Academics & Programs

Our Faculty and Staff

Leadership

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  • Dan McKenna, Head of School

    Dan McKenna is Head of School at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Dan has been a part of the St. Gabriel’s family since 2013. Dan is passionate about helping children to develop not only their minds, but also their character.
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  • James Melone, Head of Middle School

    James Melone is St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Head of Middle School. James has been a part of the St. Gabriel’s family for five years. James believes teaching is his vocation and is honored by the opportunity to help grow our young men and women into strong individuals who are grounded in faith and compassion for others. 
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  • Colleen Lynch, Head of Lower School

    Colleen Lynch is St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Head of Lower School. Colleen has been a part of the St. Gabriel’s family since 2014 and is passionate about contributing to a mission-driven school and helping children, teachers, and families along their educational journey.
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Lower School

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  • Yolanda McElhaney, Pre-K

    Yolanda McElhaney is St. Gabriel’s Catholic School’s Pre-K Math, Religion, and Science teacher. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2013. Yolanda is passionate about helping children learn, and perhaps more importantly, learning to love learning. She is inspired by watching the proverbial light bulb come on over a child’s head when they master a new skill.
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  • Dana Polk, Pre-K

    Dana Polk is one of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School’s fabulous Pre-K teachers.  She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015. Dana believes that the most important thing in this world are our children—they are our hope and our future. Dana is passionate about helping our youngest sabers know that each one of them is loved and cherished.
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  • Kristen Dalton, Kindergarten

    Kristen Dalton is one of the amazing Kindergarten Assistants here at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Kristen joined the SGCS family in 2016 and brings two years of teaching experience with her. Kristen loves to teach because she loves watching how children experience new things every day.
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  • Lisa Oggero, Kindergarten

    Lisa Oggero is a Kindergarten teacher and the Early Childhood Coordinator at St. Gabriel’s.  She joined the SGCS community in 1999 and is one of the founding teachers here. Lisa loves teaching children in a Catholic school environment and believes that God truly brought her to St. Gabriel’s. She treats each of her students like the precious child that they are, nurturing and guiding them on their journey through Kindergarten.
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  • Caity Schmeltekopf, Kindergarten

    Caity Schmeltekopf is one of the amazing Kindergarten teachers at St. Gabriel’s. Caity joined our family in 2012 and brings over 7 years of experience to our Kindergarteners. She loves to teach because she loves the energy and enthusiasm that the children share each day. Caity considers it a blessing to be a part of their days and help them with their educational journey.  Children have always had a special place in her heart, and she is very thankful for the opportunity to work with them.
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  • Stephanie Touchet, Kindergarten

    Stephanie Touchet is one of our Kindergarten Assistants, making sure each young student receives all of the individual attention he or she needs.  Stephanie joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014 and brings with her 7 years of teaching experience.  Stephanie loves teaching because the people who have had the greatest impact on her life were all teachers. She lives to serve others through her gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
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  • Molly Bond, 1st Grade

    Molly Bond is one of the dedicated 1st Grade teachers here at St. Gabriel’s.  Molly joined the St. Gabriel’s family is 2011 and has six years of teaching under her belt.  Molly loves to teach because it allows her to make a meaningful difference each and every day in the life of a child. She believes that watching children learn is one of the most amazing experiences to witness.
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  • Michelle Estep, 2nd Grade

    Michelle Estep is one of the wonderful second grade teachers here at St. Gabriel’s. Michelle joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2009, bringing seven years of teaching experience with her.  Michelle devotes her life to teaching because she believes it is what she was made to do—she can’t imagine doing anything else. She knows that all of her experiences, education, and God-given talents have led her to this vocation, and the experience comes so naturally.
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  • Jeni Messina, 2nd Grade

    Jeni Messina is one of St. Gabriel’s nurturing 2nd Grade teachers. Jeni joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015, bringing 13 years of teaching experience to our community.  Jeni can’t imagine doing anything other than being a teacher.  She believes teaching is a gift from God.
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  • Gena Pass, 2nd Grade

    Gena Pass is one of the inspiring 2nd Grade teachers here at St. Gabriel’s. Gena joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, and brings 11 years of teaching to our community.  Gena loves to teach because she loves inspiring others to love God and to love learning.
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  • Kathryn Meyeres, 3rd Grade

    Kathryn Meyeres is St. Gabriel’s 3rd Grade Science and Social Studies teacher.  Kathryn joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with her 8 years of teaching experience. Kathryn loves teaching because she believes that learning is fun and we must all continue to learn throughout our lives. She loves to show students that all subjects are intertwined, important, and relevant.  Kathryn loves watching the metaphorical light bulb turn on over the students’ heads when they understand a new concept for the first time.
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  • Cindy Miller, 4th Grade

    Cindy Miller is the English/Language Arts teacher for the 4th Grade at St. Gabriel’s.  She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2005, bringing with her 27 years of teaching experience. Cindy loves to teach our older Lower School students because she is honored by the opportunity to guide our students in their educational journey.
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  • Stefanie Nguyen, 4th Grade

