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Faculty & Staff

Heads of School

    • Colleen Lynch Head of School

Mrs. Colleen Lynch, Head of School

Colleen Lynch is St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Head of School. Ms. Lynch has been an educator for over 25 years and a part of the St. Gabriel’s family since 2014. She earned her BA in International Business Relations and East Asian Studies from Brown University and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Lynch is an avid runner, adores traveling, and loves being mom to two amazing children. She is passionate about all things St. Gabriel’s and helping children, teachers, and families along their educational journeys.
    • Jacqui Glenn Head of Lower School

Mrs. Jacqui Glenn, Head of Lower School

Jacqui Glenn has supported students from PK-12 in a variety of educational settings across the US for more than 20 years. She served as an outdoor educator, classroom teacher, dyslexia and learning specialist, and Director of Service Learning and Student Support prior to becoming Head of Lower School. Jacqui has taken on a leadership role with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Beginning Teacher Institute as a Master Teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Western Michigan University, her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from University of Alabama, and her Certificate in School Management & Leadership from Harvard University. Jacqui believes that education is a powerful tool for change and aspires to help students and faculty cultivate and share their unique gifts and talents. She, her husband, and three daughters are outdoor enthusiasts; she also enjoys traveling, yoga, and reading.
    • Dr. Blanca Snyder Head of Middle School

Dr. Blanca Snyder, Head of Middle School

Blanca Snyder joined St. Gabriel’s in 2018 as the 8th grade math teacher prior to taking on her role as the Head of Middle School, bringing with her 10 years of experience across a range of educational settings. Blanca earned her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology from DePaul University, a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Miami, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. Blanca sees it as a privilege and joy to be able to impact a child’s educational journey, helping them feel valued and loved, while fostering a passion for learning and a deepening of faith.
                                                                                                                                      
Chaplain
    • Father Bud Roland

Father Bud Roland, Chaplain

Father Bud joined St. Gabriel’s as the school Chaplain in 2022. He has been a priest in Austin for the past 25 years, serving at St. Louis Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. John Neumann. He recently retired from active ministry but continues to assist at various parishes along with St. Gabriel’s. Fr. Bud’s hobbies include reading, sports events, and travel.
                                                                                                                                      

Early Childhood Program - PreK 3

    • Michelle Estep Pre-K 3 Teacher

Michelle Estep, Teacher

Michelle Estep is driven by an immense love of children to provide the most holistic educational experience possible for all of her learners. She, having over 11 years of teaching experience, is passionate about guiding children to expand their natural talents while providing opportunities for further discovery of mind, body and soul. Ms. Estep is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Journalism.
    • Sasha Murphy Pre-K 3 Assistant Teacher

Sasha Murphy, Assistant Teacher

Sasha Murphy joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2018, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. Sasha loves teaching because she enjoys helping children achieve their best. Their joy and curiosity is contagious. Born and raised in Houston, Sasha earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family & friends, see live music, craft, and just enjoy life.
                                                                                                                                      

Early Childhood Program - PreK 4

    • Amanda Thomas Pre-K 4 Teacher

Amanda Thomas, Teacher

Amanda joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2020. Amanda graduated with her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and teaching credential from Texas Tech University. Amanda has spent thirteen years learning in the Catholic school system herself and is elated to give back to the loving and supportive environment that made her who she is today. In her free time, Amanda loves walking the boardwalk downtown, boating with friends, traveling and exploring all the amazing activities that Austin has to offer!
    • Erika Siebeneicher

Erika Siebeneicher, Teacher

Erika Siebeneicher returned to the St. Gabriel’s family in 2022. She began her teaching career at St. Gabriel’s in 2004 after graduating from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. This is her tenth year in education. Erika is a former second grade teacher and is entering her eighth year as an early childhood educator. She has always wanted to be a teacher and loves the enthusiasm of her young students. Erika grew up in Austin where she met her husband in high school. She has two teenage children, a son and a daughter. Erika enjoys travel, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family.
    • Ashley Trevino Pre-K 4 Assistant Teacher

Ashley Gonzalez, Assistant Teacher

Ashley Gonzalez, formerly known as Ms. Trevino, is one of the loving Pre-K 4 assistants and Dance Teacher at St. Gabriel’s. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2019. Mrs. Gonzalez loves teaching because she enjoys influencing and assisting her students to reach their full potential. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Mrs. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education from Texas State University. In her spare time, she loves to spend quality time with her newlywed Husband, Christopher and step-daughter, Nevaeh.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Jill Varnell

Jill Varnell, Assistant Teacher

Jill Varnell joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. Jill comes to St. Gabriel's with 28 years teaching experience with the last twenty in early childhood. She loves the curiosity of young children! Jill and her husband have two adult children and as a family, they enjoy hiking in our amazing National Parks. When she is not at work, you can find her birding, playing tennis, or reading on her front porch.
                                                                                                                                      

Early Childhood Program - Kindergarten

    • Kristen Dalton Kindergarten Teacher

Kristen Dalton, Teacher

Kristen Dalton, a native Austinite, joined St. Gabriel’s in 2016 and has over seven years of experience in education. Kristen earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and loves teaching because of the joy and enthusiasm she is blessed to witness in her young students. When not in the classroom, Kristen enjoys spending her time with her son and dog, relaxing at home, or working on a furniture refinishing project.  
    • Amy Karakourtis Kindergarten teacher

