I am Bernadette Menard and I began teaching at St. Michael School in 1999! I was hired to teach 8th Grade English and literature. I continued to teach 8th (and 7th) grades for the next five years. At that point, I decided to take a two-year leave, until my youngest would be in school full-time. The year that I started my leave, Monsignor Bill asked me to start a ministry program for our high-school students, and I have been running our High School Youth Ministry ever since. I love that job, and it has created many great, faith-filled experiences for our teens over the years, including retreats, service, and an annual mission trip to work for Habitat for Humanity in the UP.
Last year, Mrs. Kuszczak asked me to sub for Mrs. Press while she was on maternity leave. I was a little apprehensive. For most of my career, I had only worked with students in high school and junior high. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and gratifying jobs I've ever had, so I was very excited when she asked me to take the position permanently this year! I love working with the second graders - they learn and grow so quickly. I am excited and honored to be part of this important sacramental year as well. It is also a joy to be back in the school building, working side by side with the best teachers I've ever known!
I am married, and my husband is a retired Livonia Police Officer, who now works for the state. We have four children, three boys, and one girl, and they are all proud, St. Michael graduates! We love to spend time with our family and friends and travel as often as possible. Two of our boys live in New York City, so we go as often as we can to see them. We also love our incorrigible, but hilarious beagle, Fiona.
Having been part of the St. Michael community as a teacher, a youth minister, a mom, and a parishioner, is one of the greatest blessings in my life.