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Pictured from left to right: Gabriel Rodriguez ’11, Dr. Kendra Nolan, Dr. Michael Hinton ’99, Andrew Gottbrath, Chris Tinius, Mark Wolz ’09, Andrew Stairs ’10, and Thomas Mann ’10.

New Faculty 2022

September 13, 2022

Starting in the first quarter of 2022, we gained eight new faculty members. Our new teachers are Gabriel Rodriguez ’11, Dr. Kendra Nolan, Dr. Michael Hinton ’99, Andrew Gottbrath, Mark Wolz ’09, Andrew Stairs ’10, and Thomas Mann ’10. Our new associate athletic director is Chris Tinius. Get to know some of them below:

 


 

 

Thomas Mann

 

Where were you before teaching at St. X?

I taught Spanish at a small Catholic high school in Denver, Colorado, before coming home to Louisville to teach middle-school science at Saint Agnes. Shoutout to the current juniors and seniors who I taught as sixth and seventh graders! After Saint Agnes, I went to graduate school in Syracuse, New York, where I helped to teach college-level courses about soil science. Stop by room 212 sometime if you want to talk about dirt!

 

What do you do at St. X?

I teach Spanish II and Spanish IV.

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

The energy that students have brought to these first couple weeks of classes has been great. I hope that students’ excitement to be with and learn with their St. X brothers will continue throughout the school year.

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

Academically, I look forward to helping students do difficult things, whether that’s learning to speak a foreign language or—for my students in Spanish IV—discussing challenging but interesting questions. Outside of the classroom, I look forward to sharing some of my personal interests in agriculture and the environment through student clubs.

 

 

Mark Wolz

 

Where were you before teaching at St. X?

I taught at St. Albert the Great for the last seven years.

 

What do you do at St. X?

I am teaching freshmen and seniors (Fall) and juniors (Spring).

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

I really enjoy the friendliness of everyone here. They have made me feel very welcome.

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

I am looking forward to coaching quick recall and experience a full school year here at St. X

 

 

Andrew Gottbrath

 

Where were you before teaching at St. X?

I spent the previous five years teaching AP Language and British Literature at Mercy Academy.

 

What do you do at St. X?

At St. X, I teach British Literature and Intro and Honors Speech.

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

So far, I am enjoying my time in the classroom getting to know my students. This has been a very welcoming and supportive community thus far!

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

I am looking forward to learning more about the traditions and history of the school, attending sporting events, and getting more involved with the community.

 

 

Andrew Stairs

 

Where were you before teaching at St. X?

For five years, I taught sophomore and senior English and electives at Assumption High School.

 

What do you do at St. X?

I teach senior English and coordinate the Christian Awakening Retreat for Campus Ministry.

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

The emphasis on brotherhood, service, and mission.

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

Guiding current students through the formative retreat and classroom experiences that shaped who I was as a student–passing on what I have learned!

 

 

Gabriel Rodriguez

 

Where were you before teaching at St. X?

I was teaching middle school Mathematics at Saint Mary Academy and before that I was working as an accountant at Extell Financial Services here in Louisville.

 

What do you do at St. X?

I am a freshmen Algebra 1 and Geometry teacher.

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

I love the opportunity to give back to my alma mater/community and I very much enjoy being able to teach alongside some of my favorite teachers from my educational experience here at St. X.

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

I look forward to working with various young men of the future, the opportunity to contribute to the future of the school in a significant way, and maybe if possible, start a club here at St. X.

 

 

Chris Tinius

 

Where were you before joining St. X?

I coached college soccer for 17 years. Most recently I was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Bellarmine for eight years with stops at Troy, Georgia Southern, and Western Kentucky prior to that. I also coached club teams at Javanon.

 

What do you do at St. X?

As the Associate Athletic Director, I get to have my hands in a bit of everything like game management, ticketing, scheduling, working on the website, and more. Basically, we work on the behind the scenes things to try and give our programs the best chance to be successful.

 

What do you like the most about St. X so far?

I have loved being back in a campus environment and around teams. I come from a family of teachers and coaches so this is kind of in my blood. When I stepped away from coaching I tired some work in the telecommunications industry thinking it was time for a change, but I quickly missed the energy of a school campus and athletics.

 

What do you look forward to doing in the future here at St. X?

Everyone here has been so welcoming and helpful during my transition, but it is a bit overwhelming at times with so much going on. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone better rather than just putting faces with names. Relationships make this business what it is and I want to continue building those.

 

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