    Stefanie Nguyen is the St. Gabriel’s 4th Grade Science and Social Studies teacher. Stefanie joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, bringing with her 13 years of teaching experience and expertise.  Stefanie loves to teach because she loves being part of a child's life and watching them grow and learn.  Teaching gives her purpose knowing that she can make a difference in each child’s life.
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  • Brenda Kurta, Pre-K 3–2nd Grade Physical Education

    Brenda Kurta is the Pre-K 3–2nd Grade Physical Education teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, which was her first year teaching, although she coached for four years before that. Brenda loves to teach because she loves working with children, teaching them new games that tap into their athletic capabilities, while having fun at the same time.
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  • Lydia Lowry, Kindergarten–3rd Grade Religion

    Lydia Lowry is the Kindergarten–3rd Grade Religion teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2005, bringing with her over 30 years of teaching experience. Lydia loves to teach because she loves to learn, and she learns from her students.  Lydia especially loves teaching elementary age students because the students are full of surprises and keep her on her toes!
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  • Brittany Spong, Pre-K 3­–2nd Grade Music

    Brittany Spong is the Pre-K 3­–2nd Grade Music teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015, bringing with her 3 years of teaching experience. Brittany loves to teach because she has always felt passionately about helping children expand their knowledge and learn to love learning.
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  • Jen Webel, Pre-K 3–4th Grade Art

    Jen Webel is the Pre-K 3–4th Grade Art teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2005, bringing with her 17 years of teaching experience. Jen loves to teach because she loves to help children create art together.
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Middle School

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  • Monica Agostini, 5th Grade Language Arts

    Monica Agostini is St. Gabriel’s 5th Grade Language Arts teacher. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2011 and brings 21 years of teaching experience to the community. Monica loves to teach because she loves seeing the “Aha! Moments” that children experience every day!
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  • Sarah Glenn, 6th and 7th Grade Language Arts

    Sarah Glenn is the 6th and 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.  Sarah joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, bringing with her 15 years of teaching experience.  Sarah loves to teach because she wants to be just like one of the few, amazing teachers who inspired her when she was a student and pass along the value of kindness her mother showed her growing up.
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  • Susan Hall, 5th Grade Math

    Susan Hall teaches Math, Advisory, Extensions, and Study Hall for the youngest Middle School students here at St. Gabriel’s.  Susan joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015 and brings 25 years of experience to the community. Susan loves teaching because each year is a new learning experience for all involved—she learns just as much from her students as she teaches them.  Susan knows in her heart that she has truly been called to make a difference in the lives of the children she teaches.
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  • Annie Harwig, 6th and 7th Grade Science

    Annie Harwig is the 6th and 7th Grade Science teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2017, and this is her first year of teaching.  Annie loves being a teacher because she has a passion for mentoring children to become the best people they can be—whether that is through mastering science or learning about Christ.
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  • Diana Hobbs, 8th Grade Algebra

    Diana Hobbs is the 8th Grade Algebra teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Diana joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015 bringing with her 23 years of teaching experience. Diana loves to teach because every day, her life has purpose and she makes a real difference. She loves to help her students to see the beauty and the value in themselves, and find the strength and confidence to journey down the path they have created. Diana believes that teachers have many precious opportunities to build a student’s self-concept, help shape a dream, provide redirection, and impart knowledge and wisdom. Having these opportunities and acting on them is what she values most about being a teacher. It’s not a job, it’s a purpose for living.
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  • Sophie Hong, Mandarin Chinese

    Sophie Hong is the Middle School Mandarin Chinese teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Sophie joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. Sophie loves to teach because it is so enjoyable to her that she feels like it isn’t work at all.
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  • Thomas Marino, 5th and 6th Grade Social Studies

    Thomas Marino is a 5th and 6th Grade Social Studies teacher here at St. Gabriel’s. He joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with him 8 years of teaching experience. Thomas loves to teach because he is a lifelong learner and wants to motivate students to have the same passion for learning.
     
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  • Marcene Murphy, 7th Grade Math, 5th & 6th Grade Robotics, Middle School Girl’s Lacrosse Coach

    Marcene Murphy is the 7th Grade Math teacher, 5th & 6th Grade Robotics coach, and Middle School Girl’s Lacrosse Coach at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2015, bringing with her 15 years of teaching experience. Marcene loves to teach because she believes teaching is truly a blessing and a privilege. She began working with youth while she was in high school, serving as a basketball coach, camp counselor, and Sunday school teacher. Marcene followed her heart from teaching opportunity to teaching opportunity and has never looked back.
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  • Cindy Newman, 5th–8th Grade Art

    Cindy Newman is the 5th–8th Grade Art teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2001, bringing with her 20 years of teaching experience. Cindy loves to teach because she loves children and art—what an unbeatable combination!
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  • Erin Niedringhaus, 5th–8th Grade Latin

    Erin Niedringhaus is the 5th–8th Grade Latin teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Erin joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016 bringing with her 5 years of teaching experience. Erin loves to teach because she believes that children are our most important resource. She deeply values her relationship with her students and strives daily to contribute to their positive future by teaching and guiding them in the present.
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  • Lauren Parra, 5th–8th Grade Dance

