The St. Clare faculty and staff is comprised of highly qualified, nurturing educators. All teachers at minimum have a Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Florida Teaching Certification.
Mrs. Rita Kissel is the Principal of St. Clare Catholic School. Mrs. Kissel has worked in the Diocese of Palm Beach for over 16 years in a variety of capacities including: 3rd. 5th and 6th grade teacher, Media Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Discipline and Student Affairs.. She has a background in business and sales as well as education and leadership. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University, a Masters in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University, and an Education Specialist Degree in Ed. Leadership from Barry University.
Mrs. Kissel is married to David Kissel and together they have four children and two grandchildren. She is passionate about family and Catholic education.
Mrs. Lisa Linnell is the Assistant Principal of St. Clare Catholic School. Prior to becoming the school’s Assistant Principal, she was the Instructional Coach. Mrs. Linnell taught 4th grade at St. Clare School, 3rd grade at Holy Family Catholic School, and 1st grade at Lake Park Baptist School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. Mrs. Linnell was a 2013 William T. Dwyer Award finalist. She was the only private school finalist.
Mrs. Linnell is married and has two grown children (one a SCS alumni). Coming from a large Catholic family, she loves spending time with them, as well as reading copious amounts of books!
Mrs. Regina Appleby is a Learning Strategist at St. Clare Catholic School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She works with teachers and parents to develop accommodations that will meet learners’ needs in the classroom. She also works with learners in small groups or individually to review and support academic skills that are introduced in the classroom, and she is also able to support testing in a smaller, more individualized setting if needed. Mrs. Appleby is an alumnus of St. Clare Catholic School and has taught here for over 15 years. Mrs. Appleby has been married for 25 years and has four children who also attended St. Clare Catholic School. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time on the boat with her family.
Mrs. Deanne Aubuchon has been a teacher at St. Clare School for eight years. She has spent all of those years teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies to 5th graders. She has also been co-director of the annual school variety show. Mrs. Aubuchon grew up in a small town in northwest Minnesota and graduated from Mayville State University in N.D. After graduation, she moved to South Florida to be closer to her family. Before coming to St. Clare School, she worked at Our Savior Lutheran School teaching 5th grade and kindergarten, and then JFK Medical Center Charter School teaching kindergarten.
Mrs. Cirillo is our middle school science teacher. More info to follow.
Claudia Black is the School Counselor at St. Clare Catholic School. Mrs. Black relocated this past summer back to Palm Beach County from Brevard County where she worked as a School Counselor for Brevard County Schools for four years. Prior to that Mrs. Black was the School Counselor for St. Ann Catholic School for two years. Mrs. Black graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s in Administrative Studies and a Master’s in School and Guidance Counseling. She is passionate about her career and helping her students’ growth in their personal, intellectual, and social areas. Mrs. Black has been married for 23 years and has two grown children.
Miss Victoria Boyd is a Kindergarten Teacher at St. Clare. She grew up in Jupiter, FL and attended Jupiter Christian School from K3-12th grade. After high school, she moved to Germany to be an Au Pair. Missing her family, she moved back home and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
Her love for the ocean and being on the water is evident within her classroom. Miss Boyd is very passionate about teaching children strong morals, values, respect and a love for God.
Mrs. Renee Brodbeck is the speech-language pathologist at St. Clare Catholic School. This will be her second year with the school. She has worked as a speech language pathologist for 10 years in the public and private schools of Palm Beach County. She evaluates and treats children of all ages offering a wide range of services including speech, language, voice, stuttering, social communication and swallowing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida Atlantic University. She recently completed specialized training in the area of Orofacial Myology.
Mrs. Brodbeck has been married for 5 years, has 2 young boys named Rollin and Maxwell (who hope to attend St. Clare Catholic School when they are old enough) and a French bulldog named Ruby. She is a native Floridian, raised in Jupiter and comes from a large Catholic family. She moved to North Palm Beach when she met her husband, Ben, in 2009. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, exercising, boating and fishing.
