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. Kristi Offer

Technology

I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science and a teaching certification from Baker College in 2009 and have been teaching K-8 technology since 2014.  I live in Howell with my husband, our two boys, Derek and Kaden, and our dog, Harley. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, and reading. I enjoy teaching and getting to know the students at Holy Spirit School this year! I can be reached at kristi.offer@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Melanie Balkany

Music

I am new to Holy Spirit School this year and so excited to be part of the community-oriented environment here. I also music teach at Washtenaw Christian Academy in Saline. Prior to becoming part of Brighton Shared Services, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Spring Arbor University in 2014, was a guest teacher for three years, and completed a graduate teacher certification program through Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.

In addition to teaching music, I continue to be involved outside of school. I play clarinet in the Clarkston Community Band and piano for various events at my church. In my spare time I enjoy going to Zumba classes and spending quality time with my two cats, Phoebe and Prince.  Please contact me at me872815@gmail.com with any questions about our music program at Holy Spirit School.