Faculty & Staff


Jessica Toukatly

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.

Email: jtoukatly@saintceciliaschool.org

Toukatly, Jessica


  • B.A. of English Literature
  • “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”  
    1 Cor 13:4-5

    Yulianna De Luna

    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.

    Yuliana DeLuna

    “Our Father, Who are in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name; The kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  Amen

    Kerry Carson

    Kindergarten Instructor


    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.

    Email: kcarson@saintceciliaschool.org

    Carson, Kerry


  • B.A. Education
  • M.S. Elementary Education, emphasis Early Child Edu.
  • “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  
    Matthew 18:10

    Emily Cornell

    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.

    Email: ecornell@saintceciliaschool.org

    Cornell, Emily


  • B.A. Elementary Education
  • “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.”  
    The Memorare 18:10

    Joan Nielsen

    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!

    Email: jnielsen@saintceciliaschool.org


  • English and Education
  • Speech and Audiology
  • “ The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”  
    Psalm 23:1

    Alexis Anjomshoaa Brown

    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.

    Email: aanjomshoaabrown@saintceciliaschool.org

    Anjomshoaa-Brown, Alexis


  • Communications and Spanish
  • “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”  
    1 Corinthians 13:4-5

    Amy Lee-Despard

    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.

    Email: aleedespard@saintceciliaschool.org


  • B.A. English
  • M.S. in Education Centering on Elementary and Middle School Education
  • “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”  
    Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Chasity Malatesta

    STEM 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.

    Email: cmalatesta@saintceciliaschool.org


  • B.S. Biology
  • M.A.T.
  • “Science without religion is lame, Religion without science is blind” Einstein “As each receives a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of Gods varied grace.” 
    1 Peter 4:10

    Jennifer Cunningham

    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.

    Email: music@saintcparish.org

    “O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”  
    Psalms 95:1

    Quinton Agosta

    P.E. Instructor


    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.

    Email: pe@saintceciliaschool.org


  • B.S in Exercise Science
  • “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  
    Matthew 18:10


    Ms. Kilbane



    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.


  • Bachelor of Philosophy with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership
  • New Leaders for New School Administrative Certificate
  • “May I live this day, compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in Love.”  
    by John O’Donohue

    Trina M. Vigil

    Office Manager


    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.

    “Strength and Beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day.”  
    Proverbs 31:25

    Cathy Chadwick

    Transportaion / Pre K Assistant


    Cathy Chadwick has been the bus driver for Saint Cecilia School off and on since we acquired our first bus. Her background is as a microbiologist and laboratory safety officer. This last skill has helped immensely in learning how to take care of and maintain the large new bus we now have. 

    Cathy's most recent education was to get a "B" commercial license. Bainbridge Island school District kindly allowed her to train under their trainers. This was a thorough and well thought out trainig and he was grateful to the BI School District for helping her with this.

    She especially enjoys the young folks she drives in the bus. It is a privilege to watch our young SCCS students grow in confidence, education and spirit.

    "O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore." 
    Psalm 131

    Over 18 Years of Developing Minds, Hearts and Character.

    - A Catholic school on Bainbridge Island for young men and women, Pre-K through 8th grade. -