Faculty and Staff

SLCS Faculty and Staff

Father James Misko, Pastor

Father James Misko

Fr. James Misko was ordained a priest by Bishop Gregory Aymond in June of 2007.  Prior to his ordination he graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Communications and worked for seven years as a General Manager for the Italian restaurant Macaroni Grill.  He entered seminary in 2000 and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theology and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.


St. Louis is Fr. Misko’s third parish, serving as a newly ordained priest at St. Elizabeth in Pflugerville for three years and as Pastor of Christ the King parish in Belton, Texas for four years.  He serves on a number of Diocesan boards, including as chair of the Bishop Vasquez’ Presbyteral Council, the bishop’s Personnel Board, and the Diocese of Austin School Advisory Board.  Fr. Misko is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, a Knight of Columbus 4th Degree, and the chaplain for Austin’s Legatus chapter, a Catholic C.E.O. fraternal organization.  When he isn’t pastoring our four thousand family parish, he enjoys golf, cycling, and exploring new restaurants in the Austin food scene.


You can reach Fr. Misko at: [email protected]

Principal Cindy Gee, Principal


Cindy Gee, Principal

Mrs. Gee joined St. Louis in May of 2016 as principal.  A native of San Antonio, Texas, she grew up attending St. Margaret Mary’s elementary, St. Gerard’s high school and St. Mary’s University.  She was a public school servant for 30+ years, retiring as an Assistant Superintendent in a major central Texas school district.  She considers herself blessed to be at St. Louis where she can merge her lifelong passion for educating children with her faith.


Mrs. Gee loves spending time with her family and is patiently waiting for grandchildren.  The Gee family have a lake “shack” on Lake LBJ where they enjoy fishing and relaxing with family and friends.  She is an avid movie-goer and enjoys reading and baseball.  Mrs. Gee is an active member of St. Elizabeth in Pflugerville, Texas.


You can reach Mrs. Gee at: [email protected]

Rosalie Dowling, Registrar


Rosalie Dowling

Rosalie Dowling is the Registrar at St. Louis Catholic School.  She first joined SLCS as a parent volunteer in 2000 when her son was in first grade and immediately after became a substitute teacher for 9 years.   She then became a third grade teacher’s aide, the school receptionist, and currently the school’s Registrar since 2011. Mrs. Dowling has enjoyed each position she has had at SLCS.  Each position has given her an opportunity to work closely  with  parents and  students.  She hopes they know just how special they are and how happy we are that they are a part of our wonderful school community.


Mrs. Dowling grew up in San Antonio, Texas and received an Associate Degree in Computer Science.  She was hired by DataPoint Corporation and continued her studies at St. Mary’s University in Marketing.  After several years of working full time and attending college part time,  she was hired by Southwest Airlines, where she worked for 20 years.


Mrs. Dowling is the proud mother of a son and a daughter who attended St. Louis Catholic School.  Her son recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Finance Degree and has entered Baylor Law School.  Her daughter is a Junior at Texas A&M University and is working towards a Marketing degree. Rosalie enjoys attending Aggie football games,  Spurs basketball games, listening to live country music and spending time with family, friends and walking her dog Duncan.


You can reach Mrs. Dowling at: [email protected]

Reneé Gately, Administrative Assistant


Renee’ Gately is in her 19th year as Administrative Assistant to the Principal at St. Louis Catholic School.


Working at St. Louis has given Mrs. Gately the best of both worlds; utilizing her secretarial skills in a faith-filled environment, while also having the opportunity to help students and their families whenever possible.  She feels honored to say she is one of the three school secretaries employed at St. Louis throughout the school’s 60 year history.


Mrs. Gately grew up in western Massachusetts, moving to Texas where she completed high school and met the love of her life, Daniel.  She has been married for 38 years, has two children who attended St. Louis, one daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren, one of whom currently attends St. Louis.  Her hobbies include quilting, camping, motorcycling, reading and pets.


You can reach Mrs. Gately at: [email protected]

Darlene Howard, Receptionist


Darlene Howard

Darlene Howard, the Receptionist at St. Louis Catholic School, has been a St. Louis parishioner for more than thirty-five years. She has worked in various positions at SLCS for 25 years, from front office to cafeteria to the classroom as a Teacher’s Aide.  Mrs. Howard does it all!


