Back to school: Notre Dame bond leads theology and pre-health alumnus back to teach at South Bend Catholic school

Author: Erin Blasko

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When Andy Miles took a job teaching math and science to middle school students at St. Adalbert Catholic School, a Holy Cross school in South Bend, it was like coming home, the 2017 Notre Dame graduate said.

As vice president of Fisher Hall, Miles helped organize the annual Fisher Regatta, a boat race on St. Mary’s Lake that raises money for St. Adalbert.

Miles, as an undergraduate theology and pre-health major, also tutored at St. Adalbert with other men from Fisher and women from McGlinn Hall, and he taught Sunday school there through the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame.

Now he would be returning not just to the school — on its own, a place of considerable influence with regard to his intersecting views on education and the faith — but to the very classroom he helped renovate as an undergraduate.

In Miles’ senior year, the Fisher Regatta raised money to refinish the wood floor and install a new lab sink and HVAC system in the third-floor math and science room at St. Adalbert, where he would soon be teaching.

“It does feel a little bit like home because of the importance it played in my faith journey and in my journey to becoming a teacher,” Miles said of the school. “So it just feels really special to be back.”

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Originally published by Erin Blasko at on November 05, 2019.