St. Alphonsus Catholic School provides a living Christian community that is supported by teachers, parents, and clergy who work together to provide a broad and competitive curriculum that challenges students both academically and spiritually while encouraging self-discipline and service to God and the community. Student enrichment happens after the school day has ended through various extra-curricular activities.
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Preschool Program –

  • PreK-3 – PreKindergarten-3 is an exciting year of adventures and new experiences! My name is Ms. Janice and I am the Lead Teacher of the PreK-3 class. I have taught at St. Alphonsus for a total of 26 years, having started here in 1997 (has it been that long?!). I’m excited for another year with our smallest students; it just keeps getting better! My goal for this year is to provide a safe and happy environment for our preschoolers in which they can learn and grow with Christ by their sides. Every year I look forward to the PreK Mardi Gras parade, which is SO much fun (the entire school comes out with our friends and families to see us)! My favorite subject is music; I love seeing the way the children express themselves while singing. I love spending time with my family, creating handmade goods, art and sewing. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Janice Arceneaux , PreK-3 Teacher 
  • Ms. Becky’s PreK-4 Class – I love teaching and look forward to spending the year with your child! I have been teaching at St. Alphonsus School for six years and each year my goals continue to be the same: that students leave my class as strong individuals (both inside and out), and that each of them grow to know and love God more with each passing day. My favorite subject is math. My personal life highlights this year will include “adding” to my family with a new niece, adjusting to my oldest son heading off to college, and working on my ABA degree this fall. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Becky Brady, PreK-4 Teacher
  • Ms. Katherine’s PreK-4 Class –  As I start my third year teaching at St. Alphonsus School, I hope to instill a love of learning while providing each student with a strong academic, emotional, and spiritual foundation. I enjoy exploring all subjects with your child on a daily basis, but science and art are my favorites! Since working at St. Al’s, watching the children “shine” at the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas performances stand out as my favorites. When I am not at school, I like to be outside hiking or playing in the waves with my two boys, family and friends. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Kathrine Vernon, PreK-4 Teacher

Early Elementary Program –

  • Ms. Gruich’s Kindergarten Class – This is my second year to teach at St. Al’s and I look forward to helping my students learn many things: to love God, love learning, love coming to school every day, and ultimately be prepared for first grade at the end of the year! One of my favorite things about working at St. Alphonsus School is getting to spend each day praying with the class and sharing my love of reading with them. Seeing their excitement grow as they learn new words and put it all together is a highlight of my teaching experience. My wonderful husband of 28 years and I have three daughters, two of which also chose to be educators! I love spending time with my family, my students, being a part of the St. Al’s family, and God. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Jan Gruich, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. White’s Kindergarten Class- Your children will be exposed to a lot of “new” this year, and I so enjoy being a part of the learning process here at St. Al’s (now over 12 years)! My goal for the year is to help my students learn to include Jesus in every part of their day. One of the mainstays in our faith education at St. Alphonsus, Kindergarten Mass, remains a highlight of my year and something I look forward to each May. I love reading with and to your children during the day, and I love spending my evenings with a book or being in the pool. I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 32 years and we have a wonderful family: a son, a daughter, their spouses, and our soon-to-be four grandchildren! It’s a good thing we love sports; our family makes a great and growing team! CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Lana White, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Brakebill’s First Grade Class – This is my second year at St. Al’s Catholic School. I am so excited for this year and have some big goals for the year! My main goal for this school year is to keep the Jesuit educational value of cura personalis (care for the whole person) at the forefront of my daily teaching. Maintaining this value as my primary concern is important, as it guides me toward educating my students with a Christ-centered approach. Cura personalis encompasses growth for students in all areas: academic, spiritual, and emotional! I am working toward the formation of well-rounded students with a faith-based education. My favorite part of teaching is when I see the “light bulb” go on for students when they finally “get” a difficult concept! It’s always a highlight of my day and I look forward to having many of these “light bulb” moments throughout the year! While it’s hard to choose just one, my favorite subject is reading. Children’s books (especially picture books) are the BEST! I love God, my family (my husband, Joel, and my family back in California), children, friends, and all things bright and beautiful! CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Ali Brakebill, 1st grade Teacher
  • Ms. Butler’s First Grade – I am so excited to be teaching at St. Alphonsus and being a part of the St. Al’s family for another wonderful year. I have been married to my best friend, Josh, for eight years and we have two adorable puppies. We love to travel and try to visit Disney World whenever we get a chance. We are so blessed to be welcoming our first child this January! This is my eleventh year teaching and my seventh year at St. Alphonsus. I try every day to inspire each child in my classroom through the love of the Lord, the arts, and technology. I love teaching science and reading and am very dedicated to giving your child the very best experience he/she can possibly have in first grade. I look forward to watching the growth, the joy, and love in learning that each child develops in first grade.
    – Ms. Katie Butler, 1st grade Teacher
  • Second Grade – I am looking forward to this upcoming year, my fourth at St. Al’s! Your children will have fun and we will all grow in our faith and make that faith evident in every aspect of our lives! My favorite parts of our second grade year are watching students experience First Reconciliation and receive their First Holy Communion. In addition to teaching religion and seeing its effects on their lives, I enjoy sharing my love of math and hope to make the students love it, too! My husband of 5 years, Trent, and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Sullivan, last year and are excited to share our love of Ole Miss sports, boating, and reading with her. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Hartzog, 2nd grade Teacher

