Laure Laco email@example.com
Mrs. Laco has been teaching at Andrean since August 2013. Her teaching has included PLTW Engineering, Business, Business Law, Marketing, Accounting, Personal Finance and Computer Science.
As for her personal life, she has been happily married to Thomas for 24 years. They have two children: Nicole (30) is married, a teacher by trade, but currently a stay at home mom with her three children, Ellie, Easton, and Emma. Drew (21) works at Niagara LaSalle and enjoys dirt biking. She enjoys traveling to sunny, warm vacation destinations, and a favorite hobby is shopping.
With regards to her education, she received a BS in Data Processing and Information Systems, along with a Minor in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1996. Then completed Transition to Teaching, at St. Joseph Calumet College in 2005, for teacher licensure in Business K-12. Also, she is certified to teach Project Lead the Way Engineering courses at the middle and high school level.
Mrs. Laco loves that each year brings new young people into her life, along with new and fresh perspectives from each of them. She enjoys teaching, but is also a lifetime learner, learning about the dynamics of teaching from her students to improve her effectiveness as an educator. Teaching at Andrean connects her back to her Catholic School Elementary days and give her a purpose.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” John 4:7
Faith Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. F. Donovan is a first-year teacher at Andrean High School. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University in May of 2015. While attending Ball State, she had many classroom experiences at Muncie Central High School, Northside Middle School, Burris Laboratory School, and Frankfort High School. She feels incredibly blessed to be teaching at such an amazing school as Andrean. Ms. Donovan teaches English 9 Honors and English 11.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for men.” Colossians 3:23
Carol Fitzpatrick email@example.com
Mrs. Fitzpatrick has taught high school students for over thirty years in Florida and Indiana and has been a member of the Andrean community since 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in Speech from the University of Dayton, and her master’s degree in Education from Purdue. She is the English Department chairperson at Andrean. As the curriculum specialist, she works with teachers who are new to teaching as a profession, as well as those who are simply new to Andrean; she also partners with the administration to oversee the accreditation process. She teaches Advanced Placement Language and Composition, and Speech.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Mr. Grabek attended Ball State University where he received a Bachelor’s in both English Education and Theatre Education. Both literature and theater have always been foremost among his interests. Since coming to Andrean, he has directed numerous theatrical productions and has had the honor of taking the Andrean Theatre Company to the State Competition in 2015, where they were recognized statewide and asked to represent Indiana at the National Thespian Festival.
“For we live by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Mary C Kopil ext. 276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Kopil is beginning her thirtieth year of teaching at Andrean. She began teaching after graduating from Franklin College with a B.S. in English. Over the years, she has taught all grade levels and coached/moderated cheerleading, student council, and spell bowl. Her favorite thing about Andrean has always been (and will always be) her students.
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
Phyllis Murzyn ext. 264 email@example.com
Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue Calumet, a Reading Endorsement from IUN, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. Currently teaching Freshmen English, AP Literature, and Composition and English 12 Honors. The favorite part of each day is my students. They provide me with laughter, good news, and challenges.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is a shepherd of the sheep.” John, 10, 1-2.
David Nelson ext. 283 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Nelson is currently in his fifth year at Andrean and eleventh year of teaching overall. He has an M.A. in Classics from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Meteorology and Classics from Valparaiso University.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Ryan Stablein email@example.com
Mr. Stablein enters his first year teaching at Andrean and fifth overall. Previously, he taught at Griffith High/Middle School in the alternative program as well as Social Studies and English departments. While at Griffith, he coached football, wrestling, and baseball. At Andrean, he will be teaching Humanities, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Student Publications.
