Theology - Kolbe Academy

Theology

Mrs. Christen Almanzar

Theology Department Chair

Courses:

Religion 6 Religion 8 Theology 9 Theology 9 Seminar Theology 12 Theology 12 Seminar

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2014-15 School Year

Christen Almanzar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations with a minor in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Her focus was the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israelite religion and culture. She spent her senior year abroad at Goerg-August-Universität Göttingen where she studied her major with German language instruction. She returned to Göttingen in 2011 to complete a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Theology and finished with a final master thesis entitled “Mary’s Motherhood as an Intercultural Bridge: A Case Study of Schönstatt’s Marian Devotion”. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their five children.

Mrs. Elizabeth Buergler

Elizabeth Buergler

Courses:

Religion 7 Religion 8

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2015-16 School Year

Elizabeth Buergler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Her focus was on faith formation in schools and parishes. After graduation, Elizabeth moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked at a large parish doing middle school and high school youth ministry, as well as 10th grade Confirmation preparation.  Elizabeth “retired” from youth ministry to stay home with her children and to start a photography business where she focuses on capturing Sacraments and Liturgies. Elizabeth is excited to be part of the Kolbe Academy family sharing her love for the Catholic faith and Sacraments for another fabulous year!

Mr. Marcus Cabrera

Courses:

Religion and Bible History 8 Religion 6

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2020-21 School Year

Marcus Cabrera earned his Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology, focusing on the importance of the family in youth and young adult evangelism and began his career as a Catholic youth minister. Marcus currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation, Family Life, and Evangelization at the Cathedral parish in Pensacola, Florida. He previously served as the Director of Public Policy and Director of Life, Justice, and Peace for the Bishop of San Jose in Silicon Valley. He also served as the director of the religious curriculum for a Catholic parochial school in the Diocese of Orange where he was tasked to train Catholic educators in cutting edge educational technologies. Marcus and his wife have three young girls who have made sure their father has learned all the names of the Disney princesses! 

Mrs. Brittany Doucette

Courses:

Religion 6 Theology 9 Honors Theology 9 Seminar Homeroom 6

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

Brittany Doucette earned Master’s degrees in Catechetics (MA, Franciscan University of Steubenville) and Theology (MTS, Saint Meinrad). She also holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry (FUS) and Advanced Catechist certification. Currently, she is studying classical education in a graduate program at the University of Dallas. Mrs. Doucette is a Navy officer’s wife and mother to four children. Her family has lived in six states thus far, presently stationed in Texas. Along the way, she has been active in Catholic education in many roles and a variety of settings, including parishes, schools, and online. She has enjoyed teaching the faith to all ages and looks forward to another great year exploring Catholicism with Kolbe’s students!

Mr. Steve Schultz

Courses:

Theology 10 Theology 11 Theology 12 Honors Theology 12 Seminar History 10

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2013-14 School Year

Steve Schultz is a former active duty Air Force officer and pilot. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Portland, a master’s degree in military history from the American Military University, a master’s degree in theology with a concentration in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and a master’s degree in philosophy also from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD in education with a concentration in distance learning. Additionally, Mr. Schultz is a freelance author writing on a variety of topics with an emphasis on theology, history, and current events. His work on theology has been published in various academic and popular venues including Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Lay Witness, Latin Mass, New Oxford Review, and Social Justice Review; and his work on history has been published in Armchair General online and Patriots of the American Revolution. In addition to teaching at Kolbe, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy with American Public University. Mr. Schultz also enjoys opportunities volunteering in the community, including past service as a volunteer firefighter and currently serving as a leader of a Community Emergency Response Team and a member of his county’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service team. He lives in central Florida with his wife, two children, and three dogs.

Mr. Nicholas Senz

Mr. Nicholas Senz

Courses:

Theology 9 Theology 10 Honors Theology 10 Seminar Theology 11 Honors Theology 11 Seminar

Kolbe Online Teacher Since:

2017-18 School Year

Nicholas Senz is a husband and father, and the Director of Faith Formation at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Arlington, TX. He received a B.A. in Communication Studies (Journalism track) from the University of Portland, and an M.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. Nicholas served as a Master Catechist in California. He has taught faith formation and catechist training courses in parishes across the country, and has taught philosophy and religion at the community college level. He has also been published in several Catholic websites and periodicals, including Aleteia, Catholic DigestCatholic Herald (UK)Catholic World Report, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Nicholas lives in Texas with his wife and three children. 

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