Father Zrallack began his vocation journey to the priesthood at St. Anastasia Church in Fort Pierce, where he was baptized, attended school and first heard the call of God. “I first had a desire for the priesthood when I was in second grade,” he said. “That desire remained a part of who I was as I grew up.” Father Zrallack first stepped into the sanctuary when he was a young boy as an altar server. His parish involvement continued through his teen years, and then, into his young adult life, taking on added responsibilities as a lector, altar server coordinator, sacristan, choir member and head of media ministry.
Graduating from John Carroll High School in 1995, he entered the University of Central Florida in Orlando to pursue a teaching career. He earned his bachelor’s degree and then received a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He ventured into teaching at the St. Lucie County public school system, moving up the ladder into professional development, helping teachers learn technology in the classroom and serving as a curriculum director. All the while, he remained “closely connected to my faith,” he said. He sometimes doubted his purpose in life and the vocation he selected, however.
Father Zrallack then applied to the seminary and was accepted by the Diocese of Palm Beach. In August 2016, he entered Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts, an institute for men over 30. There he completed four years of theology studies.
Father Nicholas Zrallack was ordained on May 2, 2020 and graduated from Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, in Weston, MA. Fr. Nick served at St. Helen Vero Beach as parochial vicar for three years. He was appointed Parish Administrator of St. Clare Church and School in North Palm Beach in July 2023 and our community has been blessed to have his leadership.
Mrs. Polak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University, a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida, and a certificate in Catholic School Management from Villanova University School of Business. Mrs. Polak’s early career began at the former St. Francis of Assisi in Riviera Beach before moving to Atlanta where she taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School. She taught at St. Clare for seven years prior to accepting the assistant principal position in 2018.
Mrs. Polak is thrilled to accept the leadership of St. Clare Catholic School and looks forward to working with our new pastor, Father Nick Zrallack, and all stakeholders to strengthen our Catholic faith and the rigorous academics St. Clare already possesses, as well as developing new opportunities to enrich our school, parish, and students.
Mrs. Polak has been married to her husband, Thomas Polak, a St. Clare alumni, for 29 years, and all four of their children attended St. Clare as well.
Mr. Hansen joined the St. Clare family as Assistant Principal with five years experience in Catholic school administration and sixteen years working in schools. He most recently served as Assistant Principal at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School in Delray Beach. Originally from California, Mr. Hansen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis. A job brought him to North Palm Beach 18 years ago where he met his wife, Cara, and began his career in education as a volunteer teacher in Kenya, Africa. His teaching career continued locally at The Benjamin School, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Rosarian Academy, and Cardinal Newman High School.
Mr. Hansen has a passion for fostering lifelong learning and encouraging his students, athletes, and classroom teachers to find their strengths and reach their greatest potential. This passion kindled his interest in school leadership, which led him to complete his master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. As an administrator, he is dedicated to fostering a culture of academic growth, community, and joy in Christ. He is excited about bringing his love for lifelong learning to St. Clare and contribute to the growth of Catholic education in the North Palm Beach community.
- Nicole Aitken
- Deanne Aubuchon
- Elsa Baker
- Kathy Baumann
- Mary Breen
- Sally Brown
- Jay Bubla
- Laura Budnyk
- Kerri Connor
- Danielle Conti
- Jennifer Cook
- Christine Davidson
- Jennifer Delgaudio
- Melissa Donlon
- Roseanne Fatigati
- Melissa Fowler-Hoade
- Gabriela Frentzel
- Carolyn Garcia
- Jessica Gruber
- Erica Herbst
- Donna Hollander
- Nicole Jablonski
- Carmella Keim
- Kelli Kocha
- Megan Kozola
- Donna Kreidler
- Christine Laurro
- Angela Lefco
- Kimberly Ludwig
- Will Martin
- Samantha Marx
- Sharon Micklos
- Cristina Miller
- Maureen Mylott
- Tim Mylott
- Margie Navarro
- Emilia Ocampo
- Julia O'Ceallaigh
- Tricia Proefrock
- Baylie Partridge
- Rachel Reyes
- Courtney Ring
- Quintan Salery
- Gabriela Sharp
- Laura Sellati
- Karen Smith
- Lan Tran
- Kathleen Vecere
- Andrea Watson
- Tina Zientarski
Nicole Aitken is our Middle School Science teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 2001 and a Masters in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology in 2002 from the University of Florida. She has taught at Catholic schools in Gainesville, Stuart, and Jupiter, and has 11 years of classroom experience and 6 years of church ministry. She has taught Middle School ELA, Math, and Religion. She has also served as a school DRE, the Director of Catechesis and Faith Formation and Youth Minister in two parishes and has actively volunteered in her church and college communities since 2000.
