DeLaSalle welcomes several new staff members to the Island as we start the 2016-17 school year. We are expanding the size of our teaching staff in response to growing enrollment and course offerings. The new hires are excited to lend their knowledge and expertise in their subject areas and to our school community.
- Patrick Banas (Science Teacher)
Patrick and his fiancee moved to the Twin Cities in early August from North Carolina, where he taught for three years. He received both his Bachelor’s in biological science and Master’s in science education from North Carolina State University, earning his certification to teach AP Physics in 2015. In addition to teaching, Patrick is excited to assist with DeLaSalle’s Green Team.
- Farah Buffington (Theatre Teacher)
Farah is a familiar person to many in the Islander community as she has been involved with DeLaSalle Theatre for 11 years. She is teaching a new elective class in theatre this fall. Currently, Farah, along with her husband James, direct the co-curricular theatre program, which will include seven productions this school year. Under the Buffingtons’ leadership, DeLaSalle students have regularly earned many accolades in the Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Awards.
- Maura Daly (English Teacher)
Maura brings extensive teaching experience to her job at DeLaSalle, having served previously as an English teacher and sophomore dean at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School and as a middle school teacher at The Blake School. She earned her Bachelor of English and Master of Education degrees from the University of St. Thomas.
- Carrie Gillund (Dean of Students)
Carrie joined the DeLaSalle staff in July as a Dean of Students, a role she will share with Chas Lemon ‘09. Prior to DeLaSalle, Carrie worked for more than a decade at Tartan High School as a Spanish teacher and yearbook adviser. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Gustavus Adolphus College, her Master’s degree in leadership from St. Mary’s University, and is working toward her graduate certificate for K-12 Principal Licensure, which she will complete in 2017.
- Christian Glanville ‘11 (Annual Fund Manager)
Christian returned to the Island in May as the Annual Fund Manager within the Development office. In his role, Christian oversees and develops DeLaSalle’s annual fund. Christian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. There he served as a teacher’s assistant for a leadership course, as an admissions ambassador, and as a student associate in the university’s Leadership department. Glanville’s younger brother, Peter, graduated from DeLaSalle in 2015.
- Chang-li Huang (Chinese Teacher, Assistant in Global Advantage Program)
A native Chinese speaker, Chang-li is excited to grow the Chinese program at DeLaSalle. He earned his Ph. D for teaching Chinese as a second language from the National Taiwan Normal University in 2014. Once an international exchange student himself, Chang-li also has experience organizing and coordinating immersion experiences for international students, and he will lend his expertise as a liaison with the many international students attending DeLaSalle this year.
- Brenda Irvin (Christian Brothers’ Gala Coordinator)
Brenda will now oversee the October 8 Christian Brothers’ Gala, an event at which she has helped in years past, most recently as volunteer coordinator in 2015. The event is DeLaSalle’s largest school fundraiser, and the money raised directly supports student scholarship. Brenda is the mother of current Islanders, Will ‘17 and Andrew ‘20.
- Robert Liebhart (Mathematics Teacher)
Rob comes to DeLaSalle after spending the last six years teaching overseas at schools in South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, his home state. Rob enjoys bicycling and plans to commute to DeLaSalle on two wheels as much as possible.
- Vivianna Ortiz (Lasallian Volunteer)
Viviana serves as a Lasallian Volunteer, a college graduate who dedicates one to two years of service to a Lasallian ministry like DeLaSalle. The Lasallian charism is nothing new for Viviana, who graduated from a Lasallian high school in Arizona. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona, Tuscon, with a Bachelor’s degree in Literacy, Learning, and Leadership, where she spent part of her college years mentoring immigrant students as they transitioned from Latin America to the United States. Viviana will split her time between DeLaSalle’s Office of Lasallian Ministry and Guidance office.
- Christine Swords ‘11 (Art Teacher)
Christine brings her passion for art to DeLaSalle, a community she will again call home. Christine graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History and this year earned her Master’s degree in education from the U of M. Her previous teaching experience includes Sanford Middle School and Roosevelt High School. Christine also worked with professional art collections and galleries as an intern at the Katherine E Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota.
- Mariana Villegas (Administrative Assistant)
Mariana first helped the DeLaSalle community last school year as a Spanish interpreter at parent-teacher conferences and other school events. She now works full time as an administrative assistant, helping check in students in the morning and handling other office duties. Mariana attended a Lasallian school in her native Mexico and has previously worked with Latino families at El Colegio in South Minneapolis.
- Adam Wolfe (Science Teacher)
Adam arrives at DeLaSalle with a strong and diverse science background, having taught environmental science, engineering, computer science, and physics. He most recently taught at Totino-Grace High School, another Lasallian school in the Twin Cities. Adam, who will also assist with the boys’ soccer and robotics programs, received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Chemistry Education from North Dakota State University in 2011.