Faculty & staff biographies
Mr. Aubrey was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida with a passion for teaching. He would “teach” anyone anything from the time that he was three years old. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise that he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University in December 2007 (Go ‘Noles!). He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in December 2013 in Education from Walden University. Mr. Aubrey is honored to be Head of School at a place that's become his second home. Not to be too far from the classroom, he is also excited about teaching Advanced Grammar and Composition to Eighth Grade students. He is a firm believer in life-long learning and positive thinking. Mr. Aubrey is a movie and television fanatic with a DVD collection that could rival any store. His current obsession is his son, Keaton, who was born in February 2013.
Mrs. Aperavich has worked at Saint Joseph’s School for over 20 years. As the Director of Admissions and Enrollment, Mrs. Aperavich handles interviewing, touring, testing, Gesell observations, placement evaluations, and retention. She serves on the Financial Aid committee with the Head of School. In previous years, Mrs. Aperavich has worked in all areas of advancement, annual fund, endowment, capital campaign, donor development, events, and reporting. Mrs. Aperavich received her B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Mrs. Aperavich has a daughter, Jessica, who is a commercial airline pilot and a Saint Joseph’s alum.
Rhiannon Aubrey is a true Floridian, born and raised in Delray Beach. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting, as well as her Masters in Taxation, from the University of Miami. After graduation, Mrs. Aubrey spent five years with a fast-paced certified public accounting and consulting firm before transitioning into the childcare industry. She worked for four years as the Supervisor of Operational Accounting for a national childcare company, overseeing the day-to-day, corporate-level operations of multiple centers. Mrs. Aubrey’s husband, Kyle, is currently the Head of School at Saint Joseph’s. Together, they have a son who currently attends St. Joe's. Outside of work, Mrs. Aubrey enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, and catching as many movies, concerts, and TV shows as she can.
Ms. Sanchez was born and raised in Delray Beach, Florida, then spent her high school years in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Sanchez has two children, Austin, who graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2007, and Madison, who graduated in 2010. Ms. Sanchez has held several positions at the school and is currently the Plant Manager, supporting the school’s day-to-day operations, as well as the Development Associate. Ms. Sanchez and her children feel blessed to have been a part of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School for the past several years.
Kelly DuBois was born and raised in Boynton Beach and is a third generation Floridian. Mrs. DuBois’ husband, Robby, and their elder two sons, Trey and Mason, are SJES alums, and their other two children currently attend Saint Joseph’s. Kelly has been an active volunteer at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School, participating in various events, such as chairing the Annual Fund campaign, being a Room Parent, and serving on the Board of the Parent Organization. Mrs. DuBois attended Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University to study Interior Design. She also has served as a volunteer in a variety of capacities for Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church, as well as for charities in our local community. Her volunteer experience proves beneficial in her role as the Development Director.
After graduating from Atlantic Community High School, Mrs. Schafer attended Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University, earning a degree in Business Administration. Mrs. Schafer and her late husband, Bud, bought Ace Hardware in Delray Beach, which she still owns and operates. Their son, Glennon, was a student at Saint Joseph’s beginning in Pre-Kindergarten. He graduated from 8th grade in 2009. Mrs. Schafer began her career at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School as an assistant in the PK classroom, and she is currently an Administrative Assistant supporting student data, the Early Childhood Academy operations, and day-to-day operations. Mrs. Schafer has said that being employed at Saint Joseph’s has been a wonderful experience for her and her family.
Richard Nevad has been employed by Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School since 2012. When he’s not doing Security, he lends his expertise in keeping the campus running smoothly. He has also served as assistant coach for several of our boys’ sports teams, including flag football and soccer. Mr. Nevad is a graduate of Atlantic Community High School and Palm Beach Community College. In 1973, Rick began his long career with Sears & Roebuck as a refrigeration technician where he earned his United States EPA certification. He worked there for 37 years before retiring in 2010. While working for Sears, Rick received his EMT license and security certification from Broward Community College. He worked part-time for Professional Security and Professional Ambulance from 1973 – 1979. He was very active in East Boynton Beach Little League where he served as a coach and Vice President for many years. Mr. Nevad has been married for 39 years to his high school sweetheart, Catherine “Cathy” Reichert Nevad, PK teacher at SJES. Together they have three children: Abby, also a teacher at St. Joe’s, Matthew, and Sarah, and one grandson, Tyler. All are SJES alum!
