I am Cynthia Scheller and I have been a member of St. Thomas Aquinas since 2003. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as a Principal’s certification. I have taught at STA in the middle school before becoming the principal in 2013. I have served on the Diocesan School Board for 6 years and currently serve on Bishop Olmsted’s Stewardship Council. I also serve on the Circle of Leadership Committee for the Catholic Community Foundation. I love serving in Catholic education because forming our children to be Disciples of Christ and to live their faith makes everyday a great day. God Is Good.
Mrs. Jean Herring - Nurse
For the last 12 years, I’ve been blessed to be the Nurse at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School. I am a Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Scottsdale Community College. Prior to joining our school, I worked several years at Maricopa Medical Center. It has been a pleasure to care for the wonderful students at our school and give back to a community that means so much to me.
Mrs. Sandra Friedman - Library
My name is Sandra Friedman and I am the Librarian for the Kindergarten through 8th Grade students at St. Thomas Aquinas. After earning my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources from Arizona State University, I started working in the Training Department at AT&T. Ten years later, when a need arose at my two daughters’ Catholic school, I began working as a technology teacher and continued in that capacity for over 13 years. I started at STA in 2016 and feel so blessed that I get to support and grow our students’ love of reading, as well as being able to work in such an amazing and supportive community.
Mrs. Emma Grassi - Art
My name is Emma Grassi and I teach Art at St Thomas. I grew up in Connecticut, then I went to Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA where I received a B.A. in Art Education (K-12). In 2016, I moved to Arizona and began teaching at Marc T. Atkinson and Desert Sands Middle Schools. I love spending time in nature by hiking with friends and I also enjoy reading and painting in my free time. This July, my sweet son Kolbe was born. I am always grateful be a part of the amazing community at St Thomas!
Mrs. Margy Eroh - Administrative Assistant
My name is Margy Eroh. I began working in Catholic Schools in 1991. I worked for my parish school, Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis for 9 years & St. Ambrose of Woodbury in Woodbury, MN for 6 years before moving to Arizona. I started at St. Thomas Aquinas in January of 2007. Working in Catholic schools has given me an opportunity to live & grow in my faith daily.
Mr. Todd Parent - Technology
My name is Todd Parent and I am the Technology Teacher here at Saint Thomas Aquinas. I earned my Bachelor’s of Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary College in Oregon and a Master’s of Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I have been involved with Catholic education since 1986 when I began teaching Confirmation classes and helping with High School Youth Groups in Arizona.
After the Seminary I joined the Army and continued to work with Catholic Education assisting with various church ministries through the Archdiocese for the Military Services. After the military I became the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Raphael's parish in Glendale where I worked with Junior High, High School, and Young Adults.
In 2006 I began teaching as a 4th grade teacher, Technology teacher, and Private tutor. In 2011 I began teaching at St. Thomas first as a 2nd grade teacher then again returning to teaching Technology. I am truly blessed to work and be a part of such a caring, loving, and faith-filled community where I can see the Lord working in so many different ways in the lives of so many people. The ability to share my Catholic Faith with our students, parents and my co-workers through Technology and a multitude of other facets is truly humbling and fills me with joy.
Mrs. Pam Nash - Health/ Physical Education / Athletics Director
I am Pam Nash and I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I have been teaching young children for 17 years. While teaching, I have coached volleyball, basketball, and track & field, and I was an athletic director for four years. My family belongs to St. Thomas More parish and I am involved with Children’s Liturgy of the Word and ushering. My daughter graduated from Xavier College Preparatory, Class of 2019, and now attends The College of Wooster. My son is a sophomore at Brophy College Preparatory. It’s my second year at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Mr. John Schieffer - Art
I graduated in 1995 from Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I have worked at Mercer Mayer Productions as a children's book illustrator. I have a written and illustrated a book of my own that is awaiting a publisher. I then worked in the field of graphics at Leslie Roy Designs where I became production manager. From 1999 to 2006 I had been a full time conservator for Yost Conservation. I have now switched to painting my own art full time and have been painting professionally for 11 years. I have received numerous awards, including the National Society of Illustrators LA Professional Competition award, and have displayed my artwork in various shows. I enjoy teaching art at a Catholic school because I share my Catholic identity as an artist with the students and I can expect their work to be modeled in those ideals. Art and the Catholic Church have grown together and worked together throughout history.
