BCHS welcomes new staff members


B. deCastro, Blueprint editor

BCHS is starting off the new 2019-2020 school year off with the additions to the staff. The BCHS family welcomes speech and debate teacher Mr. Troy Cockrum, cafeteria manager Mr. Michael Dlugosz, director of campus ministry Mr. Steven Patzke, math teacher Ms. Maddisen Brennecke, theology teacher Ms. Katie Sahm, and theater director Ms. Holly Stults.

Mr. Cockrum has been teaching for 13 years and is excited to bring a “significant amount of professional experience that can be valuable to the students.” However, teaching was not always in the cards for Mr. Cockrum. “I felt a call. I was working as a television producer, but I was unfulfilled in some ways. I did some soul searching and found that I was called to be with the youth, so I went back to school to teach,” said Mr. Cockrum. 

The newest friendly face in the cafeteria is Mr. Dlugosz. Before BCHS, he had been working in food services for a long-term care facility, so he is excited for the leap to high school. He has been in the food service for 15 years because his “mom started the school lunch program at St. Monica’s in the late 80s and wishes to follow in her footsteps.” Mr. Dlugosz is excited to bring new positive energy and, eventually, new and improved menu ideas to the table.

Some know him by his ability to quote almost every episode of the Office from seasons one through five, but most know him as the new director of campus ministry Mr. Patzke. “I’m excited about getting to meet all the students, and getting new faces involved in ministry that might not have been involved before,” Mr. Patske said. He wants to use his “enthusiasm to get more people jazzed about the school year.” Being involved in ministry for the past six years, Mr. Patzke brings a desire to make campus ministry feel like home for both the students and the staff here.

The math department welcomes Ms. Brennecke, who has been teaching for three years. From adventures of feeding a moose in Russia to eating a tarantula in Cambodia, Ms. Brennecke is ready and excited to get to know her students and the BCHS community. “I never went to Catholic school growing up, so I bring a ton of enthusiasm for the traditions this school has to offer,” she said. Following her grandpa’s footsteps, Ms. Brennecke looks forward to sharing their love of math with her students.

Excited to be “a part of a great community who supports one another, especially in our Catholic faith,” Ms. Sahm is ready to be immersed into the BCHS community. She said, “I have a deep love of God and for helping others grow in knowledge and relationship with Him.” This will be her fifth year teaching, but something else Ms. Sahm enjoys is her art. She is an artist with her own studio in downtown Indianapolis near Massachusetts Ave. 

From dancing since age 4 to directing for 30 years, Ms. Stults brings a lot to the table for the BCHS theater program. “BCHS theatre is a blank canvas for me to create a brand new piece of art. I am excited to see all the talent of the students,” she said. Having experience working both on and off the stage, “no one has more passion for theatre” than Ms. Stults.