Jennifer Levenduski : Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer Levenduski

Kindergarten Teacher

JLevenduski@saintraphael.org

B.S. - University of Phoenix
Elementary Education

Mrs. Levenduski joined the SRCS faculty teaching first grade in 2013. She taught first grade for 4 years before becoming a kindergarten teacher. She is happy to be a part of the Saint Raphael family!

Jennifer Davis : Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer Davis

Kindergarten Teacher

JDavis@saintraphael.org

B.A. - Texas Tech University
English/Literature
M.S. - Troy University
Human Resources Management
Master of Education - Barton College

Mrs. Davis is originally from Buffalo, NY, but mostly grew up in Fort Worth, TX. After graduating from college, she enlisted in the US Navy to travel the world and to seek adventure. It is there that she met her husband, Greg, and together they now have four children. Mrs. Davis has taught both kindergarten and second grade, and her favorite subject is writing. She and her family are parishioners at Saint Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest, and they live in Youngsville, NC. In her spare time, Mrs. Davis enjoys reading, fishing, and playing boardgames with her family. She also likes to birdwatch and work in her flower garden.

Victoria Jenny : First Grade Teacher

Victoria Jenny

First Grade Teacher

vjenny@saintraphael.org

B.A. – Milligan University Early Education
K-6 Teaching Certification Reading Specialist Certification
ESL Certification

Victoria Jenny has taught in North Carolina for over 16 years with 9 of those years in first grade. Her teaching certifications include K-6, reading specialization, and ESL. She graduated from Milligan University in Tennessee with a concentration in Early Education. Victoria married her high school sweetheart and has 2 teenage boys, Kiefer and Colby. Victoria looks forward to meeting each of you and being a part of the Guardian family.

Cara Stauffer : First Grade Teacher

Cara Stauffer

First Grade Teacher

CStauffer@saintraphael.org

B.A. - Meredith College
Psychology
K-6 Teaching Certification

Ms. Watson is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Ms. Watson started teaching at SRCS in 2002. She is happiest when working with her students and watching them succeed. Ms. Watson loves working with her first graders and is looking forward to another incredible year!

Mary-Haven von Lehmden : Second Grade Teacher

Mary-Haven von Lehmden

Second Grade Teacher

MVonLehmden@saintraphael.org

B.S. - North Carolina State University
Elementary Education

Ms. von Lehmden was born and raised in Greenville. She received a Catholic education from kindergarten through eighth grade, to which she attributes her love for education and her Catholic faith. Her faith continued to develop as she became an active member in the Saint Peter's Life Teen high school youth group. Upon graduating high school, she excitedly pursued her love for education at North Carolina State University. Her elementary education degree has a concentration in STEM and she enjoys using STEM concepts to excite her students through hands-on learning in the classroom. During her time at NCSU, Ms. von Lehmden studied abroad in Guatemala, where she lived in a poverty-stricken town around Lake Atitlan, and taught English in the local elementary school. She was eager to join the Saint Raphael family since her grandparents became parishioners in 1967 and she has two cousins who are SRCS graduates. Ms. von Lehmden has taught 2nd grade at SRCS since 2017.

Hannah Simmonds : Second Grade Teacher

Hannah Simmonds

Second Grade Teacher

hsimmonds@saintraphael.org

B.A. in Liberal Studies from Westmont College

Mrs. Hannah Simmonds is originally from Orange County, California, but has spent the last two years living in Napa and teaching third grade at a local private Christian school. She majored in liberal studies and earned her California teaching credential at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is passionate about creating an inclusive and rigorous classroom environment where students become confident, enthusiastic, and growth-oriented learners! When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading fictional novels, painting, trying new recipes, and camping. She is excited to teach at Saint Raphael’s in the fall!

Diana Brictson : Third Grade Teacher

Diana Brictson

Third Grade Teacher

dbrictson@saintraphael.org

University of San Diego, B.A. Diversified Liberal Arts
University of San Diego, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

Mrs. Brictson is a native of Denver, Colorado and a product of Catholic education from preschool through graduate school. She previously taught in Charlotte and Leawood, Kansas before spending many years at home with her children, Ford (SRCS 2015, CGHS 2019) and Will and Katherine (SRCS 2020, CGHS 2024). She has taught fifth grade and third grade at Saint Raphael and looks forward to sharing her faith and love for Catholic education!

Kelly Canning : Third Grade Teacher

Kelly Canning

Third Grade Teacher

kcanning@saintraphael.org

B.S. - Eastern Illinois University
Elementary Education

Ms. Canning is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago. She majored in Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University and graduated in 2010. She spent several years working at a Franciscan soup kitchen in Philadelphia where her Catholic Faith was strengthened and she developed a passion for serving the poor - a love of service is something she hopes to pass on to her students. Ms. Canning began her teaching career at The Franciscan School in 2012 and is very excited to be a part of the Saint Raphael community!

Elizabeth Schill : Fourth Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Schill

Fourth Grade Teacher

eschill@saintraphael.org

B.A. - University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Elementary Education

Miss Schill is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her career as a Middle School Language Arts teacher at a Catholic school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She just recently moved to the Raleigh area and is excited about learning more about her new home state. She loves being able to teach her students about God and his plan. Miss Schill is passionate about a Catholic education since having gone through it herself from kindergarten through eighth grade. When she is not teaching, she loves reading, writing, baking, and outdoor activities. She is excited about this amazing opportunity to teach at St. Raphael!

