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, the University of Notre Dame and Add.A.Lingua.  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

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 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!

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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.

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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.”

Degrees

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

Bio

Degrees

  • Hope College – Bachelor’s in Special Education

Bio

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!

Degrees

  • Associates Degree+ from Aquinas College (3yrs)
  • Bachelor Degree & Teaching Certificate from University of Northern Colorado
  • Grand Valley State University classes towards Masters

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

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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 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!

Degrees

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

Middle School



Bio

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!

Degrees

  • Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley University
  • Master’s degree from Cornerstone
  • In progress, masters from the University of Notre Dame

Bio

Degrees

  • Hope College – Bachelor’s in Language Arts

Bio

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!

Degrees

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central Michigan University
  • Completing Masters in Educational Technology at the University of Michigan

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Specials & Resource



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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.

Degrees

  • Bachelors of Music from Grand Valley State University
  • Masters of Music and Education Certification from University of Michigan

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.

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

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Bio

Hello Corpus Christi Catholic School Community!

My name is Katrina Ellis and I will be joining the staff this upcoming school year as the Technology Teacher. I am thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to connecting with students, parents and the community that stands behind such a wonderful school! This past December 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!

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Bio

2018-2019 marks my 7th year of teaching and my first year as both a parent and a teacher here at CCCS! I am so excited to be joining such a faith-filled and forward-thinking school. My oldest, Eden, will be in the 3 year-old STREAM preschool program. I also have a toddler named Anna. My husband and I moved back to West Michigan 4 years ago. I taught for GRPS for one year prior to joining the Diocese as a 5th grade teacher at Holy Spirit. I am a product of Catholic Education, graduating from West Catholic in 2007. I received my Masters in Teaching and Curriculum with the Literacy Specialist Endorsement in 2017. I am so excited to be putting this passion to work here at CCCS, focusing on boosting confidence and enthusiasm for reading and writing in students, teachers and families. I love to spend time outside and can frequently be seen walking and biking in all seasons around downtown Holland. If you see me, be sure to say hello!

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

Committee Chairs



Contact

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