Mr. Anthony Fusco - Middle School Social Studies
My name is Anthony D. Fusco Jr. and I was born & raised in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout my youth, I attended St. Callistus, St. Denis, & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bear, Delaware). Today, my parish is St. Thomas Aquinas.
I graduated with my HS Diploma from the Charter School of Wilmington. I earned a BA from the University of Delaware (History & Political Science) and a M.Ed. (Secondary History Education) from Northern Arizona University. I am currently working on my PhD (Cognitive Psychology) at Grand Canyon University.
Prior to this year, I taught at Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center (AAEC). Further, I am an Adjunct Professor of Psychology & History at Estrella Mountain Community College. I also Chair the Steering Committee for the Bob Sutz We Remember Holocaust Collection. Additionally, I enjoy traveling, running, swimming, and remaining active. I am looking forward to working with the students and families at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Mr. Greg Emerson - 8 th Grade Mathematics / Middle School PE
I am Greg Emerson and have started my new position teaching 8th grade Mathematics as well as Middle School Physical Education and Boys Athletic Director. I am in my third year of teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas. I feel blessed to be able to continue teaching at a Catholic School, as I was given the gift of a Catholic Education from K-8 at St. Matthew's and then 9th-12th grade at Cretin High School(all boys, Catholic, Military High School) , both located in Minnesota. I have been married for 29 years to Kim, who is an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as being a Chemo-Infusion RN at Banner-Boswell Hospital. I have 2 amazing daughters, Kaitlyn (age 26) and Arielle (age 21). Kaitlyn is married and living in Brainerd, MN with my new granddaughter Kennedy (who just turned 1 in July) and Arielle, who will be graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in May 2020.
I have coached and continue to coach many different sports. I currently enjoy playing tennis, pickleball, and disc golf. I also love to play games and read to my granddaughter whenever I get to see her. I have also enjoyed playing video games since the game PONG came out on the T.V. I have very high expectations of myself and of your child/ren, and I know they will strive to achieve them. I look forward to a great third year at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Mrs. Lizeth Segoviano - Fourth Grade - 4B
Hi, my name is Lizeth Segoviano, and I am very blessed to be a part of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Grade School Family. I have been teaching at Saint Thomas since 2016, teaching in 4th grade. Before 2016, I taught 4th and 5th grades for a public school, as well as being a site assistant where I worked with students from preschool to 8th grade. I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. The reason I love to teach is because I love to see the joy on a student’s face when they feel they have accomplished greatness through Christ.
Mrs. Julie Frink - Third Grade - 3B
I am Julie Frink and I joined the staff of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Grade School as a third-grade teacher in July of 2016. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2015 from Colorado where I taught for over 30 years in second through eighth grade. I began the first eight years of my career in a Catholic school, and it is so good to be back where I belong! I am blessed to be able to share my faith and the Word of God with the students and love preparing my third graders for the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Mrs. Leslie Munson - Second Grade - 2B
My name is Leslie Munson and I have been teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas since the fall of 2012. I started my teaching career in Dubuque, IA after graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Clarke College (now Clarke University). I received my Master’s Degree from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA in 2010, and moved to AZ in 2012. My many years of teaching include a mixture of 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades, all of which have been in Catholic schools. I enjoy infusing our faith into each day with my students, helping them learn to give God both praise and any worries in their lives, teaching them how to pray, and guiding them during their preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.
Mrs. Karin Goto - Second Grade - 2A
My name is Karin Goto. I’ve lived in Arizona and have been a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas since moving here with my parents in 1992. I attended Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) for my undergraduate degree in elementary education and began teaching in 2007. I earned my Masters in reading from Grand Canyon University. My first four years were spent in the Dysart District teaching Kindergarten. I’ve been at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School ever since and just love it. My favorite part of being in a Catholic School, though this may be unique to us, is that we gather for prayer every day. United by the Holy Spirit, our Morning Prayer routine ensures that I start every day on the right foot.
