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ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy President Mr. Andy Tylicki
Andy Tylicki
President

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St. James Academy President Mr. Andy Tylicki

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Andy Tykicki
President | St. Teresa

Wife Missy, Kids Samuel, Sophia and Isabella

"I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" - 2 Timothy: 7

Education

Emporia State University: BSE Education

Emporia State University: Masters School Counseling; Benedictine College: Masters School Leadership

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SJA Director of Faith Formation Mrs. Debbie Nearmyer
Debbie Nearmyer
Director of Faith Formation

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SJA Director of Faith Formation Mrs. Debbie Nearmyer

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Debbie Nearmyer
Director of Faith Formation | St. Gianna Molla

My husband and I have 5 children, a son in law and daughter in law and 2 grandchildren. They are the joy in our days! I love to snow ski, play driveway basketball, pick up soccer games, shop & travel. I love all things Italian and sharing the work of the Lord in my life with others. I have been a part of the SJA community for 15 years and consider it one of the great blessings in my life.

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelor of Science Social Welfare

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St. James Academy Principal Dr. Shane Rapp
Shane Rapp
Principal

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St. James Academy Principal Dr. Shane Rapp

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Shane Rapp
Principal | St. Gregory

"In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:78-79

Education

Benedictine College: English & Secondary Education

Benedictine College: Master's of Arts in School Leadership; Baker University: Doctorate in Educational Leadership

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SJA Dean of Students Mr. John Muehlberger
John Muehlberger
Dean of Students

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SJA Dean of Students Mr. John Muehlberger

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John Muhelberger
Dean of Students | Padre Pio

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong" - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Education

Emporia State: Education

Benedictine: Administration

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SJA Vice Principal Mrs. Jessica Rolston
Jessica Rolston
Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

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SJA Vice Principal Mrs. Jessica Rolston

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Jessica Rolston
Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction | Catherine

Jessica Rolston is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Shawnee, KS where she resides with her husband, Kevin and daughters, Lily and Violet. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and attended Christ The King School and Bishop Ward High School. She graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 2000 and Master of Science degree in Educational Administration in 2008. From 2000-2016, she worked in the De Soto School District as a teacher and administrator. In 2016, the Holy Spirit led her to St. James where she continued her career in administration as the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Education

Emporia State University: Master of Science in Education

Emporia State University: Educational Administration

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St. James Academy Athletic Director Mr. Tom Huppe
Mark Huppe
Athletic Director, Vice Principal

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St. James Academy Athletic Director Mr. Tom Huppe

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Mark Huppe
Athletic Director, Vice Principal

Mark and Maureen have 7 children and 12 grandchildren.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.

Education

Rockhurst University: BSBA

UMKC: Educational Administration

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ADVANCEMENT DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy Media Ms. Alyssa Dold
Alyssa Dold
Director of Marketing and Design

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St. James Academy Media Ms. Alyssa Dold

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Alyssa Dold
Director of Marketing and Design | Benedict | Student Advancement Committee, Draw Near

Education

Kansas State University: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

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SJA Director of Admissions Mrs. Karen Maginn
Karen Maginn
Admissions Director

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SJA Director of Admissions Mrs. Karen Maginn

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Karen Maginn
Admissions Director | Catherine

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
- Mother Teresa

Education

University of Northern Iowa: BS - Public Relations, Marketing minor

Drake University: Masters of Public Administration

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SJA Advancement Chair Mrs. Amber Hellwig
Amber Hellwig
Director of Admissions & Advancement

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SJA Advancement Chair Mrs. Amber Hellwig

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Amber Hellwig
Director of Admissions & Advancement | St. John Paul II | Assistant Swim Coach

Married to husband Kelby and have two boys Kody and Grayson. Our family loves to be active, be outdoors and spend time together.

"Do all things with great love!" - St. Teresa

Education

University of Central Missouri: Bachelor of Science

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St. James Academy Grant Management Mrs. Katie Lindgren
Katie Lindgren
Grant Writer

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St. James Academy Grant Management Mrs. Katie Lindgren

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Katie Lindgren
Grant Writer | Mother Teresa

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. - St. Augustine"

Certifications

Fundraising

Education

Truman State University: English

UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management: Public Administration

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St. James Academy Media Mr. Eduardo Godinez
Eduardo Godinez
Director of Integrated Marketing

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St. James Academy Media Mr. Eduardo Godinez

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Eduardo Godinez
Director of Integrated Marketing | Benedict | Thunder Broadcasting Network | Weekly Storm

Demons run when a good man goes to war.

Education

Benedictine College: International Business

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Kim Feist
Alumni Coordinator

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Kim Feist
Alumni Coordinator | St. Gianna Molla

Kim is married to fellow alum Derek; both graduated in the SJA Class of 2010. They have sons Levi, Nolan, and Rocco, and are parishioners at Sacred Heart in Shawnee. Their family is grateful to stay connected to the SJA Community through alumni activities, and they enjoy cheering on the Thunder and K-State!

"The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of our family too small." - Mother Teresa

Education

Kansas State University: Social Work

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SJA Administrator Mrs. Jenn Godar
Jenn Godar
Director of Fundraising and Major Gifts

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SJA Administrator Mrs. Jenn Godar

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Jenn Godar
Director of Fundraising and Major Gifts | Peter

I joined the staff in August 2019. With more than 20 years of fundraising experience, I am thrilled to bring this knowledge to St. James and to be a part of the Advancement Team. My husband Shawn and I reside in Shawnee with our two kids, Jack and Madelyn. Both are students at Sacred Heart.

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

"Some days you're the windshield. Other days, you're the bug."

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelor of Science - Journalism

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St. James Academy football coach and assistant athletic director Mr. Tom Radke
Tom Radke
Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Development Director

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St. James Academy football coach and assistant athletic director Mr. Tom Radke

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Tom Radke
Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Development Director | Dean of John Paul II | Head Football Coach, Assistant Track Coach, Weight Room Coordinator

I have worked in education for 21 years in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Making stops at Ames High, St. Pius X (MO), St. Thomas Aquinas and Piper High School. I have been blessed to work at St. James Academy for the last 9 years serving as a social studies teacher and head football. I have been married 20 years to my wife Laura. We have 3 daughters (Grace, Kendal, and Emma). We are active members of the Ascension parish.

