Ms. Maddy Pedrette, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed
Ms. Pedrette grew up in Toronto and attended Catholic elementary and high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. In 2017, Ms. Pedrette earned her Master of Education degree in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. Ms. Pedrette has been at St. Joseph School for over 20 years and thinks of it as her second family. She wants all students, staff, parents and anyone else who enters St. Joseph School to feel a strong sense of belonging and to know that they are loved by God.
Ms. Liann Nutini, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Vice Principal | Grade 3/4
Ms. Nutini is originally from a small ski town called Rossland in southern BC. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Education from the University of Lethbridge where she majored in English and minored in Social Studies. In 2017, Ms. Nutini received her Masters in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. Ms. Nutini would describe her teaching style as structured with a summer camp twist. Her wish for her students is to love learning as much as she does. On the weekend, Ms. Nutini enjoys being with friends and family, hiking, skiing, Latin ballroom dancing, reading, listening to music, and camping.
Mrs. Lynn Fleck, B.Ed., M.Ed
Principal on leave
Mrs. Joan Dreher, B.Ed, M.Ed.
Director of Student Services
Mrs. Dreher was born in a little town in Saskatchewan and was very happy her family moved to the sunny Okanagan when she was seven. She decided she wanted to become a teacher when she was only six, and began her “career” at 13 with her first catechism class of 10 rambunctious altar boys. Mrs. Dreher started teaching at St. Joseph School in 1982. She has a B.Ed in Special Education and a Master’s in Teaching at Risk Children. She is passionate about her work, believes you should never stop learning, and draws her inspiration from the smiles on the faces of the student and staff that she works with. Mrs. Dreher has a great love for her family, which includes three brothers and three sisters, her husband and their three grown children, her five grandchildren, and all “her” children at school, whose lives she feels blessed to have been a part of for the past 37 years. In her spare time Mrs. Dreher can be found skiing, kayaking, quading, biking and camping with family and friends.
Mrs. Margo Rensby, B.Ed.
Student Support Services
Mrs. Rensby grew up in Saskatchewan, receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. She moved to Penticton, BC with her husband in 2001 where she taught at Holy Cross Elementary for 4 years before moving to West Kelowna. She received her Certificate in Special Education from Queen’s University in 2013 and has been passionate about this aspect of education ever since. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren and taking her dogs on adventurous hikes. She feels so blessed to be teaching at a Catholic school, sharing her faith with students, staff and the community.
Mrs. Marilyn Herron, B.Ed.
Kindergarten | Director of Outdoor Academy
Mrs. Herron moved to Kelowna from Calgary 20 years ago. She studied Physical Education/Kinesiology and later Education at the University of Calgary. She started her teaching career in middle school and moved to high school before embracing the younger grades. She also spent four years as a learning facilitator for an online school. Her three children attended both St. Joseph and Immaculata High school where she was an active member of both Parent Support Groups. Mrs. Herron loves Kindergarten and has been teaching it for 8 years. She is a strong believer in inquiry and play-based learning and, as our Director of Outdoor Academy, continues to be an advocate for hands-on interaction with the natural world. Mrs. Herron's favourite things include, family time, cooking, birds, and of course outdoor activities, especially hiking and skiing.
Mrs. Alba Rendon, B.Ed.
Mrs. Rendon grew up in Arequipa, Peru. She taught at her own Alma mater for seven years before she moved to Canada in 2003. She has been blessed with two daughters: Camila and Fabiana. Mrs. Rendon has moved around provinces quite a bit, living in Smithers and Langley, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK. While in the Prairies she decided it was time to go back to teaching. She loves to be around children; teaching is her passion, and she is always willing to give her best in benefit of her students. If Mrs. Rendon is not in her classroom, she is probably playing volleyball or chess or maybe trying a new recipe!
Mrs. Christina Beaudin, B.Ed.
Mrs. Beaudin grew up in Kelowna and feels very fortunate to be able to raise her family here as well. She is married to her wonderful husband, Trent, and together they are blessed with a beautiful daughter. Mrs. Beaudin graduated from the Elementary Teacher Education Program at UBCO in 2013, and has since taught Grades 1 through 4. Teaching is her passion, and she loves seeing the students grow academically, socially and spiritually throughout the years. She enjoys baking, painting and spending time with family. One of Mrs Beaudin’s favourite sayings is: "Do what you love; love what you do; teach!"
Miss Kaitlyn Johnston, B.Ed.
Miss Johnston grew up in Kelowna and spent most of her time dancing. She has taught dance at the Village Dance Academy for the last 10 years. Miss Johnston graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Elementary Education. As a teacher, her goal is to create a safe and nurturing classroom environment where students feel welcome and excited to come to school. She incorporates movement and technology in various ways throughout the school day. After spending time in her tropical classroom, it is no surprise that she loves to travel to California as much as she can. Miss Johnston enjoys spending time with her family and is looking forward to getting married in the summer of 2020.
Miss Ashly Griffin, B.Ed.
