2017-2018 Faculty/Staff Directory
After graduating from college, I began working as a paraeducator in 2001 in Charlotte, Vermont. It was a great experience and led me to graduate school in 2003. That experience helped me realize I wanted to make teaching my life’s work. I received my teaching license from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and began teaching at St. Francis Xavier School in 2004. I served as the principal at St Francis Xavier School from 2008-2016. I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Michael’s College.
I am originally from Massachusetts and was brought up on Boston sports. We moved to Florida to be closer to family and were blessed to move to St. Petersburg in 2016. We welcomed our first child, Evelyn, on New Year's Eve 2014 and we are proud to announce she began the 2-year-old program at St Jude’s in January 2017.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and volunteering in my community. I have been very active with a local rescue squad over the past few years. I hold an EMT certification at the state and national level. I enjoy outdoor activities, martial arts (for the past 16 years) traveling to the beach and playing golf. My family and I love taking trips to Disney World, so living in Florida is great for us!
I am delighted to join the staff at the Cathedral School of St. Jude! As a new Florida resident, I am getting to know my way around the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas, especially the bike trails and beaches! I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and I have been working in education for 17 years - 12 as a teacher and 5 as an administrator. I am blessed to be able "go to school" every day and learn something new every day. I have an Master's degree in Elementary Education with additional certification in Ed. Leadership, and a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences Education.
Mrs. Vickers is the Cathedral of St Jude Guidance Counselor and Admissions Coordinator. She grew up in Pinellas County, attended Catholic Schools and is a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School. She has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. Go BULLS! Mrs. Vickers holds Guidance Certification for the State of Florida for K-12th Grade. Mrs. Vickers is married and has 2 daughters and is also member of St. Catherine's of Siena parish. Mrs. Vickers enjoys being with her family, reading and watching movies.
Mrs. Debbie Gerdes joined the Cathedral School as an administrative assistant in the spring of 2012 after seven years as an office assistant at Tampa Palms Elementary and three years at Mitchell Elementary in Tampa. Mrs. Gerdes assists our principal Mr. Ross Bubolz and also coordinates all admissions at the Cathedral School. She is also very active in the Cathedral Parish, where she has been the coordinator for Confirmation, an Eucharistic Minister, a member of Christ Renews His Parish and the coordinator for the Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. Her husband, John, is the director of athletics at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, and they have two sons, Kyle (22), a graduate of USF and an EMT student, and Cody (21), a senior engineering student at the University of Florida.
Mrs. Bertucci came to the Cathedral School of St. Jude in January 2016 bringing with her 17 years of experience in Catholic School Administration. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Mrs. Bertucci moved to Florida in 1979 where she met her husband, Cliff and they were married in July 1984. Mrs. Bertucci has three grown daughters, one grand-daughter, and is excited to have another grandchild in August 2017.
Mrs. Bertucci and her husband Cliff are small business owners in St. Petersburg for over 30 years. In their spare time they enjoy the Rocky Mountains and have a cabin outside of McCall, Idaho.
Mrs. Bertucci loves her job in the front office as she enjoys helping parents, students, & staff and knows that each day brings a new adventure.
Early Childhood, EC2 - EC4
Mrs. Cindy Shafer
Director of Early Childhood/EC4 Teacher
Mrs. Donna Beetam
Mrs. Tricia Dees
EC2 Teacher Assistant
Ms. Heidi DiGeronimo
Mrs. Karen Duran
EC3 Teacher Assistant
Before Care Director
Mrs. Karen Liphan
Ms. Kristina Campbell
EC4 Teacher Assistant
EC4 Teacher Assistant
Cindy Shafer was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. After attending the University of Missouri, she moved to St. Petersburg with her family. She met her husband Rob here at the Cathedral of St. Jude, where they both remain active parishioners. Together they have three adult children and two grandchildren. Her husband and children are all graduates of the Cathedral School of St. Jude and St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Mrs. Shafer began her career at the Cathedral School 22 years ago teaching the inaugural EC3 class in the old Convent building. After several years, she began teaching the EC4 level. She is currently the Director of the Early Childhood program in addition to her EC4 teaching duties. Mrs. Shafer loves her students, and enjoys seeing them progress through the grades and blossom into young adults.
