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 Teacher

Carolyn Henderson

Spanish Teacher

Sra. Henderson is new to SRCS as a teacher, but she is a parent and long-time parishioner. 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 is currently working on a Master's of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to working at St. Raphaels, 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, and son JJ.

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 for 13 years. Kelleigh moved to Raleigh from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelors degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She is very involved with St. Raphael’s parish as well, serving in past years on the parish council as well as many other ministries. She has many hobbies; volleyball, cycling, golf, working out, and tennis as well as spending time with her family. She coached SRCS basketball for 3 years and is currently coaching high school volleyball at STMA and Ultimate at St Catherine's. 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


Mrs. Zagrobelny is the school librarian. She has been managing our school library program since 2008. She has a bachelor degree in Applied Math and Computer Science from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and a master degree in Library Science, specialization School Media Centers, from North Carolina Central. In the past she has worked in software engineering. Now she combines her interest in technology 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).