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July 31, 2018
It wasn’t long ago that the Class of 2018 graduated, but now the start of another school year is upon us. As the summer break draws to a close, we would like to share with you some of the exciting changes you can expect in the 2018-2019 school year.
First, several new faculty and staff members have been hired. We are pleased to welcome the following new employees to our wonderful school community.
Father Bob Frederick, Chaplain - Father Frederick comes to Blessed Trinity after serving as the Chaplain at Wyoming Catholic College. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Father Frederick worked in the Archdiocese of Atlanta serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Jude the Apostle, St. Brigid, and St. Pius X parishes, and as Pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist and St. Brendan the Navigator parishes. He also served as chaplain of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fairburn.
Justin Akin, Science - Mr. Akin is entering his first full year working in education. He comes to Blessed Trinity having served at East Jackson High School as a Teaching Assistant and at Berry College as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant. Mr. Akin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Berry College.
Ilaria Bruce, Social Studies - Ms. Bruce is entering her fifth year in education. Previously, she taught and coached at St. Vincent Academy in Savannah. Ms. Bruce holds a Bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.
Lucas Carr, Business Education & Technology - Mr. Carr is entering his fifth year in education. He returns to Blessed Trinity having previously taught here from 2013-2016. He most recently taught at The University of West Georgia and at Chattahoochee Tech. Prior to teaching, he was a tax accountant with a local CPA firm. Mr. Carr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, a Master’s degree in Business Education, and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology/Media from the University of West Georgia.
Sarah Cerniglia, English - Dr. Cerniglia is entering her tenth year in education. She most recently taught at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate in English from Florida State University.
Madlyn Faber, Math - Ms. Faber is entering her sixth year in education. She most recently taught and coached at Sequoyah High School in Canton. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Kennesaw State University.
Jose Garcia, Maintenance - Mr. Garcia is certified in various areas of maintenance and is experienced in working with HVAC, heat pumps, plumbing, and electricity. He joins the Blessed Trinity staff after most recently serving as the Director of Maintenance at Hearthside Towne Lake Independent Senior Community.
Kate Halliburton, Physical Education- Ms. Halliburton is entering her first full year in education. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. She will also serve as our Head Girls’ Soccer Coach. She has four years of coaching experience as an Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at Waukesha South High School.
Jacob Kazlow, Business Education & Technology - Mr. Kazlow is entering his second year in education. He spent this past year teaching at Genesis Innovation Academy in Atlanta. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching, he will be assisting with our Robotics Team.
Erin Petkash, Guidance - Ms. Petkash will join our Guidance Office. Before joining us, she was a College Counselor at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Cleveland University in Cleveland, OH.
Ellen Rick, Registrar - Ms. Rick will be working as our Registrar this year. She is a 2012 Blessed Trinity graduate and received her Bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Academic Advising at Kansas State University. This will be her 3rd year as an Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach.
Helenanne Seaman, Math - Ms. Seaman is entering her 31st year in education. Most recently, she taught at Bishop Gorman Catholic High School in Las Vegas, NV. She returns to Blessed Trinity having worked here from 2000 through 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Kean College in Union, NJ and a Master’s degree in Education from St. John’s University, Staten Island, NY.
Susan Womick, World Language - Ms. Womick is entering her 25th year in education. She most recently taught at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University in Deland, FL.
As for our returning faculty, many of them have attended workshops and conferences this summer. We are proud to share with you that Dr. Brent Hollers, Business and Technology Education teacher, has been recognized for his article “Documenting the Engineering Design Process.” Dr. Hollers was selected by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association to receive the 2017-18 Gerald F. Day Excellence in Authorship Award for “Top Peer-Reviewed Article by a Classroom Teacher.” His article received the most votes overall. The award will be presented at the ITEEA’s 2019 Conference in Kansas City, MO in March.
As for our facilities, they have been significantly upgraded over the past two months. Several of these improvements were made possible due to the generosity of many of you through the Annual Fund. Your Annual Fund donations directly impact our school as we continue to fulfill our mission.
A new intercom system was installed in the main building, the field house, and the STEAM Lab including speakers outside which will allow for more efficient communication between all three buildings, thus making our campus safer.
Additional security cameras were installed and our existing cameras were upgraded to improve campus security.
A new projector and large screen were placed in the gym to allow for hymns to be projected during Mass and guest speaker presentations to be displayed for our students.
There will be a new portable restroom trailer by the lacrosse field and tennis courts. It will be a major improvement from the current setup. It will have lighting and sinks. Of course, we plan on it only being a short-term solution as we will continue to work to raise the money to build a permanent building with locker rooms, restrooms, and a concession stand in that location.
The theater received a new stage floor as well as other necessary repairs. Also, the HVAC units were replaced in the Fine Arts area.
Necessary repairs to the dugouts and press boxes at both the baseball and softball stadiums were completed.
We are now awaiting new lobby furniture to replace current worn and broken pieces to improve our guests first impressions as well as provide comfortable seating for our students.
We will be continuing our commitment to using virtual days again this year as we witnessed how important our preparation was last year when we actually implemented two unexpected virtual days due to hazardous roads. On October 3rd, students will complete lessons from home. This virtual day is in preparation for unexpected school closures.
As always, Blessed Trinity wouldn’t be the amazing place it is without the time our families contribute to the school. The Home and School Board is looking for volunteers for the upcoming year. Please visit btcatholic.org/volunteer and prayerfully consider signing up to volunteer.
We look forward to having your children back in the building and are excited for another school year at Blessed Trinity! We wish all of our Blessed Trinity families a safe and blessed school year