Teachers & Staff


Our faculty is committed to continuously improving the quality of education they provide for our students.

The faculty at Corpus Christi School embraces professional learning opportunities through the Diocese of Grand Rapids, the local school districts, institutes and universities; highlighting the Van Andel Institute and the University of Notre Dame.  Our student-to-teacher ratios are enviable and contribute to our student’s academic success.  As we move forward in preparing our students for jobs which do not yet exist, we are challenged to provide the 21st century learning tools and experiences that will serve them long after elementary school.  Collaborative learning projects, problem solving skills, and seeking multiple solutions to the same problem are a few of the ways we can ensure their success in high school and beyond.


Bio

Degrees

M.A. Educational Leadership, University of Notre Dame

B.A. English, Minor in Spanish, Grand Valley State University


Bio

Mrs. Amy Supple is a graduate of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education.  She also has completed a graduate program through the University of Notre Dame on Teaching Exceptional Children.  She began her teaching career in Boston working with preschool students with special needs, and then moved to Holland where she began working at St. Francis de Sales Elementary School providing students with academic support. This position allowed her to practice her Catholic faith while fulfilling her desire to support struggling students. Mrs. Supple continued teaching at what is now Corpus Christi Catholic school in the role of Special Education Resource teacher and Response to Intervention provider.  Currently, she works as the Academic Dean overseeing curriculum, standardized testing, enrollment and students’ academic progress.

In her free time, Mrs. Supple loves reading books, hiking and biking with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and attending bible study at SFDS.

Degrees

  • Lesley University, Cambridge, MA – Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education and Early Childhood Education
  • Completed graduate program through the University of Notre Dame on Teaching Exceptional Children

Early Childhood



Bio

Mrs. Plackowski graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Elementary Education and has completed Early Childhood Courses at Grand Valley State University. She started teaching preschool at St. Francis in 1995 and has been at Corpus Christi since opening in 1999. She is currently our Preschool/Extended Care Director and Lead Teacher in the three and four year old class.

She is also a certified catechist for Level 1 and 2 in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program and is the coordinator for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Corpus Christi. Mrs. Plackowski meets with children from preschool through third grade in the Catechesis atrium.
She is passionate about teaching our youngest learners and her dedication goes beyond the classroom. It is 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. She enjoys camping and biking with her family during the summer months. We are grateful for her devotion to our youngest learners at Corpus Christi!

Degrees




Elementary School



Bio

Mrs. Patrick was inspired to be a teacher due to her desire to work with children and help others.  Mrs. Patrick began teaching in 1994 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Aquinas College and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University.  She enjoys watching her students grow and learn; seeing those who have struggled catch onto concepts and achieve.  She enjoys the family atmosphere at Corpus Christi School and encourages families who are considering a Catholic Education to “Follow your faith and trust in God.  Pray about your decision.” Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with my family, scrapbooking and gardening.

Degrees

  • Aquinas College – Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Western Michigan University – Masters in Early Childhood Education

Bio

Mrs. Himebaugh joined the Corpus Christi team in 2020. She brings with her 13 years of teaching experience in first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. She graduated from Western Michigan University with an amalgamated group minor in English, Math & Science, and Elementary Education. She started teaching sixth grade and has slowly worked her way down to first grade where she has found her true love, helping to build the foundation for her students’ spiritual and academic growth. She is married and has two children. When she is not at school, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

Degrees


Bio

Ms. Centilli teaches 3rd grade for our Corpus Christi students.  She attended Aquinas College and Notre Dame University for her BA in Education and followed this with her Masters from Western Michigan University.  She began teaching in 1998 and has been teaching for 20 years.  Her experiences include teaching Kindergarten 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, as well as R.T.I. for grades K-8.  Ms. Centilli was inspired to become a teacher by her father and great-grandmother, who were both teachers.  As her career progressed, she was attracted to teaching at Corpus Christi because of the ability to combine the elements of Catholicism and faith with core education.  She says the best part of her job is watching the student snot only grow in their academics but in their faith as well.

Ms. Centilli was born in Grand Raids, Michigan and enjoys reading and watching sports.  She has two sisters and a brother as well as a few nieces and a nephew.  She loves spending time with all of them!

