About

Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff at Bishop Lynch High School are second-to-none! Sixty percent of the BL faculty hold advanced degrees in science, math, English, history and the arts. Plus, 20% of the faculty and staff are Bishop Lynch alumni who are so committed to the school that they have returned to educate the next generation of Friars. All faculty and staff are dedicated to the mission and culture of the school’s community and Catholic Dominican heritage. Do you enjoy teachers who have a passion for education and instill a love of learning in their classrooms? At Bishop Lynch, you will.


Faculty & Staff Directory

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    Loralee Berg
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607x4315
    Bio
     
    Loralee Berg joined Bishop Lynch’s Math Department in 2017 as a geometry and algebra I teacher. Before coming to BL, Loralee has spent over 35 years in education. She taught eight years in Richardson, 24 years in Mesquite and was the Math Learning Specialist for Wylie the last three years. 
     
    Loralee grew up in Richardson and graduated from Richardson High School. She attended the University of Texas in Austin and received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. She later received her Masters of Secondary & Higher Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
     
    She has two grown sons who also live in Dallas and in her spare time, she likes to golf, garden and spend time with her family and friends.
  • Brigid Compton
    Mathematics
  • Emily Gardner
    Mathematics
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    Paul Gardner
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607 x4336
    Bio
     
    Paul Gardner was born and raised in College Station, Texas. After graduating as a 4-year letterman in football at Austin College, Paul received his M.ed. in Education in 1982. He fueled his passion for teaching math and coaching in the Mesquite ISD for 30 years. Following his retirement from public education, he continued his teaching at Richland Community College before finding his present home at Bishop Lynch in 2015. During his educational career, he has taught various levels of math and coached sports in both women and men’s athletics. While teaching and coaching, he also served the district as a member of the Curriculum Development Committee as well as the All-state Basketball Committee for the TABC.

    Paul’s current role is teaching math and coaching. His gift of teaching is evident through the accomplishments of his students in all of his Algebra I classes. He was honored in receiving the Catholic Foundation’s Work of Heart Award for the 2018-2019 school year. His positive enthusiasm spills over onto the court and he is blessed to be a part of two State Championship Coaching Staffs in Women’s Basketball. In 2018, he received the BL Athletic Program award for Assistant Coach of the Year. He is also serving as co-chairman of the faculty council as well as a mentor in the Siena House. Students perhaps most appreciate his “Birthday of the Month” club!!

    Away from Bishop Lynch, Paul and his wife of 33 years, Cindy, live in Rockwall. They have 2 beautiful daughters, Meredith and Kimberly. Meredith and her husband, Justin, live in Oklahoma City with their children Melody (6) and Luke(4months). Kimberly is currently completing her PHD studies at Texas A&M
    and anticipating graduation in May 2020. In his spare time, Paul enjoys all sports activities as well as boating and exercising.

    Paul feels extremely blessed for the opportunity to be involved with the Bishop Lynch Family!
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    Pete Grieder
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607 x4313
    Bio
     
    Pete Grieder has taught math and coached wrestling at Bishop Lynch since 2016.  Pete graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Mathematics in 1984.  He started his teaching career at Lake Highlands and taught there for 32 years.  
     
    During his career at Lake Highlands, Pete taught math and coached wrestling.  He won 21 District wrestling championships, gained state wide recognition for his coaching ability and had a storied coaching career that saw him get placed into the Texas Wrestling Hall of Honor (2006) and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2008).  
     
    Pete has a wife of 33 years and 3 grown boys.  His interests are lifting weights, playing softball and hanging out on the lake with his family and friends.
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    Mike Hall
    Mathematics
    Math Success Center Coordinator
    (214) 324-3607 x4340
    Bio
     
    Mike Hall joined the Bishop Lynch staff in 2010 after 30 years in public education as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He has taught all levels of mathematics during his career in the classroom and is currently in charge of the Math Success Center which started in 2019. The Center serves as a resource to help all students improve their performance in mathematics and is open to students of all ability levels, the goal being to enhance the learning opportunity of any student who comes in for help.
     
