Faces of Roger Bacon
Class of 1985 & Class of 1984
When you call school, you do not get routed to a recording asking you to input an unknown extension, instead you hear a friendly voice saying, “Good morning, Roger Bacon High School.” We always say it is the people that make this a special place – a second home. Who better to be our Face of RB than the first two people you hear or see when you walk into the building? The ladies that selflessly give lunch money, bus fare, an encouraging word or much needed smile, and act as all of our second mothers – Michelle (Perdrix) Brummett ’85 and Amy (Mayborg) Wilson ’84 (OLA).These two are the quintessential faces of the caring environment that we tout at Roger Bacon.
Both Amy and Michelle are life-long residents of St. Bernard and have a rich tradition and affinity for Roger Bacon and Our Lady of the Angels.“I have always loved working with kids,” Michelle says, “I grew up in St. Bernard, my entire family (parents, siblings and children) all graduated from here. This place is just a part of me.” Amy agrees with Michelle, “I have always wanted to work here.” All of their children (Ashley (Wilson) Hodapp ’07, Alli Wilson ’08, Drew Wilson ’11, Jordan Brummett ’11 and Slaton Brummett ’15) have graduated and are out in the world, but both Amy and Michelle stayed at Roger Bacon. This is currently Amy’s 15th year at Roger Bacon and Michelle’s 10th year – why do they stay? “We stay because we love the kids. They are all our kids. This place is a family and we love the people we work with.” The students agree. Beatrice Borgert ’18 said, “What makes RB so special is walking into the office and seeing their bubbly faces. They are always loving, welcoming and ready to give hugs – they can turn a bad day upside down.”
Principal Steve Schad remarks, “Whenever you visit or call – Michelle and Amy greet you in a way that would make St. Francis proud. Everyone has value and you can feel it.” St. Francis would definitely be impressed, not only by Amy and Michelle, but the entire student body. Amy feels that the Franciscan spirit is alive at Roger Bacon. “We live it – they (the students) go out and live the Franciscan lifestyle. I think everyone in the building is compassionate and joyful – we are a family, where you feel the love.” Michelle agrees, “We take the love and joy out to the world, making the world more loving and a better place.” It is important that all of our students feel valued. The smile or hug our students receive from Michelle and Amy, inspires students to spread the Franciscan charism in our community. “Being Franciscan is very important to both of us. We try to represent what this place is…happy, joyful, and loving, it’s what we do. We have great kids and we just love them like they are our own.”
While we can’t say enough about their friendliness and warmth, their meticulous organization and work ethic are equally appreciated. If you ask a member of the Administration, we are sure they would say “Amy and Michelle keep things on track.” Sue Huerkamp ’72 (OLA), Director of Alumni Relations, said it best, ‘“During the school year, the Main Office is often the central control of all school activities and scheduling for all events and last minute problems that arise. It can be very hectic and frustrating but one would never know because Amy and Michelle also have amazing attitudes and a great sense of humor always.”
At the end of the day without Amy and Michelle – Roger Bacon wouldn’t be the same. Some of our students say it best:
“The two ladies are an integral part of this school and the staff. They both are responsible, respectful, and deserving of this status as being the faces of Roger Bacon.” – Lydia Hoopes ‘19
“Mrs. Brummett was one of the first people I met coming to this school. She immediately made me feel welcome with her beautiful smile. Every day I see her she has a positive energy that can brighten anyone’s day. She is also great to talk to. Mrs. Wilson is very cool and kind. She is very good at her job and every time I see her she makes me smile. She is also great to talk to. I’m very glad to be able to see her all the time. These two ladies are the perfect people to see when you walk into RB!” – Olivia Denson ‘20
“Mrs. Brummett and Mrs. Wilson show why Life is always Good at Bacon –and to me, they embody what ‘good’ is all about.” –Mali Johnson ‘21
Thank you, Amy and Michelle, for making it easy to start the day at 4320 Vine Street with a smile!
Roger Bacon is made up of many faces, different faces. We hope to showcase as wide a range of our Spartans as possible. If you would like to nominate a Spartan, past or present, to be featured as a Face of RB please click here