Kevin Cumming, Principal
Mr. Kevin Cumming joined Detroit Cristo Rey in July 2017 as an Assistant Principal. He assumed the role of Principal in July 2018 following the retirement of the school’s first principal, Mrs. Rowe. Prior to coming to Cristo Rey, Mr. Cumming spent 18 years in Rochester Community Schools, 12 years as an assistant principal, and 6 years as the Principal at Rochester Adams High School. Before becoming an administrator, he taught high school and middle school science in Southfield and San Antonio Texas. He has coached football and softball and was involved in student clubs and activities. He earned a BS degree and MS degree in Biology from Eastern Michigan University and an Education Specialist in School Administration degree from Oakland University.
Karla Gudino, Assistant Principal
Karla Gudino grew up in Southwest Detroit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008. She majored in mathematics and minored in psychology. It was Karla’s hope to teach nowhere else but right where she grew up. Fortunately, there was an opening at Detroit Cristo Rey High School and she was offered a job in the Math department. Karla has been with us since May of 2009. She has taught mathematics to all grade levels for over 9 years. Recently, she was promoted to Assistant Principal. Karla is very grateful for the opportunity and excited as the new school year begins.
Naomi Howrani, Director of Development
Naomi Howrani is a graduate of Divine Child High School and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. After college, she spent 3 years working in Washington, DC in the consulting industry and later spent a year abroad teaching in Thailand. Upon her return to Detroit, Mrs. Howrani enrolled in the ELMAC program at the University of Michigan to receive an MA and teaching certificate. “I think that you should leave the world better than you found it and I knew that the way I could make the most impact on peoples’ lives was through education.” Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey High School in July 2014, Mrs. Howrani taught 3rd grade at UPA Mark Murray Elementary. In her free time Mrs. Howrani loves cooking, traveling, all things health and wellness and spending time with her husband, Ara, and son, Ameen.
Michael Khoury, President
Mr. Khoury has had the privilege of being part of Detroit Cristo Rey High School since the school opened in 2008. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey, he worked in both sales and finance for Owens Corning, Pilkington and Avery Dennison. After joining the school as Director of Administration, he became President in January 2009. As chief executive officer, he guides the overall direction of Detroit Cristo Rey High School to achieve the goal of providing a Catholic college prep education to deserving students.
Lori Kuhn, CFO/Administration
Ms. Kuhn has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning, sales, finance, program management, and supply chain management spanning the aerospace and automotive industries. She recently retired as VP-Chrysler Business Unit from a leading Tier One automotive supplier to pursue a personal goal of joining a non-profit organization. She is elated and feels very blessed that her path led to Detroit Cristo Rey. In her role on the leadership team, she hopes to make a positive contribution to the growth and success of the students by utilizing her business knowledge and passion for education to help the school reach its academic and organizational goals. She is a graduate of the State University of New York (B.S. Computer Science). Her hobbies include running, gardening, and traveling. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan Chapter, Board of Directors, is part of the DREAM (Dreams Realized Through Education and Mentoring) Mentoring program at a local charity and is an active church member in the church she grew up in – serving as Treasurer for several years and teaching Sunday School to 4th and 5th graders for the past 15 years.
Ines G. Leal, Director of Admissions
Ms. Leal was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Detroit as a teenager and graduated from Cranbrook-Kingswood. Ms. Leal went on to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she received a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Sociology. Prior to her time at Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. Leal spent time abroad teaching in Michoacan, Mexico, doing paralegal work in New York City and later became a private tutor to low income students in New York City through Champion Learning. Her time with these students inspired her to continue her work in the Detroit community. Ms. Leal hopes to guide as many students as possible to start their journey at Detroit Cristo Rey and continue to the college of their choice.
Fred Lumpkin, Corporate Work Study Director
Fred Lumpkin joined Detroit Cristo Rey High School as the Corporate Work Study Director in August 2014. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Mr. Lumpkin spent over 20 years implementing strategies for IT and HRO enterprise solutions. Mr. Lumpkin has successfully implemented solutions for companies, such as: Delphi, Cintas, Faurecia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the City of Detroit, just to name a few. He continues to develop “World Class” processes to insure that our Corporate Work Study Partners leverage their existing technologies and assets, while utilizing our students to help support ongoing organizational growth, operational improvement, and community development. Mr. Lumpkin, holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of Wooster; and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Reuben Metreger, Director of Facilities Management & Transportation
Reuben Metreger grew up in a low-income family outside Chicago with no family collegiate history. After high school, he gained transportation experience working at Peapod and United Parcel Service while attending College of DuPage Community College. He was awarded a full academic scholarship to Elmhurst College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology with minors in both Spanish and Intercultural Studies with a focus on social justice. Reuben received a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. He spent a summer at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica where he studied Spanish, Human Rights Law, and Refugee Law. In his professional career Reuben has had the privilege of assisting torture survivors and death row exonerees and he strives for advances in civil rights and human rights. “I love and believe in the Cristo Rey mission; learning was the key to a better life for me and I want to help as many students as possible realize their dreams and expand their opportunities through the Detroit Cristo Rey experience.”
