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Faculty & Staff | 2020-2021

Our teachers are focused on the whole child in mind, body, and soul.  We challenge our students to grow through hands-on learning which integrates technology to create a life-long love of learning and by experiencing our Catholic faith in action in our school communities.

Our faculty

  • Provide a good balance between academics and religious teachings
  • Create an environment where everyone is welcome
  • Place an emphasis on community service/volunteerism
  • Use the latest in techology and teaching tools in the classroom

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  1. Early Elementary

  2. Elementary School

  3. Middle School

  4. Specials

  5. Administrative Staff

Marisa DeLucaPreschool   
Teacher 
B.A. Early Childhood Education

 

 

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How long have you worked here?
This is my first year at St. Stephen School. I previously taught preschool in the Great State Readiness Program.
What is the best part of your job?
I feel so blessed to work at St. Stephen. I had such an incredible Catholic upbringing, being a part of the early childhood Catholic school experience here at St. Stephen is such an honor.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
In my spare time I enjoy going to see my parents, spending time with my husband, cooking, and cheering on the University of Michigan in football and basketball.
Where did you go to college?
I was born and raised in Midland, Michigan and grew up attending Catholic school. I graduated in 2018 from Ferris State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and did my student teaching at East Grand Rapids Public School in their Early Childhood program.

Luann Mackraz

Teacher Aide

 

 

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How long have you worked here?
I have been working at St. Stephen for 8 years. Most years I have worked in the Preschool classroom. At the start of the 2021 school year I was the Aide in the Kindergarten/1st grade classroom but moved back to Preschool. I am also the Playground Supervisor, at recess, for all the classrooms.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job, besides the kids, is watching their little minds learn and grow.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
When I can, I love to travel, spend time at our cottage and watch my daughter show her horse. I love to read so this also occupies my time.
Interesting fact!
I am adopted! I have a wonderful mom and a biological mom. Double the love!

 

 

Program Director for the Preschool, Child Care, and After School Care programs




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How long have you worked here? 
I am blessed to work with such an amazing team since starting at St. Stephen in 2019.  My career path has given me the opportunity to work in Early Childhood Education Administration and Leadership for more than 20 years.  My experiences have primarily been with large corporately owned childcare centers in Metro Detroit and Metro Grand Rapids.
What is your favorite part of your position?
My favorite part of my position is being a part of the high quality programming that we are able to provide for our families and the relationships we are able to build. St. Stephen is truly a special community and I am honored to be a part of it.
One interesting fact about my family?
I live in the Rockford area with my two sons, Tristan – 12-years-old, and Harrison – 9-years old.  We enjoy family activities, playing board games, going to the beach, and exploring all that Michigan has to offer.
Where did you go to college?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in History, with a minor in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University. I also have an Associate degree with an emphasis in education and early childhood development. 



 



 

Jennifer AnsellKindergarten & First Grade 
Teacher
Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood & Elementary Education

 

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How long have you worked here?
I started at St Stephen in 2020 teaching Preschool.
What is the best part about your job?
There are so many blessings about my job.  I love it when students make connections to something the class has learned previously to something new they are learning and how excited they are to share this with everyone.
What was your favorite subject and why?
My favorite subject when I was younger was reading.  I can remember how I could not wait to learn how to read so I could read words in the hymnal at church, then I could sing with everyone else.  I love music and love listening to it, singing with it, researching singers, bands and stories behind songs.
One interesting fact about my family.
One interesting fact about my family is that we are a “J” family: Jennifer, my husband Jim, son James, daughter Josie, and two black cats named Jazzy and Jayden.  My rescue dog, Sailor is the odd duck out. 
Where did you go to college?
I have a BA from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood and a Masters from Grand Valley State University in Learning Disabilities.



Maureen HallSecond Grade
Teacher
Triple minor in Elementary Education, Math & English
Master's Degree in Reading

 

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How long have you worked here? 
This is my first year at St. Stephen School. I have taught Math and Religion to the Junior High at Holy Trinity for the past 23 years.  I then taught Religion to the 6th and 7th graders at Our Lady of Consolation. 
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
I enjoy reading, going to the family cottage, and spending time with my family. I am a member of Holy Name of Jesus parish.    
One interesting fact about my family.
I live in Wyoming with my mom and daughter, who is in the 8th grade at Our Lady Consolation. My fiancé and I have been engaged for three years. Hopefully, I will be planning a wedding soon. 
Where did you go to college?
I have an Associate's Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. I went to Western Michigan University for both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree.


Alyssa WysockiThird & Fourth Grade
Teacher
Elementary Education

 

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How long have you worked here?
I started teaching at St Stephen in 2017.  
What is the best part about your job?
The best part of my job is incredible students in all of my classes. I love my students and the diversity of our school community. In my free time, I like watching movies while drinking a good cup of coffee!
What was your favorite subject and why?
My favorite subject growing up was geography, which was also my best subject. 
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
I love hanging out with friends, cuddling up at home and watching a show or drinking coffee.
Some interesting facts about Alyssa
An interesting fact about me is that when I was two, I was bitten in the face by a brown recluse spider and I have a pocket of venom in my cheek still today.  I was Awarded Betty VanAndel's 2020 Teacher of Excellence.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Elementary School at Holy Spirit, spent my High school years at Grandville, and then moved to Missouri to pursue my Education Degree at Lindenwood University.