I am very happy to be a part of the Cathedral School of St Jude family. I am originally from Toronto, Canada, but moved here to St Pete when I was 10. I attended St Paul's Catholic School and my brothers and oldest daughter did as well. I went to St Pete Catholic and graduated with my AS in Early Childhood Education from St Petersburg College. I am currently working on my BS in Educational Studies. I have always become very involved in my school community, serving on Accreditation Committees, my local ELC Board of Directors and Parent Organizations. We have a daughter who will be in 2nd grade this year and is as excited as I am to be here. My family and I have spent the past 10 years moving from Ocala, to Orlando and most recently Titusville. I have been a teacher in either the Diocese of St Petersburg or the Diocese of Orlando, off and on for the past 24 years. My family and I love to go to the beach, watch sports (especially, hockey, football and baseball) and have been getting to know St Pete all over again. A lot has changed in 10 years. I look forward to becoming a member of the Hawk family.
Mrs. Dees started working here at the Cathedral School of St. Jude in 2011. She works as a teacher assistant in the two year old classroom. Mrs. Dees has her certification through the Florida Department of Children and Families in Early Childhood. She enjoys exploring state parks throughout Florida with her husband and two children.
Ms. DiGeronimo graduated from Pinellas Technical College and holds a Child Development Associates degree. She joined our St. Jude's faculty family in January 2011. She carries 23 years of teaching experience into the classroom. In her free time Ms. DiGeronimo may be found at Orangetheory Fitness at the beach in Treasure Island. She is an avid fan of the New York Yankees and of hockey.
Mrs. Duran has been at the Cathedral School of St. Jude's for ten years. She has assisted in the Kindergarten classes and has also worked in the Extended Day program and will direct our Before Care program, which operates from 6:30AM - 7:45AM. For the past six years she has assisted Mrs. Loder in the EC3 program. Mrs. Duran has a background in early childhood and enjoys working with the young children.
As a graduate of St. Pete Catholic High School and an alumni of the Cathedral School of St. Jude, it was only natural for Mrs. Liphan to choose Catholic education as her career. Upon receiving her Associate's Degree, Mrs Liphan began working at St. Jude's in 2004 as a Teacher's Assistant in our Early Childhood Department. In 2010, she became one of our full time EC4 teachers and has loved her job ever since. Mrs. Liphan currently serves on the St. Jude Parent Association Board as the Faculty Representative, a position she will hold for the next two years.
Ms. Campbell attended Transfiguration Parish School. She graduated with both an AA Degree and an AS Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has two national CDA's and her Staff Credential and is currently working towards her BA in Elementary Education. Ms. Campbell has been teaching for over ten years. She has a 7 year old son Lucas and loves spending all her free time with him!
Mrs. Debbie Walker is a Pre-K Teacher’s Aide. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a BA in Marketing. She has been a Pre-K Teacher’s Aide at St. Jude for the past 4 ½ years. She has taken her required state child care and pre-school courses. In addition to being on staff at St. Jude, Mrs. Walker has 2 sons who are students at St. Jude. The Walker family members are very active members of the Cathedral of St. Jude parish as well.
Primary Grades K-2
Mrs. Ashley DiTrani
Mrs. Lisa Hashem
Miss Allison Stering
Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Ms. Kelly Statzer
Grade 1 Teacher
Miss Kellin McGinn
Grade 1 Teacher
Mrs. Lisa Estro
Mara Tricia Zielmanski
Grade 1 Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Margarita Abdo
Grade 2 Teacher
Mrs. Debra McCann
Grade 2 Teacher
Grade 2 Teacher Assistant
This is Mrs. DiTrani's second year teaching at St. Jude. She previously taught Kindergarten and Title I Resource in Pinellas County schools. She has been raised locally in St. Petersburg since the age of twelve, attending Catholic schools herself and attending Saint Petersburg Catholic High School. She was married at the Cathedral in 2010 and has two daughters that will be also attending St. Jude's. Some of her hobbies include painting, enjoying live music, and going to art shows.
