The Rev. Lynne E. Jones, Chaplain & Sacred Studies Teacher
The Rev. Lynne E. Jones received her B.A. from Florida State University, a juris doctor from University of Florida School of Law, and an M. Div. from the General Theological Seminary. Before being ordained an Episcopal priest twenty-two years ago, she practiced law in Florida and Georgia. After graduation from seminary, she served in parish ministry as associate priest and as rector in the Diocese of Southeast Florida and in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Most recently, she was the Director of Spiritual Care at the Hanley Center, a residential treatment facility for those who suffer from the disease of addiction. Pastor Lynne has led retreats and pilgrimages, as well as headed Christian education programs in various parishes she has served. She is very excited to become a part of the St. Joseph’s team.
Philomena Smith, Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Marist College in New York. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in New York. In addition, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. Mrs. Smith has over 16 years of experience working with children and families in many capacities as a social worker and therapist. She is the mother of two children, one who is an SJES alum and one who currently attends St. Joe's. Mrs. Smith came to love Saint Joseph’s as a parent first, for the quality of education and nurturing environment provided to her children. She was honored to accept a position on staff in 2006 as the Pre-K Assistant and now as the School's Guidance Counselor. She continues to learn and grow in her profession.
Cathy Nevad, Pre-School Division Head & PK Teacher
Mrs. Nevad has been a part of Saint Joseph’s School for as long as she can remember. Her mother, Beverly Reichert, taught Kindergarten for 38 years. On campus, the Reichert Center houses the PK, JK, and Kindergarten rooms, and Mrs. Nevad’s father was the Headmaster. Mrs. Nevad is an alum of Saint Joseph’s School, is a member of the graduating class of 1971, and has been a teacher here since 1988. Mrs. Nevad earned her Child Development Associate and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Nevad has been happily married for 38 years. Together with her husband, Rick, they have three adult children, who also graduated from Saint Joseph’s, and one terrific grandson who is also a St. Joseph’s alum. Mrs. Nevad loves children, working with families, and experiencing the joy of seeing young children develop in every way. This is precisely why she chose to become a teacher. 2015 marks Mrs. Nevad’s 27th year as an early childhood educator and lifelong learner. She believes that every child wants to learn and to develop new skills and information in an individual way, and she believes in encouraging and fostering those interests.
Stephanie Ream, PK Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Ream graduated from Bethany College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications; this is where she also met her husband. They then moved south to begin their life together. Mrs. Ream has two children that currently attend Saint Joseph’s, Alex and Maggie, and a 2015 St. Joseph’s graduate, Lucy. Mrs. Ream has been a part of the Saint Joseph’s family for over 12 years. Her love for Saint Joseph’s encouraged her to follow her love for children. Mrs. Ream received her 45-hour Early Childhood Certification during the summer of 2008 and her Florida Teaching Certification during the summer of 2010.
Abby Nevad, JK Teacher
Working at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School is part of Miss Abby’s heritage. Her grandmother, Beverly Reichert, started the Kindergarten program 53 years ago. Mr. Reichert was Head of School, and Miss Abby’s aunt created the Junior Kindergarten program. Miss Abby’s mother started the Pre-K and is an alum of the school, as is she and her brother and sister. Miss Abby’s son, Tyler, is also a graduate of St. Joseph’s. Miss Abby began her career in 1999 as the assistant in Junior Kindergarten. She is currently the JK Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to many more years at Saint Joseph’s and continuing her long relationship with her school “family".
Melissa Braswell, JK Assistant Teacher
Melissa Braswell was born and raised in Boynton Beach. Mrs. Braswell and her two children are alumni of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School. She has been an active volunteer at Saint Joseph’s for many years, participating in everything from coaching volleyball, chairing the annual Tea & Treasures event, and serving on the Board of the Parent Organization. Mrs. Braswell graduated from Palm Beach Community College with an Associate degree in Business Management, and she became certified by the Department of Children and Families as a Florida Child Care Professional. She managed a child development center for six years in Boynton Beach and then transitioned to Seacrest Christian School, working with children in Kindergarten through second grade. Mrs. Braswell’s passion for teaching is driven by her love of children and God, as well as by her years of experience and knowledge.
Kelly Fellowes, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Fellowes graduated from Saint Leo University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Mrs. Fellowes is married to Kenny, and she moved to his native country of England where she taught for two years. They are the proud parents of Ryan who is a student at SJES. Mrs. Fellowes had the opportunity to teach every grade level from Pre-School through 6th grade. As a Kindergarten teacher at Saint Joseph’s, it gives her the opportunity to be creative, fun, and a kid at heart.
Jennifer Ciasulli, Teacher (1st Grade)
Mrs. Ciasulli is a South Florida native, born and raised in Deerfield Beach. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is also endorsed to teach ESOL students. Mrs. Ciasulli has taught in the Broward County school system since 1997, with 14 years experience in first grade. She is married to Chris, and they have two children--one attending West Boca High School and the other attending Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School.
