Faculty Members



BA Flagler College

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
University of South Florida
Tammi Haas knows that she truly belongs at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  She joined the St. Joseph’s Faculty in 2001 after marrying her husband Brian, a St. Joseph’s alum, and moving to Polk County.  She is thrilled to have her children, Robby and Emily, at school with her.

             While at St. Joseph Catholic School, Mrs. Haas has served as the resource teacher and taught fourth and fifth grades.  As Steering Chair for the School Improvement Process in 2011 and 2012, Mrs. Haas led the entire community through reflection and evaluation to identify three goals for improvement while celebrating the fantastic ideals of SJCS.
Mrs. Haas was appointed Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in December of 2012 after receiving her Master's in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Mrs. Haas is committed to Catholic Education and St. Joseph Catholic School.  She believes that academic excellence begins with high expectations for each student and developing a strong cooperation among the parents and the teachers to educate each child. 

Mrs. Haas enjoys spending time with her family at Disney.  Tammi is also a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector right here at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Email: thaas@stjosephwhschool.org

John Reilly
Assistant Principal

BA National Louis University 

M.Ed DePaul University
John Reilly began his career as a Catholic educator in 1997 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He taught middle school and eventually became the assistant principal before moving to Florida in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University and a master of education degree in teaching and learning from DePaul University in Chicago. He is passionate about Catholic education and is proud to be a part of the St. Joseph Catholic School community.

Before his career as a Catholic educator, Mr. Reilly worked in the corporate world, and he was a business owner. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Mary, have six adult children and five grandchildren. 

Email: jreilly@stjosephwhschool.org

Lori Brousseau
Pre-K Teacher

BS The University of Rhode Island 

MS Wheelock College Boston, MA

Lori Brousseau joined our faculty in August 2006, with 18 years of previous experience in various aspects of the field of education. Not only was she an early childhood educator in the private systems for both RI and MA, but she also spent five years operating an early learning facility in MA.After relocating to FL, Lori spent two years teaching in the Osceola county system. Lori’s educational background includes an AA in Early Childhood from Fisher College, Boston MA., a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of RI, Providence RI and an MS in Early Childhood Education and Development with a concentration in Literacy from Wheelock College, Boston, MA. Lori is deemed highly qualified by FL state standards possessing professional certifications in the areas of Early Childhood age 3 to grade 3 as well as Elementary Ed. K-6. She also has earned a basic and advanced level certification through the Diocese of Orlando Catechist program. 

Email: lbrousseau@stjosephwhschool.org


Mrs. Marlene Motsch
PreK-4 Teacher

Email: mmotsch@stjosephwhschool.org

Stacey Fedderly
PreK4B Teacher

BS Elementary Education University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (minor Early Childhood Education)
Stacey Fedderly was born and raised in Wisconsin.  She graduated with honors from University Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  After teaching 2nd grade for a short time she took some time to raise her young children.  During that time she continued teaching at the Sylvan Learning Center in Lancaster, Ohio.  Stacey is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She and her husband have four wonderful children who also attend school here at St. Joseph.  Stacey attended catholic school as a child and now feels extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to work here and be a part of this Catholic community.  She loves working with children and feels honored to be teaching Pre-Kindergarten.

Email: sfedderly@stjosephwhschool.org

Judianne Dry
Kindergarten Teacher

BS Bloomsburg State College elementary education

MS Bloomsburg State College Education of the Hearing Impaired
Judianne Dry has taught kindergarten at St. Joseph Catholic School for thirteen years. Mrs. Dry grew up in Berwick, Pennsylvania, where she attended Catholic grade school.  She has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Science in the Education of the Hearing Impaired from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Dry has her Advanced/Master Level Certification through the Diocese of Orlando Catechist Program.