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15
Fine Arts Department
Sam J Listro ext. 318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Listro holds a Masters in Art and has been in education and learning and development his entire life. He currently is returning to Andrean where he previous taught ART from 1976-1991. He spent several years teaching and building the Computer Graphics and Multi-media programs at Robert Morris University. He later went out to work as a Learning and Development Consultant for both IBM and The Cara Group. He looks forward to building another strong art department at Andrean. Many of his former students are now art educators, graphic artists, designers and many other careers in creative is fields. He will start at Andrean teaching 2D, 3D, Drawing and Printmaking. His passion for Andrean has always been family and community and love for mentoring. He looks forward to teaching the second generation of students with the same success.
The Beatitudes have always been my favorite biblical passage as it mirrors how I try to live my life in helping, respecting and supporting others:
….the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3)
….those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
….the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
….those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
….the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
….the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
….the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
….those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Helen Brandewie email@example.com
Mrs. Brandewie has been teaching over 30 years. She has taught all levels of Spanish but especially enjoys High School Teaching at Andrean where she has been for the last 13 years. Mrs. Brandewie has lived and taught in Mexico and has studied in Spain. She has traveled to South America and Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. She was tour director in Spain and Mexico. Mrs. Brandewie received her B.A, from the University of Denver and also taught skiing. She received her M.A. from Notre Dame. Mr. and Mrs. Brandewie have two children; Elena and Jacob, who graduated from Andrean. They have been foster parents to three other children. Mrs. Brandewie currently teaches Spanish III, Spanish IV Honors, and AP Spanish Language and Culture. Mrs. Brandewie is the moderator for Spanish National Honor Society. She likes being part of the faith community that is Andrean!
“In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation among whom you shine like the stars in the sky while holding fast to the word of life. As I look to the Day of Christ, you give me cause to boast that I did not run the race in vain or work to no purpose. ” Philippians 2: 14-16
Amanda Grove firstname.lastname@example.org
Sra. Amanda Grove is starting her third year as a Spanish teacher at Andrean. She had taught in three schools in the state of Michigan before she joined the Andrean family. She has a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from Valparaiso University. She has spent time traveling through Spain, Mexico, and Bolivia to practice and expand her understanding of Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures. This year she is teaching Spanish 1 Honors and Spanish 2 and is excited for the challenge of both. Most of all she enjoys being able to discuss the reality of her faith with her students to help them as they discover their identity as sons and daughters of Christ.
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7
Jessica Maya email@example.com
Miss Maya is currently teaching Spanish II Honors, Spanish III, and Spanish III Honors. She has been teaching at Andrean since 2009. She received her BA in Mathematics and Spanish from IUN. She is also an alumnus of both Andrean and Nativity of Our Savior school. She is also the moderator for Spanish Club and Modern Culture Club. She enjoys the daily interaction with fellow employees and current and former students.
Mrs. Chris Noble-Urchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Noble-Urchell has 19 years of experience teaching in the Catholic schools. This is her fourth year at Andrean. Previous to that she taught in the Chicago Archdiocesan schools. Mrs. Noble-Urchell has a BA in English and Spanish education but currently, teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. She loves her students at Andrean and hopes to spend many years with the Andrean family!
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
Marty Blane email@example.com
Martin began teaching at Andrean in 2011 after graduating from Purdue University. He is also an alumnus of both Andrean and St. John the Evangelist. He’s incredibly grateful he’s come back to Andrean so he can try to provide the same life-changing education his teachers gave to him. He’s spent a significant amount of time in several schools, and nothing compares to what Andrean offers. He currently teaches Honors World History and Geometry
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
Marjorie Brewer ext. 310 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Brewer is a 2004 graduate of Valparaiso University with a BS in Mathematics and Education. She has a Masters of Education from the University of Scranton. This year she teaches Algebra 2 and Honors PreCalculus. She also helps with Decathlon, Super Bowl, and Spell Bowl. Miss Brewer is the Yearbook Adviser and enjoys working with the students on the Decussata.
