Administration

Very Reverend Robert Creagan
 
John Berlin
President
jberlin@lmclakers.org
Larry Glendening
Dir. of Business Operations
lglendening@lmclakers.org
 Kelli Corning
Advancement Director
kcorning@lmclakers.org
Gerald Heath
MS/HS Principal
gheath@lmclakers.org
Jody Maher
Elementary Co-Principal
jmaher@lmclakers.org
Larry Hoskins
Elementary Co-Principal
lhoskins@lmclakers.org

Chaplain

 

Fr. Arul Lazar 
Elementary-Middle-High School Chaplain
Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church

 

 

Support Staff​​

 
Deb Schmid
MS/HS Guidance Supervisor
dschmid@lmclakers.org
Kathleen Smart
Social Worker
ksmart@lmclakers.org
Jenna Ruddell
Guidance Secretary
jruddell@lmclakers.org
 
 Crystal Bross
Asst. Business Manager
cbross@lmclakers.org
Jennifer Deuel
Business Office
jdeuel@lmclakers.org
Tracey Warner
Business Office
twarner@lmclakers.org
Chris Glendening
Constituent Relations &
Events Manager
cglendening@lmclakers.org
Lisa Whitfield
Attendance/Media Bay
lwhitfield@lmclakers.org
Jennifer Hicks
Transportation Supervisor
jhicks@lmclakers.org
Pam Barden
Technology Coordinator
pbarden@lmclakers.org
Joe Herzog
Technology
jherzog@lmclakers.org
Janet Sullivan
Admissions Coordinator
jsullivan@lmclakers.org
Gina Smith
Executive Administrative Assistant
gsmith@lmclakers.org

Athletic Office Staff

Neil Carter
Athletic Director
ncarter@lmclakers.org
Tom Strzyzykowski
Concessions/Facilities Manager
tstrzyzykowski@lmclakers.org
Jane Deaton
Secretary to the Principal & Athletic Director
jdeaton@lmclakers.org

Elementary Support Staff

Kelly Spencer
Administrative Assistant
kspencer@lmclakers.org
Julie Dalton
Administrative Assistant
jdalton@lmclakers.org
Sue Zilke
After School Care Supervisor
szilke@lmclakers.org

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Ann Kangas
Middle-High Cafeteria Supervisor
akangas@lmclakers.org
Michelle Agay
Middle-High Cafeteria
magay@lmclakers.org
Gay Story
Elementary Cafeteria Coordinator
gstory@lmclakers.org
Jeri Merfeld
Elementary Cafeteria

Maintenance & Custodial

Joe Martin
Maintenance
maintenance@lmclakers.org
Tommie Holloway
Elementary Custodian

High School Faculty

David Cleveland
Physical Education
dcleveland@lmclakers.org
BS in Physical Education with a minor in Health from Western Michigan University.
BS in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.
Graduate studies in Adaptive Physical Education from Western Michigan University.

 

Zoraya Cunat
Spanish II
zcunat@lmclakers.org
BS in Business with minor in Accounting from Pontificia Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic
BS in Spanish – Teacher Certification K-12 with minor in Business from Western Michigan University
Currently working on a Masters of Spanish Literature, Linguistics, and Culture of Iberian Peninsula at Western Michigan University
At LMC there is a support system from faculty, administration, and parents that makes teaching very efficient. I also enjoy teaching our highly motivated students. They are respectful and creative minds, avid learners. I also learn from the students as much as I teach them.I am from the Dominican Republic. I have been in the US since 2000. I am a mother of two college students; Daniel (pre-med) and Gabriel (computer Science and plays Football).  They attend MSU and Eastern Michigan University.

I enjoy traveling and exploring old new places, reading, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata dancing. I also love the detective television series, resolving crimes and what not (I think I could be a good Sherlock Holmes 😉 )

Joe Jarvie
Band
jjarvie@lmclakers.org
BA in Music Education with a minor in Music Performance from Western Michigan University with Graduate work towards a Masters in Music from Western Michigan University
I enjoy the great students and supportive parents and staff that I am in contact with each day. It is stimulating professionally to work in a school system that has a positive school climate and continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology and educational philosophy.

I spend my summers farming 300 acres in the U.P. specializing in high-quality timothy hay (jarviehayfarms.com). The majority of the hay I produce is shipped to Ocala, FL for resale.

