Xavier Catholic Schools Preschool-8th Grade


Evie Porter -Principal

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July 2013-Present

Evelyn (Evie) E. Porter attended Catholic Schools for 16 years and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Benedictine College in 1984. She holds a graduate degree from Baker University in School Leadership. Mrs. Porter is a licensed school administrator issued by the Kansas State Board of Education. She has 19 years of experience in Elementary Education within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

 

 

PRESCHOOL STAFF

 

Shannon Holcomb -Director for Training and Compliance (Preschool and Extended Care)

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July 2003-Present 

Shannon Holcomb did her undergraduate work at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and her bachelor of arts in secondary English education is from Panhandle State University in Oklahoma.   She began her masters in early childhood education while working eight years with Army Child/Youth Services as an Early Childhood Education Specialist and Training and Curriculum Specialist.  Holcomb and her husband met in high school where they grew up in Southwest Kansas and have been married for 30 years.  They have three children, Jennifer, Brad, and Cory.  They also have two grandchildren. The Holcomb’s have been in Leavenworth (through two Army deployments) for 13 years.

 

 

 

Stephanie Mock -Preschool Teacher

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August 2016-Present

Stephanie Mock attended Catholic middle and high school in Denver, CO. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught preschool in Denver for the past two years and can't wait to get to know all of you!

 

 

 

Angela Wiley -Preschool Teacher

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April 2000-Present

Angela Wiley attended Catholic school for elementary and high school. She has a bachelor of science from Kansas State University in family and child development. She has taught at Xavier Preschool for sixteen years.

 

 

 

Wendy Dunwiddie - Preschool Teacher 

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August 2017-present

Wendy Dunwiddie is beginning her eighth year as an educator after previously teaching in the Kansas City, Kansas school district and at St. Patrick School.  Wendy has a Bachelors of Arts in English and sociology from Benedictine College.  She earned her education certification through Avlla College, and is working on her masters degree from Avila College.  Wendy and her husband Scott have three children, Brendan, Patrick, and Molly, and are members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe.   

 

 

 

 

 

XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL K-8th

 

Evie Porter -Principal

913-682-3135 

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2013-Present

Evelyn (Evie) E. Porter attended Catholic Schools for 16 years and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from Benedictine College in 1984. She holds a graduate degree from Baker University in School Leadership. Mrs. Porter is a licensed school administrator issued by the Kansas State Board of Education. She has 19 years of experience in Elementary Education within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

 

 

XAVIER CATHOLIC SCHOOL STAFF

 

Traci Baker -Administrative Assistant

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August 2009-Present

Traci Baker graduated from Pittsburgh State University with a bachelor of business administration and minor in accounting. She worked at Premiere Conferencing for eight years until her daughter was born. She stayed home to raise her family and started at Xavier when her son started kindergarten in 2008. Both of her children have gone to Xavier Catholic School. 

 

 

Marihelen Bassett -Administrative Assistant

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August 2000-Present

Marihelen Bassett is originally from Ottawa, IL, where she attended Catholic schools from first thru 12th grades. She attended Quincy College, a Franciscan school in Quincy, IL, to study music. Marihelen has five children, all five of whom graduated from Immaculata High School between 1996 and 2008. Marihelen joined Xavier Catholic School as secretary for the Kickapoo Campus in 2000. She has been serving Xavier students, teachers and families ever since.   

 

 Aaron LaMar - Athletic Director/Physical Education

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August 2017-Present

Aaron Lamar graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from the University of Saint Mary. Aaron's coaching experience includes being the defensive line coach for Lawrence High School's football program and an assistant defensive line coach for the University of Kansas' football program. He has personally competed in football, wrestling, and track and field. Aaron is a newly wed, and his wife is currently a special education teacher at Leavenworth High School.      

 


Jackie Euler- First Grade

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August 2017-Present

Jackie Euler is a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.  She joins Xavier Catholic School after spending fourteen years teaching pre-kindergarten at Jack and Jill Preschool and the Ancilla Center for Children at the University of Saint Mary. Jackie has one son, Brendan, who is a fourth grade student at Xavier.   