    Mr. Hall received his undergraduate degree from East Texas State University (currently Texas A&M – Commerce) where he played football from 1976 until 1979. He was an Academic All-American, Academic All-Conference selection multiple times, and a 2nd team All Lone Star Conference performer during his playing days. He received his Master of Education degree in Educational Administration in 1995, from ETSU.
     
    During his tenure in public education, Mr. Hall was a head boys’ and girls’ basketball coach. His teams won district championships and made several playoff appearances. He was also the head girls’ track and cross country coach at Mesquite Poteet High School where his track teams won four district championships, and his 2002 cross country team finished 3rd in the region, qualifying for the state meet.
     
    Mike and his wife Cynthia (Baylor - BA 1979) were married in 1982 and have been blessed with three children who have all graduated from Baylor University. They are also proud grandparents and avid Baylor Bear supporters.
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    Barry Knott
    Mathematics, Athletics
    Head Mens Golf Coach
    (214) 324-3607 x4130
    Bio
     
    Coach Barry Knott came to Bishop Lynch in 2004 and currently teachers Statistics and is the Boys Golf coach. Serving as the Boys Varsity Basketball coach for the first nine years for the Friars, Coach Knott is entering his 7th year in the role of Boys Golf Coach.

    Coach Knott is a graduate of Tarleton State University, where he is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance on the basketball court. Prior to joining the Bishop Lynch community, Coach Knott spent six years at Lake Highlands High School, and three years at Irving High School.

    Barry is married to Brandi, who is the Girls Athletics Coordinator at Clark Middle School in Frisco. They are the proud parents of three lovely children, daughters Addison (current junior at BL) and Ainsley (current freshman at BL) and son Carter (8).
  • Natalie Llauder SteinerMi
    Mathematics
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    Margarita Morales
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607x4323
    Bio
     
    Margarita Morales joined the BL Math Department in 2017 after working 6 years as a mathematics teacher/curriculum writer for Irving ISD. She has taught various levels of mathematics including Algebra 2, Precalculus, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, College Algebra, and AP Calculus. She is currently an adjunct and a dual enrollment instructor at Dallas County Community Colleges. She was also an active consultant/moderator for the Collegeboard’s AP Insight program in Calculus for the past 4 years. At BL she is a moderator for the mathematics honor society: Mu Alpha Theta. She is also the head moderator for SPSA tutoring club which allows BL students to tutor middle school students at feeder schools in Mathematics. Margarita is proud to be a member of the Angelico house.

    Margarita earned her BS in Mathematics and Biology from Southern Methodist University. In 2016, she returned to graduate school and earned her MS in Mathematics from Texas A&M Commerce. She is currently enrolled at Walden University for a PHD program.

    Margarita was a 2018 nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and is a current nominee for the 2019 Greater East Dallas Teacher of the Year Award.

    Margarita is married to Javier Rodriguez who is a BL alum class of 2004. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her huskies, going to escape rooms, or planning her next cruise to her favorite vacation destination.
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    Olivia Orrantia-Kotowski
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607 x4232
    Bio
     
    Olivia Orrantia joined the math department at Bishop Lynch High School in the fall of 2019. Originally from El Paso, she attended Texas Tech receiving her B.A. with a double major in math and Spanish in 2017. Her M.S. in mathematics and M.S. in secondary education are from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
     
    Before coming to BLHS, Olivia worked in assistive technology for students with disabilities at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys cross-stitching, baking macarons, and teaching her black cat Luna new tricks.
     
  • Megan Riederer
    Mathematics
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    Kate See
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607 x4235
    Bio
     
    Kate See began teaching at Bishop Lynch in 2018, though it was not her first time at Bishop Lynch, nor her first time teaching. Kate is a proud Friar alumna, class of 2012. After graduating from Bishop Lynch, Kate went on to Texas Tech where she earned both her Bachelors and Master's in Mathematics.

