New Fifth Grade Teacher – Katie Garber

Mr. Robert Pyles, Principal of Our Lady of Refuge School, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Katie Garber is returning to the school faculty as our full time 5th grade Teacher.  Mrs. Garber was a substitute teacher at OLR last year.

Mrs. Garber, her husband and daughter moved back to Michigan last year after living in Chicago for eleven years.  She taught 4th grade for 8 years in Chicago and loves teaching the intermediate grades.

“I believe that learning happens in many ways and teachers need to use multiple teaching strategies so that each child can reach their full potential.  I also think it’s important that students, teachers, and parents need to communicate in order for children to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens.  So please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, I am looking forward to a great school year!”

Mr. Pyles commented, “I am pleased to have Mrs. Garber join our faculty on a full time basis. Her experience and familiarity with OLR will be a key asset as we continue to develop and strengthen our curriculum to meet the needs of our students both today and into the future.”

New Science and Sixth Grade Religion Teacher – Mrs. Jayne Babcock

Mr. Robert Pyles, Principal of Our Lady of Refuge School, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Jayne Babcock is joining the school faculty as our new Science and Six Grade Religion Teacher.

Mrs. Babcock grew up in the Birmingham Public Schools system and attended Albion College, where she earned her BA in education with a science endorsement.  She was also part of the Albion College Women’s soccer team.  She has since earned my Masters in Education from Oakland University.

For the past six years, Mrs. Babcock has taught seventh grade science and sixth grade social studies at St. Regis Catholic School in Bloomfield Hills.  She is also a certified catechist and looks forward to developing a deeper faith with her sixth grade students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, who also teaches middle school in Birmingham, and with her 16-month-old daughter, Tess. 

“I am very excited to join the Refuge middle school staff for the coming year as your science and sixth grade religion teacher.  I have a strong passion for science and look forward to exploring the world with your sons and daughters.”

Mr. Pyles commented, “I am pleased to have Mrs. Babcock join our faculty. She will play a key role in our efforts to continue to expand and enrich the Science program that we offer our students at Our Lady of Refuge Parish School.”


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