Amy Karakourtis, Teacher

A native Texan, Karakourtis joined St. Gabriel's in 2017 and holds a B.S. in Child Development from Baylor University. She taught at The Duke School for Children in Durham, NC before being a stay-at-home mom to three amazing human beings. She loves creating a classroom atmosphere where children feel deeply known. One of Amy’s goals is to help her children understand that making mistakes means you are trying and continuing to try when things are hard is something to celebrate!
    • Dana Polk Kindergarten Teacher

Dana Polk, Teacher

Dana Polk joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015. She is passionate about helping each child find success and joy in their learning experiences. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from North Texas State University and Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading from Texas A&M. She is a certified Reading Specialist in Texas. Dana brings over 25 years of teaching experience to St. Gabriel’s. When not at school, she enjoys being with family and listening to great Texas bands. 
                                                                                                                                      
    • Rebecca Sanchack Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Rebecca Sanchack, Assistant Teacher

Rebecca Sanchack joined St Gabriel’s in 2021 as a Kindergarten Assistant. She received her B.S. degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Mrs. Sanchack brings several years of teaching experience in Kindergarten and First Grade along with many years as a catechist for religious education at various levels from grades first through eighth. Rebecca remains committed to children and her faith; thus her interest in working at St. Gabes. Mrs. Sanchack loves Austin! She moved here with her husband, two college-aged daughters, and their German Shepherd. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing live music, and playing volleyball & pickleball.
    • Audrey Smith Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Audrey Smith, Assistant Teacher

Audrey has been working at St. Gabriel’s since August of 2020 as a Kindergarten Assistant. She earned her bachelors degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Texas Tech University in 2016. Since graduation, Audrey has worked as a math interventionist, preschool teacher, special education aid, and then kindergarten assistant. Audrey has always known she wanted to help children, she loves to see the wonder and amazement in their eyes as they succeed and become more independent.
    • Ale Villarreal Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Ale Villarreal, Assistant Teacher

Ale Villarreal joined St. Gabriel’s in 2022. She has always been passionate about working with children and over the years has served in her local parishes as a Catechist, Children’s Mass Coordinator, and Youth Group Leader. Seeing and helping children come to know and truly love God is one of her most treasured gifts and callings. Because of this, she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Family Education with a Catholic focus from the European Institute of Education Studies. Before being a mother, Ale worked for 6 years in various engineering roles at Microsoft and Skype. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. Ale and her husband are blessed with three daughters who love attending St Gabriel's Catholic School.
                                                                                                                                      

Lower School - First Grade

    • Suzanne McManus 1st Grade Teacher

Suzanne McManus, Teacher

Suzanne McManus started as a caring Kindergarten Assistant at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and is currently teaching first grade. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing her Masters in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented education. Mrs. McManus joined the St. Gabriel's Catholic School family in 2018 and brings with her an understanding of sensory issues and the social/emotional needs of younger children. She loves being with first graders and helping them grow. 
    • Deborah Teten 1st Grade Teacher

Deborah Teten, Teacher

Having joined the St. Gabriels faculty in 2017, this will be Deborah Teten's 20th year of teaching. She attended The University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching. Ms. Teten loves teaching because she feels it is an honor to play a small role in the education and development of young learners. Seeing them grow not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and spiritually fills her heart with joy.
    • Kristen Wentworth 1st Grade Teacher

Kristen Wentworth, Teacher

Kristen Wentworth joined the SGCS family in 2020, bringing 10 years of teaching experience to our community. Kristen grew up always wanting to be a teacher and feels so blessed to be living out her dream! A native of Pasadena, CA, Kristen earned her BA in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Special Education from California State University, Chico. When not teaching, you’ll find Kristen spending time with her family, looking for the best tacos in Austin.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Ellis Glass 1st Grade Assistant Teacher

Ellis Harty, Assistant Teacher

Ellis Harty joined the St. Gabriel’s community in 2020. She loves being involved with 1st Grade because each day is new and exciting. Ellis hails from Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In her spare time, Ellis can be found paddle boarding or rowing on Lady Bird Lake and enjoying the delicious food that Austin has to offer.
                                                                                                                                      

Lower School - Second Grade

    • Maddie Cloud 2nd Grade Teacher

Maddie Cloud, Teacher

Maddie Cloud joined the St. Gabriel's family in 2020. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Maddie has always felt called to teach and sees it as a way to make a positive impact in the world. Ms. Cloud is a Colorado native but has moved back and forth between Texas and Colorado many times. When she isn't teaching Ms. Cloud enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and making art.
    • Krista Hastings 2nd Grade Teacher

Krista Hastings, Teacher

Krista Hastings joined the St. Gabriel's family in 2021. Ms. Hastings has come to us from California and is learning about all the greatest spots around Austin. She has an MA in Reading and Instruction from SDSU and over 25 years of teaching experience. Ms. Hastings loves inspiring kids to become lifelong readers and writers! 
    • Karen Broaddus 2nd Grade Teacher

Karen Broaddus, Teacher

Karen Broaddus joined St. Gabriel’s in 2022 with over seven years of experience in education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a specialization in special education from The University of Texas at Austin. Karen began her career in AISD teaching 5th and 3rd grades before taking a pause to raise her family. She returned to teaching in 2020 and is excited to be working with students again as she truly enjoys the process of learning. One of Karen's favorite things is to help a student find their unique voice or opinion and to show them how to creatively express and share that viewpoint with others. When not in the classroom, she enjoys photography, art, music, traveling, and spending time with her family and her dog named Charlotte.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Anna Reue

