Jennifer Pallini : Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer Pallini

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. - University of Phoenix
Elementary Education

Ms. Pallini grew up in Upstate New York and moved to Cary, 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 quickly realized that God had a different plan; she was meant to teach. She took classes while working full-time in the pharmacy to obtain her degree in elementary education. Ms. Pallini joined the SRCS faculty in 2013. She taught first grade for 4 years before becoming a kindergarten teacher. She loves teaching in KA!

Ann Weaver : Kindergarten Teacher

Ann Weaver

Kindergarten Teacher

B.S. - East Carolina University
Elementary Education
Reading K-12

Ms. Weaver has been teaching at SRCS since 2001. She taught reading resource for 8 years before moving to her current position as a kindergarten teacher in 2009. Ms. Weaver has also taught in public schools in Virginia and North Carolina. She has been a member of Saint Raphael Parish since 1972 and has three children, Hannah (2003), Broc (2005), and Bailey (2009).

Debbie Hamrick : First Grade Teacher

Debbie Hamrick

First Grade Teacher

B.S. - Radford University
Early Childhood Education

Mrs. Hamrick has been a teacher at Saint Raphael since 1998 and has watched the school grow from a K-3 school to a school that offers so many opportunities to all children. Mrs. Hamrick began her teaching career at a Catholic school in Greensboro where she taught kindergarten for seven years. After moving to Raleigh with her husband and two sons, she has been happy teaching first grade.

Cara Watson : First Grade Teacher

Cara Watson

First Grade Teacher

B.A. - Meredith College
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!

Phyllis Gaukel : Second Grade Teacher

Phyllis Gaukel

Second Grade Teacher

B.A. - Marquette University
Theology & Social Philosophy
Post Baccalaureate - Edgewood College
Elementary Education

Mrs. Gaukel loves children! She is a mother of four young souls and has been teaching at Saint Raphael Catholic School since 2007. She has taught third grade and now is a second grade teacher. 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. 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 mchool education in the subjects of math, science, language arts, and social studies in both Wisconsin and North Carolina.

Mary-Haven von Lehmden : Second Grade Teacher

Mary-Haven von Lehmden

Second Grade Teacher

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.

Molly Dapolito : Third Grade Teacher

Molly Dapolito

Third Grade Teacher

B.S. - Ithaca College
Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration
M.S. - Ithaca College
Science in Elementary Education

Mrs. Dapolito moved to Raleigh and began working for SRCS in 2011. Prior to her move, she worked for Ithaca City School District. She has also coached and served as an Irish dance teacher.

Diana Brictson : Third Grade Teacher

Diana Brictson

Third Grade Teacher

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

Mrs. Brictson is a native of Denver, Colorado and a product of Catholic education from preschool through graduate school. 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.

Angela Gaynor : Fourth Grade Teacher

Angela Gaynor

Fourth Grade Teacher

BA - Drew University/College of Saint Elizabeth
English Literature
Elementary Education N-8
Concentration and Certifications:
Teacher of the Handicapped PreK-12
Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Ms. Gaynor joined the Saint Raphael family in 2017 as a fourth grade teacher. She has been teaching for the Diocese of Raleigh since 2010 after many years in public school education. Her educational experience includes
teaching students of all ability levels in grades preK-fifth including those identified as academically gifted. Ms. Gaynor is the mother of five children; two boys and three girls two of whom are teachers as well.

Taylor Peterson : Fourth Grade Teacher

Taylor Peterson

Fourth Grade Teacher

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!

Kathleen Brenton : Fifth Grade Teacher

Kathleen Brenton

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.S. - Mathematics/Secondary Education
Southern Illinois University

Mrs. Brenton grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois, where she attended Saint Mary’s Catholic School. Her experience at Saint Mary’s is what drove her to pursue a degree in education. After graduation, she moved to Raleigh to be closer to family. Prior to becoming the 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Brenton worked at SRCS as a substitute and teacher’s assistant for 3rd through 5th grade.

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

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.

Janie Hebert : Teaching Assistant

Janie Hebert

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Hebert is pleased to join the SRCS faculty this year as teacher assistant for Mrs. G’s second grade class as well as assistant for the after school care program. After Mrs. Hebert’s family relocated from their hometown of New Orleans in 2001, she began working for the Diocese of Raleigh. She served enthusiastically as office coordinator for Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Wake Forest for 16 years and, most recently, for the Catholic Student Center at Duke University. Mrs. Hebert’s two daughters Saint Raphael alumnae, graduating in 2008 and 2010. Both girls enjoy visiting their alma mater when they have the time!

Amy Shea : Teaching Assistant

Amy Shea

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Shea is excited to welcome our youngest Guardians this year and work with Ms. Pallini in kindergarten as her teaching assistant. Mrs. Shea served as a kindergarten teaching assistant at Saint Michael’s in Cary, North Carolina for 9 years.

Teri Woods : Teaching Assistant

Teri Woods

Teaching Assistant

C.M.A - Coastal Training Institute
Certified Medical Assistant

Mrs. Woods has served as a teaching assistant in kindergarten at Saint Raphael Since 2012. She previously worked both at the Saint Raphael Preschool with the lunch bunch and the Saint Raphael After School program for 3 years responsible for K-3 age group. Prior to these official capacities, Mrs. Woods spent a significant amount of time volunteering at SRCS during her off time from managing a local children’s clothing store. She has spent most of her adult life working with children in one capacity or another. Mrs. Woods and her family are members at Saint Raphael Catholic Church and her daughter is an alumna, SRCS class of 2016.

Theresa Gasper : Teaching Assistant

Theresa Gasper

Teaching Assistant

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

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

B.A. - East Carolina University
English Literature
M.B.A. - East Carolina University

Mrs. Rectenwald has worked as a substitute teacher and helped coach the girls' basketball and cross country teams at SRCS. In 2015, she joined the SRCS faculty as a teaching assistant. She and her family have been parishioners at Saint Raphael since 2007 and they have two daughters, Samantha (Class of 2017) and Julia (Class of 2019). Go Guardians!