St. Bernard Prep Students Begin 2018-19 School Year

St. Bernard Prep Students Begin 2018-19 School Year

St. Bernard Prep Students Begin 2018-19 School Year
Three New Teachers On St. Bernard Faculty

Students at St. Bernard Prep School arrived on campus on Sunday, August 12, 2018, to participate in a day of orientation for the 2018-19 academic year. Of the 162 students enrolled, 40 registered in the boarding division and moved into the dormitories. Much of the day was spent getting familiar with protocols for the new year.

One of the new features welcoming students to the new year was the renovated “Quad” located at the center of campus. Newly installed exterior lights and concrete sidewalks were part of the renovations that were part of this summer’s renovation. This project was part of the summer appeal campaign undertaken by the Development Office under the direction of Fr. Marcus Voss.

Three new teachers were named to the faculty at St. Bernard. Will Drake and Jennifer Glassford join Mrs. Helen Glasscock in the English department, while Michael Kastner has been appointed the new Director of Fine Arts.

Since graduating high school in Cullman, Will Drake received his MFA degree in poetry from North Carolina State University and his BA degree in English and humanities from the University of Mobile. He is moving to St. Bernard from the newly established St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, where he spent two years as the founder of the English program and the boys’ varsity soccer program. He and his wife, Mallory, along with their two-year-old son, have taken up residence in Cullman.

Jennifer Glassford is originally from Mobile and returned to Alabama after completion of twenty years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Her daughter, Alexa attends the Aveda Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Her son, Justis attends Wallace State Community College. After retirement she worked part time for Westbrook Christian School and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is presently enrolled in the Mississippi University for Women and pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Non-Fiction writing. Upon completion of her MFA she plans to further pursue her PhD in English. She lives in Cullman with her son, Justis, and her three dogs, Roxie, Copper and Riley.

Michael Paul Kastner joined the faculty at St. Bernard Prep School as the new Director of Fine Arts. Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Michael and his wife, Betsey, have been married for 34 years and they have 3 children, Michelle, 30, who is a HR Administrative Assistant in Toledo, Ohio, Melissa, 28, who works in Higher Education at Wright State University and is married to Ryan, who is proud to be a member of the U.S. Air Force, and Matthew, 25, who lives in Allentown, PA. (hometown of Father Linus), and is an Instruction Technologist in the Department of Education at Lehigh Valley Health Network. A graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, Michael loves traveling, and taking walks with his wife, accompanied with their family dog, a Jack Russell named Annie. His passion for Catholic Education, vocal music and especially Broadway Musicals, has guided him through 34 years of teaching and directing musicals for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. He is very proud and honored to be a part of the St. Bernard Prep School Family.

Fr. Linus Klucarits, Headmaster at St. Bernard Preparatory School is pleased with how the year has started:

“We’ve had a great start to the year. We’ve had to make a few scheduling changes but, otherwise, all is well.”

Saint Bernard Prep is a co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 7-12. For more information visit www.stbernardprep.com or call (256) 739-6682 to schedule a private tour.

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St. Bernard Prep Students Begin 2018-19 School Year

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The staff writers at Cullman Today are a collaborative group of citizen reporters sharing the writing of stories based upon their personal interests and work schedules.