Mr Brown received his degrees in Biology and Education in Perth, Australia and has since worked as an educator, in both formal and informal situations for over 25 years. He has been fortunate to have lived in Australia, England, Tanzania, Macau, China and now currently in the United States, as well as visiting many other countries around the Globe. His passion is researching the connection between the environment our Spiritual life and the wisdom of indigenous peoples, as well as helping people reconnect to the earth in deeper ways.
7th Grade Social Studiesbburns@saintraphael.org
Brendon Burns is a social studies teacher at Saint Raphael. This is his first year teaching. He was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Raleigh. Brendon attended Catholic School in the Raleigh area and attended Campbell University through their Army ROTC program. Brendon earned a bachelors in history and social sciences.
Middle School Music TeacherRGuarnizo@saintraphael.org
Rafael Guarnizo has a degree from Conservatorio del Tolima in Colombia in Music Education and taught for five years at La Providencia in Colombia, and is also responsible for all Masses for Hispanic Ministry.
Mrs. Gutierrez is originally from Miami, FL and is really passionate about teaching. She is dedicated to developing a classroom environment that is stimulating, energetic and diverse to accommodate all learning styles. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and holds endorsements in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from Miami Dade College. Although she recently moved to North Carolina, Mrs. Gutierrez continues to be a loyal Miami Heat and Miami Dolphin fan!
Mrs. Jorgensen is excited about her third year as the 6th grade Science teacher at Saint Raphael Catholic School. She has a North Carolina teaching license in Science Education and was previously licensed in Minnesota where she taught high school Biology and Chemistry. Mrs. Jorgensen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Iowa State University and a Master's Degree in Science Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Mrs. Longrie began teaching middle school Spanish at SRCS in 2011. She is a member of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill and also holds an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish and a minor in Italian from Claremont McKenna College. Mrs. Longrie’s prior professional experience includes marketing of graduate educational programs for Duke University in Latin America. She has a passion for studying languages and a love for travel and has lived in Ecuador, Spain, Italy, France and New Zealand. She is licensed to teach K‐12 Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) in North Carolina.
Mr. Nevarez began teaching Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Religion at Saint Raphael’s Catholic School in 2016. He is a certified Master Catechist. He earned a Bachelor of Philosophy magna cum laude from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum based in Rome, Italy. He spent time discerning a vocation to the priesthood and now resides in Raleigh, NC.
Language Arts TeacherNPolizzi@saintraphael.org
Ms. Polizzi began her career in Coral Gables, FL where she taught 6th Grade English and Writing Lab at Gulliver Academy. She then moved to Jensen Beach, FL to St. Andrew’s Academy where she taught 5th-8th grade Language Arts, supervised Yearbook, ran the Photography Club and was a Softball Coach. In 2009, Ms. Polizzi moved to Raleigh and began teaching 6th and 7th grade Middle School Language Arts at Saint Raphael Catholic School. She has her B.A. in English and a minor in Spanish from Appalachian State University. She will graduate with her M.A. in Reading from North Carolina State University in May 2017. Ms. Polizzi also is a member of the NCTE and has attended conferences in both Washington D.C. and Nashville TN.
Language Arts & Math TeacherWReilly@saintraphael.org
Mrs. Reilly teaches eighth grade Language Arts, as well as seventh and eighth grade math. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from The College of New Jersey. Mrs. Reilly originally joined the St. Raphael staff in 2003 and taught here for 4 years. After moving back to Pennsylvania, where she taught middle school, she happily returned to Raleigh and St. Raphael in 2012. Professionally, she is a member of The International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mrs. Scanlin began teaching middle school math at Saint Raphael Catholic School in 2009. Her class schedule includes pre-algebra (7.1), math 1 (7.2/8.1) and math 2 (8.2). Prior to joining the SRCS staff, Mrs. Scanlin had experience in 5th through 8th grade in Texas, Panama, Virginia and North Carolina. She graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in education with a specialization in math.
Mrs. Sarah Willis has been named the school's Latin teacher for the 2014-15 school year. She is licensed to teach Latin in North Carolina and is a member of the American Classical League. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Latin at UNC Chapel Hill in 2011, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics from UNC in 2008, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a minor in Classics at Wake Forest University in 2002. Mrs. Willis' prior professional experience includes teaching Latin in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Public Schools, working as a paralegal in local law firms, and handling public affairs for the American Red Cross in Tucson, AZ.
Dean of Students, Social Studies TeacherJDapolito@saintraphael.org
Mr. Dapolito originally from New York where he attended Ithaca College. He earned a B.A. in Social Studies in 2008. He earned his Master of Science in Teaching from Elmira in 2011. He was hired by Saint Raphael Catholic School for the 2011-12 school year and teaches 6th,7th and 8th grade social studies. He has coached basketball and lacrosse at St. Raphael Catholic School.
Math Teacher, Technology Coordinatorpstevens@saintraphael.org
Mrs. Stevens started teaching for the Diocese of Raleigh in 2007. She started teaching St. Raphael Catholic School in 2010. She was certified by North Carolina State University in Middle Grades Math. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked for Xerox Corporation for 10 years in various technology and management positions. She was also a software trainer for Gateway Corporation. She made the switch to education in 2005 when she took a job on the technology team with the Chappaqua School District in Chappaqua, NY. In 2006, her family moved to Raleigh, NC. Prior to St. Raphael, she taught for four years at St. Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest, NC.