Staff & Faculty

Staff & Faculty
Title Name
Pastor Father Bernardin Mugabo
Principal Christie Horton
Admin. Assistant Jessica Fuentes
Bookkeeper Diane Marshall
Programs Teacher
Preschool Director Maria Chagolla
Preschool Sarah Castellon, Belinda Hussey
Transitional Kindergarten Tasha Clutts
Kindergarten Lisa Smith
First Grade Christine Castellon
Second Grade Maggie Williams
Third Grade Catherine Dang
Fourth Grade Karla Henning
Fifth Grade Joanne Giffard
Sixth Grade Justin Fritzsche
Seventh Grade Joe Kann
Eighth Grade Colleen Ennis
Physical Education (K-8th) Kevin Rogers
Spanish (Pre-8th) Lilia Farmer
Extension Director Stacia Paluch
Art Leah Newton
Resource Teacher Hanna Price
Music/Choir Cara O'Shea
School Aides Michel Bakkie, Kelly Ramos
Extension Staff Shelby Strickley, Anthony Bagley, Daniel Harp

Christie Horton

Mrs. Christie Horton has been on faculty at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School since 2008. She began working at SJE as the 8th grade teacher, and after a year at home to care for her three small children, she returned to our junior high as the history, religion, and math teacher. She became Principal in 2018.

Mrs. Horton holds a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Long Beach and a MA in History from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a Congressional Aide in Washington, D.C., and she began her teaching career in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia prior to relocating to Sacramento.

I love St. John the Evangelist! Our school is a nurturing, faith-focused environment for students. When children arrive on campus, they know they are safe and loved; they can truly focus on school and becoming the best versions of themselves. Our teachers are passionate and talented, our parents are welcoming and community-driven, and our students are friendly and hard-working--what a combination!

When my husband and I needed to make our choice in where to educate our own children, there was no question that St. John the Evangelist is where we want our three sons to grow up. I trust my faculty and staff whole-heartedly to bring out the best in my boys and shape them into young men who have a strong sense of virtue and responsibility. My children are genuinely happy at school, and I'm not sure I could ask for more.

Please stop by the school office to meet with Mrs. Horton and take a tour of the campus.

Karla Henning

Maria Chagolla

Sarah Castellon

Tasha Clutts

Belinda Hussey, 4 Year Old Butterfly Classroom Teacher

Mrs. Belinda Hussey is an Early Childhood Education Master Teacher certificated by the state of California and holds a certificate as a Paraprofessional in Special Education. She has completed an Associate Degree as a Master Teacher with 30.5 ECE units and has completed another 6 units in ECE Administration.

Mrs. Hussey has been on staff with Saint John the Evangelist Preschool since 2013. She has approximately five years of experience working as a Special Education Paraprofessional with the Deaf, and has been an aide in both special day and mainstream classrooms. She has two years of experience as being both the teacher and director in a private Accelerated Christian Academy in which she taught kindergarten through twelfth grade.

I have loved teaching at Saint John the Evangelist Preschool from day one. This is not just a day care; this is a preschool. The families and staff are concerned about the whole child; spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally. Everyone comes together for the betterment of the children. This is a family!

I have no grandchildren of my own, and I am blessed that our families allow me to share in the love of their children. I enjoy watching them grow and flourish in our main school as they move up in grade, and I particularly love it when they come to visit me again and again. I feel that here, I can be the teacher that is so dearly quoted by Justin Tarte, "Teachers who put relationships first don't just have students for one year; they have students who view them as 'their' teacher for life."

Please stop by for a tour of the campus and a visit with Ms. Belinda!

Lisa Smith

Mrs. Lisa Smith joined the St. John’s family in 1997 as an Extended Day worker. She started the Transitional Kindergarten program at SJE in 2000. Mrs. Smith moved up to Kindergarten in 2011.

She received her BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Sacramento and has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a concentration in English.

I love working at Saint John the Evangelist! This truly is my second family and home away from home! There is a warm, welcoming spirit here that allows our students to feel safe and loved as they grow academically, spiritually, physically, and socially. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to educating the whole child, our parent community is open and inviting, and our students are kind and respectful. I could not ask for a better work environment!

I love working with the younger students and seeing the growth that they make throughout the year. Every day is filled with new milestones and achievements. The students’ energy, enthusiasm, and joy for learning make even those tough days worth it!

Please contact the school office to set up a school tour and to meet with Mrs. Smith.

Mrs. Christine Castellon

Mrs. Christine Castellon came to St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in 1998 as the kindergarten teacher. After three years, she graduated to first grade and found her ‘happy place'. Prior to St. John’s, Chris taught preschool and was busy raising her four children. Mrs. Castellon is third generation born San Franciscan and grew up in Concord, graduating from Carondelet High School. She holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Government from Sacramento State University as well as her California State Teaching Credential. She loves Disneyland, Yosemite, traveling, and the San Francisco Giants.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School feels like home to me. My classroom is filled with: student’s work, birds, fish, and turtles. In first grade we share: hard work, good times, and laughter. To be able to see our preschool children giggling on their playground and watch them grow into my first graders is such a pleasure. Seeing students as they move through the grades grow and mature and become competent, loving, kind, caring, faith-filled young adults is both an honor and privilege. We are family!

Here at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School we truly educate the whole child: mind, body, heart, and soul. Our faith filled classrooms help students to grow into the best version of themselves, ready to spread their wings and soar through high school and life.

Maggie Williams

Cathy Dang

Joanne Giffard

Justin Fritzsche

Joe Kann

Colleen Ennis

Kevin Rogers

Leah Newton, Art Teacher

Leah Newton has a Masters Degree in Education with a California Clear Credential for Multiple Subjects, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has been teaching since 1996 in both public and Catholic schools in grades K-12. Currently, Leah teaches art for grades TK – 8 at SJE, as well as at The Crocker Art Museum, in downtown Sacramento. Her students have won several local and national art awards. Leah also hosts paint-night style fundraisers for students and adults.

Over the past five years Leah has been showing artwork at venues including the Blue Line Arts Gallery (Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition and Exhibition), the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and the California State Fair. She published her first children’s book, “Of Wonder and Dreams” that she both authored and illustrated.

When my husband and I were looking for a school for our daughters, we were specifically looking for three things. First, we wanted a Catholic school where our daughters could receive a foundation in their faith and spirituality. Second, we wanted a school that not only offered variety, but one that felt like a community, with students from various ethnic, economic and learning needs. Third, we wanted a school that supported the arts. We love St. John's! Our girls have received their Sacraments, utilized the school resources, sung in the choir, performed in the plays, and have created cherished artwork that hangs in our home. Our eldest daughter now attends Christian Brothers High School. I cannot thank St. John's School enough for preparing her, and us, for that transition.

Please come visit me in the art room!

Amanda Nguyen

Cara O'Shea

Hanna Price

Lilia Farmer

Father Bernardin Mugabo

Jessica Fuentes

Diane Marshall

Stacia Paluch

Michel Bakkie

Kelly Ramos