Mrs. Olivia Matthews - First Grade - 1A
My name is Olivia Matthews. I’ve been teaching here at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2017. I attended Catholic Elementary School and Catholic High School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. I am honored to be a part of you and your child’s journey in education.
Mrs. Hilda Trujillo - Kindergarten - KA
Hello and welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School. My name is Mrs. Hilda Trujillo and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers here. I have been teaching since 2000 and have been blessed to be part of the STA family since 2006. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University (Go, Sun Devils!) and my Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in 2006 (Go, ‘Lopes!). I am an Arizona native, am married, have 2 wonderful children and 1 beautiful grandson. Our family has been a part of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church since 2002. I am honored to be part of such an amazing Catholic learning community where we can all learn and grow in our wonderful Catholic faith! I look forward to working with you and your amazing children throughout the school year. May God continue to bless you and your families.
Mrs. Allison Dotson - Kindergarten - KB
I am Mrs. Allison Dotson and I feel blessed to be a part of the Kindergarten team here at STA. This will be my third year of teaching Kindergarten. I have previously taught first grade and pre-k for the Diocese of Phoenix as well as Basis. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and helping them reach their full potential academically and spiritually. My husband and I have two wonderful children, our daughter graduated from STA and is now attending Xavier College Preparatory and my son is a freshmen at Northern Arizona University. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community.
Mrs. Jolanta Puskarczyk - Preschool
My name is Jolanta Puskarczyk. I am the lead teacher in the 4 year old half-day morning and afternoon program. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have been assisting as well as teaching preschool at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2013.
It has been a privilege to work in a Catholic school, where I can honor God first and foremost. I enjoy sharing my faith, my knowledge, and my experience with children, parents, and colleagues.
Mrs. Kelly Minten - Preschool
Hello, my name is Kelly Minten. I have been an early childhood educator for over 27 years. I have been fortunate enough to be a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2004. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. I was given the opportunity of 12 years of Catholic education growing up in Wisconsin. The best part of working at STA is teaching the future of our church how to become closer to Jesus, and the best little people that they can be.
Mrs. Jan Miller - Preschool
I am Mrs. Miller and I am the lead teacher in the 3 year old classroom here at St. Thomas Aquinas. I have worked in preschool since 2012 starting as an assistant. I have been the lead teacher now for 3 years and currently completing my associates in early education. Being a teacher in a Catholic school is a beautiful opportunity to see children discover Jesus and to watch their spiritual and academic growth begin to blossom.
Mrs. Nichole De Battista - Eighth Grade Homeroom – 8B - Middle School Science
My name is Nichole De Battista and I teach middle school science. I have been teaching science since 2002 after receiving my Bachelor Degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. During this time I have taught both middle grades and high school, I am elementary and secondary certified as well as, highly qualified at both levels. Prior to teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Grade School, I taught Freshman Biology, upper level Forensic Science, and AP Biology at the high school. I enjoy teaching at a Catholic School because I believe it is important to remember that God is the Master and Creator of all things, past and present. So to be able to infuse the teaching of science with the presence & facilitation of God is a powerful and necessary thing. I am blessed to teach here.
Mrs. Kristen Pierski - Sixth Grade Homeroom 6A, Middle School Literature
I am Mrs. Kristin Pierski and I began my teaching career in 1999. My journey as a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School started during the 2006-2007 school year. Teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature, I enjoy preparing my students for high school. My passion for literature has led me to manage the school’s Scholastic Reading Counts Program. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Education Degree from DePaul University. The faith filled, supportive families and students of St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School continue to be a tremendous blessing to my career and family.