Anna Reue, Assistant Teacher

Anna Reue joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022 and has 8 years of experience in education as a special education teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Special Education from Texas A&M University and is certified in General Education as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). Anna enjoys teaching and meeting the needs of the whole child. She loves spending time with her family, her dog, Riley, and practicing yoga.
                                                                                                                                      

Lower School - Third Grade

    • Katie Chloun 3rd Grade Teacher

Katie Chloun, Teacher

Katie Chloun graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for eight years and loves what she is doing. Ms. Chloun became a teacher to work with students and encourage their curiosity about the world of science. When she isn’t teaching, she is spending time with her young son and husband. Ms. Chloun enjoys going kayaking with her family and looking up new and fun things to do in Austin.
    • Kelly Linder 3rd Grade Teacher

Kelly Linder, Teacher, Lower School Math Enrichment, & Robotics Coordinator

Kelly Linder joined the St. Gabriel's family in 2017, bringing with her 8 years of teaching experience. Kelly felt a calling to be a teacher from a very young age and loves getting spend her day with children. A native of Austin and graduate of Westlake High School, Kelly earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University. Kelly and her husband, Ty have two young children, Leighton and Luke, who love attending St. Gabriel's Catholic School. 
    • Heather Vallilee 3rd Grade Teacher

Heather Vallilee, Teacher

Heather Vallilee is St. Gabriel's 3rd grade ELA teacher. She joined the St. Gabriel's community in 2020, bringing with her 20 plus years of teaching experience. Heather loves teaching because she loves seeing the joy in children's faces when connections are made and experiencing the excitement when learning is made fun. In her spare time, you will find Heather spending time with family and watching her daughter play volleyball.
                                                                                                                                      

Lower School - Fourth Grade

    • Jenni Teague Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Jenni Teague, Teacher

Jenni Teague joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2017 as a Kindergarten Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a Specialization in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin. Jenni has over 15 years of teaching experience and loves to see the joy and excitement children have about learning new things.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son who also attends St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.
    • Cindy Miller 4th Grade Teacher

Cindy Miller, Teacher

Cindy Miller joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2005, bringing with her a range of teaching experiences over the course of her 30 years in the field. Ms. Miller loves to teach our intermediate students because she enjoys the opportunity to participate with students in their educational journeys. Having grown up in Wyoming, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wyoming and her Master of Arts in Psychology and Theatre Arts from Texas State University.
    • Megan Borella

Megan Borella, Teacher

Megan Borella, a native Californian, joined the St. Gabriel’s community in 2022 and has 10 years of teaching experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University and her Master’s degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Megan loves helping children find joy in the writing process and enjoys having in-depth discussions about reading, specifically with class novels. She recently moved to Austin with her husband and two sons. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her kids, exercising, and trying new restaurants. 
                                                                                                                                      

Middle School - English Language Arts

    • Mary Helen Acosta Middle School Language Arts

Mary Helen Acosta, Teacher

Mary Helen Acosta's 18+ years in education brought her to St. Gabriel's in middle school administration, but her devotion for developing students as readers and writers quickly led her back to the classroom where she promotes authentic literacy practices and cross-curricular application of skills. Mrs. Acosta holds a B.A. in English from Rice University, and master’s degrees in Public Administration (Texas A&M) and Education (UT Arlington). She is a certified Reading Specialist in Texas.
    • Monica Agostini Middle School Language Arts

Monica Agostini, Teacher

Monica Agostini joined the St. Gabriel’s Catholic School family in 2011 and brings 25 years of teaching experience to the community. Ms. Agostini hopes to help students find their voices through writing. She was born in Italy but grew up in New Orleans, LA. (Go Saints!). She earned her Masters of Education with a specialty in reading from Loyola University. Ms. Agostini speaks English, Italian, French, and Dutch.

Casey H., Teacher

Casey H. brings over five years of teaching experience to St. Gabriel's. He enjoys cultivating a love of literature and writing in his students. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. When he is not teaching, Casey spends his time hiking, reading, camping, learning new skills, and with his family and friends.
                                                                                                                                      

Middle School - Math

    • Diana Hobbs Middle School Math

Diana Hobbs, Teacher

Diana Hobbs first joined the St. Gabriel’s family from 2015-2018 as the 8th Grade Algebra and Geometry teacher before relocating to Dallas, TX for a few years. She excitedly rejoined the St. Gabriel’s community in 2021 as the 8th-grade Algebra and Geometry teacher, Math Department Chair, and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) sponsor. Diana earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified 7-12 secondary mathematics teacher. She brings 26 years of mathematical teaching experience to St. Gabriel’s. When Ms. Hobbs is not helping her students see the beauty and value in themselves and mathematics, she is enjoying the Austin outdoor trails and lakes.
    • Monica Hruschka Middle School Math

Monica Hruschka, Teacher

Monica Hruschka is excited to be returning to Austin to join St. Gabriel’s family to teach 7th Grade Math. Ms. Hruschka earned her BA in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and MS from Angelo State University. Ms. Hruschka has been teaching math, science, and German to middle and high school students in Connecticut for the past nine years. She enjoys sharing her love for learning with her students as well as learning from her students.

