Faculty & Staff | 2021-2022
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.
- 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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Ms. Megan Davison
Program Director for the Preschool, Child Care, and After School Care programs
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I am the Program Director for the Preschool, Child Care, and After School Care programs here at St. Stephen’s. I am blessed to work with such an amazing team since starting at St. Stephen’s 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 child care centers in Metro Detroit and Metro Grand Rapids. I actually have my Bachelor’s degree in History, with a minor in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University, but have also gained an Associate degree with an emphasis in education and early childhood development. 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. My favorite part of my position is being a part of the high quality programming we are able to provide for our families and the relationships we are able to build. St. Stephen’s is truly a special community and I am honored to be a part of it.
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Mrs. Jennifer Ansell
Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood & Elementary Education
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I started at St Stephen in 2020 teaching Preschool. 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. 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 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. 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.
Second & Third Grade
Ms. Maureen Hall
Triple minor in Elementary Education, Math & English
Master's Degree in Reading
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Maureen Hall taught Math and Religion to the Junior High at Holy Trinity for 23 years. She then taught Math and Religion to the 6th and 7th graders at Our Lady of Consolation for two years. This past year taught the wonderful second graders here at St. Stephen School. She has an Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. She went to Western Michigan University for both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree. She lives in Wyoming with her mom and daughter. Her daughter is in the ninth grade at Rockford High School . She also has a fiancé. She enjoys reading, going to the family cottage, and spending time with her family. She is a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.
Fourth & Fifth Grade
Mrs. Alissa Alkema
Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Integrated Science
My name is Alissa Alkema and this is my first year teaching at St Stephen. I am excited to be teaching in a Catholic School where I can share my faith with students and watch them grow academically, socially, and spiritually. I earned my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and Integrated Science from Grand Valley State University. I am married and have 4 children. Evelyn is 9, Isabella is 7, Clara is 6, and Declan is 3. They all attend Holy Spirit School. Outside of school I love being outdoors. I love taking walks with my family and exploring new places. We like to camp and enjoy going to the Upper Peninsula each summer with family. I also enjoy reading in my free time.
Ms. Elizabeth Black
Ms. Lindsey Wilbur
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This is my second year at St. Stephen. 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. 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!”
Math & Science
Ms. Beth Rutter
I have been at Excel Charter Academy in Kentwood and Epic Academy in Middleville for the last year. Prior to that, I was a homeschool teacher for my six children. During that time I also taught high school math and science classes for various homeschool groups throughout the West Michigan region. My teaching career started at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center where I provided outreach programs for students and teachers in school districts from Kalamazoo down the Indiana border. I was educated at Western Michigan University, receiving my Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. Outside of work, I'm devoted to all things outdoors. I had a dairy farm until recently, raising cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep, rabbits, and the occasional goat. I love to raise a bountiful garden and enjoy seeing the beautiful fruits of my labors in canning jars on the shelf all winter long. An interesting fact.......hmmmm.....I used to live in the rain forest in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Theresa Tuttle
I have been a substitute teacher for several of the Catholic Schools in the Grand Rapids diocese for over the past 5 years - including both elementary and high schools. I have taught Religious Education for many years at my parish. I hold a Bachelor and Master of Business degrees from Grand Valley State University, graduating with my Master in 2009. Outside of school, I am an active member of my local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, I enjoy making greeting cards, and also, I have a love for cooking - my family always welcomes the opportunity for me to cook a meal for them. I am originally from Ohio and have been here in Michigan for over 20 years. I have one son - now grown - who I adopted when he was 7 years old, and I have 1 stepson. Both have become great fathers and have given my husband and myself 5 beautiful grandchildren who we truly love to spoil.
Sociology, Psychology, Learning Disabilities, Reading Specialist, Elementary Education
I began teaching at St. Stephen Catholic School when my youngest son was in kindergarten and he was in my class. Now, many years later I'm here to help your child learn and grow. I earned both my undergraduate and Master's degrees from Aquinas College. I have a Master's degree in learning disabilities and remedial reading.
English Language Learner
Mrs. Annmarie Wasinski
Mrs. Wasinski works with students who are English Language Learners in grades K-8. She works with students individually or in small groups depending on student needs. In addition to using WIDA assessments to screen and determine a student’s ability level in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, Mrs. Wasinski collaborates with classroom teachers and other students support teachers to work together to determine a student’s strengths and to create goals for English language acquisition.
Mrs. Wasinski celebrates what an incredible asset a students’ first language is, and encourages students to maintain and develop first language fluency while working towards fluency in English. She hopes to support parents in navigating the challenges of helping a student to maintain first language fluency while acquiring English.
Students work with Mrs. Wasinski to develop Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) as well as Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) by playing games, reading together, writing, role playing, and engaging in conversation.