Speciality Classes

 Algebra

Ms. Susan Duke

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. Hannah Findlay

Ms. Hannah Findlay is the newest band director for the Elementary Band Program. She is a lifetime resident of Mobile and the Catholic school system She went to Corpus Christi and was a 2010 graduate of McGill Toolen. She went on to The University of Alabama where she received her degree in music education. While at Alabama, she played clarinet and bass clarinet in the university’s ensembles including the Million Dollar Band. She taught elementary music at St. Dominic for two years before moving to the band program. She is an active member of Little Flower Parish where she sing in the St. Therese church choir.         Calendar 2018-19 

 

 

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Meredith Hayes

Dr. Meredith Hayes comes to us by way of Birmingham, MI. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. She then moved to Chicago where she graduated with a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has been working for over 10 years in the Chicago area helping children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with varying issues. She has recently moved to Mobile with her husband who is originally from Mobile and a former St. Dominic student. She looks forward to meeting you all and is excited to be a part of St. Dominic Catholic School community.

Guidance Counseling Topics

 

 

Library

Mrs. Anne Galloway

I am almost a “Life-long” Eagle as I attended St. Dominic Catholic School and began my teaching career here in 1987.  I taught Kindergarten (1987-1988) and First Grade (1988-1995).  I “moved around the corner” and taught First Grade at St. Luke’s (1995-1999).  I have experience in Preschool (St. Mark’s 2001-2003).  I returned to St. Dominic as an assistant in 2006, taught First Grade (2007-2013), Second Grade (2013-2017) and moved to the Library in August 2017.  I am happy to be “home” where I am blessed to be able to share my faith on a daily basis with my students.

I am a graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and the University of South Alabama with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  My husband, David, and I have three children: John David, Elizabeth, and Caroline who are all alumni of SDCS and McGill-Toolen.  We are members of St. Dominic Parish

 

Physical Education

Mr. Charlie Prine

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I have been teaching Physical Education in the Catholic School System for over 25 years. I have been at St. Dominic for 9 years. I am the coordinator for all field day events and Jump Rope and Hoops for Hearts.

Resource Room

Mrs. Lisa Ferlise

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!

Computer Lab

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. Debra Rice