Characteristics of a Catholic School Teacher

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
Matthew 19:14

A person responding to the ministry call to teach in a Catholic school has multiple roles within the classroom and school community. The teacher serves as a Christian role model, catechist, instructor and counselor. A teacher in the Catholic school strives to integrate academic instruction, life experience and prayer in his/her own faith life and in those of the students. Therefore, a teacher must be open to:

  • Growing in faith and understanding of the Church and facilitating the growth of faith and understanding in the lives of students
  • Being a person of prayer who endeavors to develop a sense of prayer within the students and school community
  • Fostering a community among the students, parish and staff, characterized by participation in the sacramental life of the Church, discussion and cooperation as citizens of the world and expressed through service and social action for peace and justice within the school and extended community

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Faculty and Staff

LeAnne Allen, Grades 5-8 Instructional Support
Licensure:  Learning Disabilities K-12

BS, Special Education, Pembroke State University
M.Ed., Learning Disabilities, UNC-Chapel Hill
Appointed:  2010

Valerie Bass, Bridges After-School Staff
BA, Elementary Education & Psychology, Elmira College

Appointed: 2011

Carew Bridges, Bridges After-School Staff
BS, Health and Physical Education, Appalachian State University

Appointed: 2017

Sue Burdett, 1st Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education

Certificate:  K-12 Reading
BS, Elementary Education, East Carolina University
Appointed: 2000

Dan Burns, Grades 6-8 Physical Education
Licensure:  Physical Education K-12

BS, Physical Education, St. Bonaventure University
Appointed: 2010

Maureen Cesari, Grades K-2 Art
BFA, Graphic Design, East Carolina University

Appointed: 2015

Alicia Comeskey, 4th Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-12 Special Education, UNC – Chapel Hill
BA, Social Work, University of Buffalo
Appointed:  2007

Kayla Dellinger, Technology Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education
BS, Business Administration, UNC – Greensboro

Appointed: 2005

Chris Elliott, Grades K-4 Physical Education
Licensure: Physical Education K-12

BA, Sports Management, North Carolina State University
M.Ed., University of Georgia
Appointed: 2000

Madyson Figlo, 4th Grade Teacher
BA, Elementary Education, UNC – Wilmington

Appointed: 2017

Fran Franks, 2nd Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary/Early Childhood Education

Certification:  Level 2 PA
BS, Kutztown University
Appointed: 2006

Grace Gates, 3rd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BA, University of Pittsburgh

Appointed:  2001

Ann Giannini, 4th Grade Teacher
Licensure:  Elementary Education K-6

Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BA, Elementary Education, Purdue University
MA, Teaching, Webster University
Appointed:  2007

Audrey Harrington, 7th Grade Science, Forensic Science Elective
Licensure:  K-12

BS, Education, St. John’s University
MS., Reading Specialist, St. John’s University
Appointed:  2010

Donna Hennesen, 6th Grade Science
BS, Biology, SUNY Plattsburgh

M.Ed.., SUNY Pottsdam
Appointed:  2016

Beatriz Jimenez, Grades K-4 Spanish
Licensure:  Spanish K-12

BA, Spanish, University of Cincinnati, OH
BS, Education, University of Cincinnati, OH
MA, Spanish, University of Cincinnati, OH
Appointed:  2013

Kayla Kaeding, Grades 3-8 Art
BFA, University of Georgia

Appointed: 2015

Jamie Kirchhoff, 1st Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education, K-12 Special Education

BA, Elementary Education, UNC – Wilmington
M.Ed., Learning Disabilities, North Carolina State University
Appointed: 2006

Cristina Leone, 3rd Grade Teacher
Licensure:  K-6 Elementary Education
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh

BA, Elementary Education, C.W. Post, Long Island University
Appointed: 2000

Carol Lyles, 2nd Grade Teacher
Licensure:  K-6 Elementary Education

BA, English, SUNY Potsdam
MS, Technical Writing, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Appointed: 2002

Rebecca McKinney, Bridges After-School Staff
Asheville Buncombe Technical Institute

Appointed:  2006

Carolyn Moser, 8th Grade Science, STEM Elective
Licensure: Middle School Math, LA, Social Studies, Science

Certifications:  NC Environmental Certification, Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescence Science
BS, Education, Appalachian State University
Appointed:  2005

