Jennifer Pallini : Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer Pallini

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Pallini grew up in Upstate New York and moved to North Carolina in 2001. When she started her college education, she was on the path to become a pharmacist. After working in a pharmacy and traveling to train other employees, she realized God had a different plan- she was meant to teach. She took classes while working full-time in the pharmacy and graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ms. Pallini joined the SRCS staff in 2013.  She is looking forward to another wonderful year in kindergarten!

Ann Weaver : Kindergarten Teacher

Ann Weaver

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Weaver graduated from East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, with a degree in Elementary Education and Reading Specialist Certification. Upon graduation, she began working for Norfolk, VA Public Schools, where she taught Kindergarten. After 2 years she moved back to NC and taught Kindergarten, First and Second grades for Granville County Public Schools.  After several years off to stay home with her children, she taught at North Raleigh United Methodist Preschool. In 2002, she joined the staff of St. Raphael Catholic School as the Reading Resource teacher. In 2009 she moved back to the classroom to teach Kindergarten.

Debbie Hamrick : First Grade Teacher

Debbie Hamrick

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hamrick has been a teacher at St. Raphael for almost twenty years. She has watched the school grow from a small, single grade level school, to the wonderful school it is today. She graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career at a Catholic School in  Greensboro where she taught  Kindergarten for seven years. After moving to Raleigh with her family, she returned to teaching at SRCS where she has been happy to be in first grade.

Cara Watson : First Grade Teacher

Cara Watson

First Grade Teacher

Ms. Watson is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and attended Catholic Schools from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. She graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology as well as receiving her K-6th Teaching Certification. She has served on the Young Alumnae Board at Meredith College for the last eight years. This will be Miss Watson's thirteenth year teaching Second Grade at St. Raphael Catholic School. She has the great privilege of helping her students prepare for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Miss Watson has a deep passion for Second Grade and each year brings a new and rewarding experience. She is happiest when working with her students and watching them succeed. Miss Watson is looking forward to another incredible year.

Phyllis Gaukel : Second Grade Teacher

Phyllis Gaukel

Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Gaukel loves children! She is a mother of four young souls and this will be her tenth year teaching at St. Raphael Catholic School. Before moving to Raleigh, she was a Youth Minister at Christ the King Parish in Wisconsin working with middle and high school students and considers it an honor to be a positive, Catholic influence on our next generation. Growing up, she attended Catholic schools all of her life, and graduated from Marquette University with a double bachelors in Theology and Social Philosophy. Realizing that Catholic education was her calling, she later did extensive post- baccalaureate work at Edgewood College (also a Catholic institution) to earn numerous teaching certifications that enable to teach Elementary Education as well as Middle School Education in the subjects of Math, Science, LA, and SS in both Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Mary-Haven von Lehmden : Second Grade Teacher

Mary-Haven von Lehmden

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. von Lehmden is a graduate from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a STEM Concentration. She holds a teaching license from North Carolina in Elementary Education. Ms. Von Lehmden studied abroad in Guatemala in 2015.

Diana Brictson : Third Grade Teacher

Diana Brictson

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Brictson is a native of Denver, Colorado and a product of Catholic education from preschool through graduate school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Diversified Liberal Arts and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego. She previously taught at Providence Day School in Charlotte and Cure of Ars Parish School in Leawood, Kansas. After many years at home raising her children (Ford--SRCS 2015, Katherine--SRCS 2020, and Will--SRCS 2020), she returned to the classroom in 2014.

Molly Dapolito : Third Grade Teacher

Molly Dapolito

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Dapolito joined SRCS in 2011. Before pursuing teaching, Mrs. Dapolito was on a different career path. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Quickly after graduating, she realized her heart was not in the job. After substitute teaching and serving as a teaching assistant in special education, she returned to Ithaca College and received a Masters of Science in Childhood Education. She became actively involved with her passions of education and working with children. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she was employed by Ithaca City School District. In addition, she was an assistant Irish dance teacher in Syracuse, New York. Her other education experiences include: volunteering at Harlem Promise Academy, mentoring refugees for the Karen Burmese Mentoring Project, and serving as an educator at the Science Center, a local science museum in Ithaca, New York.