Mariah Sanchez, Teacher

Mariah Sanchez returned to St. Gabriel's in 2022 after being a substitute and full-time teacher here for 4 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Texas State University in San Marcos. Mariah loves helping students see the joy in learning by relating lessons to everyday situations. 
                                                                                                                                      
    • Stephanie Cowan

Stephanie Cowan, Teacher

Stephanie Cowan joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2004 and taught for 6 years before moving to Eanes ISD for 13 years. She felt a calling to return home to St. Gabriel's where she says her heart truly belongs. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Texas State University as well as a Master's degree in Education from Concordia University. She has an immense passion for helping students find their love for math through an innovative teaching style as well as creating a unique and welcoming classroom setting to learn and grow in. She and her husband (also a math teacher) have 5 children ranging from high school to infant! Stephanie enjoys watching her children's love for life flourish through the arts, sports, and academics!
                                                                                                                                      

Middle School - Social Studies

    • Tom Marino Middle School Social Studies

Thomas Marino, Teacher

Thomas Marino joined the St. Gabriel's family in 2014. Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Marino earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Keene State College in Keen, New Hampshire. He loves to teach because he is a lifelong learner and wants to motivate students to have the same passion for learning. When he is not teaching, Mr. Marino loves to explore the Hill Country with his wife and daughter.
    • Andrea Flores Middle School Social Studies and Religion

Andrea Flores, Teacher

Andrea Flores comes to us with over 8 years of teaching experience. She graduated from the UT San Antonio with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in early childhood education. Mrs. Flores discovered a passion for teaching at a young age and has since made it her mission to dedicate herself to helping shape young minds. She is a product of a Catholic School herself and is thankful to have the privilege to be able to teach under the Catholic faith.
    • Thom Herbeck Middle School Social Studies

Thomas Herbeck, Teacher

Thom Herbeck will join the St. Gabriel's family this year after spending the previous 17 years teaching social studies in Chicago. Mr. Herbeck earned his BA at Lake Forest College in Illinois and his MA in Social Studies Education from Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. Mr. Herbeck loves to bring history to life through thoughtful class discussions and connections to the present day. Some of his greatest pleasures in life have been coaching and watching his son and daughter compete in sports.
    • Kelly Jenks Social Studies Teacher

Kelly Jenks, Teacher

Kelly Jenks is joining the St. Gabriel's Catholic School community after teaching history for the past five years in Colorado. She earned her Master of Education in Education Leadership and Policy from Boston College and her Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Colorado State University. Kelly has a passion for bringing students closer to Christ through her work and helping kids explore their curiosity in the classroom. When she is not teaching, Kelly enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring Austin!
                                                                                                                                      

Middle School - Science

    • Swapna Deepak Middle School Science Teacher

Swapna Deepak, Teacher

Swapna Deepak holds a Masters degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Calicut in India. She completed her UTeach certification program from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Texas Teaching certification for teaching science,K-12, in 2012. During her 14 years of teaching, she has always been excited at the opportunity to create and put to use inquiry-based, generative, and project-based lesson designs which resonates well with any enthusiastic learning community.
    • Mike Scallon Middle School Science Teacher

Mike Scallon, Teacher

Mike Scallon is the 7th and 8th Grade Science and Robotics teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. He joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2000, bringing with him over 25 years of teaching experience. Mr. Scallon loves to teach because he believes that teaching is his calling. Born and raised right here in Travis County, Mr. Scallon is a 7th generation Texan. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Edwards’ University. Mike loves to hunt and fish with his Treeing Walker Coonhounds in his spare time.
    • Jennifer Morris

Jennifer Morris, Teacher

Jennifer Morris joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Jennifer enjoys sharing her love of science with students. When not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
                                                                                                                                      

All School - Theology

    • Ken Jordan Middle School Religion

Ken Jordan, Teacher

Ken Jordan is St. Gabriel’s Theology Department Head. He additionally serves as the Director of Mission and Identity on the Education Leadership Team, where he focuses on integrating the school's Catholic mission and identity throughout the school in advisory, retreats, and through student leadership opportunities. Ken joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2019, bringing with him 5 years of teaching experience. Ken loves teaching because he believes that it provides a life-changing opportunity to create relationships with students, inspire life-long learners, and discover God in all things. Ken is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Education. He also completed a joint program offered through Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in School Management and Leadership. When he is not teaching, he is visiting all the great restaurants in Austin or planning his next vacation!
    • Lydia Lowry Lower School Religion

Lydia Lowry, Teacher

Lydia Lowry is a proud Texan with 35 years of teaching experience. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and is passionate about teaching our Catholic faith. Mrs. Lowry and her husband have two sons, and together they enjoy spending time at the ranch, hiking, and traveling. She loves the outdoors and imbues a great love for nature as a means of understanding the beauty of God more deeply.
    • Yolanda McElhaney Pre-K 4 Teacher

Yolanda McElhaney, Teacher

Yolanda McElhaney received bachelor degrees in Spanish and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, as well as her Masters in Elementary Education from Texas State University. Mrs. McElhaney became a teacher to be a positive educational influence for her students while creating a fun, safe, and loving environment for them to experience while learning. Mrs. McElhaney resides in Buda with her family and enjoys spending her time cheering on her three sons at their various sporting events.
                                                                                                                                      

Terry Ryan, Teacher

*bio coming soon*
                                                                                                                                      

All School - World Languages

    • Montana Cooper

Montana Cooper, Teacher

Montana Cooper joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, N.L. and has done some projects in the field. However, Montana has found a love for teaching through her servitude as an LCCII catechist since 2014, which led her to teaching Spanish at other schools in the Austin area. Outside of the classroom, Montana enjoys spending time with her family at her favorite restaurant, Curra’s Grill, where she met her husband, Joe, knitting socks or sweaters for her daughters, or walking her dogs.
    • Sean Williams Middle School Latin

