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.
About Mr. John J. 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.
About Lori Haley
A 38-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 38 years, has three grown children, and three wonderful granddaughters.
About Deborah Lawson
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis
It is with an open heart, open ears, and an open mind, that Mrs. Lawson comes to St. John Paul II School each day! With love of children, learning, and education, Mrs. Lawson can be seen snapping photos of your beautiful children, giving tours to new prospective families, or touring benefactors around the campus. Mrs. Lawson has been involved with St. John Paul II School since its inception and is somewhat of a school historian.
In addition, Mrs. Lawson’s responsibilities include admissions, advertising and public relations, major gifts, donor coordination and retention, and fundraising. Among her other activities, Mrs. Lawson is currently president of the Board of Directors of Life Care Pregnancy Center in Carthage, NC. She is a NC licensed real estate agent, which she has held for over 20 years. She is a member of, and participates in church activities at St. Anthony of Padua in Southern Pines.
Mrs. Lawson resides in Southern Pines with her husband Jim, son Christopher (SJPII class of 2016), and daughter Meghan (SJPII class of 2021). She is a proud hockey and lacrosse mom, as well as a horse-girl mom, who enjoys traveling and watching her children grow in their education and outside endeavors!
Our Faculty Members
About Ms. Kristen Holton
This is Mrs. Holton's 13th year of teaching pre-kindergarten at SJPII. She has created an environment which gives the children an opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences. Mrs. Holton adapts her teaching style to benefit all learners in her classroom. Positive reinforcement is key to helping children thrive in a school environment. Mrs. Holton enjoys having parents volunteer in the classroom. She sends weekly newsletters to keep parents informed about their child's education at SJPII.
About Ms. Tara Pellasce
In the past, Ms. Pellasce has taught students all over the world. She began her teaching journey in Otavalo, Ecuador. There, she taught English as a second language. Soon after, Ms. Pellasce taught ESL in Accra, Ghana. Previously, she has taught special education in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and second grade and kindergarten in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Pellasce is new to the region and is looking forward to spending time with her dog and fiance outside, in God’s nature.
Ms. Pellasce is excited to be a part of a school family that has the opportunity to come together in prayer each day. It is a blessing that God has given her the beautiful vocation of teacher. She truly believes that the SJP2 has many opportunities to grow each child in his/her faith.
About Ms. Leeann Felicetta
About Mrs. Erin Konz
About Mr. Patrick O'Connell
About Mrs. Lori D'Argenio
About Mrs. Lori Haley
About Ms. Terry Nickens
About Ms. Abbey Flores
About Mrs. Magdelena Posada
Mrs. Forero-Posada is the teaching assistant for fourth grade and the Spanish teacher for pre K–3rd grade. She has a bachelor of business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and a graduate degree in international relations from UJTL in Bogota. Mrs. Forero-Posada is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in German. She is an Army wife and two of her passions are reading and traveling. She believes one of the best gifts we can give our children is the opportunity to learn other languages early on and be exposed to different cultures. As a parent to two students and a teacher, she wants to provide each child the necessary tools to become the best version of themselves. “Be brave. Take risk. Nothing can substitute experience.“ - Paulo Coehlo
About Ms. Meredith Richard
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu
Stop by our second grade classroom and you will find teaching assistant Meredith Richard helping our second graders with their reading, writing, and math, or perhaps tying shoes or checking homework folders or turning the jump rope on the playground. Before joining our staff in 2016, Mrs. Richard was a stay-at-home mom to her five children, four of whom graduated from SJP2 and one who is currently a fifth grade student. Mrs. Richard volunteered in the school library for several years before joining our staff in 2016 and she continues to share her love of reading with her students.