 

Helen Koch
Theology 10
hkoch@lmclakers.org
BA in American History, Minor in Education from Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
It is important for me to teach in a Catholic school.  I can share my faith and Catholic doctrine in every class every day.

I’m a grandma of two.  During the summer, I travel with students so that they can have a better understanding of different cultures and appreciate the rich variety of the different ways people around the world live.

Richard Mansfield
Theology 9, 11, 12
rmansfield@lmclakers.org
Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law (Political Science concentration) from the University of the Pacific
Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School
Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Toronto
California Catechist CertificationI taught theology for twenty years at Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton, California before joining LMC
LMC offers me the unique opportunity to teach the fullness of the Catholic faith in all of its splendor and join the academic study of theology with the practice of traditional Catholic devotions.  It is an inexpressible joy to be a part of the LMC community.

My family and I are grateful for the blessings that flow from my position at LMC, including the St. Joseph Parish community and the splendors of the St. Joseph area.  My wife, Debbie, and I have six children: Sr. Mary Bethany, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; Gerard, a junior at Providence College; Joseph, a 2017 graduate of Saint Mary’s High School, who has chosen to take a “gap” year; Mary, who is homeschooled; John, a sophomore at LMC; and Edmund, a homeschooled twelve-year old.

Kris Nuter
Chemistry, College Chemistry, Physics
knuter@lmclakers.org
BS in Chemistry with a minor in math, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame Indiana
Master’s in Science in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, The University of Notre Dame
Teaching Credentials from Loyola University, Chicago
What I like most about teaching at Lake Michigan Catholic is teaching our own children, their friends and classmates chemistry, how it relates to the world and to our Catholic faith.

Our children are the 4th generation to graduate from Lake Michigan Catholic High School or its predecessor, St. John’ s High School.

Joseph Salerno
Biology, A.P. Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
jsalerno@lmclakers.org
Linda Schemenauer
Econ/Civics, US History, World History, Statistics
lschemenauer@lmclakers.org
Bachelor of Science Mathematics: Secondary Education
Minors: Computer Science & History: Secondary Education
Western Michigan University
21 grad hours: Education
   I love teaching at LMC because the students are all great, there’s a sense of family, and we have supportive parents.
Joe Schmidt
English 9 & 12, Journalism
jschmidt@lmclakers.org
B.S. in English with an emphasis in Secondary Education with a minor in Business Education from Central Michigan University
Masters of Science in Educational Leadership (K-12 Principalship) from Western Michigan University
Working with the students of Lake Michigan Catholic is what I truly enjoy most about my career. The students are driven to be successful in all of their endeavors. The students work hard and earn their achievements. It is truly a privilege and an honor to see them succeed.

I am the Lake Michigan Catholic Boys Varsity Soccer coach.

Carolyn Simmons
English 10 & 11, Yearbook, A.P. English, Honors Public Speaking
csimmons@lmclakers.org
B.A. in English and Speech/Communications Kalamazoo College
M.A. in Teaching & Learning/Education Western Michigan University
I love the students. They absorb my enthusiasm about what I teach and make learning a constant discovery of something new, exciting, and enriching.

I read at least sixty books every summer. I’m an adjunct instructor of Technical Writing and Public Speaking at Lake Michigan College.

I’m happily married to Kevin, principal of Northrop High School, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have three children, TJ and Hailey, who graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic, and Chloe who is a freshman at Lake Michigan Catholic.

Sherrie Styx
Art
sstyx@lmclakers.org
B.F.A. in Art Education with major concentration in Ceramics and Jewelry from Western Michigan University
Masters of Art in Educational Leadership (K-12) with emphasis in Education Technology from the University of Illinois
I love being able to teach art using the word of God. Sharing my faith with the students is truly a blessing. The students and staff are enthusiastic and Lake Michigan Catholic is a great environment.

I have an art studio at the Box Factory for the Arts and participate in numerous art shows including the Krasl Art on the Bluff show. I have 7 children who are spreading their wings, finishing college, and moving across the country.

Vashti Ward
Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, A.P. Calculus
vward@lmclakers.org

 

Middle School Faculty

David Cleveland
Physical Education 6, 7 & 8
dcleveland@lmclakers.org
BS in Physical Education with a minor in Health from Western Michigan University.
BS in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.
Graduate studies in Adaptive Physical Education from Western Michigan University.
Bethany Ergican
Spanish 6, 7 & 8
bergican@lmclakers.org
BA in Spanish from University of Nevada Reno
BA in International Affairs with a specialization in Latin America from the University of Nevada Reno
Teaching Credential from the California State University of Long Beach
I absolutely love teaching Spanish at the Elementary and Middle School level at LMC for so many reasons, but mostly the wonderful students, teachers, administrators, and families are what make it the best school to teach at. The community at our school is very supportive of one another and close-knit. It truly feels like a family and I am so grateful every day to teach here!

