Meet Our Academic Faculty

Professional Bios

We are happy to share more about ourselves with you. Please take a moment to preview our brief bios and feel free to reach out to us directly as we encourage an active, open door policy. All emails will receive a reply within 24 hours.

Scheduling of parent/teacher conferences can be done directly with your child’s teacher(s) by contacting them via email or calling our main office at (407) 841-4432.


 

Ranata Farnell – Pre-K 3

Ranata.Farnell@stjcs.com

Ms. Farnell did her undergraduate work at Ashford University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in Pre-kindergarten/ Primary Education (age 3- grade 3) and with the American Montessori Society. Ms. Farnell has served St. James Cathedral School since 2000.

 


 

Stephanie Barksdale – Pre-K 4

stephanie.barksdale@stjcs.com

Mrs. Barksdale is a seasoned teacher with over 7 years of teaching experience. She has held various teaching positions throughout the primary grades. She comes to us most recently from OCPS. Mrs. Barksdale did her undergraduate work at Florida State University and holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida.

 


 

Nicole DiLoreto – Kindergarten

Nicole.DiLoreto@stjcs.com

Ms. DiLoreto did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Ms. DiLoreto is certified in Elementary Education grades K-6. She has served St. James Cathedral School since 2014.

 


 

Robin Urena – Kindergarten

Robin.Urena@stjcs.com

Mrs. Urena did her undergraduate work at Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Mrs. Urena has a Temporary Certificate in Elementary Education grades K-3. She has served St. James Cathedral School since 2015.

 


 

Ann Marie Bridges – 1st Grade

AnnMarie.Bridges@stjcs.com

Ms. Bridges did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Ms. Bridges is certified in Elementary Education grades K–2, and is a Master Teacher. She has served St. James Cathedral School since 2004.

 


 

Erin Kelly – 1st Grade

Erin.Kelly@stjcs.com

Ms. Kelly is a product of local Catholic Education. She attended St. Mary Magdalen and then graduated from Bishop Moore High School. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and brings a wealth of fresh knowledge and energy.  Ms. Kelly did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Kelly is certified in Elementary Education grades K–2. This is Ms. Kelly’s first year serving at St. James Cathedral School.

 


 

Mary Lou Briggs – 2nd grade

MaryLou.Briggs@stjcs.com

Mrs. Briggs did her undergraduate work at the University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from The University. Mrs. Briggs is certified in Elementary Education (grades 1-6). Mrs. Briggs has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 1986.

 


 

Stefanie Rush – 2nd grade

Stefanie.Rush@stjcs.com

Mrs. Rush did her undergraduate work at the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6.) Mrs. Rush is a product of Catholic Education as she is a St. James Cathedral School alumnus. Mrs. Rush has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2008.

 


 

Tiffany Reed – 3rd and 4th grade – Mathematics

Tiffany.Reed@stjcs.com

Ms. Reed did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages.) Ms. Reed is a product of Catholic Education as she graduated from both St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School and Bishop Moore High School. Ms. Reed has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2009.

 


 

Charlotte Becker – 3rd and 4th grade Science and Writing

Charlotte.Becker@stjcs.com

Ms. Becker did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Montessori Method for ages 3-5 from the Northeast Montessori Institute. Ms. Becker has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 1992.

 


 

Melisa Stobie – 3rd and 4th grade- English/Language Arts

Melisa.Stobie@stjcs.com

Mrs. Stobie did her undergraduate work at Northeastern University (Boston) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades K-6.) In 2010, she originally came to St. James Cathedral School as a Title 1 teacher for Orange County. Mrs. Stobie has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2012.

 


 

Mark Danner – 3rd and 4th grade- Social Studies and Religion

Mark.Danner@stjcs.com

We are excited to welcome back Mr. Danner to our teaching staff! Mr. Danner is a St. James Cathedral School graduate who taught 5th and 6th grades here before for 8 years. After departing to teach in New York for a year, Mr. Danner relocated back to Florida. Mr. Danner graduated from Florida State University.

 


 

Kristana Reitz – 5th and 6th grade- Science and Religion

Kristana.Reitz@stjcs.com 

Ms. Reitz did her undergraduate work at Florida State where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (grades 1-6.) Ms. Reitz has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2013.

 


 

Lourdes Cueto-Lauridsen – 5th and 6th grade- Mathematics, Librarian

luly.cueto-lauridsen@stjcs.com

Mrs. Lauridsen is veteran teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience. She has held various teaching positions including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades to name a few. She comes to us most recently from OCPS where she was the Library Media Specialist, former Dean of Discipline and 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Lauridsen did her undergraduate work at the University of New Orleans and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida International University and Teacher Education from Florida Atlantic University.

 


 

Rachel Gutierrez – 5th and 6th grade- English/Language Arts

Rachel.Gutierrez@stjcs.com

Mrs. Gutierrez did her undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education (Pre-K – 6,) ESE K-12, and ESOL. Mrs. Gutierrez has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2013.

 


 

Alyssa Lutz – 5th and 6th grade- Mathematics

Alyssa.Lutz@stjcs.com

Ms. Lutz did her undergraduate work at Rider University (New Jersey) where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Economics. She is certified in Mathematics (grades 5-9.) Ms. Lutz has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2014.

 


 

Marcia Ochinero, 7th and 8th grade- English/Language Arts

Marcia.Ochinero@stjcs.com

Ms. Ochinero did her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is certified in Science (grades 5-9,) Social Studies and English (grades 6-12.) Ms. Ochinero has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2012.

 


 

Bethany Osborne – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade- Science

Bethany.Osborne@stjcs.com

 

 


 

Mark Bruno, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade- Social Studies

Mark.Bruno@stjcs.com

Mr. Bruno did his undergraduate work at Slippery Rock University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is certified in Social Studies (grades 5-9.) Mr. Bruno has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 2006.

 


 

Elizabeth Sayers-O’Neill – 7th and 8th grade- Math

Elizabeth.SayersONeill@stjcs.com

Mrs. Sayers- O’Neill did her undergraduate work at Rollins College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.  She is certified in History (grades 6-12) and Mathematics (grades 5-9.) She has been serving St. James Cathedral School since 1981.

 


 

Peter Odenbach – 6th, 7th and 8th grade- Religion

peter.odenbach@stjcs.com

Mr. Odenbach comes to us with a diverse background in corporate sectors and education. His most recent experience includes teaching Religion and Language Arts to 7th through 11th grades. Mr. Odenbach did his undergraduate studies at Bellarmine University and holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph’s College.