Born and raised in Rosanky, Texas, Mrs. Howard has been married for 40+ years and her three children attended St. Louis, gaining from the experience a foundation of faith and love in Christ.


Outside of school, you will find Mrs. Howard volunteering at church or pursuing her love of gardening. If she’s not amongst her dozens of rose bushes, she’s probably visiting one of the nurseries and gardens of Texas. She also enjoys baking in the kitchen while watching the Hallmark channel and spending time with her grandchildren!


You can reach Mrs. Howard at: [email protected]

Jessica Chaffee, Director of Development


Jessica Chaffee

Jessica Chaffee started her career at SLCS as a teacher. She spent 1 year teaching Pre K and 5 years teaching Kindergarten. During these 6 years, she grew to love the St. Louis Community and is dedicated to advancing its mission to form the leaders of tomorrow with the light of Christ as their guide.


Jessica is an avid marathon runner and shares her love for running at SLCS by coaching Cross Country and Track and Field as well as organizing an after school running program for students in all grades.


Jessica grew up in New Jersey and relocated to Austin with her husband in 2010. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from The University of Scranton and a Post Graduate degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, traveling, and practicing yoga.


You can reach Mrs. Chaffee at: [email protected]

Carrie Vernieuw, Advancement Assistant


Carrie Vernieuw

Carrie Vernieuw joined the St. Louis staff in 2017 and has 2 kids that attend the school.  She is also the Assistant Liturgical Coordinator at St. Louis Catholic Church.  She helps behind the scenes with the advancement and recruiting team to promote what an amazing community and family we have at St. Louis Catholic School.


Mrs. Vernieuw grew up in Ogden, Utah and has lived coast to coast since graduating with a BS in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University and an MS in Exercise and Movement Science from University of Oregon.  She served five years in the U.S. Army where she did environmental physiology research on soldiers.  She’s actively involved in the school’s middle school Cross Country and Track programs, as well as the Running and Fitness Club.  She loves watching her kids do the activities they love, running, and spending time at home with her family.


You can reach Mrs. Vernieuw at:  [email protected]

Elementary School

Isabelle Abad Turner, Montessori Guide

Isabelle Abad Turner

Isabelle Abad Turner is elated to join the wonderful family of St. Louis Catholic School as the Primary Guide in the Montessori Program serving children 3-5 years old. Ms. Isabelle (as she is fondly called by her students) has been a dedicated Montessorian for the past 13 years having served in different capacities as an intern, Primary teacher, assistant Lower Elementary teacher with a focus on special education, and school consultant. She lives by the philosophy of helping children realize their full potential.


Ms. Isabelle was born and raised in the Philippines. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines and obtained her Primary Certification from Montessori Institute of America. She is also a member of the American Montessori Society. In her spare time, Ms. Isabelle together with her supportive husband and two adorable children love exploring Austin and traveling new places and old favorites.


You can reach Mrs. Abad Turner at: [email protected]

Ana Lucia Celada Samayoa, Montessori Aide and Extended Day Program


Ana Celada works in the Beyond the Bell program.  She is an elementary and middle school teacher who has been in the field for 14 years. She is a very passionate teacher who enjoys planning activities where her students can have fun and experience new things that open their minds.  She believes that teaching students about the love of God and Mary helps them become the leaders the world needs.


Ana grew up in Guatemala and earned her Bachelor and Master of Education back home.  She has lived in Austin for just one year.  She loves volunteering, and she enjoys traveling, dancing salsa, taking pictures and spending time with her husband and friends.



Chris Rethlake, Pre-K

Chris Rethlake

Chris Rethlake is a Pre-K teacher at St. Louis.  She joined the SLCS staff for the 2016-17 school year.  Ms. Rethlake graduated from The University of Texas with a B.S. in Education and has taught in both private and public schools in the Austin area for many years.  Ms. Rethlake taught at a Catholic school at the beginning of her teaching career and always hoped to return to that setting.  She feels fortunate to have found a new school family at SLCS and feels blessed to share her faith with the children. She loves teaching Pre-K!


Ms. Rethlake enjoys singing in her church choir and with The St. Edward’s Masterworks Singers.  She also enjoys spending time with her extended family and visiting her new great niece and great nephew!


