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. Kristi Offer


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





Melanie Balkany


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 with any questions about our music program at Holy Spirit School.

Cheryl 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 earned my teaching degree in Spanish from Madonna University when the youngest of our three children graduated from college in 2008. 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.