Isiah 6:8

Education

Iowa State University: B.S. in History

Graceland University: Masters in Education

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BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY

SJA technology teacher and yearbook advisor Mrs. Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Business Technology Teacher

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SJA technology teacher and yearbook advisor Mrs. Bonnie-Lyn Ray

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Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Business Technology Teacher | Dean of Gianna Molla | Yearbook Adviser

Married to Scott; children Mary-Ashley (2015) and Taylor (2018) are graduates of SJA

"Whatever God wants." - St. Gianna Molla

Education

Louisiana Tech University: English

Indiana Wesleyan University: Masters of Education

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St. James Academy Technology teacher Mr. Michael Consiglio
Michael Consiglio
Business Technology Teacher

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St. James Academy Technology teacher Mr. Michael Consiglio

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Michael Consiglio
Business Technology Teacher | St. Catherine | Boys Golf; Girls Golf; Weekly Storm; Spirit Shop

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

Education

Kansas State University: Marketing

Avila University: Teaching & Learning

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SJA technology teacher and swim coach Mrs. Samantha Hendrix
Samantha Hendrix
Technology Teacher & Coach

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SJA technology teacher and swim coach Mrs. Samantha Hendrix

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Samantha Hendrix
Technology Teacher & Coach | St. Catherine | Boys Swim

"Don't worry about tomorrow, you have enough to worry about today." - Matthew 6:34

Education

Emporia State University: Secondary Mathematics Education

Emporia State University: Instructional Design & Technology

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Finance and History Teacher Mr. Tim Wuebker for St. James Academy
Tim Wuebker
Personal Finance, Psychology, WWII, Economics, Sociology, and Cold War Instructor

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Finance and History Teacher Mr. Tim Wuebker for St. James Academy

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Tim Wuebker
Personal Finance, Psychology, WWII, Economics, Sociology, and Cold War Instructor | St. Benedict | Philosophy

I seek to teach as well as I can until about age 70 or 75; I also like to write novels, and help people with personal finance questions

The Workers in the Vineyard.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off. [And] he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner,
saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you.* Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
[Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Education

Loras College: B.S. in Math, Literature, and Writing

Marquette University: M.A. in Literature

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BUSINESS OFFICE

SJA Finance Director Mrs. Christy Peterson
Christy Peterson
Director of Finance

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SJA Finance Director Mrs. Christy Peterson

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Christy Peterson
Director of Finance | St. Gianna Molla

Married with four children and eleven grandchildren so far!

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Education

Kansas State University: Bachelor of Science in Business

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St. James Academy Clerk Mrs. Jan Clary
Jan Clary
Accounting Assistant

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St. James Academy Clerk Mrs. Jan Clary

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Jan Clary
Accounting Assistant | St. Gregory

I am happily married to Jeff and the mother of 3 St. James Academy graduates - Kelsey (2010), Sean (2012), and Brendan (2015).

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or with gratitude." G.K. Chesterton

Education

Rockhurst Universit: BSBA Accounting

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CAMPUS MINISTRY

SJA Director of Faith Formation Mrs. Debbie Nearmyer
Debbie Nearmyer
Director of Faith Formation

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SJA Director of Faith Formation Mrs. Debbie Nearmyer

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Debbie Nearmyer
Director of Faith Formation | St. Gianna Molla

My husband and I have 5 children, a son in law and daughter in law and 2 grandchildren. They are the joy in our days! I love to snow ski, play driveway basketball, pick up soccer games, shop & travel. I love all things Italian and sharing the work of the Lord in my life with others. I have been a part of the SJA community for 15 years and consider it one of the great blessings in my life.

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelor of Science Social Welfare

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SJA Theology teacher and Campus Ministry Coordinator Mrs. Emily Hodes
Emily Hodes
Theology Teacher

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SJA Theology teacher and Campus Ministry Coordinator Mrs. Emily Hodes

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Emily Hodes
Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Campus Ministry Ms. Ruthie Greenhalgh
Ruthie Greenhalgh
Campus Minister

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St. James Academy Campus Ministry Ms. Ruthie Greenhalgh

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Ruthie Greenhalgh
Campus Minister | John Paul II | Be Somebody, Draw Near, G.R.A.C.E. for Moms

I am the 2nd of 7 kids and grew up in Leawood, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Arizona I moved with my family to Philadelphia and spent about 10 years on the East Coast, with the exception of a year spent in Gaming, Austria studying with Franciscan University where I am pursuing a Masters in Theology. I spent 5 years helping lead high school retreats in Philadelphia before coming to St. James in 2017.

I want to become a saint; it will not be easy at all... I should have started sooner, while it was not so difficult; but in any case ‘better late than never'. - Zelie Martin"

Education

University of Arizona: Communications

Working towards Masters in Theology from Franciscan University

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St. James Academy chaplain Fr. Mark Ostrowski
Fr. Mark Ostrowski
Chaplain

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St. James Academy chaplain Fr. Mark Ostrowski

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Fr. Mark Ostrowski
Chaplain | Peter

Sirach 2:1-18

Education

Benedictine College: BA in History and Religious Studies

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary: MA in Theology

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COMMUNITY SYSTEM

Theology and Dean of Community Mrs. Katie Walters
Katie Walters
Theology Teacher, Director of Community

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Theology and Dean of Community Mrs. Katie Walters

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Katie Walters
Theology Teacher, Director of Community | Catherine | G.R.A.C.E. (Girls Respond Actively to Christ's Example) Women's Formation

Wife to Mr. Chris Walters, who also teaches at SJA, and mother to Ethan, Olivia, Kolbe and Annie.

"Where there is no love, put love, and there you will foster love." - St. John of the Cross

Education

Benedictine College: Master of Arts in Theology and Psychology

Augustine Institute: MA Theology

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SJA math teacher Ms. Clare Larkin
Clare Larkin
Math Teacher

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SJA math teacher Ms. Clare Larkin

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Clare Larkin
Math Teacher | Dean of St. Peter | Thunder for Life

Ephesians 4:20

Education

Benedictine College: B.A. Mathematics & B.A. Secondary Education

Working towards Masters from Baker University

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St. James Academy Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Wendy Leon-Ryan
Wendy Leon-Ryan
World Language

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St. James Academy Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Wendy Leon-Ryan

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Wendy Leon-Ryan
World Language | Dean Padre Pio | Big Sister Little Sister Club

Married to Evan, mom to Ethan and Isabella. I enjoy running, being outdoors and reading. Would love to hold a doctorate degree one day, I'm a bit nerdy 🙂

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in her. 1 John 4:16

Education

Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo: Business

Emporia State University: Masters Education in Teaching

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St. James Academy Dean of Theology and St. Gregory teacher Mr. Alex Keith
Alex Keith
Theology (Department Head) and History Teacher

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St. James Academy Dean of Theology and St. Gregory teacher Mr. Alex Keith

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Alex Keith
Theology (Department Head) and History Teacher | Dean of St. Gregory | Football (Volunteer), Captains of Crush (Mentor)

I love hanging out with my wife, Lauren and our 3 kids Ben, Emmy and Maggie! I hope to bring the Thunder Cup back to Gregory and am honored to be part of one of the best Theology Departments in the nation!

