Faculty & Staff Directory


alt textMs. Maddy Pedrette
Acting Principal

alt textMs. 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.

alt textMrs. Lynn Fleck
Principal on leave



alt textMrs. Joan Dreher
Director of Student Services

alt textMrs. Margo Rensby
Student Support Services

alt textMrs. Marilyn Herron
Kindergarten | Director of Outdoor Academy

alt textMrs. Alba Rendon

alt textMrs. Christina Beaudin, B.Ed.
Grade 1
ac.dnsic@niduaebc Website

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!"

alt textMiss Kaitlyn Johnston, B.Ed.
Grade 1/2

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.

alt textMiss Ashly Griffin, B.Ed.
Grade 2

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!

alt textMrs. 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 3 creative adult children, Grady, Emily and Lucas. In her spare time, Mrs. Zielke loves to golf, kayak, participate in stretching class, and do watercolour.

alt textMrs. Caty Deadmarsh
Grade 3/4


alt textMrs. Serenella Braund, B.Ed.
Grade 4
ac.dnsic@dnuarbs Website

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.”

alt textMrs. Samantha Legal
Grade 5

alt textMrs. Janilee Stovel, B.Sc, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Grade 5

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.

alt textMiss Agnes Nagy, B.A., B.Ed.
Grade 6

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 Dickins. When she is not at school, you can find her lost in a good book or spending time with her family.

alt textMrs. Gio Basso
Grade 7 | French Specialist

alt textMrs. Kate Hopley
Grade 7

alt textMrs. Kelly Beetlestone
Athletic Director

alt textMrs. Sarah DeFrancesco
Music Specialist

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.


Support Staff

alt textMrs. Susan Sehn 
Administrative Assistant

alt textMrs. Pamela Lovering

alt textMr. Henry Fonda       

Mrs. PunoMrs. Emilda Puno 

alt textMrs. Jean Booker
Educational Assistant

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.

alt textMr. Arthur Cuncannon
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Sheila Dyer, B.A.
Educational Assistant

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.

alt textMrs. Sara Heinricks
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Patricia Freire
Educational Assistant

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.

alt textMrs. Leanne Hopegood
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Violeta Jurska
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Lola Lee
Educational Assistant

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.

alt textMrs. Tammy Lencovic
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Pauline McCoy
Educational Assistant

alt textMrs. Yvonne Moore
Educational Assistant

Mrs. Moore was born and educated in Scotland. She studied Business with Travel and Tourism specialties for 2 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!

alt textMrs. Tracy Russell
Educational Assistant