Administration, Faculty and Staff
Administration and Staff
Rev. Monsignor James A. Moloney, P.A., Pastor
Mrs. Angela Kraetke, Principal
Greetings to our community, and to our visitors! Thank you for visiting our website and checking out what it means to be a STAG! My name is Angela Kraetke and this is my third year as the principal at St. Anselm Catholic Elementary School. I am honored to share some personal and educational history with you.
I grew up here in Dearborn Heights. Catholic education is of the utmost importance to me. I attended Divine Child Catholic Elementary and High Schools. After high school, I went on to Madonna University where I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Sociology, and my secondary teaching certificate. After graduation, I began teaching at my alma mater- Divine Child Catholic High School. I taught all levels of English, including Honors and AP courses for nine years, from 2005 to 2014. I also organized and developed the curriculum for the English summer skills program that is still used today, and taught various Virtual Falcon (online learning) courses. In addition to teaching and administration, I have experience with the National Honor Society, the Junior National Honor Society, Red Cross, Spirit Club, recruitment, open houses, and accreditation teams/plans.
From 2001-2014, I was a DCES and DCHS cheerleading coach. I worked with various levels- including over 250 athletes, and was part of the Michigan Cheerleading Coaches Association. Because of this, I am very familiar with the Catholic Youth Organization and the sports programs offered through the Archdiocese of Detroit schools.
While teaching and coaching, I went back to Madonna University to study Administration. I obtained my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in May 2012.
I currently live in Dearborn Heights with my husband of nine years, Jonathan, our daughter, Kaylee, who was born in June of 2015, and our two dogs, Sydney and Remi. We are St. Anselm parishioners and can’t wait for the day when our daughter will be a STAG!
We are constantly improving at St. Anselm. Our school is growing and changing- and thriving! While at SAS, your student will enjoy one on one attention in small classes, while experiencing our various CYO sports programs, multiple clubs, and in-school and after-school opportunities. We have an updated facility, brand new technology including Smart TVs, IPADs, and an updated computer lab. Our teachers are experienced and dedicated. Over half of our staff holds Masters Degrees or higher in education and/or specific, core subjects.
I invite you to come check out our building, our beautifully landscaped campus, and meet our caring staff. I am positive that you will find that we can give your student(s) the best education here at SAS. I look forward to great success this year, and for many to come! It’s truly AWESOME to be a STAG!
Mr. Benn Baker, CYO Athletic Director
Mrs. Patty Delaney, Administrative Assistant, Athletics
Mrs. Diane Rivard, Counselor
This is my third year as a part-time counselor at St. Anselm Elementary School, and my enthusiasm as a staff member continues. What a wonderful school, led by a great professional principal and supported by a dedicated pastor. Under their direction, so many positive things are happening to assist the dedicated teachers and the marvelous students. It is a joy working in this small setting.
Before I became a Stag, I had been a teaching and counseling “Falcon” at Divine Child High School. During more than 30 years there, I was the Department Chair of English and then of Counseling. I met my husband (a social studies teacher and counselor), and we had two children who later became part of our four-person daily drive to school. Our family follows Catholicism, and my mother is a member of St. Anselm Parish. I attended Our Lady Queen of Hope Elementary School, St. Mary of Redford High School, and Marygrove College. At the latter, I earned two degrees, a bachelors in English with humanities and education minors, and a master’s degree in reading instruction.
When I decided to specialize in school counseling, I earned my second master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. I have earned credits from other colleges and universities, but the most interesting was from the University of Hawaii. I believe that leaning also takes place outside the classroom, and I am thankful for all people and experiences that broaden my view.
Most important in my life is family. Besides my husband, I am proud of my son, a teacher at The Most Holy Redeemer Grade School, and my daughter, a writer at Doner. I need a divine presence in my life, and I thank God for support, patience, and forgiveness. I am a lover of music. I enjoy canting at St. Anselm and elsewhere, being in choral groups and choirs, and participating in Broadway Reviews. I like to travel, and I like chocolate way too much! Being able to laugh and surround myself with positive people is my ideal. The spirited elementary students teach me so much about celebrating life, staying in touch with my inner child, and looking at life from different angles.
