Staff Bios


Classroom Teachers:


Mrs. Melissa Daigle - Preschool
 

Education: BS Special Education/Early Childhood from The College of St. Rose & MS Special Education/Early Childhood Literacy from SUNY Albany

In Education Since: 2011

At St. Charles Since: 2017

Why St. Charles: 5 years ago my family and I moved from New York State to Washington State knowing no one. Immediately I contacted local churches and discovered St Charles. I brought my children to the office and was surprised when Fr. Mike welcomed us to the area and offered to assist us in any way he could. For my two young children that moved cross country, that warm welcome was a priceless comfort. From that day forward, I was confident that I had found a pastoral family that I wanted to be a part of.

Outside of School: I enjoy acrylic/mixed media painting, photography, graphic design, and crocheting. When I am not covered in paint or dark room chemicals, I am a full time mom.


Ms. Cassidy Sieler - Preschool Aide
 

Education: Tacoma Community College

In Education Since: 2015

At St. Charles Since: 2015

Why St. Charles: SCB is an amazing school with the greatest kids. This school shapes, not only brilliant minds, but also helps to strengthen the kindness of hearts.

Outside the Classroom: I spend time with lots of animals, and explore Tacoma.

 


Mrs. Marilyn Coleman - PK-A

 

Education: B.S. of Microbiology from Washington State University, Certificate of Early Childhood Education from Tacoma Community College

In Education Since: 2009

At St. Charles Since: 2006

Why St. Charles: I first joined St. Charles Parish and when we had children we chose to send them to the best Catholic school in Tacoma. Once we were part of the community I felt desire to work with children and especially those of the Pre-K age.

Outside the Classroom: I have a wonderful husband, Steve, and two boys: Ben is a freshman at WSU and Kevin is a freshman at Bellarmine. We tend to spend our weekends enjoying family activities, such as a baseball game of Ben’s or a soccer game of Kevin’s. I also love to read and hangout with my squad.

 


Mrs. Kirsten Welch - PK Aide

 

Education: B.A. in Psychology from University of Oregon, Teaching certificate from St. Martin’s University

In Education Since: 2005

At St. Charles Since: 2013

Why St. Charles: St. Charles is the parish I grew up in. I knew I wanted my child to have a catholic education and this was a perfect fit for both of us!

Outside the Classroom: I love to travel! So far I’ve traveled to 33 different countries, with plenty more to see on my bucket list.

 


Mrs. Diane Bauder - PK Enrichment

 

Education: South Seattle Community College

In Education Since: 2010

At St. Charles Since: 2012

Why St. Charles: I started at St. Charles as a long term substitute and when an opportunity presented itself to be the Enrichment lead teacher I happily accepted it. The emphasis on academics along with the warmth and kindness of the community makes me feel quite fortunate to be a part of it.

Outside the Classroom: I have a son and a daughter, both currently in college. We love traveling, watching sports, hiking, and playing boards games.

 


Ms. Emilee Edie - PK & EduCare Aide
 

Education: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Bellarmine, Concordia University.

In Education Since: 2017

At St. Charles Since: 2017

Why St. Charles: I remember one thing from first grade. Mrs George asked me, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and my answer, without a doubt was a teacher. I wake up everyday excited to see the kids I get to spend my day with.

Outside the Classroom: When I am not at work I am usually on a river or lake with a fishing pole in my hand.

 


Mrs. Jennifer Rehberger - KA

 

Education: B.A in Special Education from Gonzaga University. Masters in Education from University of Washington

Years in Education: 11

Years at St. Charles: 1

Why St. Charles: I first joined St. Charles Parish and then chose to send our children to the best Catholic school in Tacoma. I have always had a desire to work in a Catholic school. Glad to join the school community.

Outside the Classroom: I have a wonderful husband, Tony and three children (Jack (7), Zofia (5), and Grace (2). We like to ride bikes, play sports, hike, go fishing, camping, and spend time with family.

 


Mrs. Kari Bachert-Reyes - KB

 

Education: B.A. in Preschool- Grade 3 Early Childhood Education, 4-12 Family And Consumer Science Education from Washington State University, K-8 Elementary Education from Western Washington

In Education Since: 1992

At St. Charles Since: 2004

Why St. Charles: Being a part of a strong faith and academic community is important to me.

