Mrs. Siobhan Young, Principal, is originally from West Palm Beach Florida where she attended Catholic School from Kindergarten through High School. Mrs. Young earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Florida State University in 2004. She earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University in Miami in 2009. Mrs. Young previously taught in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach before moving to Sarasota. Mrs. Young was a faculty member at St. Martha prior to becoming an administrator and was named Principal in 2009.
Mr. Farnsworth is a Florida native and was raised in the Englewood area. Mr. Farnsworth received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Troy State University in Alabama. Mr. Farnsworth is a Florida certified teacher in Elementary Education and K-12 Computer Science. Mr. Farnsworth spent sixteen years in Technology with the Diocese of Venice, taught at St. Martha Catholic School and was named Assistant Principal in 2016.
Father Stampiglia was born and raised in Rome, Italy. He is a Pallottine priest ordained in Rome on November 27, 1960 just two years before the opening of Vatican Council II. Father Fausto has the distinction of being the first pastor of St. Martha Church who belongs to a religious order, The Society of the Catholic Apostolate, known as the Pallottines. Father Fausto started his ministry as spiritual director of minor seminarians. He then became director of an after school center and then headmaster of a boarding school for boys. Father was sent in his fourth year of priesthood to become associate and then pastor of St. Ann’s in East Harlem, New York City, where he served for ten years. He then became, successively, assistant pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Schenectady, New York, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Rita in Cohoes, New York, and Auditor of the Diocesan Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany, New York. Father was named pastor of St. Joseph Church in Port St. Joe, Florida, followed by Director of Permanent Diaconate/Pastoral Institute and Episcopal Vicar for rural ministry in the Diocese of Pensacola, Florida. During this time he founded four parishes; St. Rita (Santa Rosa Beach), Resurrection (Miramar Beach), St. James (Wewahitchka) and St. Vincent (now Guadalupe) in Mexico Beach. Father Fausto then became Director of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and later in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas where he was also pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea. Presently Father is Director of the Permanent Diaconate and the Theologian to the Bishop of Venice as well as being pastor of St. Martha. Father holds the distinction of being the only priest in the United States who has started the Permanent Diaconate Program in three dioceses: Pensacola, St. Petersburg and Venice. Father Fausto’s credentials before and during his years of ministry are many. He has an academic degree in liturgy at Collegio Leonianum; Bachelors in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome; an M.S. in Psychology at Fordham University; and a Doctorate in Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where Pope John Paul II earned his doctorate. Father Fausto is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Liturgy in Rome, The American Association for Counseling and Development, and of The Association for Religious Values in Counseling (ARVIC). He is also a member of the Papal Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, a 4th degree Knights of Columbus, and is the Chaplain of Our Lady of Victory Knights of Columbus Council 3358 in Sarasota. When Father came to St. Martha’s from Incarnation Parish, he shared with his new parishioners his five goals, which he hoped would become “our goals.” 1. A more intense and loving bond between Jesus and us, and within ourselves, for the good of all. 2. A deeper involvement and more generous support of our St. Martha’s School: “I intend to make it the best in the City!” 3. A more intense religious formation of our Public School children when attending Religious Education. 4. A greater support for our elderly who have built so many churches and Catholic schools in the past. 5. A continuing involvement in Jesus’ preferential love of the poor, the needy, and the discriminated. Very Reverend Edward D. Moretti, V.E., formally installed Father Fausto as Pastor of St. Martha at the 12:00 noon Mass on Sunday, July 28, 1991 in the presence of fellow clergy and parishioners. Father was welcomed at a reception in the West Hall after the Mass. In 2010, Fr. Fausto was awarded the “Papal Medal of Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface” (for Church and Pope) by Pope Benedict XVI, the highest recognition for a priest, for his exemplary service to the church. In November 2010, Fr. Fausto celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest by offering mass in Rome, where he was ordained, along with three of his fellow classmates.
Mrs. Kimber Marshall, Finance Manager, is originally from Massachusetts. Mrs. Marshall earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Northeastern University. She earned a Masters Degree in Taxation from Bentley College. Mrs. Marshall previously worked as a Corporate Tax Accountant for a number of global corporations before relocating to Sarasota with her family.
