Colleen Marsh- She has a B.A. degree in English and History from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.
She interned at the Hands on Historical Museum in Baltimore and worked as a historical interpreter giving tours to school groups and the public. After graduating from Loyola, Colleen worked for many years in printing and direct mail.
After moving to Michigan from Maryland, 13 years ago, Colleen was able to stay home and raise her three girls.
Always passionate about teaching, Colleen is currently substitute teaching for the Oxford Community Schools, leads a Junior Girls Scout troop, and teaches catechism. Colleen loves history and thinks the best way to teach is to make learning very hands-on, interactive and fun!
Jamie Lyons: She completed her B.S. degree from the University of Michigan - Flint after attending Mott Community College. Majoring and Minoring in Mathematics and Science. She has taught math at George Washington Carver Academy from 2012-2014 as well as Cheerleading. She was also a member of the technology team.
Throughout her career, she has taught at Haas, Woodland and Weston Elementary, as well as Davison Middle School.
Jamie is accustomed to tailoring class instruction based off individual learning styles and has worked with at risk youth in the Davison Community Schools. She LOVES math and enjoys helping kids have fun while learning. Motivating students to stay on task and creating a positive learning environment is a priority.
Stacie Booth: Stacie is a 4th Degree Black Belt and a certified instructor of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA).
She has worked as a residential treatment specialist in a group home and has coached boys and girls in soccer and basketball. Stacie has experience teaching language arts in both Junior High and High School for 6 years. She also has experience teaching special education students.
While being a certified Taekwondo instructor for five years, Stacie has 17 years of training in this martial art form and has recently opened her own facility, Pro ATA Martial Arts.
She believes Taekwondo is an effective way to improve fitness and learn self-defense while forming strong life skills and character traits like: Respect, Courtesy, Self-Control, Integrity, Honor, Perseverance, Attitude and Goal Setting.
Gayle Mazurkiewicz: Gayle is a certified teacher with over seven years of experience in the education field.
After graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and English in 2006, she went on to obtain her Michigan teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Oakland University in 2014. Starting with her first teaching job for L'anse Creuse H.S. - North in Macomb Twp. in 2009, she has taught as a full-time and substitute teacher in both public and private schools for a variety of subject areas, including science, math, and English in grades K-12.
A few points of pride include leading an initiative to bring the AP Chemistry program to a new private school, conducting an action research study on Study Skills as part of her graduate degree, and spear-heading a cross-country team for the all-girls Catholic high school, St. Catherine of Siena Academy. She also ran her own private business as a piano teacher and tutored for Sylvan Learning Center.
A sort of jack-of-all-trades, she loves making difficult concepts easy for students to understand and fostering classroom community where kids can enjoy learning together! Gayle truly believes that parents are a child’s “first teacher,” so it is a great privilege to support homeschooling families in their efforts to transmit their faith, strengthen family values, and provide their children with the best possible education.
Pearl Jones: Pearl received a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas and a M.A. in Theology from Duquesne University,PA.
From 1993 to 1995, Pearl was the Adjunct Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology Lab Director for Jacksonville State University, Alabama. In 1995 she also began teaching religious education at Ft. McClellan, AL.
2004 brought her to Trinity Lutheran School where she taught as a String Instructor until 2014. She also taught as a String Instructor at Oxford Academy Montessori from 2010 to 2012.
Pearl is married with 4 wonderful children. She is currently a private String Instructor and we are very excited to have her on our team!
Jennifer Freeman: Jennifer Freeman is a mother of 9 children who has homeschooled for the past 11 years. She is enjoys working with young people and has had leadership positions for the past 7 years in American Heritage Girls. Jennifer's passion is History. Her attempts to pass this onto her children have been mostly successful, and as a result there have been sword fights (privateer vs. Red Coat, anyone?) as well as Native American “bridal negotiations” taking place in her back yard, more than once.
Jennifer has been teaching history in a class setting for the past 5 years. She loves watching people understand that history is real. Helping people to understand the relevance of history and what life was like “back then” is her main goal. She will use any means of getting that knowledge to her students, whether it is in showing up in a hat and accent, or playing period games with her students, she has done it all.
Jennifer is excited to be teaching about the time period of the Reformation, how it changed the game for not only the Catholic Church but all of Europe! We will continue through the Revolutions. You might not know that there were three different revolutions all within 100 years of each other, and that two of them included England! I can't wait to teach your children to really understand and own their knowledge of this time period.
Renee Kray: She was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and has a Bachelors in Literature from Ave Maria University and an Associates of Liberal Arts from Macomb Community College.
Renee tutored in the Writing Center of Ave Maria University and was the Editor of Arts and Opinion as well as a contributing writer for the Gyrene Gazette.
She is a self-published author ofThink Again: A Captivating Compendium. She also has short stories published through ReadShortFiction.com, Contraries Journal of Ave Maria University, Sketches Anthology of Macomb Community College and Christian Fiction Magazine. Renee was also the co-writer of the screenplay for Imagination Thief from DeadWringer Productions 2012.
Renee is looking forward to passing on to students a love of reading and writing, both in its technical and creative forms.
