Aundrea has a B.A. in Sacred Theology from St. Mary's College of Madonna University in Livonia, MI, and has done some Masters work at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. For five years, she was a campus minister at Wayne State University, also in Detroit, where she did anything that could be imagined to fall under that title, including running RCIA programs, Bible studies, movie nights, a lot of cooking, etc. She has some certified training in the Montessori Method. Currently, she homeschools her five boys and belongs to St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Birmingham, AL.
Monica Duvall 1st/2nd Grade - 1st half of class
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Lucrecia Hall 1st/2nd Grade - 2nd half of class
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Susan Fay 3rd Grade-Preparing for Advent/Salvation History
Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Dallas. Her teacher certification is in biology. She taught high school and middle school science in both New York and Texas. She currently homeschools her children in Birmingham, Alabama.
Donna Ayers American History
Donna has a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Troy University with majors in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. She enjoys homeschooling her five children, and history is one of her favorite subjects. Donna and her family are parishioners at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Mary Donellan Ballroom Dancing & Writing
A homeschool graduate ('14), Mary is a wife-to-be, tutor and freelance writer. Her dance experience began with 5 years of classical ballet training, culminating in performing with the Birmingham Ballet's Junior Company. She took ballroom dance classes in her late teens and thoroughly enjoys dancing with her skilled fiancé. She has had over two dozen articles published in online magazines such as Seton Magazine, OnePeterFive, and Catholic Exchange, and has blogged publicly for several years. She has also taught at Catholic Schoolhouse for two years and done freelance graphic design work, including creating and selling The Holy Family Planner. She is a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Margaret Masny Drama
Margaret has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from DeSales University. She worked for St. Luke Productions, performing the role of St. Therese in their one person traveling play. More recently, she has done voice over work for EWTN and Lumen Entertainment. A parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Paul, she teaches 2nd grade PSR, and homeschools her 5 children.
Meagan Robichaux Art
Meagan was accepted and completed an early college program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied Interior Architecture and Art History. She went on to earn a B.A. in Arts Management and Art History at The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. While in Charleston, she studied under plein air artists Hilarie Lambert and Karen Hewitt Hagan as well as serving roles in various Charleston art galleries and the Gibbs Museum of Art. Meagan incorporates a modern twist to art history and classical techniques into her lessons while encouraging her students to have fun.
Megan Wyatt Etiquette & Life Skills
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Davide Botta, Ph.D. Apologia Biology
Dr. Botta is a research scientist and junior faculty member in the Department of Microbiology at UAB. He graduated from Benedictine College with a dual degree in Biochemistry and French, and pursued his doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Arizona. His teaching experience began in college where he was hired as a teaching assistant for the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, and continued in graduate school where he proctored medicinal chemistry and molecular biology examinations. At UAB, Dr. Botta has been actively involved in the mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate students. He has also privately taught the Apologia Chemistry and Physics lab components to several members of the Our Lady of Good Counsel homeschooling community, and is looking forward to teaching the Apologia Biology class at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Dr. Botta and his family are parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
John Edwin Bradley, Ph.D. Apologia Chemistry
Dr. Bradley is a senior research scientist in the Department of Medicine at UAB. He graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med Biology. Half-way through his undergraduate studies, he was offered a paid position as a student tutor and spent two years tutoring a long list of courses that included General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics. It was during this time that he realized his interest was more in the Biological Sciences than in patient care, and, therefore, despite excelling in the MCAT and being accepted into Medical School at UAB, he decided to pursue Research instead of Medicine. Dr. Bradley entered graduate school at UAB and in 2011 received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Soon after, Dr. Bradley accepted a position in the laboratory of Troy Randall and Frances Lund, where he conducts research alongside Dr. Davide Botta and Michael Schultz. In his spare time, he operates a one-man tutoring business that has for many years helped students, ranging from Jr. High to Collegiate levels, in a wide variety of subjects. He particularly enjoys teaching Chemistry and Physics and is thankful for this opportunity to share his knowledge with the students of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.
Mary Sahawneh Algebra I & II (Saxon)
Mary Sahawneh has a BS in Civil Engineering from UAB and a Master's in Secondary Education, Mathematics, UAB. She has taught math for various schools in the Jefferson County Board of Education School System. Her most recent teaching position was at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School. Subjects taught were Honors Algebra I, Honors Precalculus, Dual Enrollment Calculus I and Advanced Placement Calculus AB and BC. Mrs. Sahawneh also served as the Math Department Chairperson at JCIB.
Michael Schultz Apologia Physical Science
I’m a 4th-year graduate student working for Dr. Lund at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Though my focus is in parasitology and immunology, I work as a tutor for the graduate biomedical science program and have taught classes ranging from biochemistry to physics. My teaching experience began at the University of Wisconsin Superior where I earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology and chemistry. During that time, I worked for the Lake Superior Research Institute as a chemist and the University of Wisconsin Superior’s academic support center as a tutor. Over four years I taught biology, math, physics, and chemistry and earned the university support centers Trio achiever award for outstanding tutors. After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, I came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue my Ph.D. in immunology. As a graduate student, I work as a research scientist and tutor and help run the science enrichment program established between our labs and St. Rose Academy. As part of this program, we help teach young scientists the importance of laboratory work in a medical setting. Additionally, I also work as a mentor for the new undergraduate immunology program and have assisted with learning opportunities at the university for homeschooling groups.
Finally, I’m a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and work with Davide Botta in the department of microbiology. Over my time in Academia, I have come to enjoy teaching as much as research and look forward to any opportunity to pursue my interest.
Marlin Anderson Woodworking
Mr. Anderson has a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Huntingdon College; MS in Physics from Auburn University; and a Ph.D. in Physics from Auburn University. After a few years teaching physics and mathematics at Huntingdon College, Mr. Anderson joined Southern Research Institute in the Environmental Sciences Division where he was involved in developing means for reducing the emission of air pollutants from industrial plants. He also participated in the development of new testing equipment and procedures. From 1982 to 2007 he was part owner in APCO Services, a consulting and testing firm, that assisted industries such as power, cement, iron and steel, paper and oil in meeting their air pollution emission limits. He and his partner sold APCO in 2007, and Mr. Anderson worked for the buyers firm until he retired at the end of 2014.