Our Faculty & Staff

 

                                Our Faculty and Staff
 

Nadine De Pape

Interim Principal & Science Teacher
nadine.depape@sjccs.net
 

Mrs. De Pape has been a part of the St. Joseph family since 1993—first as a parent, then as a teacher, and now as the interim principal/science teacher. A native of Belgium, Mrs. De Pape received her B.A. in Elementary Education in Ghent, Belgium, as well as a degree in remedial teaching in St. Amandsberg, Belgium. Mrs. De Pape is known by her students for living by the quote, "mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn." Her goal is to help instill confidence and a lifelong love of learning in all students.

 

Janice Certain

Assistant Principal & Middle School Math Teacher
janice.certain@sjccs.net

Mrs. Certain attended Emmanuel College from 1974-1976, transferred to University of Georgia and received a B.S. in Middle School Education with concentrations in math and science. Mrs. Certain began her teaching career in Madison County, Georgia, and later continued in Hart County, Georgia. Throughout her career, she has taught middle school math and science. She earned an M.A. in Elementary Education from Clemson University and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. After teaching for 35 years in Georgia public schools, Mrs. Certain joined the St. Joseph Catholic School teaching staff in 2013 and became the middle school math and science teacher. As of the school year 2017-2018, Mrs. Certain is concentrating her teaching skills solely on math in grades five through eight. Mrs. Certain's love for teaching is evident in her enthusiasm when you enter her classroom.

 

 

 

Holly Hunter

Administrative Assistant
holly.hunter@sjccs.net

 

 

Angela Wilson

Pre-K & Kindergarten
angela.wilson@sjccs.net
 

Mrs. Wilson received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University in 1987, and has completed 18 post-graduate hours. She has spent the last 30 years working as a child development center director, preschool teacher, mentor for student teachers at Greenville Technical College Lab School, and as a classroom teacher in both the School District of Greenville County and Anderson School District 5. Mrs. Wilson received the Golden Apple Award as a kindergarten teacher at McLees Elementary School, and an award for excellence in the teaching of reading while serving as a kindergarten teacher at Homeland Park Elementary. Mrs. Wilson joined the St. Joseph family last year as a third grade teacher. She is excited to be returning to St. Joseph and is looking forward to working with the Pre K/kindergarten classroom.

 


 

 

Alice Henderson

PreK-K Teaching Assistant
alice.henderson@sjccs.net


Mrs. Henderson is a part time teacher's aide in the K4-K5 program at St. Joseph School. She retired from teaching in Dayton, Ohio, after teaching first, second, and third grades for 32 years. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Reading. Since relocating to Anderson, Mrs. Henderson has volunteered for the past 5 years in the K4-K5 classroom and has been a substitute teacher at the school.

 

 

Laura Witt

1st Grade & Reading Resource
laura.witt@sjccs.net
 

Mrs. Witt received her degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Communications and Advertising in 2003.  She has been working with children since 2009. She received an M.A. in Elementary Education from Anderson University in 2011 and is a trained Orton-Gillingham* tutor.

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique.

 

 

 

Ro Aurichio

 

Ms. Aurichio started teaching at St. Joseph School in 2009 as the Pre-K teacher while finishing her B.S. in Education. Currently, Ms. Aurichio teaches second grade. This is a special grade in our school, because reading and math skills are diligently developed and the students receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Teaching religion and the sacraments is an honor for Ms. Aurichio. She has been a volunteer religious instructor for St. Joseph Catholic Church for the past 20 years. Ms. Aurichio turns second grade into an enjoyable educational experience and is dedicated to instilling a love of learning in her students.

 


Donna Woods

3rd Grade
donna.woods@sjccs.net

Our third grade teacher this year is Mrs. Donna Woods. She is returning to St. Joseph School after a two-year break! For fourteen years, she was a member of our staff teaching first in the fifth grade and then in fourth grade. Mrs. Woods holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mississippi State University and received her teaching certification through the Lyndhurst Fellowship Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the University of Memphis. Previously, she taught in Germantown, TN, and Atlanta, GA, and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She is excited to be back and working with young people again!

 

 

 

Debra Lamb
4th Grade
debra.lamb@sjccs.net

Mrs. Lamb earned a degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA, with a minor in Music. She holds her teacher’s certification in South Carolina in grades K-6. Before coming to St. Joseph School, Mrs. Lamb taught for many years in preschool through eighth grade in Illinois, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Most of her teaching experience has been in the third and fourth grades. Mrs. Lamb joined the St. Joseph teaching staff in 2015 and has been passionately sharing her love of knowledge with the fourth grade. As you will be able to tell when entering her classroom, books take center stage in a lot of Mrs. Lamb’s teaching.

