Managing, Improving, and Promoting Catholic Education At St. Thomas More School

Effective July 1, 2014, Noreen A. Bickel has been named the President of St. Thomas More School. She will retain many of her current parish responsibilities for finance, facilities, human resources, technology and stewardship.
Noreen holds a BS in accounting from Northern Illinois University, and has attended classes at the IU School of Philanthropy. Prior to being the Director of Stewardship at St. Thomas More, she was the Director of Development. In addition to other responsibilities, Noreen led the strategic planning process and the capital campaign to purchase the Weis Center.
Prior to starting at St. Thomas More, Noreen was the Controller at Silvon Software, Director of Financial Reporting at Morton Thiokol - Bee Chemical Division and on the audit staff at KPMG Peat Marwick.
The governance model of president/principal recognizes that meeting all of the responsibilities of contemporary leadership in a Catholic school is too much for one person. The design of the model relieves overload on the part of the principal and enables the principal to function primarily as the educational leader in the school.
So that the principal may function primarily as the educational leader, Noreen will be responsible for school development including alumni, public relations, governance, and strategic planning for the school.
The president/principal model has been in use the past couple of years at our diocesan high schools. We want to employ that same model at St. Thomas More so that our school can continue to provide excellent educational opportunities as well as the myriad extra-curricular activities that we offer our students.
Noreen and her husband Ron live in Munster and are parishioners of St. Thomas More. Their three children have attended both St. Thomas More and Andrean High School prior to college.
Our principal, Chet Nordyke, and our president, Noreen Bickel, are both very excited about working together to keep our school excellent and strong.
We ask you to pray for the success of this endeavor. We will keep you informed of the exciting opportunities this model will afford our students and their parents.

From Our Principal


Welcome to our St. Thomas More School Homepage! This site is designed to serve the current school community as well as provide information for newcomers who would like to learn more about St. Thomas More School. I invite you to come and visit our school where, as a Family, we "Make Jesus known and loved." St. Thomas More is a parochial school for children in Pre-School through grade eight. The school has a long standing reputation for excellence in academics and a caring, family environment which facilitates learning and the child's spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

I am Chet Nordyke, the Principal of St. Thomas More School. The youngest of six boys, I live in Munster, Indiana, and am a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church, in Munster. I graduated from St. Joseph College with a degree in Theology and Education. My Master's Degree, in Education and School Administration, is from Indiana University.

During the past 30+ years, I have taught at the elementary level, served as administrator at the elementary level, taught high school and served as a high school administrator, and taught theology at the college level. I have taught, and have served as an administrator in Nevada, Illinois as well as Indiana.

This is my second time serving the St. Thomas More Community. During the years 1977-1985 I taught Jr. High Religion, served as Director of Religious Education and in school administration. I am very happy to, once again, be "home."

At St. Thomas More School, we Teach the message of Jesus, Live the message of Jesus, and SHOW the meaning of Jesus' message in our lives.

We believe that students learn best when they are fully involved in diversified, student-centered learning activities. Educational experiences and instruction, therefore, are geared toward the perceived needs, backgrounds, and learning styles of students ... so that EVERY child is enabled to learn and pursue excellence.

I thank you for taking the time to visit our Homepage, and personally invite you to visit our St. Thomas More Catholic Educational Community! God Love You!

If you wish, you may email me.


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