Mrs. Julie Rouse was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and moved to Sarasota with her husband in 1997. She has a degree in Health and Human Services, specializing in Early Childhood Development. She has a son and daughter, who both attended St. Martha Catholic School. Mrs. Rouse enjoys the sense of community at our school, which exists because of the amazing families we have at St. Martha Catholic School, and our wonderful faculty and staff.
Mrs. Laura Kompanijec is originally from Rochester, NY and moved to Sarasota in 2013. She serves as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at St. Martha Catholic School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from Mercyhurst University and her Master’s Degree in Strategic Marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College. Prior to moving to Florida, she spent 15 years as the Assistant to the Chairman / Communications at Camp Good Days and Special Times in Rochester.
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Mrs. Vogeler attended Catholic school until she graduated from high school. She moved to this country in 1998 to pursue a career in Visual Communications and earned a Master’s Degree in 2003 from Pratt Institute in New York City. After a few years working in the corporate world, Mrs. Vogeler decided to start her own small design & marketing firm allowing her to spend time volunteering for different committees & activities in our school. Mrs. Vogeler believes that her visual communication background and artistic skills play a good role in teaching young children. Mrs. Vogeler currently assists in our school’s Marketing Department. Mrs. Vogeler is married and is a mom of two girls. She loves traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Preschool Faculty & Support Staff
Miss Pluto teaches P3 at St. Martha Catholic School. She is from Cleveland, OH, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Masters in Early Childhood Education with a K-12 Reading Endorsement. Miss Pluto taught students of the Eastern Navajo Reservation at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School in Thoreau, NM, before coming to St. Martha Catholic School. This is her seventh year teaching at St. Martha Catholic School. She feels abundantly blessed to work with such wonderful students, families, and co-workers each day!
Mrs. Brigitte Martinez has worked in the field of Early Education for over 14 years, first as a teacher assistant in different private and public settings, and most recently as one of the lead teachers in the P3 classroom here at SMCS. Mrs. Martinez earned an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Administration from Purdue University Global.
This is Mrs. Martinez 7th year at St. Martha’s. She feels extremely blessed to be the Co-teacher and Spanish teacher in the P3 classroom, and to be a part of this wonderful community both as an educator and a St. Martha's mom.
Mrs. Stephanie Hare is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She and her family moved to Florida in 2014. She has three children. One attends St. Martha Catholic School, she has a daughter at Cardinal Mooney and her oldest daughter attends the University of Miami. Mrs. Hare has been involved in elementary religious education and youth ministry for over 11 years. Mrs. Hare is a Teaching Assistant in the PK4 class. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the St. Martha Catholic School family.
Elementary Faculty & Support Staff
- Mrs. Jane Greenamoyer
- Ms. Fernanda Valdivia
- Mrs. Lynn Geers
- Mrs. Cameron Lewis
- Mrs. Marcy Olah
- Ms. Binky Ravazzoli
- Mrs. Jennifer Robertson
- Mrs. Christina Via-Reque
- Mrs. Andrea Tonitis
- Mrs. Natalie Smithers
- Mrs. Sheila Coffey
- Ms. Joanne White
- Mrs. Christine Riedel
- Mrs. Sandy Larson
- Mrs. Debbie Lamielle
- Mrs. Pam Marzoppi
Mrs. Jane Greenamoyer came to St. Martha Catholic School after eight years in the Manatee County School District. She hails from Wilmington, DE and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Human Resources. She previously taught for fifteen years at several public and parochial schools in Delaware. She and her husband moved to Lakewood Ranch in 2009 with their four children.They recently welcomed their first grandchild, Luke Matthew. She is currently a sacristan and Faith Formation instructor at Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Mrs. Greenamoyer feels blessed to be in a community where she is able to share her faith everyday with her students.
Ms. Valdivia was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to Florida at a young age. She has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and is certified in PK-3 as well as K-12 in Exceptional Student Education. She currently teaches Kindergarten and loves working at St. Martha with the amazing staff and families.
Ms. Lynn Geers was born in Mt. Sterling, IL. She graduated from MacMurray College with a double major in Elementary Education and Deaf Education, and minored in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders. She has been teaching since 1977. She and her family moved to Sarasota in 1999. She began teaching at St. Martha when the new school opened. She has spent all of this time in First Grade and has loved every minute of it. Ms. Geers feels truly blessed to be part of such a warm and caring faculty and to be teaching in an “A+” school with committed parents, who entrust their precious children to her each day.