You can reach Ms. Rethlake at:  [email protected]


Judy Jenschke, PreK Aide


Judy Jenschke

Judy Jenschke has been at St. Louis Catholic School for 18 years (22 years before that at St. Ignatius). She taught 4th grade at St. Louis for 17 years, but now is a Pre-K teacher. She has always loved teaching the various grades from 2nd – 8th over the years, but has really loved teaching PreK this year. Mrs. Jenschke says they really keep her active.


Mrs. Jenschke grew up on her family’s ranch outside the wonderful town of Fredericksburg, Texas, and now owns part of the ranch. She says her hobby now is ranching with the help of her husband. She also enjoys going places with her family, grandchildren, and friends or out to eat. Judy loves rodeos and listening to live music, especially country or blues.


You can reach Mrs. Jenschke at: [email protected]



Elia Cervantes, Kindergarten

Elia Cervantes

Elia Cervantes (pronounced “Eh lee ah”) is a retired dual language teacher with 27 years teaching experience. She joins the SLCS staff for the 2017-18 school year in Kindergarten. She received her undergraduate from Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State University, and her teaching certification from St. Edward’s University.


She is married and has three daughters. One daughter has graduated from Texas A&M, another is a senior at UT Arlington, and her third daughter is a junior at UT Austin.


You can reach Mrs. Cervantes at: [email protected]



Jordan Babcock, Kindergarten


Jordan Babcock

Jordan Babcock is a kindergarten teacher at St. Louis Catholic School.  She joined St. Louis in January 2016.  Ms. Babcock has a passion for helping young learners reach their full potential in reading and in life. She loves working in a Catholic school environment and the strong sense of community that St. Louis gives us all.  Jordan loves all of her students for the amazing children they are and encourages them through a positive and welcoming classroom environment.


Ms. Babcock was born in New Mexico, and moved to Canada when she was six years old, where she spent her elementary years at a Catholic school in Calgary.  After elementary school, she moved to Houston, where she remained until graduating from the University of Houston with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education for Pk-6th grade.  In her spare time, you can find Jordan hiking, swimming, or exploring all things Austin with her dog Koda.


You can reach Ms. Babcock at: [email protected]

Casey Foyt, First Grade


Casey Foyt

Casey Foyt is a first grade teacher at St. Louis Catholic School.  She joined the SLCS community in 2013 as a Kindergarten teacher. She has previously taught third grade.  Casey is originally from Arlington, TX but has been living in Austin for close to 10 years.


She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Early Literacy from the University of Texas in Austin.


In her spare time, you can find Casey running, biking, hiking, or doing yoga around Austin’s beautiful parks.


You can reach Casey at: [email protected]


Dena Friesen, Second Grade

Patty Townsend, Third Grade

Patty Townsend

Patty Townsend is a third grade teacher at St. Louis Catholic School. She joined the SLCS community in August of 2013. One of the reasons Patty became a teacher was to be an advocate for struggling learners. She also loves to see the lightbulb “come on” when a student “Gets it!” Patty feels very blessed to have gotten a job at SLCS, and to get to work with other dedicated teachers that she is proud to call her friends. She feels closer to God every day that she gets to teach Religion next to academics.


Patty grew up in Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She graduated in 2008 with her certification to teach Early Childhood through fourth grade. She also holds certifications to teach ESL and SPED. Patty enjoys cooking, doing artwork, motorcycling, and travel.  She has been blessed to travel to countries such as China, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada.


You can reach Ms. Townsend at: [email protected]

Terri Kunkel, Fourth Grade


Terri Kunkel

Terri Kunkel teaches fourth grade at St. Louis Catholic School.  She brought her enthusiasm and passion for teaching to SLCS in 2014 as a second grade teacher before moving to fourth grade in 2016.  Students can feel the excitement, and her love for teaching, when they walk into her room.  Her dedication and preparation are easy to recognize and parents love how much she cares about their children’s success.


Mrs. Kunkel loves teaching in a Catholic school where each student is taught and encouraged to grow into the person God has called them to be. She grew up in Highland, Illinois, a small town 30 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy from Illinois State University and received her Texas Teachers Certification in 2014.  She is an avid runner and when she’s not training for another marathon you can usually find her at a baseball field watching her son play. She and her husband have three sons and a dog named Bailey.


