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

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

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 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 with any questions about my plans for our music program at HSCS.


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