Mr. Braswell was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and moved to Deerfield Beach, Florida as a small boy. He is a graduate of Atlantic High School. Upon graduation, he worked full-time for the City of Delray Beach in the water treatment plant along with other miscellaneous jobs. Later, he began his career for DuBois Farms as a shipping and sales manager for 25+ years. Mr. Braswell served as president of the Board of the Palm Beach County Farm Bureau for 12 years and serves on the board of his homeowners' association. The Braswell family still serves as active volunteers and received the honor of The Heads Award in 2007 for their service. Cary works security and helps with maintenance, along with his wife Melissa who is a Junior Kindergarten assistant teacher, at St. Joseph’s Episcopal School. They have two children, Zachary and Chelsea, who, along with his wife, are alumni of the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. de la Torre is originally from New Jersey. She relocated to South Florida in 1990, and in 1994, she began to pursue her teaching career in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. de la Torre started in the public school system as an Assistant Teacher working with Special Needs Children in the ESE Pre-Kindergarten program. She then moved on to the private school system where she worked as Lead Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten program, and soon after became Lead Teacher in the VPK program. Mrs. de la Torre is certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Care Professional, and she is also a Certified Child Development Associate in the State of Florida. Most recently, Mrs. de la Torre has earned her VPK-endorsed Director’s Credential, and she is now actively pursuing her Associate’s degree at Palm Beach State College. Mrs. de la Torre is the On-Site Director and Lead Teacher of the two-year old program at the ECA. She is very happy to be a part of the St. Joe’s community, and she is committed to each student’s’ happiness, growth and development, while providing a supportive and fun learning environment.
Mrs. Wrona is originally from Connecticut. She moved to South Florida with her family in 1977. Mrs. Wrona became a part of the St. Joseph’s community in 2006 when she began working with the children at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. She moved on to St. Joseph’s Episcopal School in 2007 and became the Assistant Teacher in the One Year Old program. Mrs. Wrona was asked to take her expertise with infants and toddlers to the ECA, when it opened in 2008, and become the Assistant Teacher in the One Year Old program. She is certified by the Department of Children and Families as a Florida Child Care Professional. When Mrs. Wrona is not helping the children grow, you can find her nourishing her love of plants, bird watching, or crafting with her daughter, Addie. Her love of God, nature, and watching small things grow is what gets her up in the morning.
Mrs. Antle is formally from Kentucky. She and her husband, Christopher, relocated to South Florida in 2001. Mrs. Antle became part of the St. Joseph’s community in 2003 when she started working at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, specializing in infant and toddler care. She moved on to St. Joseph’s Episcopal School in 2005 where she became a teacher in the One Year Old program. Mrs. Antle then became Lead Teacher of the One Year Old program at the ECA when it opened in 2008. She is certified by the Department of Children and Families as a Florida Child Care Professional and as a Child Development Associate.
Mrs. Rosado, a Christian wife and mom of two girls, is originally from Ecuador, where her dream of being a preschool teacher started as a teenager. In 2001, she began to pursue her teaching career in Early Childhood education. Mrs. Rosado is certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Care Professional, and she is also a Certified Child Development Associate in the state of Florida. Mrs. Rosado is still attending many continuing education classes in the Early Childhood field. She is very happy to be a part of the Saint Joseph’s community.
Georgina Ricatti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Sh comes from an Italian family of 6 brothers and sisters. She has been married over 38 years, and is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 2 little doggies. Ms. Georgina brings over 30 years of experience with children and babies and “she enjoys every minute of it”. She is now actively pursuing her Department of Children and Families Child Care Certification. Her favorite things are cooking, family, and meeting new people.
Mrs. Mero is originally from Long Island, New York. She moved to Florida eight years ago with her husband and four sons. Her family enjoys spending their extracurricular time outdoors in sunny South Florida. Mrs. Mero has worked in Early Childhood for five years. She is certified by the Florida Department of Child and Family Services as a Child Care Professional and certified as a Child Development Associate. She attends many continuing education classes to keep abreast of new Early Childhood developments and information. Mrs. Mero is dedicated to the education and development of young children.