My name is Julie Vondrak, native Texan and tenth of eleven children. Having spent my entire academic career in Catholic schools, I am a staunch advocate for the academic excellence and faith formation that is the heart and soul of St. Ignatius, Martyr Catholic School. I graduated with a BA in English/elementary education from St. Edward’s University (a fellow Holy Cross institution). When I married and started a family, I placed my teaching career on hold in order to raise my children, although I did occasionally substitute teach in the public school system and at St. Ignatius. When my youngest child entered kindergarten, I elected to return to the teaching profession.
This is my third year as a kindergarten teacher at St. Ignatius, though I have been actively involved with the parish and school for over a decade. Parents of five boys, my husband and I currently have three sons enrolled in our school, as well as a pair of St. I graduates (Class of 2009 and 2010). Throughout this period, I have served on numerous committees and in a host of volunteer roles.
Kindergarten should be a joyful experience for your child—a time to learn, an opportunity to explore, and a place where he or she can build a solid foundation for the future. As parents, you are the first educators of your children and I look forward to working with you. My personal experience as a parent affords me valuable insight and a clear understanding of your child’s needs and your concerns. My professional experience as an educator enables me to assess how your child is performing in class and how we can best help him/her excel in an academic environment. Finally, my experience as a member of the St. Ignatius family allows me to advise you on all the wonderful programs, organizations, and services our community has to offer.