Explorers / Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Jessica Toukatly graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a BA in English Literature and studied abroad in London, UK and Sydney and Cairns, Australia. She returned to London to work as a Program Assistant at FSU’s London Study Centre advising and supporting students, faculty, and staff. She then continued her education at the University of Westminster obtaining a Postgraduate Certification of Visual Culture. She was most recently teaching kindergarten and 1st graders at an after school program as well as tutoring English Language Learners at Montlake Elementary for the Seattle Public School District.
Jessica’s teaching philosophy is heart centered, encouraging creativity and nurturing imagination. Her priority in the classroom is to create a safe and supportive educational environment and prepare our youngest learners for their future as scholars.
Explorers / Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Yulianna Deluna is our new Pre K Teacher Assistant. She works for us here at St. Cecilia Catholic School and at her mom’s restaurant, Casa Luna, in downtown Poulsbo. She is also the second oldest of five children, three brothers and one sister.
Yulianna is attending college at Olympic College, where she is working toward earning her degree in Early Childhood Education.
Kerry Carson teaches the Kindergarten class. Ms. Carson has earned a Masters in Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early Childhood Education. She has worked as our Pre K and Explorers educator for the last 4 years, director of Crusader Care, at Peacock Child Care Center on Bainbridge Island, and most recently, as a ParaEducator at the Island School on Bainbridge Island. Ms. Carson is a member of Saint Cecilia parish and has three children attending SCCS.
1st/2nd Grade Instructor
Emily Cornell teaches 1st and 2nd grades. Ms. Cornell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She believes that every child has his/her own unique way of learning and strives to appeal to every type of learner. Ms. Cornell has attended Catholic schools her whole life and feels blessed that she can now share the gifts Catholic schools have given her with her own students.
Helping students to grow in their relationship with God and their families, and assisting them in reaching their fullest potential are what keep Ms. Cornell motivated to teach. She also co-coaches our girls’ volleyball team in the fall. In her spare time Ms. Cornell enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family (who reside in Yakima, WA and San Diego, CA), eating good food and traveling. Ms. Cornell is a member of Holy Family Parish.
3rd/4th Grade Instructor
Ms. Joan Nielsen is delighted to be teaching grades ¾ this year at St Cecilia School. Ms. Nielsen has recently moved to the Poulsbo area from Olympia. As a child, she spent her summers on the shores of Rolling Bay and Hood Canal where she and her many siblings and cousins collected magical memories of childhood. Ms. Nielsen grew up in the Ballard neighborhood and attended St John Elementary and Blanchet High School. She graduated from Western Washington State University with degrees in Speech and Audiology, English and Education. Graduate schools include Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and University of Washington. Ms. Nielsen has had the pleasure of teaching grades K-12 in a multitude of settings. Her favorite teaching locations include Queensland Australia, Issaquah School District, Bellevue School District and most recently many years of teaching middle school in Shoreline School District. Her three grown children are college graduates with budding careers and active lives. In her spare time Ms. Nielsen enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband Bob. She loves to swim, travel, snow ski, cook and read. She hopes you’ll drop by her classroom to volunteer or see what her students are learning!
5th/6th Grade Instructor
Alexis Anjomshoaa Brown grew up in Los Angeles and went to the University of California in Santa Barbara for her undergraduate education. She double majored and received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Spanish. After graduating, she volunteered with Americorps and began a career working with students. She has worked with children in San Jose California, Catalina Island, Santa Marta Colombia, The Bahamas, the big island of Hawaiʽi & Oahu. While living in Hawaiʽi, she completed her Masters of Science at the University of Hawaiʽi at Mānoa. Alexis has been teaching at Saint Patrick School in Honolulu from 2015 to 2018. Her husband is in the military and they have just recently moved to Washington.
7th/8th Grade Instructor
Amy Lee-Despard teaches our 7th and 8th grades, as she has since 2009. Ms. Lee-Despard was voted “Best Teacher on Bainbridge Island” in 2012 and 2013 by Inside Bainbridge. Amy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY, as well as a master of science in education centering on elementary and middle school education from the College of St. Rose. Prior to joining SCCS, Amy worked for the Central Kitsap School District’s curriculum department as a “curriculum guest teacher,” developing and teaching combination art and writing lessons.
Explorers / Pre-K Instructor
Chasity Malatesta chose to become a teacher in second grade when a very special teacher told her to keep asking questions about frogs. B.S. Biology M.A.T. George Fox University. I believe there is calling on my life to inspire students to ask questions, think critically and problem solve. Mrs. Malatesta has 15 years teaching experience in High School Biology, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Science and Environmental Biology. She has also worked as a Microsoft Training Educator, College Board Pre-AP Strategies Consultant and an Equity in STEM Lead Educator. She taught in Oregon, Minnesota, Costa Rica and China and found the biggest and most rewarding challenge of life becoming a mother.
Music Instructor and Choir Director
Jennifer Cunningham, her husband, and three sons have been active members of Saint Cecilia Parish for more than 15 years. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Washington where she studied vocal performance and sang with the University of Washington Chorale. It was there that she first began to understand the power of a vocal ensemble. Her love for this style of music has continued over the last 15 years as she has both sung and directed sacred and secular choral music. In addition to sharing the joy of singing with each and every Saint Cecilia student, Jennifer will also work as Music Director for Saint Cecilia Parish.
Quinton Agosta has a BS in Exercise Science from Central Washington University. He played three years of college football and competed in college track and field for four years. Quintin has coached for the BHS football and lacrosse teams and enjoys working with youth, teaching them about sports, conditioning and strength training.
Ms. Kilbane comes to St. Cecilia with 22 years of professional educational experience, including serving in an administrative role for 12 years. Most recently she served as principal of New Field Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Ms. Kilbane brings a rich background of experience and skills, as well as a passion for her vocation in education including extensive experience in curriculum development, integrating the fine arts into curriculum, grant writing, hiring and school management. Fluent in Spanish, Susan travelled to Mexico with a group of twelve teachers for six weeks on a Fulbright Scholarship and in her leisure time, she enjoys running in the woods, reading, listening to live music, and spending time with her extended family on the island.
Trina M. Vigil comes to us from eight years at St. Olaf Catholic Church as Administrative Assistant and three years at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in New Mexico as the Extended Care Director. Trina and her husband Dion are parishioners at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bremerton and have lived in Washington since 2003, raising their four children who are all on their own now. She feels very blessed to be a part of this a wonderful Catholic school and enjoys every minute.
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