Teacher Biographies

Grace Bollman-Teacher
Grace Bollman is a second-year, middle school ELA teacher at OLC, but has been teaching for 27 years. She grew up in Bay City, Michigan and received her bachelors from Saginaw Valley State University. She moved to Grand Rapids in 2000 and received her Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration in 2007. Outside of school Grace sews her own clothing, draws, paints and gravitates to anything artsy. Reading and novel writing is also a passion of hers. She has a favorite verse— “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Greg Diebolt- Middle School Teacher
Greg Diebolt is a first year teacher at OLC, but has previously taught Middle School Social Studies and Religion for the past 5 years at other Catholic Schools. Originally, from Dearborn, along with his wife, currently reside in Hudsonville. Greg has a bachelors from Central Michigan University and a Masters from the University of Michigan in Educational Technology. Outside of school, Greg enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with his wife. He is excited to be joining OLC and sharing his knowledge of History and Religion with the Middle School.

Ellen Erhardt- Teacher
This is the second year that Ellen Erhardt has been a member of the OLC staff, teaching preschool and young fives. This is her 29th year teaching. She has taught at several Catholic schools, including one in Cincinnati. Her classes have ranged from preschool to high school seniors, covering subjects such as math, religion, social studies, and science. She is loving being back with the preschool children! She is involved with her parish Blessed Sacrament, helping with Confirmation classes and weddings. She and her husband Doug welcomed their first grandchild last May, and enjoy spending time with him. They have a cabin up north, where they love to relax with their dog Rory and go kayaking.

Kathryn Francis-Bohr-Teacher
Kathryn Francis-Bohr is a third grade teacher. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Consolation for three years. She attended Catholic Schools throughout her K-12 education. She is a member of St. Gerard Parish in Lansing, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in Elementary Education. Her teaching major is in Language Arts and teaching minor is in Mathematics. She is also finishing her master’s degree in Education Technology from Michigan State University. She is a big State fan who enjoys watching football and basketball.

Maureen Hall- Middle School Teacher
Maureen Hall taught Math and Religion to the Junior High at Holy Trinity for the past 23 years. She has an Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. She went to Western Michigan University for both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree. She lives in Wyoming with her mom and daughter. Her daughter is in the sixth grade at Our Lady of Consolation. She also has a fiancé and will be planning a wedding soon. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is a member of Holy Name of Jesus parish.

Lori Killinger-Teacher
Mrs. Killinger is the Kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Consolation. Many of the children call her Mrs. K. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. When she moved to Michigan, Mrs. Killinger took classes at Aquinas, specializing in reading. She taught First grade at St. Patrick School in Parnell for 14 years and a 3rd/4th split for a year before she came here to Our Lady of Consolation. Mrs. Killinger started and ran the RtI program here at Our Lady of Consolation until she moved into the regular classrooms. She has four children, Sarah- 29, Ali-27, Kaitie-19, Jake-17 and is married to Steve Killinger. She belongs to Our Lady of Consolation parish. During her free time she loves to golf, read and travel. One of her favorite places to travel is the southwest part of Montana, where her family owns a rental vacation home.

Amy Klobucher-Teacher
Mrs. Amy Klobucher Graduated from Grand Valley in 2009 with a Major in English, minor in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd/4th grade before coming to Our Lady C in 2014. Mrs. Klobucher lives in Rockford with her husband Mike and and their 4 children, including twin babies that keep her busy! She enjoys reading, camping, watching football, working out and helping run their gym. She loves working at OLC with the amazing staff and families that make it such a great place to be!

Jennifer Lastfogel-Teacher
Jenny Lastfogel has taught within the Diocese of Grand Rapids since 2002 at various schools. All her teaching responsibilities have been with 4th grade through 8th grade. Earning her Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with a Group Science/Biology major and an Elementary Education minor, she completed her Master of Education Degree in Reading from Grand Valley State University in 2008. She also holds an Advanced Catechist Certificate. With five children, her free time is very limited, but she enjoys reading when she can squeeze it in.

Michelle Lemmen-Teacher
Michelle Lemmen teaches kindergarten at Our Lady of Consolation School. This is her 13th year of teaching and her 7th year of teaching kindergarten. She received her Elementary teaching degree from Aquinas College with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Reading. Her home parish is St. Michael’s in Coopersville where she used to teach first and second grade. She enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, baking, doing crafts, and playing with her two dogs. Our Lady of Consolation holds a special place in her heart where she can share her strong faith and teach children to read.

