We are excited to  share some news about the leadership of the Language Support Program and the Learning Resource Center at Cathedral High School!

New Director of LSP

As you might have read in a recent parent newsletter, longtime LSP director Marcia Reynolds has retired from Cathedral High School and thus no longer will serve as director of the program. After extensive consideration, we are excited to share that Mr. Brian Gross, who has taught and will continue to teach Latin within the Language Support Program, has been named Director of Language Support. In this role he will support students and families by doing things like the following:

  • Managing students’ accommodations eligibility for Department of Education and college entrance testing and Cathedral course assessments
  • Assisting families and college advisors with the college search and admissions process
  • Providing students with opportunities for enhancing academic success and holistic growth in partnership with the Learning Resource Center and testing accommodations, as well as teacher consultation

Mr. Gross studied Greek and Latin in his undergraduate program at Butler University and returned while teaching for his Master’s of Effective Teaching and Leadership. During his program, Brian wrote his thesis on the effects of writing in a foreign language on students with learning differences. In his five years at Cathedral High School, Brian has worked in the Language Support Program, teaching Latin and helping to design an appropriate world language curriculum for students with language-based learning differences.

In addition to Mr. Gross teaching LSP Latin courses, other faculty within the Language Support Program include:

  • Dana Van Deuren, who teaches English 9 LSP and Composition 9 LSP
  • Ashley Hill, who will be new to LSP and will teach English 10 LSP and Composition 10 LSP
  • Nick Lyons, who teaches English 11 LSP IB and English 12 LSP IB

New Director of Learning Resource Center

With the departure of Mrs. Reynolds, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Sheila Roberts has been named full-time Director of the Learning Resource Center. The LRC is a physical space in Loretto Hall and is a program designed to help meet the needs of students who have diagnosed academic needs. LRC services include a space to work independently, and access to a full-time director and/or other staff who can teach strategies and monitor organization skills, grades, etc. Another service is our testing room for extended time on course quizzes and tests. To learn more about the Learning Resource Center, visit gocathedral.com/lrc.

Mrs. Roberts is a graduate of St. Luke Catholic School, Bishop Chatard High School, and Indiana University. At Indiana she majored in Art Therapy, specializing in Studio Art and Psychology. After a few years as an Applied Behavioral Therapist to children with Autism in clinical and school-based settings, she became Upper School Learning Support Specialist at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston, Texas. During her five years at Emery, she served hundreds of students with a wide variety of learning differences.

Meeting the New Directors and Seeing the Learning Resource Center

We invite all incoming and returning LSP families to meet these new leaders–Mr. Gross and Mrs. Roberts–plus additional Cathedral staff at two upcoming open houses for these programs. These gatherings will begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. next Tuesday, June 12, in the Learning Resource Center in Loretto Hall. You do not need to RSVP, but we hope to see you on campus at one of these times to learn more about the exciting changes and continued excellence of these two programs!

We are excited about the continued excellence of the Language Support Program and the Learning Resource Center. We also are anticipating many enhanced services of the Learning Resource Center, which staff will share at the open houses on June 12 and in future communication!