Mrs. Dry moved to Florida with her husband Randy in 1982.  After teaching hearing impaired students in Polk County for three years, Mrs. Dry became a full-time mother, staying home for the next fifteen years. She stayed involved in education by tutoring many children throughout that time.  Mrs. Dry has four children, all of whom graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School. Before joining the faculty of St. Joseph, Mrs. Dry was actively involved as a volunteer and room mother at St. Joseph. She now spends her free time watching her son Alex play Santa Fe Catholic High School sports and enjoying her new grandson Jackson.

Email: jdry@stjosephwhschool.org


  Ricci Keown
Kindergarten Teacher

BS Primary/Elementary Education Florida Southern College
 Ricci Keown has over 10 years of teaching experience.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Primary/Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. 

Email: rkeown@stjosephwhschool.org

Janina Freeland
Grade 1 Teacher

BA University of Central Florida

Janina Allende Freeland was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She has lived in Winter Haven since she was five years old. She was a student at St. Joseph Catholic School Winter Haven from first through eighth grade. She attended Santa Fe Catholic High School and believes strongly in a Catholic education. After graduating high school, she attended Stetson University in DeLand, FL where she participated in the music program and worked toward her Early Childhood Education degree. In the year 2000, she transferred colleges and graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She met her husband, Brian, at UCF. After they were married they moved back to Winter Haven. Janina worked at Denison Middle School teaching ESOL to grades 6-8. After a year of teaching at Denison, she applied for the first grade position at St. Joseph in the summer of 2004. Both Janina and her husband, Brian, are teachers for the Diocese of Orlando. 

Janina has two daughters, Ava (7) and Kendall (3). Her daughter Ava has Autism. Janina and her family are very active participants in the community for local Autism organizations. The journey of Autism has helped her in teaching and understanding that every child is unique and learns differently. She has been teaching at St. Joseph for 9 years. She enjoys coming to work every day, and feels blessed every morning to wake up and loves her job!

Email: jfreeland@stjosephwhschool.org

Mrs. Jhoanna Carmody
Grade 1 Teacher

Email: jcarmody@stjosephwhschool.org

Stacy Wells
Grade 2 Teacher 

BS and MA College of St. Rose
 Stacy M. Wells was born in Schenectady, New York and resided there until 2005.  After graduating High School, she went on to obtain her college degree in Education. She graduated in 1993 with a BS in Elementary Education and in 1996 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education from The College of Saint Rose. She was a Pre-K four teacher for a year and then became a stay at home mom. 

In 2005, she moved here to Florida and became a business owner for three years. Her two daughters attend St. Joseph and they are parishioners of the church. In 2010, she joined the St. Joseph faculty as a substitute teacher and then a classroom assistant to first grade. In 2011 she became a co-teacher in Language Arts in second grade.  In January 2013 Mrs. Wells became the math teacher for grades 4 and 5 and the 5A homeroom teacher.

Email: swells@stjosephwhschool.org

Tina Elias
2nd Grade Teacher

Colleen Blanton
Grade 3 Teacher

BA University of South Florida

A third grade teacher at St. Joseph School, Colleen Blanton has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She is also certified as an Educational Media Specialist.  Prior to teaching third grade, Colleen was the Media Specialist. 

Colleen Blanton is a parish member here at St Joseph. She is a mother of four, one child currently attends St. Joseph School and three are St. Joseph School alumni.  Colleen enjoys being able to teach at the same school her children attend or attended.  She feels blessed to worship at the same Church with many of her students.
Email: cblanton@stjosephwhschool.org


Nancy MacPhee
Grade 3 Teacher 

BS Elementary Education Ball State University 

M. Ed. University of South Florida
 Mrs. Nancy MacPhee has over ten years of teaching experience.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Mrs. MacPhee has both Media Specialist and Elementary teaching certification. 

Mrs. MacPhee, her husband Mark, and their three children have been active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church for over fifteen years.

