Meet Our Staff!
Dawn Florino, Ed.D Candidate, Principal
Mrs. Florino has been an educator for more than 20 years, many of which in NH Catholic schools. She loves working with this age group, a critical time of personal and academic development. She has been an educational consultant and leader with a diverse and rich background in special services.
Mrs. Pauline Martineau, Assistant Principal, Social Sciences
Mrs. Martineau has been an educator for more than 40 years at St. Joseph's Regional Jr. High School. She is also the Athletic Director, U.S. History. Mrs. Martineau's care for the students is endless as she supports the development of their independence and strong faith and character.
Mrs. Amanda Kane, Admissions Director
Mrs. Kane guides families through the admissions process, from the first inquiring call to walking through the door on the first day of school. Mrs. Kane schedules and gives tours of St. Joe's as she knows everything STJ. She schedules shadow days (be a Bear for the day) for prospective students and walks families through the completion of admissions documentation.
Mrs. Christina Garand, Business Office
Mrs. Garand handles all things finance-related! She guides families through the tuition agreements and financial aid process. Additionally, she can assist with scholarships and grant applications.
Miss Ashlee Rowland, Administrative Assistant
Miss Rowland is providing administrative support in the St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School office. She manages the website, develops the newsletter, responds to family phone calls and front office contact.
Mr. Stephen Rosa, Gr. 7 & 8 Science Teacher
Mr. Rosa is a scientist with a passion for inquiry and knowledge. In life science and earth science, students learn to ask questions, conduct research, collect and evaluate information from a variety of sources, communicate about observations and findings, and work collaboratively to draw intelligent conclusions.
Mrs. Catherine Goodwin, Math Teacher, Gr. 7 & 8
Mrs. Goodwin is a mathematician with a mind for creative problem-solving and logic. Mrs. Goodwin encourages students to "think-out-of-the-box" while applying sound mathematical practices. She is highly accessible and stretches students' thinking, offering after-school supplemental instruction if necessary.
Mrs. Julie O'Brien, Spanish Teacher, Gr. 7 & 8
Prior to joining the staff at St. Joe’s, Mrs. O’Brien has worked with middle school-aged children for the last several years of her career. She is a lifelong learner who is dedicated to the mission of encouraging her students to both recognize their strengths and develop the skills to overcome their challenges. Mrs. O'Brien is excited about joining the St. Joe's community and looks forward to the new experiences she will encounter.
Mrs. Lucy Jones, Religious Education, Art Teacher
Mrs. Jones is a Certified Catechist and artist. She is invested in the formation of adolescents as they learn to navigate complicated lives. In addition, as the St. Joseph Art Teacher, she teaches authentic artistic techniques and inspires appreciation of artistic pieces. Mrs. Jones individualizes instruction because she comes to know her students deeply.
Ms. Elizabeth Lombard, Language Arts Teacher, Gr. 7
Ms. Lombard is a first year teacher. She transitioned from the legal field into her lifelong dream of becoming an educator. Ms. Lombard is passionate about literature, writing, and the arts. She guides her students to become lifelong learners who think about how literature and language arts apply to their daily lives. She inspires students to hold fast to their dreams. Ms. Lombard is overjoyed to join the St. Joe’s community.
Ms. Leia Donovan, Language Arts Teacher, Gr. 8
Ms. Donovan has a B.A. in English Literature, has spent four years in the classroom, and has a passport filled with stamps from around the world. You will usually find her reading, trying to write a compelling story, or out enjoying her home state of New Hampshire. God willing, she will inspire the St. Joseph students to succeed and will prepare them for high school.
Mr. Jeff Jenkins, Band Instructor, Gr. 7 & 8
Mr. Jenkins is our band insructor. He teaches at St. Joseph Regional Jr. High four days each week. He encourages students to try new instruments and explore talent they may not know they have. He grows the band as a team, as their music is always made better together.
Ms. Kylie DeVarney,Geography and Social Skills Teacher, Gr. 7
Ms. DeVarney is joining us this year as our 7th grade geography teacher. She's especially excited for this year as it's her first year having her own classroom! She has a B.A. in History and previously worked with middle school special education students. She can't wait to teach students the importance of history and incorporate her love of music in the classroom and by starting a school choir and drama club.
It is our hope that students will take responsibility for emailing teachers with questions after they have asked a friend, consulted their agenda books and used resources teachers have given them to do each assignment. Students should email teachers if they know they have been or will be out for an extended period if they would like to make an appointment to stay after school for additional help.
What Our Teachers Are Saying...
"I love teaching at a Catholic school because the students have a love for learning and are amazing students."
"The best part about my job is having great connections with the students over their two years and seeing their growth as individuals."
"The smaller class sizes at St. Joe's allow me to focus on each student more, so if they struggle I can help them understand the subject matter and develop their scientific lab skills."