Faculty & Staff

Fr McMahonFather Michael McMahon

Religion, Latin, Physical Education

Father Michael McMahon is the fourth of the five children of James and Alice McMahon, and grew up in West Haven, Connecticut. Father graduated with honors from Yale University in 1989, earning distinction in his major of political science. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1996, Father was named director of the Saint Bernard Minor Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines. From 1999-2005, he served as director of academics at Saint Joseph’s Academy in Richmond,  Michigan. He has been the Headmaster of Notre Dame de La Salette since the school’s inception.

Father Timothy Sick

Religion, Latin, Basketball

Born and raised in northeastern Missouri, Father Timothy Sick is the eighth of eleven children to Edward and Mary Anna Sick. He attended St Joseph’s Academy in Richmond, MI all four years of high school, graduating in the class of 2002. In his junior year, Fr Michael McMahon was assigned to the Academy, thus beginning a life-long friendship. Fr Sick was ordained to the Eternal Priesthood in 2009 with the largest class that St Thomas Aquinas Seminary has seen to date. He returned to St Joseph’s for his first assignment. After six years of priesthood, he began his assignment at La Salette.

fatherrigiFather Jamey Rigi

Religion, Latin, Cross Country

Father Jamey Rigi was born in New Haven, Connecticut as the second of the seven children of Mohsen and Kerstin Rigi. The family moved to Post Falls, Idaho so that the children could attend a Society of St. Pius X school. Father then attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Armada, Michigan for his freshman and sophomore years, and when the school moved, completed his high school studies at Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy. After high school, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, Minnesota and was ordained in 2014. He served two years in Veneta, Oregon before being transferred to his Alma Mater in the summer of 2016.

BourbeauMr. Peter Bourbeau

Literature, Art

Mr. Peter Bourbeau was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the second of eleven children.  He graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1998.  After attending Anoka Ramsey Community College, he moved on to the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art.  Mr. Bourbeau returned to St. Joseph’s as a teacher and moved with the school when it became La Salette.  He is married to the former Annie Underhill of                                                 Grand Rapids, Michigan and they have four children.

DeanMr. Douglas Dean

Algebra II, Biology, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology

Mr. Douglas Dean was born and raised in Armada, Michigan. A home school graduate, he earned a degree in electronic engineering technology. He began his career in the welding industry, and later became certified in reflexology and herbology. From 2003-2005, Mr. Dean taught math and science for the Saint Joseph’s Academy in Richmond, Michigan. He is married to the former Lindsey Kaercher of Avoca, Michigan.  They have nine children.

HayesMr. Joshua Hayes

History, Literature, Government,  Rugby Coach

A native of eastern North Carolina, Joshua Hayes studied at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in English.  After serving onboard two surface ships in Norfolk, Virginia, he was transferred to a training command in Virginia Beach and began his graduate education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He completed his Master of Arts degree in English Literature in 2004.  Mr.  Hayes taught rhetoric at Danville Area Community College, Illinois for a few years.  He is married to the former Miss Heidi Henning of Greenville, Michigan.  They have six children.

RuthMr. Brandon Ruth

8th Grade Literature, Math, Science, Latin

Brandon Ruth was born in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He attended college at University of Missouri-Columbia and graduating in 2003 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  After working as an engineer in St. Louis, Mr. Ruth was a house father at La Salette for one year before entering St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary to pursue the priesthood.  Several years of discernment later, Providence brought him back to La Salette to help form the school’s first 8th grade class.  He                                              married Laura Hummel in 2013.

TardiffMr. Joseph Tardiff

Greek, Latin, History, Chess team

Joseph Tardiff grew up in Northern Idaho.  He graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics in 2003, and then studied early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in 2005.


LeBlancMr. Douglas LeBlanc

Literature, History, Logic, Music

Douglas LeBlanc was born in Louisiana and grew up in coastal Mississippi.  He obtained a BA in English with emphasis in composition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009.  In 2013, Douglas obtained an MA in English, focusing on applied linguistics, from St. Cloud State University, where he also taught rhetoric for two years.  He is the author of a work of juvenile fiction, A Sojourn of Sorts.

Mr. Marlow Gazzoli 

Greek, Latin, Geometry

Mr. Gazzoli is a native of St. Louis, MO, where he attended Saint Louis Priory School. He majored in Classics at Princeton University and obtained a certificate in Mediæval Studies. He received a Master of Studies in scholastic theology as a member of St Benet’s, Oxford. Before coming to La Salette, he taught Latin at Queen of the Holy Rosary Academy in St. Louis.


 Mr. Alex Anderson

Basketball Coach, Main Office

Coach Alex Anderson is a native of Algonquin, Illinois.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 2012 along with a masters in Special Education from Concordia University in 2015.  Prior to coming to La Salette, Coach Anderson spent three years in special education at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign, Illinois, and also held an assistant basketball coaching position at Champaign Central High School for four years.  Coach Anderson resides in Champaign, and is married to the former Amanda Mergenthaler of Tinley Park, IL.