Math - Kolbe Academy

Math

Mrs. Kelly Powers

Mathematics Department Chair

Courses:

Geometry Honors Geometry Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

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.

Mrs. Alison Bergbauer

Courses:

Algebra 1

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2019-20 School Year

Alison Bergbauer graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from The George Washington University in 2010. Alison found that she was passionate about teaching young people the necessary skills to succeed in science and technology fields. She worked as a math teacher while earning her Masters of Education from Lesley University in 2013. She has been teaching math ever since, and has taught from 6th grade math through pre-calculus. Alison and her husband met at the Catholic student center in college and currently reside in Pennsylvania with their two young children.

Mrs. Michele Berrios

Courses:

Geometry

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2019-20 School Year

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Michele often misses the rain at her current home in California. In Seattle, she earned her BA in Mathematics at the University of Washington, and then went on to study for her MA in Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. She chose to pursue the same program that the brothers in formation study because it was the intellectually rich education that she received from the Dominican friars in college that inspired her to deepen her knowledge of our Catholic faith. Michele comes to Kolbe after seven years of teaching theology in a California Catholic high school and is very hopeful about the authentically Catholic formation that Kolbe faithfully provides. She is also very excited about this call to reopen her passion for math, as math and theology have always held a very special connection to Michele in their pursuit of universal truth, the Author of which is our Lord, Himself. She loves to ski, pray, drink plenty of coffee, and spend lots of time with her husband and baby girl.

Mrs. Sarah Bjorgaard

Sarah Bjorgaard

Courses:

AP Statistics

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

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.

Mrs. Molly Cerroni

Courses:

Math 6 Math 6 Lab Algebra 1 Honors Algebra 1 Algebra 1 Lab Algebra 2

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2013-14 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.

Mrs. Alicia Copley

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Courses:

Algebra 2 Precalculus

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

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.

Mrs. Jennifer McBride

Courses:

Math 6 Math 6 Lab Math 7

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2019-20 School Year

The 2019-2020 school year marks Jennifer McBride’s 18th year in teaching.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Middle Childhood Education from Georgia State University and a Masters of Education in Middle Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.  As a product of a Catholic school and most recently having taught in a Catholic school, Mrs. McBride is thrilled to teach for Kolbe Academy. She hopes to inspire her students to see math as a language to be learned instead of as a set of problems to be solved. Her passions include reading and playing tennis. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two children. 

Mrs. Elayne Miller

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Courses:

Honors Precalculus

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Yea:

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.

Mrs. Alex Pischke

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Courses:

Math 7 Math 8 Lab

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2018-19 School Year

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!

Mrs. Jennifer Sande

jennifer sande

Courses:

Geometry AP Calculus

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

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.

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