The Learning Enrichment Center (LEC), located in the library, is a space for students to continue the thinking, learning, and planning that occurs in their classrooms. The experienced specialists in the LEC provide additional instruction that extends the work our teachers do in class in order to meet each student’s unique learning needs. At no extra cost, students are able to seek assistance and feedback on their assignments with one-on-one tutoring. Students may request tutoring before and after school, during their study hall, and during lunch.
(M.S., Library and Information Science, University of North Texas; M.A. History, University of Houston) has been with St. Thomas since January 2012, when she was hired as the archivist. In June 2012 she accepted the position of librarian. Before coming to St. Thomas, she worked as librarian-manager at Houston Public Library and as an archival processor in Special Collections at the University of Houston.
Caroline Becker (B.A. English, Trinity University, M.A.T. Secondary Education, Trinity University) is the new Director of the St. Thomas Learning Enrichment Center. She started her career in Education in HISD ten years ago, and worked as a teacher, English department chair, curriculum writer, and instructional coach.
Ray Davis (B.S. Mathematics, Central Methodist University) Joined the St. Thomas staff in 2017 as a member of the LEC, Algebra 1 teacher, Defensive Coordinator on the Eagle’s football team, and Assistant Golf coach. Ray has been coaching and teaching for over ten years.
Jay DeWitt ’09 (B.S. University of Texas in Austin) is a 2009 graduate of St. Thomas. He joined the staff in 2014. As the Help Desk Specialist, he works to resolve technical issues for faculty and students regarding tablets and computers and is part of the Learning Commons team. Jay also supervises the Open Computer Lab and an Assistant Baseball Coach.
Mitchell G. Dowalgo, CSB (B.A., St. John Fisher College, M.Div., University of St. Michael’s College, M.A., University of Notre Dame, plus post graduate studies at several universities) is a Basilian priest who joined the faculty in 2015. He teaches Spanish I and works with individuals in the Learning Center. Prior teaching assignments include: Assumption College School in Windsor, Ontario, Andrean High School in Merriville IN and the Aquinas Institute in Rochester NY. Fr. Mitch has extensive experience in university ministry serving at The University of Alberta, St. John Fisher College, and New Mexico State University where he was pastor.
Steven Fuchs Is returning to St. Thomas following a one year hiatus. Steven worked about 15 years at St. Thomas, approximately twelve and a half as a classroom math teacher and about two and a half as the math person in the LEC. He also helped out frequently on theater productions. He will be returning to his math position in the LEC.
Lorin Lee (B.A., M.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages from The University of Texas at Austin) joined St. Thomas in 2017. In addition to teaching Mandarin, she also works in the LEC as a math tutor, helping students with Algebra 1 to Pre-Calculus. In addition to her UT degrees, Lorin has studied at Zhejiang University of Technology in China and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. She has taught Chinese to students of all ages, and has also had the privilege of teaching English in South Korea as a Fulbright scholar.
Laura Speck (B.A. English with Special Honors, University of Texas-Austin; graduate studies in Education, Rice University) began teaching at St. Thomas in 2012. In order to support STH students as they develop as writers, she draws on her experience as a writing consultant at the Undergraduate Writing Center while attending the University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate education at Rice University focused on Reading and Writing methodology in the High School classroom.