Mrs. Hashem is originally from Fullerton, California. She moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1987 and attended Northeast High School. She joined the St. Jude the Apostle Parish in 1989. She has always loved working with children and was hired as a Pre-K assistant while going to school at Saint Petersburg Junior College. She went on to attend the University of South Florida where she majored in Special Education and received a Bachelors of Science for Emotionally Handicapped K-12.
After graduation she taught in a 4th and 5th grade Emotionally Handicapped class at Perkins Elementary Magnet for the Arts and International Studies. While teaching, she took additional coursework to add on her Elementary Education K-6 Certification. She then married in 1997 and decided to stay home to raise her daughters. While at home, she earned an additional certification in Literacy Success/Title 1. She taught Literacy Success part time at Pasadena Fundamental Elementary.
Mrs. Hashem has been keeping herself busy the last 5 years running the St. Jude Nursery on Sundays and being a part of the Vacation Bible School Core team. Last year, Mrs. Hashem was a substitute teacher in our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Her youngest daughter, Natalie, is in 1st grade at St. Jude's this year.
While in high school, Miss Stering volunteered at a local St. Petersburg elementary school as a Kindergarten Teacher's Aide. She received her Associates Degree from St. Petersburg College in 2012. In 2014 she received her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Prior to coming to St. Jude, she worked as a teacher for two-year-olds and then taught the VPK program. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg while working as the EC4 Teacher's Assistant.
Ms. Statzer is currently teaching our first grade class. She holds a B.A. in Communication from USF and is certified for elementary education. She is the mother of four children who have all graduated from St. Jude Cathedral School. She is a long time parish member of the Cathedral and feels blessed to be a part of Catholic education. Ms. Statzer is also our teacher facilitator for the St. Jude Cathedral School chess club.
Ms. Kellin McGinn is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Catholic school from K-12th grades. She graduated from St. Philip Catholic Central in Battle Creek, MI. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Audiology and Speech Pathology, and later a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. In between attending MSU, she worked as a flight attendant for three years, traveling worldwide with Continental Airlines. She moved to Florida in 2014 where she began teaching in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. She loves the welcoming community at the Cathedral of St. Jude, volunteering on the 8th Grade Confirmation Team, Michigan State Spartans, going to the beach, watching sports, and taking her dogs to the park.
Lisa Estro is a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. She attended University of South Florida where she earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She attended graduate school at Penn State where she's earned her Board Certification in Behavior analysis. Lisa has Formal training and certifications in Early Childhood Education, VPK- Education, Professional Crisis Management, PECS, ASL, VB-MAPP, and is a qualified supervisor for Behavior Assistants and RBTs.
Prior to becoming a BCaBA, Lisa had the privilege of being a substitute teacher for 5 years. While on a mission to observe and learn hands on best practices for students with disabilities and unique abilities. She taught in ESE, Varying Exceptionalities, and in typical classrooms working with resource providers and other teachers gathering information for her mission. During this time, Lisa took on two Long-term positions as well as, numerous short-term positions.
Additionally, Lisa has worked with children in childcare centers providing care for infants and toddlers with and without disabilities observing and guiding their developmental stages. She has worked at PARC providing services for adults and children with disabilities, guiding transitions, teaching functional communication and facilitating behavior changes and skill acquisition.
Currently, Lisa works with Positive Behavior Supports Corporation and Skyway Behavior Center where she provides evidenced-based interventions, writes Behavior plans, implements and oversees Behavior plan implementation, and hands on therapy in complex environments promoting independence through academic, social and behavioral skill acquisition utilizing techniques of applied behavior analysis. She acknowledges the importance of empowering caregivers, families, and educators striving to improve the overall quality of life of the individuals she serves.
Lisa is the proud mother of five children Aja-Nikiya, Theophilos, Aviano, Adilana, and Anastasia. When Lisa is not working she enjoys playing with her children, dancing, cycling, and reading.
Biography coming soon.
