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. Beginning in the fall semester of 2019, she serves as the LEC Social Studies Specialist. 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.
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.
Caroline Becker McRoberts (B.A. English, Trinity University, M.A.T. Secondary Education, Trinity University) is the Director of the Learning Enrichment Center. She began her career in education in 2007, and has worked as an English teacher, English department chair, district curriculum specialist, and district instructional specialist. Caroline is passionate about collaborating with other educators to determine the most effective methods for supporting students.
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.
Francisco E. Plaza (B.S. Mathematics, Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University; M.A. Philosophy, University of St. Thomas) is the World Language Specialist for the Learning Enrichment Center. He was born in Venezuela and is a native Spanish speaker. He is also able to tutor Theology and beginning French and Latin. He is a Doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. His dissertation work centers on Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of culture, and how it applies to contemporary politics. Prior to working at St. Thomas High School, he taught several courses in Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, as well an “Introduction to Philosophy” course in Spanish at St. Mary’s Seminary for the diaconate program.
Carla Godoy (B.S. Biology, Texas A&M University) is a new addition to the Learning Enrichment Center team, and will be our Testing Center Coordinator. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she previously worked as a research assistant exploring the effect of protein signaling pathways in bone cancer. Her work tutoring and volunteering at local schools during college fostered a love for working with students, and led her to seek a job in education upon graduation.