Erin is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego (UCSD). She earned her B.A. International Studies-Political Science, with a Russian language proficiency and a Middle Eastern regional focus. Erin grew up traveling the world, her first job being a Public Diplomacy position at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She enjoys giving back to the community, having helped build houses with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines, as well as having spearheaded several philanthropic events during her time at UCSD. Erin moved to Michigan in 2018 with her four cats and has been with Quo Vadis since!
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.
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!
Rudy is a true Tex-Mex, born in Texas, fluent in Spanish, he was raised in EL Paso Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy straight out of high school in 1979. Rudy retired from the Navy in 2002. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Degree in 2004. Rudy has been working in Facilities Maintenance positions from 2003 to the present time with Quo Vadis. Rudy always says if it is broken he will fix it, if it is dirty he will clean it and make it stink good. He is married and has three sons and three daughters.
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 QV team!
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 seven years also teaching stop-motion animation and puppeteering. Paula enjoys fishing with her husband Dennis, nature, and animals.
The fencing class 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.
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.
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.