Ms. Laura Budnyk has been the Upper School Language Arts teacher at St. Clare Catholic School since 2001. She grew up in North Palm Beach and is a graduate of St. Clare Catholic School and Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. After high school, she attended and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Budnyk started the school’s annual celebration of National Punctuation Day in 2009, and she is an advisor for the St. Clare Catholic School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. She is passionate about God, family, education (Language Arts in particular), volleyball, and Notre Dame football, of course.
Mrs. Donna Cantwell is the Director of Development and PE teacher, and has been employed at St. Clare School since 2004. Mrs. Cantwell studied at the University of Florida and received her bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Central Florida. Before teaching at St. Clare, Mrs. Cantwell taught middle school physical education and grades K-4 at various schools in Orlando, Fla. In addition to teaching, her responsibilities at St. Clare have included sponsoring the St. Clare Student Council, organizing and implementing the Buddy Program, participating in Leadership PLC training, and coaching girls’ softball and volleyball. In her spare time, Mrs. Cantwell enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Cleare is our 2nd grade teacher. More info to follow.
Señora Yoelsys Cordoves is the Upper School Spanish teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. Born in Cuba, Sra. Cordoves earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Central Florida. Prior to St. Clare, she taught Spanish at UCF as well as being a private tutor to children and adults in English and Spanish. Her passion is aiding her learners’ understanding of the Hispanic culture and their language. She is married to the Pastor of the First Hispanic Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. They have two children who love having a teacher for a mom. Mrs. Cordoves is also the coordinator of the elementary and middle school ministry at her church.
Mrs. Anne Craig is a Learning Lab instructor in Intensive Reading at St. Clare Catholic School and has been at the school for 29 years. She is also the sponsor for the Yearbook Staff and the Dance Committee and organizes the fund-raising nights at Barnes & Noble bookstore. Mrs. Craig received her B.A. degree in English Literature and Composition from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Mrs. Craig has a passion for traveling and has visited the following countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Canada. When not teaching and traveling, Mrs. Craig enjoys reading, gardening, beach-combing, and caring for animals.
Mrs. Angelica Farinacci is one of the fourth grade teachers at St. Clare Catholic School. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Before joining the St. Clare community, Mrs. Farinacci worked as a substitute teacher, an aftercare counselor, and taught 3rd and 4th grades at St. Joseph Catholic School. Mrs. Farinacci attended Catholic school from 1st – 12th grade, and she always aspired to become a teacher at a Catholic school. Mrs. Farinacci believes strongly in a Catholic education and loves to teach the word of the Lord and incorporate it into all aspects of the classroom.
Mrs. Farinacci is newly married, has two dogs, and just bought her first home in Jupiter. One of Mrs. Farinacci’s biggest hobbies is traveling to Star Wars conventions. So far she has traveled as far as California to attend these conventions. One day she aspires to attend a Star Wars convention in Europe. On her spare time Mrs. Farinacci enjoys exercising, going to church with her husband, painting, creating Star Wars costumes, and hula hooping.
Mr. Gordon is our middle school religion teacher. More info to follow.
Mrs. Patti Kracunas is a fourth grade teacher at St. Clare School. She is a native Floridian who was raised in Broward County. She moved to North Palm Beach in 2006 when she married her husband, Mark, who is an alumnus of St. Clare and Cardinal Newman schools. Mrs. Kracunas earned both her B.A. and M.Ed. in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University – Go Owls! She has taught 3rd and 4th grade at Timber Trace Elementary and 4th grade, as the team lead, at Renaissance Charter School.
Mrs. Kracunas has a daughter, Courtney, alumna of Florida Gulf Coast University and 3 cats, Dusty, Cuddi, and Cali. Cuddi and Cali are Courtney’s cats. She enjoys relaxing by her pool, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and reading a good book.
