Faculty & Staff

It's the ministry of Catholic educators to embody the faith in everything they do. They model and teach children how to form a personal relationship with Jesus and build a foundation for lifelong learning and discipleship. Meet our talented and dedicated faculty and staff!

Principal Joe Miller and Pastor Fr. John Williamson

Meet Our Principal and Our Pastor

Mr. Joseph Miller

Joseph is excited to serve as the principal this upcoming school year and looks forward to collaborating with the Catholic Community of Ascension and Saint Augustine’s parish and school families. Joseph Miller has served in education as a middle school science and math teacher for over thirteen years including three years as an assistant principal. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a Masters in STEM Leadership and Admin certification from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Both Joseph and his son were baptized at Saint Augustine Catholic Church. Besides his work in education, he has served as the head coach for the summer swim team at Rollingwood Pool for the past eighteen years. He is thrilled to be serving the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine as principal of St. Augustine Catholic School.

Fr. John A. Williamson

Fr. John A. Williamson is the pastor of the Catholic Community of Ascension & St. Augustine and of St Augustine School. Fr. John grew up in Perry Hall, MD and attended St. Joseph Fullerton. He then went on to Loyola Blakefield and then to Mt. St. Mary's University. Fr. John completed his graduate and seminary studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was ordained in 2000 and became an Associate Pastor at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, and then the Catholic Community of South Baltimore where he later became the Administrator. Fr. John was named Pastor of Church of the Ascension in Halethorpe in 2008 and Pastor of St. Augustine in 2011. He has since presided over the merging of the churches into one vibrant parish on two active campuses. He is very excited to be working in a parish with so many young people and so much vitality and growth.

Please visit our church website at www.ccasta.org.

Faculty and Staff

We are so blessed in our dedicated faculty and staff. 100% of our teachers are in compliance with the State of Maryland teacher expectations, with many having earned a graduate degree or higher. 

School Admin Team

Joseph Miller, Principal

Laura Kaplan, Assistant Principal

Kristin Tsamoutalis, School Counselor

Rhonda Cynkar, Office Manager

Jennifer Ross, Director of Admissions

Susie Lynch, Director of Advancement

Lisa Toles-Felton, Administrative Assistant/VIRTUS Coordinator

Early Childhood Team

Aida Nichols, PK3 Teacher

Laura Tully, PK3 Instructional Assistant

Christie Hanna, PK4 Teacher

Linda Schuman, PK4 Instructional Assistant

Betsy Kulp, Kindergarten Teacher

Terri Hunter, Instructional Assistant

Karissa Harris, First Grade Teacher

Stephanie Cramer, Instructional Assistant

Sue Mackay, Second Grade Teacher, Social Studies Department Chair

Patty Zaranski, Instructional Assistant

Intermediate Team

Brittney Reder, Third Grade Teacher

Grace McCarthy, Fourth Grade Teacher

Ashley Krause, Fifth Grade Teacher, ELA Department Chair

Middle School Team

6th Grade Homeroom, MS English and Language Arts

Mehul Gandhi, 7th Grade Homeroom, MS Math and Social Studies

Shannon Benedetto, 8th Grade Homeroom, MS Science and Religion, and Science Department Chair

Laurie Kaplan, MS Math and Math Department Chair

Specials Team

Marie Murphy, Technology Integration Teacher, Religion Department Chair

Jillian Rydl, Music and Art

Madison Scheimreif, Physical Education

Minerva Rodriguez, Spanish (The Maryland Language Project)

Jackie Truitt, Band (The Band Program)

St. John Neumann Resource Program

Anne Susie, Resource Director

Support Staff

Karen Shouse, R.N. Lead Nurse

Karen Munter, R.N

Brittany Roper, R.N 

Lisa Toles-Felton, Before/After Care Supervisor

Stephanie Hernandez-Sanchez, Before/After Care Team Leader

Laura Tully, Before/After Care Assistant

Marla Gilbey, Before/After Care Assistant


Sean Seymour, Facilities Manager

Miguel Jimenez, Facilities Assistant