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St. Joseph Catholic School

Our Mission

The mission of St. Joseph Catholic School is to teach our students to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and to prepare them for outstanding achievement in all aspects of life.  Our goal is to educate our students spiritually, intellectually, morally, and socially in a safe and disciplined family-oriented environment for the love of God and for the love of our neighbor.

Virtue, Academic Excellence, Discipleship

Our Purpose

  • To provide an excellent foundation in academic knowledge and skills integrated with the teaching of the Catholic Church
  • To establish a loving and caring atmosphere which nurtures a reverence for God and one another through the principles of daily prayer, service, and worship at Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Liturgical Celebrations
  • To teach moral and spiritual values and to integrate faith into everyday life so that students may give witness to Christian values through service at school, in the parish, at home, and in the community
  • To provide experiences which develop leadership, initiative, dependability, self-discipline, and respect
  • To foster the development of a positive self-image which encourages appropriate social interaction
  • To nurture sound relationships between home and school
  • To develop technological proficiency and an awareness of global and environmental concerns
  • To cultivate in all children an awareness and understanding of their faith and American heritage in a Catholic environment
  • To assist in the Sacramental Preparation of our Catholic students in conjunction with our parish

Our Accreditations

Fully accredited by the NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Development.

Fully accredited with the Diocese of Charleston

A current member in good standing of the NCEA – National Catholic Educational Association

Recipient of the Outstanding Board Award from the Department of Boards and Councils of Catholic Education of the National Catholic Educational Association – 2015

Our Faculty & Staff

Haymée Giuliani

Position: Principal, 8th Grade Spanish 1

Education: CPA; Teaching Certification in Spanish; MA Principal in Catholic Education

Began at St. Joseph: 2004, 2017 – Principal

Favorite Quote: “Holiness consist simply in doing God’s will and being just what God wants us to be.” – St. Thèrése of Lisieux

Email:haymee.giuliani@sjccs.net

Elizabeth Hogg

Position: 4K Lead Teacher

Education: BA in French; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2019

Favorite Quote: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Email: elizabeth.hogg@sjccs.net

Dawn Owens

Position: 4K Instructional Assistant

Education: BA; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote: “A person’s a person no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

Email: dawn.owens@sjccs.net

Haley Vatakis

Position: Kindergarten

Education: BA Early Childhood Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote: God first. Others second. Then yourself. – Matthew 22

Email: haley.chabek@sjccs.net

Timberlie Madden

Position: Kindergarten

Education: BS Elementary Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2

Email: timberlie.madden@sjccs.net

Katie Newton

Position: 1st Grade

Education: Associates in Early Childhood; BS Degree in Special Education; Masters of Education; Certified in the Wilson Reading System

Began at St. Joseph: 2021

Favorite Quote: “Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Email: katie.newton@sjccs.net

Abby Smith

Position: 2nd Grade

Education: BA Physical Education K-12; MA Early Childhood Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2017

Favorite Quote: “I will be accountable to God for this: What did I do with all of those kids he gave me?  How did I build his kingdom?” – Dabo Swinney

Email: abby.child@sjccs.net

Kelsey Mitchell

Position: 3rd Grade

Education: BA Elementary Education

Began at St. Joseph: 2021

Favorite Quote: “There is no Saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” – St. Augustine

Email: kelsey.mitchell@sjccs.net

Christina Brown

Position: 4th & 5th Grade

Education: BA Marketing; MA Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2019

Favorite Quote: “Do what you love. Love what you do.” – Ray Bradbury

Email: christina.brown@sjccs.net

Alexander Boyce

Position: K4 – 8th Grade PE, 6th – 8th Grade Social Studies

Education: BA Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2019

Favorite Quote: “If chosen over heaven, Earth will have been for them.” – CS Lewis

Email: alexander.boyce@sjccs.net

Erin Rockenhaus

Position: K4 – 8th Grade STREAM, 6th – 8th Grade Science, STEM Coordinator

Education: MS Biology; MA Theology; SC Certification Secondary Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2017

Favorite Quote: “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” – Pope St. John Paul II

Email: erin.rockenhaus@sjccs.net

Liz Martin

Position: 4th – 8th Grade Art and Religion

Education: BS Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Email: liz.martin@sjccs.net

Diana Cantú

Position: K4 – 7th Grade Spanish

Education: BS Law; MS Corporate Law; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote:  “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” – St. Gianna Molla

Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be. – St. Thèrése de Lisieux

Email: diana.cantu@sjccs.net

Rebecca Lawson

Position: Music

Education: BA Music; Teaching Certification in Spanish; MA Music Education – in progress; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2018

Favorite Quote: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music.  I live my daydreams in music.  I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

Email: rebecca.lawson@sjccs.net

Velia Perez

Position: Administrative Assistant

Education: CPA

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote:  “Whoever who does not live to serve, does not serve to live.”  – Pope Francis

Email: velia.perez@sjccs.net

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