Diana Logsdon is the Pre-K Teacher at St. Clare School and a native to Palm Beach County. She attended St. Juliana’s Catholic School and Cardinal Newman High School. She is a proud graduate of University of Florida, where she earned her BA and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in Palm Beach County at Rosenwald Elementary School where she taught first and third grade. In 1996, she earned an MS in Early Childhood and Montessori Education from Barry University after being recruited to teach Pre-K 3&4/Kindergarten at Northboro Elementary’s Montessori Magnet School. In 1997, she was fortunate to be able to begin her most rewarding career as a stay at home mom to Karen, Katie and Lily. During that time, she was the PTO president at Northboro Elementary school for 2 years and worked part time as a substitute teacher and as a parent volunteer at Northboro and St. Clare’s. In 2007, she returned to the School District of Palm Beach County to work at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School as the Program Coordinator for their newly formed Montessori Choice Academy. In 2009, she went back into the classroom full-time at Eisenhower, as the lead teacher in a Montessori VPK/Pre-K 4 classroom, while continuing to coordinate the Montessori Program. Having had the benefit of 12 years of Catholic Education herself, Mrs. Logsdon is thrilled to be returning to her Catholic roots and joining the St. Clare Faculty!
Mrs. Logsdon and her husband, Kevin, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and have three beautiful daughters: Karen, Katie, and Lily who are recent graduates of St. Clare. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family, taking advantage of the fact that we live in beautiful, sunny South Florida – Go Gators.
Camille Marro was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating from FIT she went to work on Wall Street as a Bond Broker where she met her husband, Brian. Together they have 6 children. They moved to Florida 20 years ago and all their children attended St. Clare School. Camille was a volunteer at St. Clare for various fundraisers and school functions. She later became a substitute teacher for Kindergarten through 5th grade. When her older children started attending Cardinal Newman High School, she became active in the school activities and was co-chairman for the annual Charity auction. Camille has always loved working with children and has been an assistant teacher on the three year old program at First Presbyterian for the last 4 years. Camille is thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to co-teachPreK 3 & 4 at St. Clare and is looking forward to the new school year.
Kate McDonnell is a kindergarten teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. Kate has been a kindergarten teacher for the past five years at Greenacres Elementary. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Gilmour Academy. She moved to Florida in 2007 when she started college at Lynn University in Boca Raton. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2011. She is a very positive, creative and enthusiastic teacher. In her free time she enjoys bike riding and walking her dog.
Mrs. Pam McDowell has been employed at St. Clare Catholic School for 25 years. She spent the majority of these years as a 3rd grade teacher, but recently moved to the Media Center. Her responsibilities have included organizing the yearly food drive, SCTV News, and Intensive Reading with Middle School Learners. Mrs. McDowell earned her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and is a proud Nittany Lion! After graduation, she taught first and second grade, then moved into Middle School special education in the Centre County (PA) School District before relocating to Florida. In her spare time, Mrs. McDowell enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, paddle boarding, kayaking, photography, and being outdoors. She is an avid painter and crafter.
Mr. Gene Meyerowich is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, where he played football and baseball. After graduation, he attended Arkansas State University on a baseball scholarship, where he was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and graduated with a B.S.E. in Physical Education. Upon graduation from ASU, he began teaching at St. Clare Catholic School serving as P.E. teacher and Athletic Director. Many of the school’s athletic teams have led the Catholic Schools Athletic League during Coach Meyerowich’s tenure. In addition to his teaching duties at St. Clare, he also has coached a wide variety of sports for the school. For the past seven years, he has served as the head coach of the Cardinal Newman Girls’ Softball team.
Mrs. Rebecca Nelson is the Middle School Math teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. She has been a math teacher since 1999, including both classroom and one-on-one instruction. Her teaching philosophy requires complete participation in class—you may often hear her say, “Math is NOT a spectator sport!” She is a firm believer that we may not all consider ourselves “good” at math, but if the effort is put forth, everyone can be successful at it. Mrs. Nelson and her husband moved to South Florida shortly after they graduated from Florida State University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at St. Clare, she is an advisor to the St. Clare chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and is a coach for the Varsity Cheerleaders. The mother of three children, all of whom have either graduated or are still attending St. Clare, Mrs. Nelson works with YoungLife and is active in her church community.