I have lived in St. Joe since the summer of 2015. I grew up in Northern Nevada and traveled a lot during my college years. I spent a semester at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, two semesters in Costa Rica living with a host family and interning as a bilingual tour guide at the local Marine Park, and my winter break of senior year in Prague, Czech Republic at an International Affairs conference. In my free time, I love to hike, do yoga and Zumba, cook, and watch TV with my husband and our hairless cat, Sonrisa. I recently became a mom to my wonderful daughter, Selin, and love every precious moment of watching her grow so fast!

Mark Howkins
Social Studies 6, 7 & 8
mhowkins@lmclakers.org
 I received my teaching degree from Indiana University South Bend and am currently pursuing my master’s degree in School Counseling and Mental Health from there as well.

I am licensed to teach in both Michigan and Indiana with endorsements in history, political science, and economics.

 My future plans involve securing a job as a school counselor where I can advocate for my students and provide them with the necessary social, emotional, and academic guidance they need. Outside of the classroom I coach high school football for Dowagiac High School, a position that I have held since 2007. My family and I are originally from metro-Detroit where I was born and raised in the Dearborn area before moving to Niles in 2003. At home, I am an avid dog lover and have a real passion for classic cars.

As an educator, I am a strong believer in building positive relationships with students, parents, and coworkers. I consider communication and my ability to engage with my students to be my greatest personal strengths. I have a true passion for education and for challenging my students to think critically and to always see both sides of the argument.

Ginger Hysell
English 6, 7 & 8
ghysell@lmclakers.org
University of Michigan, BA in English and Political Science
University of Michigan, MA in Education (Secondary)
I love middle schoolers. Their bright, curious minds, strong opinions, and tendency to argue are all food for an interactive English class.  I enjoy wrestling classic novels with them, examining different points of view, and helping them create written arguments that are strong and logical.  Doing all of this at Lake Michigan Catholic, where I graduated from many years ago, and in the context of our Catholic faith, is a true blessing

When I’m not teaching, you might find me running my two girls back and forth between elementary school and middle school activities.  Hazel is in 6th grade and Hannah is in 5th.  I also might be found novel writing, supporting all local coffee shops, or stitching little pieces of geometric fabrics together at the local quilt guild.

Mary Jo Jager
Math 6 & 7, Algebra
mjager@lmclakers.org
BS from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
MS in Exercise Science from WMU
I grew up in Battle Creek, Mi, attending St. Philip High School. I began my teaching in Florida, continued in Chicago, and returned to Michigan, where I taught at LMC for nine years before staying home to raise my boys. I am married to an amazing man, Chuck, and we have two teenage sons, Drew and Sam. I am excited to be back at LMC teaching and also coaching middle school volleyball—my favorite sport!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, and spending time with my family, which also includes two very energetic big dogs.

  Joe Jarvie
Band 5
jjarvie@lmclakers.org
BA in Music Education with a minor in Music Performance from Western Michigan University with graduate work towards a Masters In Music from Western Michigan University
I enjoy the great students and supportive parents and staff that I am in contact with each day. It is stimulating professionally to work in a school system that has a positive school climate and continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology and educational philosophy.

I spend my summers farming 300 acres in the U.P. specializing in high-quality timothy hay (jarviehayfarms.com). The majority of the hay I produce is shipped to Ocala, FL for resale.

 

Helen Koch
Theology 6, 7 & 8
hkoch@lmclakers.org
BA in American History with Minor in Education, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Masters in the Art of Teaching, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
It is important for me to teach in a Catholic school. I can share my faith and Catholic doctrine in every class every day.

I’m a grandma of two. During the summer I travel with students so that they can have a better understanding of different cultures and appreciate the rich variety of the different ways people around the world live.