    Lauren Parra is the 5th–8th Grade Dance teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, bringing with her 7 years of teaching experience. Lauren loves to teach because she loves to help create and witness that moment when a child understands a new concept for the first time.
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  • Teresa Pione, Spanish

    Teresa Pione is the Middle School Spanish teacher for St. Gabriel’s. Teresa also organizes the service learning projects and outings for our students. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2009, bringing with her 10 years of teaching experience. Teresa loves to teach because she loves being able to share both her Catholic faith and her passion for the Spanish language and cultures with her students.
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  • Mike Scallon, 7th and 8th Grade Science and Robotics

    Mike Scallon is the 7th and 8th Grade Science and Robotics teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Mike joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 200, bringing with him over 25 years of teaching experience. Mike loves to teach because he believes that teaching is his calling.
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  • Ella Marie Unruh, 5th and 6th Grade Religion

    Ella Marie Unruh is a 5th and 6th Grade Religion teacher at St. Gabriel’s. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2013, bringing with her 3 years of teaching experience. Ella Marie loves to teach because she has always had a deep connection and love for children, even when she was a child.  She appreciates their youth, innocence, brilliance, and beauty.  She feels blessed every day surrounded by young people who are ready to learn and eager to grow. Ella Marie believes our students are a direct reflection of God’s Agape Love.
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  • Martin Wiggins, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies, Student Council, and Yearbook

    Martin Wiggins is the 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. He also administers the student council and oversees the yearbook production.  Marty joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 1999 (the School’s opening year), bringing with him 41 years of teaching experience. Marty loves to teach because he loves making a difference in the lives of students.
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School-Wide Teachers

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  • Jacqui Glenn, Kindergarten–8th Grade Learning Specialist

    Jacqui Glenn is the K–8th Learning Specialist at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Jacqui joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with her 18 years of teaching experience. Jacqui loves to teach because she believes that education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world. She enjoys being part of the process of empowering children to do great things.
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  • Lisa Hellmer, School Counselor

    Lisa Hellmer is the School Counselor at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2006, bringing with her 24 years of experience as a teacher/counselor. Lisa loves to teach because she feels passionate about teaching and working with students and their families. She loves to help children achieve new levels of spiritual and emotional growth while working for positive social change.
     
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  • Dana Hurd, Academic Support

    Dana Hurd is the Academic Support teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She provides reading support for Lower School students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and Guided Study Hall for Middle School students in grades 6th through 8th. Dana joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2012, bringing with her 31 years of teaching experience. Dana loves to teach because she loves spending time with children. She loves to facilitate activities that encourage ongoing learning and continual curiosity about the world. She loves watching the twinkle in their eyes when they understand a new concept.
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  • Cecilia Locke, Director of Student Support Services

    Cecilia Locke is the Director of Student Support Services at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 1999, bringing with her 20 years of teaching experience. Cecilia loves to teach because she is passionate about helping students learn.
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  • Fr. James McDonough, OP, School Chaplain

    Father Jim is the Chaplain at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. He joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, after having served on the Board of Trustees in the past.  Father Jim has been in the Priesthood for 55 years.  As a Catholic Priest and a Dominican Friar, he considers ministry not only important, but enjoyable.
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  • Joilson Silva, 3rd–8th Grade Physical Education

    Joilson Silva is the 3rd–8th Grade PE teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. He joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2008, bringing with him 33 years of teaching experience. Coach Silva loves to teach because he is passionate about sports, physical fitness, and teaching children—it’s his perfect combination!
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  • Allison Snyder, Library and Research Skills

    Allison Snyder is the Library and Research Skills teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. She joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2014, bringing with her 5 years of teaching experience. Allison loves being a librarian because she gets to teach people how to find and understand information independently. She loves helping the students appreciate literature and grow their love of learning, of stories and the fantastic, of the world around them, of their lens of empathy for others, while thinking critically about what information is presented to them.
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  • Jay Tiangco, Athletics Operations Manager and PE Assistant

    Jay Tiangco is the Athletics Operations Manager and PE Assistant at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. He joined the St. Gabriel’s family in 2016, bringing with him 9 years of teaching experience. Jay sums up his love of teaching with the following quote from John F. Podojil: “Teaching is not a profession; it's a passion. Without passion for your subject and a desire for your students to learn and be the best in the world, then we have failed as a teacher and failure is not an option.” He believes that passion cannot be fakes—you either have it or you don’t. He is committed to being a passionate teacher who strives to make his areas of expertise simple, interesting, enjoyable, and important for his students. Jay creates an environment in which the students feel safe, respected, and challenged.
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Staff Members

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St. Gabriel's Catholic School

2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin, TX 78735
Phone 512-327-7755 
Fax 512-327-4334

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  • Virtue.

  • Excellence.

  • Leadership.

St. Gabriel's Catholic School is an Independent Catholic school in Austin TX, educating children in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school.