Kindergarten through Grade 8 Non-Core Curriculum Teachers

Ms. Emily Parsons

Art Teacher

I genuinely enjoy teaching the children of Holy Spirit Catholic School. My goal is to encourage students to develop a respect for art history and creative processes through discussion, creation and problem solving. We explore “who, what, where, when, and WHY” of a variety of artworks.

I grew up in Brighton and graduated from CMU in 2009 with my Bachelors of Science in Teaching Art Education. My first three years of teaching were at a STEM school in Clarksville, Tennessee. I earned my Masters in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University of Nashville.

Now, I am living in Livingston County once again!  I enjoy time with family and friends, Crossfit, and traveling.  I also love walking my chocolate lab, Ally.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the art program or Artsonia.  I can be reached at emilymakesart@gmail.com.

Thank you to everyone at Holy Spirit School and Church for your support!

 

IMG_1739Mr. Dinkel

Physical Education

My name is Mr. Stan Dinkel, and I have been a Brighton resident for the majority of my life. I graduated from Brighton High School in 2002. Following that, I attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a dual major in special education and physical education. Shortly after, I began teaching physical education for the Shared Services Program through Brighton Area Schools, and am now starting my fifth year teaching physical education at Holy Spirit Catholic School. I also teach Outdoor and Adventure Education for Eastern Michigan University, a subject I hope to one day teach at the high school level.  I enjoy living an active lifestyle and sharing that passion amongst my local community. No matter the season, I can be found cycling, running, hiking, or skiing in our local recreation parks. Further, I recently finished my twelfth year as a professional raft guide for River Runners in Colorado. I reside in Brighton with my wife Kristyn and our cat, Spookie. I can be reached at standinkel@yahoo.com.

Mrs. Rivett 

Language Arts 

My name is Cheryl Rivett, and I am the world language teacher at Holy Spirit School, specifically Spanish.  I have lived in Michigan more than 30 years, however grew up on the East Coast. I fell in love with the Spanish language on a mission trip to Puerto Rico when I was eight. I am currently enrolled as a student at Madonna to earn a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in Spanish education. Prior to that, I attended Olivet Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in English and Journalism.  

In my spare time, I volunteer at LOVE Inc., Gleaners, and in various children’s ministries. I also enjoy being outdoors with my family and tandem bicycling with my husband.

I have been given so much; I teach to give back and to help students understand and appreciate people from cultures other than their own.  It is a blessing to teach Spanish in a school of faith, and I look forward to continuing to serve the students at Holy Spirit School in the future.  Please feel free to contact me at msrivett@holyspiritrcs.org with any questions about our Spanish program.

Mrs. Virta

Music Teacher

My name is Kristi Virta.  I look forward to meet the students and families and begin teaching at Holy Spirit School!  

I earned my degree in music education from Michigan State University and began my career teaching K-5th grade music classes. My experience encompasses work in Catholic and Montessori schools.   

In conjunction with my teaching assignments, I am a Youth Project Coordinator at the Highland Township Library.  

My goal for this school year is to assist my students to develop a deeper appreciation for music as well as hands on skills that will enhance their enjoyment of music now and throughout their lives. 

I live in Milford with my husband Phil, son Adam (age 16) daughter Leea (age 12), and Candy, a retired racing greyhound.  In my spare time, I enjoy attending my children’s activities, exercise, reading, travel and walking with Candy. 

Please feel free to contact me at msvirta@holyspiritrcs.org with any questions about my plans for our music program at HSCS.