Joellyn Valgoi is part of the original team of teachers whose work set the foundation for Detroit Cristo Rey High School. She was born and raised on the eastside of Detroit and is proud to still call the eastside her home. She is dedicated to educating Detroit’s youth in a safe and empowering environment. She comes to the field of education from a first career in mental health care with the St.John Health Care System based in Detroit. Her previous work in mental health care allows her to advocate for students, families and Detroit Cristo Rey faculty from a holistic perspective. Today, she's the Academic Assistant Principal who developed and maintains the relationships with entities that provide special services for learning. She is committed to ensuring the curriculum standards used throughout Detroit Cristo Rey remain fair, rigorous and attune to cultural factors affecting learning. Finally, she also values her role as a mentor to new teachers.
FACULTY & STAFF
Viola Anaya, Food Service Assistant
Ms. Anaya has been a part of the Detroit Cristo Rey family for 7 years where she serves wherever she's needed. Primarily she's a integral part of the Food Service Team. When she's not serving the students you can find her anywhere in the building helping the maintenance department or volunteering to tidy office space and helping to sort envelopes. Anywhere she is needed, she is more than willing to serve.
Alyssa Avila, Development Associate
Alyssa Avila graduated from Detroit Cristo Rey Class of '13, the second graduating class. She attended college in Dallas, Texas at a small Historically Black College, Paul Quinn College majoring in Business Administration - Fundraising & Philanthropy. She always knew she wanted to come back home to Detroit and now she has by returning to Detroit Cristo Rey as Development Associate. She still has a few courses to complete but that has not stopped her. For fun, she plays soccer around the city, in-line skates, and occasionally takes her dad to the movie theatre.
Matthew Bagazinski, Faculty, Science
Mr. Bagazinski is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a B. S. in Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Physics and an M. S. in Chemistry. He joined the faculty at Detroit Cristo Rey this year in the science department. Mr. Bagazinski is excited for opportunities to host student clubs related to science and engineering and coach sports.
Lydia Baron, Faculty, English
Lydia Baron began her teaching career many years ago right here in Southwest Detroit, so she was thrilled to join Cristo Rey’s faculty upon her return from New York City in 2010. A native Detroiter, Ms. Baron devoted most of her career to teaching in Catholic schools in Southeastern Michigan. During her sixteen-year tenure at Divine Child High School, she taught English and social studies in addition to advising Model United Nations and the school’s literary magazine. In 1999, Farmington Hills Mercy High School hired her to lead its Journalism Department. Under Ms. Baron’s direction, the school’s yearbook and newspaper garnered top awards each year from regional and national scholastic press associations. After five successful years leading the student journalists of Mercy High School, Ms. Baron moved to New York City to accept an opportunity to teach high school English at an alternative charter school whose model is very similar to the Cristo Rey Network. It was that position that inspired her to continue her mission in urban education when she returned home to Michigan. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science----along with extensive graduate work in English and American literature---- Ms. Baron holds a Master of Science degree from New York Institute of Technology.
Joe Bryant, Faculty, Mathematics
I've always been a problem solver and love seeing patterns in numbers. I have a degree from both Albion College and University of Detroit - Mercy. My gifts are to make math accessible to all students. You will probably see me in the classroom analyzing Algebra or Geometry problems!
Abigail Carter, Faculty, Mathematics
Ms. Carter is inspired by learning with her students and colleagues. She is moved by the mission statement of Detroit Cristo Rey and is thrilled to be starting her fourth year as a pet of the DCRHS community. She graduated from Albion College (B.S. Mathematics, Minor German, Concentration Education, 2012). She is working on her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Detroit Mercy. When not in the classroom, she can be found reading, spending time outdoors, and with family and friends.