Sean Williams, Teacher

Sean Williams has ten years of teaching experience. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Southwestern University, a BA in Classics from UC Irvine, and an MA in English from Texas State University. Mr. Williams spent many years as a Ceramic Artist in Austin. His wife Kelly and he have two grown kids. Mr. Williams spends his free time making pottery, playing guitar, and reading History. His love of learning keeps him excited about teaching and sharing with young minds.
    • Sophie Hong Middle School Mandarin

Sophie Hong, Teacher

Sophie Hong joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. Sophie loves to teach because she enjoys making a positive impact on students' lives. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Hong holds a B.A. in English Education, a M.A. in English and American Literature from National Taiwan Normal University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M. In her free time, you’ll find Sophie enjoying a book or movie and planning her next trip with her family.
                                                                                                                                      

Yadira McCarter, Teacher

Yadira "Yadi" McCarter joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2020. Mrs. McCarter loves to teach Spanish because she loves seeing students reactions when learn new things and especially when they develop the confidence to speak Spanish without fear of making mistakes. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Bogotá. Mrs. McCarter has been teaching K-8 grades for 6 years. She has one son. In her spare time she enjoys running marathons, hiking, trying different restaurants around town Austin.

Sophia Gibson, Teacher

Sophia Gibson joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in August 2022. She received a Bachelor's degree in communications and sociology from Texas State University. Sophia has dedicated over 5 years to education and child care. She started off teaching Robotics and Engineering through a non-profit, The Boys & Girls Club. Sophia later went on to study Montessori and is currently earning her certification. When Sophia is not teaching, she is raising hens in her backyard, gardening, or coming up with something new to bake.
                                                                                                                                      

All School - Physical Education

    • Coach Gary Anderson Physical Education

Gary Anderson, Teacher

Coach Gary Anderson began his teaching career in 1986. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and has taught Physical Education at all levels. In 1980, while attending the University of Northern Colorado, Gary began coaching high school football and basketball. He and his wife relocated from Colorado to Texas in March of 2020.
    • Dan Whitcomb

Dan Whitcomb, Teacher

Dan Whitcomb joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022. Originally from Seattle, he earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. He went on to earn his Master's degree in education from Notre Dame de Namur and taught in the San Francisco bay area. His love for travel and passion for teaching took him abroad to teach internationally in both Spain and Germany. Dan has over 12 years of teaching experience in elementary homeroom and PE. When he is not at school, he loves to travel with his family, exercise, play music, eat all kinds of delicious food, lazily float a river on a hot day, and watch his Seattle sports teams.
                                                                                                                                      

All School - Arts

    • Kati Hellmer Art Teacher

Kati Hellmer, Visual Arts Teacher

Katlyn Hellmer graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is a certified EC-12 Art educator. She joined St. Gabriel’s expanding art program in 2020 and now teaches Pre-K- 1st grade Art as well as the 2D Art elective for 5th-8th grade. Ms. H is passionate about student self-expression and believes a successful classroom is where students have voice and choice in their creative process.
    • Milla Nyaga Music Teacher

Milla Nyaga, Performing Arts Teacher

Milla Nyaga joined St. Gabriel's in 2018. Ms. Nyaga graduated from Tyumen Music College in 2004. In 2008, she earned a Masters Degree in Instrumental Music Performance at Tyumen State Academy of Fine Arts. In 2017, Ms. Nyaga earned a Masters Degree in Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with All-Level Certification in Music from Houston Baptist University. When not teaching music, Ms. Nyaga enjoys reading, surfing, hiking, running and spending time with family and friends.
    • Van Tracy Music and Theater Teacher

Van Tracy, Performing Arts Teacher

Van Tracy is enjoying his fifth year at SGCS. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theater. After 10 years as a professional actor and musician, Mr. Tracy changed course and obtained his JD degree from Fordham University Law School in New York City. His insatiable passion for the arts finally dictated a departure from his 10+ year legal career and a return to the fine arts in the fall of 2017 when he joined SGCS.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Jen Webel Art Teacher

Jennifer Webel, Visual Arts Teacher

Mrs. Webel joined St. Gabriel's in 2005.  She earned a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Scientific Illustration and minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia, Athens and an MA in Art Education with a focus in New Genre from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Mrs. Webel loves sharing the joy of artmaking with children! She is married with two children, both of whom attend St. Gabriel's, and loves animals.
    • Cary Porter Music Teacher

Cary Porter, Performing Arts Teacher

Cary Porter joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2021. Mr. Porter is passionate about music’s ability to connect while teaching us to strive for the highest ideals in our imagination, purpose, and abilities. Mr. Porter earned his BM in Performance from Baylor University and MM in Performance from Yale University. He brings over 22 years of teaching experience to St. Gabriel’s. Outside of school, you will often find Mr. Porter in the kitchen, continuously exploring his love for cooking.
                                                                                                                                      

All School - Health & Wellness

    • Lisa Hellmer Counselor

Lisa Hellmer, Counselor

Lisa Hellmer joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2006, bringing with her 25 years of experience as an educator/counselor. Lisa loves counseling in the educational environment because she feels passionate about guiding and supporting students and parents through all of life's challenges and developmental milestones. In her spare time, Lisa loves to spend time with her friends and family, sing, play flute, read, travel, laugh as much as possible.
    • Tracy Robson School Nurse

Tracy Robson, Nurse

Tracy Robson, MSN-RN, BC-WHNP is the school nurse for St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She has over 20 years nursing experience and is dedicated to providing compassionate care to the students and staff. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and completed her Master of Science in Nursing- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her children and family, gardening, traveling, and doing craft projects.  
    • Mallory Eastwood