 

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Holly Wylie
5th-6th ELA and Social Studies
holly.wylie@sjccs.net

Ms. Wylie has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Georgia Southern University, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University, and is also certified to teach middle level ELA.  She has taught in both public and private schools in South Carolina, Germany, Ohio, and Georgia.  During the span of her 40-year teaching career, she has been named Master Teacher for The Department of Defense schools in a boarding school environment and in a public school setting. She started teaching at St. Joseph in 2016 and currently teaches fifth and sixth grade ELA and Social Studies using an interdisciplinary approach.

     


Dr. Amy Hallenbeck
7th and 8th ELA and Social Studies
amy.hallenbeck@sjccs.net

Dr. Hallenbeck acquired a B.A. in English from Georgia University, an M.S. in Education from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University. Dr. Hallenbeck has been teaching since 1992 mainly in middle and high school, but she also taught undergraduate education courses and supervised elementary and high school student teachers. She has served as a College Board workshop leader and consultant. As a long-time educator, life-long learner, and the mother of three children, Dr. Hallenbeck believes that all children can learn to think critically and carefully about the world around them and about their own lives. Through the examination of fiction and non-fiction, the development of writing skills, careful scaffolding of critical thinking skills, and practice in oral communication, students learn about their own identities, other human beings, and local and worldwide societies. In her classroom, middle school students begin to ponder questions such as values, social hierarchies, and relationships, and they learn to become discerning users of information, media, and text.

 


Erin Rockenhaus
7th and 8th Science
erin.rockenhaus@sjccs.net

Mrs. Rockenhaus joined the St. Joseph staff in 2017 as the seventh and eighth grade science teacher. Her background in science goes back to the University of Notre Dame where she was preparing for a future in medicine. After working as a volunteer in poor communities during her university studies, she changed course and completed a degree in Education in 2004. In the following years, she worked in the US and Mexico as an educator. Starting in 2011, she taught high school science in Texas, including AP and pre-AP courses. In 2014, she, her husband, and two children relocated to South Carolina. In 2018, she will graduate with an M.S. in Biology from Clemson University. Mrs. Rockenhaus sees science as a path for future success for young people as well as a source of joy and wonder. She believes that scientific thinking is a valuable life skill that will serve students in every profession. She hopes to awaken students to the world around them and inspire in them curiosity and solution-oriented thinking.

     

Desiree Werth

Mrs. Werth received her B.M. from the University of Oregon in1990 and her M.A. in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 1992. Mrs. Werth has enjoyed teaching music at St. Joseph School since 2008. Prior to teaching at St. Joseph, she practiced music therapy in a wide variety of academic and clinical settings, and continues to teach private lessons and master classes. The transition to teaching music in our school has given her immeasurable joy. The joy of sharing music and watching students grow both academically and spiritually through making music is incredibly rewarding. She also loves to witness the development and maturity of middle school students as they master their chosen instruments and grow as an ensemble in band classes. We love performing for our school and community sharing our time and talent.

 


Alston Beckman
Art
alston.beckman@sjccs.net

Mrs. Beckman is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Art Education. Mrs. Beckman is delighted to be returning to St. Joseph School as part-time art teacher this fall. She taught at St. Joseph in the early 1990's but moved to Easley, where she served as a part-time elementary art teacher in Pickens County Schools for 15 years. She is either working on a project or thinking about one most of the time! Her other hobbies include sewing, reading, gardening, and crafting. Mrs. Beckman enjoys painting in oils and watercolor.

     


Marty Morrison
Physical Education
marty.morrison@sjccs.net

Mr. Morrison graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in K-12 Physical Education with a minor in Exercise Science. Mr. Morrison is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Helping students gain knowledge about a variety of sports and motivating each student to reach their potential with 100% effort, regardless of their skill, are very important goals that Mr. Morrison focuses on through his P.E. curriculum.

 


Katie  Swinyer
Spanish, IT Technology
katie.swinyer@sjccs.net

Mrs. Swinyer began her teaching journey at a young age by volunteering for the Special Olympics in Georgia. This inspired her drive to work with children in all capacities. Mrs. Swinyer holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Georgia Perimeter College, and a B.S. in English and Pre- Speech Language from USC Upstate with a minor in sociology. She completed many speech and language therapy apprenticeship programs in schools, and completed teacher training in a self-contained autistic classroom. She received her teaching certification through PACE in middle level ELA. Since then, she has worked in Anderson District 5 teaching writing. Mrs. Swinyer feels blessed by God's grace to be working at St. Joseph teaching foreign language and technology to hard-working students.   

     


Jerry West
Religion
jerry.west@sjccs.net

Mr. Jerry West received his MBA from the University of Rochester and is a Chartered Financial Consultant. He spent 25 years working in and selling to the healthcare industry and finished his career as a financial advisor. He has been married for 43 years, has two daughters and is the proud grandfather of one grandson. Mr. West started teaching religious education in 1996 at St. Patrick Church in St. Charles, IL, including 16 years assisting high school sophomores with Confirmation preparation. Mr. West moved to Anderson in 2013 and joined the St. Joseph family as the middle school religion teacher.