Taylor Weiss : Fourth Grade Teacher

Taylor Weiss

Fourth Grade Teacher

tweiss@saintraphael.org

B.A. - North Park University
Elementary Education; endorsement in Special Education

Miss Peterson was born and raised in Chicago and began her career at Saint Emily Catholic School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and at Prairie Elementary in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Miss Peterson is excited to be a part of the Saint Raphael Catholic School family!

Jennifer Stamatio : Fifth Grade Teacher

Jennifer Stamatio

Fifth Grade Teacher

jstamatio@saintraphael.org

B.A. Loyola Marymount University
Classics and English Literature

M.A. California State University Northridge
Education Administration

Mrs. Stamatio was born and raised in Los Angeles and recently moved to the Raleigh area with her husband and two sons. For the past five years, she has taught fifth grade at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 14 years. She is beyond excited to be a part of the St. Raphael parish and school community.

Karen Palmer : Resource Teacher

Karen Palmer

Resource Teacher

kpalmer@saintraphael.org

B.A. - University of Alabama
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
M.A. - University of West Georgia
Teaching Reading

Mrs. Palmer has taught elementary school for 14 years. After taking a break to raise her 3 children, Reeves (Class of 2018), Allie (Class of 2021) and Lilly (Class of 2021) she began working at SRCS in 2015.

Jennifer Tucker : Resource Teacher

Jennifer Tucker

Resource Teacher

jtucker@saintraphael.org

BA Clemson University

Mrs. Tucker has taught in elementary school for 11 years. She has previous experience teaching first and fifth grade as well as K-5 Resource. She is excited to continue her Saint Raphael experience as a K-5 Resource Teacher.

Olivia Daley : Teaching Assistant

Olivia Daley

Teaching Assistant

odaley@saintraphael.org

Barton College, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
Maryville University, Communication Sciences and Language Disorders

Ms. Daley was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She graduated from SRCS in 2010, Cardinal Gibbons in 2014, and Barton College in 2018. Ms. Daley is currently on track to become a Speech Language Pathologist. At Barton, Ms. Daley played on the Women’s Volleyball team winning two NCAA conference championships. Ms. Daley's passion for working with children led her to work at St. Raphael's after school care program throughout high school and college and again in spring of 2020. Ms. Daley is excited to return back to SRCS guardian family!

Eleanor Escalera : Teaching Assistant

Eleanor Escalera

Teaching Assistant

eescalera@saintraphael.org

Theresa Gasper : Teaching Assistant

Theresa Gasper

Teaching Assistant

TGasper@saintraphael.org

LA- Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY
BS- College Misericordia, Dallas, PA
Elementary Ed/ Early Childhood

Mrs. Gasper started her teaching career in 1989 for the diocese of Syracuse teaching First Grade at St Thomas Aquinas in Binghamton, NY. After getting married she moved to Raleigh and began her teaching in the Diocese of Raleigh at St. Raphael in 1997. She was the school librarian at St. Raphael for a two years. After taking time off to start a family, she returned to teach at the preschool for a year and then began her time at the Elementary school in 2006 filling the roll as assistant teacher in first grade and has been in this roll since.
Mrs. Gasper has been a parishioner of St. Raphael since 1996 and is married to her husband, Greg. Their three children are, Meghan (class of 2012), Sarah (class of 2015) and Sam (class of 2016).

Jacqueline Lonnecker : Teacher Assistant

Jacqueline Lonnecker

Teacher Assistant

jlonnecker@saintraphael.org

B.A. International Relations
University of San Diego

Mrs. Lonnecker worked as a substitute teacher after having taught her four children at home and in home school cooperatives for twenty years. She has taught nearly all grade levels in multiple subjects in group settings. She has lived in North Carolina for the past nine years with her husband, Greg. She is so excited to be working at St. Raphael Catholic School where she can practice her Catholic faith.

Amanda Monroe : Teaching Assistant

Amanda Monroe

Teaching Assistant

amonroe@saintraphael.org

B.A. Global Studies - UNC Chapel Hill

Ms. Monroe grew up in Raleigh and graduated from SRCS in 2012. Then, after graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 2016, she went on to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her time at UNC Ms. Monroe had the opportunity to explore her love of education by volunteering in local elementary art classes and interning with the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association. Outside of school, Ms. Monroe loves to dance, learn new languages, and pet her cats. She is thrilled to return to SRCS and give back to a community that gave so much to her.

Carolyn Henderson : K-5 and Middle School Spanish Teacher

Carolyn Henderson

K-5 and Middle School Spanish Teacher

CHenderson@saintraphael.org

BA - Foreign Language Education, Spanish concentration, English a Second Language certification
BA - Developmental Psychology
North Carolina Sate University
M.Ed-Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support, Inclusion and Diversity Specialty
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sra. Henderson has been a Spanish teacher at SRCS since 2015, serving grades K-5 until 2019. She will teach Spanish in grades 6-8 starting in the 2019-20 academic year. Sra Henderson was born in Raleigh, but raised in Greenville, attending St. Peters Catholic School K-8. She credits SPS for her early Spanish language acquisition and loves that she gets to "pay in forward" at her own kids' Catholic school. In addition to working at St. Raphael's, Sra. Henderson is a Developmental Therapist with the NC Infant/Toddler Early Intervention program. Sra. Henderson lives in Raleigh with her husband James, daughter Hazel (class of 2022), and son JJ (class of 2025). Go Guardians!.