 


Rachel BaldwinFifth Grade
Teacher
B.A. in:
- Double Major: Special Education / Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (emphasis in Emotional Impairment and Cognitive Impairment)
- Minor: Elementary Education
- Graduate of the Frederik Meijer Honors College at GVSU

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How long have you worked here?
I have worked at St. Stephen Catholic School since the 2016 - 2017 school year!
What is the best part of your job?
Being able to integrate my faith into the content I teach as well as foster a love of Christ in my students is hands down the best part of my job.  Seeing my students grow spiritually, academically, and socially/emotionally throughout the school year is a close second!
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
Outside of work, I enjoy going for walks / runs most days and learning new music on the piano!  Spending time with friends (thankful for FaceTime this year!), attempting to complete puzzles, and reading books - especially on the beach! - are how I usually fill the rest of my time.  I also love playing piano for my home parish, The Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadaupe, at the Saturday night Mass!
One interesting fact about my family -
I am the eldest girl of seven kids - growing up in a family of nine means there was never a dull moment in my childhood! 
Where did you go to college?
I graduated in 2016 from Grand Valley State University.  My B.A. consists of a double major in Special Education / CSAT, with an emphasis in Emotional Impairments and Cognitive Impairments, and a minor in Elementary Education.  I am a graduate of the Frederik Meijer Honors College program as well!

Patrick MisnerSixth Grade 
Teacher
English, Psychology, Secondary Education

Middle School Language Arts and Socials Studies

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How long have you worked here and what led you to teach here?
I started in 2018, and I wanted to teach at a Catholic school.
What is the best part about your job?
The best part about teaching at St. Stephen is working with the students and being able to integrate faith into the different content areas!
What was your favorite subject and why?
My favorite subject in school was language arts because I enjoy reading books.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school?
I enjoy playing guitar, tennis, and chess as well as going hiking and reading books.
One interesting fact about my family.
My mom's side of the family still has a family farm in Norway.
What are a few of the cool things your class has worked on this year?
In language arts, we have read Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and will be reading The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. George MacDonald inspired many more well-known authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Lewis Carroll.
In social studies, 6th and 7th grades have been learning about early Jewish history and how they interacted with the ancient civilizations. 8th graders have been learning about the American Revolution and the beginning of the United States of America.  6th and 7th graders have also been learning how to play chess for a chess tournament later in the year!
How has the class adapted to COVID?
The students have stayed positive amidst the uncertainties caused by COVID. They enjoy being able to be in-person for school and see their friends every day!



Lindsey WilburSeventh Grade 
Teacher
Theology

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How long have you been teaching here?
This is my first year at St. Stephen.
What led you to teach here?
I discovered a love for teaching while running the religious education program at St. Patrick Parnell.  My theology background began at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and now continues with Master’s studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
What is the best part about your job:
Sharing the faith with middle school students at St. Stephen is an absolute joy for me since a foundation in the Catholic Faith fosters young people’s personal growth and discovery of their own identity.  As St. Catherine of Siena says, “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!”



toonewEighth Grade
Teacher
Biology, Physics, Masters degree in Geoscience Education

Kelli WalkerArrowsmith Program 
Teacher
Science, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Arrowsmith Certification

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How long have you worked here?
I started in 2016 in Arrowsmith and 2013 at St Stephen.  I have taught a variety of grades from preschool to 8th grade. 
What is the best part about your job
I absolutely love teaching Arrowsmith!  The program is so amazing for students with learning differences and it is amazing how much students change over the course of their time in Arrowsmith.  Not only do I love Arrowsmith, I love St. Stephen.  I love the staff, the students, the families, and the atmosphere at St. Stephen.  It's a place I like to call home. 
One interesting fact about my family
I have been married to my husband, Jesse, for 12 years and we have 3 amazing children (Claire - 12, Charlotte - 9, and Tommy - 7). We enjoy skiing, reading Harry Potter, watching Marvel movies, and being outside. 
Where did you go to college? 
I am a 2005 Western Michigan University graduate (Go Broncos) with a Bachelor's degree in Science and Early Childhood Education. 



Mrs. Marie FowlerResource Room 
Teacher
Sociology, Psychology, Learning Disabilities, Reading Specialist, Elementary Education

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How long have you worked here?
I have taught at St. Stephen Catholic School for more than 30 years.
What is the best part about your job?
My reason for teaching at St. Stephen, is every day I teach at St. Stephen brings me joy and an opportunity to learn from the children I teach as well as the staff I work with. God's plan for me has been a joyous journey!"
One interesting fact about my family.
I am married and have 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. I am a member of the parish and my children have attended St. Stephen from preschool through 8th grade.   I enjoy spending time with my family when not teaching. I also enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, and outdoor activities like biking and skiing. 
Where did you go to college?
I earned both my undergraduate and Master's degree from Aquinas College. I have a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities and Remedial Reading.  



Principal
Pastor
Administrative Assistant
Childcare Director - 
Maintenance -
Lunchroom Supervisor - Mrs. Alejandra Ignacio