Derek Clark, Faculty, Physical Education
LaRonn Davis, Maintenance and Janitorial Custodian
Fr. Jose Del Toro, CSB, Faculty, Theology
Father Jose del Toro has been working at Detroit Cristo Rey High School since the school opened in 2008. Originally from South Texas, Jose moved to Detroit during his deacon year in formation for the priesthood. Originally obtaining his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas-Pan American, Jose taught elementary education before continuing his studies for the priesthood. After getting his Masters of Divinity (Theological Studies) at the University of Toronto, he moved to Detroit to do ministry among the people most in common with his own upbringing. Along the path of formation, Jose has done ministry by: teaching Spanish and Biology at Bishop O'Down High School in Oakland, California; Teaching English to local parishioners in Cali, Colombia; Assisting in community projects at Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City; Family ministries at San Juan Bautista Parish, hospital chaplaincy and Homeless Drop-In Assistance, all in Toronto, Ontario, among other ministries. For the past 8 years, Jose has been assisting in the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry program of mission work in Ecuador, taking Cristo Rey juniors to Ecuador to participate in solidarity programs with the local people of Riobamba, Ecuador. It is Jose's goal to help students see the larger world through experience and education, as his parents taught him.
Katisha Dixon, Manager of Administration
Ms. Dixon is delighted to be a part of the Detroit Cristo Rey Team as the Manager of Administration. After taking a 4 year break from the work force to focus on her family, she has returned and is dedicated to assisting in fulfilling the overall mission of Detroit Cristo Rey. As Manager of Administration, she has a few different areas of responsibility including Purchasing and Human Resources.
James Dwyer, Faculty, Latin
Mr. Dwyer is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA in Latin and History, 2011). He has spent his entire teaching career at Detroit Cristo Rey, and he has enjoyed every minute of it. He loves to teach the classical world and make it relevant to his students. Mr. Dwyer also moderates the Student Council and keeps score at volleyball and basketball games. He is currently working on his MA in Language Learning at Wayne State University.
Patrice M. Evans, Faculty, Visual Art
Patrice Evans has 36 years of teaching experience and joined the Detroit Cristo Rey team as a founding faculty member in 2008. She supports the school’s mission and strongly believes that everyone deserves a quality education. She strives to find the hidden artist in everyone. Prior to joining Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. Evans was the Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Bishop Borgess High School and Academy, and taught art at Marian High School and Our Lady of Sorrows. She received her Bachelors in the Fine Arts from Marygrove College. She continued her education, receiving a Michigan Continuing Certification from Wayne State University.
Peter Fornetti, Jesuit Volunteer
Mr. Fornetti was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and is a true Michigander. For college, he moved to Wisconsin to attend Marquette University where he received a B.A. in Psychology. He is serving one year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and will be teaching College Readiness 11 and working in the College Counselling Center. Mr. Fornetti is excited to work with the juniors as they begin thinking more heavily on what their future holds after Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
Areli Garcia, Financial & Business Analyst
Ms. Garcia works in the business office along with the CFO as the Financial & Business Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy in which she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration 13’. She lived most of her life in the same Southwest Detroit community where Detroit Cristo Rey High School is located. She is also 1 of 4 Spanish translators in the building, to which she works closely with these families to attend their every need. She loves the work that she does at the school since it is enriching Southwest’s population and providing a bright future for our up and coming generations. She hopes to continue her work at Detroit Cristo Rey for years to come.
Rosa Gutierrez, Assistant to the President
Anna Guzman, Assistant to the Principal
Mrs. Guzman was born in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in Southwest Detroit, attending Holy Redeemer High School until it closed in 2005. After graduating from Cesar Chavez High School, Mrs. Guzman received her medical assistant certificate from Everest Institute. Mrs. Guzman has been with Detroit Cristo Rey High School as the Administrative Assistant to the Principal since 2008. Mrs. Guzman enjoys working in the neighborhood in which she grew up and supporting the students and their families through assistance with translation. Having gone to Catholic school herself, and as a mother who plans to send her children to DCR, Mrs. Guzman sees DCR as a unique resource for parents like her who value a Catholic school education.
Chenetta Hairston, Front Desk
Ms. Hairston joined the Detroit Cristo Rey team as the front desk receptionist in 2014. She has dedicated herself to ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are kept safe. She enjoys keeping everyone informed of Detroit Cristo Rey news, events and student achievements by maintaining the school's digital communications. She especially enjoys watching students grow each year and move on to a new chapter in their lives.