Ms. Cameron Lewis is originally from Mobile, Alabama. She graduated with a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Alabama. Ms. Lewis has been teaching since 1985 and has taught PK4, Kindergarten, and First Grade. She finds it a true joy to experience a child’s love of learning. Her experience has been primarily in Catholic schools and she feels it is a true blessing to be a part of such a caring and loving environment here at St. Martha Catholic School.
Mrs. Marcy Olah has been working at St. Martha Catholic School since 2013. She grew up attending Catholic school in New York, and truly understands the importance of a Catholic education. Mrs. Olah is a Florida Certified Teacher and holds a Master’s Degree. Outside of school, she volunteers at her church and teaches their Children’s Liturgy. She also enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She feels very blessed and excited to be teaching at St. Martha Catholic School. Her goal is to positively influence all of her students and help to instill a love of learning and a love of Jesus!
Ms. Binky Ravazzoli was born in Sarasota, Florida. She attended St. Martha Catholic School and Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School. Ms. Ravazzoli graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for more than 25 years in the Diocese of Venice. Besides teaching, Ms. Ravazzoli enjoys going to the beach, walking, vacationing and camping with her family and friends.
Mrs. Jennifer Robertson has been in both private and public school education for 20 years. She grew up in Sarasota, FL and now resides in Osprey with her husband of 21 years, Robby, and their two teenage sons, Dylan and Brady. She is an avid runner and has completed 10 marathons and six ultramarathons all across the United States.She graduated with her Bachelor of Education Degree from The University of South Florida, and her Master’s Degree from California University. She feels beyond blessed to be a part of this amazing school family and her teaching philosophy is to inspire each of her students to “think outside the box” and find their own individual path to becoming successful lifelong learners.
Mrs. Christina Via-Reque was born in Chicago, IL. She moved to Lakewood Ranch a few years ago after her husband retired. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Fitness Leadership from Northern Illinois University and continued on to earn her Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a great staff and community at St. Martha. She has three daughters and in her free time she enjoys photography, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, and educating her girls on Star Wars!
Mrs. Andrea Tonitis is originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky. After completing a B.A. in Elementary Education from The University of South Florida, she has taught a variety of grade levels including 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. In Sarasota County she also served for three years on the Assessment Team for No Child Left Behind.
Mrs. Smithers was born and raised in Sarasota. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Cardinal Mooney High School. Her college career was at Georgia Southern University earning a degree in Special Education. Mrs. Smithers began teaching in 1999 and has taught in Georgia and Florida. Previously she has taught PK4, self contained K-3 classes and served as a Resource Teacher and Language Arts Teacher. She is very excited to be a part of the St. Martha Family and blessed to have all three of her own children who have or are currently attending St. Martha Catholic School.
Mrs. Sheila Coffey was born in Berea, Ohio. She attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in 1991. In 2007, Sheila received her degree in Elementary Education from Manatee Community College. She has been an assistant and a teacher at St. Martha Catholic School for more than 15 years. According to her, St. Martha Catholic School is a great place to work. She believes the staff, parents, and students are the best around!
Ms. Joanne White received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Cabrini Catholic College, located in Radnor, PA. She has been a faculty member at St. Martha Catholic School since 2004. Ms. White experiences joy as she shares in the growth and spirituality of her students. “It is truly a blessing and privilege to guide each child to reflect the Good News of Jesus Christ in their daily lives.”
Mrs. Christine Riedel was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She moved to Bradenton in 2013 with her husband. She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She has been an active member of the SS Peter and Paul Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for five years serving as the treasurer for the last three years. She is the Teaching Assistant in one of the Kindergarten classes. She feels blessed to be here at St. Martha and loves her kindergarten class.
Mrs. Sandra Larson was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to the south in 1982. She is the proud mom of three St. Martha Catholic School graduates and has been a Teaching Assistant at the school since 2001. She is currently the Teaching Assistant in one of the Kindergarten classes and coordinates the Aftercare Program. She feels blessed to be part of such a wonderful school that is supported by dedicated teachers, staff and families.
