Sheelagh Carleton was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She double majored in Sociology and Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she rowed on the crew team. Sheelagh studied abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish. She moved to Bainbridge Island two years ago with her husband and four children. Sheelagh has worked with children all of her life - coaching, teaching and tutoring. Her biggest and most rewarding job thus far has been raising her own vivacious, silly, kind and loving children!
This past year she was a para educator for the Bainbridge Island School District and has enjoyed meeting new people and becoming part of the community. Sheelagh believes young children are the most hilarious and most loving people on the planet. She looks forward to encouraging her young students to work together to activate their super powers: a love for learning, a deep curiosity and a heart for others through the love of Christ.
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.”
Yulianna De Luna
Yulianna Deluna is our 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 Olympic College, where she is working toward earning her degree in Early Childhood Education.
“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
1st Grade Instructor
Kerry Carson grew up in Yakima, Washington and went to school for her undergraduate degree at Central Washington University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her work in the nutrition field transformed into an eight year career in non-profit development and fundraising. Kerry worked in fundraising with non-profits ranging from private schools, to non-profit health organizations, and pro-bono legal service organizations in Seattle, Chicago and Ashland.
After taking eight years off to stay home and raise her three wonderful children, she returned to school to receive a Master of Science in Elementary Education, emphasizing Early Childhood Education in 2010.
Ms. Carson is currently our 1st Grade Teacher; previously she worked as our Early Childhood Education Director and Instructor, Director of Crusader Care and as a Para Educator at the Island School on Bainbridge Island. Ms. Carson's son attends Saint Cecilia Catholic School and her daughters are both SCCS alumni, currently attending Holy Names Academy in Seattle.
“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.”
2nd Grade Instructor
Emily 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.
“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
Mary Van Eaton
3rd/4th Grade and STEM Instructor
Mary Van Eaton grew up in the Seattle area before heading to California where she went to school and worked for a decade before returning to the Northwest. She majored in Biology at Pomona College, then worked for a few years in scientific research. She spent time as an assistant in a genetics laboratory at Caltech and back at Pomona as a research associate on a fire ecology project in Southern California. Mary pursued her master's degree in science education at University of California, Berkeley so that she could combine her interest in science with her joy of working with kids.
Mary has taught Middle School Science in both Highline and Seattle School Districts. She has also enjoyed coaching track and leading girls' STEM after-school clubs. After taking some time off to be at home with her children, Mary began substitute teaching at all grade levels in both Seattle and on Bainbridge Island. Her husband and two children relocated to Bainbridge Island two years ago to enjoy the forests, trails, and to be nearer to family.
“The Lord your God in your midst.
The might One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over your with singing.
3rd/4th Grade Instructor
Alexis was born and raised in Northwestern Iowa, and educated in the Catholic schools there. She recently moved to Bainbridge Island from Los Angeles with her husband (a Bainbridge Islander) and 5 month-old son.
Alexis graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History and a minor in Geography, but she also enjoys photography (especially of the natural and agricultural landscapes of her native Midwest), music, and art. She’s an avid letter-writer and mailer of thank-you cards.
Mrs. Bayley is excited and humbled by the opportunity to offer something back to the Church community which instilled in her the values she holds dear, and she cannot wait to meet her new students and their families.
"Sanctity is to be found in struggling, in knowing that we have defects and in heroically trying to overcome them.”
St Josemaria Escriva
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 Communication 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.
“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
5th/6th Grade Instructor
Juliana Weis considers herself an "island girl". As a young child, Juliana moved from northern California in 1979 with her military family to beautiful Bainbridge Island, and hasn't strayed far from her beloved hometown. Juliana attended Bainbridge Island Public Schools, went to St. Cecilia's Parish where she was confirmed and married, and later taught Social Studies and speech/debate at Bainbridge Island High School from 2003-2005. Juliana's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Gonzaga University, a Masters in History at Washington State University, and a Masters in Teaching from Western Washington University. Married in 2005, Juliana moved to Portland, Oregon for thirteen years to take some time off from teaching to raise her two daughters. In 2018, Juliana returned to the island with her family, and has since enjoyed her favorite past times of reading, hiking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.