You can reach Mrs. Kunkel at: [email protected]



Julie Davis, Fifth Grade

Julie Davis

Julie Davis is the 5th grade teacher and Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) Campus Coordinator.  She joined the SLCS family in 2012 after moving to Austin from Natchitoches, Louisiana where she taught 1st grade for five years at St. Mary’s Catholic School.  She has taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grades while at St. Louis.  Julie loves teaching in a Catholic school because of the enriching, faith-filled environment.


Julie grew up in a military family, residing mostly in the Louisiana/Mississippi area; including being stationed for a few years in the Philippines as a young child.  She attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching.  She is currently enrolled at Franciscan University of Steubenville working towards a Master’s in Evangelization and Catechesis.  She loves living her Faith and sharing that by example and lessons with her students.  In her spare time, Mrs. Davis enjoys spending time with her husband and miniature dachshund; and as of lately, preparing for the addition of their daughter, due to arrive June 2017.


You can reach Mrs. Davis at: [email protected]

Emily Loontjer, Sixth Grade

Emily Loontjer

Emily Loontjer joins the St. Louis faculty as the new 5th and 6th grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher. She grew up in Catholic schools, attending St. Pius and Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After moving to Austin, Emily earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, both in Education.


She began her career in the Round Rock school district, where she taught middle school Language Arts for eleven years. This was a wonderful experience, but Emily longed for the educational environment she remembered growing up – one that was centered in her Catholic faith. Working at St. Louis is truly a dream come true for her!


When not at school, Emily spends time with her family and their pack of pets – two dogs, two cats, and one chicken. Both of her children attend St. Louis, and her family are parishioners of the church. One of their favorite family traditions is Mexican food and movie night every Friday. Emily loves to read, and she loves sharing that joy with everyone around her.


You can reach Mrs. Loontjer at: [email protected]

Middle School

Nikii Guerra, Math

Nikii Guerra

Nikii Guerra is the secondary math teacher at St. Louis and a middle school math specialist.  Although she just joined the SLCS community this year, she has taught math for 20+ years.  Mrs. Guerra loves teaching middle school students in this Catholic school environment and believes that this is her reward for many outstanding years in education.  She says that it is a joy to work with students who are supported by their parents and the entire Catholic community.


Mrs. Guerra’s roots are in the panhandle of Texas but she grew up in Pasadena and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Teaching with a Generic Special Education Certification from Sam Houston State University.  She continued her studies at the University of Houston, earning a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasizing Math Education. She later earned a Principal Certification at the University of Houston and served as the Elementary Math Coordinator of Fort Bend Independent School District. After moving to Austin, she served as a Mathematics Curriculum Specialist for Austin ISD and Region XIII Math Specialist. The lady loves her Math!  Her spare time is all about her granddaughter Savanna.  She travels to Fort Worth often (to see Savanna), loves reading, watching movies, and listening to all kinds of music.


You can reach Mrs. Guerra at: [email protected]

Jackie Padilla, Science

Jackie Padilla

Jackie Padilla is the science teacher for 7th and 8th grade.This is Jackie’s first year as part of the St. Louis faculty, however she has been a member of St. Louis Parish since 2004. She has two children that attend the school, and a 3rd that is enrolled at ECDC.


Mrs. Padilla received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She worked in the environmental sector for 5 years before pursuing her teaching certificate. Jackie worked at Travis High School in Austin teaching Chemistry and Integrated Physics and Chemistry to 10th and 11th graders. Jackie returns to teaching this year after taking several years off to start a family.


Mrs. Padilla has served in many ministries at St. Louis throughout the years including Breakfast Club, Hand Bells, Children’s Liturgy, and The One In The Lord Program under the Adult and Family Ministry. She could not be more thrilled to be apart of the school.


You can reach Mrs. Padilla at: [email protected]


Beth Foley, Language Arts

Beth Foley

Beth Foley is not only a middle school language arts teacher at St. Louis, but she was also a 1966 graduate of St. Louis Catholic School.  In addition, her mother, Anne Peoples, was the first lay principal of the school.  Before joining the faculty of St. Louis in 2009, she had a 30-year teaching career in the public schools. She taught for more than 20 years at Taylor High School, where she taught English IV, AP English IV, and a creative writing elective class.


Here at St. Louis, she is dedicated to sharing her passion for the written word, whether it be through grammar, vocabulary, composition, or literature.  In addition, she teaches a French culture elective, as well as another literature-related elective, each year.


