Faculty

St. Philomena School Faculty

The teaching faculty and support staff are dedicated to supporting high achievement by implementing various teaching strategies, differentiated learning structures, best teaching practices, and summative and formative assessments. Further, they are committed to having a positive home/school partnership that is built on effective communication and mutual trust and respect. The school’s faculty and staff are professionals who keep current with up-to-date staff development in academics, religion, and annual Safe Environment refresher courses, and yearly First Aid/CPR training.

 

Mrs. Meghan Hoyer – 8th Grade Homeroom and Literature, Algebra, 6-8th Grade science

Mrs. Hoyer has been teaching for 20 years, 18 of which have been at St. Philomena. Meghan graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in math/science education. Meghan and her husband Nate enjoy golfing and bowling together, and are avid travelers. She likes to get up in the air at least once every year and has a goal to go to every continent…three down…four to go! When asked what she likes about her job she said, “I absolutely love going to 6th grade environmental ed. camp and watching my students explore the world around them!”


Mrs. Shannon Foster- 7th Grade Homeroom, 6th-8th Grade Social Studies, 6th Grade Math, 7th Grade ELA

Mrs. Foster has been teaching middle school for six years. This is her second year teaching at St. Philomena. Shannon came to Washington from Kentucky, but she grew up in Texas. She has been married for 16 years (17 in October) and has three children, two of which attend St. Philomena. Mrs. Foster returned to college after the birth of her three children, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Thomas More College (a private, Catholic University in Northern Kentucky). She received her BA in Elementary Education and Middle School Studies with a focus on English/Language Arts and Social Studies. She taught social studies and English/Language Arts at both private and public schools in Kentucky. Shannon is thrilled to be in Washington and to be a part of the St. Philomena community.

Ms. Melissa Tarabochia- 6th Grade Homeroom, 7th & 8th Religion, 6th & 8th English/Writing

Melissa Tarabochia has been a member of the St. Philomena community for over 40 years but the 2018-2019 school year will be the start of her teaching career here at the school. Melissa graduated from St. Philomena in 1985. She then went on to Kennedy Catholic High School, Highline Community College and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University. Melissa has spent her entire teaching career in Catholic education. She has taught at Holy Family in Auburn, Holy Rosary in West Seattle, St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way and St. Anthony in Renton. Melissa started at St. Philomena in first grade and has been a member of the community ever since. Both her children continued the tradition by attending St. Philomena School. Her daughter Lucy graduated from St. Philomena and now attends Western Washington University. Her son, Emmett, graduated this spring and will attend O'Dea High school in the fall. She is an avid reader who shares her love of good books with her students. She also enjoys camping in the summer, scrapbooking and attending as many Mariners games as she can.


Mrs. Christina Barton – 6th Grade Religion & Literature

Mrs. Barton is a Kennedy Catholic High School and Gonzaga University graduate. While at Gonzaga University, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Special Education, and later a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She taught 9 years in Special Education at middle school level in public school setting before coming to St. Philomena Catholic School. Mrs. Barton took some time off to start a family, subbed in the interim, and then held the Title 1 position for St. Philomena School before becoming the 6th grade teacher in 2012. She is married to love of her life, Kieran, for 20 years and is blessed with three amazing gifts from God: Nickolas (13), Charlotte(10) and Bennett(2) She loves being able to share her faith and Catholic values with the school community and truly teaching to the whole child.

Mr. Tyler Evans- 5th Grade

This will be Mr. Evans' third year of teaching here at St. Philomena. Tyler was born and raised in Federal Way, Washington and has lived in the state his entire life. He is a proud alumni of St. Philomena and loved the school so much that he decided to come back and teach here! He completed his B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University, and his Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. Tyler worked as a paraeducator at Twin Lakes Elementary for two years while completing his Master's, teaching small groups of students who needed extra assistance in Math and English. He is a huge fan of both watching and playing all sports, and roots for the Mariners, Cubs, and the Super Bowl Champion Eagles. His favorite subject in school has always been writing and that is the subject he most enjoys teaching as well. Tyler is very happy to be back at St. Philomena. He is extremely excited to begin his teaching career here and hopes to be here for many years to come!

Mrs. Teri O’Connor – 4th Grade

This will be Teri's 23rd year teaching and all of those years have been at St. Philomena! She has taught 5th grade, P.E., Resource, and is now enjoying her 11th year in 4th grade. Mrs. O’Connor earned her B.A. in Special Education and teaching certificate at Central Washington University. Teri is married to her high school sweetheart, Patrick, and they are the proud parents of Jordan (20) and Dylan (16). Teri loves teaching all subjects, however religion, science and math are her favorites. When asked what she loves about her job she said, “I love watching the students grow in their faith, learning that even at their age they can make a difference in this world by, "Doing small things with great love!" - Mother Teresa. I love watching them explore and make discoveries that surprise them and excite them about learning!”

Mrs. Amy Apthorp – 3rd Grade

This is Amy's 20th year teaching! Of those 20 years, this will be her 13th year teaching third grade! Amy earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Central Washington University with a Major in Early Childhood Education and Minor in Elementary Education. She earned her Masters Degree from City University in Educational Technology. In addition to St. Philomena, she has taught in the Highline School District, All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup and Holy Rosary Catholic School in Tacoma.
Amy and her husband, David, have been married for 20 years. They live in Federal Way with their daughters Paige (15) and Lauren (13). Paige is a graduate of St. Philomena and is now a sophomore in high school and Lauren is in 8th grade here at St. Philomena! Amy has lived in the South Seattle area for most of her life. She attended St. Francis of Assisi School in Seahurst as a child for grades K-8! Catholic Schools have been a big part of her life as a student, teacher and parent.
"I love working in partnership with families to help their children grow academically, socially and spiritually."

