From: Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics
Here are some academic updates:
MAS (Mandatory Academic Support) sessions continue Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays before and after school. More information and a detailed schedule can be found under the ACADEMICS tab of the school’s web site
Monday, December 12th is the last day of the first semester
First semester exams begin Tuesday, December 13th and continue through Friday, December 16th. More information can be found on the calendar page of the school’s web site.
Exams count as 20% of the semester grade for each course.
The High School Placement Test will be given at CBHS the morning of Saturday, December 3rd.
The SAT will be also given at CBHS the morning of Saturday, December 3rd.
The ACT will be given at CBHS the morning of Saturday, December 10th.
New Teacher Profiles:
Please help us welcome Tim O'Kane, Tom Sullivan, and Natasha Sublette to the CBHS family!
Mr. Tim O’Kane was born and raised in Northfield, Ohio. He attended Walsh Jesuit High School, an all-boys Catholic college-preparatory school in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Mr. O’Kane is an Eagle Scout. He earned a Navy ROTC scholarship and attended Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, Mr. O’Kane was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Officer. He spent a little over seven years on active duty, serving three years on the USS BUFFALO (SSN-715) stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI. He served in various capacities onboard BUFFALO in the Engineering Department and qualified in Submarines. He completed one Western Pacific deployment while onboard before taking BUFFALO through most of its 27-month Engineering Refueling Overhaul where the nuclear reactor was replaced, a program in which he had a significant role planning and conducting the maintenance in concert with shipyard personnel. In 2004, he was then transferred to Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters and served as the Nuclear Propulsion Candidate Program Manager for two years followed by one year as the Legislative and Strategic Analysis Program Lead. Lieutenant O’Kane separated from the Navy and began work in Memphis in Research and Development in the Orthopedic Medical Device Industry as a Product Development Engineer. He has 9 years’ experience in Orthopedic Medical Device Engineering, with several patents pending. He has worked for Medtronic Spine and Biologics, Wright Medical Technology and Orchid Orthopedic Solutions. In 2010, Mr. O’Kane completed a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Mr. O’Kane currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and teaches Physics. He transitioned from medical device engineering to education because he felt called to give back, and what better way than to help mold the future of our country. Mr. O’Kane is active as a Board Member at his sons’ school, St. Ann School (Bartlett). He is a youth (football, soccer, baseball, and basketball) coach, Assistant Scoutmaster, and a Blue and Gold Officer (Admissions Counselor) for the United States Naval Academy. He is also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at his parish, the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Bartlett. He has two wonderful boys, Brenden (13) and Matthew (12), who attend St. Ann. Mr. O’Kane enjoys playing adult men’s soccer, hiking/backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, camping and canoeing. He is a qualified Level II Climbing and COPE instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving as his unit’s Training Officer as a department head, and has over 16 years of service to the U.S. Navy.
After graduating with a BBA in accounting from Memphis State University in 1974, Tom Sullivan immediately went to work at Price Waterhouse (PW). He was in charge of the Memphis office tax department from 1981 until 1997, when the firm merged and became known as PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC). He was a partner from 1988 until 2001 at PW and PwC. He decided a change was needed and started a tax and business consulting business of his own in 2001 until he joined Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck of Memphis in 2009. He remained at RB&G specially is taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and gift and estate planning until just recently, when he retired from the practice of public accounting to become the CFO for CBHS.
Tom is married to Barbara (Kearney) and they have five daughters, a son (’99) and three grandchildren. Travel is generally directed to visits of the out-of-town children who live in Baltimore, Chicago and Jackson, MS. Although time does not allow much anymore, Tom enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains (or other elevations over 7,000 feet). Locally, he enjoys playing golf.
Tom currently serves on the boards of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts and SRVS of Memphis. In addition to CBHS, Tom has served on the boards of ICCS, the Memphis Chapter of the TSCPAs, and the alumni board of the University of Memphis. Over the years, he has spoken on various tax and investment topics and has taught numerous continuing education classes at PW.
Natasha Sublette is very excited to have joined the CBHS family! Both of her younger brothers and her husband graduated from Christian Brothers High School, so she feels right at home. She grew up in Memphi and attended St. Agnes Academy (K-12). Natasha has a B.S. in Psychology from Spring Hill College and a M.S. in Community Agency Counseling from University of Memphis. After a brief stint as a residential treatment counselor at Youth Villages, she was given the opportunity to work as a counselor and a teacher at Immaculate Conception High School. She quickly learned that she LOVES being in the school setting! When her husband’s job relocated us to Tampa, Florida, she enjoyed her time there being an elementary school counselor. After taking several years off to do the best job of all –MOM—she returned to work as a school counselor at St. Michael School, a place near and dear to her heart.
Her husband, Bill, and Natasha are blessed with three wonderful boys: Duncan (sophomore at CBHS), William (8th grade, St. Dominic) and Luke (4th grade, St. Dominic). Most days you will either find them on a field, in a gym, or driving to/from a myriad of other boy-related activities. They are constantly amazed at the joy and happiness that comes from raising these fine young fellows! It is always an adventure.
In her spare time (ha!), Natasha loves to be outdoors, read, run (well, let’s be honest, jog), and spend time with her adorable rescue pups, Lucy and Daisy. The family is very active in their parish, Church of the Holy Spirit, where Natasha is a PRE teacher for grades 1-2. Few things are more rewarding than teaching about our beautiful faith.
In July, Natasha began working at Christian Brothers High School as the Assistant Director of Admissions. "It has been an exciting fall! This school is so full of energy and enthusiasm. Talk about an adventure…never a dull moment! It has been so amazing to be behind the scenes and see all the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff, and students. So, as a proud mom, wife, sister, and now employee of CBHS, I can honestly see how great it is to be a Brothers’ Boy!"