Kathleen Sant
Science 6, 7 & 8
ksant@lmclakers.org
Sherrie Styx
Art
sstyx@lmclakers.org
B.F.A. in Art Education with major concentration in Ceramics and Jewelry from Western Michigan University
Masters of Art in Educational Leadership (K-12) with emphasis in Education Technology from the University of Illinois
I love being able to teach art using the word of God. Sharing my faith with the students is truly a blessing. The students and staff are enthusiastic and Lake Michigan Catholic is a great environment.

I have an art studio at the Box Factory for the Arts and participate in numerous art shows including the Krasl Art on the Bluff show. I have 7 children who are spreading their wings, finishing college, and moving across the country.

 

Elementary School Faculty

 

  Tracy Glotzbach
Preschool
tglotzbach@lmclakers.org
BA in Elementary Education from Purdue University and 18 credit hours of graduate courses from Western University for certificate renewal
I love that Lake Michigan Catholic is like family and that God can be a part of what we do every day!

I fell in love with LMCES back in 1992 when we first moved to Michigan. For my husband’s first 3 years with Whirlpool we moved every 6-9 months. As we moved from town to town, I gained a lot of experience in many classrooms as a substitute teacher. Every time I subbed at LMCES, I was treated so nicely, especially by the students! I knew that LMCES was the place that I wanted to be and where I definitely wanted our children to attend school.

 

Lorie Loebach
Preschool
lloebach@lmclakers.org
BS in Deaf Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University
Associates Degree in Early Education from Ancilla College
Interpreters Degree from Waubonsee College
Masters In Human Services Counseling from National Louis University
I enjoy teaching at LMC because of the loving support you get from LMC families and the caring for each students success.

I have been working closely with different organizations to educate and provide support services for children and their families dealing with sensory disorders. I have taught infant to adult sign language classes in the area for over 12 years. In Illinois, my husband and I developed a sports camp for children who are Deaf. I have 4 children. They are actively involved in hockey. We spend most of our winter days at the cold hockey arena. I grew up in Maine. My family enjoys spending most of their summer days adventuring in Maine. I love gardening and teaching!

Kris Cutter
Preschool
kcutter@lmclakers.org
Bachelor of science in elementary education from Saint Mary’s College
Living and practicing our faith every day makes our school feel like a family. Sharing and growing in faith with my students is a blessing.

Our children have graduated from or are currently attending Lake Michigan Catholic.

Jennifer Schrauben
Preschool
jschrauben@lmclakers.org
Bachelors Degree in Child Development from Central Michigan Universityj
I love teaching the Little Laker preschool class at LMC. It is a joy to work together in a supportive environment of teachers that I respect and families I have grown to love. Preschool challenges me every day to be creative, patient and flexible. It is rewarding to teach and encourage young children as they master skills for the very first time. I try to develop a love for learning by making everyday fun and exciting!

I have had a variety of teaching experiences the last 20 years. In the preschool classroom, in the swimming pool, with girl scouts and at home with my family. It took a long time to start my family so I do not take a single day for granted. My twin girls Isabelle and Abigail make me so proud and bring me joy every single day. My husband Eric is my rock. He is calm and encouraging. He makes me laugh and helps me be the best I can be.

  Carolyn Zmrhal
Transitional Kindergarten
czmrhal@lmclakers.org
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Teaching is my passion and I feel incredibly honored to serve the students and families of Lake Michigan Catholic. The early years of school lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and it is my goal to help students become self-motivated and curious learners.  Our TK Lakers make connections, expand their knowledge, and practice their skills in a safe and Christ centered atmosphere.  It is truly a gift to be a part of a community with such a dedication to academics and faith.

My husband and I moved to Southwest Michigan 7 years ago and we have 3 children at LMC.  I love spending time with my family and friends, trips to the beach, and curling up on the couch with a good book.

Nicole Mills
Kindergarten
nmills@lmclakers.org
BA in Education with a minor in Kindergarten from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana
Master of Arts in the Practice of Teaching from Western Michigan University
At Lake Michigan Catholic we are a family. Faculty, staff and students treat each other with respect and understanding. Teachers work together on a daily basis to create the best possible learning environment for all students.

My husband and I are both Lake Michigan Catholic alumni. We are currently sending our own children to LMC for a faith-filled education to become well-rounded, life-long learners.