Although my schedule isn’t rigid, I am generally at school and available to students, parents, and staff members all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on half days on Thursdays. Grades 4-8 meet with me individually and in the classroom for presentations. Pre-K through grade 3 are seen in the classroom setting or individually when there is a principal, teacher, or parent request. Students receive tutoring, and motivational, emotional, and academic support. I am always present at the City of Dearborn IEP meetings designed to help our students who learn differently. As a member of counselor organizations, I am able to stay updated and in contact with other professionals in the field. It has been a joy helping teachers, students, and parents find solutions for short-term issues or referring them to outside people when issues are more serious. Each week, I write an article for the “School Scope” and the church paper. Last year, I became co-moderator of St. Anselm’s branch of the National Junior Honor Society. We did a major fundraiser for Victory Gym, dedicated to first responders and veterans. This year, we will enthusiastically embrace a new project. Also coming this year is the bi-annual Career Fair, established two years ago. Professionals in different fields share their experiences with our students with lots of hands-on presentations. Call me if you would like to volunteer. Whether you are looking for personal, academic, or career assistance, please let me know how I can be of service to you and yours. You can reach me via email: email@example.com. Let us make the 2016-2017 school year one of the best ever.
Diane L. Rivard
Mrs. Elaine Stallions, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Maryann Walkuski, Faith Formation Leader
Ms. Rubi Rodriguez, Preschool
Hello! My name is Rubi Rodriguez and this is my fourth year teaching Preschool at St. Anselm! I’m thrilled to be part of such a fantastic school, and love being part of the Stag family. I also teach Preschool Sunday School, which I enjoy every second of! I have over 10 years of experience educating young children and currently, I am finishing my degree at Wayne State University in Early Childhood Education. My classroom curriculum is diverse, and specializes in Phonics, Math, Music, Foreign Language and even Culinary Arts! Our preschool students attend mass every Friday, visit our school library where they check out books, and participate in multiple field trips, like the Detroit Zoo! This year our classroom received a new, colorful coat of paint which is a perfect fit to welcome our three year old program for 2016-2017 school year! Mrs. Carrie Budz, my co-teacher, and I will be working together to educate our three and four year old preschool students! We are both ecstatic about our growing program! In my spare time, I attend workshops to sharpen my skills and to learn new teaching techniques. My priority is to help our preschoolers get excited about school and learning. I also enjoy teaching swimming lessons and watching the Detroit Lions, as they are my favorite football team!
The preschool classroom is a loving, caring and nurturing environment– and I look forward to working with your child!
Mrs. Karen Kliber, Kindergarten
I am blessed to have a 40 + year history at St. Anselm School and Parish. I came to the school as a student teacher while attending University of Detroit Mercy. I completed my education with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was hired for the following fall. I taught Fifth Grade until my son was born and after that I became the “in house sub” for the next 17 years. My son was in the “pilot” program for the Kindergarten here the same year my daughter was born. St. Anselm became home for all of the Klibers.
My daughterʼs Kindergarten class was the first to be upstairs in what I fondly call “the penthouse”. Little did I know that while I was being a Mommy Helper, a Room Mom and Chairperson for many school activities that I would be eventually “moving in” as the Kindergarten teacher in 1988. I like to boast that my children received a tremendous education at St. Anselm that prepared each of them for their years at U of D Jesuit High and Ladywood High School. They truly appreciated their “great beginnings” at St. Anselm. This school has been my passion, as is my love for the little ones of the school.
