Fr. Joel is a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia where he attended public schools, then graduated from Emory University in 1972. After earning M.A. and M.Div. degrees from St. Meinrad School of Theology he taught at St. Bernard Prep from 1991-1995. Then he was made Headmaster of the School and served in that position over fifteen years, being made President in 2013. He also serves as a Vocation Director and Choirmaster of St. Bernard Abbey.
Coach William Calvert has worked at Saint Bernard Preparatory School for 8 years in various positions. Mr. Calvert served as the middle school principal for 6 years from 2010 -16. He has been the St. Bernard Athletic Director for the past 5 years. In addition, William is the head coach of the boys and girls cross country and track teams. His SBP teams have won 4 AHSAA State Championships and finished State Runner-Up 6 times since 2012. William began his tenure at St. Bernard in August of 2010 after 29 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Cullman County and City Schools Systems. Mr. Calvert is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where he earned a B.S. in Education (1981) while lettering 4 years in cross country and track. He holds a master’s degree in Physical Education and a Graduate Certification in School Administration and Leadership from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Father Linus Klucsarits, O.S.B. holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in education with a focus on teaching English as a second language. He has been a monk of St. Bernard Abbey since 2011. Prior to that he was a monk at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe PA. Before entering the monastery, he had a career working with the Deaf and hard of hearing. He grew up in Pennsylvania.
Tyler is a 2007 graduate of St. Bernard Preparatory School and recipient of the school’s highest honor, the General Excellence Award. Mr. Hooper was born in Asunción, Paraguay, and adopted and naturalized as a U.S. citizen at six months old. A proud product of Catholic education, Tyler also attended Sacred Heart School in Cullman, Alabama, from kindergarten through eighth grade. He earned his BS degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, on full academic scholarship as a member of the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Exceptional Scholars Program.
He has an extensive background in fundraising, coming to work for St. Bernard in 2019 from REV Birmingham, an economic development agency in Birmingham, Alabama, where he engaged in investor relations, grant writing, and volunteer development. Tyler is also an ordained minister and deacon residing in Hanceville, Alabama, on his family farm. In addition to his development and alumni relations work, in 2021 Tyler assumed the new role of Chief Student Success Officer where he assists the school’s Guidance Office in advising students on their college prep work.
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Joseph Bond is a teacher of high school English and Latin. Mr. Bond is also the faculty sponsor of the National Honor Society and the Latin club. His other pursuits and areas of interest include writing, theology, philosophy, economics, personal finance, and psychology.
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I teach Algebra 2, AP Calculus AB and BC, and AP Calculus based Physics. I have been teaching at SBP since 2014. I have one son that graduated from SBP, a daughter and son that are current students, and one that is still in elementary school. SBP is my family in so many ways. I love teaching and helping my students gain a new appreciation for math and the created universe.
Since graduating high school in Cullman, Will Drake has received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and his BA in English and humanities from the University of Mobile. He is moving to St. Bernard from St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, where he spent two years founding the English program and the boys’ varsity soccer program. He brings with him his wife, Mallory, and his two-year-old son.
Meghan Epperly teaches 7th and 8th grade grammar and 7th grade literature here at St. Bernard Prep. She graduated from Athens State University in 2012 with a degree in Secondary English Language Arts and has taught at SBP for three years. She lives in Cullman with her husband and two sons.
LuAnn has lived in Cullman county her whole life. She is married to John Gissell has one son and two granddaughters. Last year she served as the weekend girls dorm director. She has assumed the duties of High School Secretary and is excited for her new role.
Regina Gongre is a graduate of the University of Montevallo. She began working as the Administrative Assistant for the Alumni and Development Office of St. Bernard Preparatory School in 2013. Her oldest daughter, Anna, graduated from St. Bernard Preparatory School in 2016 and her youngest daughter, Alison, will graduate from St. Bernard in 2020. She resides in Cullman, AL.
