as Senior Class Moderator,” Tekulve continued.  “We know from our own experience what Ms. Perry can do.  She has taught many students whom she has guided to enter the medical field other related professions.”  

Perry brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her new job.  “I have a brand new smartboard with a built-in document scanner that I can’t wait to start using.”  This technology allows Perry to record lessons, which can be saved to a file.  St Bernard students can then review, study or watch lectures given in class.

“I want my students to develop a love of the sciences.  I want them to enjoy being lifelong learners, and to appreciate the world around them,” Perry said.  

Perry’s commitment to students in the classroom is evident in her own life.  She has received many honors and accolades including the UAB Master’s Program Secondary Student of the Year, the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year as well as the Cullman City Schools Teacher of the Year.  She is expected to complete her graduate work at UAB during the coming year.

Perry is the mother of Nick (Lindsey) Perry; and Lauren Perry.  She is the grandmother of Acelyn, Ryne, and Rhett who live in Ft. Drum, New York where their father, Nick, is a Captain in the US Army.

St. Bernard expects increase in enrollment

                School officials at St. Bernard Prep in Cullman are expecting an increase in enrollment for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.  Headmaster, John Tekulve, said the school is anticipating an enrollment of 170 students.
                In a letter to the faculty and staff, Tekulve said, “This increase is due to the reputation for excellence in educating students that you have helped to develop.  Your hard work and dedication toward molding our students in body, mind, and spirit are much appreciated and recognized by many.”
                Additionally, the following changes in faculty have been made:
·         Rodney Fike will assume the position as Librarian, replacing Br. Leo Borelli.
·         Br. Charles Manning will teach part-time.
·         Shelley Pery will teach classes full-time in the Science Department.
·         Br. Linus Koch is taking on the duties of teaching ESL classes
·         Misty Howse will  substitute teach for Spanish while Katie Aguilar is on maternity leave.
·         Miriam Stella will teach Mathematics at the middle and high school.
·         Br. Leo Borelli will teach Latin.
Students  move into the dorms on Sunday, August 19th and classes begin on Monday, August 20. 
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