St. Mary’s News

Welcome our new teachers and Staff

Mrs. Marilyn Garret, Ms. Lindsey Holzhauer – School Counselors

They will be starting in January as our school counselors and we are super excited to have them join our family.

Mrs. Kim Prochnow – Librarian

Kim will be joining us in January as our new librarian. Kim has been a parent at St. Mary’s School for 4 years and has children in 8th, 4th and 2nd. 

Dr. Jody Brucker – PE Teacher

Hello.  My name is Dr. Jody Brucker.  For those of you that are under the age of 21 please call me Mr. Brucker, and for those of you that are greater than 21, please call me Jody.

I am so EXCITED to finally become a Crusader like you and my wife’s 3 generations of family members including herself.  The fact that this opportunity has presented itself is amazing.  I have been waiting for something like this since I first moved here in 2014.  We are going to have some fun, learn stuff and do things that you may keep for the rest of your life.  At least that is what happened to me when I did PE and Health as a young person.  I truly believe that the lessons will help everyone grow their knowledge physically, emotionally, and spiritually because we will develop our bodies, leadership skills, and faith of the most fantastic creation ever, the human body.

Even though I couldn’t be a Crusader at St. Mary’s, I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada am an alumni of the Catholic School system.  I attended St. Mathew’s, St. Benedict’s, St. Cyril’s, Bishop Carroll and Bishop Grandin in Calgary.  After attending Mount Royal College were I earned an Associate’s degree (1993) in Physical Education I came to the United States to further my education.  Up until 2002 I earned a Baccalaureate degree (1995) in Physical Education and Exercise Science from Fort Hays State University, KS; a Master’s degree (1996) in Physical Education and Athletic Training from The Ohio University, OH; and a Ph.D. (2002) from Brigham Yong University, UT in Exercise Science, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Other than those places I have also lived and taught in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, and now in Illinois for over 20+ years.  The last couple years I have been a Paraprofessional in a Special Education room with grade 6, 7, and 8 students with varying intellectual disabilities at Bloomington Junior High School.  Therefore, you can see that physical education and health are second nature to me and I love them very much and hope to help you love them too.

As mentioned, I have been in the area since 2014, but what I didn’t mention is that I truly feel at home here in Bloomington.  I look to stay here and at St. Mary’s for the rest of my capable life teaching Physical Education and Health. 

Important Dates and Events

Cash Bash

Empower Ilinois

Lunch Menu

 St. Mary’s Calendar

Be The Light

Brought together by faith, St. Mary’s School is a Franciscan family welcoming and inspiring all to love, live, learn, and serve as Christ taught us.

We believe that our Catholic faith is best celebrated in community and in partnership with one another. This partnership empowers cooperation between faculty, staff, students, parents, parish staff and parishioners

  • Christ Centered – inspire academic success through quality teaching for learning and faith first.
  • Celebrate Culture – The school will educate and celebrate differences in culture, ethnicity, and learning styles of all children

  • St. Mary’s Family – Emphasis on peace and justice will permeate the relationships between children, staff and parents

If you prefer to study in your own time and at your own speed then one of our e-learning packages may be right up your street.


“We want every person who passes through our doors to know that they are loved by Christ, and that challenges us to educate and love in even more unique ways.”

“Our school building is up-to-date, safe, and is kept beautiful and clean. An optimum enrollment of 200 children would be ideal. We wish we could operate financially by stewardship with no tuition. But this is not the case in today’s world, so we must live within our budget. However, we are blessed with contributions that support nearly half our school expenses through the Sunday collection. It is the St. Mary’s way, to help those in need.”

“We are often told that there is something different about St. Mary’s. This has everything to do with keeping true to our 150 year old mission of searching for Christ in all that we teach, learn and do.”

Fr. Greg Nelson

We believe that each student bears the ultimate responsibility for his or her own achievements. As a Catholic school, we have high standards and expect our students to accept their responsibilities, behave in an exemplary manner, and master the basic skills of their required subject areas. We believe all students are capable of mastering a core curriculum of basic contents and skills. As such mastery is demonstrated, the Catholic school faculty will provide a learning environment which promotes independent and critical involvement with the subject matter.

We believe that students are individuals with different learning styles, abilities and levels of motivation. As partners in our Catholic community of faith we will strive to help each student experience success and fulfill their potential.

The faculty and staff will continually strive to enhance the learning environment and develop new and innovative ways to help all children reach their full, true and rightful.

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Hear from Staff, students, and community about the amazing things going on at St. Mary’s School.

The Crawfords

Parents, St. Mary's School

Parents of 2nd Grade and Pre-K Students

St. Marys is more than a small school rooted in family traditions. It’s full of hard-working families willing to make sacrifices so that their children have the best Catholic education. Our family has valued the many benefits of Catholic education for 4 generations right here in Bloomington and we thank god every day for this school and its staff

Melissa Teagarden

Mother and Faculty

Mom and Faculty member

St. Mary’s is a special place.  It’s more than just a school, it’s a family. The St. Mary’s faculty and staff care about me and my kids, as people, not just staff and students. Parents participate in school events and are active around the school. We’ve been active at the school for over 10 years and are still very happy with our choice.

Garrett Hartrich

Class of 2020, St. Mary's School

St. Marys Alumni

My eleven years at St. Mary’s School were some of the best years of my life. I learned many skills that you would not learn at any other school. My favorite was learning how to serve by helping others. St. Mary’s is a place where I felt safe to be me and that helped me to excel in academics and athletics. I am currently at Central Catholic High School and I thank my teachers at St. Mary’s for preparing me for high school.

Mrs. Schweers

1st Grade, St. Mary's School

1st Grade Teacher

St. Mary’s is my heart’s home.  It is a place that centers me. The people of St. Mary’s have a heart for service and to help those in need.   I love to share my faith and pray with the children in my classroom and on the volleyball court.  Weaving the teachings of the Catholic Church throughout our day at St. Mary’s focuses me on my faith and helps me to be better.  I can’t think of a better place to spend my time than with St. Mary’s faculty and children!

The Alvarez Family

Parent and Faculty, St. Mary's School

Faculty and Mother

There are many reasons why we love St. Mary’s School. From the minute we came to an informational meeting about our child going to St. Mary’s we have felt welcomed. Then when we walked in on the first day of school it has felt like home, and we’ve never looked back. The most important thing to us is that the staff is always friendly, helpful & caring, they go above and beyond for each child. It has become our community & home away from home!

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