“So my ·dear [beloved] brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always ·give yourselves fully to [excel in] the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is ·never wasted [not useless/in vain].” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Margaret DeMass ext. 309 email@example.com
Margaret DeMass has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education. She has worked as a Chemist in Japan before teaching, and this is her 10th year at Andrean. Margaret has five children ( 4 have graduated from Andrean) and enjoys running in her free time.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Eugene Giorgio ext. 307 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Giorgio has taught at Andrean since August, 1973. He is the chair of the Math Department. Presently he is responsible for the teaching of Calculus, Honors Algebra 2 & Trig, and Discrete Math.
Gene has a BA of Mathematics From St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN, and an MA in Education from Purdue University. He enjoys working with the students of Andrean because they tend to seek knowledge and success.
“Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7″
Mary Lick email@example.com
Mrs. Lick is a graduate of Purdue University-West Lafayette with a degree in Mathematics Education. This will be her second year at Andrean. However, she brings over 21 years of teaching experience to the classroom. She is currently teaching Geometry/Geometry Honors. Her favorite thing about Andrean is getting to know the students and listening to all of their funny stories.
“Your heavenly Father knows all that you need…Enough, then, of worrying about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Today has troubles enough of its own.” Matthew 7:32,34
Joe O’Neill ext. 299 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. O’Neill is a Mathematics Teacher at Andrean High School. He teaches Honors Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus to students ranging from Freshman to Seniors. He is also involved with the Men’s Soccer and Basketball teams as a coach. Mr. O’Neill is an alumnus of Andrean (’07) and Purdue University West Lafayette (’12). Mr. O’Neill’s favorite thing about teaching at Andrean is the daily interaction with his students and fellow employees.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
P.E./Health and Safety Department
Laurie Gutowski ext. 263 email@example.com
Married to Dennis Gutowski. She has three children, Tim (Mary), Jeff, Jamie(Brad) Stangel and all her children attended Andrean. Three grandchildren, Zack, Aubrey, Addison. A graduate of Indiana University. Teach Physical Education. (20 yrs. at Andrean). The best thing about Andrean is the students.
“Blessed are they who dwell in your house.” Psalm 84:5
Susan Marovich firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Marovich is beginning her 26th year as a member of the Andrean faculty. Originally from Canton, Ohio, she attended Valparaiso University. In May of 1990, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She also earned a minor in Health Education. In July of 1990, she passed the national certification exam to become a certified athletic trainer. Following the completion of this exam, she became the first certified athletic trainer for Andrean. During her tenure as the athletic trainer which lasted from 1990-2001, she was responsible for the care of all athletes both during practice and games. In 1996, Marovich began classroom teaching by taking over the Health and Wellness classes. During the past 19 years of teaching, she has created and implemented two elective courses in the Health and PE Department. She is responsible for teaching a Current Issues in Health class which is a substance awareness class and Health Careers Education: Introduction to Physical Therapy class which allows her to continue using her athletic training license to help prepare students for a future career in medicine. Along with her teaching duties, Marovich is also the freshman class moderator and the Dean of the Health and Physical Education Department and the Arts Department. What she likes best about Andrean is the support that the Andrean family shows to one another in a faith-filled community.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phillippians 4:13
Helen Giorgio email@example.com
Thirty years of teaching with an MS of Education in Math and Chemistry. Courses taught are AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, & Chemistry 1. Andrean allows innovative classroom and laboratory experiences and students gain a rich experience in science.
“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you”
Deborah Price firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Price received her degree from Indiana State University. She has almost 20 years experience teaching music and science in public schools. She has been an academic team coach and musical director as well. Outside of school, she enjoys singing with Illumination, a professional chorus associated with the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Price is looking forward to teaching at Andrean this year. She is excited about directing the choir and the opportunity to help her students prepare for college.