Regina Harris, CWSP Coordinator
Andre Hearn, Janitorial Custodian
Torrey Henry, Dean of Students
Pamela Jackson, CWSP Director of Sales
Pamela Jackson is The Director of Sales for Detroit Cristo Rey High School and has responsibility for bringing in targeted, year-over-year revenue for the business to operate effectively and to ensure long-term growth and sustainability within the Corporate Work Study Program. A native Detroiter, Pamela attended the University of Detroit College earning her Bachelors degree and Central Michigan University for her Master's Degree. She has had numerous job experiences all in a sales capacity including working for Compuware, IBM, and American Express. Pamela loves entertaining, urban gardening and cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Payton Jackson III, Freshmen Counselor
Mr. Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University, and a Master of Education in School Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Jackson has over 20 years of experience with working in various public high schools and in the community with assisting young people to excel both academically and socially. Recognizing and cultivating the strengths of young people are his priorities.
London Johnson, Faculty, College Counseling
Ms. Johnson is originally from Grand Rapids Michigan. She attended Ferris State University and received her bachelor's degree in social work in 2016. After graduation, Ms. Johnson utilized her passion for college access and served as a College Adviser for two high schools in Zeeland, Michigan for one year. Ms. Johnson moved to Detroit the summer of 2017 to start graduate school at Wayne State University, where she received her master's degree in social work May of 2018. Ms. Johnson has also served as the Collegian Support Specialist at Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Detroit since September of 2017 and is very excited to join the Detroit Cristo Rey High School family in her new role as the College Counselor. Ms. Johnson is ready to support students as they transition from seniors to college and career ready young adults!
Jasmine Kendrick, Admissions Officer
Jasmine Kendrick graduated from Detroit Cristo Rey in 2012 as a part of the inaugural class. During her time as a student at DCRHS, she was dedicated to assisting the Admissions department in recruitment. She has since returned to put forth her efforts once again, eager to tell the Cristo Rey story and capture the interest of others. Following graduation, Jasmine attended Wayne State University, earning her B.A. in Psychology in 2017. She has since returned to Wayne State for graduate school in the MSW program. She is passionate about grieving children and is a volunteer facilitator of SandCastles Grief Support for Children and Families under Henry Ford Hospice and uses her own experiences to help participants of the program.
Charlotte Klein, CWSP Coordinator
Charlotte is a graduate of the College of Wooster, class of 2015, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French. After graduating, she spent a summer working as a Project Manager at a translation company in Denver, Colorado. She then flew to Reunion Island, a French-speaking island in the Indian Ocean, to work as an English Teaching Assistant for the 2015-2016 school year. She loves working at Detroit Cristo Rey and is deeply committed to providing an excellent education and unique work experience to each and every student.
Anthony Kreucher, Faculty, Theology
Mr. Kreucher began at Detroit Cristo Rey as Campus Minister in 2015 and has worked for the last three years as a theology teacher. He attended Hope College, earning a BA in Religion and later Sacred Heart Major Seminary, earning an MA in Theology. He believes that the potential for success is in all students and it is the job of teachers and parents in cooperation to draw it out and make it a reality. His goal as a teacher is to have a lasting, positive effect on young people and their faith, especially towards forming a personal relationship with God.
J. Colbert Lucey, Faculty, Social Studies
Mr. Lucey is an experienced history teacher in his sixth year at Cristo Rey and his seventh year in teaching. He teaches World History, Advanced Placement World History, U.S. History, helps coach baseball, and has worked with students and colleagues on extra curricular opportunities such as a Youth Leadership conference at University of Michigan Dearborn. Prior to working at Detroit Cristo Rey, Mr. Lucey graduated from Hampden-Sydney College (VA) with a B.A. in History and from Bard College (NY) with a M.A.T. in History Education.
Catherine Lundstrom, Mercy Volunteer Corps.
Catherine Lundstrom grew up outside of Denver, Colorado. Ms. Lundstrom graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.This is her first year at Detroit Cristo Rey as a volunteer with Mercy Volunteer Corps. Ms. Lundstrom hopes to empower students to take responsibility for academic, personal, and professional goals in her interactions through Campus Ministry and through assistance in the Dean's office.
