Meet Our Staff
Fr. Tom Cavera
Having grown up in nearby Rockford, Fr. Tom is delighted to be assigned to this beautiful parish community. He is beginning his third year as the Canonical Administrator and hopes to continue to bring the gospel message to the people of Parnell for many years to come.
It is a privilege and honor to serve Saint Patrick School and the entire Saint Patrick community. Every child is a gift from God, and it is my mission to ensure that we provide the highest quality Catholic Education for each and every student.
St. Patrick Parnell is the reason why I became Catholic. I started attending Mass in 2015 and joined the staff here during the summer of 2018. I am so privileged to be a part of this community!
Child Care Director &
Early Childhood Teacher
It is my mission to provide a faith filled environment that motivates and challenges each child to reach their highest potential. To take an active role in shaping the experiences that promotes the uniqueness and creativity of each child. To encourage, nurture and support each child through my interaction, dedication and commitment to this community.
When my children were younger I was able to stay at home to take care of them. Some families do not have this luxury and finding childcare that is supportive can be challenging. For me, being able to care for the children of our St. Patrick's family is an absolute honor. I believe that children learn best through play and I strive to create and maintain a safe environment where they can grow while exploring God's world around them.
Kindergarten is such an exciting year of learning. I have a passion for watching children grow and develop. I love being able to teach the social and readiness skills, bible stories and starting them on the path for their educational journey.
I hope to encourage and foster a love for learning in every child that I have the pleasure of teaching.
As an alumni of Assumption BVM School, West Catholic High School and Aquinas College, I understand and live the immeasurable value of Catholic education. I aspire to let Christ’s light shine brightly through my love, care and dedication for my students and their families as we work together to grow in education, family and faith...all toward our Heavenly goal.
I hope that my students will grow to be responsible and independent students, using their creativity and critical thinking skills in everything that they do. I hope to instill a curiosity for learning and help students grow to their full potential, without a fear of failing. Finally, I hope that students are true examples of Christ’s teachings when interacting with others.
I hope to show my students that by using what they learn from books, from the Gospel and from the people around them, each one of them is capable of incredible things. I want my students to discover that each one of them is a scientist, a mathematician, an artist, a reader and an author that has something to offer to their families, our class, our parish, our and the world. around them
Growing up in Belding, Tara can’t ever remember a time when she wasn’t enthralled with the idea of teaching. For her, teaching in a Catholic school is a wonderful opportunity to share her faith with her students and be able to discuss religion in the classroom. Beyond that, Tara finds it a joy to be able to create a lesson and watch it engage students.
I spent 12 years as a student in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and my four children have also grown up in the Catholic School System. I have seen firsthand the importance of a Christ Centered Education. I am looking forward to guiding my students next year as they grow in their faith and hope to inspire in them a love of God and service to others.
Sixth Grade &
Middle School Math
My hope is to create a positive learning environment for all students that focuses on caring relationships and values the gifts that each child brings with them to the classroom.
Seventh Grade &
Middle School ELA
7th grade is a time of great transition. As students enter the teen years, they form strong attitudes and opinions that will shape their future. As they seek independence, it is my goal to motivate them to love learning and guide them in becoming faith-filled young adults.
Eight Grade &
Middle School Science
My hope for all students is that they will strive to be the person God wants them to be. I work to instill in them a desire to make choices that are drawing them closer to God and to discover and use their gifts to help those around them. As the time approaches to leave St. Patrick School, I want them to be confident responsible students who manage their time wisely.
Middle School Math
MS Band Director
Maintenance & Custodial
Maintenance & Custodial