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!

Meet Our Principal and Our Pastor

Mr. Joseph Miller

Joseph is excited to serve in his second year as the principal 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 Johns Hopkins University, a Master's 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 twenty years. He is thrilled to be serving the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine as principal of St. Augustine Catholic School.

Fr. Dale Picarella

Fr. Dale is thrilled to join and collaborate with Saint Augustine Catholic School as pastor.  Father Dale brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for ministry, evangelization, and working closely with school families.  Father Dale's hope for CCASTA is that we encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way so as to grow in being his followers with Christ at the center of our lives. In this way, we are able to share His good news with our families, our neighborhoods, the sick, the poor, the broken of heart, and the estranged.

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

Faculty and Staff

We are so blessed with 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

Reverend Dale Picarella, Pastor

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

Tiffany Roberson, 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)

Susan Day, 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