Email: nmacphee@stjosephwhschool.org
 Katie Maurath
Grade 3 Teacher

Francis Farrell
Grade 4 Teacher

BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education Chestnut Hill College

 Fran Farrell has taught at St. Joseph Catholic School for the last 6 years immediately following her move from PA with her husband, Mike.  Previously in PA she taught at Visitation BVM school in Philadelphia; after a brief child-rearing hiatus (4 children) she resumed her teaching career at Immaculate Conception school in Levittown, Bucks County, PA.  She attended Catholic schools in Philadelphia, graduating from Chestnut Hill College, cum laude, with a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.  

During her 25+ years of teaching in Catholic schools, she has taught Pre-K through 6th grades.  Fran also served as the Coordinator for Religious Education at IC parish.  Although her family remains in PA (much commuting –both ways) she is happy being part of the St. Joseph family.

Email: ffarrell@stjosephwhschool.org

Mari Lawlor
Grade 4 Teacher 

BA Florida Southern College 

Mari Lawlor holds a degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. She plans to work towards a Master Degree specializing in reading instruction, and continue to pursue foreign language and linguistic studies. Since 2009 she has been working as a certified Dance Instructor teaching Ballet, Jazz, and Tap to children at the Ballet Conservatory.

Email: mlawlor@stjosephwhschool.org
Amy LaPlante
Grade 5 Teacher

 Lora Edwards
Grade 5 Teacher

Janet Haley
Middle School English Language Arts Teacher

BS and M.Ed Wayne State University
Mrs. Haley was born and raised in Missouri. She married a Michigander and received her Masters of English Education at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has taught many subjects over the years, but is now specializing in ELA (English language arts). This is her twenty-fourth year in the classroom. Mrs. Haley has three grown daughters and six grandchildren.

Email: jhaley@stjosephwhschool.org

 Joan Wurth
Middle School Religion Teacher

BS Radford University

Joan Wurth, a native Virginian married to a native Floridian, has four children all born and raised in Lake Wales, Florida.  Teaching experience includes grades K, 6,7, and 8 in various subject areas (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Theology, and Math) in Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio. Theology (Middle School) is the  present teaching  assignment at St. Joseph Catholic School.

As active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lake Wales, the Wurth family is involved with Council of Catholic Women, Knights of Columbus, Ushering, and parish activities.

Education includes a degree in Early Childhood Education from Radford University in Virginia.  Many years of graduate studies and continuing education include University of Tennessee, (Curriculum and Supervision courses), Catholic University of America ( Ward Method Music), Aquinas College (elementary education), and Notre Dame Pontifical Institute at Christendom College, Arlington, Virginia (Theology, Masters Candidate).  Present certifications are the State of Florida (Elementary Education) and the Diocese of Orlando (Master Catechist).

Email: jwurth@stjosephwhschool.org

 Kathryn McGillin 
Middle School
Social Studies/Math Teacher

BA and M.Ed University of Florida

Ms. Kathryn McGillin teaches Middle School Social Studies and Mathematics. This is her third year teaching at St. Joseph Catholic School. She previously taught middle school social studies in St. Johns County, Florida. Ms. McGillin attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Education in Social Studies Education. Upon graduating from college, Ms. McGillin moved to New York City and worked for one year in the theater industry as a casting assistant, but moved back to Florida after realizing that she was truly called to be a teacher. She holds Florida teacher's certification in Social Studies 6-12, Middle School Mathematics 5-9, and Drama 6-12. In her spare time, Kathryn is an avid consumer of books, television shows, and movies.

Email: kmcgillin@stjosephwhschool.org

Ms. Shelby Pierce
Middle School 
Social Studies/ELA

Janel Magnole
Spanish Teacher

BA Boston University 
Janel Magnole, originally from New Jersey, moved to the west coast where her husband had employment. Wanting to move back to the east coast, she applied for teaching positions in Florida and New Jersey where she would be closer to family. She was confident that St. Joseph was where she was meant to be. Janel holds a B.A. in Spanish and a Certificate in Secondary Education from Towson University.

Janel has taught middle school Spanish in the public schools of New Jersey and Arizona, and is now in her seventh year here at St. Joseph. As a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, she feels blessed to be able to watch her two daughters, Alaina and Alivia, grow up in the family-oriented community of St. Joseph.