In her free time, Mrs. Aitken is a science nerd, loves propagating plants, doing puzzles, using her microscope, collecting coral and seashells, doing house projects, searching for vintage Catholic items and antiques, doing arts and crafts, reading, and playing with her 3 kids and 3 dogs. She is very knowledgeable and very fun! She follows the Lord in everything she does and is very excited about teaching at St. Clare!
Mrs. Deanne Aubuchon has been a teacher at St. Clare Catholic School since 2005. She spent the first 11 years teaching 5th grade, then 6 years teaching middle school Social Studies and Writing/Literature, and now she is the Learning Strategist for 4-8 grade as well as a writing teacher. She is the student advisor for the SCCS Student Council and has been co-director of the annual school variety show for many years.
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, she worked at Our Savior Lutheran School teaching 5th grade and kindergarten, and then JFK Medical Center Charter School teaching kindergarten.
Mrs. Aubuchon is happily married to her husband, TJ, and together they have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
Mrs. Elsa Baker is our Media Specialist and joined the Saint Clare family this year. Mrs.Elsa is a product of Catholic school education and has her equivalency certificates in early childhood education from the State of Florida. Elsa has over 16 years of experience serving Catholic schools in both the front office and the classroom. A native of Texas, Mrs. Elsa comes to us from her most recent position as administrative assistant at Saint Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville, NC.
Mrs. Elsa is married to Andy Baker, and they have one little girl. Mrs. Elsa and her family are also excited to be part of the Saint Clare parish family and to share in our community of faith.
Mrs. Kathy Baumann was a substitute teacher at St. Clare for over 10 years prior to joining us full time in 2017, after spending 20 years raising her family. She is a native of Minnesota and a graduate of The College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. Both of her children are graduates of St. Clare. During her years of being a parent at our school, Mrs. Baumann headed up countless fundraising events and functions as past president of our Home and School Association. Kathy brings a love of children and a passion for Catholic education to her work.
When not at work she enjoys reading, traveling, boating and all things associated with the beach. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married for over 30 years.
Mr. Bubla resides in North Palm Beach with his wife, four children, a cat, and a dog, forming a bustling household. He's a graduate of South Fork High School and a University of Florida alumni. With over 15 years in IT, primarily in Healthcare, and three years of teaching, Mr. B combines his professional expertise with a passion for education. Outside work, he finds joy in building computers, tackling home-improvement projects, taking his children to the playground, and tinkering in his garage. Originally from Martin County, Florida, Mr. B's journey has led him outside Florida and back, and he has settled in the tranquility of North Palm Beach, cherishing the community and its peaceful charm.
Ms. Laura Budnyk has been the middle school English Language Arts (ELA) 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 located in West Palm Beach. After high school, she attended and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and she received her Master of Science in English Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is passionate about God, family, education (ELA Arts in particular), and Notre Dame football, of course.
Mrs. Cook was born and raised in Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a double major in elementary education and psychology. Her favorite subject to teach is reading.
She lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and three children. Her youngest attends St. Clare Catholic School.
Mrs. Christine Davidson grew up in Lake Park, Florida and is a St. Clare's alumni. She graduated from Cardinal Newman High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Dance Education at Jacksonville University. She has taught elementary school for 7 years (grades 2, 5, K, and Pre K 4) as well as dance for over 20 years.
She is the proud mother of 3 grown sons. Christine is passionate about her religion, family, and teaching. In her time outside the classroom she enjoys dancing, kayaking, traveling, and spending time at the beach.
Mrs. Melissa Donlon is the Media Specialist and School Counselor at St. Clare Catholic School. Mrs. Donlon holds a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has been teaching for 12 years in Palm Beach County.
Born in New Jersey but moved to Florida shortly after, she became an alumnus of St. Clare Catholic School where she now sends her daughter. She enjoys helping students create individual goals and guiding them a long the way to success. You can find her spending time with family and friends and planning her next vacation.
Hola! Gabriela Frentzel is our new middle school Spanish Teacher. She was born in Argentina, and also grew up in Venezuela. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, and has been working as a Spanish teacher since 2006. She worked in New Hampshire and Massachusetts Public schools, before joining us here in North Palm Beach.
Mrs. Garcia comes to St. Clare with many years of school office experience. She and her husband have lived in North Palm Beach for close to twenty years, where they have raised their family. She enjoys boating with her family and reading a good book. Mrs. Garcia is very happy to be working at St Clare Catholic School.
Mrs. Jessica Lazzara Gruber is a Pre-K 4 teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. She has been an elementary teacher for 13 years, 9 of those years teaching at Private Catholic Schools. She attained her Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from Endicott College in Beverley, Massachusetts and is certified to teach PreK 3-4.
Mrs. Gruber is a Palm Beach County native and, along with her husband, daughter and son, reside in North Palm Beach. While not in the classroom, she enjoys traveling, yoga, fishing and being near the ocean.
