Catholic High School hires teachers, schedules open houses
St. Michael logo (July 26, 2013)
While St. Michael school has partnered with Fisher More Academy and The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More to provide an accredited, classical core curriculum, its students will also study with two new on-site teachers, Rachel Campbell and Maartje Nolan. Campbell and Nolan will oversee real-time, on-line core classes each morning, and will mentor students, conduct math, science and writing labs, teach religion and provide several elective opportunities for students.
Campbell, the academy’s lead teacher, earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Eastern Michigan University with an emphasis in mathematics and physics. She obtained her master’s in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in curriculum with a concentration in mathematics. Campbell has more than 10 years of teaching and administrative experience. A pianist and piano teacher, Campbell has experience in leading children and adult choirs, a rich knowledge of the lives of the saints, and love for the Catholic faith.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for everyone involved,” Campbell said. “I am thrilled to be part of this adventure — forming minds and hearts into critical thinkers and defenders of the faith.”
Also part of the new team is Nolan, a part-time teacher. Nolan earned her bachelor’s degree in education with honors at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She earned her master’s degree in theater in education at Emerson University, Boston, Mass. Nolan also has a master’s degree in inter-cultural training and conflict resolution from Lelsey University, Cambridge, Mass.
Nolan, her husband Bryan and their two sons are members of Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish in Harbor Springs.
“I am committed to this endeavor for the long term,” Nolan said. “I believe that there are things in life that have inherent redemptive value. A good Catholic education is one of these. An authentic Catholic education is one which celebrates the intellectuals of the past, and fosters the thinkers of the future while keeping centered on Christ and his will for us.
Both Campbell and Nolan will be available to meet prospective students and their families at three different open houses at St. Mary of Charlevoix from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, and at the catholic high school’s proposed location, 1170 Bay View Road from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31. The building is located between Bob-In Again and Boyne Country Sports in the garden level of the PMP building.
Food and beverages will be served at the open houses. Private tours are also available upon request.
“We are on track for fall and are extremely pleased to have Rachel and Maartje on board,” Deborah Gagnon, co-chair of the high school committee, said.
St. Michael the Archangel school is awaiting final approval of a special use permit from Petoskey’s zoning board for the proposed location.
“Any educational institution is required to apply for and prove compliance with traffic and parking ordinances,” Jeff Bacigalupi, co-chair, said.
“Our plan is to open St. Michael’s in this interim location with a strong group of first-year students,” Gagnon said. “Using a hybrid of 40 percent real-time online Catholic curriculum blended with 60 percent traditional classroom instruction, St. Michael’s students will learn in a cutting-edge environment, one that higher education and businesses have already moved toward.”
For more information on the school visit StMichaelRCA.com or call Gagnon at (231) 330-8868 to ask questions and schedule a private tour of St. Michael the Archangel Regional Catholic Academy.