Carmen J. Alfonso
My experience as an educator began 43 years ago as an elementary teacher at Loyola School. After several years, I was promoted to Assistant Principal while continuing to teach. Due to my love of the Catholic education system, I began working at St. Agatha School (1994-1996), where I was the first lay teacher. I began teaching the first grade, and three years later I was appointed Assistant Principal. During 1996, I transferred to St. Brendan Elementary School where I served as Assistant Principal (1996-2004). My educational background consists of a Bachelors of Arts from St. Thomas University. I hold Professional Teacher’s Certificates in Elementary Education and Spanish. Currently, I have completed my Master Degree in Ms- Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization.
I believe in promoting Catholic and bilingual education as an integral part of the moral value of our children.
My philosophy is to have a candid relationship between the children, parents, and teachers, always having my door open to all who need my advice and guidance.
May the Lord bless you always,
Carmen J. Alfonso
I am the Assistant Principal & Counselor. I have worked in education all my life. I started as a teacher's aide when I was in college, then I became a teacher. I received my B.A. from St. Thomas University and was a teacher for 15 years. I continued my education and received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling also from St. Thomas University. I then became a Guidance Counselor and have been one now for 19 years. I am a mental health counselor intern certified in the State of Florida. I have completed my certificate in Catholic School Leadership through the Archdiocese of Miami. I serve as a volunteer for Foster Care Review of Miami. My passion is children, education, and reading. I am also the proud mother of three. They are all grown up now and living their best life.
I believe that Jesus Christ came to this Earth to teach us how to love and care for one another no matter our differences. I strive to use Him as a role model as well as our mission statement which is what we crusaders should use as a guide for our lives.
The Future – At St. Michael School the future can be envisioned with thrilling anticipation. Much has been accomplished, true, but so much more lies ahead of us. New generations of students, faculties, and administrators will continue coming together to form the new St. Michael family year after year.
The Present – During the past 65 years St. Michael has grown and matured as an institution. The school staff is seriously dedicated to the total education of the students. All persons associated with St. Michael the Archangel, adults and children alike, are proud of being able to fulfill our Christian lives here, as they look into the future.
The Past - It all started in 1951 when the Most Reverend Thomas McDonough, Bishop of St. Augustine, blessed and laid the cornerstone Saturday morning, September 29th. The parish of St. Michael the Archangel, led by its pastor, Monsignor Romuald Philbin, made great efforts to establish the Parochial School and Convent. Since then, the pastors of St. Michael Church have supported the school in every possible way. Our current pastor, Father Francisco Gerardo Diaz was assigned here in 2012. The first group of Sisters; The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary arrived in 1951 to live in the convent and teach in the school. In 1981, The Sisters of the Apostolate of the Sacred Heart were invited to live in the convent. The first secular principal, Mrs. Carmen J. Alfonso came to St. Michael in 2004 and continues to this date.
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Our school is a school of faith and reason. Our Catholic faith teaches that each person is a unique individual gifted by God. Our task is to educate the children to the full extent of their abilities while focusing on developing both, academic excellence and a genuine Catholic identity. Jesus Christ a is the heart, soul and reason for our existence as a school.
Non Discrimination Policy
The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Miami restate their opening admission policy. No person, on the grounds of race, color or national origin is excluded or otherwise subjected to discrimination in receiving service at any school operated by them. Nor do they hire or assign staff on the basis of the race, color or national origin of the individuals they are to serve.
Teachers and Staff Meeting
At St. Michael, Teachers, and Staff meet on a regular basis. They recently met to discuss curriculum, discipline and other topics related to the wellbeing of the students.