Mrs. Kelly Klinger - Fifth Grade - 5A
My name is Kelly Klinger and I am a fifth grade teacher here at Saint Thomas Aquinas. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University South Bend. I have sixteen years of elementary teaching experience in both general and special education. I have been teaching at Saint Thomas Aquinas since 2013 and believe it is truly one of the greatest blessings God has given me. I am so fortunate to be a part of a faith-filled community that strives every day for academic excellence.
Ms. Rachel Rohrer - Fourth Grade - 4A
My name is Rachel Rohrer and I am one of the fourth grade teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas. I started at STA in 2017 and I am certain that the time here will be filled with lots of learning and many new adventures for your child as well as myself. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended a preschool through grade 12 religiously affiliated college preparatory day school in Orange County. I moved to Flagstaff Arizona for college at Northern Arizona University. There I earned my undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I immediately began working on my Master’s and received it in Elementary Education with certification.
I am so thrilled to be teaching at STA and getting to know each individual student. I feel so blessed to teach at a Catholic school and am looking forward to watching your child thrive in their learning environment through God. Blessings!
Mrs. Jennifer Lombardo - Third Grade - 3A
My name is Jennifer Lombardo and I teach third grade at STA. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville in 2004. A few years later, in 2007, I earned my Master’s degree in elementary education from Plymouth State University. I began my teaching career in 2005. I taught in the Glendale Elementary School District for six years, before taking a few years to stay home and begin a family. In 2015, I returned to teaching. I was thrilled to teach at St. Thomas Aquinas. I love being an educator in a Catholic school because of the strong faith community. It is wonderful to see our students being an active part of the Mass by lectoring, singing, serving, and bringing up the gifts. Overall, the love the students have for Jesus Christ and their Catholic faith is the best part of working at a Catholic school!
Mrs. Judy Bosch - Second Grade - 2A
I have been blessed to teach in Catholic schools for twenty seven years. Most recently, I taught third and fourth grade as well as third-sixth grade religion in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before moving to Pittsburgh, I taught first grade for seventeen years and second grade for three years in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been at St. Thomas Aquinas for two years as a substitute teacher, and I am presently a part time second grade teacher. I received my B.S. degree from North Dakota State University and my elementary education degree from the University of Nebraska. I have truly loved my vocation as a catholic school teacher, and I am very grateful to be part of such a loving, compassionate, and supportive school community such as St. Thomas Aquinas.
Mrs. Victoria Salazar - First Grade - 1B
My Name is Victoria Salazar. I began my teaching career here at St. Thomas Aquinas in 2011. I attended Catholic Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. I attended Arizona State University; earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Education. I absolutely LOVE being an educator in our Catholic Community and hope to encourage that same love and faith in all my students.
Mrs. Kristen Nigh - Kindergarten - KA Aide
My name is Kristen Nigh. I was born and raised in San Jose, California and moved to Goodyear, AZ with my family in 2002. My family and I have been part of STA since the opening of the school in 2002. Our children attended Pre-K through 8th grade and my husband was the founder and first president of the Wildcat Dads Club.
I have 14 years of experience working at the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter working with abused children as a child counselor, and shelter supervisor. I worked with children from infants to 18 years old but specialized in younger children.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Jose State University and hold a current substitute teaching credential from the state of Arizona. I was the Kindergarten Aide here at STA from 2004 -2006 and again 2015 to present and I look forward to this school year with your kindergarten students.
Ms. Veronica Hernandez - Kindergarten - KB Aide
Hello, my name is Veronica Hernandez, I work in Kinder A. I’ve been at Saint Thomas since 2015. I love and enjoy working with children. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I come from a very loving and amazing family. I was raised Catholic. I have a degree in mass communications and early child development. In my spare time I like to cook, travel, shop, go Disney and go dancing. I am so blessed and excited to be a part of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Community!
Mrs. Angela Brown - Preschool Aide
My name is Mrs. Angela Brown and I have been Mrs. Minten's aide since 2014. Like our students here at St. Thomas Aquinas, I was fortunate to have a Catholic education. I love how Catholic education allows me to share my faith with our young children.
