Faculty and Staff Directory
Mrs. Chris Akin has been the media specialist since 1993. Before that, she was a public library children’s librarian. Mrs. Akin earned her bachelor’s and library degrees from the University of Michigan, and received her media specialist certification from Georgia College. Mrs. Akin enjoys reading, traveling, and walking her dog.
Mrs. Lee Armstrong is a part time teacher in the Student Success Center. She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and Georgia Southern College. She received a Master’s Degree from Mercer University. She is certified to teach Early Childhood, Middle Grades, and Special Education Pre School. Mrs. Armstrong taught in Warner Robins, Ga. for 18 years, then taught in Bibb County for 12 years. After retiring, she worked part time as an Early Intervention Teacher until going to work at Saint Joseph’s. Her interests include spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
Mrs. Wendy Arnold has been teaching 4K at St. Joseph’s Catholic School since 2003. Her teaching experience has always been with young children. She has worked for many years in both 4K and Kindergarten classrooms. She has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Wesleyan College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Georgia College & State University. Of course teaching isn’t Wendy's WHOLE life. She is married and has two beautiful daughters that also attend St. Joseph's. She enjoys spending lots of quality time with her family doing all kinds of fun adventures. Her hobbies include reading, photography and spending time with her children.
Mrs. Stacy Benton is the paraprofessional for 3K at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. A native of Middle Georgia, Mrs. Benton attended Macon State College and holds her real estate license. She is married and has three children, two of whom attend SJS. Prior to joining the staff of SJS, Mrs. Benton was an active volunteer at the school. During her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling and shopping.
Mrs. Jessica Carter received her degree from Wesleyan College and is certified to teach grades Pre K-8. Mrs. Carter has taught 3rd and 4th grade at St. Joseph’s and now teaches in our Student Success Center. She has been at St. Joseph's School since 1999. Mrs. Carter loves to cook, run, and read. She also enjoys being involved in events in her InTown neighborhood. Mrs. Carter is a member of St. Joseph’s parish and is married to John Carter, a local attorney and Mount de Sales graduate. They have one daughter.
Mrs. Jenny Clark is an alumna of Mount de Sales Academy, as well as The University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education. After teaching Dance for 8 years, serving as Owner and Artistic Director of Danceworks Studio for 3 of those years, Mrs. Clark added an Early Childhood certificate to her credentials. She was blessed to be able to join the staff of SJS in 2006 to teach kindergarten, and is grateful to serve the parish in this area of stewardship. Coming from a family of teachers, Mrs. Clark is inspired by the words of Albert Einstein, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Mrs. Clark is married to Chris, and has 4 spunky children – Jack, Audie, Marion, and Charlie.
Mrs. Patti Dye is a 3rd a grade teacher at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School. She began her teaching career in 1985 and taught in the Bibb County Public Schools for 30 years. She retired from Bibb County in 2015 and began teaching at SJS. Mrs. Dye graduated from Wesleyan College with an A.B. in Middle Grades Education and received a Masters of Education in BrainSmart from Nova Southeastern University. She is certified to teach Pre-K through 8th grade. Mrs. Dye and her husband, Charlie, have one daughter, Anna Claire. Mrs. Dye enjoys walking, Pure Barre, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
Mrs. Ashley Fisher teaches PreK at St. Joseph's School. She began teaching at SJS in 2016 after graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with certification in General and Special education, PreK-5th grade. She loves teaching younger children and is blessed to be at SJS. She is married and has an infant baby girl. Mrs. Fisher enjoys spending time with her family, going camping, hiking, and exercising.
Mrs. Angie Freeman teaches first grade at Saint Joseph's Catholic School. She has been teaching at SJS since 2009. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Troy University. Mrs. Freeman is certified to teach grades K-5. She taught in Bibb County at Porter Elementary School for eight years before coming to SJS. Mrs. Freeman loves to sing and has actively been involved in community theatre for many years. She also enjoys reading, gardening, traveling with her family, and ALL things Disney! Mrs. Freeman and her husband, Chris, have three children.