Mallory Eastwood, Part-Time Nurse

Mallory Eastwood is a native Houstonian who recently relocated to Austin. She has many years of nursing experience but is particularly drawn to school nursing. Mallory was a stay-at-home mom to her two sons who are now college graduates. She went back to work in 2016 when her boys went off to school. When Mallory isn't working, she is trying to learn her way around Austin, watching Netflix, or playing guitar. She is very excited to get to know the St. Gabriel student body and looks forward to having a healthy year ahead for everyone.
                                                                                                                                      

All School - Student Support Services

    • Mary Anne McDaniel Director of Student Support Services

Mary Anne McDaniel, Director of Student Support Services

Mary Anne McDaniel joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2019, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. She loves to teach and is excited and honored to share her enthusiasm for lifelong learning with her students. Mrs. McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Transylvania University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading from Texas State University.
    • Barb Creed Student Support Services and Director of Service Learning

Barb Creed, Director of Service Learning and Learning Support Specialist

Barb Creed has been a life-long educator with more than 25 years of educational experience. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University and an M.ED in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University. From a young age, Ms. Creed wanted to be a teacher and still loves the joy that comes with helping students succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and enjoying the outdoors.

Mary Scanlon, Learning Support Specialist

Mary Scanlon joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2022. She earned her bachelor’s from Franciscan University with a degree in dual license - early childhood education and intervention specialist and a masters in special education from California Lutheran University. Ms. Scanlon is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and succeed both in and outside of the classroom. Ms. Scanlon comes from California and enjoys being outside and traveling in her free time.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Lisa Oggero Student Support Services

Lisa Oggero, Learning Support Specialist

Lisa Oggero joined the SGCS community in 1999 and is one of the founding teachers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She loves teaching children in a Catholic school environment and believes The Holy Spirit was her Guide who led her to St. Gabriel’s. Ms. Oggero treats each of her students like the unique child they are by nurturing and guiding them on their academic journey. She earned her BS with a Reading Endorsement and Kindergarten Certification from Texas A&M University.
                                                                                                                                      

Education Leadership Team

    • Cory Bluemling Director of STEAM

Cory Bluemling, Director of STEAM

Cory Bluemling is in his tenth year working in education. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware in Fine Art and his MA and BA from the California State University, Northridge in Ceramics/Public Art and Television/Film. Cory loves innovative problem solving and the ever-changing challenges that working in creative spaces presents. Cory is also a working artist and loves spending time with his family and making his daughter laugh.
    • Barb Creed Student Support Services and Director of Service Learning

Barb Creed, Director of Service Learning and Learning Support Specialist

Barb Creed has been a life-long educator with more than 25 years of educational experience. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University and an M.ED in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University. From a young age, Ms. Creed wanted to be a teacher and still loves the joy that comes with helping students succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and enjoying the outdoors.
    • Mary Anne McDaniel Director of Student Support Services

Mary Anne McDaniel, Director of Student Support Services

Mary Anne McDaniel joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2019, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. She loves to teach and is excited and honored to share her enthusiasm for lifelong learning with her students. Mrs. McDaniel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Transylvania University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading from Texas State University.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Kathy Roy Director of Religious Education

Kathy Roy, Director of Religious Education

Kathy Roy has been a part of the St. Gabriel's parent community since 2011 - joining the staff in 2018. Kathy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas A&M University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Texas State University. Kathy enjoys trips to the beach as well as Longhorn football games with her husband and two children.
    • Allison Starling Director of Innovative Learning

Allison Starling, Director of Innovative Learning

Allison Starling is the Director of Innovation at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Allison joined St. Gabriel’s in 2015, bringing with her 16 years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional leader. Allison’s work is driven by her passion for creating authentic learning experiences, through instructional coaching, that manifest in future-ready students. In her spare time, Starling enjoys hiking with her dogs, as well as watching movies at home.
    • Ken Jordan Middle School Religion

Ken Jordan, Director of Mission & Identity

Ken Jordan is St. Gabriel’s Theology Department Head. He additionally serves as the Director of Mission and Identity on the Education Leadership Team, where he focuses on integrating the school's Catholic mission and identity throughout the school in advisory, retreats, and through student leadership opportunities. Ken joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2019, bringing with him 5 years of teaching experience. Ken loves teaching because he believes that it provides a life-changing opportunity to create relationships with students, inspire life-long learners, and discover God in all things. Ken is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Education. He also completed a joint program offered through Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in School Management and Leadership. When he is not teaching, he is visiting all the great restaurants in Austin or planning his next vacation!
                                                                                                                                      

Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

    • Farah Golab Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

Farah Golab, Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

Farah Golab joined St. Gabriel's Catholic School as the Director of Religious Education in 2013. Previously, she served as the Director of Religious Education at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Houston, TX. Sharing her faith and incorporating it into the mission of SGCS is a passion Farah feels blessed to live out each day. In 2016, she began her role as Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Farah earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, holds a Masters of Arts in Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and has earned her Certificate for Admission and Enrollment Professionals (CAEP) from the Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals.
    • Marianna Creixell Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

Mariana Creixell, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management

Mariana Creixell has been part of St. Gabriel’s since 2013; as a parent volunteer, a substitute teacher, and as part of the Enrollment Department. She is passionate about Catholic education, having earned all of her degrees in Catholic institutions. After earning her MBA, Mrs. Creixell worked in marketing for The Estee Lauder Companies across several brands. Her favorite part of the day is talking with families about St. Gabriel’s amazing community, and her personal experiences as a parent. 
                                                                                                                                      