Miss Griffin graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. (The University of Alberta is ranked among the Top 100 universities in the world!) She finds value in providing children with authentic learning experiences in our rapidly growing and changing classrooms. On the weekend, you can find Miss Griffin golfing, snowboarding, playing soccer, or taking photos!
Mrs. Diane Zielke, B.A., B.Ed.
Grade 3 Maternity leave coverage
Mrs. Zielke was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She went to St. Helen's School for elementary and Bishop Ryan High School. Mrs. Zielke attended the University of Guelph and completed her BA in Geography, then went on to Queens University where she received a Bachelor of Education. She has an amazing husband, Dwayne, and three creative adult children, Grady, Emily and Lucas. In her spare time, Mrs. Zielke loves to golf, kayak, participate in stretching class, and do watercolour.
Mrs. Caty Deadmarsh, B.Ed.
Mrs. Deadmarsh was born and raised in Kelowna. Growing up, she enjoyed spending time with her aunties and cousins, riding horses and being outside. St. Joseph School has always been a big part of her family. Not only did she attend St. Joe's growing up, but so did her mom, aunts, uncles and cousins, and now her own children, Ethan and Cora. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Deadmarsh enjoys spending time with her family and dog. She usually spends the weekend at the hockey arena, dance studio or on the soccer field, depending on the season. Mrs. Deadmarsh feels very blessed that she and her children are able to be part of such a wonderful, faith-based school.
Mrs. Serenella Braund, B.Ed.
Mrs. Braund was born in Rome, Italy and came to Canada in 1965. She graduated from Summerland Secondary School and received her Bachelor of Education from UBC. She has been teaching now for 31 years. Twenty-eight of those years have been at St. Joseph Catholic School. Her number one hope for all her students is that her classroom only serves as a starting point for all of the things they will learn in their lifetime. Her favourite quote is “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Mrs. Samantha Legal, B.A., B.Ed.
Mrs. Legal comes from the Lower Mainland where she played soccer for Trinity Western University and The University of the Fraser Valley while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has worked as a Learning Resource teacher and as an Education Assistant for the past five years. Mrs. Legal moved to Kelowna this past summer and is very excited to teach Grade 5 at St. Joseph School. She has two young energetic daughters, Emery and Lily, who keep her busy and always moving. Mrs. Legal is very passionate about health and creative ways to make learning fun. She very is excited to be a part of the St. Joseph community!
Mrs. Janilee Stovel, B.Sc, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Mrs. Stovel is new to St. Joseph and can’t wait to meet you! She spent the first half of my childhood in Calgary and then moved to Abbotsford. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the Fraser Valley, then completed her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Northern British Columbia. Most recently, Mrs. Stovel received her Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University in curriculum development with a focus on learning for understanding through culturally inclusive, imaginative development.
Miss Agnes Nagy, B.A., B.Ed.
Miss Nagy was born in Alberta and, even from a young age, always knew that she would do something that she loved. Attending the University of British Columbia, Miss Nagy completed an English degree before pursuing education. Since graduating she has been teaching at St. Joseph Catholic School. She loves to share her passion for books with her students. Her favourite authors include Wilkie Collins, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Dickens. When she is not at school, you can find her lost in a good book or spending time with her family.
Mrs. Gio Basso, B.Ed.
Grade 7 | French Specialist
Mrs. Basso was born in raised in the northern community of Prince Rupert. She attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where she received her Bachelor of Education degree. Upon graduation, Mrs. Basso returned to Prince Rupert and began her teaching career in School District 23. In 1991, she and her family moved to Kelowna and she soon began teaching at St. Joseph School. She immediately felt an incredible connection to the school and its community. In her spare time, Mrs. Basso loves walking, reading, and researching new recipes. She looks forward to holidays when she can spend time with family and prepare meals for them.
Mrs. Kate Hopley, B.Ed.
Mrs. Hopley is from Ontario and came out West in 1995, following her passion for skiing. After coaching at various mountains, she was recruited by Holy Cross School in Penticton to sub for a day; she has been a Catholic School teacher ever since! She and her husband, Peter, have three children; Matthew and Anna (at Immaculata) and Markus (who attends St. Joseph School).
Mrs. Kelly Beetlestone, B.Ed.
Mrs. Beetlestone was born in Burlington, ON and from an early age was turning cartwheels, competing, coaching, and judging gymnastics. Her love of teaching young ones to tumble led to receiving a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. As well as taking on the role of Athletic Director at St. Joe's, Mrs. Beetlestone also enjoys technology and is our Google administrator and coding expert. She advocates the importance of play for our youth; "Children need to play to be adaptable, construct knowledge, problem solve, learn, create, discover, and challenge themselves. To be healthy, laugh, and have fun". Mrs. Beetlestone has three active boys and on the weekend can be found at the yoga studio or cheering from the sidelines during her sons' volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee games.
Mrs. Sarah DeFrancesco, B.Mus.Ed.
