Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Tina Waggoner


I teach: Elementary Technology

I've Taught for: 32 years!

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Robert E. Lee

College/Degree: Auburn - BS Early Childhood Education, Oglethorpe University- MA Early Childhood Education

Favorite Book: Changes too often to say!

Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music

Favorite Food: Italian

Married to: Clark Waggoner

Children: One daughter, Erin Waggoner

Church: Church of the Ascension

Fun Fact: I love to travel

Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Bethany Davis


I teach: Visual Arts HS art 1, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

I've Taught for: I am going on my 5th year of teaching

Hometown: Troy, AL

High school: Charles Henderson High School

College/Degree: Troy, Undergrad in Studio Fine Arts, and Masters in Art Education

Favorite Book: So many that I love, but one of them is “Atlantia"

Favorite Movie: It changes but one of my favorites is “What Dreams May Come"

Favorite Food: chips and edamame

Married to: Jason Davis

Church: Thorington Road Baptist Church

Fun Fact: I use to be on the swim team for 7-8 years and lifeguard for 5 years.

Faculty Spotlight: Mr. David Beach

I teach: High School Science (Physics, Physical Science, Environmental Science)

I've Taught for: This is my third year

Hometown: Norcross, GA

High school: Norcross High School

College/Degree: BS in both Physics and Secondary Education from Berry College

STJ Extracurricular: Theatre

Favorite Book: The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon, you could call it a theological cookbook

Favorite Movie: O Brother Where Art Thou?

Favorite Food: If I HAD to pick, then it would be rice and beans

Church: Trinity Presbyterian Church

Fun Fact: I took a three week road trip out west this summer

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Kitha Jackson


Department: Assistant Director Wonder Works/ DHR Coordinator

I've been in this field: 24 years in childcare

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Jefferson Davis High School

College/Degree: TSUM

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree

Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball

Favorite Food: Salad

Church: Mercy Baptist Church on Bell Road

Children: One fur baby, Kiwi. She is 10 years old.


Fun Fact: I love shopping for clothes and shoes especially with discounts and coupons! :) I love children even though I don’t have any because they give the sweetest hugs and kisses. I love taking pictures!

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Catherine Winn

I teach (subject/grade) or your department: Honors English 1, English 4, AP Literature, and Yearbook

I've Taught for: Eleven years, I think? I taught my first classes at the University of Alabama when I was 21.

Hometown: I was a military brat. I was born in Abilene, Texas, but my family settled in Prattville when I was in third grade.

High school: Prattville High School

College/Degree: Bachelor's in English from AUM. Master's in Renaissance Studies and PhD in English from the University of Alabama. (Roll Tide.)

STJ Extracurricular (do you oversee a club/activity?): I will be the Interact Club sponsor this year, as well as the sponsor of Yearbook Club. I co-sponsor Young Democrats with Andy Clinton, and I help run FCA with the two awesome presidents, seniors Lucy Edwards and Katie Leigh Smith. Last year, I also ran Cooking Club and helped with the Speech and Debate team, but I am not doing those things this year!

Favorite Book: This is a dangerous question for a lit nerd! My favorite book of all time is The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, but I grew up reading a variety of fantasy novels, ranging from Dragonlance books to J. R. R. Tolkien, from Mary Stewart's Arthuriana novels to Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series, and I still adore these stories. My favorite Shakespeare plays are A Winter's Tale, All's Well that Ends Well, and Othello. These days, however, I love poetry the most--especially protest poetry. Warsan Shire is my current favorite. (Her poem about the refugee crisis, entitled "Home," is stunning in all of the ways.)

Favorite Movie: Amelie and A Very Long Engagement are my most favorites. They're both French, but they are gorgeous films.

Favorite Food: I love all food. I could eat Mexican food almost any night of the week, but I also like Ethiopian, Thai, Indian, Italian, and Greek. I also really, really love baking bread and coming up with different "signature" cakes for my friends' birthdays.

Married to: In the immortal words of Lizzo, I'm my own soulmate.

Children: Just one! Dresden is here at Saint James with me, in second grade. You will also see me with my niece (Ava Claire, 3rd Grade) and nephew (Cade, Kindergarten). They call me Aunt Duchess. It's the best.

Church: The Catalyst Community

Fun Fact: I was baptized as an adult (at 27 years old) in Trinity's cafeteria!



Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Andy Clinton

I teach: 10th grade English, 10th grade Honors English, 9th grade English, Visual Storytelling (a filmmaking elective).

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I've Taught for: This is my eleventh year teaching at Saint James School and my twentieth year teaching overall.

Hometown: Wynnewood PA, a suburb of Philadelphia

High school: Lower Merion High School, class of 1994.

College/Degree: Haverford College, Class of 1998. B.A. in English, University of Iowa M.A. in English, University of Iowa M.A.T. in English Education.

STJ Extracurricular: I sponsor Write Club, a creative writing club. I co-sponsor the Young Democrats Club.

Favorite Book: I’m an English teacher — I’ve got stacks of favorite books! But let’s say “Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree."

Favorite Movie: Far too many favorite movies to list. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, any Muppet movie.

Favorite Food: Jelly beans and burritos (not together).

Married to: Joyce Kelley, English professor at Auburn University Montgomery.

Children: One daughter, Hazel, in second grade at STJ.

Fun Fact: Well, in my free time I am a freelance puppeteer who sells custom puppet greetings on the internet. True. Also, when you see me in public it’s most likely that my shoes will not match.


Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Sana Burney

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I teach: High School Biology

I've Taught for: This is my first year

Hometown: Houston, TX

High school: Pearland High School

College/Degree: B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry

STJ Extracurricular: Boy Scouts Troop Leader

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Favorite Food: Sushi

Married to: Dr. Basil Burney

Children: Zain (2nd grade) and Zara (K4)

Fun Fact: I am bilingual in Urdu/Hindi and English

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Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Laura Gibson

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I teach : K3-5th grade counseling

I've Taught for: This is my first year teaching at Saint James, but previously traveled to schools across 7 counties to teach guidance lessons as a guest in their schools

Hometown: Military dad, so moved a lot as a child until 5th grade when we moved to Wetumpka, AL

High school: Edgewood Academy

College/Degree: Auburn University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Auburn University in Montgomery for Master's of Education in School Counseling. WAR EAGLE :)

Favorite Book: Can't remember the last time I read anything that wasn't for my counseling program, but before school I used to love anything by Jodi Picoult

Favorite Movie: Titanic, The Notebook, Armageddon (clearly anything that makes me cry ha!)

Favorite Food: Anything Mexican

Married to: Mark Gibson for 6 years

Children: Grayden is in K4 here with Mrs. Capiouto and Mrs. Martin, and Willa who just turned 7 months

Church: Centerpoint Church in Prattville

Fun Fact: I've lived in 7 different states and countries to include Alaska, Japan, and Panama!



Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Greg Jackson


I teach : High school and Middle school instrumental music

I've Taught for: 10 years at Alabama State University, 23 years privately, and currently in my 2nd year at Saint James School

Hometown: Clarksville, TN (born in Des Moines, IA)

High school: Northeast High School, Clarksville, TN

College/Degree: Austin Peay State University/BS Music Composition & Performance, The University of Alabama/MM Music Composition/Theory, The University of Alabama/DMA Performance
STJ Extracurricular: Band

Favorite Book: The Art of War

Favorite Movie: The Godfather

Favorite Food: Meat!

Married to: Autumn Jackson (Señora Jackson, STJ Spanish Teacher)

Church: Frazer, and many others I perform at when called

Fun Fact: I was invited to compete for the first ever Team USA F3N (radio controlled freestyle aerobic helicopters) in World Championship in Poland.



Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Patti Pelham


I teach: Elementary Visual Art, grades K3-5

I've Taught for: 14years

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Saint James School. Go Trojans!

College/Degree: Auburn University, BFA. AUM, M. Ed.

Favorite Movie: The Black Stallion

Favorite Food: Home grown veggies

Married to: Nicholas Pelham

Children: Bonner age 6, Clurin age 4

Church: Pleasant Valley UMC in Jones, AL

Fun Fact: I have always had a passion for Horses, we currently have 3. Finch, Pete, and Dusty. I hope to one day spend a summer Trail riding across the Rocky Mountains.


Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Benji Martin


I teach: Library- Elementary school

I've Taught for: 8 years

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL

High school: Open Door Christian School

College/Degree: B.A. in English, University of Alabama, 2006. MLIS in Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, 2010

STJ Extracurricular: I teach ukulele lessons to elementary and middle school students after school!


Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web

Favorite Food: Mexican

Married to: Ashley Martin

Children: 1 boy: Harper, and 3 girls: Emrist, Mabel, & Theodora

Church: Church of the Highlands- Montgomery

Fun Fact: I am a kid lit blogger. You can find me here. Also, I recently finished up a two year term on the Association for Library Service to Children's Notable Children's Books Committee, which required tons of reading and was pretty time consuming, especially with a newborn in our life. It was a lot fun, though, and very rewarding.


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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Shelaine Taylor

I teach: Elementary science lab for grades PreK3 through 5th grade - I love seeing all the elementary students each week!

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I've Taught for: 15 years total (5 years at Saint James)

Hometown: Columbus, MS

High school: New Hope High School in Columbus, MS - Go Trojans! (our colors were black and gold though).

College/Degree: Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS - BS in Elementary Education (K-8), University of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT - Master of Arts in Teaching, Auburn University - Educational Specialist in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education, Auburn University - Currently a Ph.D. student pursuing a degree in Administration of Supervision and Curriculum

STJ Extracurricular: I lead the 5th grade Junior Master Gardener's after-school program and also serve on the Performing Arts Guild board.

Favorite Book: My current favorite is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Favorite Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

Favorite Food: Mexican of any kind!

Married to: Todd Taylor for 23 years and counting

Children: Ella who is a tenth grader and Davis who is an eighth grader, both at Saint James.

Church: First Assembly of God

Fun Fact: I taught fifth grade at the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan when my husband was stationed at the US embassy there.



Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Cathy Pearson

Saint James School class of 1976.

Saint James School class of 1976.

Position: Dean of Admissions

I've Taught for: I have worked in the field of education for over 39 years. I was a math Teacher for 7 years, (3 at STJ), a Middle School Counselor for 20 years, a Middle School principal for 6 years, and currently serving at Dean of Admissions in my 6th year.

Hometown: Union Springs, AL but moved to Montgomery in High School

High school: STJ 1976-the third graduating class of the school! Go Trojans!

College/Degree: BS Degree in Education from the University of South Alabama in 1980 and a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University in Montgomery in 1987

Favorite Book and Favorite Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Food: Guacamole, Pizza and Hamburgers

Married to: Joel Pearson (STJ Alum '76). We were high school sweethearts.

Children: Nan (STJ '06-lives in Atlanta) and Hartley (STJ '08- lives in Colorado)

Church: First United Methodist Church

Fun Fact:  I'm currently planning my daughter's wedding which will be in Myrtle Beach this June. I also love Alabama Football. Roll Tide!

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Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Kate Bartlett

Position: Associate Dean of Admissions

At STJ for: 2.5 years. Worked in higher education for 6 years previously


Hometown: I am an Army brat (born in Kansas and lived in Louisiana, Florida, Germany, Kentucky, and three cities in Georgia), but I claim Newnan, GA as my hometown

High school: Northgate High School

College/Degree: B.A. in Public Relations from Auburn University, Master of Liberal Arts in English from AUM

STJ Extracurricular: STJ Ambassadors sponsor and contributor to this blog

Favorite Book: Anything by Pat Conroy (but I studied literature so basically everything)

Favorite Movie: The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Food: Thai food!  We traveled to Ko Samui, Thailand for our honeymoon.

Married to: Jack for 7 years. We met my junior year at Auburn. He is a Montgomery boy, so we moved here after we married in 2011. He is a pharmaceutical rep and loves to paddle board and crossfit.

Children: One daughter, Frances. She is 2.5 and will be at STJ for Pre-K in 2019. We are also expecting our second daughter February 2019.

Church: First United Methodist Church of Montgomery

Fun Fact: I was a flight attendant right after college. I can pour a diet coke at 40,000 feet exactly to the top without fizz going over the side. Very specialized skills!



Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Laura Hassell

Position: Admissions Counselor

At STJ for: Almost 3 years

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Saint James School, class of 1998! Go Trojans!

College/Degree: University of Alabama/Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Minor in Art History

Extracurricular: House flipping, gardening, painting

Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz

Favorite Food: Mexican, Tiramisu

Married to: Lee Hassell

Children: Michael is in the 4th grade and loves baseball and basketball. Hunter is in the 1st grade and loves soccer and art.