Mrs. Pamela Costanzo - Preschool Aide
I am Mrs. Costanzo and I have been the teacher’s assistant for the Pre K 3’s and 4’s at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2014. I love working in a Catholic school because, let me quote St. John Bosco, “It’s not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved.”
Ms. Kristen Blankenship - Receptionist
I joined the staff of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Grade School in 2012. Working in the school office I am very fortunate to interact with students of all grades and ages throughout the day. The dedication of our Catholic community to the students here is evident in the amazing young people they become while attending our school. It is a pleasure to work with our amazing staff including the dedicated and innovative teachers. I am truly blessed!
Mr. Dan Kerestes - Finances and HR Coordinator
My name is Dan Kerestes and I was born in Canton, Ohio where I enjoyed a wonderful childhood with my brother and sister in a loving family. Right after high school, I joined the Navy and was stationed in Yokosuka Japan on the USS Midway (1945 CV) as the yeoman for the Judge Advocate General.
After the military in 1988, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona and went back to school for a degree in Business Management while working for Arizona State Savings and Credit Union as an Accounts Manager and Lender. Fulfilling my life desire for Religious Life, I applied and was accepted to the Order of Friars Minor of the Santa Barbara Province which lead me to the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office in 2002. I completed my theological studies at the Kino Institute in 2006 and have enjoyed serving the Roman Catholic Church ever since.
For the last 20 years my main apostolate resides with the Franciscan Community of Saint Mary’s Basilica as Cantor and chorister serving all Holy Day Masses.
This past year has brought me great joy serving the community of Saint Thomas Aquinas and I look forward to many more years. Peace and Good!!
Ms. Mary Frances Haluska - Senior Education Specialist
I am Mary Frances Haluska, originally from Pennsylvania. Arizona has been my home for over ten years. I have a Bachelor‘s Degree in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton.
My background is in teaching, school administration and leadership management. For more than three decades, I have been committed to the education of children and positively impacted their development as young leaders in varied grades and elementary schools located in small towns, rural communities, African American community and large multi-cultural inner-city schools. While being an administrator in Catholic and Charter Schools I shared my educational knowledge as an evaluator for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Having worked at the Department of Education as the State Director for Migrant Education I was also a State and National presenter for the Program. During this time I had the opportunity to present at the US Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Washington, DC. I served four years on the Diocese of Phoenix School Board and two years on the Executive Board.
Mrs. Kristi Mack - New Enrollment Coordinator / Scrip Chair
My name is Kristi Mack and I have been a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas school community since 2009. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from San Jose State University. I have been active in our school in various capacities as well as participating in many volunteer efforts in the community. Currently I manage the Scrip program, PE uniforms and the Spirit Store along with new family enrollment. Our goal is to ensure every new family is welcomed to our community. Catholic education is very important to us, and we are blessed to have chosen St. Thomas Aquinas School. This wonderful school provides a faith based environment for our family by nurturing the whole child both spiritually and academically.
Mr. Michael Bonney - Fifth Grade - 5B
My name is Michael Bonney and I was raised in Seattle, WA where I attended Catholic grade school and high school. I’m a classically trained pianist and began playing at the age of five. The piano was always a major part of my life growing up. I began my undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. I was then given the opportunity to study abroad and completed my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I have a Master’s in Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. I spent several years teaching private piano before deciding to go into education. I taught third grade in a public school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area before deciding to move to Arizona to be closer to my family.
I’ve always enjoyed running and staying active. I also like to travel when I have the opportunity. In my spare time I listen to music and play the piano. I’m excited to be teaching fifth grade this year, and I feel very blessed to become part of the St. Thomas Aquinas family.
My name is Gabriela Dávila. I was born in New York City and raised in Ecuador. When I was young I wanted to be a teacher, so it is a blessing to have been one for 15 years now. It is a privilege and a responsibility that God has entrusted me with this work. Outside of work, I like to swim, make crafts and spend time with my family. I am very happy to be a part of STA and I look forward to working with you all.