Alex Martinez, Security
Ann McGowan, Faculty, Science
Ms. Ann McGowan came to Detroit Cristo Rey High School in 2013 as a student teacher the science department. She has since graduated from the University of Phoenix (MAeD secondary education instruction, 2014). During her tenure at Detroit Cristo Rey, Ms. McGowan has been integral in the development of an A.P. Environmental Science course and a competitive FIRST robotics program. In addition to teaching the A.P. Environmental Science course she helps the students understand the basics of chemistry and physics. She strives to use real world examples in her teaching to help bring the content to life for her students. Prior to coming to Detroit Cristo Rey she was a member of the educational staff at Cranbrook Institute of Science for five years coordinating the outreach and scout programs in addition to the development and implementation of a variety of life sciences classes for the museum. Her undergrad work was completed at the University of Michigan - Dearborn (B.S. Biology, Minor in chemistry, 2002). While a student at the University of Michigan she discovered her passion for the environment as a student ambassador for the Environmental Interpretive Center. She continues to explore that passion with her family while exploring the beauty of her native state, Michigan.
Jacob Mikula, Faculty, English
Mr. Mikula is excited to prepare Cristo Rey Freshmen and Sophomores to develop the skills needed in order to read, write, and reason at the college level. He is motivated by his love of literature and the Cristo Rey Detroit community. Prior to joining the English Department in 2014, Mr. Mikula studied at Albion College (B.A. English, B.A. History) in Albion, MI and is currently working to complete his Masters of Arts of Teaching degree (Secondary English Education) at Wayne State University, where he has developed a passion for urban education.
Luke Miller, Faculty, Campus Minister, IT
Jassadi Moore, Faculty, College Counselor
Jassadi Moore is the new college advisor at the school. She serves as a volunteer through MSU college advising corps. Ms. Moore recently graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Arts and Humanities and Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Peace and Justice. She is very passionate about working with people, especially youth because she personally understands the importance of having someone to turn to. College access is highly valued at the school and she is excited to focus and dedicate herself to the students' futures.
Stephanie Morrow, College Success Coordinator
Stephanie Morrow is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago where she received her B.S. in Psychology. After serving two years as a Jesuit Volunteer, supporting Corporate Work Study and Academics, she became the College Success Coordinator for our alumni. Stephanie will track and support the alumni through and after college, focusing on persistence and career readiness. Stephanie also works part-time with the Development team.
Mattielene Pellichet, Front Desk
Brandon Peoples, Athletic Director
Brandon Peoples was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is a graduate of Holy Redeemer High School. After high school he attended Grand Valley State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He continued his education at Wayne State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. After college Brandon worked as a Site Coordinator for Wayne State’s V.A.C. (Volunteers, Administrators, Coaches) Training Program where his duties included instructing self-esteem centered football and baseball camps for children from Metro Detroit. His work with the V.A.C. Program developed his desire and passion to work with youth sports. Brandon works as the Athletic Director and Admissions Officer at Detroit Cristo Rey. He also serves as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. Brandon prides himself on Discipline; Pride; Respect; Character; Commitment; Integrity and Responsibility which is his professional philosophy when it comes to Athletics at Detroit Cristo Rey.
Sydney Redigan, Faculty, English
Ms. Redigan excitedly joined Detroit Cristo Rey High School after receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching at Wayne State University and working as a long-term substitute teacher with Dearborn Public Schools. As a native Detroiter and a Catholic school graduate, she believes strongly in the Cristo Rey philosophy and is thrilled to have found employment at Detroit Cristo Rey. Ms. Redigan enjoys working with her students to not only prepare them for college, but to also create opportunities for self-expression, critical thinking, and exploration of cultural knowledge. Ms. Redigan previously worked for six years as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Wayne State University College of Engineering, gaining experience in writing, editing, and publishing. In addition to her teaching degree, she also has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in film and media studies from Wayne State University.
Matthew Salgat, Faculty, Government/Economics/World History
Matthew Salgat joined Detroit Cristo Rey as a social studies teacher in 2018. Matt is a K-12 graduate of Catholic schools and is a lifelong Michigan resident. Before becoming a teacher, he practiced law in Detroit for seven years. Matt decided to change careers because of his belief in the need for high school students to have rigorous and meaningful civics education that prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship. He teaches 12th grade Government and Economics along with 10th grade World History. Matt has a B.A. in History from Albion College, a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan.