Margarita Abdo has worked as an educator for 19 years. She graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She is ESOL endorsed and is certified in Special Education and General Education K-6. She worked for Pinellas County Schools for 18 years and is now teaching 2nd grade at the Cathedral School of St. Jude. Margarita loves her years of teaching in public schools, however, she wanted to teach in an environment where she could share the love of Christ with her students. She began teaching at the Cathedral School of St. Jude in 2016 and believes it is a privilege to be able to prepare the students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Margarita Abdo is a Florida native and loves the Sunshine State. She is married and has 4 children, all of which attended the Cathedral School of St. Jude. “My children flourished at the Cathedral School both academically and spiritually.” “I hope to do the same with my students”
In her spare time, Margarita volunteers with the Cathedral’s Youth Group and is on the team that prepares middle schoolers for the Sacrament of Confirmation. She loves to travel and loves cats! I look forward to many years of educating children at St. Jude.
Mrs. McCann has been a member of St. Jude community since arriving to the St. Petersburg area in 1967. She graduated from Boca Ciega High and later attended the University of Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Mrs. McCann worked for Honeywell and Raytheon on corporate government contracts before entering the teaching profession.
Mrs. McCann holds a Florida Professional Education certificate for Elementary Education grades K – 6th. In 1997, Mrs. McCann joined the teaching force of Pinellas County Schools. While taking some time off to raise her three daughters, Mrs. McCann was a substitute teacher with the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
After several years as a Title I teacher and teaching third grade, Mrs. McCann made a move to come back to teach 2nd grade full time at the Cathedral School of St. Jude in 2016.
Mrs. McCann is married to Steven McCann (parishioner since 1969) and they have three daughters, Haele, Stephanie and Katherine who are all graduates of the Cathedral School of St Jude.
Originally from Ohio, Mrs. Mirsky moved to Florida as a teenager. She graduated from Northeast High School, then earned her AA degree from St. Petersburg College. Mrs. Mirsky is the proud mother of three children. Her eldest, Sam, graduated from the Cathedral School of St. Jude in '09, and her two sons, Jake and Joe, are current students. Mrs. Mirsky has been a teaching assistant at the Cathedral School for four years. This is her third year as an Odyssey of the Mind coach. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and traveling.
Intermediate Grades, 3 - 5
Mrs. Donna Zeoli
Grade 3 Teacher
Mrs. Charlene Wagner
Grade 3 Teacher
Ms. Barbara Clasen
Grade 4 Teacher
Mrs. Amanda Babb
Grade 4 Teacher
Ms. Suzanne Bogacki
Grade 5 Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Wiand
Grade 5 Teacher
Mrs. Zeoli was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in nearby southern New Jersey until her family moved to Florida when she was twelve years old. She says she feels much more like a “Florida Girl” than a “Jersey Girl”!
Mrs. Zeoli graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked as a CPA for several years before deciding to change careers and become a teacher. She received a Masters in Business Administration, and later her teaching degree from the University of South Florida. She taught for 2 years in the Pinellas County School system before coming to St. Jude, where she is beginning her 15th year of teaching. She has taught 3rd grade for the past 8 years.
Mrs. Zeoli is a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in the Methodist Church. She is our faculty sponsor for the student sacristans who serve at our Wednesday school Masses. Outside of school, she is a member of Cathedral of St. Jude Parish where she is active in the Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP) program, Teams of Our Lady, Family Promise, and is a singer in the 6:00 contemporary music choir. Her other interests include camping, Rays baseball, and Florida Gator sports of all varieties.
Mrs. Charlene Wagner was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from one of the top teaching schools in the country, Illinois State University. Mrs. Wagner began teaching at St. Edward’s Catholic School in Chillicothe, Illinois, 25 years-ago. She met her husband Keith and they were married in June of 1990. They began their family with their oldest daughter Nakota followed by Angelica and then Savannah. They built a log home in the small town of Princeville, Illinois, where Mrs. Wagner also taught. When she moved to Princeville, she was disappointed there was no catholic school, but was pleasantly surprised the majority of the teachers were catholic in this new district. A little trivia--she ended up being a teacher for one of her daughters three times.