Email: jmagnole@stjosephwhschool.org

Charles Proctor
Middle School Math Teacher

BS  Iowa State University in Ames

MA  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Charles Proctor has been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since moving to Florida in 1995. Mr. Proctor is active in the Church’s ministries and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.  All three of his sons had the privilege of attending St. Joseph Catholic School. While working for Winter Haven Hospital, Mr. Proctor returned to school to obtain his teaching certification.  He is in 13th year of teaching at St. Joseph’s, four years teaching 4th grade, and the rest as the middle school mathematics teacher.

Mr. Proctor has enjoyed coaching the boys’ soccer and flag football teams for St. Joseph.  He serves as the faculty advisor for the National Junior Honor Society and for the Mathcounts team. Mr. Proctor has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts degree from University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.  He also completed further coursework for his teaching certificate from Florida Southern College.

Email: cproctor@stjosephwhschool.org

Carol Polkowski
Science Teacher

BS Cleveland State University

MA Loyola University, New Orleans

MS Nova Southeastern University

Carol Polkowski has taught at St. Joseph Catholic School for the over 25 years.  After teaching 3rd grade for 11 years, she moved to science where she has taught grades 4-8 for the past 14 years. She is also the Director of Religious Education at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow. 

Mrs. Polkowski has a BS degree from Cleveland State University, a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern U. in Science Education.  All 5 of her children graduated from St. Joseph.  She is very excited to now have her daughter-in-law teaching at our school and her 2 grandchildren attending as well!

Email: cpolkowski@stjosephwhschool.org

Cathy Doty
Resource Teacher

BS Elementary Education Florida Southern University

Cathy Doty is a long time member of St. Joseph’s Parish.  She enjoys teaching at St. Joseph Catholic School because it has a wonderful family atmosphere and delightful children.

Mrs. Doty has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She is the resource teacher working with students at all levels.  Mrs. Doty received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College in early childhood/elementary education.  She has also completed the course work for gifted education.

In her free time Mrs. Doty enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Email: cdoty@stjosephwhschool.org

Katya Echenique
Technology Teacher

BA in Social Science with Concentration in Education

MAED Educational Technology Leadership 
Katya Fontalvo-Echenique was born in New York. She completed International Studies in Switzerland, holds a BA in Social Science with Concentration in Education and a MAED in Educational Technology Leadership from Ashford University.   Katya has two children, 13 and 10.  She moved to Central Florida in 2004 and enrolled her oldest son at St. Joseph Catholic School and he is currently in 8th Grade.   Her 10 year old was a student in the first PK3 class at St. Joseph School in 2006.

Katya started working at St. Joseph Catholic School in 2006. She feels blessed to be able to give her children the Catholic education she received as a child, and to teach in a Catholic school where she can watch students grow academically and spiritually.  Katya and her family are active parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Email: kechenique@stjosephwhschool.org

Lori Edwards
Physical Education Teacher

B.S. Physical Education from California State University, Fullerton

Lori Edwards has been a member of St. Joseph’s Parish since 1986. She is an active member of her parish and plays in the bell choir. All of her six children are graduates from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. She has been a teacher at SJCS since 1994.  As the Athletic Director for the school, she has been instrumental in expanding and developing a competitive sports program for grades 5th through 8th.

Coach Edwards began her education at the University of Georgia. After marriage, she transferred and completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at California State University, Fullerton. She teaches PE to students from Pre-K 4 to 8th grade. She is a yearbook advisor and a volunteer coach.

Email: ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org

Art Teacher

Mrs. Virginia James
Music Teacher
Email: vjames@stjosephwhschool.org

Ana Estevez 
Guidance Counselor 

BS University of South Florida 
MS Indiana University Bloomington
Ana Estevez is the guidance counselor at St. Joseph School.  Mrs. Estevez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who truly enjoys being a part of the school and helping kids in need.  She assists in student social issues, conflict resolution, monitors service plan development and reviews, and teaches the "Talking About Touching Program" yearly to students in all grade levels.  Talking about Touching is the Diocese of Orlando Safe Environment initiative for Catholic Schools.  Her daughter also attends St. Joseph Catholic School.

