Our Faculty and Staff

Saint John Paul II Catholic School (SPJII) is firmly committed to recruiting the most qualified professionals available to be members of our faculty and staff. An interested, enthusiastic, and devoted faculty is an integral part of providing the finest education possible. Our teachers are our most important resource. As dedicated and talented professionals, they strive to reach every student. Saint John Paul II Catholic School is proud to have an impressive, innovative, creative, and concerned staff.

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Administration

Mr. John J. Donohue III
Principal
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About Mr. John Donohue III

A native of the metropolitan New York City area, Mr. John J. Donohue III and his wife Mary Claire raised their five children in New Hampshire. Mr. Donohue has been the inaugural principal of John Paul II Catholic High School in Greenville, NC, since 2012. He succeeds SJPII Principal Dr. Janice Jett.

A graduate of Magdalen College, Bedford, New Hampshire, Mr. Donohue holds advanced degrees from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also studied in the doctoral program in education administration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mr. Donohue began his career teaching history, literature, and theology at Seton High School, Manassas, Virginia, and political philosophy and Catholic social teaching at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia, followed by twenty years teaching and in director positions at his alma mater, Magdalen College. He then was headmaster, taught, and coached soccer and basketball at Mount Royal Academy, Sunapee, New Hampshire, where he was director and co-founder of the academy's high school. Mr. Donohue later accepted the position of principal of St. Egbert Catholic School in Morehead City, North Carolina, before serving as principal of John Paul II High School in Greenville.
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Office Staff

Judy Aberg
Administrative Assistant
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Deborah Lawson
Advancement Director
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About Deborah Lawson

Deb is the advancement director for SJPII and has been involved with both the school and the St. Anthony’s Parish for many years. As advancement director, Deb has worked hard on the capital campaign to help construct the long awaited activity center on our campus. To date, she has raised over $650,000 in money and pledges toward the $1.1 million building campaign. Deb’s main goal is to help keep SJPII on track to be one of the leading schools in Moore County through stewardship and community involvement.
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Kim Stepnoski
Lead Secretary
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About Kim Stepnoski

As the lead secretary for SJPII, Kim is often the first person new families and visitors meet. She brings nearly a decade of experience at our school to her work in mass communications, admissions, FACTS/tuition administration, records transfers, and daily operations. Kim especially enjoys working with the children at our school.
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Our Faculty Members

Lower School

Ms. Holton *
Pre-K 4
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About Ms. Holton *

Ms. Holton's journey at Pope John Paul II began in 2006. "I am fortunate that I can teach the whole child, body, mind, and spirit. I am passionate about teaching pre-k children. The growth each child makes amazes me. Each child brings a unique personality to the class. I embrace all children for their differences."

She believes that children learn when given the chance to express themselves through hands-on experiences in a child-oriented classroom environment.
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Mrs. Terry DeFoor
Kindergarten
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About Mrs. Terry DeFoor

Mrs. DeFoor has been an elementary school teacher for over 29 years and has spent the majority of that time as a kindergarten teacher in public as well as parochial and secular private school settings. She holds a master’s degree in educational media and has taught college level courses in educational technology and children’s literature. Her true passion and calling, she believes, is in the kindergarten classroom.

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:5,10)
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Mrs. Heather Girard
First Grade
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About Mrs. Heather Girard

Mrs. Girard has been teaching for nearly 15 years, and she continues to be inspired daily by the children she teaches. She believes that by creating a community of learners, students have the environment in which they can grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
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Mrs. Mary Anne Richard
Second Grade
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Mrs. Richard has been teaching at SJPII for three years. She is currently our second grade teacher. Mrs. Richard received her BS from California State University in Sacramento, and she completed her education and teaching credential studies at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. After teaching in Catholic Schools in both Montana and California, Mrs. Richard stayed at home for several years to raise and teach her own eight children. Her return to the classroom has been a wonderful transition for her. Mrs. Richard has taught kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd grades, but she truly has found a vocation in 2nd grade as she has the honor of preparing the students to receive two sacraments: Confession and First Holy Communion. Mrs. Richard's teaching philosophy is that all that is done in the classroom must lead us to Christ.
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Ms. Leeann Felicetta *
3-5 Language Arts/3 Religion
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About Ms. Leeann Felicetta *

Ms. Felicetta has taught at Catholic schools for 20 years in pre-K through 3rd grade. Her goal as an educator is to develop a community of learners through self-motivation, self-regulation, cooperation, prayer, and a positive attitude while maintaining a high level of expectation from all students.
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Ms. Jan Thomas
4th Grade Homeroom, 4-5 Math, Science, & Social Studies
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About Ms. Jan Thomas

