Faculty Directory

Faculty Directory

Our team of highly educated faculty do their best each and every day to help our STARS discover their feminine genius. Whether in the classroom, out on the field, at competitions, conferences, or on field trips this team is there for their students and does whatever they can to help them succeed.

See what our class of 2020 STARS had to say about our faculty and staff!

BRANDT-KATIE

Katie Brandt

BS in Chemistry and Physics, Aquinas College
MAT with Secondary Endorsement, Oakland University

5 years in education
4 years at SCA teaching Science

She has had the blessing of seeing Pope Francis in person twice and neither time was in Rome!

LAYDEN-BRITTANY

Brittany Ciarelli

Bachelor’s in Adolescent Young Adult Life Science Education, University of Toledo
Minors in Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences, UofT

2nd year in education
2nd year at SCA teaching Science

She has been to over 30 countries!

CORNELISSEN-BRENDAN

Brendan Cornelissen

Bachelor in Secondary Education, Wayne State University
Masters in Educational Leadership, Grand Valley State University

14 years in education
4 years at SCA teaching Math

He can juggle!

CZOPEK-JULIE

Julie Czopek

BS in Physical Education k-12, health 6-12, Eastern Michigan University
Masters in Sports Marketing, Eastern Michigan University

15 years in education
10 years at SCA teaching Health, PE, & Online Mentoring

Her kids are her world!

DAVIDSON-PAUL

Paul Davidson

-Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Applied Mathematics, University of Edinburgh
-Postgraduate in Math Teaching , Major in Math and Minor in P.E., Moray House School of Education
-Advanced Topics in Calculus and Differential Equations, Astrophysics, Mechatronics and Artificial Intelligence, Open University
-Mathematical Leadership, University of Michigan
-Additional Certificates: Grade 8 Classical guitar

30 years in education
7 years at SCA teaching Math

He was a Scottish Junior Heavy weight Powerlifting Champion back in the 1990’s!

EISNER-SMERAGE-LUCIA

Lucia Eisner-Smerage

AB Human Biology, Stanford University
MS Biomedical Sciences & Biomedical Ethics, Barry University
PhD Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida
Post-Doc Thaler Center for AIDS and Retrovirus Research, University of Virginia

12 years in education
8 years at SCA teaching Science

She likes to collect fossils!

Michael Hegarty

BS in Political Science, Eastern Michigan University
BA in Social Studies, EMU
MA in History, EMU (in progress)

_ years in education
1st year at SCA

Fun Fact Coming Soon!

HOUBECK-ANNEKE

Anneke Houbeck

BA in Religious & Pastoral Studies, Anahuac University
MA in Theology, Catholic Distance University
Catechetical Diploma, Catholic Distance University

15 years in education
9 years at SCA teaching Theology

She loves Kensington Metropark!

JACKOWSKI-CLAIRE

Claire Jackowski

BS in Physical Science & minors in Biology and Secondary Mathematics, Michigan State University
Some Masters work, Michigan State University

3 years in education
3 years at SCA teaching Math and Science

She’s been a foster parent for over a year to two different children!

KARA-JILL

Jill Kara

Bachelors in English, Michigan State University
Masters in Art of Teaching, Madonna University
Endorsed as a K-12 Reading Specialist

21 years in education
6 years at SCA teaching English and Drama

Prior to beginning her tenure as a teacher, she was a product specialist for General Motors where she got to “teach” the public and automotive sales staff about newly launched vehicles for current sales years.

KIRWAN-BARBARA

Barbara Kirwan

BA Teaching of Social Studies, University of Illinois
Graduate work in American History, University of Illinois
M.A. Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Certified by the State of Michigan in Social Studies grades K-12

16 years in education
11 years at SCA teaching Theology

As of June, 2019, she has been married to her high school sweetheart for 36 years!!

KLEE-ASHLEY

Ashley Klee

BFAs in Studio Fine Arts & Art Education, College for Creative Studies

6 years in education
4 years at SCA teaching Art

She and her husband run a small-scale reptile rescue!

LOVASZ-LAURA

Laura Lovasz

BA in English, University of Michigan
Masters and PhD, Indiana University

28 years in education
7 years at SCA teaching English

She loves cats!

MANTIA-NICHOLAS

Nicholas Mantia

BA in Classical Languages, Ohio State University
Masters work, University of Georgia

6 years in education
5 years at SCA teaching Latin

He does woodworking and gardening in his spare time!

PHAM-EVAN

Evan Pham

BA in English, Oakland University
Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
MA in Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

14 years in education
3 years at SCA teaching Theology

He never wanted to be a teacher, but our Lord had different plans!

Connie Shallal-Johnston

BA in Criminal Justice & Psychology, Wayne State University
BA in Mathematics and Sociology, WSU
MA in Math Education

30 years in education
1st year at SCA teaching Math

She has 14 year old twins and was recruited by the FBI in college!

SHAFER-KEITH

Keith Shafer

BA, St. Bonaventure University
MA in Classics and Classical Archaeology, University of Missouri
PhD in Classics and Classical Archaeology, University of Missouri

15 years in education
7 years at SCA teaching Latin

The only sports trophy he has ever won is for the Vermont Open Wiffleball Tournament!

TABACZYNSKI-CHRIS

Chris Tabaczynski

BFA in Jazz Studies with Teacher Certification, University of Michigan

2 years in education
2nd year at SCA teaching Music

He has a large collection of musical instruments!

Orrin Tibbits

BA in History Education, Michigan State University
MA in Adult & Continuing Education, Michigan State University
MA in Educational Administration, Michigan State University

17 years in education
7 years at SCA teaching Social Studies

He taught two former candidates for Governor – one from each party and he previously taught at his Alma Mater; Catholic Central.

Amanda Yasi

BA in Psychology, Oakland University
MA in Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

6 years in education
4 years at SCA teaching Theology

She spent four years as a Sister in a convent in her early twenties!

ZBYTOWSKI-JENNIFER

Jennifer Zbytowski

Bachelor, University of Michigan
Masters of Teaching, University of Michigan – Dearborn

11 years in education
11 years at SCA teaching English and History

She is a classic movie buff (her favorite films are from the 1930’s-50’s)!