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School History

Saint Teresa of Avila School opened on September 19, 1949 under the direction of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. Their mission has been to be God’s providence in the world by committing to perform works of love, mercy, and justice in service among God’s people, wherever the need is greatest. Members of the Sisters of Providence serve in education, parish work, diocesan administration, social justice service, counseling, and health care. The Sisters began their service to Saint Teresa of Avila Parish School through a direct invitation of the pastor, who had built the school in 1949. In 1983, the Sisters of Providence turned the administration of the school over to a lay principal, who, as an alumna of Saint Teresa of Avila School, could preserve the spirit and mission of the Sisters of Providence, St.-Mary-of the-Woods, Indiana.


The Sisters have kept a strong influence in the core of the school, visiting often and maintaining a prayer relationship with the community. Through the commitment, encouragement, motivation, and example of the administration, faculty and staff, both past and present; Saint Teresa of Avila School continues to offer a nurturing environment for the children and the community. We are committed to Jesus Christ’s mission of reaching out, teaching, modeling, and helping others.

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