Jamie Hannapel
Kindergarten
jhannapel@lmclakers.org
BA in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Post graduate courses at Western Michigan University in Literacy Studies and Early Childhood Education
I love working with parents who are committed to QUALITY education. LMCES cultivates a feeling of family among students, staff and parents superior to any other school system in which I have been employed.  I attended LMC as a student, which was the reason I chose to bring my children to the school.
Pat Faris
1st Grade
pfaris@lmclakers.org
BS in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Wayne State University
Post graduate courses to obtain and maintain Professional Certification from University of Michigan, Andrews University and Western University
My personal beliefs reflect LMC’s mission: “Nourishing the human spirit-mind, body and soul-through Jesus Christ.”

My family and I have been members of St. Joseph Catholic Parish for twenty-six years. During that time, I have served as an extraordinary minister and catechist. My employment at LMC encompasses twenty-two years of teaching Jr. Kindergarten and First Grade. During my tenure at LMC I have been the recipient of the Golden Acorn Award and Teacher of the Year Award.

Jennifer Whitlock
1st Grade
jwhitlock@lmclakers.org
Bachelor’s in Elementary Education (1-8) with a concentration in History from Ohio University
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan University
With over ten years of teaching experience, half of which being in public school and the other half in Catholic schools, I enjoy the family and close-knit feel of being part of a Catholic school community.

I’ve lived and taught all over the country, including Ohio, California, Hawaii, and Tennessee. My family and I have been in Michigan for a couple years now, and we really enjoy it.  My husband and I have a six-year-old named Jonah, who is a proud LMC First Grader!  🙂

Stephanie Rugg
2nd Grade
srugg@lmclakers.org
BS in Education from Central Michigan University, Major in science, minor in language arts
As a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic, I enjoy teaching at the school that I attended and continuing LMC traditions. Having taught English in the middle school for seven years, I now enjoy integrating language arts skills into science lessons and having fun with in-class lab experiments.

At home I have three children – Avery and Colin (twin boys) and Savannah – who keep my husband and myself very busy.

Karen Lage
2nd Grade
klage@lmclakers.org
BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Science and Mathematics, Early Childhood & Elementary, and Integrated Creative Arts from Western Michigan University
Graduate studies in Reading and Language Arts Education at Oakland University
Graduate studies in Reading at Western Michigan University
LMC is an enjoyable place to teach. I appreciate working in a kind, respectful school environment that promotes academic success, high family values, community service, and sharing of faith. Our students, parents, and staff are thoughtful, welcoming, and generous.

My family and I enjoy living in St. Joseph. We are active members in our community through sports clubs, church, and school extra-curricular activities. We especially like to attend Laker FUN activities and Laker sporting events when possible.

  Pam Bodley
3rd Grade
pbodley@lmclakers.org
BA in Elementary Education/Special Education from Purdue University
Continuing Education and Teacher Certification Courses from Western Michigan University
It is wonderful to be a part of the LMC community. The staff is like a family that encourages and supports each other by sharing the Catholic faith and being aware of God’s presence in all that we do. We work together to challenge ourselves, applaud successes, and strive to make a difference in each student’s life.

I am a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and have been a teacher at LMC for 17 years. I am married and have 3 daughters and 2 son-in-laws. During my free time, I love to bake…especially Peabods Cookies!

Johnette Kurina
3rd Grade
jkurina@lmclakers.org
BA in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from Briarcliff University, Sioux City, IA.
15+ hours from Western Michigan University in graduate studies.
The thing I enjoy most about teaching at LMC is being able to teach my students about God and their faith. I love how I can discuss our faith in every subject and situation. It is amazing to witness their spiritual growth.

I have been teaching for 18 years in Catholic schools. I’m a proud parent of two LMC alumni, Michael and Megan, who both have received Bachelor degrees from Western Michigan University.  This summer I celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary with my husband, Jim.

Nina Binger
4th Grade
nbinger@lmclakers.org
Bachelors of Science in Education from Western Kentucky University Science emphasis in Nursing
Master degrees in Education and Reading -Western  Michigan  University
Research work with Ohio State, Northwestern, and University of Illinois at Chicago
 Being part of Lake Michigan Catholic is a joy and a privilege.  It is wonderful working with a conscientious, innovative, caring and spirited staff.   It’s like having 24 brains instead of one!  I like that students receive the structure to feel secure and comfortable and the freedom to expand their minds in a loving environment where teachers, students, and parents partner with God.
  Laurie Marszalec
4th Grade
lmarszalec@lmclakers.org
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University with 18 graduate credits
I’ve been teaching at LMC for 24 years and I still love what I do!
Lindsey Goshgarian
5th Grade
lgoshgarian@lmclakers.org
BS in Education with a Concentration in English and Science from Franciscan University
I love teaching at Lake Michigan Catholic because I have the privilege and the blessing of being able to teach children not only about academic subjects, but about the creator of all subjects- God himself! It is a gift to know that my daily work truly makes a difference, both now and eternally. The students and I learn together about challenging material, who we are in Christ, and who we are as part of the LMC family!

