My name is Karen Carter and I born and raised on Long Island, NY. I moved to Florida with my family after graduating high school. I have been employed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School as the Administrative Assistant since August of 2010. Prior to then, I was employed by 7-Eleven Stores in their Corporate Real Estate Department. My 28-year tenure with 7-Eleven ended very abruptly when the decision was made to close the satellite office I was currently working in. But we know all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, so here I am! My husband Glenn and I have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Glenn has worked for the Coca Cola Company since 1982. We both love music concerts, movies and sports games, and try to get to as many of these as we can when time allows.
Director of Technology
I am Matt Titus the Technology Director at Our Lady of Lourdes. I started at OLL in the summer of 2015 and have enjoyed my time here immensely. Before my time at OLL I spent 10 years coaching high school football and baseball as well as 4 years as an educator. The first two years were in the State of North Dakota where I was born and raised, I taught Accounting, Personal Finance & Technology as well as spending a year as Technology Director. Upon moving to Florida I spent two years as the Robotics & Technology Teacher at Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey. I graduated in 2011 from Minot State University in Minot, ND with a Bachelors Degree in Business Education. During my time in college I met my wife Jennifer a Bradenton, FL native, we have a two year old son Mauer. We spend most of our free time chasing Mauer around the house and enjoying the beaches and any athletic event we have time to watch. We are parishioners at OLL and truly feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful parish community.
It is a true gift to work with our caring, nurturing faculty and staff who we have here at Our Lady of Lourdes. It is such a loving community and that is why I feel tremendously blessed and have cherished being a part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Parish Family since 2013. Our children are abundantly precious, faith-filled and intelligent. It is a joy to see their smiling faces each morning while getting to know our school families. God has blessed us, indeed! My husband, Tony and myself are native Floridians as we were both born at Tampa. We love reading, history, cooking, dancing, travel, watching old movies, enjoying time with family, cheering for our favorite football teams (Bucs, Cowboys, Seminoles and Bulls), biking, walking and running the trail, and most of all spending time with our sweet Caroline, for whom we waited 19 years! A graduate of Dunedin High School, I also studied dance from the age of three and later both taught and studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern disciplines while in college. After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities, my experiences included working in legal offices for many years and also working extensively in the not-for-profit sector. Go ‘Noles!
Team Leader PK3 – 4th Grade, EC4
I am Mary Rehm the Director of the Early Childhood program and a teacher in the four year old class. Additionally, I am the elementary school Team Leader in grades EC3 through 2nd grade. I attended the University of South Florida where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education,( K through 8 ) with a specialization in Early Childhood. I hold an Advanced Level Directors Credential through the Florida Department of Children and Families. I began teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in 1998. I have always considered this parish my home and what I love most is the family atmosphere and strong Catholic identity. Jesus truly is the unseen teacher in every classroom and the guiding light of the school.
I am Maria McCaffrey. I have been fortunate enough to be working here at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2014. I have loved working with the preschool three and four year olds! I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community of families. Prior to coming to Our Lady of Lourdes, I attended college at SPC & the University of Central Florida. I also worked for St. Cecelia’s Church as the Director of Faith Formation. In my time here at OLL I have truly felt right at home. I love working with the students every day to bring their faith & passion for learning alive! It is an absolute joy to be a part of the OLL family and I look forward to it for many years to come.
I am Patti Walker and have been teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes since 1993; kindergarten since 1994. My Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New York College at Cortland is in Elementary Education as is my Florida Teaching certificate. I also hold a Catechist certificate from the Diocese of St Petersburg and was named city of Dunedin’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. My greatest joy is to spend each day with the children at Our lady of Lourdes where we all learn how much love Jesus has for us.
Kindergarten Instructional Aide
I am Lisa Russo, I have an Associate’s Degree in Science from SUNY Cobleskill. I have 4 children that have all graduated from OLL. I have been part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over 30 years. I started in 2003 working in the cafeteria , then continued in kindergarten in 2007 till present. My faith is an important part of my life as well as my children, I incorporate this love I have with the children in the classroom.
Born and raised in New York City, Karen Timms earned her Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Brockport. She had lived and worked in England for many years, before settling with her family in Northern Virginia. She moved to Tampa in 2014 from Fairfax, Virginia. Before joining the faculty at Our Lady of Lourdes, Karen was a teacher for seven years at St Mark Catholic School in Vienna, Virginia, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, where she taught third grade and kindergarten. Karen also volunteered extensively in the Fairfax County school system in their gifted and talented program. Karen and her husband have three children, all educated in the Catholic School system. I find working at OLL exciting because the children are so sweet and excited about learning, their energy is contagious!
My name is Angela Seitz and I have been at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2012. I attended the University of Central Florida where I received my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education along with an ESOL and Reading Endorsement. Prior to teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic, I taught two years at St. Stephen Catholic in Riverview, FL and this is my sixth year at Our Lady Lourdes. While at OLL I have taught two years of 4th Grade, three years of EC3 and now I am teaching 2nd Grade. Since graduation and now in my 8th year of teaching, I feel as I have learned so much about children, the Catholic faith, communication, and myself as a professional. My goals here at OLL are to support children to reach their full academic potential while integrating Catholic faith and values into their everyday lives. I strive to maintain a safe and friendly classroom environment that promotes productive learning, creativity, and communication. I love being part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Community and I look forward to coming to our school every day!