Angela Gaynor : Fourth Grade Teacher

Angela Gaynor

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Gaynor has a BA in English Literature from Drew University, as well as a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the College of St. Elizabeth. She holds a teaching license in Elementary Education K-6, Cross Categorical K-12, and PreK/K from North Carolina. Ms. Gaynor has taught first grade, fifth grade, kindergarten, second grade, and special education in her 21 years of teaching.

Kathleen O’Keefe : 4th Grade Teacher

Kathleen O’Keefe

4th Grade Teacher

Kathleen O’Keefe graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelors of science in Mathematics/Secondary education. Growing up, Kathleen attended a small catholic grade school which drove her to pursue her degree in education with the hopes of teaching at a catholic school upon graduation. She worked as a substitute teacher and teachers assistant for Saint Raphael's before moving to 4th grade.

Monica Trickett : Fifth Grade Teacher

Monica Trickett

Fifth Grade Teacher

Ms. Trickett is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Saint Albert the Great Catholic School. In 2007, her family relocated to Raleigh where she attended Saint Raphael's as an eighth grader. Ms. Trickett completed her high school career at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Following high school, she attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte on an athletic scholarship to play soccer and earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Ms. Trickett is excited to be back at Saint Raphael's as a fifth grade teacher!

Jo-Ann Colopy : Resource Assistant

Jo-Ann Colopy

Resource Assistant

Having lived in North Carolina for 32 years, Mrs. Colopy feels like a native, she loves the beaches and the mountains. During the summer of 2017 she and her husband moved to Youngsville into the house they spent one year building. Now there is a real hands-on learning experience for this seasoned teacher. Attending college in Ohio, she taught in Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Mrs. Colopy was the 2008 recipient of the Diocese of Raleigh Lewis Award which recognizes excellence in teaching. Mrs. Colopy was trained in Wilson Reading and taught at All Saints Academy for a year. She has been trained in Direct Instruction and worked at Youngsville Academy. For the last three years she has tutored after school for The Hill Center of Durham using programs based on Orton-Gillingham instruction. Last year, Mrs. Colopy became qualified to administer the Gesell Developmental Assessment for SRCS. Mrs. Colopy is excited to be at St. Raphael helping teacher’s help their students be successful as a resource teacher.

Karen Palmer : Resource Teacher

Karen Palmer

Resource Teacher

Mrs. Palmer graduated from the University of Alabama with an Early Childhood/Elementary Education degree and then went on to get her Master's Degree in Reading from University of West Georgia. She taught elementary school for 10 years before taking a break to stay at home with her 3 children. She is now back in the classroom as the K-5 Resource Teacher.

Teri Woods : Teaching Assistant

Teri Woods

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Woods has served her as a Teaching Assistant in kindergarten at Saint Raphael Since 2012. She previously worked at the Saint Raphael after school program for 3 years responsible for K-3 age group and has spent a significant amount of time volunteering at Saint Raphael over the past 10 years. Mrs. Woods has a medical assistant's degree and has spent most of her adult life working with children in one capacity or another.

Theresa Gasper : Teaching Assistant

Theresa Gasper

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Gasper is the first grade assistant to Mrs. Hamrick in 1A. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from College Misericordia (Dallas, PA) which is now Misericordia University. She also hold a minor in Early Childhood Ed. She has seven years teaching experience as a First Grade lead teacher in a parochial school in upstate NY, before moving to NC. Her teaching experience in NC has been mainly on the campus of St. Raphael. She started working in the library 15 years ago for two school years. She also has one year experience at the ECC with the four year old program. Her most recent has been an assistant in first grade for the past 9 years in the same position.

Laura Patterson : Teaching Assistant

Laura Patterson

Teaching Assistant

Laura Patterson was born and raised in Pennsylvania and attended the Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. The majority of her work experience is as a social worker in Child Protective Services. She has been a stay at home mother for the past several years and has two children, Josef and Gracie who attend St. Raphael.

Kara Rectenwald : Athletic Director, Teaching Assistant

Kara Rectenwald

Athletic Director, Teaching Assistant
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Mrs. Rectenwald graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1997. She continued her education at ECU and received her Master's of Business Administration in 1999. Mrs. Rectenwald has worked as a substitute teacher and helped coach the girls’ basketball and cross country teams at SRCS, she joined the staff in 2015. She and her husband have been parishioners of St. Raphael since 2007 and they have two daughters at SRCS, Samantha (Class of 2017) and Julia (Class of 2019). Go Guardians!