Dan Kazanski
8A Homeroom
Middle School Religion

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Michigan State University
Grades 4 - 8 Teaching Certification
Certified Catholic Catechist
Howdy! I was born and raised in Texas, but my family has deep roots in Michigan. Continuing a family tradition, I attended Michigan State University, where I met my wonderful wife Sara. We have two young sons, Peter and Joseph, who are a great joy and blessing, and constantly keep us on our toes! After graduation, we spent some time in Texas, where I have taught in my home school district for the past four years. We are delighted to come back home to beautiful Michigan to stay, and join the St. Patrick School family.

I have had the distinct privilege of being involved in various religious education and catechetical ministries since high school, including interning as the youth minister for St. John Student Parish at Michigan State. I understand teaching to be a vocation, not just an occupation, and I love studying and helping others learn the Catholic faith. When I am not in the classroom, you can usually find me with my nose in a theology book or thinking of increasingly elaborate reasons my wife needs to buy another bookcase. Our family also enjoys music, hiking, biking, camping, and being out in God’s wonderful creation.

One of my favorite scripture verses is John 17:3

And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

Dawn Beans
8B Homeroom
Middle School Literature
Master of Arts in Teaching - Oakland University (in progress)
Bachelor of Science in Education - Purdue University
Elementary & Middle School Teaching Certification
Certified Catholic Catechist  
I have been at St. Patrick School for 20 years.  I taught first grade for 11 years and am now enjoying middle school.
I have been married to my husband, Bruce, for 30 years, and we have two wonderful sons, Adam and Zachary.  Both continue to make us proud daily of the adults they have become.  I am an animal lover and currently have two dogs.  I am also an avid Chicago sports lover, which makes living in the Detroit area interesting.
My goal as an educator is to be sure that I make a difference in shaping the future of our children in a positive way.
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