Unapologetically Catholic

“Unapologetically Catholic” features conversations about the benefits of a Catholic School Education in a secular world.

Hosts:  Suzi Furtwangler and Betsy Edgerton
Mini Biographies:
Suzi Furtwangler Married for 35 years, mother to four sons and grandmother to six, Suzi Furtwangler has a masters degree from Aquinas College in elementary education and two endorsements in Art Education and Learning Disabilities. Currently she is finishing a Catholic School Leadership program through Creighton University. She is nestled into the Saint Thomas community as Principal of the parish school. As an artist, she draws inspiration from the faith life of the school community, and her love of children. Suzi is an ardent supporter of the benefits of a Catholic Education and the unique blessings that the Catholic school community provides for families.

Betsy Edgerton is married to husband Van and has three adult children. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (1982) and certification in Early Childhood (1999). Her passion for Catholic education began with her own education at Saint Thomas the Apostle School. Her children also attended Saint Thomas and it was during their middle school years that she joined the faculty of Saint Thomas as the Early Childhood Program Director/Teacher. A role she embraced for fifteen years. Betsy is now the Development and Outreach Coordinator for Saint Thomas focusing on providing programming, activities, and opportunities for new and returning families to build a stronger faith based community inclusive of all.

 Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools Website
 Diocese of Kalamazoo Catholic Schools Website
 St. Thomas the Apostle School Website

Producer:  Betsy Edgerton 
[ Intro music for this show was written and recorded by Kathy Proulx ]

Archived Interviews:
03 / 01 / 2015 – Conrad Cuncannan
02 / 22 / 2015 – Suzi & Betsy – “Community” aspect of education
02 / 15 / 2015 – David Faber – Supercharge Enrollment through large increase in tuition assistance
02 / 08 / 2015 – Michael Jacob – Dean of Catholic Central High School
01 / 25 / 2015 – Catholic Schools Week – Student Perspective on Catholic Education
01 / 18 / 2015 – Greg Deja – Catholic Education for High Schools
01 / 11 / 2015 – Fr. Jim Chelich – His Writings on Education
01 / 04 / 2015 – Michael Debri – All Saints Academy – Principal
12 / 28 / 2014 – Cynthia Kneibel – Aquinas College and West Catholic Connection
12 / 21 / 2014 – Fr. Jim Chelich – “Children of the Light”
12 / 14 / 2014 – Tim Eastman – Hackett Catholic Prep – New Name and History
12 / 07 / 2014 – Kimberly Angelwood, Susan Whitney Brown & Maureen Muraski – Choosing a Catholic Education for your Child
11 / 30 / 2014 – Cynthia Kneibel, Staci Slomski & Greg Bruno – Being a Catholic School Principal
11 / 23 / 2014 – Fr. Jim Chelich – Pastoring a Parish with a School
11 / 16 / 2014 – Fr. Ron Nuzzi – ACE Rise & Top 10 Reasons for a Catholic Education
11 / 09 / 2014 – Dave Faber – Vision for our Catholic Schools

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