Father Gary Dowsey was born in London, England. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 12, 1980 at St. Mary’s Church, Great Yarmouth, situated on the east coast of England. During his time as a priest, he has served as the private secretary to the Bishop of East Anglia, the Diocesan Communications Officer, and the Chaplain to the University of East Anglia. Father Gary has much experience in educational ministry, having worked as a chaplain on both the high school and college level.
In 2000, Father Gary’s vocation brought him to the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He served nearly three years at St. James in New Port Richey, one year at Nativity in Brandon, and two years at St. Jerome in Indian Rocks. In 2007, he was granted incardination to the Diocese of St Petersburg and was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in July of 2007.
Anne Penny, Ph. D., has spent her career teaching children, developing teachers and initiating educational programs. Dr. Penny received three graduate degrees comprised of both Catholic School Leadership and Music Education. In addition, she holds two Bachelor Degrees, one of which is in Education.
Dr. Penny has teaching experience at all grade levels and has taught in schools in Saskatchewan, Mississippi, Georgia and Manitoba. She has several years of experience in professorial positions with post-secondary institutions, including those in Mississippi, North Carolina and North Dakota.
Dedicated to staying current with trends and challenges in Catholic education in the contemporary world, Dr. Penny participates in many Catholic educational forums. These involve NCEA Conferences, including the session in Houston where she was a presenter. She was a delegate for the “Educating Today and Tomorrow” Congress held in Rome in November 2015 at which participants discussed the challenges facing Catholic schools throughout the world and shared this with Pope Francis.
After years of experience guided by research, Dr. Penny believes in the value of music in developing the whole child. To this end, she has founded several string programs including the one at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.
Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Dr. Penny comes from a large Catholic family. She is strengthened and supported by her husband and family who share her love of the Church and belief in Catholic education.
“I am privileged to be a part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Parish Family. Together, we have set out on exciting journey of learning while growing together in Christ. May Our Lady of Lourdes guide us as we animate the school mission to “change lives”!”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 third, fourth, and fifth-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.
I was born in Marshfield WI, the eleventh of twelve children to a strong Catholic family. I learned quickly that life is not about what we can do for ourselves but how we can make the difference in the lives of others as my family faith played into serving others in the church and community.
I have been married 30 years to a wonderful man, Darin. We have two children Nicholas (wife Sammy) and Bradley as well as one grandchild Keegan (10 months). We have been active members in our Church and community serving on various committees and community organizations. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from FVTC Appleton WI, Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University Mequon WI. With 28 years of teaching (Early Education, 3rd -5th grade, EBD, and math/reading intervention), I am excited to take on a new journey as the 2nd grade teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes.
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.
Christine Pucillo has a Bachelor of Education degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern. She also has an elementary education certificate for grades K-6, a science certification for grades 5-9, and an ESOL endorsement. She has been teaching in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for 11 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Education Committee of the City of Seminole. She looks forward to getting to know the students and helping them grow in faith and blossom in friendship.
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!
A native Floridian, Andy Delgado is an alumnus of both Our Lady of Lourdes School and Clearwater Central Catholic. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University, Mr. Delgado began teaching exceptional needs students. He and his fiancée enjoy watching movies and visiting Disney World in their spare time. Mr. Delgado is very excited to return to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Originally from Kentucky, Cynthia Gress has been living in South Florida for the past 30 years She has a bachelor’s degree in English and experience teaching pre-school and kindergarten, as well as literature, language arts, and religion in middle school. She has two daughters and a brand new granddaughter with whom she loves spending time. She feels blessed to have found such a warm and welcoming school and faith community.
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 two 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 sixth to eighth grade. I was born and raised in Greensboro, N. C. and I have lived in nine different states in the southeast due to my previous career in retail management. I look forward to teaching the bright students at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Originally from Las Vegas, Neil Guan earned his bachelor’s degree at Mount Angel Benedictine Abbey and Seminary. Through his formation in the seminary, he has had many opportunities to work in various Catholic parishes and schools, The main focus of his studies stressed the humanities, specifically the journey of mankind through the lens of history, social studies, and philosophy. He began teaching in 2017 and feels blessed to be able to spread the truth and enlightenment of Jesus in the classroom.
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!
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida, Jason Pridham has taught middle and high school science for nine years. Mr. Pridham is a recipient of the Florida Best and Brightest Teachers’ Scholarship and believes the power of developing meaningful relationships is critical to successful learning. He is married to a fellow middle school teacher and they have a bright, artistic 14 year-old daughter.
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 eighth grade and is also the yearbook advisor. “Our Lady of Lourdes is my home, my children 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. Their 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!
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.
Amanda Springer is an experienced pianist and vocalist, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida State University. Growing up in Palm Harbor, she spent her life dedicated to her musicianship and the arts. Ms. Springer has spent the last three years teaching private voice and piano lessons to children of all ages. During her education at Florida State, she was Music Director for the prestigious FSU AcaBelles. She takes pride in her ability to push her students to their fullest potential and help them to reach new heights.
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 aide 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.
Debra Martin has over 20 years experience in education as a reading and math interventionist and English Language Arts teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University Extension and master’s degree in Education from Chapman University. She has a certification in Exceptional Student Education and ESOL. She enjoys spending time with her 24-year old daughter who lives in Tampa. Her Catholic faith has been the true foundation of her life.