Born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515, Teresa was one of ten children. When Teresa was fifteen, her mother died and Teresa was entrusted to the care of Augustinian nuns. After reading the letters of St. Jerome, Teresa decided to enter the religious life. In 1535, she joined the Carmelite Order and spent a number of years in the convent, where she suffered from a severe illness that left her legs paralyzed for three years. The experience of a vision of “the sorely wounded Christ” changed her life forever.
Teresa began to focus more sharply on Christ’s passion. Inspired by her visions, she began to reform her religious order. Teresa was determined to create a more ancient type of Carmelite. From 1560 until her death, Teresa struggled to establish and broaden the movement of Discalced (or shoeless)
Carmelites. Teresa died in 1582.
We endeavor to “come and grow each day” at St. Teresa School and imitate the passion with which St Teresa lived her life. St. Teresa left a significant legacy of writings which represent important benchmarks in the history of Christian mysticism. These works include the Way of Perfection,
Meditations on the Canticle and the Interior Castle. Her autobiography is entitled Life of Teresa of Avila.
Our Mission Statement
- Spanish Bilingual Academy
- Quality Catholic education
- Vibrant and involved parent community
- Strong academic focus
- School-wide literacy focus
- Extensive music program
- Integrated technology program across the curriculum
- Dedicated and committed staff
- Strong link to St. Thomas More Parish
- S.T.T.V. Student Morning Broadcast
- Lunch time clubs- Green Team, Library Helpers, Chatterbooks, Chess,Coding Club
- Volleyball Team
- In-school before and after school day care