Mrs. Susie Carmack

Middle School Humanities, 2-7 Physical Education

Hi, my name is Susie Carmack and I am currently the Middle School Humanities teacher at Pope John Paul II Academy. I grew up and spent most of my adult life in Durango, Colorado. Last year my husband and I moved to Montrose. I received both my Bachelor and Master's degree from Northern Arizona University. I am a Colorado certified teacher with over 30 years of experience. During my teacher career I have been able to teach a wide range of grade levels and subjects from High School Science to second grade, to Art and P.E. My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family, hiking, and traveling. After eight years of retirement, I realized how much I missed teaching children, and am extremely excited and honored to be working here at PJP2A. 


Mr. Kelson Thomas

Middle School Religion, Math, Science and History

Hello! My name is Kelson Thomas. I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and moved to Montrose in August 2020. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. My wife Megan and I were married in 2018 and our first daughter, Felicity Marie, arrived in 2019. Our son, Isidore, was born in 2021. We strive to follow Christ in all things, and we appreciate the love and support of the Pope John Paul II and St. Mary's communities. Megan and I enjoy camping, hiking, bicycling, climbing, and sailing, and we are excited about all of the opportunities that Montrose has to offer! Above all, it is an honor and truly a privilege to serve the families of Pope John Paul II as your 6th-8th grade teacher. 

Ms. Chelsea Grobelny

Third Grade


Hello! My name is Chelsea Grobelny, and I am from Macomb, Michigan. While my Bachelor’s degree is in Photojournalism, I have received my Master’s in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. While these subjects are both my passions, teaching has always been an active part of my life in various ways. Growing up in the Catholic Church has only solidified that passion more. I am so thankful for the community at PJP2A and am looking forward to working with students, families, and staff!

Ms. Denise Lambert


Mr. Clay Patterson

Maintenance Services

Mr. Eric Haynes

​Accounting Services


Pope John Paul II Academy​          

67051 Sunnyside Rd.          

Montrose, Colorado 81401        

(970) 249-2996           


Mrs. Tricia Hartman

Principal, Spanish 2-5

My name is Tricia Hartman, and I have lived in Western Colorado most of my life. After graduating from Ouray High School, I went to Caracas, Venezuela as an exchange student for one year. My educational path took me to the University of Northern Colorado where I obtained my bilingual elementary education degree in Spanish. I have 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of different grade levels and subjects. I have been blessed with a wonderful family. My oldest lives in Illinois with her husband and child. I have two more in college and a senior in high school. As the administrator of our school, I strive to create a community where parents and teachers come together to provide a loving and Christ-like school and a strong academic environment. In my spare time I enjoy photography, hiking, watercolor painting and generally anything outdoors. 

School Board Members:

Dr. Michael Brezinsky – President
Mrs. Amy Nelp – Secretary
Dr. Lou Dwyer – Member
Mr. Pete Baldwin – Chaplain
Mr. Hector Diaz – Member

Mrs. Shelly Poust - Member

Mrs. Leslie Holland

Fourth Grade; 4-5 Science

Mrs. Holland is a daughter of a US Air Force pilot and partially raised in West Germany. Upon graduating high school, she was selected as a student ambassador to the Republic of China for the summer. Later, she married a military officer and raised five children. She has been involved in Catholic religious teaching for the last twenty years, mostly teaching children. She has also been involved in fundraising for Catholic schools as she worked five years at the Bishop Hogan Catholic School in Chillicothe, Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Most recently the Holland family lived on the Western Slope from 2004 to 2012 and has returned to Montrose as an actively involved parishioner at Saint Mary's Catholic Church. Mrs. Holland has been with Pope John Paul II Academy since 2019.


The heart of our school is our teachers. Their service to our children is born out of their faith and their desire to see each child grow to his or her fullest potential. 

  Faculty and Staff:

Ms. Luanne Baumann

First Grade; K-1 Physical Education and Spanish​​

Hi! I am Luanne Baumann. I am the first grade teacher here at Pope John Paul II Academy and have been since I came to the school in 2015. I tease the kiddos all the time that I can’t seem to get out of first grade…I love it! Although I do not have a family of my own, God has blessed me with the best family anyone could ask for. I get to help and see so many kiddos grow…it is amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your kiddos’ lives.

I grew up in Washington and Oregon and come from a big family. I have 5 brothers and 6 sisters. Growing up was a blast! I now have more than 30 nieces and nephews, with HOPEFULLY a lot more on the way!