Betsy Chiodo, Teacher (2nd Grade)
Mrs. Chiodo was born and raised in Delray Beach, Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is also endorsed to teach Gifted and ESOL students. This is her thirteenth year teaching and her tenth year at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School. She has two children, Isabella and Charlie.
Maggie Midden, Teacher (3rd Grade)
Maggie Midden is a veteran teacher of almost 20 years in the state of Florida. She received her teaching degree from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Education degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Maggie has a Florida Professional Teacher certificate with Gifted Endorsement. She has taught in public, charter, and private education. Maggie is looking forward to being a part of the loving, enriching environment of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School.
Audrey MacPhee, Associate Head of School, Elementary School Division Head & Teacher (4th Grade)
Miss MacPhee has been teaching fourth grade at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School for several years. Miss MacPhee is originally from the New England area and has been a resident of Florida since 1990. Miss MacPhee received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Plymouth State College, New Hampshire and her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Notre Dame College, New Hampshire. Miss MacPhee worked in the Salem, New Hampshire Public School System for 10 years, teaching grades 1, 2, and 4. While living in Florida, Miss MacPhee worked at Seacrest Christian School in Delray Beach for 17 years. There, Miss MacPhee served in several areas of ministry, teaching self-contained grade level classrooms, team teaching with various grades, teaching music and physical education to all elementary levels, Assistant Principal, and Interim Principal.
Lina Lacy, Teacher (5th Grade)
Mrs. Lacy is a graduate of Stetson University, earning a Bachelors of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing/Advertising and Art. After leaving a career in marketing/advertising, Mrs. Lacy decided to change her career and teach children. Mrs. Lacy is a Florida Certified Teacher K-12 with over 10 years of teaching experience in Palm Beach County. Her teaching style is to step out of the norm and to enhance instruction by integrating supplemental techniques into lessons to make students excited about what they are learning. When she is not spending time with her loving family, she is painting murals, singing a-capella with the Women of Note, and dancing. Mrs. Lacy is honored to be a part of the Saint Joseph's community and looks forward to providing a rigorous education to students.
Kathy Reese, Math Teacher (6th — 8th Grade)
Mrs. Reese is originally from Oneonta, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Math in 1992 from SUNY, Oneonta. Mrs. Reese began working at the local Credit Union as a teller, and over the next 4 years, she worked her way up to management. In 1998, Mrs. Reese earned her Masters in Teaching degree. Mrs. Reese worked during summers at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, teaching math in the International Summer Program. In the fall of 1998, she moved to Boca Raton to teach at Grandview Prep School. Mrs. Reese has two children who attend Saint Joseph’s.
Mr. Wideroff was born and raised in South Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. Mr. Wideroff played lacrosse at UM all four years and was captain of the team his senior year. Sports have always been an important part of his life, and he enjoys sharing that enthusiasm with students at SJES. Mr. Wideroff went on to earn a Masters in Science Education from Nova University. He loves encouraging a passion for science and understanding the natural world, as well as challenging students to utilize scientific inquiry. Outside of St. Joseph’s, Mr. Wideroff is an avid waterman who loves surfing, fishing, and diving. He is also a USCG licensed captain and runs fishing charters in his spare time.
Ms. Bosch recently graduated from Hope College with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health Education. Ms. Bosch played soccer at Hope College for four years (and in high school), as well as Varsity basketball and golf. Sports have always been an important part of Kristina’s life. She looks forward to this new journey as the Saint Joseph’s P.E. Teacher and the Girls’ Head Coach.
Pat Coyle, English Teacher (6th - 7th Grade), History Teacher (6th - 8th Grade), Coach
Pat originally hails from Philadelphia, PA. A Floridian for over a decade, he holds a B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University, and he comes to us from Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton where he taught senior-level courses in College Preparatory English and Honors British Literature. As a literature buff, Pat feels it is important to understand the politics and time-frame when a work was written, so history has been a dual passion of his alongside his studies in literature. Historical perspectives and lessons are a large part of his literature classes, and he believes the two (literature and history) go hand in hand. His two young daughters, Lilly and Maggie, attend the SJES Lower School. Pat also has experience coaching football, boys’ lacrosse, and girls’ lacrosse.
Maryjean Michaelson, Middle School Math Teacher, Admissions Assistant, & LearnPad Coordinator
Mrs. Michaelson began her college career at The University of South Carolina and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1992. The following year, Mrs. Michaelson taught science for grades 5-8 at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School. Since that time, she has been involved in teaching various subjects and grade levels. Mrs. Michaelson resides in western Lake Worth with her two children and enjoys assisting students with math at Saint Joseph’s.
Loredana Quong, Spanish Teacher (1st – 8th Grade)
Señora Quong, affectionately known as Señora Q, is trilingual, speaking Spanish, Italian, and English. She has over 15 years of teaching, translating, interpreting, and tutoring experience with both Spanish and Italian at lower, middle, and high school levels (including teaching Advanced Placement classes and working with the International Baccalaureate program). She is passionate about reaching each individual student through creativity, motivation, and optimism.She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean and brings with her a vast knowledge of countries within those regions. She is excited to be a part of the St. Joe's family!