James Griffin teaches AP U.S. History as well as Church History and Government. He has taught and lectured for years on literature, history, theology, sacred scriptures, geography, political economy, law, and ethics. He earned his B.A. in Economics and History at Gordon College, M.A. in History at the University of Alabama, and J.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has been a William Robertson Coe Fellow, a Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. He is author of “A Predictive Framework for the Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, March 2001, 34:2, as well as numerous less academic writings. His mentors in his studies include Thomas Howard, Russell Kirk, Forrest McDonald, Tony Freyer, Thomas Askew, and Hal Weatherby. His wife is director of the women’s dormitory at St. Bernard Prep. Their daughter is a 2018 graduate of St. Bernard Prep.
I teach Psychology and U.S. History. B.S. degree- St. Bernard College 1973. M.A. degree- University of Alabama B’ham 1976. My wife, Patti and I have two children—Anna who lives in Denver Col. And Will who lives in Tuscaloosa Al. My hobbies are fly-fishing, wood-working and listening to Buffett music.
My name is Br. Thomas Jones O.S.B. I’m a monk of St. Bernard Abbey and I’ve been here since 2010. I currently work as the librarian for St. Bernard Abbey and St. Bernard Prep School.
I came to St. Bernard Prep in August 2011 after working 27 years at the local community college. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Alabama. I enjoy spending time outdoors in the summer time and especially enjoy spending time with my family.
Leah Messick and her husband Keith were married 22 years ago Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Their daughter, Alli Messick, is a 2016 graduate of St. Bernard Prep. Leah has a Business Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a major in Accounting. She has been the Administrative Assistant for the Athletic Department since April of 2016. Keith, Leah, and Alli are proud to be a part of the St. Bernard family.
Mrs. Nix has been with St. Bernard Preparatory School since the school was re-established for the 1983-84 academic school year. She has served in various capacities from secretary to bookkeeper to her current position of marketing and public relations. Mrs. Nix is responsible for the quarterly publication of the St. Bernard Happenings, and has served as the Director of one of the school’s largest fundraisers, Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair since its inception 35 years ago. She currently serves as director of the school’s newest Fall festival – Bernard Blues and BBQ! Mrs. Nix and husband, Tim have two grown children, Timothy and Rachel. They live on their farm just East of Cullman with their sweet dog, Elli and serve as staff to their house ruling cats – Sugar and Spice.
I have been a chemistry teacher for 36 years (29 in public school and 7 at SBP). My undergraduate degree in chemistry is from Athens University with graduate studies at UAB, University of Alabama, and University of Colorado. I love traveling, especially visiting my two children (Nick and Lauren) and 5 grandchildren (Acelyn, Ryne, Rhett, Avie, and Rhys).
Stacey Price has been the Business Manager at St. Bernard Prep since the fall of 2010. She was raised in Jenison Michigan and attended Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids Michigan. She has 2 sons; Noah, who lives and works in Fort Collins (Colorado), and Elijah, who is a 2018 SBP graduate and is currently enrolled at the University of North Alabama. She has enjoyed living in Cullman and feels blessed to be a part of the St. Bernard community.
Yolanda Smith has lived in Cullman for 20 years. She has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years and has two grown children. Yolanda has been a registered nurse for 33 years and has been serving at St. Bernard as the school nurse since the spring of 2009.
After working at Peoples Bank for seven years, Kim Whaley became a stay at home mother for the next seven years. She began her journey in education as a full time mother and full time student. In 2008, Kim graduated on the Dean’s list at Athens State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in secondary mathematics education. In the fall of 2008, Kim began her teaching career at Hanceville High School here in Cullman County. While at Hanceville, Kim was Geometry team sponsor and her teams won the geometry small school state title in 5 of 6 years and finished second the only other year. Also during her tenure at Hanceville, Kim furthered her education, attending the University of Alabama where she obtained a Master’s of Arts in Mathematics, again graduating on the Dean’s list. In 2012, her daughter, Avy, began 7th grade here at SBP, followed in 2013 by her son, Gavin. Mrs. Whaley came to St. Bernard in 2014 to teach Geometry, Algebra I, and Pre-Calculus. During her first semester, Kim completed her final class from the University of Alabama in order to be qualified to offer duel-enrollment classes in mathematics for the coming years.
Carrie Woods was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, one of ten children. She graduated from MI State with a degree in Communication. She moved to Alabama in 1993 with her husband Alan. They are blessed with 4 beautiful children, two of whom graduated from St. Bernard and one whom is currently a freshman. Carrie started working at SBP in 2014 and loves every minute of it!