Kerry Carson Explorers / Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Kerry Carson teaches the Explorers and Pre K classes. Ms. Carson has earned a Masters in Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early Childhood Education. She has worked as our 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.
“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
Serena Zyskowski Kindergarten Instructor
Serena Zyskowski teaches our Kindergarten class. Mrs. Zyskowski has degrees in communications and elementary education from Gonzaga University. She has taught in Spokane, Houston and Sacramento and spent the past year being an active volunteer at Saint Cecilia. Mrs. Zyskowski believes that learning should be fun, that a classroom is a united team, and that each child should be nurtured and encouraged to share their unique gifts with others. She is eager to work alongside parents to best meet the needs and potential of her students.
” Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
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.
“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.”
Liane Jennings 3rd/4th Grade Instructor
Liane Jennings teaches our 3rd and 4th grades. Ms. Jennings has a bachelor of science in psychology from Iowa State University and a master of arts in teaching from East Tennessee State University. She moved to Washington from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she taught 2nd grade at St. Joseph Catholic School for three years. In her classroom, Ms. Jennings strives to create an environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks, exploring interests, discovering strengths and working hard to become the best student they can be. She feels that it is a privilege to teach in a Catholic school, not only to help students grow in their faith and receive the sacraments, but also to be a part of a loving community of teachers, parents and students who work together at Saint Cecilia Catholic School to be more Christ-like every day.
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” John 4:24
Dean Lancaster 5th/6th Instructor
Dean Lancaster teaches our 5th/6th grade; in addition he will teach science to our 7th and 8th graders. Mr. Lancaster comes to us with 20 years of middle school experience and a Masters Degree in Science Education. Mr. Lancaster is an avid athlete as well as the father of two sons in elementary school.
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,” Titus 2:7
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.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
“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.”
Jennifer Cunningham Music Instructor
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. Psalms 95:1
Bliss Ogilvie Art Instructor
Mrs. Bliss Ogilvie teaches Art classes to K-4th grade students. A busy mother of four and an active volunteer, Mrs. Ogilvie shares the joy of learning with our younger students.
“Be strong and courages. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Quintin Agosta P.E. Instructor
Quinton 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.