She returned to Illinois State University to obtain her Masters degree in reading and writing as well as to gain documentation as a reading specialist and reading teacher. She continued schooling to pursue a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction, but halted half way through due to ailing parents on both sides of her family. Mrs. Wagner and her husband moved to Florida in 2015. All three daughters were attending the University of Tampa and her husband had recently retired from the Peoria Fire Department after 33 years. Mrs. Wagner figured since she has taught at all levels from kindergarten through high school and being that she was born to be a teacher she would find happiness in this career anywhere—what did she have to lose? So, away they went. She said she landed in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the most amazing school ever and she looks forward to many more years of teaching
Ms. Barbara Clasen was born and raised in Queens, NY. The sixth of seven children, she attended Catholic schools for her entire education. She received a B.A. in Psychology from St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) and an advanced certificate in Elementary Education from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY.) Ms. Clasen has worked in several schools in the Dioceses of Brooklyn and St. Petersburg since 1997 including Catherine McAuley H.S. (Brooklyn, NY), Espiritu Santo (Safety Harbor, FL) and Our Lady of Lourdes (Dunedin, FL.) In addition, she spent two years as a behavior specialist for a children's home in Millbrook, NY. This year marks her 17th year as an educator. The 2015-2016 school year will be her 4th year at St. Jude's teaching and loving fourth grade!
Mrs. Babb was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She attended St. Vincent College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an elementary teaching certification. She worked for Catholic Social Services of Summit County Ohio and also as a high school lacrosse coach before moving to St Petersburg in 2011. Mrs. Babb has taught 4th grade for Pinellas County Schools for three years and is excited to continue her passion of teaching as she begins her second year at the Cathedral School of St. Jude this year. Mrs. Babb dedicates her time, talent, and passion for creating a classroom where students and families feel safe and valued. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing lacrosse and spending time with her husband and three children at the beach.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ms Bogacki has enjoyed living in the Tampa area for the past 10 years. As a veteran teacher, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Daemen College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College. Ms. Bogacki has ESOL and Reading Endorsements, and is ESE certified. When not in the classroom, Ms Bogacki can be found walking her Cocker Spaniel (Ellie) around Gulfport with her husband (Gene), engaged in reading or tending to her orchids.
Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Mrs. Wiand has resided in Florida her entire life. A proud graduate of St. Jude School and St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Mrs. Wiand completed her Bachelor degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida and earned her Master degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University in Miami.
Mrs. Wiand has served the Diocese in various capacities over the last 22 years; beginning as a teacher and then moving into administration. Mrs. Wiand’s love for the classroom and teaching has brought her full circle back to teaching 5th grade.
Mrs. Wiand and her husband are the proud parents of three children, two graduates of St. Jude and one current SJS student
Middle School Grades, 6 - 8
Miss Linda Wathen
Grade 6 Home Room
Middle School Religion
Grade 7 Language Arts
Mrs. Joanne Bujak-Dominiak
Grade 6 Home Room
6th-7th Grade Science
Grade 7 Language Arts
Mrs. Wendy Schuyler
Grade 8 Science
Mrs. Michelle Delaney
Grade 7 Home Room
Middle School Math
Mr. Joseph Kloppel
Grade 7 Home Room
Middle School Social Studies
Mrs. Teresa McBride
Grade 8 Home Room
Grade 8 Language Arts
Grade 7 Accelerated Language Arts
Mrs. Marilyn Montroy
Grade 6 Language Arts
Linda Wathen was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated from St. Philip Catholic Central High School and later received her Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. After moving to Florida, she completed a Master's degree through the University of South Florida. This will be her 29th year in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and her 9th at St. Jude's. Ms. Wathen loves the Michigan State Spartans and sunny, 78 degree, low humidity days.
Mrs. Bujak-Dominiak is originally from Chicago. She has been influenced and inspired by her long history of family & relatives in the teaching profession in Europe. She has been in the field of education for 23 years. It all started at the Grove Interpretive Center where as a naturalist, she taught school groups about nature, history of the area, and the animals. This lead to her developing a variety of programs for the center and eventually into the classroom. She has taught in college as well, most recently here in Florida at SPC for the past four years.