Email: aestevez@stjosephwhschool.org

 Mary Kay Swider
Resource Teacher 
BS from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Masters in Elementary Ed. Concentration in Reading from St. Leo University
Mary Kay Swider has been a member of St. Joseph’s Parish since May, 2006.  She enjoys teaching second graders at St. Joseph Catholic School and is currently teaching second grade for the eighth year. 

Mrs. Swider has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.  She accomplished her Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Reading from St. Leo University, Florida.  She continues her professional development by participating in Kagan Workshops, NASA Kennedy Space Center Workshops, and NSTA (National Science Teachers’ Association) conventions throughout the United States.

Email: mswider@stjosephwhschool.org

 Office Staff


Cynthia Arambarri 


Susan Roberts

BA Western Michigan University

Sue Roberts has been with St. Joseph Catholic School for over 20 years.  She moved here from Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University.  She is a member of the St. Joseph Cantabile Choir, and enjoys spending time with her two granddaughters.

Email: sroberts@stjosephwhschool.org


Sandy Scharf
School Financial Administrator

BA Rollins College

Sandy Scharf received her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Computer Science, from Rollins College.  She started her career as a technical support representative with CSI in Jacksonville, FL.  Her career moved to programming in the banking industry a few years later.  After marrying she moved to New Orleans, LA but returned to Orlando 5 years later. 

After having children she was a stay at home mom for 10 years.  Sandy joined the staff at St. Joseph Catholic School just over 7 years ago, after being a volunteer in many capacities, since both her boys are enrolled at St. Joseph.   Her daughter has finally joined her brother at school.  Her oldest just graduated St. Joseph and is moving on to Santa Fe.  In her spare time, she enjoys sewing and reading.

Email: sscharf@stjosephwhschool.org

Support Staff 


Angela DePasquale 
Pre-K 3 Assistant

Angela DePasquale was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida.  She graduated from Lake Region High School. Angela is married and has two children that attend St. Joseph’s School.  She has worked in the kitchen for five years, and enjoys working with the children  of  St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Christine Hall
Classroom Assistant

Attended Columbus State University

Christine Hall was born in Columbus, GA where she graduated from Jordan High School.  She attended Columbus State University where she studied communications.

After Mrs. Hall married, she moved to Florida.  Mrs. Hall's two children attend St. Joseph.  She joined the St. Joseph family as a teacher assistant in preschool and also works with the preschool after care. 

Nellie Schwinkendorf
Classroom Assistant

El Paso Community College

Nellie Schwinkendorf was born in El Paso, Texas.  She was raised in Juarez, Mexico before moving back to El Paso.  While she lived in Mexico, she attended a Catholic School from elementary through high school.  After high school she enrolled in El Paso Community College.  She worked for the state of New Mexico and Colorado for eight years as a bookkeeper.  She was married in 1998 to her husband Jon and moved to Florida.  Nellie has one daughter.  

Mrs. Schwinkendorf is the preschool classroom assistant for 3 year olds and works with Kindergarten in the afternoon.  She has been at St. Joseph and additionally helps the school by serving as a translator for Spanish speaking families.  She loves the communtity and the Catholic identity of St. Joseph.

Debi Terzo
Classroom Assistant

Nassau Community College

Debra Ann Terzo was born and raised in New York.  After graduating high school, she attended Nassau Community College , majoring  in Marketing and Business while working in retail management.   Debra and her husband Joe moved to Winter Haven where they built a home, raised their son, Justin, and owned and operated their Italian restaurant, Villa Terzo.  Justin graduated from St. Joseph where Debra was a Room Mom and participated in many school functions.    Soon after, she became the First Grade teaching assistant and is now the teaching assistant in Kindergarten.