Degrees

  • Aquinas College – BS
  • Western Michigan University – Masters
  • Notre Dame

Bio

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 spent twelve years teaching 3rd and 4th grades at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Grand Rapids. She is thrilled to be teaching in 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 be part of the Corpus Christi Catholic School family!

Degrees

  • Grand Valley State University – Bachelor’s in Education and Language Arts


Middle School



Bio

Señorita Sarah Butch teaches middle school Math and is the fifth grade homeroom teacher at Corpus Christi, where she began teaching career fifteen years ago. Srta. Butch focuses on involving her students in a variety of problem-solving, and technology-infused activities that provide them with opportunities to practice and enhance their skills. Her professional interests focus on communicative approaches, literacy centers, and cooperative learning. Corpus Christi students are grateful to have a teacher like Señorita Butch. She lives the belief that students, learning and Faith are a top priority!

Degrees

  • Grand Valley State University – Bachelor’s
  • Cornerstone University – Master’s
  • University of Notre Dame – ENL Certification

Bio

Ms. Tracy Garcia is thrilled to be part of the middle school staff at Corpus Christi. She currently teaches social studies in grades 6 through 8, 5th grade ELA, and 6th grade Theology. As a graduate of Corpus Christi, having attended preschool through 8th grade, it was always her dream to come back as a teacher. After teaching in the preschool program for six years, she transitioned to the middle school program. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading and being outside.

Degrees



Specials & Resource


Bio

Mrs. Belem Valdez is a Hope College graduate. She is originally from Morelos, Mexico and has lived in Holland, MI since 2014 with her husband and five children. She is excited to start her second year teaching Spanish at CCCS which has allowed her the opportunity to live by God’s vision of the world; where we all celebrate our uniqueness and accept our differences. She wants her students to feel validated for learning a second language and celebrate every milestone they reach. As a English learner herself, she understands the challenges that come with mastering another language, but she is ready to support her students in every way possible. One of her goals is for her students to become global citizens that value the richness of other people’s culture. In her free time, she loves attending Mass, church events, riding bikes, hiking trails, swimming in Lake Michigan, and camping. She loves reading books, cooking, listening to music, and finding ways to grow personally and in her relationship with God.

Degrees

  • Degree one
  • Degree two
  • Degree three
  • Degree four


Bio

Mrs. Delos Santos is and Industrial Engineer, a wife, and a mother of two!  She has been teaching Spanish Enrichment Kindergarten, Pre-School and Spanish Immersion Preschool since 2013.  Zulma is attracted t Corpus Christi because of the Catholic Christian environment and the faith formation that the children and teachers receive.  She enjoys working with little children because they are spontaneous, energetic, and that their minds are like sponges!  Mrs. Delos Santos feels that her job is rewarding when she can help little children grow in a good environment and become a multilingual person if they continue learning another language.

Degrees

  • Instituto Tecnologico de Matamoros in Mexico – Industrial Engineer Bachelor Degree (1997)
  • Michigan CDA Certification (2013)

Degrees

  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Sports Administration from Hope College
  • K-12 Physical Education/7-12 social studies composite from Hope College
  • Master of Education – Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University

Bio

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.



Bio

Hello Corpus Christi Catholic School Community!

My name is Katrina Ellis and I graduated from Hope College. My time at Hope allowed me to pursue my passion of teaching while also giving me the opportunity to continue my softball career.

Technology is a valuable addition to education. I strive to create a positive learning environment for all of my students that will enhance the ability to not only utilize technology, but also enrich the overall learning experience. I will work closely with state standards and collaborate with grade level teachers in order to develop a curriculum that will create lifelong learners in the field of Technology!

I look forward to a GREAT year with all of you!

Degrees

  • Degree one
  • Degree two
  • Degree three
  • Degree four

Bio

Mrs. MC Covington is in her 3rd year as the Literacy Specialist at Corpus Christi. She is also the parent of a 3 year-old preschooler and a kindergartener here at school. She loves that her job gives her the opportunity to instill a love for reading and writing at all ages. When she is not at school, she loves to spend time outside and playing with her three young children.

Degrees

  • Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University with a Major in Elementary Education and Minor in Language Arts
  • Masters in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University with the Literacy Specialist Endorsement

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