Is. 43:19 - "For I make all things new, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Education

Benedictine College: Secondary Education and Social Sciences

Benedictine College: Master of Arts in School Leadership

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Dean of Mother Teresa and History teacher Mr. Mark Wahlberg
Joe Walberg
Social Studies Teacher

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Dean of Mother Teresa and History teacher Mr. Mark Wahlberg

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Joe Walberg
Social Studies Teacher | Mother Teresa | Scholars Bowl Head Coach, Dean of Mother Teresa Community

Joe Walberg is a Parent, Teacher, Dean, Nerd, Believer, Ultracrepidarian, Vexillophile, and head Scholars Bowl coach for St. James Academy. He and his wife Erin have two lucky-but-unimpressed children, Leah and Jack (who sometimes insists on being called John).

Isaiah 46:8-10 - Remember this and consider, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention."

Education

University of Kansas: B.G.S. Political Science

Avila University: Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning

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St. James Academy History and Government teacher Mrs. Angela Charlton
Angela Charlton
Social Science

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St. James Academy History and Government teacher Mrs. Angela Charlton

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Angela Charlton
Social Science | Dean of St. Benedict

God Bless America

Education

Kansas State University: Secondary Education

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Educational Technology

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St. James Academy World Studies History teacher Mr. Matt Joshi
Matt Joshi
World Studies Teacher

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St. James Academy World Studies History teacher Mr. Matt Joshi

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Matt Joshi
World Studies Teacher | Catherine | Football Coach

Mr. Joshi has coached football and track at SJA since the 2011-2012 school year. In 2012 Mr. Joshi set out to complete his Masters in Education at Rockhurst University and completed it in 2014. In 2016 Mr. Joshi got married to Rachel (Gray, SJA 09 Grad) Joshi. Mr. Joshi enjoys traveling in the summer with his wife, gardening and cooking.

"Let not your hearts be troubled" John 14:1

Education

University of St. Thomas, MN: Political Science and Geography

Rockhurst University: Masters in Education, Emphasis in Social Studies

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SJA technology teacher and yearbook advisor Mrs. Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Business Technology Teacher

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SJA technology teacher and yearbook advisor Mrs. Bonnie-Lyn Ray

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Bonnie-Lyn Ray
Business Technology Teacher | Dean of Gianna Molla | Yearbook Adviser

Married to Scott; children Mary-Ashley (2015) and Taylor (2018) are graduates of SJA

"Whatever God wants." - St. Gianna Molla

Education

Louisiana Tech University: English

Indiana Wesleyan University: Masters of Education

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St. James Academy football coach and assistant athletic director Mr. Tom Radke
Tom Radke
Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Development Director

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St. James Academy football coach and assistant athletic director Mr. Tom Radke

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Tom Radke
Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Development Director | Dean of John Paul II | Head Football Coach, Assistant Track Coach, Weight Room Coordinator

I have worked in education for 21 years in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Making stops at Ames High, St. Pius X (MO), St. Thomas Aquinas and Piper High School. I have been blessed to work at St. James Academy for the last 9 years serving as a social studies teacher and head football. I have been married 20 years to my wife Laura. We have 3 daughters (Grace, Kendal, and Emma). We are active members of the Ascension parish.

Isiah 6:8

Education

Iowa State University: B.S. in History

Graceland University: Masters in Education

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COUNSELING

St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally
Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager

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St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally

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Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager | Padre Pio

Married to my best friend. Blessed to be a mother to three great kids, and soon to be two awesome sons-in-laws.

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person. A beautiful thing!" - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Education

Ottawa University: Business Administration

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St. James Academy Guided Studies teacher Mrs. Maureen Hallhake
Maureen Hellhake
Coordinator of Student Services

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St. James Academy Guided Studies teacher Mrs. Maureen Hallhake

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Maureen Hellhake
Coordinator of Student Services | Benedict

With God all things are possible.

Education

University of Missouri- Columbia: Special Education

University of Missouri- Kansas City: Special Education

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St. James Academy School Counselor Mrs. Jenny Hicks
Jenny Hicks
Guidance Counselor | Caseload A-He

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St. James Academy School Counselor Mrs. Jenny Hicks

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Jenny Hicks
Guidance Counselor | Caseload A-He | St. John Paul II

“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” - Peter 5:7

Education

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Human Relations

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Maters of Arts, School Counseling

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SJA counselor Mrs. Natalie Muehlberger
Natalie Muehlberger
Guidance Counselor | Caseload O-Z

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SJA counselor Mrs. Natalie Muehlberger

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Natalie Muehlberger
Guidance Counselor | Caseload O-Z | Padre Pio

Natalie is a 1996 graduate of Bishop Ward High School. She started her teacher career at her Alma Mater; where she was an English teacher and coach for 11 years. She came to SJA in 2013 as an English teacher. She moved into the counseling department 4 years ago. She has been married to John Muehlberger for 15 years and they have three children, Andy (Courtney) c/o 2013, Jillian and Rose. Andy and Courtney have blessed Natalie and John with their first granddaughter, Kennedy.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Education

St. Mary College: BA in English and Secondary Education

University of West Alabama: MED in School Counseling

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St. James Academy counselor Mrs. Kellie Maguire
Kellie Maguire
Guidance Counselor | Caseload Hi-N

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St. James Academy counselor Mrs. Kellie Maguire

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Kellie Maguire
Guidance Counselor | Caseload Hi-N | St. Catherine

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Education

University of Kansas: Psychology and Human Development Family Life

Gallaudet University: Masters Mental Health Counseling

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St. James Academy Receptionist Mrs. Susie Ludwikoski
Susan Ludwikoski
Administrative Assistant to the President

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St. James Academy Receptionist Mrs. Susie Ludwikoski