Linda Novak-Teacher
Linda Novak has been teaching either first or second grade at Our Lady of Consolation School since the 1999-2000 school year. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 1992. Prior to teaching at Our Lady, she taught Kindergarten and Preschool at Sts. Peter and Paul in Grand Rapids. Linda holds an Advanced Catechetical Certification from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. She is a life-long Diocese of Grand Rapids resident attending St. Anthony of Padua parish school for her elementary education and West Catholic High School. She and her husband Brian enjoy camping and attending Christian music festivals in the summer. They have four children. Two are OLC and West Catholic alumni. One is currently attending OLC and the youngest will be joining the Kindergarten class in the fall of 2019.

Mandy Pfaller- Middle School Teacher
Amanda (Mandy) Pfaller is the middle school mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Consolation. The 2018-2019 school year marks her fifth year at OLC and seventh year teaching. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with her degree in secondary mathematics education and a minor in psychology. She also earned her Master’s degree in instruction and curriculum with an emphasis in educational differentiation at Grand Valley State University. Her home parish is St. Robert’s of Newminster Parish in Ada. She lives in Lowell with her husband, Brian, daughter Raelyn, and dog Trixie. She is expecting another baby girl in January 2019. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, bike riding, and traveling. She also enjoys cheering for the MSU football team, Detroit Lions, and Detroit Red Wings. Mandy feels very blessed to be a part of the OLC family.

Jennifer Pugliese-Teacher
Jennifer Pugliese has been an educator for 17 years. She has enjoyed teaching the fifth grade at Our Lady of Consolation for 7 years. Over the course of her years in education, she has worked with students at the Kindergarten, second grade, middle school, and fifth grade levels. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she earned her Masters in Education. As a child, Our Lady of Consolation was Mrs. Pugliese’s home parish, where she made her First Holy Communion, and received the sacrament of Confirmation. Mrs. Pugliese lives in Ada with her husband and two children. She is a parishioner at St. Robert’s of Newminster parish.

Katherine Schoenborn- Middle School Teacher
Katherine Schoenborn is starting her 7th year at OLC as the middle school science teacher. She graduated from GVSU, but identifies as a Spartan instead of a Laker (Go Green!). Katherine is a member of OLC and when she isn’t hanging out with her two boys or her Boxer, Silas, she can often be found playing cards, reading a good book, or enjoying a day at the beach.

 

Karen Schuler-Teacher
Karen Schuler has taught 2nd grade for 7 years. Karen and her husband, Joe, have two boys, Andrew (17) and Jack (14). Karen is an active member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
This is Karen’s 22nd year teaching. Besides 2nd grade, she has 3rd & 4th grade and middle school science and 8th grade religion and English. As a child, Karen attended St. Anthony’s and West Catholic High School. Karen graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education (Educational Differentiation). Karen enjoys reading, camping, working out, and spending time outdoors. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

Melissa Stachowiak-Teacher
Melissa Stachowiak is one of our third grade teachers. She has been teaching at Our Lady of Consolation for 19 years. Over those years, she has taught in second, third, and fourth grades as well as middle school math. She attended Catholic Schools throughout her K-12 education. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Aquinas College in Elementary Education with emphasis in Psychology and Math. For graduate school, she attended Grand Valley State University and received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Educational Differentiation. In addition to working at Our Lady of Consolation, Melissa is also a member of the parish. She has three children-Caleb, Olivia, and Brandon. In addition to her three kids, she has a fur baby as well named Louie. Melissa enjoys reading, camping, scrapbooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Michelle Swartz- Administrative Assistant
Michelle Swartz has been the Administrative Assistant since 1995 (when her youngest child was attending school here). She and her husband Tom moved to Rockford in 1983 from Royal Oak, MI. and are members of OLC Parish. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

Kevin Varner- Principal
Mr. Kevin Varner has been the principal at OLC since 2004. Mr. Varner began his teaching career at Holy Trinity School where he taught Second grade for six years. He was then hired to serve as principal at St. Michael Parish in Coopersville. Mr. Varner hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s Degree in Education form Nazareth College in Kalamazoo. Mr. Varner is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Grand Rapids. Mr. Varner enjoys playing tennis, golf and spending time at the beach with family and friends.