    During her time at Texas Tech, Kate was accepted into a STEM program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This program allowed her to conduct undergraduate research and present at conferences around the United States, including NIMBios in Knoxville, Tennessee and the Women in Mathematics conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kate's research explored the sonification of electroencephalograms (EEGs). This research was highlighted in the Texas Tech Discoveries Magazine and won 2nd place at at the Golden Key International Honour Society International Poster Session for STEM work on "Listening to the Human Brain, an exploratory study of EEGs" under the direction of Dr. Carl Seaquist.

    After graduating from Texas Tech, Kate moved back to Dallas, where she taught middle school math for three years at All Saints Catholic School. However, Kate missed the challenge of higher-level math courses, thus encouraging her transition to Bishop Lynch.

    When Kate is not at school, she loves to spend time with my family. She and her husband, Elton, at Texas Tech in the math department, and together we have a corgi, Truman (named after one of my favorite authors, Truman Capote).
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    Katie Williams
    Mathematics
    (214) 324-3607x4304
    Bio
     
    Katie Williams joined the Bishop Lynch Math Department in 2017 where she teaches algebra I and algebra II. Before coming to BL, she taught at Lake Highlands High School for eight years. 

    Katie was born in Dallas and grew up in Lakewood where she attended St. John’s Episcopal School. She went on to graduate from Ursuline Academy in 2005 and after graduation moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. While at UT, she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and completed the UTeach teacher education program for aspiring high school math and science teachers.

    In her free time, Katie likes to read, listen to podcasts and watch documentaries. She loves to be outside — especially walking, biking and spending time out at the lake. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her two pugs – Bernie and Carlos – and cat – Bart.


Work of Heart Award Program

Work of Heart is looking for the "unsung heroes” who are going the "extra mile" in serving our Dallas-area Catholic educational community and its members. The Catholic Foundation encourages participation throughout the Dallas-area Catholic community.

Take time to read the nomination information to learn about the special grant and eligibility requirements. Candidates must be a full-time employee of a Catholic school in the Diocese of Dallas. Download a fillable PDF copy of the form, then email the completed form to The Catholic Foundation.


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Published Authors

It's no secret Bishop Lynch High School faculty members are excellent educators and tops in their fields of study. But did you know many Friar faculty are published authors as well?

Check out our growing list of teachers who are also prolific writers. 

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  • Ms. Beth Burau

    • LOCATE-ing Digital Tools for Learning (TechEdge Magazine), Feb. 2019
    • What a Puzzlement! Helping Students Become Experts (TechEdge magazine), Nov. 2018
    • Our School's Active Learning Classrooms: Four Questions Answered (with Kay Gentsch - TechEdge Magazine), May 2018
    • Three Takeaways for Transforming Learning Spaces (TechEdge Blog), Feb. 10, 2018
    • From No Tech to Low Tech: My Practically Paperless Experience (TechEdge Magazine), Feb. 2018
    • High Five: Free Web 2.0 Assessment Tools (TechEdge Blog), April 6, 2017
    • Self-Substitute with Screencasting (TechEdge magazine), Feb. 2017
    • 5 Minutes with Christ: Spiritual Nourishment for Busy Teachers (Ave Maria Press, chapter contributor on "Forgiveness", 2011
    • The Spirit of ACE: Celebrating 15 Years (Chapter contributor, “The ‘Pillar’ of the Community"), 2008
    • Book Review of Georgia B. Kimmey’s “Issues in Education: The Development of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston” in A Journal of Catholic Inquiry and Practice, March 2004
  • Ms. Kay Gentsch

    • TechEdge, May 2018
  • Mr. Mike Hopper

    • Socially Savvy, September 2015
  • Mr. Stuart Kantor

    • Baylor Pole Vault (Vaulter Magazine), 2019
    • Expo Explosion X (Vaulter Magazine), 2019
    • The Advocate, 2019
    • Robot: The Roy Martin Story, 2019
    • Sid Garton: One Stride Ahead in 1958 & Just that Close in 1960, 2019
    • Sandi Morris & Demi Payne: Raising the Bar in Women's Pole Vault, 2018
  • Mrs. Maggie Raymond

  • Sister Cecilia Sehr

    • Secondary School Physics Teaching, 1918-1972; Objectives as Stated in Periodical Literature.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963