I love paddleboarding on Lake Michigan, playing tennis, and rock climbing.

Sarah Rouse
 5th Grade
srouse@lmclakers.org
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO.
It is a true honor to be a part of the Lake Michigan Catholic Family.  Waking up each day to teach students about the world and its creator is what brings me pure joy.

I am a wife and mother of two: a little Laker girl (Janey) and a soon to be Laker boy, Hunter.  I also love to travel.  I’ve been fortunate to visit over 40 countries and hope to inspire my students to develop a passion for learning about the world.  I also love yoga, baking, reading, and learning about different cultures and languages.

  Zoraya Cunat
Spanish
zcunat@lmclakers.org
BS in Business with minor in Accounting from Pontificia Catolica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic
BS in Spanish – Teacher Certification K-12 with minor in Business from Western Michigan University
Currently working on a Masters of Spanish Literature, Linguistics, and Culture of Iberian Peninsula at Western Michigan University
At LMC there is a support system from faculty, administration, and parents that makes teaching very efficient. I also enjoy teaching our highly motivated students. They are respectful and creative minds, avid learners. I also learn from the students as much as I teach them.I am from the Dominican Republic. I have been in the US since 2000. I am a mother of two college students; Daniel (pre-med) and Gabriel (computer Science and plays Football).  They attend MSU and Eastern Michigan University.

I enjoy traveling and exploring old new places, reading, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata dancing. I also love the detective television series, resolving crimes and what not (I think I could be a good Sherlock Holmes 😉 )

Mary Dudding
Art
mdudding@lmclakers.org
B.A. In English Literature, Mercy College of Detroit
Post-graduate credits in Fine Art, Western Michigan University
I enjoy experimenting with art and have continued my education by taking classes at the MoonTree Studio on the campus of Ancilla College, as well as at the Transformation Center in Kalamazoo. I am a participating member of the Krasl Art Center and the Box Factory for the Arts. Recently, our students won the first place award for Collaborative Artwork during the Berrien County Elementary Exhibition.

I am a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church where I am a lector and coordinator for the Noon to three o’clock hours in the Adoration Chapel. I have four children, all of whom graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic. I also have seven grandchildren, one who is currently a Laker.

I’m a big fan of barre class, Zumba, riding my bike and hiking at Grand Mere.

Students at Lake Michigan Catholic are so enthusiastic about art that I feel like a hero. The young artists are truly a joy to work with and I have been saying that for more than twenty years.

  Joe Jarvie
Band 5
jjarvie@lmclakers.org
BA in Music Education with a minor in Music Performance from Western Michigan University with graduate work towards a Masters In Music from Western Michigan University
I enjoy the great students and supportive parents and staff that I am in contact with each day. It is stimulating professionally to work in a school system that has a positive school climate and continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology and educational philosophy.

I spend my summers farming 300 acres in the U.P. specializing in high-quality timothy hay (jarviehayfarms.com). The majority of the hay I produce is shipped to Ocala, FL for resale.

   Jan Mathews
Media Services Director
jmathews@lmclakers.org
I am responsible for managing the Library collection and circulation for 4-year-old Preschool through 5th Grade, and Computer instruction for Transitional Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Afternoons find me outside, running the car line at dismissal. I sincerely appreciate all the offers of an umbrella on the rainy days but I honestly do like the rain. Rain, shine, or, dare I say, snow, I like it even more when your car doors are unlocked!

Being among teaching professionals who are compassionate, collegial and curious is a daily education. Add a bunch of nice kids who are inventive, thoughtful and motivated, and LMC becomes a place where we all learn new things each day, and discover the infinite ways our Catholic faith and knowledge of every kind are connected.

Ashley Pagel
Physical Education
apagel@lmclakers.org
BA in Health and Physical Education k-12 from Bethel College
I absolutely love the people at LMC. My co-workers feel like family and we have great students.

I am the Lake Michigan Catholic Varsity Volleyball Coach.

Juanita Grover
Music/Liturgy
jgrover@lmclakers.org