In 1991, I asked our principal , Sr.Mary Ann Thue and Msgr. Moloney if they would consider opening a pre-school program to ready the children for the challenges of Kindergarten. With their blessing, that became my project over the next year in addition to my responsibilities as the Kindergarten teacher. I developed the program from the ground up and it was launched the following fall. I was fortunate enough to be able to teach both classes since our Kindergarten was only a half day program. I loved the experience of being with the children for two years and watching them grow and mature in the academic world.
Over the years I have taught many of the parents who now send their children to St. Anselm. I have a “Wall of Fame” in my classroom where I can look at all of “my kids” everyday. Twenty six years of Kindergarten graduates! Now, some of these graduates have become my “Partners in Education” with their children.
I partake in classes at Madonna University and Professional Development seminars because there is always something new to learn. Yes, older teachers can learn new tricks! And, I also learn many important lessons from my young students. Teacher, from your students you will be taught!
I have yet another passion that I share with students on the other end of the age spectrum. For 26 years I have taught in the parish Faith Formation Program It is my privilege to prepare 8th grade public school students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The dynamics of each class is different yet it is always a joy for me to be in the faith sharing role.
The loves of my life, in addition to my son, Matt and daughter, Amy, are my four beautiful grandchildren. Unfortunately, they all live out of state so my time with them is limited. But, when I do have time off I am either Ohio or California bound!
Mrs. Jessica Eddy, First Grade
Hello, my name is Jessica Eddy and I am the first grade teacher! I am so honored to be part of St. Anselm’s family. This is my third year teaching at St. Anselm, and I am truly blessed to be involved in such a loving community. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with Honors, Cum Laude. While attending EMU, I double majored in Elementary Education and Reading. I was highly involved in activities that had to do with Reading, such as conferences and extracurricular clubs.
I enjoy all professional development that has to do with Reading. I would also like to learn more about integrating technology into my lessons, as we have iPads and smart TVs in every classroom! I welcome workshops and conferences to better myself as an educator.
My goal for my first grade classroom is to create a community where each child feels welcome, and knows his/her worth. We are truly a family. As mentioned above, reading is very important to me, and I give my students ample time to read every day. My passion for reading makes my students eager to read—- usually when the time is up, they beg me to let them read longer!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our cat Lily, and our puppy Bailee. My husband and I have been married for two years. I love to spend time with the rest of my family, and some of my hobbies include reading, listening to music, and scrap-booking.
Ms. Shelley Popiel, Second Grade
Hello! My name is Shelley Popiel and I am the second grade teacher at St. Anselm! I still cannot believe that my dream of teaching in a Catholic School has come true! I have been fortunate enough to attend two Catholic Schools during my life. I began at St. Michael’s in Livonia and then moved on to Divine Child in Dearborn for high school. After graduating, I went to the University of Toledo to pursue my passion of education. I cannot say enough about how much I learned there and can’t wait to show my second graders!
After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo, I was hired immediately by Monroe Public Schools as an Interventionist Specialist. Luckily, I was in the same room where I student taught! It was an awesome experience to stay with the same class the whole year!
Another passion of mine is cheerleading. I have been a cheerleader since I was cheering in the bleachers at my older brothers’ hockey games at six years old. I cheered in elementary school at St. Mike’s, cheered at Divine Child, and then on the Co-ed team at the University of Toledo for four years! Although my physical cheerleading days are over, I am the proud Junior Varsity Coach at Divine Child! I just can’t let it go!
When I am not teaching or coaching, I also love to spend time with my family and friends. I watch everything and anything related to sports, but my favorites are football, hockey, and baseball! I live in Livonia with my Mom and Dad and see my older brother all the time. My little brother is away at Kalamazoo College, but I see him when our family goes and cheers on his Hornet football team!
I look forward to a year that is fun, exciting, and full of adventure!
Ms. Jennifer Walkuski, Third Grade
Welcome to the wonderful world of third grade!
My name is Ms. Jennifer Walkuski, and this is my seventh year at St. Anselm and fourth year teaching third grade! I attended Kindergarten-eighth grade here. I truly value the excellent academics and high standards at St. Anselm. I continued my Catholic education at Ladywood High School. I then attended Schoolcraft College in Livonia and received an Associate’s Degree. After my time at Schoolcraft, I finished up my degree at Wayne State University where I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Elementary Education.