“ So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand".
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. She also received recognition as an outstanding educator in 2013, and in 2018, from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Amy's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minor in History from SUNY Albany, NY, as well as a Master of Science in Education, centering on elementary and middle school education, from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
Mrs, Lee-Despard believes that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. She strives to make her classroom a safe, caring community where her students are invited to share their ideas, take risks, and meet their full potential.
“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
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.
“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”
Mercedes Morales grew up in Puerto La Cruz, a beach town in Venezuela. She spent most of her afternoons of her childhood jumping boulders and at the beach building drift houses. Mercedes moved to Bainbridge Island in June 2013 with her two daughters and started teaching Spanish in 2017 at Madrona School. Mercedes also taught Spanish for a year at Sunfield School in Chimacum. Mercedes background is in Public Relations and worked in the field for almost 16 years in Venezuela and Miami but she feels teaching is her true calling and passion. During weekends, you can find Mercedes cooking, singing, dancing, hiking or making jewelry.
"God has planted greatness in you. Let today by the beginning of a great adventure as you step into the gifts he's giving you."
P.E. Instructor and Marketing Director
Sarah Broadwell is a proud Navy wife who grew up in Fayetteville, N.C. She attended East Carolina University where she earned her B.A. in Communication with a concentration in public relations. Sarah has worked with marketing teams across a wide range of organizations from local non-profit charities to Fortune 500 companies; this diverse work experience has enabled her to tailor her marketing strategies to the specific needs of the clients.
Sarah has been teaching group fitness classes for the past 15 years and is certified in several Les Mills programs. Sarah enjoys participating in all kinds of races with her husband (Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, half-Ironman, trail ultra marathon, marathon, countless half marathons and Ragnar relays). The family has a love of all things physical and Sarah has helped coach just about every sport her kids want to try (soccer, volleyball, girls on the run). The Broadwells love to travel and have very recently moved to Washington. Their two children attend St. Cecilia Catholic School and they are active members of the St. Cecilia Parish.
“Let us run the race that is before us
and never give up”
Ms. Kilbane grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio and completed her undergraduate work at Miami University, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. After earning her Masters in Instructional Leadership, she taught for ten years in the Chicago Public Schools. She was a fellow in the first cohort group of New Leaders for New Schools and worked as an Assistant Principal and Principal for twelve years. Susan studied Spanish in Buena Vista de Cuellar, Mexico for two summers and traveled throughout Mexico for six weeks with a group of teachers on a Fulbright Scholarship. She served as a Spanish translator on two trips to Honduras, first for doctors teaching community health workers and then for engineers building water systems in local villages. Now in her 5th year as the SCCS principal, Ms Kilbane continues to learn and grow as an instructional leader. She recently participated in the University of Notre Dame Adelante Conference and completed the two-year Emmaus Leadership Program. Her mission as a Catholic school principal is to Embrace, Educate and Empower each student. In her leisure time she enjoys walking on beaches at low tide, listening to live music and spending time with her extended family on the island.
“May I live this day, compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in Love.”
by John O’Donohue
Kiri was born and raised in the far north of New Zealand on a dairy farm. She began her years of backpacking travels around the world after her studies and working at Sky TV in Auckland and Wellington. Kiri finally ended up settling down in Edinburgh, Scotland after meeting her husband Glen. Kiri then worked for many years as an Advertising Agency TV Producer in Edinburgh but after having her daughter Holly in London, the family had an opportunity to move to the Pacific North West - which they absolutely fell in love with! The wonderful community of Saint Cecilia Catholic School and Church was at the heart of their move to Bainbridge Island where they have now put down roots.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength”
Transportation / 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 our large new bus.
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 training and she was grateful to the BI School District for helping her with this.
She especially enjoys the young folks she drives on 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."
Over 20 Years of Developing Minds, Hearts and Character.
- A Catholic school on Bainbridge Island serving students in preschool through 8th grade. -