Kathleen Flanagan has been teaching third grade at Our Lady of Lourdes since 1999. Before coming to our community, Miss Flanagan taught in Pinellas County Schools for nine years as a Title I literacy and math teacher. She also was a Faith Formation catechist for seven years at St. Patrick Church in Largo. These experiences allowed her to bring a depth of knowledge to her role at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Miss Flanagan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She is a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School. Originally from Long Island, New York, Miss Flanagan has lived most of her life in Florida. She is proud to be a resident of Dunedin and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. In 2017, Miss Flanagan was honored to receive the Monsignor William Dubois Award for Professional Excellence.
Sydney House, originally from Largo, has lived and worked in England, Israel, and India before returning to the United States and eventually Florida. Since 2014, Ms. House has been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes faculty, teaching 4th grade and 3rd and 5th grade social studies. Prior to joining Lourdes, she taught both elementary and high school, at Lift Academy in Seminole. Ms. House has taught and worked in special education in both Boston and London. She received her BS from Emory University in Atlanta and her Masters degrees from Lesley University in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her family and her second family, the Lourdes community.
Grade 4 Instructional Aide
I have been working at Our Lady of Lourdes School since 2000 and, as an Instructional Aide, have helped in multiple grades; EC3 through 5th grade. I was also the Aftercare Director for 10 years. My husband David and I have three children – Kristin, Melissa, and Michael, all of whom graduated from of our great school. We have been Parishioners since 1988 and we truly love our Parish Community. Our hearts belong to Our Lady of Lourdes!
Middle School Math
Katie Sellers has been a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes since her family moved to Florida when she was two years old. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes school from kindergarten through eighth grade, and then Clearwater Central Catholic High School. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Florida. After graduating she taught 4th grade at St. Mary Magdalen school in Altamonte Springs, then in 2003 she married and returned to Dunedin where she accepted a teaching position back at OLL. During her time at the school she served as technology teacher and coordinator and then as fifth grade teacher. In 2007, Mrs. Sellers stopped teaching and has been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom to the couples three daughters since. Mrs. Sellers has stayed active in the Our Lady of Lourdes community, where her daughters attend school, by volunteering in various areas, namely chairing the School Advisory Council. I am excited and eager to be returning to OLL once again as an educator!
My name is Nancy Casalino, and I was born and raised in Long Island, NY. I joined the OLL parish community in September of 2001. Upon relocating to Florida from Long Island, NY, I taught in Kindergarten and 4th Grade, all of which were in Catholic Schools. I began my OLL career as the Resource Teacher and taught Intermediate Math and Reading for about 7 years. Then transitioned back into the classroom currently teaching 5th grade. I have a B.S Degree in Special Education and over20 years of experience. I love OLL and feel truly blessed to be a part of a wonderful parish community.
Grade 6, Middle School Literature and Language Arts
Ms. Melissa Whitaker has been the Middle School Language Arts teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2016. Born and raised in Western New York, she moved to Florida after graduating from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in education. Before joining the OLL family, Ms. Whitaker taught seventh and eighth grade Language Arts and Religion at Incarnation Catholic School in Tampa for fifteen years. She is blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school and faith community.
Grade 7, Middle School Math
My name is Charles Jones and this will be my 13th year teaching. My interest in math began with keeping statistics on sports that I played with my 2 brothers. This continues with competitions with my brothers playing golf and bowling. I graduated from LaGrange College with a master’s degree in teaching.I have taught a variety of math courses from 6th to 8th grade. I was born and raised in Greensboro, N. C. and I have lived in 9 different states in the southeast due to my previous career in retail management. I look forward to teaching the bright student at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Grade 8, Middle School Team Lead, Social Studies and Religion
Tracey Burns has been at Our Lady of Lourdes since 2015. Tracey attended Villanova University and received a BA in Political Science, then continued her education at USF and earned a Masters in Social Studies Education. Before joining the OLL family, she taught both Theology and Social Studies at Clearwater Central Catholic High School and then middle school Religion at Espiritu Santo Catholic School in Safety Harbor. I love OLL because of the commitment between the parish and the school. The students’ faith is exuberant in their actions, deeds and academics.
Middle School Science
Mrs. Lynn is the Middle School Science Teacher. There are many adventures to be explored in the Science Lab! Whether you’re watching the guinea pigs scurry around the room, holding Lenny or Tigger, the leopard geckos, having a hermit crab race, or watching the fish. Science is a hands-on class full of experiments, demonstrations, technology, and critical thinking. Mrs. Lynn graduated from the University of Toledo with her bachelor’s in elementary education with a specialization in science and her Masters in Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities. Mrs. Lynn holds certifications in Biology (6-12), General Science (5-9), Elementary (K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12). She has taught middle school science and computer, elementary and high school language arts and math in regular/special education for 29 years. Her family has been parishioners at OLL for the past 14 years. She’s been involved with Apostle’s Kitchen, RCIA, Vacation Bible School, Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation, and Faith Formation classes.