I love the outdoors! Mountain biking is one of my favorite activities, along with hiking, camping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Now for the boring stuff (ha ha ha) 

I have been in education since 2006 and a teacher since 2008. I spent the first 6 years of my teaching career in the Milton-Freewater School District in Milton-Freewater, OR. There I taught first grade for two years and the BESST (Behavior Emotional Social Skills Training) classroom for four. I moved to Sterling, CO in 2014 and taught third grade at St. Anthony Catholic School for a year, before the school was permanently closed…The school closing is how I ended up at Pope John Paul II Academy…Sometimes blessings are hidden in pain. It was hard to leave St. Anthony’s. I loved it there…but God had a plan and here I am…I love it! God put me right where I needed to be. This is a great community. Now I am not only a teacher here, but am also a fire fighter and EMT with Olathe Fire Protection District.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your kiddos’ lives!

God bless you all!

Miss Bauman (Lu if you are not a student at PJP2A)

Mrs. Marilyn Schmalz

Second Grade

My husband and I live on our family farm in Delta, but I am originally from the Denver area.  I have four wonderful children: two daughters, two sons, seven grandsons, one granddaughter, with another one "on the way".  I enjoy traveling, country music, fishing, and being with my family.  Some of my most memorable trips were to Nashville, Hawaii, and Germany.  I am a certified teacher for the state of Colorado and have a B.A. in Elementary Education with many hours devoted specifically to Reading Intervention.  I love teaching at Pope John Paul ll Academy and all the staff, students and parents!

Mr. Eric McRoberts

Fifth Grade, Middle School Latin

Originally from Columbus GA, Mr. Eric McRoberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Columbus State University, along with a Master’s of Science in Film Theory from theUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland. Born and raised in Southern Georgia, Mr. McRoberts has had the blessed opportunity to travel and live abroad, while studying for various programs. Following his undergraduate academic career, where he studied 20th century Middle Eastern geopolitics, Mr. McRoberts has studied film production and theory in Prague and the United Kingdom.

Mr. McRoberts is ecstatically embracing the opportunity as a faculty member of Pope John Paul II Academy for his first formal teaching assignment in a Catholic school. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Savannah from 2018-2019 (attending St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida), Mr. McRoberts assisted teaching RCIA classes throughout Georgia and in planning and executing several summer vocation camps for middle and high school students.

An avid reader of philosophy, history and theology, Mr. McRoberts considers the classical legacy of scholastic Catholic thought to be the pinnacle of learning. He believes the richness of the Church’s philosophical legacy cannot be overstated. A lifelong chess player, Mr. McRoberts enjoys coaching others even more than playing the game himself and has competed in tournaments in Atlanta and Miami. Mr. McRoberts is also a dedicated runner, having completed two half-marathons to date in Atlanta and Auburn, Alabama. 

Mrs. Sharon Gordon

K4; K-1 Science, Art, Social Studies & Geography

Hello!  My name is Sharon Gordon.  I was born and raised in the Detroit, Michigan area.  I attended Lutheran Parochial Schools for twelve years (I converted to the Catholic Church in 2005). In 1979, I married my wonderful husband, Gery, and together we raised four children and now we have five grandchildren. In 1984, I opened an in-home preschool and daycare which I ran for seventeen years all while homeschooling my own children. In September 2001, I began to run an in-home Montessori School for children ages 3-6 while pursuing a Montessori Certificate through United Montessori Association in the state of Washington. I received my certificate in August 2002. After 18 years, I am closing my Montessori School to start a new adventure working with the K4 students at Pope John Paul II Academy. When not teaching children, I enjoy quilting, scrapbooking, embroidery, camping, hiking, reading, ham radio, playing music, singing, and spending time with my family, especially the grandchildren.  I am very excited about being on the team at PJPII Academy and working with my students and their families.

Mrs. Emily Molnar

Kindergarten, Art 2-3

Hi! My name is Emily Molnar and I moved from Littleton to the Montrose area in 2021 with my husband, Roman. We both really love the area and are excited to continue to get to know the community more. I grew up in a large family on our dairy farm in Wisconsin. I was blessed to be a part of a small, rural Catholic parish and to attend our parish school for middle and grade school. I was able to grow in my Catholic faith at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI where I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have always been interested in working with children and began my Master's in Advanced Child Development with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities last year. I enjoy hiking, camping, spending time with my husband, our families and puppy Zoltan, as well as sewing, baking and reading. I love working with kids and I feel blessed to be able to share the Catholic faith as a teacher. I am excited to be a part of the Pope John Paul II Academy community! 

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