Erika Parquet, Bridges After-School Staff
BA, History, Meredith College

Paralegal Certificate, Meredith College
Appointed:  2013

Denise Rinderer, Kindergarten Instructional Teaching Assistant
Certification in Radiologic Technology,  Wheeling Hospital

Elementary Education Coursework, West Liberty University
Appointed:  2016

Karin Ruiz, 2nd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh

BA, English, Lehman College (CUNY)
Appointed:  2009

Vanda Setia, 1st Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BE, Bioprocess Engineering, University of New South Wales

MBA, University of Notre Dame
Appointed: 2015

Sandra Simone, Bridges After-School Staff
Appointed: 2013

Eva Socko, Media Specialist
Licensure: Media

AAS, Secretarial Science, SUNY Farmingdale
BS, Business, University of Phoenix
MLS, East Carolina University
Appointed: 2005

Heather Sopko, 3rd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BA, Education, St. Mary’s

Appointed: 2017

Lisa Steele, Grades 5-6 Spanish
Licensure:  K-12 Spanish
Certification:  Spanish, English as a Second Language
BA, Spanish Language and Literature, North Carolina State University
Appointed: 2006

Linda Sullivan, 8th Grade Language Arts
Licensure:  6-12 English, K-12 Academically Gifted
BA, English, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky
Appointed:   2007

Patsy Thieken, 8th Grade Math, Creative Computing Elective
Licensure:  Middle Grades Math
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BS, Mathematical Science (with Computer Science), UNC – Chapel Hill
MBA Duke University
Appointed:  2008

Jules Weber, Grades 7-8 Spanish
Licensure:  6-9 Middle Grades Language Arts, Spanish
Certification:  Master Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BS, Business Administration-Human Resources Management, Concentration Spanish, Auburn University
M.Ed., Middle Grades Language Arts, North Carolina State University
Post Graduate Work, Curriculum and Instruction, North Carolina State University
Appointed:  2015

Claire Wittmeier, Grades 7-8 Math
BA, Mathematics Education, LeMoyne University
Appointed:  2013

Jennifer Ziobrowski, Kindergarten Instructional Teaching Assistant
BS, International Business, SUNY Plattsburgh
Appointed: 2013

Matt Barbee, Grades 3-8 Music
BA, Music Performance, Virginia Polytechnic & State University
MM, Percussion Performance, East Carolina University
Appointed:  2015

Judy Bennett, 8th Grade Social Studies
Licensure: K-12 Librarian/Media Coordinator, 9-12 Social Studies
BA, American Studies, Goucher College
MLS, University of Hawaii
Appointed: 2005

Michael Braga, 7th Grade Social Studies
Licensure: Language Arts, Secondary History, Secondary Social Studies, Middle School Language Arts
BS, History and Secondary Education, Appalachian State University
Appointed: 2013

Ryan Burdett, Grades K-2 Music, 6-8 Music Electives
Appointed: 2016

Ben Burnette, 2nd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BA, History, UNC-Chapel Hill
Appointed: 2017

Lisa Cardello-Price, 3rd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BS, Health/Community Health Services, Ohio University
MS, Accounting, Strayer University
Appointed: 2013

Martina Coates, Media Assistant
BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Munich
Appointed:  2011

Kristen Dellasega, 7th Grade Language Arts
Licensure:  Middle Grades Education
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BA, Science & Language Arts, East Carolina University
Appointed:  2013

Barbara Dobner, Kindergarten Teacher
Licensure:  K-6 Elementary Education
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BS, University of Illinois
Appointed: 2008

Mary Feeley, Kindergarten Instructional Teaching Assistant
BA, Theology, Belmont Abbey College
MS, Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University
Appointed: 2006

Joanne Finch, Grades 7-8 Religion
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
Appointed: 2008

Stephanie Garcia, 1st Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
Appointed: 2014

Lori Giannaccini, 5th Grade Teacher
Licensure:  K-6 Elementary Education, 6-9 Middle Grades Language Arts, 9-12 English, K-12 Academically or Intellectually Gifted, K-12 Media Coordinator
BS, English Education, Kent State University
MLIS, UNC – Greensboro
Appointed: 2017

Theresa Guntow, 4th Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
Appointed: 2007