Miss A’ndria Salcedo – 2nd Grade

This will be A’ndria Salcedo’s 16th year of teaching, all of which have been at St. Philomena School! She was born and raised in Federal Way, Washington. A’ndria graduated from St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School and John F. Kennedy High School. She has earned her A.A., B.A. and Master’s Degree in Education from Central Washington University. A’ndria is an avid traveler who loves to learn about different cultures. She also enjoys staying physical fit by going to the gym, snowboarding, sailing, hiking and playing a variety of sports. A’ndria also loves to read and listen to old time radio shows. Miss Salcedo’s loves teaching all subjects but Reading, Cursive and Religion are her favorites. When asked what her favorite part of her job is she said, “I love seeing the students eyes light up when they have learned something new and it’s clicked for them.”

Mrs. Nicole Womac– 1st Grade

Hi! I am Nicole Womac and I am 30 years old. I grew up in Olympia and I attended Central Washington University. I’ve been teaching first grade at St. Philomena since 2011. My husband, Kevin, and our two year old daughter Amelia are members of St. Philomena Church. After school, my family and I love to travel, swim, read, and cook big family dinners!


Mrs. Mary Horn- Kindergarten

This is Mrs. Horn’s 7th year teaching at St. Philomena School and her 13th year of service within the Seattle Archdiocese! Mrs. Horn is dedicated to lifelong learning, recently earning a MA Degree, as well as endorsements in elementary education, reading and ELL for grades Pre-K-12. Mary loves teaching the primary grades--especially kindergarten--- because of the dramatic growth, enthusiasm and love of learning the children demonstrate at this precious age. Mrs. Horn delights in facilitating the St. Philomena Service Club, consisting of committed middle school students who work together to serve the community in meaningful ways. Mary and her husband have been blessed with five wonderful children: two sons and three daughters, as well as a beautiful daughter in law and an adorable grandson! All of Mrs. Horn’s children have attended Catholic schools, including Holy Family Bilingual School in Seattle, St. Philomena School, O’Dea High School and Kennedy Catholic! When Mrs. Horn is not in school---or busy preparing for school or Service Club projects---she loves spending time with family and friends, cheering at the various sporting events of her children, playing with her grandson, cooking, reading and walking on Alki!

Mrs. Jill Hilstad- PreKindergarten

This is Jill Hilstad’s 7th year at St. Philomena School. She started the Pre K program here at St. Philomena in 2012 and the program has been going strong since. She comes to us from Grace Lutheran Preschool, where she taught for 2 years. Jill attended St. Pius X grade school and then went to Bishop Blanchet High School. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She loves being able to work in a Catholic school where she can share her faith and love of God. Jill and her husband Cameron have been parish members of St. Philomena Church for 16 years. They have three wonderful boys, all of which attend St. Philomena School. Jill loves working with four and five year olds because they are so excited about learning, and they actually enjoy getting homework! She loves to watch the growth of the students throughout the year. When she’s not working, Jill likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Miss Marlys Hunt - Music K-5, 7th grade Math, Liturgical Coordinator

Marlys Hunt is a graduate of St. Philomena School, Holy Names Academy, and Santa Clara University with a Bachelor's in Music and a minor in Chemistry. While attending Santa Clara University, Marlys served as Liturgy Intern for Music in Campus Ministry and Assistant Conductor of the university’s choirs. She began teaching elementary music in San Francisco area public schools with the nonprofit, Music for Minors. She is now pursing a masters degree in her spare time. She is the youngest of four children and enjoys visiting her nieces and nephews across the country. Miss Hunt is engaged to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Smidt with a wedding coming in the near future.

Mr. Matt Gregory- PE, Technology and 8th Grade Math

Mr. Gregory has been teaching for nine years, this being his sixth at St. Philomena. Matt and his wife Sophia live in Federal Way with their son Cameron who was born in October of last year. He was a student of Dr. Morissette during his first year as a principal at Holy Family before moving on to O’Dea High School and ultimately Santa Clara University. He is the oldest of 5 children Matt enjoys sports, both participating and watching and is an avid Seattle sports fan.

Mrs. Katy Korzeniecki- 6th Grade Math, Title 1 Teacher

Mrs. Katy Korzeniecki has worked at St. Philomena School for the past five years. Graduating from Central Washington University in 2009 with a degree in elementary and early childhood education, she started working at St. Phil's as the Title I/Resource teacher and has since added teaching library and middle school math to her lineup. Having grown up in the Des Moines area, Mrs. Korzeniecki is married to a St. Philomena alum (Matt) and has two children, Bailey (now in 2nd grade) and Colton (Pre-K). In her spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Mr. Sam Morissette- Prek-2nd grade PE Teacher

Mr. Sam Morissette has worked at St. Philomena School for the past seven years in Kids' Club, as an instructional aide and now as the PreK-2nd grade PE Teacher. He graduated from Fife High School where his favorite subject was English. He is certified in the Sparks PE program. He and his wife, Ashley, have been married for a year, He loves to play video games, read and watch sports. His favorite sport to watch is soccer and the Sounders are his favorite team. He is also a Yankees and Patriots fan and he loves his cat, Bronx.