Alumni Feature: Katie Tessari, Class of 2004

Katie’s Story:

“I attended St. Stephen’s Kindergarten-8th grade and I am currently the Librarian/Media Specialist in the same library I listened to stories in so many years ago. I started my teaching career in 1st grade at St. Bernard’s, then moved to Reading Intervention, finally, I added Library and Academic Coordinator to that role. During my first year back at SSM I got to teach 3rd grade with my 3rd-grade teacher, Mrs. Vamosi. My parents are founding members of the parish and I was part of the parish for almost 30 years before getting married, moving, and joining a new parish.

When I was in Kindergarten, it was only half-day! My Kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Klein) had a son who became a famous actor. I remember when the gym was built. Before the gym, we had PE in the cafeteria or in the entryway of the school. The playground was also added while I was a student here. I loved the Book Fairs (and still do!), they were some of the best times of the year. But I now understand why Mrs. Knobbe might have been a little stressed out those weeks… I was in the last 8th-grade group with only two classes to graduate. After my year there were 3 of every grade level. Crispito Day in the cafeteria was the best day, especially if you were on lunch duty and could have doubles!

Attending SSM was a positive experience in my life. I obviously didn’t hate it since I came back 14 years later to teach here! After all my years of receiving a Catholic education, I can’t imagine not teaching in a Catholic school and giving students the same faith-filled foundation I received. I hope that I can inspire the same love of reading and imagination in my students that some of my teachers did for me.”

Are you a graduate of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School? We’d love to hear from you! We are celebrating our school’s 30th anniversary this year and would like to feature alumni stories throughout the year to share with our current families. We would love to get at least one graduate from each of the last 30 years. If you are willing to be featured please fill out this Google Form.