Patrick Schmidt, Faculty, Math
Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the Detroit Cristo Rey faculty since 2012. He lived in St. Louis, Missouri until college where he completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After finishing college, Mr. Schmidt was a member of the Alum Service Corps, a one-year volunteer program, in which he taught at Arrupe Jesuit High School, the Cristo Rey school in Denver, Colorado. Upon completion of his volunteer year, Mr. Schmidt moved to Michigan and began teaching Mathematics at Detroit Cristo Rey. He enjoys working with his students to challenge them in exciting and complex ways. He believes in the power of mathematics to understand and critique our world, and also in the beauty of it. He loves getting to know his students and support them in all areas of their lives. In addition to teaching math, he is the chair of the Mathematics Department.
Hillary Sesi, Guidance Counselor
Hillary Sesi joined Detroit Cristo Rey in September 2014 as the school guidance counselor. Ms. Sesi received her bachelors degree in social work from Oakland University and her masters in social work from Wayne State University. During her undergrad, she interned at a domestic violence/sexual assault shelter answering the crisis line and completing shelter intakes. Ms. Sesi spent her gap year before grad school working at an elementary school working one-on-one with students that have autism, creating and implementing behavior plans. Ms. Sesi completed her grad school internship as a clinical social worker at a hospital, she was very interested in the medical world but realized she was passionate about working in education. Volunteering at her church's youth group lead her to pursuing a career in high school education. As the counselor, Ms. Sesi provides emotional and social support to students, as well as assisting them with academic goals and motivation.
Nick Sharkey, Ignatian Volunteer
Nick Sharkey is a volunteer who works two days a week in the Transportation Department. He is a member of the Ignatian Volunteers at Manresa, a Jesuit group whose members serve the poor. Before retiring Nick worked on Ford Motor Company’s Public Affairs staff. Nick also was editor-in- chief of newspaper organizations in suburban Detroit and Lansing, Mich. Nick has two master’s degrees from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.
Dr. Gwendolyn Sheldon, Faculty, Latin
Gwendolyn Sheldon received her Ph.D in medieval history from the University of Toronto, having written her dissertation on the conversion to Christianity of the Vikings in Ireland in comparison with the conversion of Vikings in other parts of Western Europe. She has taught as a sessional lecturer at various institutions in southern Ontario and has published a number of articles on medieval history. She began to teach Latin at Detroit Cristo Rey in 2017.
Brian Shinn, Faculty, Science
Mr. Brian Shinn teaches Biology and Anatomy/Physiology, he will be beginning his third year at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Detroit Cristo Rey has been “ one of the most rewarding experiences in his teaching career”. Prior to teaching at Detroit Cristo Rey Mr. Shinn taught at Southgate Aquinas, River Rouge High School and Allen Park Cabrini High School for a total of 22 years. Mr. Shinn graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of Science degree with a major in history and Biology. He returned to Eastern Michigan University and received his Master of Arts degree in History. Mr. Shinn has also attended University of Michigan Dearborn to complete a degree in General Science. His hobbies include Golfing, Bowling and attending sporting events. Mr. Shinn lives in Allen Park with his wife Patricia.
Richard Thorsby, Faculty, English
Mr. Thorsby was thrilled to join the Detroit Cristo Rey team in 2015 as a freshman, sophomore, and senior English teacher, and he passionately supports Cristo Rey’s mission in Detroit. Prior to joining the DCR English Department, Mr. Thorsby taught introductory and intermediate English at Wayne State University. He is excited to use this experience to help students prepare for college and their future careers. Mr. Thorsby is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.A. in Honors English and Classical Archaeology).
Meghan Vandenplas, Faculty, English
Mrs. Vandenplas is a proud new member of the Detroit Cristo Rey High School family. Mrs. Vandenplas has been teaching English for the past eight years and is excited to bring her best practices to the students at DCR. Mrs. Vandenplas has a BA Degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University. Following WMU, Mrs. Vandenplas spent a great deal of time in the city of Detroit working towards a Master’s in Urban Planning at Wayne State while working for the Detroit Orientation Institute. Mrs. Vandenplas then moved to Atlanta, Georgia and joined the original start-up team that created the online information service WebMD.com. After 10 years with WebMD, Mrs. Vandenplas worked for Siemens for five years in business development. Mrs. Vandenplas believes wholeheartedly in having strong mentors in life. With this, she decided to return to school and obtain a Master’s in Education. She hopes to influence her student’s lives well beyond the classroom. “The most important quality that I desire for my student’s is to possess empathy towards other human beings. Understanding diverse perspectives and learning from varied experiences is the cornerstone for growth and human development (academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually).” Mrs. Vandenplas is married and has three beautiful daughters (Madeline, Annelies, and Evelyn). She travels often to her husband’s native home in Belgium.