2022-23 New Faculty and Staff, Role Changes
Welcome New St. John's Faculty and Staff
Sixth Grade Math Teacher
Mallory Davis joins St. John’s as our Sixth Grade Math Teacher after teaching science and serving as the AVID Site Coordinator at Vanston Middle School in Mesquite. Prior to this role, Mallory has taught eighth grade science and seventh grade math enrichment at Simon Middle School in Kyle, Texas. She holds a BS in Exercise Science from The University of Texas at Arlington and a MS in Elementary Education with a specialization in 4-8 Science from Texas State University.
Melinda Jones, CPA
Director of Finance
Director of Finance Melinda Jones comes to St. John’s from FORVIS (formerly BKD) where she was a Senior Consultant supporting clients with accounting, policy and procedure development, grant compliance, and other special projects. Previously she was a Team Leader for the American Heart Association where she provided operational support for the planned giving team, coordinated CRM system implementation, and developed and managed a $6M annual budget. Melinda earned a BBA in Accounting at Baylor University.
Middle School Learning Specialist
A seasoned educator in special and mainstream education, language therapy, Montessori, and counseling, Ginny Moore joins St. John’s as Middle School Learning Specialist. Ginny has taught children at The Hillier School, The Winston School, and The Shelton School to help them achieve their best selves – academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Ginny holds a BA in Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education in Counseling from The University of North Texas.
Part-time Teaching Aide
Lindsay Pope served as a long-term substitute for St. John’s throughout this past spring, and she will return as a part-time Teaching Aide this year. Most recently, Lindsay was the lead teacher in the special education, self-contained classroom at Armstrong Elementary in Highland Park. Additionally she taught seventh and eighth grade corrective reading intervention as a Reading Teacher at J. L. Long Middle School in Dallas. Lindsay holds a BBA in Marketing and a Master of Education, both from Southern Methodist University.
Director of Facilities
Director of Facilities Mike Silva joins St. John’s from Fellowship Church where he was the facility manager for the downtown Dallas campus. There, he oversaw a 44,000 square foot building and was responsible for managing the facility’s maintenance and security team. At St. John’s, he will serve the community by supervising all physical plant growth and maintenance across our campus, grounds, and equipment to ensure that the property, and its mechanical systems, are in excellent working condition. Mike has owned his own general contracting company, is an ordained minister, and has served Dallas as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician.
Olivia Terrill ’09
Grace Cook Fellow and Preschool Teacher
St. John’s alumna Olivia Terrill will be a Grace Cook Teaching Fellow and Preschool Teacher. She has wonderful memories of her time as a student at St. John’s and is excited to impart this love of learning in the classroom with her students. Olivia thoroughly enjoys early-childhood development and teaching, and she started her career in education as a prekindergarten and third grade long-term substitute teacher for UR Powerkids in Dallas. She earned a BBA in Marketing from Dallas Baptist University.
Visual Communications Director
Priscilla Wallace comes to St. John’s as our Visual Communications Director after serving as Communications and Admission Assistant at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas. Priscilla is a veteran graphic designer and has developed creative assets to support organizational campaigns. Her extensive experience in branding, billboard design, and website design will enhance the School's creative presence in the community. She will be responsible for sourcing vendors and for branded products and collateral to emphasize the School’s presence in the community. She holds a BA in Art from Midwestern State University.
Visiting Scholar and Seventh Grade Math Teacher
Jessica Weiner will be a Visiting Scholar and Seventh Grade Math Teacher for the 2022-23 school year. Most recently, she taught math for grades six through eight and science for grade seven for the United Nations International School in New York. Additionally, she has taught advanced math subjects at Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry and was a teaching assistant for psychological statistics at Binghamton University. She enjoys working with Middle School students fostering their growth in the classroom. She earned a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and a MS in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Associate to the Academic Team
After serving St. John’s faculty and staff in a variety of roles last year, Kelsi Williams will join the School full-time as Associate to the Academic Team. Most recently, Kelsi worked in sales and business development in hotel and hospitality industry in New York. She holds a BS in Business and Marketing from the University of Minnesota.
The following employees will have new roles starting with the 2022-23 academic year.
Second Grade Teacher
After teaching First Grade at St. John’s since 2019, Jessa Adler will move to the Second-Grade classroom. Based on her background in education, Jessa is committed to addressing the development of the whole child and helping second graders build self-confidence and strong communication skills so they are prepared for their Lower School journeys and ready to enter Middle School. Jessa earned a BA in General Studies from Baylor University.
First Grade Teacher
Ashley Cadle transitions from the Preschool classroom to First Grade where she will teach the core curriculum skills in reading, writing, handwriting, math, science, and social studies. Additionally, she will collaborate with the First Grade Team to ensure the curriculum aligns with the progression through the Lower School subjects. Ashley’s background in education provides the experience needed to understand and meet the developmental and academic needs of first grade students of varying academic, social, and emotional abilities to meet individual student needs. She holds a Master of Education in Early Literacy from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University.
Josh Del Regno
Middle School Integrated Academic Technology Specialist
Josh Del Regno will move from fifth grade science classroom to become the Middle School Integrated Academic Technology Specialist. He will be responsible for teaching technology electives to Middle School students, as well as supporting teachers and students with the integration of technology and design thinking into the core curriculum. He will partner with the Primary and Lower School Academic Technology Specialist to manage the IDEA Lab that activates students’ imagination, design, and engineering skills.
Pre-K Teaching Assistant
Chandi Hemapala will be the Pre-K Teaching Assistant after serving as a Teacher Aide last year. She will support the essential needs of pre-kindergarten students to promote project-based learning, collaboration, and differentiated instruction in the classroom. Chandi will assist in guiding skill development and support a culturally-competent classroom by helping to establish and maintain a respectful and conscientious environment aligned with the St. John’s Code. Chandi studied Early Childhood Development at the College of Marin and she is trained in AMS Montessori education.
Fifth Grade Math Teacher
Steve Herod will return to the fifth-grade classroom after teaching seventh-grade math last year. Steve has been a member of the St. John’s faculty since 2015. As a member of the math vertical team, he will collaborate with fellow teachers on curriculum and instruction as well as on the progression of students’ math skills so they will be able to visualize, discuss, and demonstrate mathematical concepts to extend their problem-solving skills and techniques. Steve earned an MA in Mathematics from Texas State University.
Advancement and Auxiliary Programs Coordinator
Kellyn Laurinski transitions to the Advancement Team as Advancement and Auxiliary Programs Coordinator after serving as an Early Childhood Teaching Assistant and our After School Program Coordinator last year. Over the summer, she was instrumental in coordinating programs and schedules for Camp St. John’s. In her new role, Kellyn will work with the Director of Auxiliary Programs to develop and manage the Extended Day Program and Enrichment Programs to support students and families’ needs beyond the classroom. Kellyn holds a BA in History from San Diego State University.
Max Patterson ’12
Grace Cook Teaching Fellow, Fifth Grade Science Teacher and Fifth Grade Advisor
After serving as the fifth-grade math teacher and co-advisor, Max Patterson will move to teach fifth-grade science and continue his role as an advisor. Max is a St. John’s alumnus and a Camp St. John’s instructor. He received his BS in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin and holds an EC-6 teaching certificate.