Mrs. Amy Garvin enjoys being a paraprofessional Saint Joseph Catholic School. She has been at SJS since 2005. She obtained an Associate’s Degree from Macon State College. She worked at a local florist and was a stay at home mom prior to coming to St. Joseph’s. Mrs. Garvin enjoys traveling with her family, especially their annual trips to Disney World, the beach and running with her dad. She and her husband, Matt, have three children.
Ms. Leslie Gibbs is a paraprofessional and the director of Summer Knights at St. Joseph's School. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Ms. Gibbs attended college at Macon State. She has been with St. Joseph's School since 1999. She enjoys reading, drawing, swimming, and spending time with my son. She hopes to one day be able to travel and would love to have the chance to try scuba diving, snow skiing, mountain climbing, and skydiving.
Mrs. Kathy Gilbert teaches 4th through 6th graders in the Challenge Program . She is a veteran teacher with over 35 years of experience teaching gifted students as well as fourth through seventh graders. She attended Mercer University where she received a degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Middle Grades. She went on to receive her Gifted Certification in grades K-12. Her interests include spending time with her family, decorating, and gardening. Mrs. Gilbert has been married to her husband, Tommy, for over 35 years and they have two children.
Mrs. Amy Green is the new 3K paraprofessional at St Joseph's Catholic School. She is very excited and honored to be a part of this new 3K addition to St Joseph School. Mrs Green has a Bachelor's Degree from Virginia Tech in Psychology and Family Child Development. She worked at Northway Preschool prior to joining the SJS family. She has enjoyed being a stay at home mom to three kids and volunteering at their schools. She and her family enjoy traveling, taking an annual beach trip to the Outer Banks, N.C. and entertaining family and friends at their home.
Mrs. Fiona Hall is a 2nd grade teacher at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School. She has been at SJS since 2004. Mrs. Hall graduated from Mount DeSales Academy in 1987 and she has a Bachelor of Science in early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University (GO EAGLES) and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction through the Integration of the Arts from Lesley University. She is certified to teach Pre-K through 5th grade. Mrs. Hall has taught in Bibb County for 12 years. She loves to read books on her NOOK, arts and craft projects, watching movies and being with her family and friends.
Mrs. Debra Harrison joined Saint Joseph’s Catholic School in 1993. She is the Director of Admissions and Director of the Extended Day Program. It gives her great joy to be a part of the Saint Joseph’s community of faith. She and her husband are members of Northridge Baptist Church. One of their greatest blessings in life is their family and especially the newest member of the family “Rigdon” their first grandchild.
Mrs. Teresa Henderson is our front desk receptionist. She began working at SJS in 2008 as a 5th and 6th grade paraprofessional. She attended Darton College in Albany. Georgia, and later transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design. She and her husband have been married for over 25 years and have two wonderful boys, Brian and Eric. When she is not at school, she loves to read a good book and spend time with her family.
Mr. Aaron Kanner is the Physical Education teacher at Saint Joseph's School. He has a BA from Catawba College, and also holds a Fitness Trainer certification from International Sports and Sciences Association. He has been teaching since 2001 and has taught every level, Pre-K through college. He began teaching at SJS in 2012. He enjoys spending as much time with his family as he can, and his hobbies include, lifting weights, running, biking, hiking, and camping.
Mrs. Heather Knowles is a 5th and 6th grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. She has been at SJS since 2015. Mrs. Knowles graduated in 2004 from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, received a Masters of Education in Foundations of Education from Troy State University in 2006, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University in 2008. She received a Math Endorsement for Kindergarten-5th Grade from Middle Georgia RESA in 2014. Mrs. Knowles has taught math in Kindergarten-Sixth Grades. In addition, she has been a self-contained teacher in 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade. She enjoys being with her family, playing with her daughter Remy, being outdoors, and traveling. She loves living in Macon.
Mrs. Shelby Long teaches 2nd Grade at St. Joseph's Catholic School. She began teaching at SJS in 2016. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN in May 2005 and began teaching in Bibb County that August. She also earned a M.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2008.She is Gifted Certified and Reading Endorsed. She grew up in Memphis, TN and has known her husband since middle school. She and her husband have a beautiful daughter and a handsome four-legged son.
Mrs. Janice Losito, first grade paraprofessional, has worked at St. Joseph’s School since 2007. She is the proud parent of a former SJS student and a member of St. Joseph parish. Mrs. Losito graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was a buyer for a major NY retailer for 12 years. Mrs. Losito enjoys visiting her family and friends, who are spread out across the country, watching foreign films and spinning classes.