She attended Northeastern Illinois University where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Linguistics. Furthering her career, she also studied at St. Xavier University where she earned a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision. She graduated with honors and was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. She continued her education with the American College of Education and received another Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Mrs. Bujak-Dominiak is certified in both Florida and Illinois. Certification endorsements are in the following areas: Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English, ESOL, Science, and Social Studies. Mrs. Bujak-Dominiak is an active board member for BART: Bay Area Regional TESOL - Tampa Bay Area English as Second Language. She has been with the Diocese since 2011. She had the honor and privilege to work for Chicago Public Schools which is the 3rd largest school district in the United States.
I was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. After high school, my family moved to St. Petersburg. I attended College in Missouri where I met and married my husband Gregg. I graduated with a degree in biology and history in 1975. I worked as a laboratory cytogenetic technologist for many years and became a middle and high school science teacher in 1998. From 2000-2006, I taught middle school math and science at Blessed Sacrament in Seminole. From 2006-2016, I taught science at St. Petersburg Catholic High School where I was also department chair for 4 years.
My philosophy as a teacher is to treat each student with respect and a caring attitude. I provide students with many opportunities to apply and use knowledge and skills in different learning situations. I like for students to spend time working in small groups where they use active, hands-on activities, that enhance their learning and promote real-world practical knowledge.
Mrs. Delaney is our Middle School Math Teacher. She has 13 years teaching experience in Pinellas County. Mrs. Delaney is certified in Elementary Education Grades K-6, Middle School Mathematics Grades 5-9, and has earned the ESOL Endorsement. In 2013, she was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award from the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. She and her husband, Matthew, have been married 24 years and have one daughter, Chloe. Chloe is in the 2nd Grade at St. Jude. Mrs. Delaney and her family are members of the Cathedral of St. Jude Parish.
Mr. Kloppel is in his second year as the social studies teacher at the Cathedral School of St Jude. Mr. Kloppel was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota about 40 miles north of Mt Rushmore. He attended the University of Nebraska and received and B.A. degree in history.
Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska Mr. Kloppel received a commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.Mr. Kloppel served 22 years in the Marine Corps and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Kloppel spent three years of his Marine Corps career as a history teacher and department head at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA.
Mr. Kloppel also holds a master’s degree from San Diego State University. He enjoys playing golf and is a huge college football fan. He is married and has two daughters.
Mrs. McBride houses the 8th grade homeroom and teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. She earned a B.A. in English from Florida State University and taught for four years at South Tampa's Christ the King Catholic School under the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. She taught at the Cathedral School of St. Jude from 2007-2011. Since then she has satisfied two professional goals, earning a Master's in Education with a Concentration in Reading from Dominican University and teaching at St. Petersburg College. During this time she also home-schooled her daughter.
A friend to monarchs and a foe to lubbers, Mrs. McBride spends lots of time in the Florida outdoors: biking trails in Alafia, paddling on Weeki Wachee, and growing veggies in the backyard. She'll read (almost) anything, but her favorite book is the one she is reading right now.
Biography Coming Soon
Mr. Keith Knippen
Ms. Debbie Carpenter ("Coach")
Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Barbara Ervin
Mr. Michael Woods
Mr. Dan Cohen
Mr. Knippen has been a part of the St. Jude community for a long time. He has been a parishioner for 42 years. He was married to his wife,Teri, 27 years ago in the Cathedral. Further, his two sons attended St. Jude's from preschool through eighth grade. He has coached numerous boys and girls basketball teams since 2003. He began as a substitute teacher in 2005 and became the Art teacher in 2007.
Mr. Knippen has an AA degree from St. Petersburg Junior College and holds a BA degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Florida. He is a retired police officer from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Mr. Knippen was exposed to art at an early age. His mother was a professional artist and parochial school art teacher. His father was a talented artist and craftsman. Beyond the pleasure of teaching, Mr. Knippen enjoys college football and basketball, cooking, creating art and listening to diverse genres of music.