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Susan Ludwikoski
Administrative Assistant to the President | St. Gianna Molla | Mentor/Transfer Program and Freshman Connex

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

Education

Kansas State University: Social Science/Criminal Justice

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St. James Academy Guided Studies Ms. Liz Enna
Liz Enna
Guided Studies Teacher

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St. James Academy Guided Studies Ms. Liz Enna

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Liz Enna
Guided Studies Teacher | Mother Teresa | Girls & Boys Soccer

"Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love" - Mother Teresa

Education

Benedictine College: Special Education & Elementary Education

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Tracy Gay
Guided Studies

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Tracy Gay
Guided Studies | Mother Teresa

Married w two kids, interests in executive functioning skills specific to the high school population and educational psychology, enjoys reading.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Certifications

2011 KS Horizon Award Recipient

Education

Wichita State University: BA in Education

Emporia State University: MS in Special Education

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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy AP Representative and Head of English Department teacher Mrs. Colleen Kolich
Colleen Kolich
English Teacher, Department Chair

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St. James Academy AP Representative and Head of English Department teacher Mrs. Colleen Kolich

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Colleen kolich
English Teacher, Department Chair | St. Gregory | National Honor Society Advisor

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Education

Benedictine College: BA English

Baker University: Education

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SJA English teacher Ms. Kirsten Miller
Kirsten Miller
English Teacher

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SJA English teacher Ms. Kirsten Miller

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Kirsten Miller
English Teacher | St. Catherine | Thunder Service Club, GRACE, Bowling

She has traveled to 14 different countries!

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine." - Isaiah 43:1

Education

Benedictine College: English/Secondary Education

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St. James Academy English teacher Ms. Alli Jordan
Alli Jordan
English Teacher

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St. James Academy English teacher Ms. Alli Jordan

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Alli Jordan
English Teacher | Gianna Molla | Book Club, Poetry Club

I am married and have one son named Ronan. My goal in life is to spread joy wherever I go.

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” - Mark Twain

Education

Emporia State University: Secondary English Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City: Creative Writing and the Media Arts

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SJA English teacher Mrs. Rebecca Bishop
Rebecca Bishop
English Teacher

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SJA English teacher Mrs. Rebecca Bishop

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Rebecca Bishop
English Teacher | Benedict | Sophomore Volleyball Coach

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” - St. Maximillian Kolbe

Education

Pittsburg State University: BSEd

Emporia State University: Masters in English

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SJA English teacher and Debate coach Mrs. Antionette Ishmael
Antionette Ishmael
English Teacher

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SJA English teacher and Debate coach Mrs. Antionette Ishmael

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Antionette Ishmael
English Teacher | Gianna Molla | Debate, Forensics

I am a mom, nani, and wife. I believe in preparing the child for the road, not the road for the child.

To Thine Own Self Be True -- William Shakespeare

Education

Rockhurst: BA

Webster: MAT

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SJA English Teacher Ms. Stacey Rains
Stacey Rains
English Teacher

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SJA English Teacher Ms. Stacey Rains

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Stacey Rains
English Teacher | Catherine

Romans 8:28

Certifications

Certification in Youth Ministry through Franciscan University of Steubenville

Education

Benedictine College: English and Secondary Education

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St. James Academy English teacher Mr. Evan Bradfield
Evan Bradfield
English Teacher

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St. James Academy English teacher Mr. Evan Bradfield

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Evan Bradfield
English Teacher | Gregory | Coach, Science Olympiad; Coach, Scholar's Bowl; Sponsor, Vinyl Club

Mr. Bradfield seeks to vibrantly live out his vocation as husband and father. He loves being "Dad" and enjoys working around the house, writing, and cycling. Mr. Bradfield's passion for God, literature, and people intersect perfectly in his job teaching at SJA!

"Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name." Psalms 86:11

Education

Benedictine College: English and Secondary Education, Minor in Theology

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St. James Academy English teacher Mrs. Theresa Redd
Theresa Redd
English Teacher

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St. James Academy English teacher Mrs. Theresa Redd

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Theresa Redd
English Teacher | Benedict | G.R.A.C.E.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, I moved to Kansas for college. After graduating from Benedictine, I taught for 3 years at St. Agnes Catholic school before jumping up to high school. I am newly married and excited to build a life here is Kansas City.

"Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

Education

Benedictine College: BA English BA Education |

Mid-America Nazarene: Master of Reading Specialist (in progress)

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FACILITIES

St. James Academy Maintenance and Golf Wrestling coach Mr. Jimmy Muehlberger
Jimmy Muehlberger
Maintenance

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St. James Academy Maintenance and Golf Wrestling coach Mr. Jimmy Muehlberger

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Jimmy Muehlberger
Maintenance | Padre Pio | Boys and Girls Golf, and Wrestling

Find where your chance of greatness lies and let no power on earth deter you from it.

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Mike Medina
Maintenance

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Mike Medina
Maintenance | Wrestling Coach

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Rick Stegall
Maintenance

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Rick Stegall
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St. James Academy Maintenance Mr. Steve Pippen
Steve Pippin
Maintenance

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St. James Academy Maintenance Mr. Steve Pippen

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Steve Pippin
Maintenance

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MATH DEPARTMENT

Head of SJA Math Department Mrs. Donna Sharpnack
Donna Sharpnack
Math Department Head

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Head of SJA Math Department Mrs. Donna Sharpnack

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Donna Sharpnack
Math Department Head | St. John Paul II

"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot: together we can do great things." Mother Teresa

Education

University of Oklahoma: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education

Baker University: Masters in Education

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St. James Academy algebra math teacher Mrs. Kaitlin Jadlowski
Kaitlin Jadlowski
Math Teacher

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St. James Academy algebra math teacher Mrs. Kaitlin Jadlowski

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Kaitlin Jadlowski
Math Teacher | St. Gianna Molla

"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." - St. Joan of Arc

Education

Benedictine College: BA in Mathematics and BA in Secondary Education

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SJA math teacher Ms. Clare Larkin
Clare Larkin
Math Teacher

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SJA math teacher Ms. Clare Larkin

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Clare Larkin
Math Teacher | Dean of St. Peter | Thunder for Life

Ephesians 4:20

Education

Benedictine College: B.A. Mathematics & B.A. Secondary Education

Working towards Masters from Baker University

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SJA Math and Computer Science teacher Mrs. Lee Ann Ochs
Lee Ann Ochs
Math Teacher

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SJA Math and Computer Science teacher Mrs. Lee Ann Ochs

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Lee Ann Ochs
Math Teacher | John Paul II

Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Today's trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34

Education

Missouri State University: B.S.Ed

North Carolina State University: M. Ed.

