Teachers & Staff

Staff Directory

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School is fortunate to have an experienced, caring staff dedicated to maintaining a safe and loving environment that promotes learning and spiritual development. They make a concerted effort to recognize the gifts that each child brings to the classroom, and helps the child develop those gifts for life.

Patrick Weber
Email: weberp@ihmlansing.org

I was born in Lansing and attended Immaculate Heart from 1985-1988. My family moved to Williamston where I attended St. Mary School through 5th grade. Graduating from Williamston High School, I attended Defiance College in Ohio, playing football and earning a Presidential Service Leader scholarship devoted to community service. In 2003, I was selected into the Teach for America Corps and taught Employment English in the Mississippi Delta Region. I returned to Williamston High School in the fall of 2005 teaching a wide range of subjects grades 6-12 (including Spanish, Home Economics, World Cultures Cooking, Civics and AP Government). I was also a high school football coach and varsity wrestling coach for 10 seasons. This last April, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State. My wife Kelly and I live in Haslett with our two boys Teddy and Luke. We attend St. John’s Student Parish. In the fall of 2018 is when I was drawn back to Immaculate Heart through the Adoration Chapel, praying for the right path to present itself in my journey.

My mission as an educator is to provide “excellence for every child, in all that we do, every day.” As a Catholic school, our mission includes a higher standard of maximizing the potential in each learner to prepare them for their mission in this world as a disciple of Christ Jesus.

 Mary Margaret Utess
Administrative Assistant
Email: utessm@ihmlansing.org

Mrs. Utess is not your typical grade school administrator. She has a BS in Systems Science Engineering with minors in Math and Chemistry. She decided to become a teacher while babysitting children in high school. Mrs. Utess has lived in many places; she was born in Lansing, and has lived in Grand Rapids and Missouri. Her hobbies include reading, shopping and baking.

Elizabeth Putman
School Secretary
Email: putmane@ihmlansing.org

Mrs. Putman holds the distinction of attending IHM as a student, sending her three children to IHM as a parent, and now working in the main office.  Her and her husband Brian are avid fans of the LCHS marching band, watching their oldest play basketball and field hockey, and their twin boys at IHM.

Marisa Strom
School Office Records Clerk

Hi, I am Mrs. Strom. I grew up in Lansing. I am married and have a daughter. I graduated from Lansing Catholic Central High School and Michigan State University. I am also a proud parent of a student here at Immaculate Heart of Mary. I love to bake, spend time with family and watch movies.

Andrea Trutzl
Email: trutzla@ihmlansing.org

Mrs. Trutzl took the road less traveled to become a teacher. She started college at Michigan State University as a Merchandising Management major before discovering happiness in the Childhood Development/Education program. Mrs. Trutzl taught elementary school in Lake Odessa before coming here to IHM to teach Kindergarten. She likes to read, go to the movies and hang out with her friends and family, which includes one dog and one cat.

Sharon Kuchar 
1st Grade
Email: kuchars@ihmlansing.org

Ms. Kuchar teaches First Grade at IHM School. A native of Owosso, Michigan, she has a BS in Elementary education from Central Michigan University. Ms. Kuchar taught at St. Gerard and Resurrection schools before coming to Immaculate Heart. She really enjoys discussing the books her students read with them in class. Her hobbies include reading, walking and going to the beach.


Veronica Borsos
2nd Grade
Email: borsosv@ihmlansing.org

Hi! My name is Veronica Borsos, and I'm the new second grade teacher at IHM. I live with my husband and two cats in Fowlerville, and we just got married in December. I graduated in December 2016 from Northern Michigan University with my Bachelor of science, and worked for a while as a substitute teacher in elementary schools. The past four years I worked at Jackson National Life, and decided last year that teaching is my vocation. I obtained my elementary teaching certificate through Michigan Teachers of Tomorrow in March. When I'm not teaching, I love to cook and bake, read, and play ukulele.

Watch a feature from the Diocese of Lansing on Mrs. Borsos!

Hilary Pratt
3rd Grade
Email: pratth@ihmlansing.org

Mrs. Hilary Pratt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and is a trained Catechist of the Good Shepherd. She is thrilled to teach surrounded by a fun and inspiring staff. While we await world peace, the love and diversity within this community will be sufficient for her. She is proud to be involved in a school family that values service, generosity, acceptance, and moral development. Mrs. Pratt believes spending time in the joy and purity of childhood makes her a better person. It is fitting that she teaches third grade since her third grade teacher was a major part of her pursuit of a career in education. When she isn’t in the classroom, Mrs. Pratt enjoys travel, music, and (most of) nature with her husband, their three sons, and their peaceful pet Boxer.


Jeff Fogel
Grade 4 Homeroom
Email: fogelj@ihmlansing.org

I grew up in Spring Lake on the beautiful "west coast" of Michigan. My wife Tricia and I have lived in DeWitt since 1998 and are parishioners at the Catholic Community of St. Jude. We have four amazing children, plus a dog and a cat. We enjoy traveling to explore God's creations in other parts of our state and country, and hanging out with family and friends. I have worked for 10 years in education. One of the many blessings I am thankful for is the calling to teach here at IHM!