Tom Harmon, 6th Grade Math
Licensure:  Math 6-8, Math – Exceptional Children K-12
BS, Finance & Economics, University of South Carolina
M.Ed., North Carolina State University
Appointed: 2017

Marceline Henehan, 3rd Grade Teacher
Licensure:  Elementary Education, K-6
BA, Social Sciences, Aquinas College
M.Ed., Grand Valley State University
Appointed:  2009

Laura Jerden, Kindergarten Teacher
Licensure:  Elementary Education
BA, Journalism, University of Missouri
Appointed:  2015

Stacey Kababik, 5th Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BA, Elementary Education, Saint Michael’s College
MA, Math Education, Eastern Nazarene College
Appointed: 2005

Marie Kaczynski, Bridges After-School Staff
BA, Psychology, Russell Sage College
MS, Organizational Psychology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Appointed:  2017

Lynn Kern, Bridges After-School Staff
BA, Physical Education, Indiana State University
Appointed: 2012

Kate LaPorte, 3rd Grade Teacher
Licensure:  K-6 Elementary Education,
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BS, Child Development & Family Relations, East Carolina University
Appointed: 2005

Brendan Lyles, Bridges After-School Staff
BA, Criminology, North Carolina State University
BA, Political Science, North Carolina State University
Appointed: 2017

Celina Manville, Learning Specialist Grades K-5
Licensures:  Learning Disabled K-12, Elementary Education K-6
BS, Elementary Education / Learning Disabilities, Franciscan University
Appointed:  2015

Megan McSwiney, 2nd Grade Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education, 6-8 Math, K-12 Special Education, K-12 Reading Specialist, K-12 Learning Disabilities Specialist
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BA, Elementary Education, UNC – Chapel Hill
M.Ed., Special Education, North Carolina State University
Appointed:   2006

Kathryn Nystrom, 6th Grade Social Studies
BA, History, UNC – Chapel Hill
MA, Teaching SS Secondary Education, UNC – Chapel Hill
Appointed:  2016

Rose Rapp, 5th Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
BS, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Manhattan University, NY, NY
Appointed:  2012

Alexandra Rommel, Bridges-After School Staff
Appointed:  2013

Emily Sartori, Grades 7-8 Drama
BA, Psychology, North Carolina State University
Contracted with Cardinal Gibbons High School:  2016

Kelly Shiel, Media Assistant
BS, Finance, UNC – Wilmington
MLS, East Carolina University
Appointed:  2016

Nancy Slone, Grades 4-5 Physical Education, 5th Grade Teacher
Certifications:  Personal Trainer
BA, Child Development, Auburn University
BS, Elementary Education, University of West Florida
Appointed: 2016

Kelsey Socko, Bridges After-School Staff
Appointed: 2016

Julie Sperrazza, Kindergarten Teacher
Licensure: K-6 Elementary Education, Remedial Reading and Language Arts K-12, English 9-12, Language Arts 6-8, Reading K-12
Certifications:  Remedial Reading and Language Arts K-12, Middle Grades Language Arts 6-12
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
BS, Psychology, Sacred Heart University
MAT, Sacred Heart University
6th Year degree in Reading, Sacred Heart University
Appointed:  2012

Cheryl Stevens, 5th Grade Teacher
Certification:  K-6 Elementary
BS, Environmental Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Appointed:  2000

Shawn Tenace, 6th Grade Religion Teacher
BS, History, Campbell University
M.Ed.,  Kinesiology, University of Virginia
Appointed:   2015

Diana Velosa, Grades 4-5 Instructional Teaching Assistant
BS,Speech/Language Pathology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia
MA, Special Education, Converse College
Appointed:   2012

Teresa Walsh, 2nd Grade Instructional Teaching Assistant
Certification:  Basic Catechist – Diocese of Raleigh
Appointed:   2012

Megan Winter, 6th Grade Language Arts
Licensure:  National Board
BA, Mary Washington College
Appointed: 2017

Certification and Licensing

A classroom teacher in the Diocese of Raleigh is required to be licensed, or in the process of being licensed, by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Teachers with less than three years of verifiable experience must participate in the Initial Licensing Process (ILP) coordinated by the Catholic Schools Office ILT coordinator.

In maintaining a continuing license, all teachers are required to follow the guidelines of The Diocese of Raleigh License Plan (Appendix/Licensure Renewal), approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  The Catholic Schools Office facilitates the licensure process.