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St. James Academy Math teacher Mrs. Julie Curnes
Julie Curnes
Math Teacher

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St. James Academy Math teacher Mrs. Julie Curnes

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Julie Curnes
Math Teacher | Benedict

Married to Phillip for 23 years. We have five children, ages 10-19.

"When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34)

Education

Miami University, Oxford University, and Ohio University: BS Secondary Math Education

University of Kansas: Curriculum and Instruction

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St. James Academy math teacher Mr. Sam Rockford
Sam Rockford
Math Teacher

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St. James Academy math teacher Mr. Sam Rockford

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Sam Rockford
Math Teacher | Gregory

2017 Kansas Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching; married with three kids; parishioner at Good Shepherd in Shawnee; enjoys lawn care, gardening, reading, coaching youth sports, and plays heavy rock guitar in a semi-professional cover band.

Romans 5:1-5

Education

University of Kansas: BSE Secondary Math and English

University of Kansas: MA in Teaching and Leadership

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Justin Snell
Math Teacher

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Justin Snell
Math Teacher | John Paul II | Basketball and Football Coach

Mr. Snell is a proud husband to Kressa, and father to Julius and Adriana. Mr. Snell is a fan of almost all sports and in his spare time enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with the family.

Mark 11:22-24 - “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Education

Newman University: Business Administration

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St. James Academy Basketball Coach and math teacher Mr. Stan Dohm
Stan Dohm
Math Teacher; Head Boys Basketball Coach

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St. James Academy Basketball Coach and math teacher Mr. Stan Dohm

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Stan Dohm
Math Teacher; Head Boys Basketball Coach | St. Gianna Molla

Married to Sidni for 18 years, 4 children: Spencer(13), Samuel(12), Sophia(8), Sullivan(6)

It is supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!

Certifications

Certified Social Science 7-12; Certified Mathematics 7-12

Education

Newman University: Social Studies Secondary Education

Wichita State University: Sports Management

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

SJA Physical Education teacher Mr. Sam Bruning
Sam Bruning
PE Teacher

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SJA Physical Education teacher Mr. Sam Bruning

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Sam Bruning
PE Teacher | Mother Teresa | Football Freshmen HC and Ast. DL Coach

SJA Alum (Class of 2013). Currently completing a Masters degree in High Incidence Special Education at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!

"Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God: all will be well." - St. Joan of Arc

Certifications

Certificate in Adaptive Physical Education

Education

University of Kansas: Health and Physical Education

Currently completing a Masters degree in High Incidence Special Education

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla
Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla

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Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher | Gianna Molla | Girls Basketball, Soap Club, Philosophy Club

"Discipline equals freedom." - Jocko Willink

Education

Benedictine College: Philosophy and Theology, Minor in Classical Languages

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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

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Jackie Heinerikson
Science, Department Chair

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Jackie Heinerikson
Science, Department Chair | Padre Pio | Clay Target

Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Dr. Martin Luther King

Education

University of Kansas: Education

University of Kansas: Curriculum and Instruction

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St. James Academy Track Coach and science teacher Mr. Greg Bomhoff
Greg Bomhoff
Science Teacher

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St. James Academy Track Coach and science teacher Mr. Greg Bomhoff

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Greg Bomhoff
Science Teacher

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Anatomy and Biology teacher Mr. Alan Thomas
Alan Thomas
Science Teacher

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Anatomy and Biology teacher Mr. Alan Thomas

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Alan Thomas
Science Teacher | St. Gregory | Assistant Cross Country Coach

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa

Certifications

Google Certified Educator Level 2

Education

Western Colorado University: B.A. Biology

Wichita State University: M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

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SJA Chemistry teacher Mrs. Julie Ward
Julie Ward
Science Teacher

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SJA Chemistry teacher Mrs. Julie Ward

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Julie Ward
Science Teacher | Mother Teresa | Assistant Track Coach

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. - Mother Teresa

Education

Kansas State University: B.S. in Chemical Science

Avila University: Curriculum and Instruction

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St. James Academy ACT Prep and Anatomy teacher Mrs. Angela Schermerhorn
Angela Schermerhorn
Science Teacher and College Readiness Coordinator

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St. James Academy ACT Prep and Anatomy teacher Mrs. Angela Schermerhorn

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Angela Schermerhorn
Science Teacher and College Readiness Coordinator | Padre Pio

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5

Education

University of Notre Dame: BS Pre-Professional Science

Pittsburg State University: MAT; University of Kansas: MPH

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SJA biology and science teacher Mrs. Kerri Elstun
Kerri Elstun
Science Teacher

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SJA biology and science teacher Mrs. Kerri Elstun

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Kerri Elstun
Science Teacher | Peter

Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Education

Emporia State: Education

Baker University: Masters in Education

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St. James Academy Chemistry teacher Mrs. Anna Larsen
Anna Larsen
Science Teacher

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St. James Academy Chemistry teacher Mrs. Anna Larsen

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Anna Larsen
Science Teacher | Benedict

Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Education

Benedictine College: Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry & Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education

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SJA Science teacher and volleyball coach Mrs. Paige James
Paige James
Science Teacher

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SJA Science teacher and volleyball coach Mrs. Paige James

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Paige James
Science Teacher | St. Catherine | JV Volleyball Coach, Assistant Track Coach

Married to Aj James and have two daughter Faye and Josey.

"Love endures everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing." - St. Faustina

Education

Appalachian State University: BA in Spanish, BS in Chemistry

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SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy Volleyball Coach and History teacher Mrs. Nancy Dorsey
Nancy Dorsey
History Teacher, Department Head

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St. James Academy Volleyball Coach and History teacher Mrs. Nancy Dorsey

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Nancy Dorsey
History Teacher, Department Head | Gianna Molla | Head Volleyball Coach, Spirit Club Sponsor, Lemon Club Sponsor

I am married to Bryan Dorsey, best man ever. We have 5 kids, Finley, Cooper, Ellen, Fiona and Fletcher and a dog Zoey. They attend Sacred Heart Catholic School. We have a Gaga, my mom, Ellen, who is an enormous part of our family as she lives in our home. Our goal is to work with young people to develop strong, confident, capable human beings who love the LORD and spread his goodness!

