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St. Joseph Catholic School

Our Mission

Our mission is to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, which will prepare us for outstanding achievements in all aspects of life.  Our education will enable us to realize spiritual, intellectual, moral, and social growth in a safe, disciplined, family-oriented environment.

Virtue, Academic Excellence, Discipleship

Our Purpose

  • To assist parent(s)/guardian(s) in fulfilling their role as primary educators of their children;
  • To nurture sound relationships between home and school;
  • To recognize and respect the dignity of each individual;
  • To provide academic programs that will promote continuous student growth in building competence in critical analysis, inquiry, problem solving, and creative thinking that will prepare them for the future;
  • To teach moral and spiritual values in order to instill a spirit of service to Christ and His Church at school, in the parish, and in the community;
  • To provide experiences which develop leadership, initiative, dependability, and self-discipline;
  • To develop technological proficiency and awareness of global and environmental concerns;
  • To introduce students to the Fine Arts and to provide opportunities for creative activities that will inspire an appreciation for the good, the true, and the beautiful in God’s world;
  • To create a nurturing school community that fosters the development of a positive self-image and independent learners with appropriate social interactions.

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; Certified in CPR

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.vatakis@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; Certified in CPR

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.smith@sjccs.net

Kelsey Mitchell

Position: 3rd Grade

Education: BA Elementary Education: Certified in CPR

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

Bekah Taylor

Position: 6th – 8th Grade ELA

Education:  BA in English; TESOL Certification; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2021

Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Email: bekah.taylor@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: 4K – 5th Grade Music; 6th – 8th Grade Band

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; CPR certified

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

Kathy Massey

Position: Marketing/Administration

Education: BS Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design; MBA

Began at St. Joseph: 2021

Favorite Quote: “The time is always right to do the right thing.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

Email: kathy.massey@sjccs.net

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