Faculty


Michelle Ashbreck

"Everyday I strive to inspire and encourage students to learn something new and be an inspiration to one another.  We are blessed to be at a school where it feels like a family."

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Master of Arts, Teaching,  Grand Canyon University
  • 23 years teaching experience, 3 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 3rd Grade
Lisa Bate

"My passion is centered on helping my students celebrate the great events in the life of Jesus Christ, his mother Mary, and the great Saints of the Church throughout the year.  St. Gregory allows me to share the Good News with others as Jesus did."

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Certified Teacher (EC-6), Certified Advanced Catechist
  • 12 years teaching experience, all at St. Gregory, 19 years Catechist for Church
  • Currently teaching Religion



Bridget Chapman

"I love teaching at St. Gregory because God is present in every classroom and hallway.  I believe in a strong academic program, but God is the foundation of it all."

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 23 years teaching experience, 18 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 2nd grade



Kristi Cox

"Teaching is a passion. It is a calling. It is a gift from God. I feel I'm being called out of retirement because God's not done with me yet. Not only do I get to teach, but I get to learn from my students as well!"

  • Bachelor of Art, Speech Communication, University of Texas at Tyler
  • 12 years teaching experience, all of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 3 Pre-Kindergarten 
Kirk Fancher

"I love working with such a supportive and energized community!"

  • Master of Arts, Hunter College
  • 15 years teaching experience, 10 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 4th grade
Shelby Goforth

"I am so excited to bring my energetic personality and creative mind to Pre-K and am even more excited to be back at the school that gave so much to me! "

  • Bachelor of Science. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Certified Teacher (EC-6)
  • Currently teaching Pre-Kindergarten
Leigha Grundy

"I am excited to be joining the wonderful faculty and staff at St Gregory. I feel very blessed to be a part of a community that instills the importance of Christian values and the Catholic faith in our children's education. "

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders, Texas Woman’s University
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in Elementary Education
  • 6 years teaching experience in first grade and second grade
  • 2 years in pre-kindergarten
  • Currently teaching Kindergarten
Linda Harvey

"It is a privilege to teach at St. Gregory in an environment where faculty and parents value education... The sense of community makes it feel like family. The students inspire me each day to become a better person and teacher."

  • Bachelor of Arts,  Texas A & M University - Kingsville
  • 31 years teaching experience, all here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 5th grade
Charlotte Haygood

"I am so excited to be a part of St. Gregory this year!  I love watching children grow and learn as they begin to discover their God-given talents and gifts."

  • Bachelor of Science, Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 35 years teaching experience, 1st year here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 2nd Grade
Nelda Jones

"My calling to the teaching profession was later in my life but it has been the most meaningful work I have ever done. From day one, my plan was to get an opportunity to work at St. Gregory. The children of St. Gregory bless me on a daily basis!"

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies EC-4, Letourneau University
  • 9 years teaching experience, 8 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 4th grade
Abby Jorden

"I’m very excited to bring Suzuki into St. Gregory! I can’t wait to work with parents to uplift their child to be the best version of themselves in violin and every other aspect of their life."

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

Shinichi Suzuki

Catherine Kennedy

"I am blessed to work at a place where I can bring my faith into the classroom everyday and live it with my students!"

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 6 years teaching experience, all of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching Kindergarten
Christie Milawski

"I love teaching religion at St. Gregory because it gives me the opportunity to pass on the faith of the Church to our students.   It is so exciting to see that "a ha" moment when the students finally understand something new.   It is so amazing to be able to witness their own love for Christ and for each other.  I love coming to work each day because it has made me a better person and a better Catholic."

  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, St. Edward's University
  • Certified Advanced Catechist
  • 16 years teaching experience, 12 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching Religion 2nd - 5th Grades and PE 3rd - 5th Grades
Sarah Ministrelli

"My favorite part about teaching at St. Gregory Cathedral School is instilling the Catholic faith in my students with a strong, supportive family network."

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Madonna University 
  • 19 years teaching experience, 7 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 1st grade
Sharon Palmer

"Teaching children is my passion and my calling. St. Gregory offers me the wonderful opportunity to be an integral part of the students' academic and spiritual growth."

  • Masters Degree in Reading (UTTyler)
  • Master Reading Teacher (EC-12)
  • Reading Specialist (EC-12)
  • Elementary Education (K-8)
  • English as a Second Language Certification Gifted and Talented Certified Teacher for 39 Years Teacher of the Year for Chapel Hill ISD (2016)  
  • Currently teaching 5th grade
Tonya Pittman

"I love working with children and everyday it amazes me how much a child thirsts for knowledge. I love seeing the "aha" on their faces when they understand what they have been working so hard to achieve. I'm very fortunate that I get to work with children and blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful supportive community."

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas Tyler
  • Master of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Master of Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • EC-6 Certified Principal
  • 19 years teaching experience, 14 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching Kindergarten
Nicole Read

"It is very rewarding being surrounded by fellow believers, while also being able to do what I love, teach children!  The children and their families are very close here and I've been welcomed with open arms by them all!"

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Tyler
  • 18 years teaching experience, 2nd year here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 1st grade
Janet Simpson

"The best part of my work at St. Gregory is encouraging young children to listen to their heart and chase their dreams!"

  • Bachelor of Science. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Certified Teacher (1-8)
  • 19 years teaching experience, all of which here at St. Gregory
  • Current Library Manager
Christie Strong

"Teaching at St. Gregory is a passion and commitment to the growth and education of every student here.  I strive to cultivate students' curiosity and interest in learning through love, enthusiasm, and a passion for Christ.  Working at St. Gregory allows me to bond with students and families in a community of believers, which is an amazing experience."

  • Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Master of Education, Educational Leadership, University of Texas at Tyler
  • EC-4 and Principal Certified
  • 13 years teaching experience, 11 of which here at St. Gregory
  • Currently teaching 3rd Grade



Suzanne Ybarra

We are proud to welcome Suzanne Ybarra as our full time Dyslexia teaching specialist.

  • CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner)
  • LDP (Licensed Dyslexia Practitioner)
  • Trained at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas, IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) accredited
  • Member of ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association)
  • Master Reading Teacher (EC-12)
  • Reading Specialist (EC-12)
  • Early Childhood (PK-K)
  • Elementary Self-Contained (1-8)
  • Teacher for 18 years
  • Dyslexia teacher for 4
  • District Dyslexia Coordinator 1 year
Chelsea Warriner

"I am so excited to be teaching at St. Gregory! It is my hope to share my love of music in a fun and engaging way to all students."

  • Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler
  • Certified Elementary Teacher (EC-4th)
  • All Level Music Education Certification (EC-12)   
  • English as a Second Language Certification   
  • 7 years of experience at Wise Elementary Fine Arts Magnet
  • 4 years of experience at Ninos de Promesa Preschool   
  • Currently teaching Music