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Welcome to Our New Cavalier Teachers!

We are proud to welcome seven new teachers to our excellent teaching staff this fall! Read a little about them below, and visit them at Back to School Night (for current families on September 4) or Open House (for all community members, October 21 and 22) to learn more!


Left to right: Paul Bauer, Chris Servais, Brandon Johnson, Adam Meyers, Jess Herrick, & Terry Gavin

 

Paul Bauer – English
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
University/Degree: Princeton University, English and Creative Writing
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I reached a point in my legal career where I wanted to retire and do something where I could give a little back.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: I’ll let you know when I find out! Right now I’m just having fun being around such nice kids.
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: I met with Mary McIntosh and Nic Kelly a year ago and was very impressed with the direction they were taking the school in and their sense of its mission.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: I’ve been teaching myself Latin over the past two years and I have a fantasy that I might someday be good enough to start a Latin class at STM. Meanwhile, since I actually do know something about the law, I’m going to try and get a mock trial team going, which would make sense since Thomas More is the patron saint of lawyers!

Chris Servais – Math
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
University/Degree: UW-La Crosse, Mathematics and Pre-Law
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I was a volunteer football coach at Pius XI and fell in love with working with and helping high school students.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: I really enjoy teaching Pre-Calc!
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: The diversity of the student population and the 100% college placement sparked my interest in STM.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: I would love to continue coaching!


Brandon Johnson – Math

Hometown: Geneva, Illinois
University/Degree: Marquette, Mathematics and Secondary Education
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I wanted a career where I can combine my math skills with my desire to help others.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: Integrated Math is my favorite subject to teach.
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: Word of mouth.  Nobody in Milwaukee has anything but positive things to say about STM.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: I plan on slowly becoming very involved in athletics within the next couple years.


Adam Meyers – Science

Hometown: Glenview, Illinois
University/Degree: Marquette, Secondary Education
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I really liked tutoring and working with students. I knew I wanted to be a teacher after working a job at a historic nature preserve teaching history and biology.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: I am very excited to teach projectiles in Physics this year. I also really like teaching about DNA and Ecology in Biology.
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: I was drawn by the positive culture that this school has. The support for the students is very strong, and I wanted to be a part of an amazing team.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: I’d like to find a club and sport to get involved in as well as going to the basketball games and other sporting events.


Jess Herrick – English

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin
University/Degree: Marquette, English Language and Literature
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: After bouncing around in the Theology and Political Science Departments at Marquette, I landed up primarily in English and thought I’d eventually end up in publishing or college administration. At the end of my senior second semester, I had no idea what to do, and a roommate told me about the Alumni Service Corps program at Marquette High. I remember getting the offer call from the Assistant Principal, and as I listened to him, I felt more and more sure that this was what I was supposed to be doing – and I felt that way for the whole school year. After the volunteer year, I moved to Houston to keep working for the Jesuit schools and had such powerful mentors that I never looked back.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: Anything the kids hate reading – I like a good challenge! More specifically, in literature I like teaching plays, because the length allows for easier reading and deeper discussion, and they’re a great way to teach kids their individual strengths in argumentation. That said, I think the most important thing I teach is grammar/writing basics: language is the currency of power, and mastering it opens up previously unimaginable doors for so many kids.
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: The Holy Spirit. Seriously. We all get the feeling sometimes that a person or a place will be a significant part of our future. I haven’t had that feeling about a person yet, but I’ve felt it about places, and STM has been with me for over a decade, getting coincidentally more and more prominent in the last few years. In many ways, I feel I’m finally home.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: Retreats/pilgrimages and theater are my “wheelhouses,” where I’ve had the most experience and feel the most engaged and helpful. Service, student spirit, and freshmen orientation are my other big passions. Honestly, I’ll go wherever I’m needed, as long as it benefits the students.


Terry Gavin – English

Hometown: New Berlin, Wisconsin
University/Degree: UW-Milwaukee, BS and MS in English, Speech, Journalism, and Administrative Leadership
Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I love working with people.
Q: What is your favorite topic to teach?
A: Death of a Salesman!
Q: What drew you to STM?
A: I  was drawn by the stellar reputation.
Q: What do you hope to get involved in at STM?
A: Wherever I’m needed!

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