Stephen Rocker grew up in Port Leyden, NY, the youngest of six children. He graduated from South Lewis Central School in Turin and Wadhams Hall Seminary-College in Ogdensburg. He has graduate degrees in theology and philosophy from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and the University of Ottawa (Canada). He taught philosophy and was part of the formation staff at Wadhams Hall Seminary-College and has served in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Father Rocker also served in the diocesan mission in Peru and has been pastor of St. James and Sacred Heart parishes in Gouverneur and Edwards since July 2008.
Mrs. Kotz is a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School, Canton. She is completing her ninth year at St. James. Mrs. Kotz taught Pre-K her first 2 years at St. James and until accepting the principal position has been teaching first grade. Mrs. Kotz is also a trained mentor for new teachers. She received her Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters degree as a Literacy Specialist from SUNY Potsdam.
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Mrs. Cronk has been actively involved with SJS for almost twenty years, as a parent, volunteer, and now as the SJS Secretary. Mrs. Cronk has four children that are either alumni or current SJS students and her husband John is the SJS Maintence Supervisor.
Miss Rice is completing her fifth year as our Preschool/Pre-K teacher at St. James School. Miss Rice is a native of Gouverneur. She received her Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Literacy from SUNY Potsdam.
Mrs. Stowell joined the St. James Staff in September 2010 as the kindergarten teacher. Previously, she taught third grade for 6 years at St. Mary's Catholic School in Canton. Mrs. Stowell holds certification in Preschool through sixth grade and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Ashley Barr was born and raised here in Gouverneur. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Curriculum and Education. She is looking forward to being back at St. James and being part of the St. James' team. She is NYS certified in Early Childhood as well as Elementary Education.
Mrs. Cloonan is a graduate of St. James School, Gouverneur High School, Mater Dei College, and SUNY Potsdam. She and her husband Michael have two daughters,Meghan and Melissa, both graduates of St. James School. Meghan is a first grade teacher and Melissa is beginning a surgical fellowship.
Third GradeMrs. Sternisha has been the third grade teacher at St. James School since 1987. She received her degree in education from SUNY Plattsburgh with a concentration in mathematics. She is a trained school mentor and works closely with new St. James School teachers. Mrs. Sternisha has a special interest in Japanes Culture and every year, students enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Mrs. Berlin is a native of Morristown NY and a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, with an MST in childhood Education. She has a M.A. in Counseling from Webster University and a B.A. in Sociology and Health Services Administration from SUNY Fredonia. Mrs. Berlin also serves as the SJS Religious Coordinator and School Counselor. She is recently married to Robert, has a pet tortoise named Ezma, and resides in Canton NY.
Mrs. Curry received a MSED from SUNY Potsdam in Literacy Education. She is certified in grades Pre-K through 12. Mrs. Curry has been a substitute teacher for several years and is excited to be part of the St. James Family. She and her husband Darrell reside in Lisbon.
Mrs. Schrodt has served for several years as an AIS instructor at SJS and is serving SJS as our sixth grade classroom teacher. She lives in Harrisville with her husband and three sons. Mrs. Schrodt is excited to work with students, families, and staff at St. James School and coordinates all sixth grade programs, including a trip to Beaver Camp, The Student Store, and Newspaper Club.
Director of Music for St. James School and Parish, completing her ninth year teaching at St. James School, she has also served our Parish and school music ministry since 1970. Mrs. Johnson was recently inducted into the Three M’s Music Honor Society.
ArtMiss Corey Rogers is our new Art Teacher and Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at St. James School. Miss Rogers received her Bachelors of Science degree in English and Psychology from Elmira College. Miss Rogers has been working in the Gouverneur Central School District since 2001. Students study a wide-ranging art curriculum culminating in the St. James School Fine Arts Exhibit.
Physical EducationMrs. Hartle is completing her fourteenth year as St. James School's physical education instructor. She provides a wide variety of stimulating and physically challenging activities for St. James students. Mrs. Hartle is also coordinating with Fidelis, a Fitness and Wellness grant, geared towards elevating student health awareness and fitness level.
Mrs. Ferrick is the mother of two SJS alumni and one current SJS student. She has been a volunteer and an active member of the SJS community for many years. Mrs. Ferrick is a volunteer member of our Library team.
Title IMrs. Evans, a native of Germany and is our Title I instructor since 1999. In the computer lab she assists students in Math and Reading. Mrs. Evans holds degrees in early childhood education and social work. She is also the St.James School Yearbook adviser and the unofficial school photographer. Mrs. Evans has been an instructor for twelve years. Her Grandson, Gavin, is currently a 4th grade student at St. James School.
Schol CafeteriaMrs. Maloy has worked for St. James School for more than fifteen years is the Director of St. James School Food Services. She was a volunteer while her three children attended St. James School.
Maintenance SupervisorMr. Cronk has been in our Maintenance Department since 1989. He oversees the care and operation of all buildings and grounds for the Parish and School. John has two children currently attending St. James, Jaycee a fifth grader, and Caleb in sixth. John's other two children, Kraymer, and Johni are graduates of St. James. John is married to Mrs. Betsy Cronk.
CustodianMr. Abar has worked for St. James for the past eight years. He assists with school and parish with facility maintenance, grounds upkeep, and technology.