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 the University 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.
K-4, Art & Music, K-1 Science & Social Studies
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.
Kindergarten, Spanish (grades K-1, 4,5)
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 over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of different grade levels and subjects. I have been blessed with a wonderful family. Two of my daughters are attending college while the other two go to Montrose High School. When I am not busy being a teacher and a mother, I enjoy photography, biking, snowshoeing and generally anything outdoors. I look forward to teach not only academic subjects but introduce little people to God, His love for them, and the goodness of the Catholic Church.
Mrs. Amy Nelp and Mr. Pete Baldwin
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.
Dr. Michael Brezinsky, M.D. – President
Mrs. Amy Nelp – Secretary
Mr. Andrew Schmutzler – Treasurer
Dr. Lou Dwyer, M.D. – Member
Mr. Pete Baldwin – Chaplain
Mr. Chris Warren – Member
Mr. Hector Diaz– Member
Mr. Andrew Collart
Middle School Humanities
Having recently completed his BA in philosophy (with a business minor) at the University of Dallas, Andrew Collart joins the faculty of PJP2A for the 2019-2020 school year. One of nine children in a devout Catholic family, Andrew comes to Montrose from Conyers, Georgia. At the University of Dallas Andrew served as campus Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator, Crusaders for Life President and merited Texas Right to Life's Unsung Hero award in 2017. Andrew spent his summers as a camp coordinator and counselor in locations as diverse as St. Ann's Indian Mission in Belcourt, North Dakota and Belize City. His work experience also includes video production, building websites, and serving the elderly and infirmed as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Having studied and tutored Latin, Andrew has a thorough familiarity with and deep appreciation for classical education. As an intern with the Crotona Achievement Center (South Bronx Educational Foundation), Andrew edited a literature curriculum for high school students, facilitated book studies, and taught World Military History.
My name is Luanne Baumann. I am the first grade teacher. I am originally from northeastern Oregon and have been teaching since 2008. My first six years were spent in the Milton-Freewater School District, in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. I taught first grade for two years and the BESST (Behavioral Emotional Social Skills Training) classroom for four. After that, I taught third grade at St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Sterling, CO and have been with PJP2A since 2015. I love my Catholic faith and teaching, and I am very excited to share both with your kiddos.
I also enjoy the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, etc.), farming, karate, etc. May God bless you!
I live on our family farm but I am originally from the Denver area. I have four wonderful children, two daughters and two sons and two grandsons. I enjoy traveling and 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 am really looking forward to teaching at Pope John Paul II Academy and meeting all the students and parents!
Mrs. Dona Vdrine
Special Education Coordinator
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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 and mostly teaching children. She has also been involved in fund raising 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 actively involved parishioners at Saint Mary's Church.
Hello, my name is Thomas McMullin. I am a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.
I have twelve years of experience working with children: five years of teaching experience at Catholic schools - grades 3rd, 5th & 6th, one year as a teacher's aide in a 4th/5th special education classroom, two years of involvement in parish youth ministry, and three years as a professional child care worker. I earned my state certification for elementary education in May of 2018.
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Hello! My name is Joanna Marczyk and I am originally from Krakow, Poland. I attended Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Natural Sciences, focused on Biochemistry. I then worked for Medtronic, a medical device company, as a Research and Development Engineer for five years, designing wound closure materials and devices. During my time at Medtronic, I was fortunate to have participated in numerous STEM outreach events to local schools and Yale healthcare hackathons. I moved to Ridgway, CO this past fall to teach at the Telluride Ski School, where I found my passion for teaching and working with students. I am very excited to be a faculty member of the Pope John Paul II Academy and to contribute my experience working in industry to teaching middle school math and science. In my free time, you can find me in the mountains-skiing, climbing, biking, trail running- accompanied by my dog Prancer.