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; M.A.T. 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.
Clint Matthews (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University) has taught in public and private schools in the U.S. and for brief stints internationally. He lived 7 years at Still Creek Ranch, a ministry for youth from broken homes, and was involved with the start of its school. He taught at Houston ISD for several years, gaining certification in all levels of math, grades 6-12, then also acquiring certification to teach all high school science classes. He has travelled to at least 16 countries, teaching or speaking publically in many of them, and has enjoyed starting three successful businesses.
Beth Breuer (B.S., University of Texas at Austin) the math specialist in the Learning Enrichment Center, and she joined the faculty in 1997. She has also been a classroom teacher and the dean of the math department. Mrs. Breuer has done graduate hours at Rice through RUSMP, is a certified calculus teacher and has attended the NMSI and AP Calculus workshops.
Katherine Vasquez (BFA in Painting, Baylor University; MFA in Painting, Houston Baptist University) is the Testing Center Assistant. She began her career as a High School Art Teacher in HISD and took a few years away from education before working at St. Thomas. In her spare time, she enjoys making art, reading, gardening, and spending time with her adorable dog Hero.