Outside the Classroom: I love spending time with my family and my animals. Go Cougs!

 


Ms. Giuliana Girolami - KC

 

Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University

In Education Since: 2017

At St. Charles Since: 2018

Why St. Charles: I went to Saint Patrick’s School in Tacoma from Kindergarten through 8th grade as well as graduated from Bellarmine. I love the strong community feel that both Saint Pat’s and Bellarmine brought into my life. Everyone at Saint Charles has been so welcoming, I am excited to have joined the community.

Outside the Classroom: I love spending time with my family as well as playing Pickleball any chance I get!

 


Mrs. Wendy George - 1A

 

Education: B.A. of Education from St. Martin’s University, M.ED from City University

In Education Since: 1994

At St. Charles Since: 1994

Why St. Charles: While in college I had always hoped to teach in a Catholic school. Once I got my first job at St. Charles, I loved the people, the school mission and philosophy, and the environment so I stayed! St. Charles has been a great place to teach, as well as to send my own children for their schooling.

Outside the Classroom: I enjoy reading, cooking, fishing, being outdoors. I love classic films, and spending time with my husband and 3 daughters.

 


Mrs. Lorrie Bordeaux - 1B


Education: B.A. in Education from University of Puget Sound with an emphasis in Special Education, Psychology, and Sociology. M.S. in Special Education from City University.

Years in Education: 25

Years at St. Charles: 25

Why St. Charles: I came to SCB as a parent 25 years ago. I was asked to apply for the Resource Room position. I was the Resource Room teacher for my first 5 years here. At that time my dear friend was the 1st grade teacher. She became ill and asked me to take care of her children, her first graders, I have kept that promise to her for the last 20 years.

Outside the Classroom: My family is first and foremost in my life. My husband and I are blessed with three grown children. Our lives are filled with the three of them, their significant others, our parents, and extended families.


Mrs. Colleen Henckel - 2B

 

Education: B.S. from State University of New York @ Plattsburgh in Elementary Education, M.S. from State University of New York @ Cortland in Elementary Education & Reading, and Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of Seattle

In Education Since: 1984

At St. Charles Since: 2000

Why St. Charles: Saint Charles has a tradition of providing opportunities for strong academics and a welcoming faith community for families and children.

Outside the Classroom: I love traveling every summer! Have been throughout the United States, Central America, and Europe. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, yard work, and walking our Weimaraner. A fan of college baseball.

 


Mrs. Sandra Metz - 3A

 

Education: B.S. in Management from the University of South Carolina, Teacher Preparation Program, Central Texas

In Education Since: 2006

At St. Charles Since: 2017

Why St. Charles: My daughter attends St. Charles and has grown so much spiritually, academically, and socially- I wanted to be part of this special place too!

Outside the Classroom: I love to travel and enjoy reading in my spare time.

 


Mrs. Susan Lim - 3B

 

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Martin’s University, M.Ed. in Direct Instruction from University of Washington

In Education Since: 1999

At St. Charles Since: 2015

Why St. Charles: I attended St. Charles as a student in the fifth and sixth grades and wanted my children to have the amazing St. Charles experience for their education. St. Charles is such a loving, supportive community!

Outside the Classroom: My husband, our three daughters, and I all love to travel - especially to Disneyland! We live in Gig Harbor with our crazy but lovable lab mix, Copper.

 


Mrs. Bridget Vecchiato - 4A

 

Education: B.A. in Comparative Sociology from University of Puget Sound, Teaching Credential from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

In Education Since: 1991

At St. Charles Since: 1999

Why St. Charles: My siblings and I attended SCB, as well as my own three children.

Outside the Classroom: I love to spend time with my family and friends. We like to travel and be outdoors!

 


Mrs. Becky Griffin - 4B

 

Education: B.A. from Western Washington University with a special education endorsement.

In Education Since: 1987

At St. Charles Since: 2000

Why St. Charles: I attended school and church at SCB. This has been my community my whole life. I came to teach here to give back to my community and to make a difference in the lives of my students.

Outside the Classroom: I enjoy spending time in the sun. I love to read, garden, run, boat, bake, and spend time with my family.

 


Mrs. Caitlin Bird - 5A

 

Education: B.A. in History and German Studies from the University of Portland. MAT in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with an endorsement in ESL also from the University of Portland

In Education Since: 2012

At St. Charles Since: 2017

Why St. Charles: I am happy to be a part of this academically rigorous, faith-filled community.