Ms. Kareem Escalante - Spanish
My name is Karem Escalante and I feel blessed and excited to start teaching Spanish at St. Thomas this year. I have a Bachelor degree in Social Work and I also have a certification as a Spanish instructor from NES. I have been teaching young children for 5 years and look forward to many more years providing students the opportunity to learn Spanish in an immersed – linguistic setting.
Mrs. Jennifer Olson - Music
My name is Jennifer Olson and I am so excited to be teaching music at St. Thomas this year! I have received a bachelors in music education in Idaho and have since taught choir and music for 6 years in Utah and New Mexico. I have been a full time mom to two beautiful daughters since 2016. I enjoy dancing, fly fishing, hiking, trying new food, and painting. Above all, I love getting to share music and laughter with my students.
Mrs. Sheri Perry - Eighth Grade Homeroom - 8A, 6th & 7th - Math
I am Sheri Perry and I am thrilled to be joining the St. Thomas Aquinas family as a Middle School Math teacher! My husband and I just relocated to Goodyear, AZ, but we have lived in the Phoenix area since 2003. We are blessed to have two healthy young adult children and two small dogs. In my free time I enjoy visiting with family and friends and playing with our dogs. I also love to cook, read, volunteer, and travel. I was blessed to have attended Catholic schools for my K-12 years and that education helped me develop a strong faith. Helping students learn and grow richer in their faith and service is a privilege I take seriously.
I hold a B.S. in Finance and a M.A. in Teaching. I began my teaching career at a Catholic school in my home state of Rhode Island where I taught Middle Grades Mathematics. I have nine years of teaching experience, both in Catholic and public schools spanning grades one through eight. I am highly qualified as a Middle School Math teacher. I am looking forward to meeting my students, their families, being part of the STA Parish and working with the wonderful staff. I am truly blessed.
Mrs. Marissa Quihuis - Preschool Aide
Hi, my name is Marissa Quihuis. My family and I have been a part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and School community for 17 years now. My husband and I were married here at St. Thomas Aquinas 12 years ago this November and we have four beautiful children. All four of our children have attended and are still attending school here at STA. We love the STA community and we feel blessed to be a part of it for so long. I'm very excited to now be a part of the staff, working as Mrs. Puskarczyk's aide!
Mr. Jon Richardson - Seventh Grade Homeroom 7B, Middle School Social Studies
My name is Jon Richardson and I am honored to be a part of the wonderful community at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School. Originally from Heuvelton, New York, I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York. I have an Arizona State teaching certificate in middle school and high school history. I have taught many years, but have always found that the Catholic schools are where my heart is.
I did start my career in sports administration which was my first passion. It soon turned into a career. I have held baseball positions with the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and the 1983 World Series Champions Baltimore Orioles.
Retiring from baseball, I became a certified teacher in my new passion – History. I’ve taught all grade levels from elementary to college level.
Having joined St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in 2006, I have watched the growth of the school and parish as both have become a leader in our faith community. I look forward to working with the students, parents and staff as we all grow in our faith and knowledge of History. I look forward to meeting you all.
Ms. Julie Seiz - Sixth Grade Homeroom 6B, Middle School English
I am Julie Seiz and this is my tenth year in education. I earned my Bachelor’s in Business and Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and my Master’s of Education from the University of Central Missouri. I have worked in private and Catholic schools in Phoenix and Kansas City.
I’m so excited to be joining the St. Thomas Aquinas community this year. I look forward to working with you children and being part of a school where students flourish academically as well as spiritually!
Mrs. Barbara Waggoner - First Grade - 1st Grade Aide
My name is Barbara Waggoner and I’m blessed to be back at St. Thomas Aquinas as a teacher’s aide in first grade. I substituted for 3 years and prior to that I was a Kindergarten teacher for 4 years at St. Thomas Aquinas. I have taught grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in my teaching career of 30 plus years. All but 4 years have been in Catholic Schools.
I attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through College. I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I earned my Master’s Degree in Education from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri. I knew after being educated in Catholic schools, being a Catholic School teacher was truly my vocation.