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog"

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelors in Education

University of Kansas: Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

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SJA history teacher Sr. Mary Korte Hedwig
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Social Studies

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SJA history teacher Sr. Mary Korte Hedwig

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Sister M. Hedwig Kortte, FSGM
Social Studies | St. John Paul II

I am a member of the religious congregation - The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Originally, I am from Sigel, Illinois; and I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. For 16 years I have been a part of Catholic Education involving children from the ages of 6 weeks to seniors in high school.

"It is God's will. We must be pleased with what pleases God, and what is His will." - St. Hedwig

Education

Benedictine College: Secondary Education and Social Science

Benedictine College: MASL

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St. James Academy History and Government teacher Mrs. Angela Charlton
Angela Charlton
Social Science

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St. James Academy History and Government teacher Mrs. Angela Charlton

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Angela Charlton
Social Science | Dean of St. Benedict

God Bless America

Education

Kansas State University: Secondary Education

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Educational Technology

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Finance and History Teacher Mr. Tim Wuebker for St. James Academy
Tim Wuebker
Personal Finance, Psychology, WWII, Economics, Sociology, and Cold War Instructor

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Finance and History Teacher Mr. Tim Wuebker for St. James Academy

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Tim Wuebker
Personal Finance, Psychology, WWII, Economics, Sociology, and Cold War Instructor | St. Benedict | Philosophy

I seek to teach as well as I can until about age 70 or 75; I also like to write novels, and help people with personal finance questions

The Workers in the Vineyard.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’
So they went off. [And] he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o’clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’
When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner,
saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’
He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you.* Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
[Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Education

Loras College: B.S. in Math, Literature, and Writing

Marquette University: M.A. in Literature

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Dean of Mother Teresa and History teacher Mr. Mark Wahlberg
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Social Studies Teacher

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Dean of Mother Teresa and History teacher Mr. Mark Wahlberg

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Joe Walberg
Social Studies Teacher | Mother Teresa | Scholars Bowl Head Coach, Dean of Mother Teresa Community

Joe Walberg is a Parent, Teacher, Dean, Nerd, Believer, Ultracrepidarian, Vexillophile, and head Scholars Bowl coach for St. James Academy. He and his wife Erin have two lucky-but-unimpressed children, Leah and Jack (who sometimes insists on being called John).

Isaiah 46:8-10 - Remember this and consider, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention."

Education

University of Kansas: B.G.S. Political Science

Avila University: Master of Arts in Education: Teaching and Learning

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla
Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla

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Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher | Gianna Molla | Girls Basketball, Soap Club, Philosophy Club

"Discipline equals freedom." - Jocko Willink

Education

Benedictine College: Philosophy and Theology, Minor in Classical Languages

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St. James Academy World Studies History teacher Mr. Matt Joshi
Matt Joshi
World Studies Teacher

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St. James Academy World Studies History teacher Mr. Matt Joshi

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Matt Joshi
World Studies Teacher | Catherine | Football Coach

Mr. Joshi has coached football and track at SJA since the 2011-2012 school year. In 2012 Mr. Joshi set out to complete his Masters in Education at Rockhurst University and completed it in 2014. In 2016 Mr. Joshi got married to Rachel (Gray, SJA 09 Grad) Joshi. Mr. Joshi enjoys traveling in the summer with his wife, gardening and cooking.

"Let not your hearts be troubled" John 14:1

Education

University of St. Thomas, MN: Political Science and Geography

Rockhurst University: Masters in Education, Emphasis in Social Studies

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SUPPORT STAFF

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Anna Bomhoff
Administrative Assistant Athletics and Activities

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Anna Bomhoff
Administrative Assistant Athletics and Activities | St. Peter | Assistant Girls/Boys Tennis Coach

My husband Greg and I are truly blessed to be part of such a great community. We have two boys, Andrew 14 and Brett 11. I have a background in science and hope to maybe teach a class at SJA someday.

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Education

Washburn University: Biology

University of Kansas Medical Center: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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St. James Academy Nurse Mrs. Julie Mayfield
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School Nurse

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St. James Academy Nurse Mrs. Julie Mayfield

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Julie Mayfield
School Nurse | Gregory

Phillipians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Terri O’Neill
Administrative Assistant | Faith Formation Department

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Terri O'Neill
Administrative Assistant | Faith Formation Department | Gregory

“We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa

Education

Friends University of Central Kansas: Human Resource Management

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St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally
Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager

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St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally

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Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager | Padre Pio

Married to my best friend. Blessed to be a mother to three great kids, and soon to be two awesome sons-in-laws.

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person. A beautiful thing!" - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Education

Ottawa University: Business Administration

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SJA Substitute teacher Mr. Max Grisnik
Max Grisnik
Building Substitute

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SJA Substitute teacher Mr. Max Grisnik

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Max Grisnik
Building Substitute | Catherine

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - Gandalf

Education

University of Missouri-Kansas City: Film and Media Arts

Rockhurst University: Education

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SJA Receptionist Mrs. Theresa Lyons
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Administrative Assistant to the Principal

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SJA Receptionist Mrs. Theresa Lyons

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Theresa Lyons
Administrative Assistant to the Principal | St. Catherine

St. Mother Teresa "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

Education

University of Missouri-St. Louis: Elementary and Special Education

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St. James Academy staff member Mrs. Caroline Schippers
Caroline Shippers
Data Manager

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St. James Academy staff member Mrs. Caroline Schippers

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Caroline Shippers
Data Manager | St. Teresa

Married to Dale with three children, Grace, Stratton and Bridget. Members of Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe.

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." - 1 Corinthians 13:12

Education

Wichita State University: Math & Economics

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Shalee Morris
Attendance Manager

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Shalee Morris
Attendance Manager | Padre Pio

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Certifications

Certificate in Spiritual Mentorship

Education

Avila College: Corporate Communications

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St. James Academy SRO Officer Derrick Pierce
Derrick Pierce
School Resource Officer

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St. James Academy SRO Officer Derrick Pierce

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Derrick Pierce
School Resource Officer | St. Benedict | Freshmen Football; Sponsor of Sticker Club

Whatever you are, be a good one

Education

Washburn: Criminal Justice

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St. James Academy Receptionist Mrs. Susie Ludwikoski
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Administrative Assistant to the President

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St. James Academy Receptionist Mrs. Susie Ludwikoski

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Susan Ludwikoski
Administrative Assistant to the President | St. Gianna Molla | Mentor/Transfer Program and Freshman Connex

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

Education

Kansas State University: Social Science/Criminal Justice

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TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally
Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager

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St. James Academy Registrar Mrs. Cathy McNally

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Cathy McNally
Registrar and Information Systems Manager | Padre Pio

Married to my best friend. Blessed to be a mother to three great kids, and soon to be two awesome sons-in-laws.