Mrs. Fawn MacMillan joined St. Joseph's School as a 4th grade teacher in August 2014 and brings over 20 years of teaching experience. She is an alumna of Mount de Sales Academy, as well as Georgia College and State University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Special Education. Mrs. MacMillan added an Early Childhood Certificate to her credentials and is certified to teach grades K-5. She is married to Herb and they have two children-Maggie Grace and Thomas. Mrs. MacMillan enjoys cooking, going for walks and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Susan Massey is a paraprofessional at St. Joseph's School. She is a 1976 graduate of Mt.de Sales Academy, and received her TCC in Early Childhood Education from CGTC and attended Georgia College. She previously was the Daycare Director and Office assistant at Tattnall for many years and the Assistant Director at Northside Prep for two years before coming to St. Joseph’s. She and her husband, Lee, have been married for over 30 years and have three sons and three granddaughters. Her greatest pleasure is spending time with her precious granddaughters.
Mrs. Phyllis Matthews is a paraprofessional in PreK at St. Joseph's School. She was previously the bookkeeper and school secretary at SJS since 2012. She came to our school from Springdale Elementary in Bibb County, where she served as the school secretary for 7 years. Originally from Charleston, S.C., she graduated from MUSC. She and her husband, George, of over 30 years, and their two children relocated to Macon from South Carolina in 1998. Phyllis enjoys not only her work-week at Saint Joseph’s, but also her hobbies; reading, dog-loving, traveling, and exploring the North Georgia mountains.
Mrs. Mary McCombs is a paraprofessional at St. Joseph's School. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in psychology. Her favorite thing to do when she has extra time is read a good book.
Mrs. Tina McGoldrick is the director and teacher in the Student Success Center. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education. She is certified to teach grades Pre-K through 8th in the areas of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Mrs. McGoldrick taught for three years in Madison County, Georgia before coming to Saint Joseph’s School where she has spent 34 years teaching kindergarten, second, and third grades. She has been the director of the Student Success Center since 2006. Her interests include spending time with her husband, two children, and four grandchildren, gardening, cooking and baking, reading, and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Mrs. Cathe Merschat teaches 5th and 6th grade at St. Joseph's School. She earned her BS in Education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, and is certified to teach PreK – 8th grade. She has experience teaching Kindergarten through 8th grade and has continued post graduate studies in Math and Science. She has attended NASA Space Camp and is now a NASA Explorer School teacher. Mrs. Merschat has enjoyed teaching for over 25 years at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School. She and her husband, Terry, have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. Three of her grandchildren currently attend SJS.
Mrs. Kathy Mullinax is a Pre Kindergarten paraprofessional at St. Joseph's School. She has experience working with the Preschool program at Mabel White. Her hobbies include scuba diving, snow skiing and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Hollie Nepveux is the technology teacher at St. Joseph's School. She is an alumna of Tattnall Square Academy, as well as Georgia College and State University of Milledgeville, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health on a full softball scholarship. After college, she was employed by Pine Forest Baptist Church as the Minister of Recreation, Senior Adults and Children. Later, she was blessed to be able to join the Saint Joseph School staff and has now completed her teaching certification and is teaching our 4k thru 6th grade technology. She enjoys coaching sports, photography, fishing, farming and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Deanna Pham is the school counselor. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University‘s School of Medicine. Deanna is also a certified teacher. She had two years prior teaching experience before beginning her current position at SJS in August 2005.
Mr. Alex Porto joined the staff at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in July, 2017. He has holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami, a MS in Computer Education from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, and completed an Educational Leadership certification program also at Barry University. Mr. Porto has worked at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Miami and the Archdiocese of Atlanta and has 22 years of experience in Catholic school administration. He is the proud father of two college-age children and spends his free time enjoying the outdoors and playing guitar in a band.
Mrs. Jeanne Schoch teaches first grade at St. Joseph’s School. She previously taught for 32 years in the Bibb County public school system. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education, graduated undergrad from Mercer University but started her college career at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has two grown children and is a new grandmother. Mrs. Schoch enjoys being on the water, reading, and traveling to learn new things. She also enjoys planning creative ways to teach concepts to young children.
