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.
Pro ATA Martial Arts
Courtney is a native Michigander, a wife and mother of two. She is a graduate of Alabama A & M University, where she obtained both a Bachelor and Master degree of Science. From an early age she has always known that science was her passion. She has more than 15 years experience teaching general sciences. Throughout the years she has volunteered as a youth mentor at community centers, served as a Girl Scout Troop leader and as a class lead for children’s church. In her leisure time she loves reading, running, and music.
Connor is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Global Health. Connor has held two academic internships, the first being for the City Council of Sacramento, and the second with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health based in Washington, D.C. He hopes to someday work in public office, and make a lasting difference in political service. Connor's proudest achievement is his earned status as an Eagle Scout, and he strives to live by and uphold the morals and leadership qualities he learned in scouting. In his spare time, Connor loves to read, critique films, and play saxophone. He has always had a passion for puzzles and making rules, so be sure to check out his Brain Games: Escape Room class!
Kelli was born and raised in New York and lived in Colorado before settling here in Michigan. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Leadership from Baker College and is a retired Captain from the MI Air National Guard. She has been married to her husband Bryan for 18 years.
Kelli's homeschooling journey started 10 years ago and she graduated her first student in 2022. She will admit commanding troops is less daunting than homeschooling at times, but can appreciate the phrase, "The days are long but the years are short." When she is not acting as a chauffeur for her three kids, you will find her teaching children at church and spending time with friends. She enjoys cooking, painting, crafting, and gardening.
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."
Gail is a certified math teacher and has been teaching for over 25 years in both Catholic and public schools. She has a strong passion for teaching, especially math. She tries to make the class fun and real so students see the true value of mathematics. Gail believes that students do better when there is a strong relationship between the teacher, student, and parents. Her favorite pastimes are traveling, tennis, skiing, kayaking, and home remodeling. She feels very blessed to part of the QV team!
Brianna earned a B.A. Communications from Oakland University in 2012 and a B.A. Holistic Health from Oakland University in 2021. She was born and raised in Michigan, but lived in Nevada for a few years and enjoys going back for extended visits.
Brianna is a wife and mom to 3 kids (all of whom attend QV). She has been a homeschooling/hybrid parent since her oldest son started school 6 years ago. She loves summer, traveling to warmer climates in the winter months, and going on adventures with her family.
Paula is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and also the Art Institute of Pittsburg. She has been working in the special effects industry for over 15 years. Paula has been working with Alex Thomas and Friends for the past ten years also teaching stop-motion animation and puppeteering. Paula enjoys fishing with her husband Dennis, nature, and animals.
Alex Thomas & Friends
Marcy is a certified Kinder Music teacher and mom of three. She has extensive musical knowledge and a passion for art. Marcy has been with Quo Vadis for two years and has taught everything from first grade core to music and craft classes.
In her free time, you can find Marcy attending concerts and promoting her daughter's band, Dark Eyed Dreamers. She also loves her menagerie of pets and her dream is to someday have a micro donkey! She worked with 4H for over 5 years and brings with her a huge love for both animals and education. She is an avid reader and loves kids!
Fusion / QVH Teacher
The fencing classes will be taught by D.C. Moons, a member of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and a 10-year Professional Member of the United States Fencing Association. He began fencing in 1970, and has been a professional fencing coach since 2007. He has competed in all three modern fencing weapons (foil, epee, and sabre), and was the head coach of the Oakland University fencing club from 2006 to 2016, a club he founded as an OU freshman in 1981.
Logan is an Oxford Wildcat through and through. He graduated from Oxford Schools and is now pursuing a degree at Oakland University in the upper sciences. Logan hopes to someday pursue a teaching degree as he has a passion for inspiring and encouraging young minds.
Logan also loves baseball! He prefers to play but is also a huge follower of the MLB. In his spare time you can catch him playing baseball and fishing with his younger brothers.
Jillian has been our second grade elementary teacher since 2020. This is the perfect fit for her as she is a music teacher at Music Maker Studio and held honors in music and music theory when she was in school. She is pursuing her love of teaching and hopes to pursue different avenues of education in the future.
Jillian's biggest love has always been music and she made her dream of playing in a band become a reality when she formed her band, Dark Eyed Dreamers, and they were signed to a record label! She has a love of animals and in her spare time you can find her at the beach, camping, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors with her friends.
Alex is a professional puppeteer and stop-motion animator. He has been touring the midwest for the past 6 years performing and teaching puppetry. Alex earned his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2009, and worked on several Cartoon Network television shows, films, and commercials animating and building puppets in Los Angeles. He moved back home to Michigan and started his own company “Alex Thomas and Friends” with his wife Jessica in 2012.
Alex Thomas & Friends
Jessica received her BS in Education from Wayne State University in 2009 and taught middle school mathematics for 5 years. She also has experience working with children with special needs and autism from her experience working at Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Jessica and her husband Alex, started their own company “Alex Thomas and Friends” in 2012 and have been teaching animation, puppetry, special effects, and more to youth and teens across the midwest.
Alex Thomas & Friends
Angie is a Michigan native and graduated from Ferndale High School. She then moved to Southern California, where in 2015, she graduated with her B.A. Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design. While in California, Angie met the love of her life (a marine) to whom she has been married for 9 years now. They have two sons, both of whom love sports (especially hockey). Angie and her family moved to Michigan in 2020.
In her spare time, Angie is a hockey mom/wife, crafter, photographer, and a Shetland Sheepdog enthusiast. She has volunteered for Guide Dogs of America, Leader Dogs For the Blind, and Freedom Dogs. Angie's goal for her Quo Vadis students this year is to inspire them to learn something new every day and be the best versions of themselves they can be!