Now enrolling for the 23-24 school year! Call the school today at: (810)982-7906 ext. 106 or fill out our enrollment inquiry form below.

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.

Grade 4

Grade 5

Mr. Michael VanderGraaff – Middle School Religion, Social Studies, and Language Arts


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.

Ms. Jordan Jury – Middle School Math, Science, and Language Arts


Hello! My name is Ms. Jury and it is my first year here at SM/MCA! I got my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in 2022. I am getting married in September to my wonderful fiance, Dominic! We live on five acres with two dogs, three outdoor cats, and hope to get goats and pigs someday! In my free time, I love antiquing, crafting, and traveling. I have been to France, Spain, and Mexico! I am so excited to build relationships with my students and watch them grow throughout the year!

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