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.
Holly Hooks 1st/2nd Grade
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Sarah Bledsoe English Literature
Sarah has a BA degree in English from Gardner-Webb University and a MA in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She taught ninth grade English in both Florida and Alabama. Her latest adventure is homeschooling her three school-aged daughters while keeping up with a precocious two year old and curious toddler. She and her family are members of the Cathedral of St. Paul.
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.
Megan Wyatt Etiquette
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Debbie Anderson Apologia Chemistry
Debbie has a Bachelor's from Auburn in Laboratory Technology and a Master's from UAB in Chemistry Education. She has spent the last 25 years teaching general, AP, and IB Chemistry in public schools. She has taught IB chemistry at the IB school for the last 15 years.
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.
Mary Sahawneh Algebra I (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.
Colin Fach Emergency Preparedness
Mr. Colin Fach is Superintendent of Fach University (Fach U!) in Leeds, Alabama. Student enrollment includes his 9 homeschooled children, one dog, one cat, and six parakeets. He and his wife are members of St Theresa Catholic Church in Leeds. Mr. Fach spent 9 years working as a paramedic for an ambulance service and then made the switch to Birmingham Fire in 2015 as a firefighter/paramedic. In 2013, Mr. Fach also decided to branch out and begin teaching emergency medicine at Jefferson State Community College. You will be able to recognize him as the guy with a St Florian medal around his neck, a mug of coffee in his hand, a pistol on one hip, and a baby on the other.
Hank Siegel The Art of Photography
Hank is a retired Department of Defense official who has lived in the Birmingham area since 1992 and rediscovered his photographic interest upon retiring in 2003. Being trained as a certified Army Instructor in Behavioral and Organizational Dynamics, he has since parlayed those skills into developing and teaching classes in Digital Photography for all levels of skill. He is the sole instructor for photography for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and also teaches classes through the Shelby County Arts Council in teaching venues throughout the county. His works have been displayed in venues throughout the southeast and his images have won awards at annual photography exhibitions throughout Alabama.