Welcome Mrs. Annie Borjas!
After our beloved principal of 22 years announced her retirement, the search for Holy Cross’ new leader began. The Holy Cross community welcomes Mrs. Annie Borjas to lead the next chapter of Holy Cross School. Mrs. Borjas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Spanish from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Masters of Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Mrs. Borjas holds certification as an instructor for Sheltered Immersion Classrooms as well as in Student Oral Proficiency Rating Assessment. She is currently working on her Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Remick Leadership Program. Mrs. Borjas’ academic training is exceptional and her formation in Catholic education is a true gift!
Mrs. Borjas began her teaching career as a student teacher in 3rdand 4th grade ESL classes at Muessel Primary Center in South Bend, followed by full-time teaching at the 3rd grade level at St. Matthew School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she implemented the Reading and Writing Workshop for non-native English students. Feeling called to offer her teaching services where most needed, she headed to Honduras where she became a 4th grade bilingual teacher at Centro Escolar Santa Clara in Juticalpa. After one year of teaching she served as principal of the school for the next three years. Returning to South Bend, she taught Spanish in 2nd through 8th grades at the Stanley Clark School for seven years, after which she was hired by Holy Cross as the first teacher in the Two-Way Immersion Program at the Pre-K and then Kindergarten levels, while also assisting in development of the current Immersion Curriculum. Mrs. Borjas’ breadth and depth of leadership, curriculum, instruction, and knowledge of language acquisition, are blessings to our school community.