A Francophile, Mrs. Foley continues taking French classes, has recently been to Paris, and dreams about returning soon.  She also loves to read, spend time with her children, and play with her two standard French poodles.


You can reach Mrs. Foley at: [email protected]

Vivian Conway, Social Studies


Vivian Conway

Vivian Conway is the Social Studies teacher for grades 6-8, Student Council sponsor and 8th grade coordinator. She has dedicated most of her career to Catholic education and has spent the last 27 years here at St. Louis. Vivian is especially devoted to educating and inspiring teenagers. Members of the parent community call her the “Teen Whisperer.”


Vivian grew up in Groves, Texas and earned a B.A. in History from Lamar University. She enjoys books, movies and going to the beach. Vivian also has a reputation for a vicious backhand in table tennis!


You can reach Mrs. Conway at: [email protected]


Willie Gomez, Religion

Willie Gomez

Guillermo L. Gomez is a Secondary Teacher whose specialty is ministering to young middle school children.  He is both a certified Catechist and a certified Religion teacher with the Diocese of Austin.  He is a husband, a father, and a grandfather and has extensive years of training in educating both children and adults in their Christian/Catholic faith.


Mr. Gomez comes to us from South Texas where he taught for 8 years at Bishop Garriga Middle School in Corpus Christi.  He received his B.A. from St. Edwards University in Austin.  His passion is sharing his faith and helping others in developing a stronger relationship with Christ.  He loves “carne guisada,” enjoys reading, and watching old movie classics.


You can reach Mr. Gomez at: [email protected]


Special Areas

Pilar Castrejon, Art

Pilar Castrejon

Pilar Castrejón Diego grew up in downtown Tijuana, México.  She is a graduate from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts focusing in Graphic Design and Printmaking. She also received a bilingual teaching credential from the state of California in Visual Arts Education, and subsequently from the State of Texas.  Ms. Castrejón arrived in Austin in 1988, via the D.C. area and quickly connected herself with various art venues, education programs and communities.


Ms. Castrejón (“Ms. Pilar” as she is known to her students) started working as the art teacher at SLCS in 1996, and continues to feel very fortunate to work in this community.


Ms. Castrejón cherishes her time, and ever growing family of her three daughters and their expanding families.


In her personal artwork, she fuses many techniques, both 2-d and 3-dimensionally.  Her use of materials integrates the fusion of mixed media through a series of layers and processes creating expressive rich textures and surfaces.  The themes developed are part of her tapestry of life, creating visual tales of the realities we live with and the universality of the human condition.


You can reach Ms. Castrejón at: [email protected]

Erika Ferrales, Athletic Director


Erika Ferrales

Erika Ferrales is the Athletic Director and PE Teacher at St. Louis.  She joined the SLCS community in 2005.  Ms. Ferrales enjoys teaching the younger students, and listening to their wonderful stories.  She loves watching them grow throughout their years at St. Louis, from PreK – 8th Grade.


Ms. Ferrales was born in Austin and grew up in Round Rock.  She earned her Bachelor of Exercise Sports Science degree at Southwest Texas State – San Marcos.  When not coaching, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, being outdoors, and playing with her dog Jules.


You can reach Ms. Ferrales at: [email protected]


Michael Hoffer, M.M., Music

Michael Hoffer

Michael Hoffer is the Music Teacher, Band/Orchestra, Choir, and After-School Music Program Director at St. Louis Catholic School. He joined the teaching team at SLCS in 2010 and has since earned his Master’s degree in Composition, helping him to provide students with original Psalm settings, band arrangements, and unique compositions performed at Mass and in Diocesan music festivals. Mr. Hoffer enjoys nurturing the creative side of the students as well as introducing Middle Schoolers to the incredible music technology that is now at their fingertips.


Mr. Hoffer hails from San Antonio, TX. He earned his Bachelor in Music from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Music from Texas State University. He writes scores for independent films and video games, loves basketball, and is a cartoonist when he has the time! He and his wife enjoy taking their 1-year-old on adventures around town and trying out new restaurants.


You can reach Mr. Hoffer: [email protected]

Professional Support Staff

Emily Hladik, LMFT-A, Counselor


Emily Hladik

Emily Hladik is the school counselor at St. Louis. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with a Bachelor’s  degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University. Mrs. Hladik joined the St. Louis family in 2015 and feels so lucky to have found a home here.


