STAFF BIOS - 2022/23
Mr. Dodge thrilled to start his 5th year teaching at Seaholm High School. His love for American Sign Language started in 4th grade at Bingham Farms Elementary at Disability Awareness Day! Mr. Dodge believes that day changed his entire life. He later earned his B.A.A. in Broadcasting & ASL from Central Michigan University, and his A.A.S. in ASL-English Interpreting from Oakland Community College. Mr. Dodge is also a BEI-1 American Sign Language Interpreter (DeafBlind endorsed) for the state of Michigan. He loves to teach about facial expressions (non-manual markers), Residential Schools for the Deaf, animals, & DeafBlind culture. Have a fabulous year!
Mrs. Hladki is excited to start her 18th year of teaching at Seaholm High School, a 2020 National School of Character. She earned her B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan in both Spanish and Chemistry. Mrs. Hladki also holds a Masters degree in English as a Second Language for K-12 as well. As an alumnus of Seaholm, it is my honor to return teaching in an environment that so readily prepared me for not only a rigorous university courses, but also real-world experiences. This year, I will teach Spanish 2, Leadership and continue the work Character Education Committee. As it states below, I am excited to explore, participate, question, take risks and have success in a brand-new learning platform. I hope that your sense of adventure will come along with me!
Karen Marx began studying French in high school and lived in France the first time at 17 as a summer exchange student. She earned her BA in French & Theater from Oberlin College where she spent a semester abroad in Tours, France, then received her MA in French from Middlebury College after living and studying in Paris for a year. She was also an interpreter for several years for a sister-city exchange between Tecumseh, MI and La Verpillière, France. Karen has been teaching with BPS for over 20 years now and loves taking groups of students to France so they can use their language skills and experience the beautiful francophone culture first-hand.
Meleca, C.Ms. Meleca has been teaching since 1995. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from the University of Rochester in New York and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Reading from Oakland University. She also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca and did post-graduate work in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Meleca loves travelling globally and learning about other cultures and languages. She often takes students on school-sponsored trips.
The 2022-23 school year will be the 27th year in the classroom for Sr. Torres, and his 17th year as the Seaholm World Language Department Head. In the classroom, his favorite lessons to teach are about the subjunctive. He is interested in the intersection between instructed second language acquisition and instructional technology. Sr. Torres has degrees from Purdue University, Michigan State University, and the University of Missouri. His hobbies include marathon training, collegiate athletics, and vexillology. He is the current sponsor of the Seaholm Triathlon Club.
Ms. Wang was born and grew up in Taiwan. She has been teaching Chinese at Seaholm since 1996. She received her bachelor's degree in Japanese Language from Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan. In 1990 she came to Detroit to study at the University of Detroit, Mercy and earned her master's degree in Computer Science and Education. In her free time she likes to read, travel and exercise.