Mrs. Debbie Lamielle was born in Canton, Ohio and has lived in Sarasota, Florida since 1989. She has been at St. Martha Catholic School since 1994 as a Teaching Assistant. Mrs. Lamielle has worked in both the third and first grade levels, with first grade being her passion. Her years of in field and hands on experience ignite her enthusiasm to welcome students each school year. What she loves about St. Martha is the close-knit, family feeling that she receives when she walks through the doors. Mrs. Lamielle credits both faculty, staff and our families for creating such a loving environment. “We all look out for each other and strive to make our school the best that it can be.” She loves watching the children grow and learn as they progress through each grade at St. Martha Catholic School.
Mrs. Pam Marzoppi was born in Canton, Ohio. She has lived in Sarasota with her family since 1987. Mrs. Marzoppi has been a Teaching Assistant at St. Martha Catholic School since 1994. Pam loves working with the students and watching them grow throughout their school years at St. Martha Catholic School. She believes the faculty and staff are an important asset in supporting our school family.
Middle School Faculty & Support Staff
Sister Cathy Bonfield, SSND is a native Floridian, who was raised in the St. Petersburg area. She is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international community of women religious, and is a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Sister Cathy has spent almost five decades teaching elementary and middle school students in Orlando, Tampa, Washington, DC, and has been at St. Martha Catholic School since 1995. Presently, she teaches sixth grade Religion and Language Arts and enjoys using technology to make her teaching come alive. For a month in the summer of 2013, she taught English to and with her SSND Hungarian Sisters in Budapest and Mako, Hungary. She has connected her Sixth Grade students to students in Mako, Hungary, through Skyping and letter writing. In spring of 2014, Sister Cathy, several other St. Martha Catholic School Teachers, and the Sixth Graders received one of two national awards for an Innovative Project in Technology from the National Catholic Teachers Association. She has had articles and ideas printed in Today’s Catholic Teacher. Sister Cathy sees St. Martha Catholic School as a place where faith, family, education, and social justice have united and become a truly Catholic school.
Mrs. Mark originally comes from Memphis, TN where she is a graduate of Rhodes College with a degree in Political Science. She has received further certifications from University of South Florida. She moved to Sarasota with her husband in 2014. Mrs. Mark enjoys spending time outside and trying new experiences. She has two daughters and a dog. Her oldest daughter is a SMCS student in the P3 class.
Mrs. Nicole Drayton was born and raised in Farrell, PA. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Political Science. She is certified in K-6 Elementary Education, as well as Social Science 6-12. Mrs. Drayton has been teaching for six years. She has previously taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, as well as 3rd grade Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Mrs. Drayton is currently teaching 6th grade Social Studies, 5th and 6th Grade Science, and Personal Finance. Mrs. Drayton loves teaching and is proud to be a part of the St. Martha Catholic School family.
Dr. Anne Scarbrough is originally from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Master of Arts in Mass Communication, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Dr. Scarbrough has taught Middle and High School (English, Literature, Composition, including Honors and AP). While a PhD candidate, Dr. Scarbrough taught undergraduate courses in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. As a professor, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. Dr. Scarbrough volunteers at Our Lady of the Angels for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. In addition to being a Homeroom Teacher, Dr. Scarbrough teaches Middle School Language Arts. She and her two daughters feel truly blessed to be at St. Martha Catholic School in such a wonderful, caring, and supportive Catholic environment.
Mrs. Neunder is a Certified Teacher for Middle School grades in the areas of Math 6-9, Biology 6-12, Health K-12, and Physical Education K-12. She has taught science for 10 years. She is also a children's book author and a guest columnist for Venice Gondolier newspaper. Previous to joining St. Martha Catholic School, Mrs. Neunder taught at Epiphany Cathedral and worked at the Health Department. In addition to her multiple skills, Mrs. Neunder is fluent in Spanish and she fills her heart with Jesus, gardening and her 3 boys.
Ms. Elizabeth Carey is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Alexandria, VA. She earned a BA in Elementary Education at Marymount University and a Master's Degree at The University of South Florida. Ms. Carey has been teaching at St. Martha Catholic School since 2011. She is certified in K-6 Elementary Education as well as Educational Leadership K-12. She is also the Curriculum Specialist and is a co-chair of the St. Martha Service Club. Ms. Carey loves teaching at St. Martha Catholic School!
