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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Haworth ’08 (B.A. Communications and Film Studies, Trinity University) is the Help Desk Manager. He originally worked in the film and television industry in Austin, Los Angeles, and Houston and now works in the I.T. department on campus as well as the lighting designer for the STH theater productions.
Joanie Shelley (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.
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.
Andrea Spiering (B.A. Biochemistry and English, Rice University; Ph.D. Biochemistry, LSU- Baton Rouge) is a graduate of St. Agnes Academy. Andrea joined the St. Thomas in 2018 as the Science Specialist in the LEC. Andrea has worn many hats – academic biochemist, chief scientist at several biotech firms, substitute teacher at local private schools and science teacher at local private schools. Additionally, she has tutored Chemistry and Biology.