St. Bernard’s School

Welcome to St. Bernard’s School

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Thank you for your interest in St. Bernard’s School. Our Catholic elementary school is a kindergarten through fifth grade school in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. We welcome students of all faiths who seek a loving and nurturing environment.

I look forward to meeting you and speaking personally with you about St. Bernard’s School’s educational program. To schedule a visit or request more information, please contact me at 518-891-2830 or principal@stbernardsschool.org.

On behalf of our teachers and families here at St. Bernard’s School, we look forward to working with you and welcoming you to our community.

Sincerely,
Ray Dora, Principal

A Happy, Wholesome Environment


All children coming from all faith traditions (or none) are welcome to attend St. Bernard’s, but our Catholic identity is an integral part of daily life and learning here. It is the reason our school exists, and we are committed to forming caring children whose good values will transform our community and our world.

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St. Bernard’s emphasizes in-depth teaching in the basic areas of reading, writing, math, science, social studies and religion.

Education Goals

I received my BA in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Instruction from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing, NY. This year we are working on our vocal skills daily by rehearsing for masses and concerts. We are also developing our ability to read music in the hopes of beginning to learn how to play musical instruments.  We are exploring different styles of music, instruments, and ways to express ourselves through music during each class. Music has a relationship with all aspects of life – culture, religion, etc. and our goal is to see our students experience it through all that we do.

I attended Cornell University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a focus in plant genetics. I moved to Saranac Lake in 2007. I began  teaching at St Bernard’s in the Fall of 2013.

In the classroom we follow the Diocese of Ogdensburg visual arts curriculum.  The students create using a variety of mediums, learn about the elements of art, and study the Masters.  We embrace the creative process and learn to overcome our mistakes. Being an art teacher guarantees that I never have a dull moment, and I get to smile and laugh with my students.

I reside in Saranac Lake with my husband, Jeremy, and our three kids, Alex, Amelia, and Isaac. I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, and gardening.

I grew up in a family of teachers.  My parents taught in the Saranac Lake School District for over 30 years.  I am following that path as I enter my 20th year in education.  After graduating from SLHS, I attended SUNY Cortland.  I completed my Bachelors in Science, K-12 Physical Education and pitched for their DIV III Softball team.  After graduation I taught 6-12th grade Physical Education at Malone Central School, Beekmantown Central School, and Lake Placid Middle High School.  During my teaching tenure I completed my Masters in Sports Science with a Coaching concentration from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.  As a physical educator, I also have a love of coaching.  Coaching has been an important part of my career.  I have coached hockey, softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer from 4 year old to Varsity level.

After, having my twin boys, Brandon and Ryan, I took a short hiatus from teaching.  As they started school at SBS, I found myself drawn back to education.  The boys, myself and our dog, Murphy, enjoy being a part of the SBS family.  

This year in physical education we are focusing on team building and being a good teammate.  These qualities benefit our students in the gym, classroom, and in life. We incorporate character building and sportsmanship into activities from dance to sports skills to team games.  The overall goal of physical education is for students to have healthy fun and enjoy being active.

I am proud to say that three generations of my family are alumni of St. Bernard’s School.  My educational background includes graduating from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with a degree in Respiratory Therapy and a B.P.S. in Health Services Management from SUNYIT in Utica.  After living on Long Island and working at University Hospital at Stony Brook as a Registered Therapist I returned to Saranac Lake and accepted a position as Education Coordinator at Adirondack Medical Center.  During my ten years as Education Coordinator I became interested in Telemedicine and computer assisted instruction. I attended SUNY Potsdam to complete my MSEd  in Instructional Technology and Media Management.  I have been fortunate to work with wonderful students and staff at St. Bernard’s since 2001.  My husband, Joe, and I have been married 32 years and have two children, Joseph and Gina.

In the computer lab students develop a foundation of computer science knowledge.  As students apply these concepts they learn how to keyboard, use drawing and presentation tools, spreadsheets, visual programming and digital citizenship.  These skills help students to problem solve and express themselves in other subject areas.