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person. A beautiful thing!" - St. Teresa of Calcutta

Education

Ottawa University: Business Administration

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SJA Tech Administrator Mr. Jerry Tujaque
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Director of Technology

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SJA Tech Administrator Mr. Jerry Tujaque

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Jerry Tujague
Director of Technology

Happily married father of 7 children.

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. - GK Chesterton

Education

Auburn: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Auburn: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science

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SJA Tech Administrator Mr. Joe Lindgren
Joe Lindgren
Laptop Program Manager

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SJA Tech Administrator Mr. Joe Lindgren

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Joe Lindgren
Laptop Program Manager | Mother Teresa

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Education

Rockhurst University

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THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

St. James Academy Dean of Theology and St. Gregory teacher Mr. Alex Keith
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Theology (Department Head) and History Teacher

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St. James Academy Dean of Theology and St. Gregory teacher Mr. Alex Keith

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Alex Keith
Theology (Department Head) and History Teacher | Dean of St. Gregory | Football (Volunteer), Captains of Crush (Mentor)

I love hanging out with my wife, Lauren and our 3 kids Ben, Emmy and Maggie! I hope to bring the Thunder Cup back to Gregory and am honored to be part of one of the best Theology Departments in the nation!

Is. 43:19 - "For I make all things new, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Education

Benedictine College: Secondary Education and Social Sciences

Benedictine College: Master of Arts in School Leadership

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Charles Lanza
Theology Teacher

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Charles Lanza
Theology Teacher | Peter | Bowling

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” - Luke 23:42-43

Education

College of the Holy Cross: Catholic Studies & Psychology

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St. James Academy Theology Teacher Mr. Sebastian D'Amico
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Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Theology Teacher Mr. Sebastian D'Amico

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Sebastian D'Amico
Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Theology teacher and soccer coach Ms. Annelise Feder
Annelise Feder
Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Theology teacher and soccer coach Ms. Annelise Feder

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Annelise Feder
Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Theology teacher Mr. Chris Walters
Chris Walters
Theology Teacher

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St. James Academy Theology teacher Mr. Chris Walters

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Chris Walters
Theology Teacher | St. Padre Pio

I have a beautiful bride named Katie who works at SJA as a teacher and Director of Community, and we have four incredible kids, Ethan, Olivia, Kolbe and Annelise. Our aspiration as a family is to be disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to do what we can to make more disciples. Teaching at St. James Academy is my dream job! And I am eternally grateful to God for this opportunity and to do it with such an incredible, faith-filled staff has truly been a blessing.

Education

University of Kansas: Bachelor's of Science in Education

Augustine Institute: Masters of Theology

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SJA theology teacher Mr. Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster
Theology Teacher

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SJA theology teacher Mr. Andrew Foster

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Andrew Foster
Theology Teacher | St. John Paul II

"I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live." - Ezek 37:14

Education

Benedictine College: Theology

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SJA Theology teacher and Campus Ministry Coordinator Mrs. Emily Hodes
Emily Hodes
Theology Teacher

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SJA Theology teacher and Campus Ministry Coordinator Mrs. Emily Hodes

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Emily Hodes
Theology Teacher

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SJA Theology teacher Mr. Austin Krause
Austin Krause
Theology Teacher

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SJA Theology teacher Mr. Austin Krause

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Austin Krause
Theology Teacher | Teresa | Girls Basketball

Mr. Krause has a beautiful wife, Mary Kate, and a year old son, Augustine.

"Not all are called to be rich, wise, or famous, yet all of us - yes all of us - are called to be saints." - St. Josemaria Escriva

Education

Fontbonne University: Religious Studies

Augustine Institute: Theology

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Theology and Dean of Community Mrs. Katie Walters
Katie Walters
Theology Teacher, Director of Community

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Theology and Dean of Community Mrs. Katie Walters

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Katie Walters
Theology Teacher, Director of Community | Catherine | G.R.A.C.E. (Girls Respond Actively to Christ's Example) Women's Formation

Wife to Mr. Chris Walters, who also teaches at SJA, and mother to Ethan, Olivia, Kolbe and Annie.

"Where there is no love, put love, and there you will foster love." - St. John of the Cross

Education

Benedictine College: Master of Arts in Theology and Psychology

Augustine Institute: MA Theology

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FINE & PERFORMING ARTS

SJA Spanish and Drum Line teacher Mrs. Anna Thiele
Anna Thiele
World Languages; Instrumental Music

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SJA Spanish and Drum Line teacher Mrs. Anna Thiele

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Anna Thiele
World Languages; Instrumental Music | St. Gregory | Band; Spanish National Honors Society

"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul." - St. Teresa of Avila

Education

Benedictine College: Sociology & Spanish

Pittsburg State University: Masters of Arts in Teaching

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St. James Academy Choir Director Mr. Jason Cole
Jason Cole
Director of Choirs

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St. James Academy Choir Director Mr. Jason Cole

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Jason Cole
Director of Choirs | St. Peter

Jason Cole (B.M., Tennessee Tech; M.M., University of Kansas) is a choral composer, arranger, and music educator. His arrangement of the hymn I Will Trust in the Lord was premiered at the 2017 National American Choral Directors’ Association Conference and his setting of O Gracious Light is now available from Cantica Nova. During the Summer of 2018, Jason was selected as one of the winners of a composition contest celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Children's Choir. Jason was also the winner of the 2019 Hymn competition held by the Widow's Corporation for the Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania in celebration of their 250th Anniversary. In addition to composing, Jason has served as a music educator for over 17 years and is currently the Director of Choral Music at St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS and the choir director at Keystone United Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO. He resides in Overland Park, KS with his wife MacKenzie and daughter Ginny.

Always Crescendo

Certifications

Composition and Choral Pedagogy

Education

Tennessee Technological University: Bachelor of Music Education

The University of Kansas: Master of Music Education

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Christy L’Esperance
Accompanist

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Christy L'Esperance
Accompanist | Choir, Strings, Musical

I am new to the St. James community after teaching private piano for 22 years. I'm thrilled to be here! The good Lord has blessed me and my husband with nine children who are our best buddies. I look forward to participating in (almost) all things musical here at SJA for many years to come.