Ms. Debbie Carpenter was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Ms. Carpenter has 34 years teaching experience; 30 of those years gratefully served at St. Jude. She has coached all girls athletic teams at St. Jude for many years, but now serves as the Athletic Director for the school. In addition to teaching the Phys. Ed. program and Athletic Director, she also serves on the scheduling committee and leadership team for the school. Ms. Carpenter is affectionately known at St. Jude as "Coach." Her greatest achievement in education is the thrill when a struggling student finally grasps the concept of a physical task and succeeds with great accomplishment. She feels it is an honor to be a part of a child's physical, spiritual, and intellectual formation through education. In her spare time and for relaxation, Coach enjoys cooking, movies, shopping, and outings with friends.
She attended Catholic schools for 16 years and has been teaching for 38 years mainly in Catholic schools. Her experiences include Third Grade, middle school resource, Language Arts ESL, Compensatory Ed., educational therapist for a neurological pediatrician, and presently our media specialist in our Media Center. She came to St. Jude’s in 1985 and has been inspired by all her students. Ms. Ervin was raised in Fargo, North Dakota, received a BA degree from St. Leo College, and an MA from USF. She has two daughters and enjoys swimming, reading, and art museums.
Ms. Muñoz is a product of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. She was born in Minneapolis, but moved to Clearwater shortly afterwards. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and minor in Business from Eckerd College. Later on she obtained her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. In her 18 years of teaching she has taught VPK, third, and fourth grade. She has certifications in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Ms. Muñoz considers herself a lifelong learner. She has attended the NAYEC, NCEA, and ASCD conferences. In addition, she is teaching Catechism classes to the Hispanic population for the Diocese. In her spare time she loves to read, travel, go to Disney and root for the Fighting Irish. She is looking forward to a fabulous 2017-2018 school year.
Mr. Cohen was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. A lifelong member of the Catholic school system, Mr. Cohen grew up attending Catholic schools in Florida and is proud of the spiritual life he maintains. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a professional teaching certificate gained from Hillsborough Community College Educator Preparation Institute. He has always been fascinated with technology and enjoys working with it on a daily basis. He believes technology is a key aspect in our learning and education. Along with teaching technology, he is constantly exploring the exciting technological world that develops around us.
Resource and Title 1
Mrs. Harper started at St. Jude’s in 2006 as a Third Grade Teacher, and then the following year she taught as a 5th grade teacher. In 2009, she started her position as a Resource Teacher. Mrs. Harper attended St. Pete Junior College where she earned her Associates in Science Degree, with a minor focus on Dance Education. She then went to University of South Carolina to focus on her BA, and to further her dance. She did both in Columbia, and was a member of a Dance Company while going to school. She then came home to attend the University of South Florida to complete her degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science; with Dual focus on Psychology and Communicative Disorders; Speech and Hearing. She is ESE certified (K-12). She is very busy outside of St. Jude as a Competitive Dance Teacher for Jeanne Lynne Dance Studio, here in St. Pete. Mrs. Harper enjoys spending time with her family, and her “dance family” at Jeanne Lynne. Mrs. Harper has been a dance educator for 23 years, and enjoys putting her dance skills to use in St. Jude’s Nativity each year.
Mrs. DeMeza is a resource teacher at the Cathedral School of St Jude. She earned her M.A. from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career at Christ the King School in South Tampa as a first-grade teacher. After being at Christ the King School for three years, she wanted to work closer to home which led her to the Cathedral of St Jude School.
Mrs. DeMeza married her husband, Tim, 16 years ago, in the Cathedral. Mrs. DeMeza’s oldest son Conner attends Saint Petersburg Catholic High School, and her other two children, Caleb and Carly attend school here at the Cathedral School of St. Jude. In her spare time, you can find Mrs. DeMeza enjoying boating and fishing with her family.
Biography coming soon.
Extended Day Director
Ms. Stacey has worked in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for 23 years, 18 of those at St. Jude. She loves to organize activities and crafts for the children in her care.
She enjoys traveling and swimming.