Mrs. Donna Sherrell teaches 4th grade at St. Joseph’s School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Wesleyan College in Macon. She is certified to teach Pre K-5th grades. Before coming to SJS, Mrs. Sherrell taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade LD and ADD/ADHD students at Woodfield Academy in Macon. She also taught 5th grade for 1 year at Northside Elementary in Warner Robins and 1 year at Eugenia Hamilton Elementary teaching 1st grade. She enjoys reading, making crafts, listening to 70’s rock and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide! Mrs. Sherrell and her husband, David, have two daughters.
Mrs. Toni Siebenmorgan is our certified art teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with certification to teach from Washburn University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Inclusion of the Arts from Lesley University. Mrs. Siebenmorgan has been at SJS since 1998. Mrs. Siebenmorgan has two children, Alisa and Levi, and spends most of her time enjoying their activities at the barn and the ball park.
Mrs. Lucinda Simpson teaches Kindergarten at St. Joseph's School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Mercer University and earned a Master’s Degree from Georgia College both degrees are in Early Childhood Education. She has taught Kindergarten since 1991, and has been a Kindergarten teacher at SJS since 2006.
Mrs. Melissa Smith is the music teacher at St. Joseph's School. She began teaching in 1989. After graduating from Georgia College with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, she taught in Georgia public schools for 20 years and taught 7 years at Mount De Sales Academy before joining the SJS faculty. Mrs. Smith serves as a cantor at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she and her family have been members since her wedding there in 1991. Her three children all attended SJS. Mrs. Smith’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing piano, reading, and learning the histories of English words, as well as traveling abroad.
Mrs. Mi Anne Smith is a Fifth and Sixth grade teacher at St. Joseph's School. Before coming to Saint Joseph’s to teach, she taught in Bibb County for nine years. Mrs. Smith graduated in 2004 from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She resides in Musella, Ga with her husband and daughter. Mrs. Smith loves to travel, eat, and read in her spare time!
Mrs. Paula Smith serves as our assistant principal and also teaches in 3rd grade.. She began her career in education in 1996 when she graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. in Middle Grades Education. During her twelve years of classroom teaching experience she also earned her M.S. in Instructional Media and Technology from the University of Tennessee as well as an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Smith obtained her Educational Leadership Master’s add-on at Georgia College and State University, and most recently added Gifted certification to her credentials. Mrs. Smith and her husband, Kevin, are St. Joseph’s parishioners and have two young children, both of whom attend SJS.
Judy Walsh is in her 20th year at St. Joseph’s. Having worked in various positions throughout the school, she is currently the bookkeeper. Judy attended ABAC and Macon State College. Her hobbies include reading, relaxing at Lake Sinclair and spending time with her family.
Connie Wyzalek is the Challenge Program Coordinator. She teaches reading comprehension and math concepts to Challenge students in grades PreK-3. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and a master's degree and an Educational Specialist degree from University of West Georgia. In 2002, she earned an In-field Gifted endorsement from the University of Georgia. Before coming to St. Joseph's Catholic School, Mrs. Wyzalek taught in an Atlanta area public school system, where she served as a Kindergarten teacher for six years, a reading intervention teacher for six years and Instructional Lead Teacher for two. After the birth of her daughter, she studied the Montessori teaching method and worked as a teaching assistant at a local Montessori preschool. In 2004, Mrs. Wyzalek became the first Prek teacher at St. Joseph's Catholic School and two years later assumed her current position. She also teaches a STEM class and a Robotics class for third grade Challenge students. She and her husband moved to Macon in 2000. Their daughter is an alumna of St. Joseph's School. Mrs. Wyzalek enjoys reading, gardening, scrapbooking and solving puzzles.
Mrs. Penni Zimmerman joined SJS as the Director of Advancement in July 2014. A native of Delaware, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources. She previously worked at Moravian College in both development and alumni relations. Prior to joining SJS, Mrs. Zimmerman was a stay at home mom. She and her husband, Matt, have a son and a daughter, both of whom attend SJS. A member of St. Joseph’s parish, Mrs. Zimmerman enjoys traveling, reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends.