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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 2022-2023

Haymée Giuliani

Position: Principal

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

Bess Klindworth

Position: 4K Instructional Assistant

Education: BA Organizational Communications; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Email: bess.klindworth@sjccs.net

Dawn Owens

Position: 4K Lead Teacher

Education: 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

Riley Binnicker

Position: 4K Instructional Assistant & Extended Care

Education: BA Science & Marketing; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “Never trust a person by their appearance.  God made everybody different for a reason.” – Anonymous

Email: riley.binnicker@sjccs.net

Elisabeth Googins

Position: Kindergarten

Education: BA Early Childhood Education with Early Childhood Education; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “Love the child first, then teach them.” – St. Mother Theodore Guerin

Email: elisabeth.googins@sjccs.net

Abby Smith

Position: 1st 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

Haley Vatakis

Position: 2nd Grade

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

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

Savanna Keefe

Position: 4th-7th Grade Religion and Social Studies, 4th & 5th Grade Math

Education: BA Individualized Studies in History and Geography, Minor in Educational Studies; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” – Padre Pio

Email: savanna.keefe@sjccs.net

Bekah Taylor

Position: 4th-7th ELA and Science, 6th & 7th Math

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

Liz Martin

Position: Art & STREAM

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

Jerrad Fenske

Position: 4th-7th Choir

Education: BA in Church Music, MM in Music, MA in Liturgical Music and Doctoral work in Vocal Performance; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

Favorite Quote: “You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.” – Anonymous

Email: jerrad.fenske@sjccs.net

Diana Cantú

Position: K4-5th Grade Spanish & Accounting

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

Philip Swanson

Position: PE & Interventionist

Education: BA Theology & Philosophy; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.” – St. Isaac the Syrian

Email: philip.swanson@sjccs.net

Luz Fernandez

Position: Interventionist & Hispanic Family Connections

Education: BS Industrial Engineering; MBA; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Email: lucy.fernandez@sjccs.net

Samantha Schmidt

Position: Speech Therapist

Education: BS Middle Level Education; MS Speech-Language Pathology; Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2022

Favorite Quote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight you paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Email: samantha.schmidt@sjccs.net

Timberlie Madden

Position: Elementary Teacher Aid & Extended Care

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

Twila Madden

Position: Extended Care

Education: Certified in CPR

Began at St. Joseph: 2020

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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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