Spokane Diocese Catholic Schools
Words from Alumni, Parents and Friends
Keri Manfred, St. Al’s 3rd Grade Teacher & Parent
"My family has been a part of the St. Al's school community for about fifteen years. My oldest is at Gonzaga Prep, and he started here when he was a toddler. My three children have always gone to school here, even during their early pre-school years. During that time, I taught part-time in a public school. Even though I liked my job, my heart was always pulling me to work at St. Al's. I loved the Spirituality that my own children were experiencing here, as well as the smaller faith-filled community. I knew I wanted to teach here! I feel very blessed that God answered my prayers to teach at St. Al's." Keri Manfred
Patti Habans, Grandmother
I have four lovely, amazing grandchildren attending St. Al’s and one equally as lovely and amazing granddaughter, too young now, but I hope will attend when her age permits. With five children, it is a challenge for my daughter and son in law, Lesli and Paul Cleveland, to choose for their children a Catholic education over public education. I honor and respect their sacrifice and choice. There is a strong K - 12th Catholic educational tradition in our family. My St. Al’s grandchildren are the 4th generation in our family to attend Catholic schools. My parents were educated in Catholic schools in Wisconsin, I was educated in Catholic schools in Louisiana and, Lesli also was educated in Catholic schools in New Orleans. We, all of us, treasure our Catholic school educations - our faith, spiritual formation, social consciousness and compassion and the values of service and giving back to our communities were learned early on in our education and, these values were taught to be as important as academic excellence. I see these same values being taught at St. Al’s and I want that to continue to be a part of my grandchildren’s lives. I want them to be challenged by their Math homework, I want them to choose quiet heros for reports in Social Studies and English classes, I want them to test their scientific knowledge on field trips to Turnbull Wildlife Center, I want them to be able to show their confidence by playing a part in drama productions such as Godspell, Jr., I want them to be able to play hard and with fine sportsmanship in basketball, cross country and softball at St. Al’s, I want them to gain self-sufficiency when they are a line leader in Montessori, I want them to be altar servers and cantors at school Masses and most importantly I want my little, one year old, amazing granddaughter to also have the world of St. Al’s in her future. St. Al’s past and present has been a gift to our family. My gift to St. Al’s “Groundbreaker Challenge” is for the future of St. Al’s - the future I want for my grandchildren.
Anne Hesler, current parent and marketing director
Parent & Staff Member
I am a proud parent of two St. Al's children who are now in 5th and 6th grade. Our St. Al's story began back in preschool, where I immediately knew that St. Al's was the right place for my family. Soon after they began school, I quickly became a member of the St. Al's community which drove my passion for education to become a staff member at the school. This school is a very special place. It offers kindness, joy, and the affirmation that children come first. Ask me, "why choose St. Al's?" and my answer will always be... "Because St. Al's is truly a part of our family, and I know my children are receiving the foundation they need for their future."
Current Parent and Alum
Our 3 daughters are now the 3 rd generation in our family to attend St. Al’s and range from kindergarten to 7 th grade. Our family feels so blessed to be able to raise our children in a school that promotes their development in academics, spirituality and personal growth. We not only value the education they are receiving but also the lifelong friendships that we have made with the families in the community. Being a part of St. Al’s is not just an investment in education, it is helping shape our children as a whole into the person they will become.
Class of 1983, Current Parent
Our children are our future, and it is incumbent on us to not only maintain the Catholic schools in our community, but to foster their growth, so that our children can live the faith and community that we knew as children, as we provide the foundation for them to become leaders in action, modeled on Christ.