Five Lasallian Volunteers will be serving as faculty members at a San Francisco New Orleans District school in the 2016-2017 school year.
Starting their second year of service are Rebecca Hulick at Cathedral High School in El Paso, TX; Kacie Kusinski at De Marillac Academy In San Francisco, CA; and Abby Michaels at De La Salle Academy in Concord, CA. Beginning their first year of service are Katie O’Leary at De La Salle Academy and Abbey Sorensen at De Marillac Academy.
Rebecca Hulick came to LVs via her hometown of Philadelphia, PA and then Penn State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies. At Cathedral, she will be I will be tutoring in the new Writing Center that the school is launching this year. As a second-year LV, Rebecca values the network of Brothers and Partners that she has come to know. “The year provides challenges throughout,“ she reflects, “and to have one large Lasallian family to fall back on during those times gives you the strength to carry on the Lasallian spirit.”
Kacie Kusinski is originally from Chicago, IL. She graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. This year at De Marillac Academy, she will teach 4th grade Science, Health, and P.E., as well as 5th grade Social Studies. As a second-year LV, Kacie brings with her some important lessons and insights from her first-year experience. “The most significant thing I learned last year,” she says, “was the true meaning of grace. I learned how to give grace to myself, to my students and to others, and I received a multitude of grace from God and my community. ”
Abby Michels hails from Sugar Grove, IL. She is a graduate of Lewis University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education/Elementary Education. Her work at De La Salle Academy will include teaching a variety of subjects to the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades, as well as serving as Adult Volunteer Coordinator. Along with the chance to reside in California, second-year LV Abby appreciates the opportunity to “serve/teach my middle school boys, strengthen my faith life, and live in community with some great Christian Brothers.”
Katie O’Leary is a native of Chicago, IL and a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her bachelor’s degree is in Spanish Education. This year at De La Salle Academy, she will be co-teacher for 5th and 6th grade Math and Language Arts, supervise 6th grade P.E, and coordinate the high school volunteer tutors. Katie most appreciates that, “I get experience working with students, planning lessons, collaborating with teachers, teaching subjects ‘beyond my borders’, all while working in a school with a mission that closely matches my own and for an organization of which I am proud.”
Abbey Sorensen comes from Cranston, RI. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. At De Marillac Academy this year she will teach 6th grade Religion and P.E., and also assist with student support services. Abbey is looking forward to learning right along with her students, and says that the best thing about being an LV is “having the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally in a new city, while surrounded by others who support you and want you to succeed.”
Lasallian Volunteers are young men and women who each serve a one-to-three-year commitment of service to the poor in ministries throughout the Region. Since the movement began in the early 1980s, there have been over 700 participants, many of whom continue to serve after their commitment is concluded. Now a national program of the Christian Brothers Conference in Washington, D.C., Lasallian Volunteers is directed by Kathleen Glackin.