Carrie Griffith : Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Teacher

Carrie Griffith

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Teacher

University of Chicago
MST (Master in the Science of Teaching), B.A. (Psychology)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level I (ages 3-6) and Level II (ages 6-9) Certificates

Carrie Griffith began her career as a counselor in a residential treatment center for children with emotional/behavioral disorders. Once her own children came along, she began working in school settings with primary-aged children, as both a teacher and as a program director. Moving to North Carolina, she spent 25 happy years as a teacher and then Director of St. Raphael Preschool. She was instrumental in bringing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program to the Preschool; upon retirement from the directorship, she has been committed to expanding this rich faith formation program to the primary grades at Saint Raphael Catholic School.

Joeseph Higley : Physical Education Teacher

Joeseph Higley

Physical Education Teacher

Joseph Higley holds a BA in K-12 Physical Education and Health certification from Kean University. While teaching in Catholic schools in New Jersey, Mr. Higley also officiated track and field and basketball, helped to develop lessons and activities at the 21st Century community learning center, and coached soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Mr. Higley brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to his classes.

Carolyn Henderson : Spanish/Resource Teacher

Carolyn Henderson

Spanish/Resource 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 the K-5 Spanish teacher since 2015, but first became affiliated with St Raphaels s a parent and long-time parishioner. She was added to the resource/student assistance team in 2018, specializing in strengths-based interventions and inclusion. Sra Henderson was born in Raleigh, but raised in Greenville, attending St. Peters Catholic School K-8. She returned to Raleigh and graduated from NC State University with degrees in Spanish Education and psychology, and has recently completed a Master's of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to working at St. Raphael's, Sra. Henderson is a Developmental Therapist with the NC Infant/Toddler Early Intervention program. Her experiences include supporting families whose young children have diagnoses for autism spectrum disorder, attention inconsistency disorder, and language processing differences. Sra. Henderson lives in Raleigh with her husband James, daughter Hazel (class of 2022), and son JJ (class of 2025).

Cindi Messina : Art Teacher

Cindi Messina

Art Teacher

This is Mrs. Messina’s sixteenth year teaching art at St. Raphael Catholic School. She graduated from William Paterson University majoring in Art Education and Graphic Design. She has also taught advertising design at the Montclair Art Museum and New York University School of Continuing Education. Mrs. Messina has ten years experience in advertising as a Senior Art Director where she won a John Caples Award and a Direct Marketing Creative Guild Award for her design in advertising. Many art projects at SRCS reflect her design experience and love of art history. She and her husband, Michael, have three children. Mrs. Messina was the 2015 recipient of the Diocese of Raleigh Lewis Award which recognizes excellence in teaching.

Kelleigh Russo : Physical Education Teacher

Kelleigh Russo

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Russo has been teaching at St. Raphael's since 2003. She holds a bachelors degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Kennesaw State University. Her many hobbies include tennis, cycling, golf, working out, traveling, but her favorite is spending time with her family. She is married with three children, all of whom attended or graduated from SRCS.

Angela Santucci :  K-5 Music Teacher, Drama Teacher

Angela Santucci

K-5 Music Teacher, Drama Teacher

Angela Santucci received her BA in Music from Northern Arizona University, where she studied with Paul Kiesgen, and her Master of Arts in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Santucci taught theatre and private voice for thirteen years at Ravenscroft School, and 2010 she received the school’s highest teaching accolade, the Qubain Excellence in Teaching Award. She has performed with the North Carolina Master Chorale, North Carolina Opera, Seed Art Share, Delta Boys Theatre Company, City Ballet, and Burning Coal Theatre. She serves on the board of directors for Burning Coal Theatre and the North Carolina Master Chorale and is a member of the StageStruck board of trustees. Ms. Santucci maintains a private voice and piano studio and also conducts musicals and directs shows for local schools and theatre companies.

Phyllis Zagrobelny : Librarian

Phyllis Zagrobelny


B.S. - University of Virginia
M.LIS - North Carolina Central
Applied Math and Computer Science; Library Science, specialization School Media Centers

Mrs. Zagrobelny is the school librarian. She has been managing the school library program since 2008, where she combines technology skills with her love of reading. She holds a North Carolina teaching license specialization for School Media Centers. She is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a member of the NC School Library Media Association (NCSLMA), and a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).