Outside the Classroom: I am an avid reader with a passion for thrilling hobbies, such as baking and sewing.

 


Mrs. Megan Elswick - 5B

 

Education: B.A. of Education from University of Portland, M.S. in Reading from University of Washington

In Education Since: 2005

At St. Charles Since: 2005

Why St. Charles: SCB has given me the opportunity to provide students with a faith-based education within a strong and loving community.

Outside the Classroom: I love to spend time with my husband and two children. My family and I enjoy going for walks to the park, cooking together and traveling as much as possible.

 


Ms. Vanessa Faulkner - 6A

 

Education: B.A. in Elementary and English Education from University of Charleston; MA in English from Radford University

In Education Since: 2008

At St. Charles Since: 2018

Why St. Charles: I love the welcoming, supportive community here at St. Charles. I'm looking forward to working in a rigorous academic community that challenges students while also supporting them emotionally and spiritually.

Outside the Classroom: I'm an avid reader, usually reading 3-5 books a month during the school year and 20-30 books during the summer months. If I'm not reading a book, you can find me walking my 1.5 year old golden retriever, petting my 3 cats, or experimenting in the kitchen.

 


Mr. Ian Home - 6B

 

Education: B.A. in History & German from Western Washington University. M.S. in Teaching from City University, & a Principal Certification from City University

In Education Since: 1999

At St. Charles Since: 2015

Why St. Charles: I wanted to bring my children to SCB and wanted to be a part of a vibrant, thriving, Catholic school community with outstanding parent and parish support, coupled with a dedicated, professional staff who also like to have fun!

Outside the Classroom: My wife and I are avid supports of Catholic schools, having worked at five of the eight Pierce County Catholic schools. We have five children and enjoy living close so St. Charles and Bellarmine. I enjoy reading, gardening, running, hiking, camping and watching sports such as soccer and basketball.

 


Mr. Stephen George - Science (7A)

 

Education: Bellarmine High School, Oregon State University (B.A. of Science Education), and City University (M.S. of Ed. Tech).

In Education Since: 1991

At St. Charles Since: 1992

Why St. Charles: SCB is such a fun place to work with great staff and such wonderful kids.

Outside the Classroom: In addition to teaching, I coach the Bellarmine boys golf team and help with the girls basketball team. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing and spending time at the coast.

 


Mr. Daniel Mohrbacher - Language Arts (7B)

 

Education: Kindergarten : Clyde Hill Elementary School, Bellevue, Washington, & First - Eighth Grade : Sacred Heart School, Bellevue, Washington; High School : Bishop O’Dea High School, Seattle, Washington; Undergraduate: Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington; Graduate Degree: Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Real Life: The Mean Streets

In Education Since: 1985

At St. Charles Since: 1989

Why St. Charles: Close to home?

Outside the Classroom: Not at the moment - I’m on my computer

 


Mrs. Janet Topper - Mathematics (8A)

 

Education: B.S. - Walsh University; 5th year – Education at the University of Washington, Tacoma; M.ED. Curriculum & Instruction in Math Education – University of Texas, Arlington

In Education Since: 2002

At St. Charles Since: 2013

Why St. Charles: St. Charles provides student with a high quality education that is Christ-centered and encourages students to be productive members of society and have a life-long love for learning.

Outside the Classroom: I love spending time with my family. I eat, sleep, and breathe college football, namely The Ohio State Buckeyes.

 


Mrs. Mary Beth Hynes - Religion (8B)

 

Education: M.S. in Teaching, Seattle University; B.A. in Fine Arts, University of Notre Dame

In Education Since: 2003

At St Charles Since: 1998 (school and parish)

Why St. Charles: It has the faith environment, academic program, and sense of community of which I professionally, and personally, wanted to be a part.

Outside the Classroom: Spending time with family, working on my art projects, engaging in service, and being physically active.

 


Mr. Steven McCoy - Social Studies

 

Education: B.A. in Education from Seattle University

In Education Since: 1970

At St. Charles Since: 1970

Why St. Charles: As the old adage goes, "Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Unknown

Outside the Classroom: I enjoy spending time at the beach, playing golf, and being with my family.

 



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