Fun Fact: My husband, Lee, and I both graduated in the same class at STJ. We started dating junior year of college and have been together ever since!


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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Sabrina Hubbard

Teaches: First Grade

Taught for: I am in my 13th year

Hometown: Grove Hill, Alabama

High school: Grove Hill Academy

College/Degree: University of Montevallo/B.S. with a major in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Early Childhood Education

Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Favorite Movie: Breakfast Club and ALL Harry Potter movies

Favorite Food: Italian Food

Married to: Bryan  Hubbard, played on Troy’s last two national championship teams, met when he was in law school in Birmingham and I was teaching kindergarten, he proposed to me in front of my kindergarten students 💗

Children: Atchison Hubbard, Saint James alum,  sophomore at Birmingham Southern College.  Claudia Hubbard, Saint James alum, freshman at Auburn University in the honors program.

Church: Frazer United Methodist

Fun Fact: I danced at the Aloha Bowl when I was in college

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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Erin Edwards

Teaches: 2nd Grade

I’ve Taught for: 5 years at STJ

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Saint James. Go Trojans!

College/Degree: B.A. Hospitality Management from The University of Alabama. Masters in Childhood Education from AUM

Favorite Book: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Favorite Movie: High Society

Favorite Food: Lobster

Married to: Charlie Edwards. We were long time friends and we graduated from Saint James together.

Children: Sam - Junior at The University of Alabama studying finance, graduated STJ. Mason - Sophomore at Sewanee, graduated STJ. Lucy-  current Junior at Saint James.

Church: Saint Peter’s Catholic Church

Fun Fact:  My dad was in the military, so we moved a lot! I went to 4 different elementary schools. At the time, it was hard, but now I am glad I did!



Faculty Spotlight: Señora Autumn Jackson

Teaches: Elementary and Middle School Spanish

I’ve Taught for: Going on my fourth year

Hometown: I was born in Santa Ana, California, and I was raised in North Alabama (Arab, AL.)

High school: Arab High School

College/Degree: The University of Alabama.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education K-12 & Spanish.  

Favorite Book: The Bible

Favorite Movie: I have many!  I love many types!

Favorite Food: Mexican

Married to: I am married to the Band Director here at STJ (Greg Jackson).  He is a wonderful, sweet, & hard-working man.

Children: We do not have children, but we do have two fur babies.  1 small dog (Morkie) & 1 bird (Double Yellow-Head Amazon Parrot)

Church: Frazer United Methodist Church. I volunteer in the Children's Ministry every 1st and 3rd Sunday.

Fun Fact: I did my teaching internship through the COST PROGRAM at The University of Alabama in Guadalajara, Mexico at a school called Instituto Thomas Jefferson. Outside of school, I'm working to complete my thesis for a Clinical Psychology Master's degree at AUM. I have already completed my coursework.   

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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Megan Deal


Teaches: Kindergarten

I’ve Taught for: 5 years at STJ

Hometown: Pike Road, AL

High school: Saint James School. Go Trojans!

College/Degree: Auburn University, Bachelor of Science Dual Degree in Human Development Family Studies and Early Childhood Education

Favorite Book: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

Favorite Food: White cheddar popcorn and chocolate covered blueberries

Married to: Grayson Deal ( Montgomery native). He is a data analyst at Alfa 

Children: My son Gray, 2 years old

Church: Yes, we are involved and active at First Baptist Church Montgomery

Fun Fact: I love Pure Barre! I teach with my teaching assistant, Lucy Daniel, and she is fabulous.

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Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Zach Beard

Teaches: 4th grade (Reading, Writing, and English)

I’ve Taught for: 9 years

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

High school: Jeff Davis

College/Degree: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Extracurricular: Director of STJ TV. Check it out!

Favorite Book: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Favorite Movie: Can't choose only one, but I do love Christmas movies

Favorite Food: Pizza

Married to: The woman of my dreams. Blair Beard, she is a graphic designer for Bell Media.

Children: Yes, Jace Beard. He's 11 months old and is the most chill kid ever. He currently loves crawling like an inchworm and chillaxin in our pool.

Church: Frazer United Methodist Church

Hobbies: I love playing football, basketball, and soccer, but I mainly just watch my favorite teams do it now. I also like traveling, hiking, and camping.

Fun Fact: I love writing children's stories.