I invite you to check out my webpage where you will find information on the daily, weekly, and monthly activities of the third grade!
Mrs. Michele Sophiea, Fourth Grade
Hello! My name is Mrs. Michele Sophiea and this is my sixth year as a part of the Stag family.
I am thrilled to be a part of this school and am looking forward to an exciting year. I am a graduate of Madonna University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in History and my teaching certificate. This is my 22nd year teaching and 12 of those years were spent teaching at St. Dunstan.
When I am away from the classroom, I love spending time with my husband, Michael, and our “children”, a cat named Lucky and two parakeets named Lona and Ocean. I enjoy spending time with my five nieces and one nephew. I also enjoy reading mysteries, going for long walks and anything to do with penguins. Oh, I am a HUGE Tiger fan!! Go Tigers!!!
Ms. Amy Kinasz, Fifth Grade
Hello! My name is Ms. Amy Kinasz and this is my second year teaching at St. Anselm. Prior to this, I have worked in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Currently I teach 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, along with 5th grade English Language Arts.
I am currently attending Eastern Michigan University, where I am obtaining my masters in Reading. I received my Bachelor of Science degree also from Eastern Michigan University with a double major in Elementary Education and Reading. I am now anxious to put into practice the skills and strategies I have obtained through my experiences at EMU. In addition to my university education, I myself am I product of catholic schools. I attended St. Mel’s School in Dearborn Heights from Kindergarten through 8th grade and was a member of the last graduating class prior to their closing. Therefore, I am very familiar with Catholic School policies and traditions and fully support and believe in the education they are able to provide.
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending my time with family and friends. I like traveling as well as quiet time at home reading. Attending sporting events is also a favorite thing to do. Go Tigers! Go Wings! Go BLUE!
I’m really looking forward to the beginning of another school year here at St. Anselm. It will be an enjoyable year that is filled with exploration and knowledge.
Mrs. Kathy Hermann, Sixth Grade
Hello! My name is Kathy Hermann. I teach fifth and sixth grade Religion. Teaching is my second career and this will be my 11th year! I spent my first 10 years at St. Raphael School, starting in second grade and then moving on to middle school. I earned my Bachelor of Science at Madonna University and completed my teacher certification at University of Detroit-Mercy. I am a certified catechist in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
I have been married for 30 years and have four daughters and two grandsons that keep me busy. As a family, we like to camp in our beautiful state. We have a beautiful American Eskimo that we rescued five years ago. I am excited to be part of the St. Anselm family.
Ms. Sarah Jorgensen, Sixth Grade
Welcome! The St Anselm’s school/parish community has been part of my family for over 10 years now. I am privileged to teach grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 science. It’s a joy working with the students, faculty, staff and families at St Anselm.
2016-2017 is going to be a *fantastic* year to be a STAG! It is my goal that each student develops academically, spiritually, and emotionally. In science we will meet and surpass the standards established by the Next Generation Science Standards. I LOVE the field of science and 5-8th grade is the perfect time to excite the students’ minds and hearts! I can’t wait to see what our students accomplish this year!
In addition to teaching at St. Anselm I also coordinate the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) club with Ms. Allevato and the You Be the Chemist club for grades 5-8.
Before moving to Michigan in 2000, I earned my BS in Environmental Science and MS in Secondary Science Education from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Through the years I’ve been honored to teach at the high school level, coordinator animal outreach programs at a zoo in New York, and lead groups at the Environmental Interpretive Center on the UM Dearborn campus as a naturalist.
Outside of school, I keep busy with my family playing various sports, participating in Girl and Boy Scouts, and traveling (camping, road trips and general wandering) any chance we get.