"O Father, light up the small duties of this day's life: may they shine with the beauty of Thy countenance. May we believe that glory may dwell in the commonest task of every day." - St. Augustine

Education

University of Iowa: Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

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St. James Academy sewing teacher Mrs. Jeannie Nunn
Jeannie Nunn
Sewing Teacher

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St. James Academy sewing teacher Mrs. Jeannie Nunn

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Jeannie Nunn
Sewing Teacher | Peter | Sewing Club

I am married and have two children. My daughter and son-in-law both work at St. James and are the parents of my grandsons. My son lives in Olathe. Working at St.James Academy is a blessing. The position of Thunder Sewing Teacher combines my love of sewing and my love of teaching.

"Don't let your ego drive your decisions."

Education

Washburn University: Education

Baker University: MA Education

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SJA Drama teacher Mr. Corbin Hernandez
Corbin Hernandez
Teacher, Director

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SJA Drama teacher Mr. Corbin Hernandez

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Corbin Hernandez
Teacher, Director | John Paul II | Designer for Theatre PA, Improv Club, D&D Club

Corbin Hernandez is a child of God, a husband to a wonderful woman, and a father to 3 beautiful kids. He started theatre his second semester senior year in high school and has since been working in theatre as an actor, designer, director, and playwright as well as commercial and film work. He was a founding Troupe Member of Bottoms Up Sketch Comedy in Kansas City, MO; Technical Director of the Benedictine College Department of Theatre & Dance in Atchison, KS; Resident Actor in The Savannah Stage Co. in Savannah, GA; and Education Director of Theatre Atchison, in Atchison, KS where he proudly ran The After School Players theatre program. Favorite shows he has worked on have been "Romeo & Juliet" at Benedictine College (Director, Sound Designer), "Tarzan" at Atchison High School (Co-Director, Scene Designer), "The Land of Light & Shadow" at Theatre Atchison (Writer, Director, Sound Designer), and "Reset" here at Saint James Academy (Writer, Technical Director, Scene Designer).

"As a hart longs / for flowing streams, / so longs my soul / for thee, O God." Psalm 42

Education

Benedictine College: Theatre Arts

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SJA art teacher Mrs. Sherri Denton
Sherri Denton
Art Teacher

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SJA art teacher Mrs. Sherri Denton

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Sherri Denton
Art Teacher

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St. James Academy Band Director Mrs. Helen Harrelson
Helen Harrelson
Director of Instrumental Music

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St. James Academy Band Director Mrs. Helen Harrelson

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Helen Harrelson
Director of Instrumental Music | Benedict | Band and Orchestra

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Certifications

Postgraduate Degree in Secondary Education, OPEN University DMA Candidate, Salford University

Education

Royal Northern College of Music: BMus (Hons)

University of Missouri Kansas City: MA

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St. James Academy art teacher Mrs. Terra Henderson
Terra Henderson
Visual Arts Teacher

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St. James Academy art teacher Mrs. Terra Henderson

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Visual Arts Teacher | Peter | National Art Honor Society, Art Club

I have taught at St. James Academy since its second year in operation (2006) and taught before that for nine years at Maur Hill–Mount Academy, formerly known as Maur Hill Preparatory School in Atchison, Kansas. I teach all art mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, a little printmaking and some sculpture, but my favorite is is teaching those with no artistic skill at all in drawing, because I, too, drew stick people before I came to discover that drawing is a LEARNABLE skill through the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It was because of this book that I became a high school art teacher rather than an elementary school teacher, which is what I’d wanted to be since 1st grade. My husband, Cameron, and I were married in 2004 and we have two sons. Mason and Caden both attend Sacred Heart in Shawnee, where we are parishioners.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Education

Emporia State University: BSE Bachelor of Science in Education (k-12)

Emporia State University: Master of Science

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WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT

SJA Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Sonia Toledo
Sonia Toledo
Spanish Teacher, World Language Department Head

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SJA Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Sonia Toledo

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Sonia Toledo
Spanish Teacher, World Language Department Head | Gregory | Spanish National Honors Society

Certifications

Spanish Teaching, Associates in Interpretation (University of Vienna)

Education

University of Kansas: BS Business Administration

Emporia State University: MA TESOL

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla
Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher

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SJA Latin and History teacher Mr. Tyler Supalla

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Tyler Supalla
Social Science, World Language & PE Teacher | Gianna Molla | Girls Basketball, Soap Club, Philosophy Club

"Discipline equals freedom." - Jocko Willink

Education

Benedictine College: Philosophy and Theology, Minor in Classical Languages

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SJA Spanish and Drum Line teacher Mrs. Anna Thiele
Anna Thiele
World Languages; Instrumental Music

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SJA Spanish and Drum Line teacher Mrs. Anna Thiele

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Anna Thiele
World Languages; Instrumental Music | St. Gregory | Band; Spanish National Honors Society

"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul." - St. Teresa of Avila

Education

Benedictine College: Sociology & Spanish

Pittsburg State University: Masters of Arts in Teaching

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St. James Academy Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Wendy Leon-Ryan
Wendy Leon-Ryan
World Language

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St. James Academy Spanish teacher Mrs. Sra. Wendy Leon-Ryan

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Wendy Leon-Ryan
World Language | Dean Padre Pio | Big Sister Little Sister Club

Married to Evan, mom to Ethan and Isabella. I enjoy running, being outdoors and reading. Would love to hold a doctorate degree one day, I'm a bit nerdy 🙂

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in her. 1 John 4:16

Education

Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo: Business

Emporia State University: Masters Education in Teaching

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Spanish and Latin Teacher for St. James Academy Mr. Bob Weinstein
Bob Weinstein
World Languages Teacher

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Spanish and Latin Teacher for St. James Academy Mr. Bob Weinstein

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Bob Weinstein
World Languages Teacher | Mother Teresa | Latin Club, Scholar's Bowl

Ora et Labora

Education

University of Kansas: BA Spanish, BA French, BA Classical Languages

University of Kansas: MA Classics

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SJA American Sign Language teacher Mrs. Deidre Speck
Diedre Speck
American Sign Language Teacher

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SJA American Sign Language teacher Mrs. Deidre Speck

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Diedre Speck
American Sign Language Teacher | Peter

“Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.” St. Francis de Sales

Certifications

Deaf Education

Education

University of Nebraska at Omaha: Education

Baker University: Master of Liberal Arts

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