Nicole Adkins : Language Arts Teacher

Nicole Adkins

Language Arts Teacher

B.A. English, Appalachian State Univeristy
M. Ed Education, North Carolina State University

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.

Vanessa Bianchi : Middle School Religion Teacher

Vanessa Bianchi

Middle School Religion Teacher

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!

Kathleen Brenton : Math Teacher

Kathleen Brenton

Math 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.

William Hardin : Middle School Latin and Religion Teacher

William Hardin

Middle School Latin and Religion Teacher

M. Th. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
M. Div. Duke University

Mr. Hardin was raised in Louisiana where he met his wife, Carleen. He converted to Catholicism after completing a Master of Theology and Religious Studies in the Netherlands and came to North Carolina to pursue a Master of Divinity at Duke University. Mr. Hardin is dedicated to seeing young people discover what is true, good, and beautiful in this world. He loves reading obscure books, languages, fly-fishing, cycling, and spending time with his wife and his dog, Seamus. Mr. Hardin is a member of several professional societies including the Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Archaeology Society, and Catholic Biblical Association.

Carolyn Henderson : Middle School Spanish Teacher

Carolyn Henderson

Middle School Spanish Teacher

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!.

Michelle Malach : Middle School Science

Michelle Malach

Middle School Science

B.A. - Colby College, Biology
M.S. - SUNY College at Brockport, Biology

Mrs. Malach teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade science. Mrs. Malach joined the Saint Raphael staff in 2019. She taught middle school science at The Franciscan School in Raleigh from 2010 - 2016, and then taught high school earth science and AP environmental science at Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh from 2016-2019. When not at school, Mrs. Malach enjoys time with her husband and three children.

Winifred Reilly : Language Arts & Math Teacher

Winifred Reilly

Language Arts & Math Teacher

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.

Michael Appollonio : Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Michael Appollonio

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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.

Jill Scanlin : Math Teacher

Jill Scanlin

Math Teacher

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.

Kristen Votta : Middle School Resource Teacher

Kristen Votta

Middle School Resource Teacher

B.A. Elementary education K-6, Providence College
B.A. Special Education K-12
M. Ed. Curriculum design and instruction, NC State University
M. Ed. Literacy K-12

Mrs. Votta is the middle school resource teacher and has the privilege of teaching two courses of middle level math. She has been in the field of education for over ten years. Mrs. Votta is passionate about ensuring all students have the access and accommodations necessary to be academically successful. Mrs. Votta holds many professional memberships including IECA, International Literacy Association, and NASET. She has three beautiful children, two of whom attend SRCS. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and exercise.