Mrs. Anne Popyk, Seventh Grade
My name is Mrs. Anne Popyk and this is my tenth year teaching at St. Anselm. I previously taught third grade at St. Cyprian Elementary School in Riverview, Michigan. Currently I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, writing, and reading.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Elementary Education Language Arts and a minor in Health. During my undergraduate program, I was a member of the Michigan Reading Association and became very interested in working with reading and differential instruction. Because of this interest, I decided to go back to Eastern Michigan University to obtain my Masters of Arts with a specialty in Reading. I graduated with honors in December of 2012. I am also a certified catechist through the Archdiocese of Detroit.
I enjoy spending my time hanging out with my husband, Marvin and our son Tyler, who was born in March 2015. We spend a lot of time at the park with our dog. Petey is a border collie mix, whom we adopted in March 2011. I also enjoy watching sports, drinking coffee, and trying to cook!
Ms. Nicole Allevato, Eighth Grade
Hi! I’m Ms. Allevato. I have been teaching at St. Anselm for 13 years. I teach fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Math as well as seventh and eighth grade Religion.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Madonna University and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Both undergrad and graduate degrees were earned with honors. During my undergrad program at Madonna, I was also on the soccer team where I earned Scholar All-American during my junior and senior seasons.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy playing and watching sports (particularly the Lions and the Tigers), crocheting (many of my students have hats made by me), and spending time with my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy working on logic puzzles and reading.
Ms. Tina Aquilina, Art
My name is Mrs. Christine Aquilina. I am a Michigan certified Art Teacher. I have a Bachelors degree in Art Education and a Masters Of Education degree in Art therapy. I have taught Art in Catholic schools for over twenty years. I have taught at Holy Redeemer High School, St. Sabina, and St. Raphael. I am currently teaching at St. Anselm, St. Linus, and Holy Redeemer schools. I am an artist myself. I am honored to share my skills with all the young artists at St. Anselm!
Ms. Carleen Short, Computer and Technology
Mrs. Short is a Catholic school kid who became a Catholic school teacher and a Catholic school parent. She spent twelve years in Catholic schools as a student, graduated college – The Ohio State University – and went on to teach in Catholic schools for nearly 40 years. Mrs. Short is married with one son who is a graduate of Catholic Central High School, a veteran of the United States Navy, and is finishing a degree at Michigan Tech in geology and mining.
An Ohio transplant to Michigan, Mrs. Short has taught third through eighth grades in the Toledo Diocese and the Archdiocese of Detroit. Nearly twenty years ago, while teaching at St. Mary of Wayne, Mrs. Short was tapped to move from the regular classroom to the computer lab. She claims the scariest part of that transition was tackling kindergartners AND computers for the first time! So began Mrs. Short’s journey to becoming a techy.
After St. Mary, Mrs. Short taught K-8 computer classes at Our Lady of Refuge in the West Bloomfield Shared Time Program. Now, semi-retired, she is in her third year as the Berkley Shared Time computer teacher at St. Anselm Catholic School and is happy to be a member of the St. Anselm School family.
Mrs. Marcia Santostasi, Gym
Hello St. Anselm Community!
My name is Marcia (Ulanski) Santostasi and I have been the St. Anselm Physical Education Teacher since February, 2013. I am happy to be working with the students and staff at St. Anselm!
My roots run deep in the St. Anselm Community. My parents, Henry and Genevieve Ulanski, joined the parish in 1955. My four older sisters and one brother, along with myself graduated from St. Anselm. Additionally, I have a niece and a nephew who graduated from SAS as well. Growing up, my family was quite active in various capacities of the church and school, and that foundation has kept me firm in my Catholic Faith.
Since St. Anselm has always been home to me, Nick and I were married here 27 years ago. We have three children, Stephanie (St. Anselm ’05, Divine Child ’09), Steven (St. Anselm ’08, Divine Child ’12), and Natalie (St. Anselm ’16, Divine Child class of 2020).