Maura MacDonald-Grass: Maura MacDonald-Grass was raised in Anchorville, Michigan, and will soon be a graduate from Lake Superior State University’s creative writing program. Maura has taught writing in Kinross State Prison, and has tutored at LSSU’s Learning Center. She has worked as a nanny for six years, and loves spending time with children. Maura looks forward to her upcoming wedding in May, and pursuing her MFA in creative writing.
Amina Habib: Amina received her B.S. from Northern Illinois University. She has an endorsement in Language Arts and minored in Spanish. She has held teaching certifications in both Illinois and Michigan for grades K-9th. Before teaching at Quo Vadis, Amina taught in both the Illinois Public School system and Rochester Public Schools. Amina leads our PreK/K program and challenges each student to be the best they can be. She is married with 2 children and has a dog named Cali. She enjoys traveling and inspiring those around her, "I love creating that special spark in a child that enables them to become lifelong learners."
Rebecca Milan: Rebecca graduated High School with over a 4.0 average. She is highly motivated and currently enrolled as a Pre-Med student at Oakland University. Rebecca loves to challenge herself and brings that drive and focus into her classrooms. She loves science, and hopes to one day become a Medical Doctor, with a focus in Oncology. She enjoys teaching science to children in a way they can understand and with a passion for helping them to see the beauty of it!
Moniquee Sobocinski: Moniquee has a degree in Interior Design and has been a working artist for over 30 years! Her art has been displayed in galleries, art shows and she has had private commissions including large scale pieces for homes and offices, blank books, notecards, jewelry and other forms of art. This is her third year teaching at Quo Vadis and she is very excited to see your children in her classes!
Melinda Prucha: Melinda has a Ph.D. in Medical Science (Physiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology), and her research expertise spans from Molecular Biology to Biochemistry to Neuroscience. She LOVES teaching younger students about all of the fascinating aspects of Biology and/or Chemistry! Melinda has a knack for breaking down the most complicated topics into shorter, simplified lessons that children can understand. She is self-motivated and has maintained an "A" average her entire educational career.
Maryanne Lukomski: Maryanne is originally from Australia, and is married with three children Meg, Monica and John who attend Quo Vadis. She loves laughter, people, animals and mathematics and her hobbies include reading, music and traveling.
Maryanne has earned her Bachelor of Information Systems from Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia with two years of Teacher training. She also has 3 years of coursework towards a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Computing degree at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. 2 years of Client-based computer training throughout the East Coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), Malaysia and Singapore as well as 20 years experience teaching children's catechism/religion classes (Catechism and Junior Legion of Mary).
Maryanne was the founder, organizer and educator for Catholic Homeschool Activities Group, Melbourne Australia, 2011.
She also has 10 years experience as a Systems Analyst and Senior Systems Analyst in the Health and Finance industries.
Jennifer Hallmann - Owner of Windermere Equestrian Center: Jennifer has a degree in Child Development and established Windermere Equestrian Center, Inc in 1983. She has always trained students with a hands-on policy. She holds the philosophy that to be a true horseman, you must spend time with the animal on the ground. Students who only ride miss out on the joy, friendship, and connection with the horse which can only be developed through working with horses in all aspects of horsemanship -- stable management, grooming, health care, ground training and riding.
Brandon Wright - Owner of Rising Phoenix Archery: Brandon founded RPA in 2011 as a way to expand the sport of archery. Through this venture he has been able to give thousands of people the opportunity to learn and experience the sport of archery. He has completed his exams for his Level 4 NTS Coaching Certification where he had to demonstrate his understanding of the sport of archery directly to the Head Coach of the US Olympic Archery Team. There are currently around 200 Level 4 coaches in the world today. He plans to begin working with the National and International teams for the United States later this year. As an archer, he is the two time Michigan Indoor State Champion and will be defending his title the 1st weekend of February 2018. Archery is his passion and he hopes to spread a little more of that around to all of you.
Catherine Foster - Owner of TechKnowKids: Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University in 1983. In 1987 she went on to receive her Masters in Reading from Michigan State University. She has been an educator for over 30 years. Catherine has experience leading summer camp programs and library classes. In 2016, Catherine branched out as an entrepreneur. She began, TechKnowKids and focuses on being creative and enthusiastic while helping students to learn in an environment that meets both their academic and emotional needs.
Maria Wolbert: She comes to us with 25 years of training and facilitating students within a classroom and online to achieve their academic and life goals. Maria feels strongly that people have their own style of learning, and figuring out what ignites their passion to learn in a hands-on environment is what makes teaching and learning invigorating! Maria has a Masters in Career & Technical Education, Bachelors in Business Education with an English minor, and certifications as an Internet Web Professional Associates (CIW), CSS Coding, and Global Career Development Facilitator. Additionally, Maria worked in the non-profit business sector as the Executive Director of the Macomb County Bar Association wherein she ran all aspects of the business.
Maria’s career goal is helping others to be successful, and one of her life goals is giving back. She is passionate about animals and volunteers as a foster parent, adoption counselor and Board member at the K-9 Stray Rescue League. Maria is proud of and thankful for the love that shines into her life from her son, husband, stepson and grandchildren, and large family network who are truly a solid support system.