MAUMEE—St. Joseph Maumee Preparatory, the first co-educational prep school in the Diocese of Toledo, has announced its 2012-13 SJM Preparatory and St. Joseph Elementary School faculty.
Jason Szynkowski is to instruct math and algebra at SJM Prep and has also been appointed as the SJM Prep Lead Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and previously taught middle school math at St. John’s Jesuit Academy for the past eight years.
Kyle Ullum, a graduate from the University of Toledo, will be the Prep School science teacher. Miss Ullum holds a Middle Childhood degree in Science and Social Studies. Kari Bonnell, a graduate of the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, will be teaching language arts and reading, and Faye Kohler, the current St. Joseph youth minister, will instruct eighth grade middle school religion and social studies. Miss Kohler earned her bachelor’s degree in Theology from Walsh University and also holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Toledo for grades four through nine in math and social studies.
Amy Zavac will instruct sixth- and seventh-grade music and religion for SJM Prep students and music and technology for SJM elementary students. Mrs. Zavac has taught at Maumee St. Joseph for 15 years. Lisa McClure will assume the role of SJM Prep and SJM Elementary School art teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Ohio Northern University and is licensed in the state of Ohio for Visual Arts.
St. Joseph Elementary School also named second grade teacher Kristi Dominiak as the Elementary School Lead Teacher for grades kindergarten through five. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in Education from Heidelberg University.
St. Joseph Elementary School faculty in preschool through fifth grade will remain the same for the 2012-2013 school year.
St. Joseph Maumee Preparatory, a middle school partnership with Toledo Central Catholic High School, is committed to preparing students in the middle school grades for high school academics in the context of Catholic faith formation. SJM Prep will provide an enhanced instructional environment utilizing project-based learning taught by teachers committed to innovative, student-centered and faith-filled learning.
The school will follow the Common Core Standards curriculum set by the state of Ohio and the Diocese of Toledo. SJM Prep will integrate best-practice instructional methods and technology into its curriculum by providing each student with an Apple iPod Touch and the use of Apple MacBook Airs, both of which will be used to enhance student learning, as well as connect them to a global educational community. In June 2012, all SJM Prep core faculty participated in a three-day professional development series on project-based learning and how to integrate it into the classroom.
Other additions for St. Joseph Maumee Prep and St. Joseph Elementary School include a before and after school care program, a prep school science lab and a technology enrichment/media center lab. A mini-TV studio is to be constructed for students to create video, broadcast the daily announcements and integrate higher learning technology projects.
St. Joseph Parish has also continued its Commitment to the Community Campus Improvement campaign by moving forward to finish construction on the entire school building. The improvements taking place this summer include completion of four new SJM Prep classrooms, renovation of all restrooms in the building and reconfiguration of several hallways and stairwells for ease of navigation and safety compliance.