Nicole Adkins : Language Arts Teacher

Nicole Adkins

Language Arts Teacher

NAdkins@saintraphael.org

B.A. English, Appalachian State University
M. Ed Education, North Carolina State University
2019 Lewis Award Finalist

Mrs. Adkins is originally from Coral Gables, FL where she taught English Language Arts (grades 5-8) at both Gulliver Academy and Saint Andrew's Academy. In 2009, she moved to Raleigh and started teaching middle school language arts at Saint Raphael. In addition to teaching, she also coaches the girl's volleyball team. She is a member of NCTE, Raleigh/ Wake Reading Association and the International Literacy Association. Mrs. Adkins is a certified reading specialist (K-12) and is certified to teach language arts in grades 6-12 through the state of North Carolina.

Sarah Ajazi : Middle School Math and Resource

Sarah Ajazi

Middle School Math and Resource

sajazi@saintraphael.org

B.A. - UNC Charlotte
Middle Grades Math and English

Mrs. Ajazi is originally from Statesville, NC where she spent grades 1-12 in Seton Catholic Home School. She recently moved to the Raleigh area and has found a home here at SRCS. She has a strong background in tutoring both college level math and k-12 math and reading. She is excited to share her passion for math alongside her Catholic faith.

Michael Appollonio : Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Michael Appollonio

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

mappollonio@saintraphael.org

B.A. Social Sciences, Kent State University
Middle School Education, Mount Union College

Michael Appollonio is originally from Canton, OH and has over 10 yrs of experience as a Middle School Social Studies teacher. He attended Kent State University for his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and competed his Middle School Teaching Certification at Mount Union College. In 2008, he moved to Greenville, N.C. and started teaching Social Studies in the public school system. In 2015 he joined St. Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville, N.C as a Social Studies/Religion teacher. In addition to teaching, he has advised the yearbook club, coordinated the Geography Bee and advised the N.C. Tar Heel Junior Historian Association. He is a member of NCTE, National Council for the Social Studies and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Appollonio is certified to teach Social Studies in grades 6-12 in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Appollonio enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors with activities such as golfing, attending football/baseball games and hiking with his dogs.

Vanessa Bianchi : Middle School Religion Teacher

Vanessa Bianchi

Middle School Religion Teacher

vbianchi@saintraphael.org

Vanessa Bianchi joins us this year as the 7th and 8th grade religion teacher. She received her masters degree in Catholic theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. For the past 8 years Vanessa has worked in the Diocese of Raleigh as a middle school religion teacher, catechists, youth group leader, retreat planner, and with NC Catholic magazine. Known for her inspiring words and wisdom, and genuine coolness, Ms. Bianchi is ready to help her students understand the mystery and beauty of the Catholic Church!

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!.

Stephanie Mancinelli : Middle School Science

Stephanie Mancinelli

Middle School Science

smancinelli@saintraphael.org

B.S. Journalism, University of Florida
M.S. School Counseling, University of Central Missouri

Mrs. Mancinelli is originally from the Kansas City area where she was an educator in both Missouri and Kansas. In 2016, she moved with her family to Wake Forest. In North Carolina, she has been a 6th grade science teacher, instructional assistant, and substitute teacher. Her teaching experiences include early childhood, kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 6, and 9, as well as being an elementary and middle school counselor for 15 years. For 8 years, she also taught 2nd grade Catholic religious education classes. She has a strong background in writing and editing, child development, testing and measurement, and working with students with special needs. Mrs. Mancinelli is excited to combine her teaching and love of learning with her Catholic faith.

Bruce McCuskey : Middle School Latin

Bruce McCuskey

Middle School Latin

bmccuskey@saintraphael.org

B.A., Classics, Philosophy, and History, Summa Cum Laude, Washington and Lee University
M.Div., Summa Cum Laude, Duke University

Bruce McCuskey is a native of West Virginia and has had since childhood a passion for all things related to the ancient world. He has studied Latin, Greek, and Hebrew both in America, at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He did graduate work in Early Church History at Duke before taking the job at Saint Raphael, where he loves to bring the Latin language to life with his students. Bruce believes passionately in the Jesuit mission of educating the whole person and enabling students to grow into people who can set the world afire for God.

Winifred Reilly : Language Arts & Math Teacher

Winifred Reilly

Language Arts & Math Teacher

WReilly@saintraphael.org

B.S. - Villanova University
Business Administration
M. A. T. - The College of New Jersey

Mrs. Reilly teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts as well as 8.0 math. Mrs. Reilly originally joined the Saint 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 Saint Raphael as a teacher and parishioner 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.

Monseratte Rubio : Middle School Math

Monseratte Rubio

Middle School Math

mrubio@saintraphael.org

Mrs. Rubio 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. Rubio continues to be a loyal Miami Heat and Miami Dolphin fan!

Jill Scanlin : Math Teacher

Jill Scanlin

Math Teacher

JScanlin@saintraphael.org

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.