Mrs. Julia O’Ceallaigh has worked at St. Clare School since 1999 when she was hired as a 2nd Grade Teacher Assistant. She held that position for seven years before becoming a Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant. During that time, she returned to school and finished her degree. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2008 and was hired as a 3rd Grade Teacher in 2010. She became a 5th grade teacher in 2017. Mrs. O’Ceallaigh participates in the Professional Learning Communities and actively promotes the school by working in our school booth at community events. She was also the coordinator of Writer’s Roundtable, a writing program at the school from 2001-2010. Mrs. O’Ceallaigh has been a St. Clare parent since 1996 when she and her family moved to Florida. All three of her children graduated from St. Clare School. As a parent volunteer, Mrs. O’Ceallaigh worked in the cafeteria, helped coach numerous soccer teams, and worked at Mardi Gras.
Prior to fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a teacher, Mrs. O’Ceallaigh was a radiologic technologist for over 20 years. She loves, reading, running, and traveling, and would be a professional student if she could.
Mrs. Rachel Polak has been employed at St. Clare School for four years. She began as the Spanish Teacher for grades 3-5, and for the past three years she has been teaching 5th Grade. Her responsibilities include the supervision of the safety patrol program and serving on the Leadership Team for faculty and staff, as well as active participation in Professional Learning Communities. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she began her teaching career in first grade at a private Christian school and then went on to teach second grade at the former St. Francis of Assisi School in Riviera Beach. A move to Atlanta brought her to fourth grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School.
Mrs. Polak changed professions in 1997 and spent 14 years being a full-time mom to four children. She has been married to her husband for 19 years. Her two oldest children, Hannah (16), and Luke (14), have graduated from St. Clare School. The youngest two, Sarah (11), and Mary (8), are current students. Passionate about her faith, there is no other place Mrs. Polak would rather teach or worship than St. Clare. She is a lector for masses at the church, and in her spare time enjoys being active with her children’s sports teams, spending time at the beach, working out at the gym, and entertaining family and friends.
Allyson (Billingsley) Redmond
Mrs. Redmond (formerly Ms. B) is the first grade teacher. Before coming to St. Clare Catholic School, Ms. B taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole, MA. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Franklin Pierce University and her Masters degree in Elementary Education at Curry College. Ms. B has taught a range of grades from kindergarten all the way to 8th grade!
Mrs. Redmond is a Massachusetts native but moved to Florida for the year round sunshine! She is recently married, has three dogs, Penny, Luna, and Red. In her free time she loves to read and play with her dogs while soaking up the Florida sunshine.
Ms. Ring has been a First grade teacher at St. Clare school since Fall of 2017. She was baptized here at this parish, is an alumni from St. Clare School and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Education.
In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and near the ocean. Outdoor photography, fishing, snorkeling, hiking, traveling, kayaking and collecting seashells are only a few of her favorite past times. Ms. Ring loves sharing her passion for God’s Earth and creatures with her students.
Elaine Tous is the PK-5th grade Spanish Instructor. Mrs. Tous comes to us from the Department of Defense School System, highly qualified. Recently, she was the Instructional Support School Specialist in Reading in Fort Bragg, NC, and she has worked with ESL and ESE students as well as being a classroom teacher.
Mrs. Tous will be working with our K-4th grade Reading Students who need extra support two half days per week in addition to her Spanish classes. This week she will be pulling students on our watch list to meet and test them. She will then follow up with a schedule for those teachers with Reading support learners.
Mrs. Tina Zientarski is the Art and Music teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. She instructs learners in visual arts and introduces them to art history through related projects. Mrs. Zientarski has her bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where she graduated cum laude. Before coming to St. Clare, she spent 10 years teaching a fine art enrichment course at St Joan of Arc in Boca Raton. There she also helped commensurate The Edge, a Middle School Catholic Youth Ministry and was a core leader for several years. She has also taught summer camp art programs at Palm Beach State College. Prior to that, she spent time at home raising her three children and working as a free-lance graphic designer. A regular at daily mass, Mrs. Zientarski’s faith is a very significant part of her life. Her children all participate in sports, where she has also done everything from coach soccer, take team photographs, and help manage booster clubs for high school swimming.
Mrs. Gail Alfred became part of the St. Clare community when her children started attending the school in 2013, and she joined the staff as Wellness Director in 2016. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from the University of Loyola Chicago. She put her professional career on hold to stay home with her son and daughter, and her part-time position running the clinic allows her take them home with her at the end of the school day. Mrs. Alfred loves traveling, exercising, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and kids.
