Speciality Classes

 Algebra

Ms. Susan Fagerstrom

My name is Susan Duke. I teach Algebra I as an advanced placement course. Students are selected for the class based on several factors: their ITBS scores in mathematics and reading/English; their grade on the AAT algebra aptitude test which is given to the 7th graders during the spring semester; their average math grade; and their 7th grade teacher’s recommendation regarding their work ethic and classroom behavior among other things. Based on their performance in this class, students may qualify for honors geometry placement in 9th grade. The classes are small and students work together to learn. We begin and end each class with prayer and we discuss how mathematics relates to God’s design for the universe.
The course covers:  scientific notation; equations and formulas; linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and functions; systems of equations and inequalities; exponents; polynomials including factoring as well as other topics. Considerable stress is placed on solving word problems.

ART

Mrs. Debora Castelin 

Mrs. Debora Castelin attended St. Dominic, McGill-Toolen, and Spring Hill College where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts-Business. Mrs. Castelin is passionate about sharing our Catholic faith through art and began her career in art education at St. Dominic in 2007. She serves on the school Vocations Committee and hosts the annual Religious Vocations Awareness Day with activities that embrace God’s Call, student art exhibit, and visits with religious guests from the Archdiocese of Mobile. Mrs. Castelin also exhibits student art on campus for our school community and during Catholic Schools Week for our local community.

Welcome to St. Dominic Catholic School! The visual arts curriculum at St. Dominic integrates Mobile Archdiocesan Art Standards and Alabama Art Standards with many disciplines: Catholic faith, math, language arts, social studies, science, and other arts. Through weekly art classes, students expand their knowledge of the elements and principles of art and apply these concepts into aesthetically pleasing two and three dimensional artworks utilizing a variety of art media, techniques, and processes. Students are exposed to authentic cultural studies, famous artists, artworks, and art styles.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13:13)

Band

Ms. Madeline Jory

My name is Ms. Madeline Jory and I’m excited to be joining St. Dominic as the new band director! I’m originally from Huntsville, where I attended Grissom High School, and this past May I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. My primary instrument is the french horn, which I have been playing for 11 years. Learning to play an instrument is such a fun experience and teaches you so much. I look forward to making music with you this year!”

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Meredith Hayes

My name is Meredith Hayes and I have had the pleasure of being the Counselor at St. Dominic Catholic School over the past 3 years.  My role here is to support our students and families in whatever challenges arise for them during the school year. I meet with students individually and in groups when necessary.  I run a 12-week support group during the year called “Rainbows”. This group is for our students who have suffered a loss whether due to death or divorce. I encourage all families who are coping with a loss to send their children to our Rainbows group.  Our students find Rainbows to be a very helpful process that allows them to learn helpful coping strategies to manage their lose. You can find the sign-up sheet below. I also speak with our K-8th grade students each month in their classrooms on varying topics.  You may view our monthly topics below as well. If you ever have concerns about your child please feel free to reach out at any time.

Rainbows Parent Letter

Guidance Counseling Topics

Physical Education

Mr. Troy Brown

Coach Brown graduated from Spanish Fort High School in 2011. After graduation he received a baseball scholarship to Faulkner State Community College. He attended Faulkner for two years and received a baseball scholarship to the University of West Georgia, where he graduated in 2016. Coach Brown taught Physical Education, was the Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Assistant Football Coach and the Strength/ Conditioning Coach at Bayside Academy. Currently he is the Head Middle School Football Coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Coach Brown is married to Megan and they have one daughter, Emerson, who is 8 months old.

Resource Room

Mrs. Lisa Ferlise

Middle School Language Arts Resource teacher

My name is Lisa Ferlise. I am from Clanton, Alabama (Chilton County peaches). I am married to Milton Ferlise, and have one daughter, Abby, who is in eighth grade at St. Dominic this year. I have a BBA in Marketing from the University of Montevallo, and a MA in Elementary Education from UAB. I taught in Chilton County for 11 years, and in Sarasota, Florida for 4 years, before taking 11 years off to stay home with Abby. I feel so blessed to be teaching in the Resource Room at St. Dominic. I absolutely love working with the students!

Ms. Susan Fagerstrom

Middle School Math Resource Teacher

My name is Susan Duke. I teach Algebra I as an advanced placement course. Students are selected for the class based on several factors: their ITBS scores in mathematics and reading/English; their grade on the AAT algebra aptitude test which is given to the 7th graders during the spring semester; their average math grade; and their 7th grade teacher’s recommendation regarding their work ethic and classroom behavior among other things. Based on their performance in this class, students may qualify for honors geometry placement in 9th grade. The classes are small and students work together to learn. We begin and end each class with prayer and we discuss how mathematics relates to God’s design for the universe.
The course covers:  scientific notation; equations and formulas; linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and functions; systems of equations and inequalities; exponents; polynomials including factoring as well as other topics. Considerable stress is placed on solving word problems.

Media Specialist

Mrs. Kathleen Thompson

Mrs. Kathleen Thompson is our Technology coordinator for school as well as teaching computer science and Spanish to grades K-8th. She is a lifetime resident of Mobile and the Catholic school system She went to Holy Family and was a 2006 graduate of McGill Toolen. She went on to The University of Alabama where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at Saint Dominic for 5 years. She is also in charge of our Tech Team and Robotics club.

Music

Mrs. Rebecca Reinhardt

My name is Rebecca Reinhardt and I will be the new music teacher this year. A native of Mobile, I attended St. Pius X Catholic School. In May, I graduated from the University of South Alabama where I received both my Bachelor’s in Music Education and my Master’s in Music Performance. This will be my first year of teaching. Music plays an important role of bringing people together and I am excited I get the opportunity to share my passion with the students. I am excited to be a part of the St. Dominic family and I look forward to meeting you all!