Alumni Faculty & Staff
St. Petersburg Catholic High School is incredibly proud to have almost 25% of our Faculty & Staff made up of SPCHS alumni! Find out how each of our alumni ended up back at SPCHS and what working here means to them.
Jackie Briggs ‘08, Director of Finance - “SPC taught me what it is like to be part of something bigger than yourself and how important community is. When I needed support throughout my adolescence and beyond, there was always a community at SPC ready to lend a helping hand and say a prayer for me and my family. Because I know how important that support has been in my life, I have always looked for ways to do the same for my communities, especially my Baron community.”
Lily Abadal ‘08, Director of Advancement - “I came back to SPCHS because I’m passionate about Catholic education as a medium to evangelize and transform the Church! We have an opportunity as educators to create a culture and community that helps form students in virtue, that helps them desire the good. So, this is more than a job for me. It’s a vocation and a mission. I am so fortunate to be pursuing that vocation and mission at my alma mater!”
Catherine Carmona ‘12, Enrollment Services & Parent Programs Coordinator - "I have always felt a strong calling to a career in education. St. Petersburg Catholic High School helped me understand the value of education, but more importantly, the value of Catholic education. My years spent at SPC shaped me into the person I am today thanks to the friends I made, the faculty who cared about my future, and the coaches who taught me about hard work and perseverance. Throughout my years at SPC, I was able to grow and learn with faith at the center of every lesson, in and outside of the classroom. It has been amazing to watch our current students grow and learn these same values, setting them up for their future success!"
Shelby Cala ‘09, Advancement Services & Alumni Programs Coordinator - “When I was a student, St. Pete Catholic was more than just a school for me; it was a home. Now, 10+ years later, I have seen the school change and grow in many ways, but it still remains a home to all Barons, past, present, and future.”
John Christian, Director of Operations - "St. Pete Catholic has always been a special place to me. It has been a part of my life since 1998 when I walked in as a Freshman. I began working at the school shortly after graduation doing summer maintenance. Right around the time I graduated from college, I began working in the Technology Department. I have since moved to become the Director of Operations and I’ve been honored to get to know so many great students, parents, teachers and staff members along the way. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Baron Family and help St. Pete Catholic grow into a pretty spectacular place with spectacular people."
Laura Gallardo ‘06, Theology Teacher - "I wanted to return to SPC because it's always been a family. It was where I grew and was formed so that I could follow wherever God called me. I want to do my part to ensure that the next generation of students finds a family here as well."
Jill Hudson ‘95, Assistant Principal for Learning & Achievement - "At SPC, I learned the value of hard work, the importance of a community and how to be inspired as well as how to inspire others. These experiences gave me a strong foundation for a career that has been committed to academic excellence in a faith-filled environment."
Phil Johnston ‘00, Science Department Chair & Head of Engineering Program - “SPC has grown tremendously since my time as a student. We've expanded from offering 2 or 3 AP classes when I was a student to offering 15 today. We've seen the addition of the St. John Bosco Center for the Arts and the complete renovation of all classrooms in both the Bishop Barry Reilly Family Hall and in Notre Dame Hall. We've seen huge upgrades in campus security and in classroom technology, with a one-to-one iPad program, Apple TVs in every classroom, and fast and reliable wifi. We've seen the addition of the Project Lead the Way Engineering program that has students engaged in transformative, project-based learning experiences every day. In short, SPC has improved in very many ways and I'm excited to be a small part of that.”
Matt Kapolka, Mathematics Teacher, Student Life & Leadership Skills Coordinator -
John Kowalik ‘03, Educational Technology Coordinator - “SPC always helped me to feel comfortable with being openly Catholic and not feeling like I had to hide who I was. I was able to go through high school feeling like it was a “church” or community environment instead of just being “another student at another high school.”