2013-14 School Year
Mrs. Powers holds a BS from the University of Georgia in Mathematics Education. While there, she received the Hooten Award which is bestowed upon the student that the faculty feels best demonstrates exceptional promise from that graduating class. She taught in the public school system for seven years, serving as a lead teacher in Geometry and AP Computer Science. Kelly was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2003. She loves that teaching for Kolbe allows for her to focus on the three most important things in her life: her faith, her wonderful husband and two children, and her never ending desire to see math "click" for a student. Mrs. Powers loves dark chocolate, math songs, dressing up in themed attire, and making people laugh.
Sarah Bjorgaard graduated with an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics, High Honors, from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010. Wanting her employment to in some way be connected with the Church, she then completed a Master's of Education while simultaneously teaching in a Catholic high school in Nebraska for two years; there, she witnessed the importance of a thoroughly Catholic environment in the formation of young people - and the damage that is done when Catholic schools fail to provide that environment. After completing her degree program and discerning that she should return to Canada, she moved to British Columbia in the summer of 2012, where she taught high school mathematics. In BC, she met the man who would become her best friend and husband (and the cause for her strange-looking last name!). Sarah and Ryan married in 2014, and now have three children.
2015-16 School Year
Molly Cerroni graduated in 1989 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and a BA in Mathematics/Physics minor from Saint Vincent College through a 3/2 cooperative agreement. From there, she started working at Westinghouse Electric Corporation testing radar systems. During her five years with Westinghouse, she completed her certification in Secondary Mathematics Education. Her experience includes teaching Grades 9-12 mathematics courses, college level engineering and MS Office courses, as well as high school math and SAT prep tutoring. Molly and her husband have been married for almost 20 years and have seven children. The two oldest, who are now college students, homeschooled with Kolbe.
Alicia graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with a double major in Economics and Finance. She received her M.S. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from Ohio State University. Alicia has taught algebra and graphing intensive courses of microeconomics. Exploring practical applications of mathematical concepts is a passion she enjoys sharing with her students. Alicia also has experience as a middle school and high school mathematics tutor. Recently, Alicia has worked with real-world applications of math as a researcher in the field of energy economics. She is excited to join the Kolbe Online Academy and share her love of math and God with her students.
Alicia married her husband Andrew in 2011 and lives in Virginia with their son Joshua. She has a passion for working with and creating community within engaged/newly married couples and new parents in her home diocese.
2016-17 School Year
Emily graduated cum laude from Central Connecticut State University in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in mathematics. She worked as an administrator of youth and teen programs, organizing summer camps, teen leadership initiatives, and urban outreach retreats. As she grew weary of paperwork, she began to feel called to the classroom. Making a big life change, Emily took a position working as an in-class tutor for a math and science department at a local high school as she pursued her teaching certification. Since earning her certification, Emily has taught mathematics to every grade from 8th grade to seniors, including various levels of Geometry, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2.
Emily is married to her best friend, and together they live with their two children in rural eastern Connecticut. In her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, and paint, as well as play the piano and sing for her local Catholic church. She is excited to be a part of the Kolbe Academy community, to share her enthusiasm for mathematics as God’s language for the world around us!
2017-18 School Year
Elayne Miller graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Civil Engineering. After working as a Project Engineer for two years, she found her calling as a math teacher. Elayne taught for four years at a Catholic high school in Ohio and is completing a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Technology Enhanced Learning. She is married to her college sweetheart and spends her days in Ohio caring for their toddler. Elayne loves to read and hand-letter Saint quotes. On Sundays you can find her singing in the choir at her local parish.
Alexandra graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education. She spent her last semester of college student teaching in South Africa where she gained a deeper understanding of the language of mathematics and the unique challenges of minority students. Alexandra currently lives in Augusta, GA, where she is the proud wife of a US Air Force Sergeant and together they have three children. Alexandra taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics before leaving to stay home with her children. In her free time, she loves to watch baseball, spend time outdoors, and travel. Alexandra is thrilled to return to teaching where she can combine two things she is passionate about: her Catholic faith and teaching children!
Honors Precalculus, Geometry
2015-16 School Year
Mrs. Sande graduated cum laude from Davidson College in 1999 with a BS in Mathematics. After teaching in public school for two years, she received her Masters in Math Education from Georgia State University. Her next teaching role was at Wesleyan School in Norcross, GA, where she taught a variety of math courses from Algebra II to AP Calculus. Mrs. Sande also served as the 9th/10th grade girls' chair, faculty advisor to the Honor Council, and helped with the math and academic teams. Most recently she has been a private tutor to students in the Atlanta homeschool community. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters. She fills a lot of her time staying active in her family's parish and volunteering at her daughters' schools. In her free time, she enjoys running, photography, and sewing.
2016-17: Math 7 w/Pre-Algebra, Math 8: Pre-Algebra
2015-16: Math 7 w/Pre-Algebra, Math 8: Pre-Algebra
Donna Tennant started her career as a Home Economics/Vocational Education teacher in a public junior high school teaching 7th, 8th and 9th grades. She obtained a Masters degree in Home Economics Education and proceeded to complete a second Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. She has worked for a large telecommunications company where she has held several positions, including corporate training, computer programming and software quality. Donna has also taught Algebra classes and Trigonometry classes to college freshmen and sophomores. She has taught Math 7 to junior high school students during the summer session. She has also worked with the 6th, 7th and 9th grade curriculum for Saxon Math when she has homeschooled two of her children. Donna has been married to her husband, Steve for over twenty years and they have three beautiful children. In her spare time, Donna has been involved in several ministries at her church including RCIA, Life Teen, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.