Mrs. Hladik strives to create a nurturing, encouraging, and accepting environment in which students and their families can be their authentic selves and grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually. She enjoys helping students find new ways to express themselves and connect with others. Mrs. Hladik also enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and visiting her family in Oklahoma.


You can reach Mrs. Hladik at: [email protected]


Brian Kemp, M.S.I.S., Librarian/Media Specialist


Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp is the librarian, webmaster, photographer, yearbook teacher, and assists with whatever other technology needs are occurring at the time.  He began his vocation at SLCS in 2004, shortly after completing his Master’s in Information Science from the University of North Texas.  His undergraduate degree is in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Mr. Kemp enjoys engaging students with fun stories and guiding them to books they will love.  He is a core member of the Lectio Reading Award selection committee, a yearly set of books recommended for fourth-eighth grade students at Catholic schools.  Wanting to help middle school students take pride in their academics and develop a mentality of service and leadership, he founded and advises the NJHS chapter at SLCS.


When not helping develop students into readers at SLCS, Mr. Kemp can probably be found making something in a woodshop, making something in the kitchen (which his wife appreciates), or making something on the computer.  Not surprisingly, he is an advocate for the use of makerspaces and STEM in the school environment.


You can reach Mr. Kemp at: [email protected]

Heidi Pickerill, M.Ed., CALT, Reading and Dyslexia Specialist


Heidi Pickerill

Heidi Pickerill is the Reading and Dyslexia Specialist at St. Louis Catholic School.  She has been part of the St. Louis family since 1999.  Heidi provides intensive reading and writing intervention for students in first through eighth grade using multisensory,  research-based programs.   With the goal of developing confident readers and writers, Heidi is passionate about her work and feels blessed to be a part of her students’ literacy journey.


Heidi earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.Ed. from Texas State University.  She completed her Certified Academic Language Therapist training at Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center of Austin.  Heidi is licensed by the state of Texas as a Dyslexia Therapist.


When Heidi isn’t reading with students, she keeps very busy with her husband and three children.  She enjoys running, biking, reading and pursing her newest interest with her husband – swing and salsa dancing.


You can reach Mrs. Pickerill at: [email protected]

Kara Lee Ruckriegel, Reading and Instructional Coach

Kara Lee Ruckriegel

Kara Lee Ruckriegel came to SLCS this year after retiring from Pflugerville Independent School District.  She worked at three different Pflugerville schools in her seventeen years as a first grade teacher, and was named District Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2015.


Mrs. Ruckriegel lives in Round Rock with her husband, Bob, and their Australian Shepherd dog, Nellie.  When Mrs. Ruckriegel is not at St. Louis, where she is our part-time instructional coach, she enjoys running, bicycling, reading, and taking Nellie for walks.


You can reach Mrs. Ruckriegel at: [email protected]


Support Staff


Felipe Carvajal, Executive Chef

Felipe Carvajal

Chef Felipe Carvajal was born and raised in Texas, in a family of 8 children.  His parents owned and ran different restaurants and bakeries during his childhood, which is where he began his career.   Felipe has been a formal chef for over 35 years and also attended college at UNT in Denton.  His career at St. Louis, helping taking care of our students, spans 22 years!


Outside of his time in the cafeteria, Mr. Phil (as the students affectionately call him) can usually be found on the grounds of St. Louis preparing food for various ministries or attending Mass.  His home parish, which is Sacred Heart in Austin, also fills a lot of his prayer and volunteer time. Chef’s hobbies are equal amounts of prayer and video gaming.


“May the Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!  The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”  Num 6:25-26


You may reach Mr. Phil at: [email protected]

Elena Castillo, Beyond the Bell and Extended Day Coordinator

Elena Castillo

Elena Castillo is the Extended Day Program and Beyond the Bell Coordinator at St. Louis Catholic School.  She has been with our SLCS community since August 2016.  She enjoys creating educational programs and clubs for our after-school students to enhance their creativity and social skills.


Ms. Castillo grew up in Manor Tx, attended The Art Institute of Houston for Interior Design and Austin Community College to study Early Childhood Development.