Mrs. Baumann is the Pre-K4 Teacher Assistant. More info to follow.
Mary Breen is the lunch room coordinator for St. Clare School.
Mrs. Donna King is a 1st Grade Teacher Assistant. This is her second year in first grade, but her fourth year working at St. Clare School. Previously, she assisted in third grade. Mrs. King is is part of the team running the Sizzling Saints Summer Program. She also has experience working as a preschool teacher and aftercare instructor to 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children. Mrs. King graduated from Furman University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. King is married and has three children, two boys who have graduated from St. Clare and a daughter who is currently a 4th grade student. She herself also graduated from St. Clare. Mrs. King enjoys reading and photography and especially time spent with her family.
Donna Kreidler works part-time in our maintenance department.
Mrs. Christine Laurro is a 2nd Grade Teacher Assistant and has been with St. Clare School since 2006. She has an associate’s degree in child development, as well as 20+ years in early childhood education. Mrs. Laurro has been married for close to 20 years and has two sons. One attends St. Clare School, and the other graduated from from St. Clare in 2010. Mrs. Laurro and her family are members of St. Clare parish and respect its place in the community.
Mr. Linnell is a part time Tutor Companion in 3rd Grade for St. Clare School, and joined SCCS in 2017.
Mrs. Mahoney is a 3rd Grade Teacher Assistant and joined SCCS in 2017.
Will Martin works in maintenance for St. Clare School.
Mrs. Maureen Mylott, aka “Mary Poppins” is the Teacher Assistant for Kindergarten. Mrs. Mylott does every job with an element of fun so that in a snap the work being done is a game. She has been an Kindergarten Teacher Assistant for over 20 years. She also has a love for sports and coaches the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team here at St. Clare School. Mrs. Mylott’s past jobs have been pre-K 3-5 assistant, cafeteria service for the School District of Palm Beach Country, and restaurant management and service.
Mrs. Mylott enjoys her family and friends, sports, cooking, baking, reading, sewing, and learning new things like technology. She also tutors children, helping them with homework and study skills. Mrs. Mylott loves working in a Catholic School so that she can watch children grow not only academically, but also spiritually by praying with them and talking about God and Jesus at school.
Mr. Tim Mylott has been working at St. Clare Catholic Church and School as Maintenance Supervisor since March of 2007. He maintains and repairs many things on the property, such as lighting, air conditioning, plumbing, and anything else the teachers and staff request. He also deals with outside vendors and contractors for parish and school projects to keep St. Clare Catholic Church and School a safe and happy place. Before working here, Mr. Mylott owned his own marine electrical business for over 10 years. Mr. Mylott enjoys the friendly atmosphere at St. Clare and enjoys working with parents on projects like Mardi Gras, Movie Night, and Trunk or Treat. He does his best to keep costs down and incorporate energy saving ideas and new technology on the property.
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. Mylott has lived in Palm Beach Gardens for the past 43 years. He met his wife Maureen while working together at West India Shipping Co. They have two wonderful children. In his spare time, Mr. Mylott likes to travel and do projects around his house.
Mrs. Connie Oblaczynski has been working in the St. Clare School office since August 2000. Mrs. Oblaczynski assists the families, students, and faculty. Prior to working in the office, she served as a volunteer in multiple capacities at the school for 10 years. Mrs. Oblaczynski has four children who attended St. Clare School and Cardinal Newman High School.
Linda Panian is the Bookkeeper for St. Clare School.
Tricia Proefeock is a part time Tutor Companion for 4th Grade for St. Clare School.
Lee Serena is the Registrar and Front Office Secretary for St. Clare School. Lee recently moved to Jupiter with her husband and son. She most recently joined us after three years at St. John Paul II Academy, in Boca Raton, where she was the Associate Director of Development. Now in her position in Admissions and the front office of St. Clare School, Lee appreciates interacting with the staff, parents, and especially the students.
Linda Watson is the Media/Technology/IT Specialist for St. Clare School.
Pam Winder is a part-time Instructional Assistant for St. Clare School.