Ms. Erica Herbst is the Prek 3 teacher at St. Clare. She worked in the Preschool program at St. Clare for over 8 years. Ms. Herbst grew up in North Palm Beach and attended St. Clare from 2nd grade through 8th grade, and was baptized here. She graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in 2014 and went to Florida Atlantic University. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and minored in Leadership Studies.
Ms. Herbst has 2 dogs, Callie and Cody, whom she loves so much! She enjoys hiking and exploring new places. She also enjoys taking her dogs to the beach and reading.
Mrs. Hollander was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1961, her family relocated to Palm Beach County. She lives in Palm Beach County Estates with her husband of 45 years. They have three children who are married, and they have a total of seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Hollander started her career in preschool in 1985. She has educated and cared for children aged from birth through five, and aftercare children five through twelve. She has had the joy and satisfaction of working as the director of several local preschools in her career. She is so proud of a goal that she accomplished: which was to accredit preschools that she worked in, with the APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) certificate.
Her goal here at St. Clare is to work in an environment where she can educate the children to love Jesus as she loves Jesus.
Mrs. Nicole Miller Jablonski is a Learning Strategist at St. Clare Catholic School. Mrs. Jablonski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesleyan College and has a Professional Elementary Education (K-6) certification. She has been teaching since 2009.
Mrs. Jablonski is a native of Palm Beach County and is happily married to her husband, Todd. They have four children, two of whom attend school here at St. Clare.
Miss Carmella Keim is a fourth grade teacher at St. Clare and has been teaching for four years. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University and her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. She is a Palm Beach native and an alumna of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in West Palm Beach.
When she’s not teaching, Miss Keim enjoys reading, the beach, and traveling. Miss Keim loves helping students realize their potential and fall in love with learning.
This is Mrs. Kozola's fourteenth year teaching. Originally from Chicago, IL, she has been living in Florida for the last 2 1/2 years. She has two children attending St. Clare. When we are not at a cheer competition or baseball tournament, we love spending time at the beach.
She is excited to be a part of the St. Clare family!
Christine has been an assistant teacher at St. Clare since 2006. She has worked in 2nd grade for eleven years and five years with the Pre-K program. She has now returned to 2nd grade. She is the Assistant Director of Religious Education at St. Clare. She's been married for 30 years, and has two sons. (Both St. Clare graduates). She attended San Diego State University and completed her Child Development Associates Equivalency from Palm Beach State College. Christine enjoys time with family and friends, as well as shopping and Mass.
Mrs. Angela Lefco is the Middle School Social Studies teacher. Mrs. Lefco began her career as a History teacher with the Palm Beach County School District in 2009, teaching at both the high school and middle school levels. Before transitioning to SCCS, Mrs. Lefco was a history teacher at her alma mater, Cardinal Newman High School. Mrs. Lefco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.
Mrs. Lefco is a resident of North Palm Beach, and has three children, all who attend school at St. Clare Catholic School.
Mrs. Kimberly Ludwig is a 3rd grade teacher's assistant. She has spent the last 15 years working in Childhood Education. Mrs. Ludwig holds a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is married and has a daughter that attends St. Clare Catholic School. Her family enjoys trips to Disney World, boating to Peanut Island and Serious Sunday BBQ. I am Catholic and excited about starting my first year teaching at St. Clare.
Mrs. Samantha Marx was born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens. She attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education specializing in grades K-6. In addition to that, she is certified in ELL (English language learners) as well as gifted education. She has been teaching within the school district of Palm Beach County since 2005 and has spent her time teaching in grades 1-3.
Mrs. Marx and her husband, Matt, were married at St. Clare and all three of her boys were baptized there as well. When not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with family, and attending all the events of her three young boys.
Sharon Micklos has been a pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist since 2004. Her passion is working with children and their families to ensure effective communication skills. She has extensive experience treating a variety of speech and language delays and/or impairments with ages 9 months to 18 years, across multiple settings.
After completing her elementary and high school years in the Northern Virginia area, Cristina completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where she was an active member of the campus community in many areas. Her college years were highlighted by serving as a Eucharistic Minister for Campus Ministry, being an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and her favorite thing was being on the sidelines being a cheerleader for both the Wildcat football and basketball teams. Go Wildcats!
Cristina resides with her husband, her son who attends SCCS, and their active and energetic dogs in Palm Beach Gardens. She feels very blessed to be a part of the St. Clare family.
Mrs. Maureen Mylott, aka “Mary Poppins” is a Teacher's Assistant for the lower school. Mrs. Mylott does every job with an element of fun. She has been a Teacher's Assistant for over 25 years. Mrs. Mylott’s past jobs have been pre-K 3-5 assistant, cafeteria service for the School District of Palm Beach County, and restaurant management and service.
