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Faculty and Staff

Staff

Our administrative staff is top-notch! The team is comprised of talented professionals with a wide range of experiences that are perpetually moving us in a positive direction as we continue to celebrate a decade and build a legacy.

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President
Lia Johnston
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BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
MBA, Ashland University

19 years of business experience
11 years at SCA

She has lived in seven countries on four continents!

Email: ljohnston@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Principal
Judith Hehs
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BA in Chemistry, Kalamazoo College
MA in Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Detroit

34 years in Catholic, single-gender education
3rd year at SCA

Loves to travel and even spent a year studying abroad at the University of Muenster in Germany!

Email: jhehs@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Dean of Students
Daniel Bumpus
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BA in American Studies, University of Notre Dame
Masters in Education, University of Notre Dame

20 years in education
3rd year at SCA

In his younger years, he had a short boxing career!

Email: dbumpus@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Athletic Director
Carlos Calderon, CMAA
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BS in Sport Management, Southern New Hampshire University
Masters in Science and Athletic Administration, University of Miami
Certified Athletic Administrator, National Athletic Administrators Association

13 years in education
2nd year at SCA

He taught ESL for eight years for grades K-1!

Email: ccalderon@saintcatherineacademy.org

 

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Director of Admissions
Tiffany Tatman
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Bachelors in Integrated Studies, Oakland University
Concentration in Public Relations & Communications

6 years working in education
1st year at SCA

She is obsessed with interior design! One of her favorite things to do is to find furniture at the curb and repaint/refinish it and give it new life. One woman’s trash is truly a re-purposer’s treasure!

Email: ttatman@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Business Manager
Kathy Isgro
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Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, University of Michigan
MBA, University of Michigan

15 years business experience
2nd year at SCA

She and her husband have three daughters (18, 16, & 8) and she loves to cook and bake (but hates to do the dishes)!

Email: kisgro@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Director of Culinary Services
Jacki Green
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AA, Macomb Community College
Studied Geography, University of Illinois Chicago

11 years business experience
13 years in education
11 years at SCA

She has two adorable Irish Setters!

Email: jgreen@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Administrative Assistant
Jamie Bohl
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BA in Political Science, Texas State University
10 years business experience
2nd year at SCA
She has an entire room in her house dedicated to her home state of Texas!
Email: jbohl@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Learning Specialist
Julie Rzepka
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B.A. in Elementary Education – U of M Dearborn
B.A. in Music & Psychology – U of M Dearborn
M. Ed. in Special Education & Learning Disabilities – U of M Dearborn
National Board Certification for Advocacy in Special Education (in progress)

28 years in education
2nd year as SCA’s Learning Specialist and teaching Algebra Essentials and Mastery Skills I & II
I am so honored to be part of such an amazing community here at SCA.
Email: jrzepka@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Guidance Counselor (A-H)
Claudia Sitto
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BA in Psychology, Oakland University
Master of Arts in Counseling, Oakland University
Licensed School Counselor
National Certified Counselor certification in school counseling (NCC)

14 years in education
8 years at SCA

She and her husband have three children with ages ranging from 6-12 and she loves music!

Email: csitto@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Guidance Counselor (I-Z)
Hutham Tankersley
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BS in Secondary Education, Wayne State University
Master of Arts in Counseling, Wayne State University
Licensed School Counselor
Professional Education Certificate
Archdiocesan Catechist Religious Education Certificate

19 years in education
7 years at SCA

She loves to bake!

Email: htankersley@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Campus Minister
Sr. Mary Ann Foggin
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Associates in English Literature, Bay Path College

22 years as a religious sister with the Servants of God’s Love
10 years at SCA

She was in advertising for 15 years before becoming a religious sister!

Email: mfoggin@saintcatherineacademy.org

 

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Facilities Manager
Bobby Green
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2nd year at SCA

Email: rgreen@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Mission Advancement
Diahann Sproule
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Bachelor of Science Madonna University
 
12 years business experience
1st year at SCA 
Breast cancer survivor
 
She married her high school sweetheart and they have five children
 

Email: dsproule@saintcatherineacademy.org

 

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Mission Advancement, Marketing
Amy Beers
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MS in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research, Penn State University
BS in Industrial Engineering, Penn State Universtiy 

27 Years Business Experience
2 Years at SCA

Email: abeers@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Advancement Associate
Kerry Prowse, '15
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BS in Kinesiology, Michigan State University
Eli Broad College of Business Sports Business Management Minor, MSU
Coaching Minor, MSU

2 years in Advancement
2 years working at SCA

She loves the outdoors and MSU basketball! (Go Green!!)

Email: kprowse@saintcatherineacademy.org

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St. Cate's Corner, Manager
Carol MacLennan
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EBA Business and Business Education, Michigan State University
MA in k-12 Administration, Michigan State University
Vocational Certification along with w/Middle-High School Certification
AOD Certification in High School Theology Teacher

22 years in education
5 years at SCA teaching Business
Now managing St. Cate’s Corner

She loves DIY projects!

Email: cmaclennan@saintcatherineacademy.org

 

Faculty

Our team of highly educated faculty does 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.

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English
Walter Connolly
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Coming soon

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English, Drama
Jill Kara
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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.

Email: jkara@saintcatherineacademy.org

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English
Jennifer Zbytowski
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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)!

Email: jzbytowski@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Science
Katie Brandt
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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!

Email: kbrandt@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Science
Brittany Ciarelli
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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!

Email: bciarelli@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Science
Lucia Eisner-Smerage
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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!

Email: lsmerage@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Science, Mathematics
Claire Jackowski
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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!

Email: cjackowski@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Mathematics
Brendan Cornelissen
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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!

Email:bcornelissen@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Mathematics
Paul Davidson
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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!

Email:pdavidson@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Mathematics
Connie Shallal-Johnston
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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!

Email:cshallal@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Theology
Anneke Tennies
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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!

Email: ahoubeck@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Theology
Barbara Kirwan
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AOD Teacher of the Year 2020
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!!

Email: bkirwan@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Theology
Evan Pham
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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!

Email:epham@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Theology
Tom Merlo
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Bio coming soon!

Email:tmerlo@saintcatherineacademy.org

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

Email: mhegarty@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Social Studies
Orrin Tibbits
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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.

Email: otibbits@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Social Studies
Samantha Wakefield
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BA in History from Kenyon College
BA & MA in Education from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
15 Years in Education
2 years at SCA

Did you know?
I was NCAA All-American in swimming in college and part of 3 NCAA National Team Title

Email: swakefield@saintcatherineacademy.org

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

17 years in education
11 years at SCA teaching Health, PE, & Online Mentoring

Pole Vault State Champ!

Email: jczopek@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Art
Ashley Klee
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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!

Email: aklee@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Music
Chris Tabaczynski
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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!

Email: ctabaczynski@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Latin
Nicholas Mantia
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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!

Email: nmantia@saintcatherineacademy.org

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Latin
Keith Shafer
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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!

Email: kshafer@saintcatherineacademy.org

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent

“Even if there were 10 stars, I would still put 11!”

Katherine

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent

“[SCA] builds upon your faith and strengthen you academically throughout the four years in high school so that you are more than ready when you move on to college.”

Zina

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“I have been very impressed with the teachers at this school. They both challenge the girls academically and show true concern for them on a personal level as well.”

SCA Parent

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

Each summer here at SCA we host a variety of camps designed with future STARS in mind. Camps offered cover athletics, arts, science, and more.

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