Elementary Program –

  • Third Grade – I have taught at St. Al’s for the past four years and am so thankful to work in a place where sharing our faith is celebrated. It is my goal that our students grow academically and spiritually; therefore, I want to provide the best of both worlds. Teaching third grade is an adventure to me and every day is a highlight! I look forward to watching my students grow and mature throughout the year. My favorite subjects are reading, language arts. My favorite “non-school” passions are singing, Italian food, and spending time with friends and family. I moved to the area four years ago with my husband, Mitchell, and we have a sweet puppy named Bella. CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    – Ms. Brittany Mast, 3rd grade Teacher
  • Fourth Grade – I am so excited to start my 6th year teaching at St. Alphonsus School! My goal for this year is to ensure that my students are happy EVERY DAY and WANT to come to school. I love getting children excited about their faith – religion is my favorite subject, after all! My other favorite things are my husband, Chase, our beautiful little girl, McKae, and our newest addition – another baby girl coming in November! This upcoming school year is going to be a year of adventures and I’m looking forward to touring the Capital building in Jackson with your children and putting classroom learning into a real-life setting. I love being a part of the St. Al’s family and helping children grow spiritually and academically. I can’t wait to see what the year holds!
    – Ms. Tahler Glisson, 4th grade Teacher 

Intermediate Program –

  • Fifth Grade – This is my fifth year to teach, but my first at St. Alphonsus Catholic School. My goals for the year include teaching my students to the best of my ability, watching them succeed in their academic studies, and grow in their faith in Christ. I look forward to sharing my love of language arts and reading with our students, and hope to instill a love of language arts, writing, reading, and spelling and vocabulary to ALL 5th and 6th graders! I have lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life and live now in Ocean Springs with my husband, Jason and our twin sons, Jordan and Jackson. I love teaching children to love learning and to love our Lord. I feel very blessed to be here at St. Alphonsus and am looking forward to a memorable year! CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    -Ms. Jacqueline Cates, 5th grade Teacher
  • Sixth Grade – This is my first year teaching at St. Alphonsus School, but St. Al’s has felt like home to my family since my oldest son started first grade here in 2003. My goals for the year are to have my students understand they were created exactly as God intended, to know more than they knew when the school year started, to gain independence and ownership in their work, and to be prepared for their next steps after St. Alphonsus. My favorite subject is science followed closely by math. My other “favorites” are my boys – my husband, my oldest son (a senior at Baruch School of Business in New York City), my middle son (a senior at St. Martin High School), and our youngest son (a sophomore at St. Patrick High School). I love teaching at this beautiful school. The faculty, staff, and families are so welcoming and kind. It is a blessing to start each day with religion and attend mass each week! CLICK HERE for this week’s class newsletter.
    -Ms. Elaine Dent, 6th grade Teacher
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