I’m a Sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Indiana. Did you ever hear of anyone who was a cowgirl and a Sister? As a little girl that was my dream. I’ve always been drawn to people of other cultures and so I got my Master in Music at Appalachian State University in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I’ve taught Lakota youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation, been to Central America and Mexico 5 times, volunteered one summer at a refugee camp on the US/Mexico border – and I’ve been to Ireland twice. That 1st trip was with my mother visiting her cousins. On my 2nd trip I visited cousins again and roamed alone, even sleeping under the stars at Glendalough where a fox greeted me in the morning.
I have a brother, two sisters, and a good number of younger ones in our family that I enjoy spending time with. I love the outdoors, music, photography and working with all those who make up a great choir at Corpus Christi. My official ministry here in Holland is outreach and social justice at the two parishes. Social justice has always been my passion. In Micah we read, “Walk humbly, love tenderly, and act justly” which I believe is also our gospel call as people who love God and God in every other person.
Mrs. Plackowski graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Elementary Education and has served at Corpus Christi for the past 20 years. She has worked in various early childhood development roles and is currently our Preschool Director.
Mrs. Plackowski oversees children enrolled in our Three and Four year old preschool, Young Fives, Enrichment, Daycare & Aftercare, and the St. Francis de Sales pre-school program. She is passionate about teaching our youngest learners and her dedication goes beyond the classroom. It’s also evident in the smiles and individual interaction she has with each child and their parents every day.
Mrs. Plackowski is happily married, and has two sons Ben and Nicolas, both of whom are graduates from our school. We’re grateful for her devotion to our youngest learners at Corpus Christi!
Callie Schroeder is excited to be joining the Corpus Christi community this year! She recently moved to Holland after getting married, and feels blessed to have the opportunity to really connect to her roots. She is a native Michigander, but has been away for fourteen years. She attended a small, Catholic school in Ann Arbor during her primary and middle school years, and she recognizes how integral that experience has been in her life. She first left Michigan to attend Indiana University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During her undergraduate years, she spent four semesters working in first grade classrooms because that was truly where she saw herself as a teacher (and as a college student, she had a choice)! Over the past nine years she has gained additional experience outside of that realm; professionally she has taught kindergarten, second, and third grades. It is exciting for her to finally be back in a first-grade classroom, but now she is better prepared to give her students everything they need. She knows where they left off in kindergarten and she is fully aware of what will be expected of them in the future. Callie is grateful that God has provided her with the opportunity to work with Corpus Christi families; partnering to help shape the children into who they are called to be.
Mrs. Febe Gomez teaches Spanish Immersion at CCCS. She has had over fifteen years of teaching experience beginning her career in 2000 and joining Corpus Christi in 2013. She believes one of the rewards of being a teacher is seeing success in all of her students, and she loves how faith is incorporated into the Catholic education system. Mrs. Gomez was raised and grew up in Campeche, Mexico. Her educational background includes studying religious education and Spanish education for four years each and is currently taking the English as a New Language (ENL) program through Notre Dame, which will further enhance our Spanish Immersion program. Some of her hobbies are listening to classical music, reading and traveling with her family. She is married and has three children; Sam, Betsy, and Raphael.
Ms. Coffin began her teaching career with Corpus Christi (St. Francis School) in 1989 and feels blessed to have been teaching at Corpus Christi for the past 28 years. She taught 5th grade for ten years before becoming our Kindergarten teacher for the next 17 years and recently shifted her focus to 2nd grade.
No matter what grade level she taught, Mrs. Coffin has always treasured the time spent in the classroom with her students. Her simple goal has always been to make decisions based on what is best for the child.
Every day in the classroom, Ms. Coffin inspires students to learn, excel, and realize their full potential, which explains why she has received recognition throughout her career including being named Ottawa County Farm Bureau’s Teacher of the Year.
We’re grateful for all she does to help shape and teach our Corpus Christi students!
Ms. Crimmins is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she earned her degree in Education and Language Arts. She spent many years as a dental hygienist before pursuing her true passion for teaching young minds and sharing her Catholic faith. She has spent the past twelve years teaching 3rd and 4th grades at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Grand Rapids. She is thrilled to be returning to her home community of Holland where she taught 2nd grade religious education for 10 years at Our Lady of the Lake.
Ms. Crimmins attends St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with family, reading, baking, bike riding, and cheering on her favorite team the Detroit Tigers. She is very excited to have joined the Corpus Christi Catholic School family!
Senorita Sarah Butch teaches middle school Spanish and is the fifth grade homeroom teacher at Corpus Christi, where she began teaching career twelve years ago. Ms. Butch focuses on involving her students in a variety of problem-solving, and technology-infused activities that provide them with opportunities to use their skills. Her professional interests focus on communicative approaches, literacy circles, and cooperative learning. Corpus Christi is grateful to have a teacher like Senorita Butch. She lives the belief that
students, learning and Faith are a top priority!
Mrs. LoPiparo taught at Church of the Resurrection School in Lansing, while also taking on the role of coordinator of youth ministry for the parish for the 2016-2017 school year. She loved her time there, but is very excited to be back in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and joining the Corpus Christi family!
Mrs. LoPiparo attends St. Mary Magdalen, in Kentwood. This is the church she grew up attending. She loves being able to volunteer as a leader for the faith formation and youth ministry program that helped form her faith. When she is not at school she enjoys finding new hobbies with her new husband, savoring good coffee with great friends, spending time with family, and reading great Catholic books!
Mr. Diebolt was born and raised in Dearborn, MI and attended Central Michigan University receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He’s currently attending the University of Michigan, pursuing his Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Before coming to join Corpus Christi, Mr. Diebolt taught Social Studies and Religion at St. Pius in Southgate, MI.
In his free time, Mr. Diebolt enjoys participating in and watching sports, going to the gym, and traveling.
We’re excited to have him join our middle school teaching staff and look forward to all that he can bring to our Corpus Christi students and curriculum.
Mrs. Laura Jacobs is our band and music teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic School, joining us in 2016 and teaching grades Kindergarten through eighth. Music runs in her family. Growing up Mrs. Jacobs played the French horn and her sister played the flute. In addition her Mom, also a music teacher, was her inspiration to pursue a career in music education. Mrs. Jacobs loves being able to see the smiles on the faces of her students as they learn new things. She is devoted to music and sharing its beauty with her students.
Mrs. Sleeman earned her teaching certification in 1999 and started teaching at Corpus Christi Catholic School in the fall of 2000. She has taught physical education, health, gym phonics and has been the athletic director at the school. Mrs. Sleeman is certified to teach K-12th grade Physical Education and has her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She is married to Matt and has 3 very active kids. Courtney who attends Western Michigan University, Aaron is a senior at Zeeland West HS and her daughter Carly is a 7th grader at Creekside M.S. In Mrs. Sleemans free time, she loves to cross country ski, coach softball, and spend time with her family and friends.
Anne Struyk has been teaching since 1976. What attracts her to Corpus Christi School is the ability to teach in a faith-based environment. Anne has moved around the country sharing her love for the arts and God; teaching in places such as Northern New Jersey, Iowa and here in Holland & Zeeland. “Making a relationship with the children and helping them see that they are image-makers, too, as they are created in God’s image. I want them to see every time they learn to do something new, it is one step forward of accomplishing something positive.”
Anne enjoys that she is able to integrate art, music, and stories into another passion of hers, which is working with children. She has impacted students for over 30 years with good times and encouragement, some of which have gone on to be art teachers themselves!
Phone: (616) 994-9864
Phone: (616) 994-9864
Phone: (616) 994-9864