Ms. Maria Beall was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She attended Incarnation Catholic School and Cardinal Mooney High School. Maria attended the University of Florida where she graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and in 2002 with a Masters in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Educational Technology. She taught for five years here in Sarasota County before she had her boys. Since both of her children are now in school, Maria decided to go back to her passion of teaching. Currently, she is teaching Technology Integration classes for our PK3 through 8th Grade and helping our teachers integrate technology into their everyday lessons. She also has an Eighth Grade Homeroom and one section of Eighth Grade Religion. Maria is excited to be working at St. Martha with such an exceptional staff. She values her Catholic education and can’t wait to teach her students and help them reach new heights on their Catholic school journey.
Mrs. Danielle Morris is from Anaheim, California, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in English from California State University at Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She started out as a 9th Grade English Teacher at West Covina High School in 1999, then worked as a Sylvan Learning Center Director in Bradenton before joining the staff at St. Martha in 2003. Mrs. Morris feels that St. Martha is a caring and family-centered environment where students are truly encouraged to grow in their faith and academics.
Mr. Shuck has lived in the area for a little over five years. He and his wife grew up in Missouri and have traveled with their careers to many different parts of the Midwest. Prior to moving to Sarasota they lived for 12 years in Hartland Wisconsin which is a Western Suburb of Milwaukee. They are blessed to have two daughters. One is a student at St. Martha and the other a student at Cardinal Mooney High School. Mr. Shuck has a B.S. Degree in Mass Communications, Teaching Certification (Wisconsin) 5th – 8th All Subjects, and a Masters in Middle School Education. He teaches 8th Grade Social Studies, 7th Grade Science, and 7th Grade Language Arts.
Mrs. Maria Smith was born in Weirton, WV and moved to Florida at a young age. She attended Epiphany Cathedral School, Cardinal Mooney High School, and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Elementary Education. She is certified in K-6 Elementary Education as well as Middle Grade Mathematics 5-9. She currently teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Religion. She is also the Admissions Director and is a co-chair of the St. Martha Service Club. Mrs. Smith loves teaching at St. Martha Catholic School for many reasons, but her students and families are what makes her happy!
After graduating from John Carroll University, with her Bachelor's of Science, Mrs. Alysia Mitten worked as an IT Consultant for five years. She then returned to the Catholic Education world and began teaching Middle and Upper School Math at a Catholic School in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught until the first of her two sons was born, then took time off to enjoy being a Mom. Her family moved to Sarasota six years ago, where they are active members of St. Martha Catholic Church. She is excited to be back in the classroom teaching 5th-8th Grade Math!
Mr. Litman was born in Houston, Texas, way back when President Truman was in the White House. He attended college in Minnesota and Arizona. He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He taught in Flagstaff, Arizona for 30 years before moving to Florida. He feels very blessed to be teaching at St Martha Catholic School.
Special Area Teachers & Staff
- Mrs. Mary Jo Salomone
- Ms. Victoria Young
- Mrs. Leslie Lambert
- Ms. Jill Rowoldt
- Ms. Rachel DeGarmo
- Mrs. Melissa James
- Mrs. Tammi Peters
- Ms. Katie Hebda
- Mrs. Angie Wilson
- Chef Jean Caldwell
- Mrs. Kathie Price
- Mrs. Avalon Lockhart
- Ms. Karen Brady, L.P.N.
- Mr. Lucky Zuenskes
- Dep. Bailey Bauer
- Mr. Ray Ortiz Abraham
- Mr. Jeffrey Zuenskes
Mrs. Salomone was born in Illinois. She has been at St. Martha School since 2002. She graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education (K-12). Mrs. Salomone has also studied at. St Ambrose University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Florida Southern College, State College of Florida, and Illinois Valley Community College. She feels that the St. Martha School's students have displayed their many talents through the awards that they have won in both local and national art contests. God has truly blessed our students. We offer all that we create for the honor and glory of God through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. Mrs. Salomone is very happy to take part in their education.
Victoria Young is originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She is excited to begin teaching Music at St. Martha and St. Mary school. She previously worked in Philadelphia, PA as a 2nd grade teacher, Librarian, and Resource teacher for the past 5 years. She was also a member of her church choir as well as a regular Sunday cantor for many years. For 4 years, she directed a small parish children’s choir and was also an assistant choir director at a catholic school in Ewing, NJ for one year. Her bachelor’s degree is in Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Ambler, PA. Her master’s degree is in Reading from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA. She looks forward to working with the students from both schools and being able to instill her love for music to them. Her parents and younger brother have all recently moved to Venice and are excited to begin their next chapter in the great state of Florida!
