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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PRINCIPAL

MS. JENNIFER SAUNDERS

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Ms. Jennifer Saunders has over 20 years of experience in public and Catholic education in Northwest Missouri. She received both her bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education and master's degree in Secondary School Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. She has two grown sons, Monty and Mitchell, and a teenage daughter, Madeline. She also has a beautiful grandson, McKoy. Ms. Saunders is a Catholic convert who feels enthusiastically called by God to serve the students and families of the Saint James Parish.

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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.  

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LEAD PRESCHOOL TEACHER

MRS. SARAH CASTOR

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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 & 3RD GRADE

MRS. KARLA McMILLAN

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Mrs. McMillan graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a major in Elementary Education.  She also has her English as a Second Language endorsement. She has over 20 years of educational experience in the public school systems in Kansas but feels called to teach here at Saint James. She and her husband Jeff live here in Liberty and between them have seven grown children! She is excited to continue her journey here at Saint James!

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4TH 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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5TH GRADE

CAROL ANDERSON

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

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6TH GRADE HOMEROOM / SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES

MS. VERONICA DICKSON

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Veronica Dickson graduated from Benedictine College with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies. This will be her third year of teaching at Saint James Catholic School. She is looking forward to a great new year with inspiring staff, parents, and students.

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7TH GRADE HOMEROOM / ENGLISH

CLAUDIA CRIFASI

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8TH GRADE HOMEROOM / MATH

MR. CHRIS ROBERTS

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Chris Roberts serves our school teaching Middle School Math and Religion for eighth grade.  He is a convert to Catholicism and a member of the parish since he was received into the Church at Easter in 2007.  Since then, his service to the parish includes membership in the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, and leading the "That Man is You!" men's group prior to answering God's call to teach at Saint James.  

His work in education began over 15 years ago in the St. Joseph School District. He has an AS Mid-Management and a BS Business Administration from Missouri Western State University and is a Certified Catechist through the Bishop Helmsing Institute. His military service was in the United States Marine Corps.

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RELIGION

SR. MARY MAXIMILIAN, C.K.

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SPECIALS

PE, Technology, 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. CHRIS SADLER

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Mr. Chris Sadler attended St Francis Xavier and Bishop LeBlond High School. He received a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Missouri Western State University. He also works at the YMCA. His hobbies include working out, going to the lake, and getting out in the fresh air. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Eagle Scout.

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MR. CHRISTIAN RYAN

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