Emily Carter, Music Director
Emily Carter is a South Florida native raised in Boca Raton. Emily received her B.A. in Music from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently certified in Elementary Education K-6, as well as Music K-12. She is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, as well as the Florida Vocal Association. Emily has taught music and general classroom education at Saint Andrew’s School, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, and Banyan Creek Elementary. She is a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach and has sung in the choir for over 9 years. She is featured on the Live Hymnal album recorded at Saint Joseph’s and can be heard on the new album coming in 2016. She is married to her husband, Andrew, and they have a daughter currently attending the Early Childhood Academy.
Maha Bouhamden, Music Teacher
Ms. Maha Bouhamdan, with over 20 years experience in the music industry, brings a supreme shower of skills including teaching, performing, conducting, directing, recording, accompanying, composing and arranging. Her interdisciplinary studies in the arts from Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University coupled with her unending desire to learn and teach, has made her very respectable and highly sought-after in South Florida. Proficient in piano and voice, she also comes with the knowledge of pedagogy in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. She has done extensive work with "Mommy and Me" classes, Music Workshops for children and private lessons for all ages. Her true passion for sharing the knowledge of music is contagious and shines through with her consistent work and exceptional instructing ability.
Jackie Jacobs, Art Teacher (1st — 8th Grade)
Mrs. Jacobs has been teaching art for 13 years. She is a certified art teacher in grades K-12, with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design from Hofstra University, New York. Recently, she completed graduate courses and was awarded a Certificate in Applied Technology in Education from Wilmington University. Before teaching, Mrs. Jacobs was a graphic designer and illustrator in New York City and an adjunct instructor of Computer Graphics at Hofstra University. She enjoys drawing, painting, and photography, and she uses technology to motivate her students. Mrs. Jacobs inspires her students by introducing them to famous artists, different cultures, and a full range of styles and periods of art. She also provides a wide variety of mediums and a wonderful hands-on learning environment that encourages creativity and experimentation.
Jennifer Williams, Librarian
Mrs. Williams’ high school years were completed under the British system of education at the Ursuline Convent in Barbados. Oxford and Cambridge exams were given in order to graduate in nine academic subjects. At the University of Toronto, she majored in Modern Language and Literature with a minor in English. After attaining a Master of Arts degree, Mrs. Williams moved to London where she started her career in Library Science. Westminster City Libraries was her first employer. There, she worked in Public Services, then moved to the University of Hull as a cataloguer. Mrs. Williams relocated to Florida and spent eight years at Florida Atlantic University in Technical Services. Her graduate work in Library Media and Information Studies is from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Mrs. Williams has been employed at Saint Joseph’s since the fall of 1988. Mrs. Williams said it has been a wonderful experience to plan and organize Saint Joseph’s existing Library which opened in January of 1997.
Carol Cunningham, Publications Director & Technology Teacher
Ms. Cunningham is a transplant from Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master’s Certification in Educational Technology. Upon graduating, she established a career as a Treatment Director for adjudicated adolescents at a substance abuse residential facility. After two decades, Ms. Cunningham decided she wanted a creative change and started her own event planning business. Currently, she has a company called Mosaic Productions, Inc. that specializes in video editing, graphic design, and photography. As the Publications Director, Ms. Cunningham is responsible for the graphic design and photography work used to prepare all publications and marketing materials associated with the school. She also executes the technology curricula for Jr. Kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as acting as the current Technology Integrationist for the faculty and student body. She has one son, Gregory, who is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University and is a 2009 Saint Joseph’s alum.
Mimi Tasca, Resource Case Manager
Mrs. Tasca is originally from Connecticut but has been living and teaching in South Florida for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Holy Cross College in Massachusetts in 1982, after spending her junior year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. In Florida, Mrs. Tasca received her teaching certification in Elementary Education after completing an additional 45 credit hours at Nova Southeastern University. Most recently, she has completed several graduate-level Education courses at FAU and has been trained as a Primary Years Program instructor with the International Baccalaureate Program. Mrs. Tasca has teaching experience with nearly every age, from six months through Fifth Grade. She has also worked as an independent tutor specializing in the development of reading skills and math remediation/enrichment for students in Pre-K through Fifth Grade. She is married and has two daughters. Mrs. Tasca loves working with children and helping them reach their academic potential by meeting their individual needs.
Susan Arts, Instructional Assistant
The formative years of Mrs. Arts’ life were spent growing up in the snow belt of lovely Oswego, New York. She attended West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Mrs. Arts was employed by State Farm Insurance and spent the next 10 years selling and servicing personal lines of insurance. She came to Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School as a parent over 10 years ago. Mrs. Arts was hired as an instructional aide in 2001. Both of her children attended Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School.
Jane Speyer, Instructional Assistant
Ms. Speyer was born in Connecticut and moved to Florida with her family when she was three years old. She received her Associate degree from Palm Beach Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Barry University. From there, she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Pre-Kindergarten and Primary Education from Florida Atlantic University. She is certified to teach Elementary Education in the state of Florida, and she is certified by the Department of Children and Families as a Florida Child Care Professional.