Claudia Fonseca was born in Bogota, Colombia. She studied Psychology at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota has a master’s degree in Human resource. She has been part of OLL since 2007, she teaches Spanish from EC3 through 8th grade, and is also the yearbook advisor. “Our Lady of Lourdes is my home, my kids attended the school and they have grown not only academically but spiritually as well. This is our parish and we as a family share our faith, time and talent. We truly feel the love of God every day in our lives.”
Mary Donner has been a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes since she and her family moved here from Boston in 2002.She started her association with OLL education as a volunteer for Faith Formation. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received an AA in Printmaking and photography from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri, then attended University of Iowa where she received her BFA in Art and Art history. She lives in Dunedin with her husband Mick and sons Harry and Arthur. Mick plays Bass and Guitar in the Life Teen band. Son Arthur is a recent graduate of University of Florida, he is an IT Specialist for St. Vincent de Paul. Arthur is a 2009 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes school. OLL is truly family!
Athletic Director, Physical Education
James Manders has been the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School since 2014. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Mr. Manders graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and Human Performance from Central Connecticut State University where he played Division I-AA football for the Blue Devils. Mr. Manders has been teaching physical education, coaching, and directing athletics since graduating in 2006. Mr. Manders is focused on promoting participation, positive thinking and empowering every pupil to be active members in the community. In 2017 Mr. Manders was awarded the Top Apple Award from the City of Dunedin for his health and wellness initiatives throughout the OLL and Dunedin community. On a personal note, Jim enjoys fishing, barbequing, Disney and is happiest along our gulf beaches with his wife Lindsey and daughter Gabby.
The students, parents and faculty create a dynamic, energizing and compassionate community which I absolutely love and appreciate as a music educator! I teach music to all students from the early childhood education program through 8th grade providing a strong and engaging music education curriculum. My primary goal is to foster and sustain an interest in some area of music so students become life-long learners and participants in music. From their initial introduction to the music curriculum, students learn music vocabulary and theory, prerequisites for reading choral and instrumental music. I also provide opportunities for participation in school choir, musical theater, community events and performances for the parish. Our annual musical theater performances have included students from 1st through 8th grade as cast or technical crew. Past musical productions have included “Godspell Jr.; The Sound Of Music; Beauty and the Beast; Alice in Wonderland; Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz.” I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada with a Bachelor of Science degree (Child Psychology magna cum laude) and was awarded a Piano Performance certification from The Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto.
My name is Jane Meliah-Zona. I have three kids, Kelsi, Anthony and Triniti and am originally from Washington State. We have been members of OLL parish since 2003. From 2003 to 2015 I taught CCD/Faith Formation here on Sundays and was on the EDGE core team for 4 years. Prior to receiving my teacher certification, I did social work mainly with families in the Foster Care system. After being a stay-at-home mom I returned to teaching at OLL, first as an aid in first grade, then a third-grade aid, and finally in 2016 as the Media Specialist/Librarian. I’m active in Boy Scout of America mainly at Cub Scout Camp during the summer, and active in Girl Scouts as a leader. I love nature, photography and being creative. The kids and I have also adopted a dog, cat, and a guinea pig. My vision for the Media Center is for it to be a welcoming space that encourages students to learn, grow, and create. I am blessed for this opportunity.
Ms. Jackie Avril has been teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes for the past four years. She is the Resource Teacher and Instructional coach for the elementary and middle school. She was born and raised in Clearwater and attended elementary, middle, and high school in the diocese of St. Petersburg. She graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic in 2006, received her Bachelors degree from Florida State University in 2010 and just recently graduated St. Leo University with her Masters in Special Education and an ESOL and Reading endorsement. She loves being a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes to live out her passion of working with children and inspiring them to love learning. Being a part of this community at Our Lady of Lourdes is rewarding, fulfilling, and has become a second home!
I come to Florida originally from Illinois, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. I worked for fifteen years in the marketing industry. During that time, I received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Lewis University, a Christian brothers school. In 2004, I began a retreat ministry called Sacred Spaces Group LLC. Through that ministry, I have been able to present my unique sacred art to many different organizations. In 2011, I moved to Florida with my family, and began sharing my gifts with OLL and the Dunedin Fine Art Center. I am the Spiritual Director of Our Lady of Lourdes school and I guide us in Christian meditation, as well as many other spiritual practices. I love OLL because I can bring my unique spiritual gifting to both the school and the parish.
It is a pleasure to be working at the same school that launched my education over twenty years ago. Not only am I thrilled to be helping such wonderful young minds but also proud to be involved in a place as positive as O.L.L. While working in aftercare since 2014, I could also be found substituting within various classrooms as needed. Taking care of the environment and working as a humanitarian are where my passion burns brightest, while a good book indulged in nature provides serenity of mind. Peace and prosperity.