Finance and Human Resources

    • Coni Butler Director of Finance and Human Resources

Coni Butler, Director of Finance and Human Resources

Coni Butler is a CPA in the state of Texas with 30 years combined experience in public accounting, manufacturing and non-profit corporations. She is a graduate from the McCombs school of Business at the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Accounting.  Coni enjoys the opportunity to serve as a leader at St. Gabriel's because it allows her to combine her faith and business acumen building an institution with long term viability that furthers the mission of the Catholic Church.
    • Valeria Morena Accounting Assistant and Accounts Payable

Valeria Moreno, Accounting Asst. and Accounts Payable

Valeria Moreno is a recent 2021 graduate from St. Edward’s University, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. During her college years, Ms. Moreno earned experience in various areas of accounting through her internships with RSM, the LiveStrong Foundation, and CoBank and is excited to join St. Gabriel’s community. If she is not on campus, you will find her swimming at the Barton Creek Greenbelt or trying new places across Austin.
    • Cirenia Terrazas Accountant and Payroll Coordinator

Cirenia Terrazas, Accountant & Payroll Coordinator

Cirenia joined St. Gabriel’s in August 2012 as the school’s Accountant. Cirenia has 19 years of total work experience and 9 years in Education. She holds a BS and MS in Accounting from the University of North Texas. Cirenia loves working in education because she believes a good education is the pathway that helps achieve life goals. When away from work, Cirenia enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her passions include attending sporting events, reading and cooking.
    • Yesenia Garcia

Yesenia Garcia, Accounting Assistant

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Information Technology

    • Matthew Glover IT Manager

Matthew Glover, IT Manager

Matthew Glover joined St. Gabriel's in 2018 and has brought over 10 years of experience in professional IT from Helpdesk, Network Administration, Network Engineering, and IT Security roles. During his time here, Matthew completed Google Administration and Fortinet NSE certificates and moved into the IT Manager role, where he is responsible for all faculty, staff, and student technology needs, live streaming, and network administration. He continues to learn and grow as an IT professional. Matthew has three children with his wife Winnie and enjoys crazy whirlwind weekends with everyone. He has a passion for photography and videography, which led him to obtain his FAA certification to fly drones. With this he enjoys taking aerial photos and videos as well as sharing them with the school on occasion.
    • Nick Butler Middle School Receptionist

Nick Butler, IT Support Specialist

Nick Butler began working at St. Gabriel's in 2017 as an after-school counselor. Since then, he has worked as a Pre-K 3 Assistant Teacher, Middle School Math Assistant Teacher, Summer Camp Counselor, Substitute Teacher, and now fills the roll of Middle School Receptionist. Born and raised in Austin, Nick grew up attending St. Theresa's Catholic School and has been a part of their church community for 20 years. He later graduated from Anderson High School in 2017 and attended both Austin Community College and the University of Arkansas working toward his degree in journalism. When he is not working, he enjoys camping, hanging out with his pets, and making music with his friends.

Preston Elmore, IT Support Specialist

Preston Elmore joined St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in 2022. He holds several certificates in IT and networking. Preston loves helping people with their technical issues and making sure that they have the right technology to assist them in their work. He loves attending service and bible studies and doing volunteer work around the city.
                                                                                                                                      

Institutional Advancement

 
    • Alicia Robertson Director of Advancement

Alicia Robertson, Director of Institutional Advancement

Alicia joined St. Gabriel's Catholic School in July 2012 and in leading fundraising efforts, special events, and parent volunteerism, is responsible for building a joyful culture of philanthropy. Before coming to St. Gabriel's, Alicia served Ascension Seton for 17 years in various roles from fundraising, volunteer management, pediatric ethics and Mission Integration. A mother of four, and a life-long Texan, she holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree from St. Edward's University.
    • Andy De Waal Assistant Director of Advancement

Andy de Waal, Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement

In selecting a school for her children, Ms. de Waal left no stone unturned. But, the moment she toured St. Gabriel’s she knew her family had found their educational home. Seven years later, she is proud to combine her love of this community and professional expertise in service of our Sabers. As graduate of The University of Texas and former major gift officer for UT, Ms. de Waal has a passion for education and helping people find their own philanthropic interests to help change lives.
    • Jeni Messina Special Events Manager

Jeni Messina, Special Events Manager

Before moving to her current role in 2021, Ms. Messina taught 2nd Grade for six years at St. Gabriel's. She brings sixteen years of private school experience to our community. A native of Minnesota, Ms. Messina earned her Bachelor of Science of Elementary Education from The University of North Dakota. When she is not planning an event, you’ll find Jeni in the mountains skiing, watching her children play sports, or looking for the best sushi in town.
                                                                                                                                      

Student Activities

    • Riley Litherland Director of Student Activities

Riley Litherland, Director of Student Activities

Riley Litherland is the Director of Student Activities at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Riley joined the SGCS community as a teacher in 2013 and was named the Director of Student Activities in 2016.  Mr. Litherland is passionate about providing opportunities for students to find and pursue their passions outside of the classroom. Mr. Litherland earned his BS in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas at Arlington. 
    • Crystal Kobe Extended Programming Coordinator

Crystal Kobe, Extended Programming Coordinator

Crystal Kobe earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Liberty University and has experience in non-profit, education, and corporate environments. Ms. Kobe is dedicated to providing an exceptional outside-of-the-classroom experience and strives to uplift and encourage each individual student in his or her daily walk at St. Gabriel's. She is happily married to a wonderful man, has two amazing children, and two of the very best dogs.
    • Coach Jay Tiangco Physical Education

