We are a parish family; we are a school family. Saint James offers a student to teacher ratio and student to sister ratio that cannot be matched. Our dedicated teachers are committed to helping our students learn and to leading them closer to Christ. We work together, we study together, we pray together, and we play together. We are truly family.

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PASTOR

FR. JOSEPH TOTTON

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Ordained in 2004, Father Totton has served in several parishes in various parts of the diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph.  He previously served as parish priest at Saint James Catholic Church from 2006 until 2012. 

Father Totton has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  His chaplain duties have taken him to various corners of the world, including: Rhode Island; Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean); Bahrain; Pearl Harbor; San Diego and Gulfport, Mississippi.  

In January 2020, Father returned to Saint James Catholic Church as parish priest, a rare experience which he describes in the following words: "The Lord has called me to return to this portion of His Vineyard and has given me the unique opportunity to witness the fruit borne by seeds sown years ago!" Bearded Hockey

In his spare time, Father Totton plays recreational Ice Hockey, as an original member of his team, The Grape Apes! 

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DEAN OF SCHOOL

MR. JAMES HOSLER

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I am beyond excited to begin working as the Dean of School at St. James Catholic School. I studied Latin, Classics, and teaching at Florida State University, where I met my wife and we began our family. I moved to St. Joe 12 years ago. I have taught Latin at Central High School since then, and my family has grown and spread its roots in this community and as parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Over this next year, in addition to serving as your Dean, I will be completing a degree in educational administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There are great things coming under the new academy model for the Catholic schools in this city, and there are also so many shining traditions to maintain. Our school, with a focus on both Jesus Christ and academic excellence, has such a unique chance to help families form their children with positive life-long habits of faith and learning. I look forward to meeting each of you, and to working in every way I can to ensure great things continue to happen every day at St. James.

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SECRETARY

MRS. KATELYN HELSEL

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Katelyn Helsel attended the University of Central Missouri for two years. She and her husband Dusty, have four boys, Tripp, Pax, Tag, and Jett, all of whom attend Saint James School. Katelyn stayed at home raising her boys for thirteen years. Her father graduated from Saint James School, as did Katelyn and her three sisters.

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MAINTENANCE ENGINEER

MR. JOHN PURDY

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Preschool


Check out our 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool program.  

Contact us to inquire about multi-day options.

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LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER

MRS. CHRISTINA GREEN

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PRESCHOOL AIDE

MRS. KRISTIN OZENBERGER

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Elementary

K – 5th
 

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KINDERGARTEN 

MS. BRANDY FLORES

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Mrs. Brandy Flores graduated from Missouri Western with a major in Elementary Education and my emphasis is in Early Childhood Education. This will be her 19th year teaching Kindergarten. She taught for six years at Saint Patrick before coming to Saint James. She has two amazing children. Her oldest daughter, Olivia, completed her eighth grade here at Saint James this past spring. Her son, Brooks, will be in sixth grade this year.

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1ST  GRADE

MRS. BRENDA LISTER

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Mrs Brenda Lister attended college at Missouri Western, and has been teaching for 16 years at Saint James. She has three grown daughters and three grandchildren.

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2ND GRADE

MRS. CAROL ANDERSON

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3RD GRADE

MRS. RACHEL COTTER

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Mrs. Rachel Cotter graduated from Central Missouri State University (now known as the University of Central Missouri) with a degree in Elementary Education and a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She received her Masters in Education through Baker University.  This will be her 15th year of teaching.  She has previously taught first grade, second grade, and sixth grade.  She and her husband Bill have four children: Jonah, Matthew, Hannah, and Moira.  Moira is in third grade at Saint James.

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4TH AND 5TH GRADE

JASMINE KIMMEL

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

MR. ROBERT RZEPKOWSKI

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH AND HISTORY

CLAUDIA CRIFASI

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MIDDLE SCHOOL RELIGION

MRS. JOLEEN ABERER

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MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH

MR. JAMES HOSLLER

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RELIGION

SR. MARY MAXIMILIAN, C.K.

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SPECIALS

PE, Art, Music
 

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ART & LIBRARY

MRS. EMILY PRENDERGAST

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Emily Prendergast attended Northwest Missouri University for 1- 1/2 years before becoming a wife and mother of five. She has taught at Saint James for the last 19 years. She has taught PE, technology, been a para in both pre-school and kindergarten, but the position she enjoys most is being  librarian and teaching art which she has been doing for the last several years. She enjoys reading and trying new art techniques she can share with students. She also loves her six granddaughters.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

MR. TREYTON MULL

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MUSIC

MRS. PEGGY ENGLISH

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