New Faces on DLS Faculty, Staff

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The 2016-17 administration, faculty, and staff members at De La Salle Collegiate include a mixture of veterans and recent college graduates.

Although new to the position, Principal Steve Stewart  has been an educational leader and administrator at De La Salle since 2004. Steve brings a great deal of experience and continuity to the Collegiate. He has contributed to many of our initiatives over the years to make De La Salle a better place.

“De La Salle is most definitely heading in the right direction,” said Steve. “It is a privilege and honor to work with such dedicated and passionate professionals who put students first. I am blessed.”

Steve is very excited to continue and expand upon our fantastic educational programs. His initial priorities include getting into classrooms, linking what students should learn to educational standards, and providing meaningful feedback to students and parents. He is looking forward to working collegially with all of our stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni, and the greater community) this year.

He holds three degrees: a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan, a master’s from Eastern Michigan University, and a specialist’s in educational leadership from Oakland University. He also holds state teacher (secondary level) and administrator certifications for both K-12 grades and the central office level.

Steve is a strong proponent of meaningful professional development for growth to include staying abreast of the latest research. He likes statistics, and believes data should be used to inform teacher instruction, and thereby student learning, in small bites.

He has experienced several cultures in his travels abroad over the years that provide him a wider perspective than many. Steve and his wife Tracy have been married for over 20 years, and have a teen-aged daughter.

Chris Dean (’89) continues in his position of Assistant Principal, with responsibilities for Discipline, Attendance, Academics, and non-athletic school activities.  

Mike Watson has joined the DLS Staff as Director of Athletics. More

Alumnus Joe Gerardi (‘86) returns “home” and is teaching sophomore and junior Religion. “I always wanted the opportunity to come back to my high school alma mater to teach, “ said Joe.

Joe most recently taught Religion at Mercy High School (Farmington, MI), and also taught at the University of Detroit and Shrine High Schools. Although teaching Religion, he started his career as a French teacher, and has taught French and Spanish.

“I’m very impressed with how different the school is from my student days. There are lots of new initiatives. The school has a very modern approach to high school education.”

Another addition to the Religion Department is John Berlin, who retired in March 2016 as the Deputy Fire Commissioner for the City of Detroit. Although he was with the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) for 23 years, he had previous experience teaching at Our Lady Queen of Apostles and Our Lady Queen of Angels before joining the DFD. John is no stranger to DLS; his son Padraic graduated in 2009 (Padraic is now a U.S. Border Patrol agent, stationed in Arizona).

John is teaching Religion because “I always wanted to. DLS has a wonderful learning environment and a very inclusive faculty. The school has a strong mission statement to provide for young men.”

The DLS Science Department has added Kristen DellaMora and Emily Smeltzer.

New Biology teacher Kristen most recently taught high school biology in Las Vegas. The Dakota High School graduate majored in Biology at Michigan State University, and earned her M.A. in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College (NV).

She went into teaching because “I wanted to be able to share my love of learning and science with students, and pass that passion on to future generations.” Kristen chose to apply to DLS because of the school’s reputation for “being an exceptional school full of passionate people, notable programs, and hard-working students.”

Emily Smeltzer is a recent college graduate (Concordia, Ann Arbor, MI), and is teaching Chemistry and Physics. She grew up in the Traverse City area, and graduated from Benzonia Central. She began college planning to pursue Engineering, but decided she “didn’t want to give up the science. That’s what I love. I want kids to look at Science with an open mind. I want to encourage young people to pursue higher education in the Sciences.”

Recently a long-term sub at a local middle school, Jeana Najor joins the English Department, but is also teaching an American History class. The Warren Cousino graduate attended Central Michigan University and majored in English with a minor in Health. She went into teaching to “share my love of learning with young people.” Jeana applied to DLS because “I appreciate the idea of teaching the boys content and to be respectable young men.”

Believing that “DLS embodies everything that should go into teaching” motivated another Dakota High School graduate, Sabrina Stellino, to join the DLS Math Department. Her degree in Math is from Oakland University. She went into teaching because “I love helping kids and encouraging them in Math, which is a difficult subject for many students.”

The DLS Business Department has been re-organized and added some new faces.

Anne Wiles, at DLS since June 2008 is now the Vice President for Finance and Operations, a new position.  She has direct responsibility for finance, facilities, IT, safety and security, monitors, food service,transportation, the Brother Robert Activities Center (BRAC),  and the Pilot Hangar.

Dave Barstys brings over 30 years of experience at the Burroughs Corporation, now headquartered in Plymouth, MI, to the Comptroller position. The New York state native attended Bishop Duffy High School in Niagara Falls, NY, a Franciscan high school. His undergraduate degree is in Accounting from State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. He is a CPA, and has an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University. David said working at DLS is a career opportunity not available in corporate America. “The people here are very friendly and great to work with. They are very high caliber people.” 

An Accounting major at Walsh College, Stephanie Caramagno joined the DLS Business Office as an intern in February 2016.  The Clintondale High School graduate had alumnus Brian Newman, ‘98, as an Accounting teacher at both Macomb Community College and Walsh. Stephanie will finish her degree in December 2017, and then sit for the CPA exam.

A professional hockey player from 1981 – 1995, John Blum has joined the group of monitors at DLS. The Harper Woods Notre Dame graduate played college hockey at the University of Michigan, and signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 1981. He played for the Boston Bruins three different times in his career, and also played for the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings. John was later an assistant coach in the minor leagues. Most recently, he directed a youth hockey program in Pompano Beach, FL. He is also assisting with the DLS Hockey Program




NEW staff Fall 2016

New Staff at DLS: Jeana Najor, John Berlin, Emily Smeltzer, Joe Gerardi, Sabrina Stellino, Kristen DellaMora, Stephanie Caramagno, and Dave Barstys.

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