Meet the New Teachers

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Bonnie CoatesMs. Bonnie Coates

What did you do before STH?
Taught middle school art at the Presbyterian School

What department are you in?
Fine Arts

Why St. Thomas?
Was interested in teaching at the high school level and was familiar with the school’s stellar reputation

Interesting fact
Used to show horses competitively while growing up in Pennsylvania

 

Kirk JopowicsMr. Kirk Jopowics

What did you do before STH?
Taught in Panama at the International school of Panama

What department are you in?
Social Studies

Why St. Thomas?
It is one of the best high schools in Houston

Interesting fact
Defeated Mitsubishi in a court of public opinion case and stopped a copper smeltery on I-45 from being built

Richard LewisMr. Richard Lewis

What did you do before STH?
Taught at Dulles High School for 28 years, and at LSU for 8 years

What department are you in?
Math

Why St. Thomas?
Wanted the chance to teach at an all-boys Catholic school like his alma mater

Interesting fact
Enjoys juggling

DemarestMs. Julie Dienno-Demarest

What did you do before STH?
Taught theology in high schools and also wrote for a high school textbook publisher series

What department are you in?
Theology

Why St. Thomas?
Sought out a Catholic school to teach theology, loved the Basilian mission, hopes her sons can attend in the future

Interesting fact
Wrote a book for adult faith formation that is being used by parishes around the state of Texas

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John Culwell is a senior at St. Thomas who is currently winning his fantasy football league. He is a Scorpio and loves getting brunch with his mother on weekend mornings. Among the elite Eagle and Aquin editors at St. Thomas John is a preferred walk on starter and has verbally committed to play running back for Louisiana State University.

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