 

 

 

 

Bridget Cezar - Second Grade

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August 2013-Present

Bridget Cezar attended St. Joseph Grade School and High School ‘78 in Shawnee, KS. She went on to attend Emporia State University ‘83 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She started teaching in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in 1985. Cezar has been married for 33 years and has a daughter and son who have gone through the Catholic School System. 

 

 

Annie Nichol -Third Grade

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August 2009-Present

Anne Todd-Nichol attended St. Agnes Catholic School from preschool to 2nd grade.  She then attended USD #449 through high school, graduating from Pleasant Ridge High School in 1991. Anne graduated from the University of Saint Mary in 1998 with a bachelor of science in elementary education. In 2006, Anne received her master of arts in education from Baker University. Anne is married to Jeremiah Nichol, and they have four children, all of whom attend LRCSS. Anne has taught 15 years, and this is her seventh year at Xavier Catholic School. 

 

 

Janet Meyer -Fourth Grade

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August 1989-Present

Janet Meyer graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1982 with a bachelor of science in education. She taught special education in Arkansas and Missouri for seven years before moving to Kansas to teach 4th grade at Xavier in 1989. Meyer has three children who graduated from Xavier and Immaculata. 

 

 

Cindi Thiele - K-Eighth Media/Technology Specialist (School Librarian, Fifth and Sixth Social Studies)

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August 1995-Present

Cindi Thiele was born on Good Friday and grew up in New Castle, DE, where she attended St. Peter's Catholic School. She attended the University of Delaware, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a bachelor of science in business administration. She later returned to USM and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She has been teaching computer applications at Xavier since 1995. She also operated the libraries at the former Kickapoo and Osage campuses of Xavier starting in 1999, and she continues in that role at the Muncie campus. In addition, she coached volleyball at Xavier from 1996-2016, when she retired from coaching. Her husband has been a dentist in Leavenworth for over 30 years. They have four children, three of whom graduated from IMAC: Bill, Chris ‘99, Cara ‘02 and Alison ’01.  Three of their grandchildren now go to Xavier Catholic School.  

 

Felicia Holcomb -Sixth Grade Homeroom (Fifth and Sixth English Language Arts, Sixth Religion)

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August 2015-Present

Felicia Holcomb earned her undergraduate degree in education from Avila University and is working on a Reading Specialist graduate degree at Emporia State University. Felicia is K-12 certified, holding endorsements in English Language Arts (6-12), English for Speakers of Other Languages (K-12), and Elementary Education (K-6). She has additional experience as a university writing center consultant, higher education journal editor, grant proposal writer, and inclusion specialist for children with disabilities. 

 

 

Cristy Quinn - Spanish Teacher K-Eighth Grades, Art Coordinator

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August 2001-Present

Cristy Quinn attended Catholic School from K through 12th grades. Quinn then graduated from The Jorge Tadeo Lozano University with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She received a scholarship from The International Advertising Association to pursue graduate studies in Santiago, Chile, South America where she studied advertising with an emphasis in creativity. Cristy has taught for the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System for fifteen years. Here, she has taught 8th-grade Religion, K-12th grade Spanish and 6th - 8th Art.  

 

 

 

Elaine Averna -Achievement Center Coordinator

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August 2014-Present

 

Elaine Averna grew up in Omaha, NE, attending Catholic schools from 1st to 12th grades. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in elementary education and special education. She has been a paraprofessional teacher, a substitute teacher and has taught first grade and special education. This is her twelfth year of teaching and her third year as the Xavier Achievement Center Coordinator.  She is married to Rick Averna and they have three children: Nathan, Emma and Will Averna.  She loves working with Xavier students, families and teachers to facilitate student success.

 

 

 

EXTENDED CARE STAFF

 

Shelly Sommerfield - Assistant Director Extended Care

913-682-1943 (Preschool) 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

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August 2017-Present

 

 

 

Angela Meinert -Extended Care Provider 

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August 2005-Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Forse -Part-time Extended Care Provider

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August 2015-Present

 

Katie Parks -Part-time Extended Care Provider

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August 2015-Present

ADMINISTRATION STAFF