Mrs. DeFrancesco’s love for singing and performing began at a very young age. This love eventually led her to pursue a music degree at the University of Western Ontario where she majored in voice and later earned a B. Mus. Ed. from the University of Windsor. Her varied career has included teaching K-8 music, band, choir, creative arts and performing in several mixed choirs as well as musicals and drama productions. She is thrilled to bring her love of singing and music to St. Joseph students and hopes to inspire them to a lifetime of enjoyment in music and the arts. Mrs. DeFrancesco has lived in Kelowna for 15 years with her husband Darren and their two children. Spending time together as a family in the outdoors is one of their top priorities. They love living in the beautiful Okanagan!
Mrs. Heather Hrasko, B.Ed.
Grade 6/7 Band
Mrs. Hrasko grew up near Stony Plain Alberta. She plays the flute, saxophone, ukulele, piano, drums, and handbells. Mrs. Hrasko moved to Kelowna in 1998 and lives on a five acre berry farm with her husband and three boys. Outside of school you will find her working on the farm with her dogs and cats, helping or cooking in her big kitchen for three hungry teenagers.
Mrs. Susan Sehn
Mrs. Pamela Lovering
Mr. Henry Fonda
Mrs. Emilda Puno
Mrs. Jean Booker
Mrs. Booker was born in Quebec near Ottawa. She is an avid world traveler, and has crossed Canada by car twenty-two times. Mrs. Booker wanted to be in education since she was ten. She loved to learn and to see that others are learning too. It is exciting for her to see the “light bulb go on”. Mrs. Booker has always attended and worked in Catholic Education. She very much enjoys how God is an easy, open and loving discussion at St. Joseph School. If she had a magic wand she would wish for joy and unconditional love and respect for all people.
Mr. Arthur Cuncannon
Mrs. Sheila Dyer, B.A.
Mrs. Dyer was born in Rimby, AB and has a BA from Queen's University, majoring in art and minoring in drama. She has gone to school in many places including Boston, MA, Calgary, AB, Kingston, ON, England and Wales, UK. She has a qualified teacher status in England and Wales for Drama and English.
Mrs. Sara Heinricks
Mrs. Patricia Freire
Mrs. Freire grew up in Northern Alberta then moved with her family to Kelowna. She graduated from Immaculata Regional High School and went on to Okanagan College. Mrs. Freire has always loved being around kids! After all of her kids started school she decided to follow them and got a job as an Educational Assistant here at St. Joseph Catholic School.
Mrs. Leanne Hopegood
Mrs. Hopegood grew up in Kelowna and graduated from Immaculata in what is now the Doyle Hall of St. Joseph Catholic School. Her four children also attended St. Joe's and the last three are currently making their way through Immaculata like their older brother. She has worked for many years within the Catholic church, being involved with Youth Ministry, Children's Liturgy, Adult Faith Formation and Retreat ministry with NET. She enjoys learning more about her faith and sharing it with others! When not at St Joe's, she loves dancing, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends. "It's not how much we do, it is how much love we put into the doing that counts." ~ Mother Teresa
Mrs. Violeta Jurska
Mrs. Lola Lee
Mrs. Lee was raised in the small city of Weyburn in Southern Saskatchewan. Faith was instilled in her at a very early age and has been a significant part of her life. She has been blessed with a wonderful family with her husband and two sons. Mrs. Lee has always had a love for sports, both playing and watching ~ softball, volleyball, badminton, slo-pitch, dancing, tennis and pickle ball. She is an ardent Saskatchewan Roughrider and Blue Jays fan, so you will often see her in her Rider green or Blue Jays apparel! Mrs. Lee also has a love for country music, attending concerts and theatrical productions. She has proudly volunteered for and participated in the National Terry Fox Run for the past ten years.
Mrs. Tammy Lencovic
Mrs. Pauline McCoy
Mrs. Yvonne Moore
Mrs. Moore was born and educated in Scotland. She studied Business with Travel and Tourism specialties for two years at a post secondary university college, after which she embarked on a career with a well known British airline for 17 years. A love of travel encouraged her family’s decision to immigrate to BC, Canada in 2008. Back to school she went to get her certification as an Educational Assistant. Mrs. Moore joined our school team after graduation where she loves helping students discover their talents and supporting their learning every day. Traveling is still something she enjoys and the great outdoors is where she’ll be, relaxing, reading, hiking and camping with her family on those precious days off!
Mrs. Tracy Russell, B.Sc.
Mrs. Russell was born and raised in Alberta. She was a childcare worker in Edmonton before moving to Kelowna in the early 90s. Mrs. Russell attended UBCO and then the University of Victoria where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree Geography/Biology. Seeking adventure, one year of teaching English in Taiwan turned into five years during which she met her husband, got married and had her first child (Keaton). Returning to Canada in 2005, she had her second child (Scott) before her husband's work took them to live in Scotland and Malaysia. In 2016 Mrs. Russell completed an Educational Assistant program at Mount Royal University, Calgary. She has worked at St. Joseph's since 2017 where she thoroughly enjoys supporting children and help them discover their potential. Mrs. Russell loves traveling and is always up for an adventure. In her free time she enjoys cooking/baking, hiking, and mountain biking with her family and dog Henry.