Now enrolling for the 24-25 school year! Call the school today at: (810)982-7906 ext. 106 or fill out our enrollment inquiry form below. Enroll before June 7th to save $100 on registration!

Meet Our Staff

Mrs. Susan Hartfil – Preschool


I have been employed by St. Mary/McCormick for the last 25+ years, working in the early childhood setting. Along with being a teacher, I am a mother of three. Along with being a mother, I also am a grandmother of seven. Growing up in a large Catholic family I enjoy all ages of children.

Mrs. Mary Licavoli – Young 5’s


I am a wife and mother of three children.  I have been teaching for 14 years and my favorite subject to teach is Religion.  Nothing brings me more joy than to have the freedom to talk about God with my students every day, which is why I love teaching at SM/MCA. At SM/MCA we are one big family, we don’t just prep students for test scores but we prep them for life using God’s teachings as our guide.


Some of my favorite things are spending time with my family, from outdoor adventures to game nights, snuggling my maltipoo Gigi, reading a good book and walking around Hobby Lobby. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning and my favorite snack is popcorn.

Mrs. Amy Whitsitt – Kindergarten


Mrs. Whitsitt loves to read! I love reading books on my own and my favorite part of teaching is reading books to my class! I love going to the theater, especially to see musicals! My favorite thing about SM/MCA is getting to talk about Jesus and all of the wonderful families that send their children to our school!

Mrs. Vanessa Cendejas – Grade 1


Hello! I am Mrs. Cendejas and have been teaching 1st grade at St. Mary/McCormick since 2022. I am a new teacher to the school but have had a lot of experience teaching preschool and elementary school all the way from California, Oregon, and now to Michigan! I really enjoy all the things that encompass my job here at St. Mary/McCormick. The staff is wonderful and loving, the students are helpful and kind, and I think I fit right in!

Mrs. Sue Mahon – Grade 2


This is my first year at St Mary/McCormick Academy and I am looking forward to an exciting year in second grade. I am a wife of 21 years and a mom of one son who is grown and flown. I began teaching during high school when I became a catechist and have been involved in sharing my faith throughout my life. I’ve taught students in preschool through adult education in Michigan and during our fourteen years in North Carolina. My last job, before coming home in 2020, was as the Director of Religious Education at our church.

I love to bake and try new recipes. I even have a small cottage business where I sell my baked goods. I’m learning a lot about plants with my flowers and my vegetable garden. I enjoy canning jams, jellies, and other yummy favorites I grew up on. I’ve also taken on refurbishing furniture finds and updating their look. My husband and I enjoy exploring the area, spending time together, and watching a good hockey game. We both love when our son visits or when we can go visit him.

Mrs. Stephanie Scandalito – Grade 3


I have attended St. Clair County Community College, Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University.


I love American History, reading, and creative crafts such as all kinds of sewing, knitting, and card making. I enjoy projects and crafts in the classroom as well as reading aloud to my students.  My favorite aspect of SM/MCA is the family atmosphere.

Mrs. Tanya Sprague – Grade 4


I started teaching here at St. Mary McCormick Academy in late October of this year (2023) and I couldn’t be happier! I have been teaching for over 10 years and I enjoy everything about it. History is my favorite subject and I love making learning fun! I enjoy traveling, a hot cup of tea,and spending time with my family, especially my two kids, Alivia and Alexander. We have two small Yorkies named Delilah Eloise and James Mer, we refer to them as the twins. I believe nothing happens by chance and that God has a plan for all of us. I am excited to see where my new adventure here at SM/MCA takes me!

Mr. Michael VanderGraaff – Middle School (Grades 5-8) Core Subjects


Hello, I’m Mr. Michael VanderGraaff. I am a civilly divorced and annulled single father of 10, 2 in Heaven, 3 out and grown, and 5 still at home. Along with my crazy parenting life, I read quite a bit and enjoy playing baseball and other sports for fun. I’m a Michigan native and a lifelong resident of the Blue Water Area. Some of the things I like best about the “thumb” are the seasons and the people.

Teaching is one of my favorite things to do! And at St. Mary’s I get to weave our beautiful Catholic faith in every subject. How wonderful! I’m so happy to work with my principal, support staff, and fellow teachers in guiding our students to grow in their faith and academic learning.

Heather Wright – Administrative Assistant

I have been working at SM/MCA since August 2021. I started out as a parent volunteer when my daughter was in the preschool room half days back in 2016. I decided once my son was in school full-time that I would enjoy another part-time job substitute teaching which led to an afternoon para pro position in the kindergarten classroom with Mrs. Whitsitt, to taking over the administrative assistant position full-time during the academic school year when Mrs. Foglesong retired after 31 years of service. Prior to the administrative position, I was with Kate’s Downtown for over nine years. I have been working with families and/or running some form of a business my entire working life.


My two children and I love spending time together either chilling out at home or finding new adventures in and out of state. We enjoy road trips looking for new zip lining courses, rock climbing, treasure hunting and relaxing in the water and on the beach. We enjoy each other’s company and attend weekly mass at St. Mary Parish.

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