For the last 20 years, Mrs. Karen Daluge has been a guiding light over STM health and fitness, athletics, and, most recently, technology. While she has worn many hats at STM, Daluge is currently the Student Information Systems Administrator at STM, working with the PowerSchool database and assisting with student scheduling. Daluge also teaches the Microsoft Office Suite computer skills course.
Daluge came to Thomas More for the 1999-2000 school year and taught Physical Education and Health. Over the next several years, she coached freshman girls’ basketball, girls’ softball, and boys’ and girls’ tennis. “I was not one to sit and watch,” she explains. “I really enjoyed playing against, and often beating, the students in sports like tennis, badminton, and pickleball.” Even though she is not officially involved in Cavalier Athletics anymore, Daluge can often be seen helping the tennis teams and cheering on our athletes at different events.
Daluge coaching tennis in the early 2000s
When the school began the 1:1 laptop program in 2007, Daluge began making the transition to the technology side of STM. “As the first school in the Milwaukee area to go 1:1, we had to work hard to make sure the technology was effective,” she said. “The biggest challenge was getting the teachers and staff up to speed and one step ahead of the students, but the convenience of easy communication via email and access to all of the online research and learning opportunities is worth it.”
With the use of technology growing in nearly every field, STM started the laptop program to develop students’ imagination and flexibility, preparing them to take full advantage of future technological advances during their collegiate and professional careers. Online textbooks and research material are available to students to help them grasp concepts explained in class and writing and grammar programs help our students put their ideas on paper. PowerSchool, the student information system that Daluge manages, allows students and parents to easily access their grades and schedules as well as giving school administrators the capability to send text alerts and school-wide emails. Daluge is essential to the scheduling, grade update, and registration process because of her expertise in this database.
After her years of experience in many areas of the school, Daluge recommends all teachers get involved in school activities and get to know the students and other staff members. “I have always enjoyed the community feel of STM,” she said. “There is always someone to listen to you, give you a pep talk, or teach you something.”
Her peers recognize how important it is to have a person like Daluge on staff. “Karen is as integral a member of the St. Thomas More family as there has ever been,” said social sciences department chair Kevin Gleeson. “She is a brilliant and adaptable leader who has shifted roles several times during my time at STM. This is, of course, only possible because of her propensity to serve her school community and her lead-by-example approach to lifelong learning. Whether teaching health and Microsoft Office, leading students on summer fitness rides, problem-solving ailing laptops, helping teachers through grade updates or coaching her athletes to the playoffs, Karen conducts herself with humility, love, and an affable grace that is not common. For these examples, and the countless others which go unseen, we thank you Karen.”