Miss Thomas teaches a variety of classes, including fourth grade homeroom, fourth and fifth grade science, social studies, and math. She has a master’s of science degree from Old Dominion University, where she graduated top of her class and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has been a teacher for 16 years. In the summer of 2015, she was selected to train at NASA, teaching students using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Miss Thomas believes that all children want to learn, especially when parents and teachers work together as a team. She is convinced that children learn better when they are actively engaged, so her classroom is centered on hands-on stations and learning opportunities. She believes that all children can learn and should be challenged to the best of their abilities and that all children have gifts and talents that should be embraced and nurtured.
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Mrs. Diane Buckley
Third Grade
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Mrs. Buckley has taught grades 1-8 in Catholic schools in Virginia and North Carolina for the past twenty six years. She is currently a third grade teacher. Mrs. Buckley received her B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk and her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. Mrs. Buckley has been a master catechist in both the Diocese of Richmond and the Diocese of Raleigh. Our purpose is to “know, love, and, serve God.” Jesus taught us that this includes serving one another. All that takes place within the classroom intends to assist in drawing each person closer to God for His greater glory.
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Middle School

Ms. Jennifer Campuzano
Art & Social Studies
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Ms. Jessica Foley
8th Gr. Homeroom & Language Arts
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About Ms. Jessica Foley

Jessica Foley is a California native, imported to North Carolina thanks to the military. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in writing and earned a post-graduate degree in secondary education from Santa Clara University. After living and teaching abroad in both Japan and South Korea, Jessica returned to teach high school English in her hometown in California. She is thrilled to be here at St. John Paul II Catholic School because growing up in Catholic education shaped so much of who she is today. While we pride ourselves on excellence and rigor, the ultimate value of experiencing Christ, our Lord, in our daily educational experiences is beyond measure and the most important aspect of our incredible school community.
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Mrs. Lori Haley *
Math, Lego Robotics, and Drama
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About Mrs. Lori Haley *

A 37-year teaching veteran, Mrs. Haley’s passion for teaching and learning increases every year. Mrs. Haley believes that all students crave the intellectual stimulation afforded by rich and engaging mathematical investigations. It is her professional goal to develop and continually strengthen classroom strategies that provide her students with meaningful learning opportunities. Mrs. Haley shares that she values the daily opportunity she has to share her faith and to pray with her students. Mrs. Haley has a master’s degree in middle grades mathematics and earned National Board Certification in early adolescent mathematics. She has been married for 37 years, has three grown children, and two wonderful granddaughters.
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Ms. Barb Lamblin *
Religion and Resource
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About Ms. Barb Lamblin *

Ms. Lamblin is the resource teacher and middle grades religion teacher. She has served her country as an Army officer, worked in corporate IT as a recruiter, and has taught at SJPII Catholic School since 2007. She has a BA in communications and English from LaSalle University and an M.Ed. in special education from University of Virginia.

She believes our greatest impact as teachers is our effect on the soul of a child, and we must work diligently to ensure each child understands and feels God's light within them. Barb's favorite word in the whole world is “mom,” as she is blessed with four beautiful children: Grace, John, Samuel, and Vera.
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Ms. Jenny Maczko
Science
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Ms. Sarah Padgett
Teacher
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Special Area

Mr. Jeremy T. Dixon
Music
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Ms. Abbey Flores
Spanish
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Ms. Flores, our Spanish teacher, is a retired active-duty veteran. She is in her fifth year of teaching at SJPII. Ms. Flores believes that Spanish is an integral part of everyday life in our world. After all, next to Chinese, Spanish is the most spoken language in the world. She views teaching as a vocation rather than a job.
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Ms. Stephanie Kane
PE
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Ms. Kane has taught here for over 5 years. She has two children in the school. She believes that a quality physical education program will help every player feel successful.
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Support Staff

Ms. Nancy Ahlfeld
Kindergarten Assistant
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Ms. Margaret Giordano
After School Director
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I was born, raised, and educated in Connecticut. For my first eight years, I attended my parish Catholic school. The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy was my high school, and I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a B.S. degree in education. I believed that Catholic education conveys the vital ethical values and principles of our faith to our students. It supports the necessary growth of our cause to strengthen our society for the common good.
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Mr. Michael Gualteros
After School Assistant
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Mr. James Hagan
4th Grade Assistant
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Ms. Jacqueline Leeper
Resource Assistant
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Ms. Joye Leslie
3rd Grade Assistant
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Ms. Ann Quinlan
1st Grade Assistant
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Ms. Meredith Richard
2nd Grade Assistant
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Ms. Julie Tipton
PK Assistant
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Ms. Kendra Tranel
MS Assistant
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Ms. Vanessa Wright
5th Grade Assistant
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