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 will serve 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 (B.A. English, Trinity University, M.A.T. Secondary Education, Trinity University) is the 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.
Steven Fuchs 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.
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.
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.
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.