Hello! My name is Susan Zarzecki, the children call me “Señora Zarzecki,” and I am excited to be joining the All Saints Academy family, in conjunction with GRPS, as the Spanish teacher! I was born in Grand Rapids, the youngest sibling in the App family. Fun fact, my husband and his siblings attended Blessed Sacrament, K-8, so we laugh that I teach where he attended.
I may have a familiar face to you. My husband and I have three children who attend ASA. I also try to volunteer where I can. He and I fell in love with the early childhood program at ASA and have stayed and loved it! I am excited to pour my love into your children, and this community. Thank you for sharing your children with me, and ASA! I look forward to partnering together.
This will be my 19th year teaching. I began my career after graduating Loyola University Chicago with my BA in Spanish, with a focus on Golden Age literature. My first teaching post was a Marist school by the name of Notre Dame Preparatory & Marist Academy, a wonderful I.B. school in the Pontiac/Waterford Area. We moved back in 2008, after my husband and I completed our graduate studies at the Jesuit school University of Detroit Mercy, wanting to be closer to family. My second post was at Walker Charter Academy. I loved my last 13 years there and have made life-long friends and connections. There I taught and helped build two strong programs, Spanish, as well as theater, as I co-directed their musicals.
The opportunity to be where my children are, and help grow this delightful community, was too good of an offer to pass up! I feel blessed to have been hired by GRPS and able to work here with so many children who I already knew and loved, as well as those I can’t wait to get to know better. Looking forward to a great year!