New teachers bring superior qualifications and devotion to mission


Brandon Jezdimir, Notre Dame middle division’s new principal, says working at Notre Dame for 11 years “truly has been a gift from God.”

He goes on to say that the school’s mission, “‘To work with God to form Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars’ is a mission that he and the Notre Dame middle division faculty accept and are constantly eager to implement.”

Because the quality of our school's faculty is integral to that mission, NDPMA always seeks to hire passionate, forward-thinking and committed teachers and scholars for all its divisions. The beginning of the 2017-18 school year was once again witness to the hiring of a number of mission-centric faculty members to the Notre Dame family. 

And even though the new school year is well underway, it still would be great to wish them a hearty NDPMA welcome if you see them on campus.


Joseph Mileski
B.S.-Education, Western Michigan U.; B.A.-Philosophy, Pontifical College Josephinum; M.A.-Theology, Athenaeum of Ohio

Jennifer Pakkala
B.S.-Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan; M.S.-Interdisciplinary Physical Science-MSU

Steven Palizzi
Media Specialist
B.A.-English, MSU; M.Ed.-English, University of Toledo; MLIS- Library and Information Science, Wayne State University


Lauren Zajdel
Visual Arts
B.F.A. Illustration/ Minor in Art History, Columbus College of Art and Design; Visual Arts Teaching Licensure, Notre Dame College


Estela Tapia
Spanish, JK-2nd Grade 
B.S. Early Childhood Education from Escuela Normal Particular Minerva, San Luis Potosi, SLP Mexico

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at