Jay Tiangco, Assistant Athletic Director

Jay Tiangco joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, bringing with him 9 years of teaching experience. He is committed to being a passionate teacher who strives to make his areas of expertise simple, interesting, enjoyable, and important for his students. A native of Manila, Philippines, Mr. Tiangco earned his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences/Organizational Systems Development from De La Salle University.
                                                                                                                                      

St. Gabriel's Catholic School Staff

    • Betsy Buisson-Fusselman Assistant to Head of School

Betsy Buisson-Fusselman, Assistant to the Head of School

Betsy Buisson-Fusselman joined the SGCS family in 2013 and served as a Kindergarten Assistant before transitioning into Administration. She grew up in Southwest Louisiana and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Buisson-Fusselman believes her “why” is to do God’s work at St. Gabriel’s with a servant’s heart. She is also grateful to have met her husband at SGCS, with whom she shares two fur babies, Jacques-Imo and Mignonne.
    • Eva Cardenas Receptionist

Eva Cardenas, Receptionist

Eva Cardenas is from Laredo, Texas and moved to Austin in 2020. She attended catholic school as well as public schools both in Mexico and USA. Ms. Cardenas is a dentist in Mexico and a medical assistant in the US. She has worked with children most of her life as she grew up mainly in a hospital setting due to her father being a pediatrician and former Chief of the Health Department in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico. As a hobby, Ms. Cardenas does cosmetic micropigmentation, cooking, sudoku, reading, learning a new trade, and exploring restaurants in Austin and surrounding areas. She loves working with children because she will always be a child at heart and just being around them and watching them bloom into great human beings is very rewarding.
    • Amanda Finlaw Marketing Communications Manager

Amanda Finlaw, Marketing Communications Manager

Amanda Finlaw joined St. Gabriel’s in 2021 after 5 years of work in public school communications in Pennsylvania and California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Communications from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Amanda is passionate about working in education because she can tell positive stories and share significant moments with communities.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Kirsten Funderburk Librarian

Kirsten Funderburk, Librarian

Kirsten Funderburk has been working in education since 2005. She has her Bachelor of Science in Library Science and Information Technology from the University of Maine. She chose school librarianship because she enjoys bringing stories to life and helping children fall in love with books. Kirsten has lived all over, including Norway and the U.K., and loves to travel whenever she can. Although Maine is her favorite state, her heart is in Montana with her grandchildren and she visits them as often as she can. In the meantime, Kirsten is thankful for Facetime! She has lived in Austin since 2010 and feels blessed to be working at St. Gabriel's Catholic School. 
    • Lorna Gonzalez-Quiles Assistant to Head of Lower School

Lorna Gonzalez-Quiles, Assistant to the Head of Lower School

Lorna joined St. Gabriel's in 2010 as the Administrative Assistant to the Head of Middle School. After several years, Lorna transitioned to Administrative Assistant to the Head of School as well as administrative support to the Advancement Team. Lorna grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to the US mainland to attend Iowa State University where she graduated with a BA in Interior Design and a minor in Psychology. Lorna loves to travel, especially to visit family and friends in her native Puerto Rico.
    • Herica Grimaldo Cafeteria Staff

Herica Grimaldo, Cafeteria Staff

Herica has shared her love of cooking with the St. Gabriel's community since 2007 and has enjoyed watching hundreds of SGCS students grow over the years! When she is not in the kitchen creating a delicious masterpiece, you can find Herica strolling through the old towns of Mexico, reading a good book, or enjoying a long walk with her husband.
                                                                                                                                      
    • Marie Maalat Assistant to Head of Middle School

Marie Maalat-Viniegra, Assistant to the Head of Middle School

Marie joined St. Gabriel’s in 2016 as Administrative Assistant to the Head of Middle School. Her love of problem solving, multi-tasking, and a passion for serving others keeps her busy with our middle school students. She received her Bachelor's in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management from Houston Baptist University. Marie was born in Manila, Philippines; grew up in Houston, TX; and also lived in Barcelona, Paris, and Dorado, Puerto Rico before moving to Austin TX in 2016.
    • Russell Thompson Campus Security Officer

Russell Thompson, Campus Security Officer

Russell Thompson started at St. Gabriel's full time in January 2022 as our Campus Security Officer. He retired from the Travis County Sherriff's Office after serving with them for 30 years. During that time, he worked various assignments including traffic enforcement, lake patrol, narcotic interdiction, and as a school resource officer for Westlake High School and Del Valle High School. He has a Master Peace Officer License and is continuing to provide safety and security to the students and faculty. He was born in Texas and loves to travel but has no plans of ever leaving. He has lots of hobbies and two golden retrievers that take all of his free time. 
    • Audra McCleary Director of Operations

Audra McCleary, Director of Operations

Audra joined St. Gabriel’s in January 2016. She has over 25 years experience working in the non-profit and educational sectors including positions in advancement, enrollment management and I.T. Audra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental & Systematic Biology with a minor in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, Georgia.
    • Paula Johns

Paula Johns, Middle/After School Receptionist

Paula Johns, a native Texan, joined St. Gabriel's Catholic School in 2022. She has over 37 years of customer service experience in the airline industry, caring for and serving others at American Airlines and Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant. Paula attended The University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoys spending time with family and grandchildren, cooking, music, watching football, and traveling. Paula believes through faith, prayer, and our Lord's guidance, she has been blessed to join St. Gabriel's Catholic School family. 
St. Gabriel's Catholic School is an Independent Catholic school in Austin TX, educating children in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school.