Get to know the 2017 Catholic Education Summit presenters

Get to know the presenters for the 2017 Catholic Education Summit by clicking on the links below:

Peg Dubrowski

Peg Dubrowski taught in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 25 years. Like most Catholic school teachers, her resume reflects the needs of her schools: Director of Faith Formation; Theology, Psychology, and Performing Arts teacher; Campus Minster; Middle School Advisory Coordinator.

In 2013, Peg left the classroom for the world of motivational writing and speaking, targeting the nascent faith lives of the iGeneration. Her book, Following Jesus on the PATH: A Catholic Teen’s Guide to Life-Altering Faith, and accompanying program resources were published in 2015.

Whether geared toward teen, parent, or staff formation, her spot-on presentations offer potent building blocks for developing transformational personal faith in Jesus.

Dubrowski earned a B.A in Religious Studies, an M.A. in Theological Studies, and completed 40 post-graduate hours in Educational Counseling. She and husband Vic have truly been living happily ever after for 30 years, and are just beginning their first year as empty-nesters.

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Christian Meditation Panel

Principals and faculty from three schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will share how they have incorporated Christian meditation into their classrooms throughout the year.

Panel members include:

  • Robin Johnson: Principal, Mother Maria Anna Brunner Catholic School (Trotwood, OH)
  • Jake LaForge: Principal, Holy Angels School (Dayton, OH) 
  • Jessica Reed: Teacher, Incarnation Catholic School (Centerville, OH)

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Rhonda Mercs and ECHO Staff

The Empowering Children with Hope and Opportunity program (ECHO), led by Director Rhonda H. Mercs, MS, LPCC-S, is a partnership between the University of Dayton's Center for Catholic Education and local Catholic schools. ECHO’s highly-skilled and professionally-trained staff apply their expertise to helping all students develop healthy skills for life, especially children who are at risk, children from poverty, and those who are from diverse cultures.

ECHO's primary goal is to establish and support a healthy learning environment in each classroom so that children are unencumbered by the stresses of everyday life and are able to focus and learn.

ECHO speakers at this year's Summit include Caren Brockman, LPCCMichelle Sherman, LSWRhonda Mercs, MS, LPCC-S; and Michelle Schaffer LPCC-S

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Dr. John White

John White, Ph.D. is an associate professor of education and history at the University of Dayton, where he teaches courses in the history and philosophy of education, the history and culture of Catholic schools, and Irish and Irish-American history. He also works with students preparing to be middle or secondary school social studies teachers. He has written about the history of American Catholic schooling and the humanities curriculum in Catholic schools.

He holds the Ph.D. in history from Boston College, and served as a religious education and social studies teacher and department chair for 20 years at various Catholic and independent schools, including Boston College High School and St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MA.

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