After graduating from St. Anselm, I attended Dearborn High School, then went on to receive my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Central Michigan University, with a Major in Physical Education K-12, Minor in Health Education 9-12, and All Subjects in 7 and 8th. After graduation, I took my first teaching job at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Port Chester, New York, where I taught full time Physical Education K-8, Health Education 6-8th, and Reading 7 and 8th, along with coaching Cheerleading and working part time as an Aerobics instructor. After four years, I returned to Michigan and pursued graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University where I received a Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling K-12.
During the 3.5 years it took me to complete my Master’s degree, I was a long-term substitute at St. Anselm as the 6th grade homeroom teacher and 6, 7, and 8th grade Science teacher. I also got married, worked one year at St. Sebastian as the Physical Education teacher, coached cheerleading at Garden City High School, substituted some more, had two children and became the Youth Group Leader at St. Anselm Parish, a position which I still currently am in.
I grew up in a sports friendly household, and had a mission to try and keep up with my older brother. Throughout my school years I played basketball, volleyball, softball, cheered and ran track. I continue to play softball to this day. I have coached cheer at all levels, elementary through high school, both sideline and competitive, and have been an assistant coach in both softball and basketball in grades 5-9th.
When I am not teaching, coaching or playing sports, I work part time at Delta Air Lines and substitute when I can. I also enjoy reading, watching my kids play sports, watching college Football, walking/working out, and squeezing in some traveling to visit out of town family.
One last note; after my college graduation, my parents and I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Dallas, Texas. We took an overnight trip to San Antonio, Texas where we toured the River Walk, Alamo and visited “The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa”. A little, elderly Polish Nun came out to talk with us and started conversing with my parents in Polish, asking about our family, etc. She told my parents she would pray for me to become a Religious Sister. Although that wasn’t to become my faith vocation exactly, I do feel her prayer intervention has guided me to teach and work within the Catholic Schools and Parish Communities that I have been a part of, and I feel blest to have had these great opportunities in my life!
My favorite word: Persevere
My favorite quotes: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
“Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone.”
My favorite Pray: God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.
Ms. Jessica Swiatko, Math/Learning Specialist
This is my second year at St. Anselm Catholic School as a Math Intervention Specialist.
I have previously taught grades K, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in General Education and K-12 in Special Education. I received my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and elementary education from Grand Valley State University (go Lakers!) and my Master’s degree in special education from Oakland University.
Teaching math is my passion, but I also love Tigers baseball, traveling the world, and my cat, Oliver.
Mr. David Lurie, Music
Mr. Lurie has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Michigan University. He has 16 years of experience teaching instrumental, vocal, and general music and has been on the faculty of St. Anselm School since 2004.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML).
He plays the trumpet with the Farmington Community Band, sings with Vanguard Voices in Dearborn, and plays recorder with Cherry Hill Consort and the Metro Detroit Recorder Society.
Ms. Janeth Zamudio, Spanish
Hola, my name is Janeth Zamudio and this is my fourth year teaching Spanish at St.Anselm! I am a native Spanish speaker and I love to share the language and culture with my wonderful students.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Spanish certification from University of Detroit Mercy. I am currently enrolled in the Spanish program at Marygrove University to receive my Spanish endorsement.
As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to teach in an engaging, challenging, and fun way to keep students interested in learning. Learning a second language is an exciting opportunity that is very useful in today’s diverse world. My goal is help my students succeed; I want to help them communicate in Spanish and to have an appreciation for other cultures.
When I am not teaching, I love spending quality time with my family. My husband David and I have two beautiful children, Evelyn 4 and Adrian born Dec 2015. This year is going to be an exciting one! My daughter Evelyn is starting Preschool here at St. Anselm, and we couldn’t be any more excited!
If you need to contact me for any reason, please do not hesitate to do so. You can either e-mail me at or use my weebly page at stanselmspanish.weebly.com under the contact me link and I will get back as soon as possible. Thank you very much and I look forward to another great school year! Hasta luego (see you later!)
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