In her spare time, Ms. Castillo enjoys photography, arts/crafts and most of all spending time with her 10 year old son, Jaquinn, two dogs and extended family. Elena also loves to spend every moment she can outside taking in the beautiful natural environments God has created for us to enjoy.


You can reach Elena Castillo at: [email protected]

Miriam Gallegos, School Day Porter

Miriam Gallegos

Miriam Gallegos is our wonderful School Day Porter.  She has kept SLCS well cleaned and tidy for the last five years.  She loves working at SLCS because everyone is very kind.


Mrs. Gallegos has three children, ages 7, 9, and 11.  She enjoys attending her daughter’s soccer games.  Every Saturday evening she takes her children roller skating  after having a big family cookout during the day.


Maria Garcia, Teacher's Assistant

Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia teaches Spanish to elementary students through fourth grade. Prior to this year, she was the Teacher’s Assistant for Kindergarten and 1st grade at St. Louis Catholic school for over thirteen years.  She has truly enjoyed sharing her strong Catholic faith with her students, and feels privileged  to be able to teach them about God (and Spanish).  Maria believes that showing each child love and compassion brings us all closer to God, and makes our world a better place to live.


Mrs. Garcia grew up in Laredo, Texas where she worked as a tutor. She has almost twenty-five years experience working in the field of education.


She is a proud mother of two boys; one, who is a soldier in the Army currently serving in Kuwait, and the other a freshman in high school.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat.


You can reach Mrs. Garcia at: [email protected]

Kim Hoang, Lunch Room Cashier

Kim Hoang

Kim Hoang has worked at St. Louis as the Lunchroom Coordinator for the past 15 years.  Nine years ago she also began working with our Extended Day Program.


Her two children, Catherine and Andrew, both attended St. Louis through 8th grade. She is a familiar face to parents who come to help during lunch and to those picking up after school.


In her free time she likes to travel and spend time with her family.  Mrs. Hoang is heavily involved in ministry at Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church.



Charles Jones, I.T. Director

Charles Jones

Charles Jones is a poet, artist and philosopher but you know him as ‘the computer guy’ for St. Louis parish and school. He is a native born Texan with a degree from the University of Texas. Once in Austin, the cultural oasis of Texas, he planted roots and never left. He has been an Austin resident since 1973.


Charles volunteered for two years, when his son was in kindergarten and first grade, and became a parish employee in the fall of 1998. He originated the position he currently holds and only wishes he could clone himself on those busier than busy days.


You can reach Mr. Jones at: [email protected]


Laura Longoria, P.E. Aide

Laura Longoria

Laura Longoria (Coach L) has been a long time educator and administrator in faith based schools.  Her last stint was at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where she served in many different roles wearing many different hats.  She was the first ever Athletic Director of the Upper School and served in that role for 16 years.


Coach L is a sports FANATIC.  She loves college sports in particular but is always up for going to see most any sporting event live.  She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley (Mission … home of Tom Landry). Yes, she and her family have been Cowboys fans forever.


She is a graduate of Texas Christian University (TCU) where she received a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in education and a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in AD/PR.  She is an avid supporter of all things TCU!!


In her “free” time she enjoys playing golf, working out, traveling, spending time with family, friends and with her dog Oliver.  She has a particular fondness for Colorado where she typically spends at least a little time in over the summer.


She loves the St. Louis community and is passionate about helping educate and impart the love for, and importance of, being active and having FUN!  When coaching, which is also a passion, she wants the athletes to learn, lead, and understand the value of the lessons that can be learned on the courts and fields.  Those lessons, when translated to the classroom, are often light bulb turning on moments.

Teri Nemeroff, Learning Resource Aide

Teri Nemeroff

Teri Nemeroff is the Learning Resource Aide at St. Louis. She joined the SLCS community in 2010 as a 1st grade aide.
She has held several positions over the last several years helping students in both primary and secondary meet their full potential. She feels each child has special God given gifts to share with our school community and tries to help each student find and appreciate the gifts they have been given.  Mrs. Nemeroff currently helps cover the school office front desk every afternoon.


Mrs. Nemeroff grew up in Dayton, Ohio and earned her degree in Dental Hygiene/Education at Ohio State University. She enjoys trying new recipes on her family, as well as reading, walking and playing Canasta with her friends. She also enjoys exploring all that Texas has to offer.


You can reach Mrs. Nemeroff at: [email protected]