“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.” Psalm 149:1
John “Jay” Price ext. 296 email@example.com
Jay Price is a physics teacher with over twenty years of experience teaching math and science at the secondary and college levels. He has Bachelor’s degrees in both Physics and Science Teaching and a Master’s degree in Physics. He is looking forward to helping the students of the Andrean community grow academically, spiritually, and socially; helping to equip them do go forward to do God’s work and to glorify Him in all things that they do.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Chris Skinner firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2015-2016 school year will be his 6th year as a teacher – all with Andrean. He is a proud 59er alumnus from the Class of 2006. Following graduation, Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Purdue University – West Lafayette. In addition to teaching, he has also been an Assistant Football Coach for the past six seasons. Andrean is a very special place for Chris. The high academic standards, extracurricular excellence, faith/character development, and overall sense of community make it a truly unique high school – which is why it has been a large part of his life since August of 2002. The person he is today is in large part due to Andrean, and he tries to develop his students and athletes in a similar manner.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might, He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40: 28-31
Bethany Wendt email@example.com
Ms. Wendt has a Bachelor of Science in physics with minors in math and psychology from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Education from Valparaiso University. She has taught Physics I, Honors Physics, Astronomy, and Integrated Chemistry/Physics in her time at Andrean. Ms. Wendt is involved with the Andrean Theatre Company, primarily as the Music Director of the company’s musicals.
Ms. Wendt likes to be involved with different aspects of student life by regularly attending sporting events, plays, musicals, coffee houses, and other such events. She greatly appreciates being part of a faith-based community where she can help students discover and pursue their passions.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
Social Studies Department
Anne Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Weiss graduated with a B.A. from Marian College (now Marian University) in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1967. She received her M.S. in Education from I.U. Northwest in 1975, then the P.B.C.A. certificate for accounting in 1978, and finally completed certification in mathematics in the late eighties. She has taught various history, accounting, and mathematics courses in 47 years at Andrean. At present, her subject load includes AP U.S./Concurrent Credit U.S. History, Statistics, and Precalculus.
Weiss has long been the coach of the social studies squad of the Andrean Superbowl Academic Team, a six-unit team which works very hard on a single different topic every year.
Andrean has always been an exciting place to teach. For Weiss, it is a school with a mission, an enterprise that truly believes that it is a community where everyone works as a family to help students achieve spiritually, academically, and personally.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
Eric Arcella email@example.com
Eric is entering his sixth school year and his first at Andrean High School. He graduated from Calumet College of St. Joseph (‘09) where he lettered in Baseball and Track & Field. After graduating, he worked at Griffith Middle School as an ISTEP Remediation Interventionist and a volunteer football coach. In 2010, Eric was hired at the Hammond Academy of Science & Technology in Hammond, IN, where he taught middle and high school Social Studies and was the Head Varsity Baseball coach. Last year, Eric taught at the historic Saint Patrick High School in Chicago, IL where he taught Religion, Economics, and Business Law while serving as an assistant football & baseball coach. At Andrean High School, Eric will be teaching Economics, Psychology, and Theology.
“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Jaycob Knazur ext. 286 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaycob Knazur has been with Andrean since the 2013-2014 school year. He is a 2005 graduate of Andrean and earned his Bachelors in political science and history and Masters in history from Valparaiso University. He teaches in the Social Studies Department and serves as Senior Class Moderator, Quiz Bowl coach, and is involved with the Kairos Retreat program. One thing he enjoys most about Andrean is how her traditions and legacy have endured the test of time to be a beacon of education in Northwest Indiana.
“You have made known to me the path of life” Psalm 16:11
John Szot ext. 284 email@example.com
Mr. Szot is entering his 36th year at Andrean. He still has his sophomore AP Euro History, but now teaches mostly Senior Government. But his pride and joy since 1985 has been Academic Teams. AHS now has a full complement of teams, who have enjoyed extraordinary success. Now semi-retired, Mr. Szot only does Academic Decathlon.
“If I have to choose, I like the one about not being worthy, so speak but the word and my soul shall be healed.”
Denise Maldonado ext. 303 firstname.lastname@example.org
B.S. Degree in Social Science Education and a B.A. in Theology. Denise is licensed by the state of Indiana to teach Psychology, Sociology, and Government. She has been teaching at Andrean for 27 years.
25 “For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mt,6:25-34