Leslie Lambert is the Media Specialist for St. Martha Catholic School. In addition to teaching her library classes, Mrs. Lambert sponsors the Knights Newsletter and organizes KNN along with Mr. Farnsworth. Originally from Indiana, Mrs. Lambert has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Social Sciences from Butler University and a teaching certificate from Calumet College of St. Joseph. She is a member of the Florida Association for Media in Education. Mrs. Lambert enjoys reading and learning new technology to advance our school mission of strength in faith, excellence in knowledge, and character in service.
Miss Jill Rowoldt was raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. She has been teaching for several years, with more than 25 years at St. Martha. Miss Rowoldt believes that St. Martha is the hidden gem in the community and enjoys the family atmosphere that the school presents.
Ms. DeGarmo is originally from Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate work at the University Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has a Bachelor of Arts. She has her teaching degree from the State College of Florida. She has been teaching at St. Martha Catholic School since 2002, and enjoys walking, swimming and bike riding in her free time.
Mrs. Melissa James grew up in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Her Catholic upbringing and education inspired her to want to teach in a Catholic school setting. Mrs. James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. She taught Second and Third Grade for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While teaching, she studied at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and earned a Master of Science Degree in Special Education and Reading Development. Mrs. James has served as the Resource Teacher at St. Martha Catholic School since 2005. She is dedicated to the academic, spiritual, and social growth and development of every child.
Mrs. Peters has spent nearly 20 years in Sarasota as a School Counselor. Mrs. Peters has a Master’s Degree in School Counseling K-12 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Specific Learning Disabilities K-12; both from the University of South Florida. Born and raised in Sarasota, she has come to appreciate the wonderful opportunities this region has to offer. Together with her husband, Jason, they are raising their two children, Ryan and Kelly, who both attend St. Martha Catholic School. It is a privilege to be able to provide our children with the wonderful education offered here. In her free time, she loves working with St. Vincent de Paul Society, traveling to Maine in the summer, and swimming. Thank you for entrusting the staff of St. Martha Catholic School and St. Mary Academy with your child’s education. Together we make a strong team for your child.
Ms. Katie Hebda was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but moved to Sarasota early on, receiving a faith-based education from Incarnation Catholic School and Cardinal Mooney High School. She studied Spanish with a concentration in Education at Flagler College and has studied abroad in Cuenca, Spain. Her passion for the language, and for teaching it, has stemmed from the inspiring people and places that have touched her life. After earning her degree, she began teaching at St. Martha Catholic School, where she hopes she can expand her students' horizons and motivate them to continue joyfully on their own learning journeys!
Ms. Angie Wilson is originally from Pennsylvania where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education Administration from Shippensburg University. She has taken several courses in STEM education including workshops with NASA at Langley, Virginia, and in their Endeavor Program. Ms. Wilson recently moved from North Carolina where she was at St. Mary Magdalene teaching science, social studies, and reading. She is now excited to teach STREAM at St. Martha Catholic School as it encourages creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Chef Caldwell has been working at St.Martha Catholic School since 2007. Prior to her employment, her and her husband were the proud owners of Chef Caldwell’s Restaurant for over 16 years. Ever since she took over the lunchroom, Chef Caldwell has made significant strides to improve the school’s lunch program. Local fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown in the school’s vegetable and tower gardens play a crucial role in her menu development, where she seeks out the freshest and best ingredients for the students. Her creativity and innate understanding of providing nutritional cuisine are helping guide St. Martha Catholic School and St. Mary Academy into the future. Chef Caldwell continues to create an innovative menu by reinventing recipes and presenting the freshest and most intense flavors. Besides cooking for the wonderful students she enjoys baking, spending time with her husband and dog Mo, and visiting her daughter.
Ms. Brady is originally from Miami Florida, and has been a School Nurse at St. Martha Catholic School since 2005. She has an A.S. Degree in Nursing and graduated from Manatee College. She graduated from Manatee VoTech as an L.P.N., and her primary nursing experience was in the hospital setting, ranging from newborn through geriatric population. She is also a Licensed Aesthetician, and has a Degree in Fine Art from Miami Dade College.