Elizabeth Pasco

Kindergarten 4 Teacher

B.A., University of Nuevas Caceres, Philippines

Mrs. Pasco has more than 17 years of teaching experience, including pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. She teaches with a strong focus on reading, but also believes each child should have a solid foundation that enhances their social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.

Pamela Robinson

Kindergarten 4 Assistant

Ms. Robinson is our resident Saint and has been at St. Peter‘s School for 24 years. She enjoys watching the children grow in love and faith. Mrs. Robinson invites graduates of St. Peter’s to visit and check in with her because she keeps every student in her heart and loves to hear from all of her former K4 students.

Tracie Wiggins

Kindergarten 5 Teacher

B.A., University of South Carolina
M.A.T., Early Childhood, University of South Carolina

Mrs. Wiggins joins us with many years of teaching experience as a former teacher at Richland School District Two where she taught Kindergarten. She is looking forward to working in an environment where she can incorporate religion into her daily lessons.

Eleanor Moore

Kindergarten 5 Assistant

Ms. Moore has more than ten years of experience working with preschool and elementary age students. She grew up in England where she attended Catholic School, and she had two children who are alumni of St. Peter’s. Ms. Moore is kind and gentle, yet firm and enjoys working in an environment where she can help to promote both the spiritual and intellectual growth of children.

Alison Smith

First Grade Teacher

B.A., State University of New York College at Buffalo

Ms. Smith has two years of field experience teaching in New York State. She has developed and implemented differentiated lessons plans with her students and will have a piano in her classroom to use her musical skills as a tool while teaching. She also has a strong background working with new technology and applications to help make learning modern and fun.

Ellie Russell

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Dallas
M.A.T., Oakland University

As a mission-oriented educator, Mrs. Ellie Russell has served the Catholic Church and schools for 32 years including international consultant work in Haiti and Belize. She brings a wealth of educational experience to her role as lead second-grade teacher and embodies the spirit of St. Peter’s School.

Marie Phillips

Third Grade Teacher

B.S., Elizabethtown College

Mrs. Phillips has more than 13 years of teaching experience and brings a lot of creativity to her classroom. In 2018 she was named a Master Lego Educator by Lego Education. She believes in hands-on teaching and creates an atmosphere that is not only academically rigorous but is morally and spiritually guided to provide the best educational experience for each student.

Shannon Ronald

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A.T. University of Notre Dame

Mrs. Ronald recently moved to South Carolina from Colorado Springs, Colorado where she taught at Corpus Christi Catholic School. She has been teaching since 2005 and is strong in her Catholic Faith. She brings many skills with her, including fluency in Spanish and French.

Linda Boron

Fifth Grade Teacher

Miss Linda Boron has over 40 years of experience in Catholic education and has dedicated 10 years to the success of our students at St. Peter’s. Miss Boron is strong in her Catholic faith and leads by example. Her high standards are consistently enforced and students thrive academically, behaviorally, and spiritually under her guidance.

Rachel Geene

Sixth Grade Teacher

B.A., Clemson University

Ms. Geene has been teaching for more than seven years at St. Peter‘s Catholic School. She cares for all of her students immensely and strives to find interesting ways to immerse them in learning. She loves working at St. Peter’s because she can help students strengthen their relationship with God.

Monica Wyrick

Art

B.A., University of Dayton, Ohio

Mrs. Wyrick is a product of Catholic Education and the tradition of Catholic School runs deep in her family. She herself is an accomplished artist and published illustrator. As an art teacher, she plans fun, challenging, environmentally friendly, and thought-provoking art projects for the children. It is simply more than learning to color in the lines, she teaches the children true creativity and expression through art.

Jennifer Priester

Technology and After School Program Coordinator

B.S., University of South Carolina

Ms. Priester prepares students to use technology in their academic and adult careers. She teaches students how to use computers, but also about coding. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of excitement where students are eager to learn about the many ways technology can help them achieve.

Elizabeth Abramson

Librarian

B.A. History & English from Baylor University
M.A. Teaching from The University of South Carolina

Mrs. Elizabeth Abramson is a seasoned educator with experience in both Catholic and public education. She prioritizes relationship building, creative problem solving and has a particular commitment to fostering a love of reading and learning in her students.

Marie El-Khabbaz

Librarian’s Assistant

Ms. El-Khabbaz has been part of the St. Peter’s Family for more than two decades. She enjoys working with the children and believes that reading keeps brains working by expanding imagination and improving vocabulary and writing skills.

Dr. Andrew Kotylo

School Choirmaster

B.Mus., M.Mus.,and D.Mus., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Dr. Kotylo has served in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Catholic churches and cathedrals. Most recently, he was the Associate Director of Music at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. As an organist, Dr. Kotylo has performed throughout the United States and in England and has been a top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the American Guild of Organists‘ National Young Artists Competition.

Dr. Wendy Valerio

Director, St. Peter’s Music Education Program

B.M. Ed., Baker University
M.M. Ed., Temple University
Ph.D. Music Ed., Temple University

As Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Children’s Music Development Center (CMDC) at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Valerio teaches graduate and undergraduate music education courses and conducts early childhood music development research. Through USC CMDC, she and her graduate music education students provide weekly music education classes for children at St. Peter’s Catholic School. Her scholarly work has been featured in the Journal for Research in Music Education, Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music and many other national publications.

Emily Mason

Music Teacher

B.A., University of South Carolina

Miss Mason is in her last year of working on her Master’s with a focus on Early Childhood and Elementary Music Education. She has taught Early Childhood music classes for two years at the Bright Horizons Development Center. She is also one of the music teachers at Trinity Cathedral Choir School in Columbia.

Vanessa Caswell

Music Teacher

B.A., Michigan State University

Miss Caswell has her Bachelor’s degree in Music Edcuation. She worked for two hears at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School as their PK-12 Music Teacher and at the Flint Institute of Music as an Early Childhood Music Teacher.