Mrs. Mylott enjoys her family and friends, sports, cooking, baking, reading, sewing, and learning new things. 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.
Mrs. Margie Navarro has been an Art educator for over 24 years. She is a product of Catholic schools and was inspired by family and teachers at an early age to pursue her artistic gifts. Mrs. Navarro attended the University of Miami and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. Before coming to St.Clare, she was the Art teacher at a STREAM certified school and continually looks to use those skills by integrating the core subjects into her art curriculum.
She is married, has three adult children and two granddaughters. When she's not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family most. Other things that bring her joy are: Pilates, listening to Christian music, exploring, trying new foods, traveling and drawing.
Mrs. Ocampo was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She came to Florida at the age of 18 on a soccer scholarship and attended FIU, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Physical Education. She has been teaching for over 20 years.
When Coach Ocampo is not teaching, she runs around with the kids to their sporting events and coaching their soccer teams and girls High School Varsity. Not to mention enjoying all the time with the family outdoors. She also continues to play soccer, which is still her passion. Her students are like her kids and always make sure they have fun and treat them like her own.
Mrs. Julia O’Ceallaigh 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 also taught 1st grade and 4th grade before becoming a 5th grade teacher from 2017 to 2023. Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, Ms. O semi-retired and went back to her "roots" as a 2nd grade assistant teaching. She is not quite ready to give up her favorite part of teaching - working with the students!
Ms. Ring has been a first grade teacher at St. Clare's school since Fall of 2017. She was baptized here at this parish, and is an alumnus 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.
Mrs. Rachel Reyes is starting her first year at St. Clare Catholic School as the middle school mathematics teacher. Mrs. Reyes earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Florida International University in 2015. She began her career at St. Thomas Episcopal and then transitioned to Miami Dade County Public Schools all while tutoring math to middle school students. In 2017, Mrs. Reyes relocated to Palm Beach County where she taught mathematics at the high school level.
In her free time, she enjoys studying and practicing yoga and being outdoors with her husband and two boys. Mrs. Reyes’ sons will be attending St. Clare.
Mrs. Courtney Ring teaches technology in grades K-8. She earned her bachelor's degree from Florida State University and earned her Master's degree in Educational Technology from the American College of Education. She has over 10 years’ experience in teaching and technology. Mrs. Ring grew up in Martin County, has traveled abroad, and now resides in North Palm Beach with her husband and children.
Coach Salery is a native of Jupiter, Florida. He attended Jupiter Middle and Jupiter High School. After high school, he went on to be an NCAA college athlete at Jacksonville University. For several years, he worked for the Palm Beach County School district as a counselor and coach. He is very excited to be a part of the St. Clare family.
Mrs. Smith moved from her home state of Maryland in 2017, when a job opportunity for her husband brought their family to warmer weather. She left her career as a public servant with the State of Maryland for over 20 years, most recently with the Department of Social Services. Contributing to their community has always been a priority to her family, having been very involved in Parks and Recreation as a board member and coaching. Both her professional and volunteer experiences serve her well in her role in Admissions.
Mrs. Smith feels blessed to be a part of the St Clare Catholic community. She attended 12 years of Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She knows firsthand the importance of a Catholic education. Her high school motto was Lux Tua Luceat, an excerpt from Mathew 5:16, “So Let your light shine before all, so they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven”, and she strives to live by that every day.
Ms. Kathleen Vecere joined St. Clare Catholic School last year and will be teaching 4th grade. She is a native New Yorker, having lived in Brooklyn and Long Island up until 2021, when she moved to Florida. She received her Bachelor's degree at Brooklyn College and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Dowling College in New York. She has been in education for over 20 years, teaching 10 of those years in Catholic school.
She has two daughters in college. When not teaching, she loves to travel and spend time with her family. She enjoys refurbishing furniture, baking , yoga and especially reading to her students!
Mrs. Andrea Watson is a 2nd grade teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. She began her teaching career with the Palm Beach County School District in 2013. Mrs. Watson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University.
She has lived in the states of Washington, Maine, North Carolina, and Florida. Mrs. Watson currently resides in Juno Beach with her husband, Mike, two children, and dog, Bailey. She loves traveling, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with family.
Mrs. Tina Zientarski is the Religion teacher at St. Clare Catholic School. Through the word of God, she reminds each student of God's love for them and instructs them in church history, scripture and the life of Christ. Mrs. Zientarski has her bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where she graduated cum laude. Before coming to St. Clare, 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. A volunteer for Catholic Charities for several years, she would council women in the BirthLine clinic with whatever they needed to prepare for an unplanned pregnancy. 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 coaching soccer, taking team photographs, and helping manage booster clubs for high school swimming.