Maryclare Cripps
5th Grade
Email: crippsm@ihmlansing.org

I have lived in Lansing most of my life and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Casimir schools myself. I'm very proud of the Catholic education I received during my time there. It has come full circle with my own child going to IHM. I attend Davenport University and earned a degree in science, with an emphasis in physical therapy. God had other plans for me and I was called to return to IHM and teach. One thing I enjoy is the ability to include Jesus Christ in all subjects when I am teaching. I am married to Mike and have one daughter, Erin. I enjoy camping, dogs, coffee and being outdoors.


Kristi Mickelson
Math Interventionist, 4th/6th/7th Grade Math
Email: mickelsonk@ihmlansing.org

Mrs. Mickelson been teaching math for 20 years at Resurrection and Lansing Public. She has a Master's in Special Education. She began teaching here at IHM this fall as a math intervention specialist. As of January 6 she began teaching math for grades 4, 6 and 7. She says " I love IHM and feel as if I have found my forever home! This is a beautiful place to send your children everyday. " Mrs. Mickelson is married with three children.

Jody Nazione
Grades 6-8 Math / Science
Email: nazionej@ihmlansing.org

Hi! My name is Jody Nazione aka Ms. Naz. I am thrilled to be the middle school math and science teacher. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and have been teaching math and science at the middle/high school levels for roughly twenty years. My family includes four adult children and seven absolutely amazing grandchildren. (Oh, and I have a cute lil’ yorkie dog named Bailey). I love to travel every chance that I get. And when you can’t find me at school, I am probably at the lake on a jet ski (boat) or on a snowmobile. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful our world is...our God is an awesome God!

Alexandria Drouillard
Grades 6-8  Social Studies/Language Arts
Email: drouillarda@ihmlansing.org

Hello! My name is Alex Drouillard and this school year will be my ninth year as an educator. I am so excited to start a new journey at IHM, and look forward to meeting all of you! Most recently, I was a seventh and eighth grade Religion teacher at Holy Family Regional School in Rochester, MI. I moved back to the area to be closer to my family. Prior to Holy Family, I was a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Howell, where I taught a variety of subjects including Religion, Social Studies, Physical Education and English Language Arts. My Bachelor of Science is in Elementary Education with a focus in Social Studies and minors in English Language Arts and Middle Level Education is from Central Michigan University. I am also certified as an Advanced Catechist through the Diocese of Lansing. All students are created in God’s image and I believe can immensely benefit from the development of their own personal relationship with God throughout various settings. I am confident that all students can succeed if presented with an environment that promotes communication and celebrates each individual learning style. Ultimately, I am thankful to impact the lives of students using a positive and enthusiastic approach toward subject matter and the development of the overall child. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together!

Andrea Franz
Art - Grade K-8
Email: franza@ihmlansing.org

Ruthie Munk
Music - Grade K-8
Email: munkr@ihmlansing.org

Jan Tietsort
Band - Grade 5-8
Email: jan.tietsort@lansingcatholic.org

Mrs. Tietsort teaches band to grades 5-8 and also is the the Lansing Catholic HS band director. 

Kofi Baker
Physical Education - Grade K-8
Email: bakerk@ihmlansing.org

Hi my name is Mr. Baker, I currently live in Lansing MI where I teach general physical education. I have inclusive and diverse PE classes with students varying in skill and ability. I have a master’s degree in adapted physical education that has allowed me to further my knowledge and teaching skill to assist the students I serve to reach their full potential. I have a beautiful young family, and when I am not working or taking graduate courses I enjoy spending time with them traveling, biking, and camping.


Rachel Orzula
Spanish K - 8
Email: orzular@ihmlansing.org

My name is Rachel Orzula, and I will be teaching Spanish at IHM! I’m from Grand Rapids, but have lived all over the United States, before returning to Michigan in 2011. I’ve taught Spanish for 18 years, from pre-school through high school. I started teaching for the Diocese of Lansing in 2012, where I’ve taught Spanish at St. Thomas Aquinas. I will be teaching at STA in the mornings before coming to IHM in the afternoons! I have three boys who keep me busy with their sports when I’m not teaching! I’m excited to begin my teaching journey at IHM and am ready for a great year!


Kathryn MacGown
Technology Grade K-8
Email: macgownk@ihmlansing.org

I am the long-term substitute teacher for Technology – Grades K – 8 at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. My first professional job out of college was a Technology teacher for Alma Public Schools. I have a BS from Central Michigan with Majors in Computer Science and Spanish. I also have a minor in Mathematics. Most recently I have been a substitute teacher near where I live in Lansing. Formerly I taught ninth grade Algebra and Spanish at Hastings High School. I am so excited to be working in my home parish where I can share my Catholic Faith

Mary Maher
Preschool & Student Care
Email: maherm@ihmlansing.org

I am the Program Director for our preschool, child care and before and after school program. I have my Bachelor's Degree from Spring Arbor College and CDA. I have been part of this Christian Community for 24 years and feel very blessed to have met so many wonderful children and their families. I am now seeing the second generation of children coming in our Church and our Student Care Program. It is truly amazing! In my spare time I love to spend time with my three children and three grandchildren.

Shonna Kerrigan
Preschool Aide

I'm from Tiffin, Ohio where I attended Heidelberg University and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I worked in Cleveland, Ohio for 7 years in the Accounting field before moving to Lansing, where I then became a stay at home mom. I am currently working on receiving my Child Development Accreditation through LCC. In my spare time I enjoy spending my time with my husband and two boys doing outdoorsy things and traveling to Ohio to see family.



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