Mrs. LaPierre is a member of St. James Parish and a longtime supporter of SJS. She and her husband have two daughters who are alumni of SJS, and one daughter who is currently enrolled. Mrs. LaPierre stepped back into the role of principal in July 2020 after serving as the Director of Advancement for 9 years. Prior to that, Mrs. LaPierre served 3 years as principal. Mrs. LaPierre taught preschool/prek at St. James and has been an active volunteer in the parish and school all her life. Mrs. LaPierre taught elementary school for several years in both public and Catholic School systems and worked as an adjunct professor for the State University of Potsdam.
After retiring from her public school teaching position, Mrs. Macaulay has continued her teaching career as our afternoon prekindergarten teacher.
Mrs. 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 NYS certified in Early Childhood as well as Elementary Education. In 2021, Mrs. Barr was appointed the Vice Principal of St. James School. Her youngest daughter attends St. James School.
Ms. Lisa Bercier began teaching first grade at St. James in 2019. She came to us with several years of experience teaching at the primary level. She resides in Gouverneur and recently was confirmed in St. James Church.
Mrs. Nicole Moore resides in Morristown, New York. She enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with my family and her 3 cats. Mrs. Moore possesses a masters degree in literacy and a bachelors degree in Elementary Education also from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Moore began teaching fourth grade at Saint James in 2019 and moved to the second grade in 2021. “I just love Saint James and what our school is all about. God has blessed me to give me the opportunity to teach here!"
Third Grade - Ms. Alyssa Collier
Ms. Collier is another Gouverneur native. She attended SUNY Potsdam and completed the Childhood/Early Child in the Birth-6th grade program and earned a minor in Community Health. She has spent several years working with preschoolers, families and adult learners and is excited to be back in the classroom. She spends her spare time with my daughter, Adelynn, and family. She enjoys camping, fishing, and kayaking and can usually be found singing karaoke, walking local trails or reading a mystery book.
Fourth Grade - Miss Morgan Morse
Fifth Grade/Sixth Grade - Mrs. Dana Hanni
Mrs. Hanni has been the fifth-grade teacher at St. James School since 2016 and also served as the sixth-grade teacher, combined with fifth grade 2020-21. Mrs. Hanni has been the St. James School Math Coach since 2018. She graduated from Hammond Central School in 2002 and proceeded to attend SUNY Potsdam where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Mathematics. She then completed her Master’s Degree from SUNY Potsdam in 2010 in Curriculum and Instruction. During this time Mrs. Hanni received a second certification in Childhood Education. She enjoys having students stay after school for her extra math help that she offers to her students once a week. Sixth Grade Lead Teacher/AIS teacher - Mrs. Judith Tomford Mrs. Tomford began as our Academic Intervention Service teacher in 2020. She provides extra math help that she offers to her students once a week
Sixth Grade Lead Teacher/AIS teacher -
Mrs. Judith Tomford
Mrs. Tomford began as our Academic Intervention Service teacher in 2020. She provides extra support in the area of math and ELA . In 2021, Mrs. Tomford began as the 6th grade lead teacher responsible for the afternoon and ELA block. She resides in Gouverneur with her family.
Sixth Grade Science/SS - Mrs. Lisa McCloud
Mrs. Lisa McCloud is a teaching assistant who is responsible for teaching grade 5 and 6 science and social studies. She joined the fifth and sixth grade team in 2020.
Religion - Mrs. Dayna Leader
Mrs. Leader is a parishioner of St. James Church and lives in Gouverneur with her husband, Deacon Henry, who have eight children, a son in law, a daughter in law, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Leader earned a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Potsdam State. After teaching in Indian River Schools, she became a stay-at-home mom for twenty years, and enjoyed volunteering at St. James School where her children attended. During that time, Mrs. Leader was active in parish and diocesan ministries and became a Certified Catechist. She became an Associate in the Family Life Office for the Diocese of Ogdensburg and is Director of Family Guggenheim, a family retreat program with the Diocese. Ministering in St. James Parish as Director of Religious Education and Youth and Family Ministries, and especially Religion Teacher at St. James School is her dream come true. Mrs. Leader enjoys nothing more than sharing the love of God with our students.
Counselor - Mrs. Samantha Campanaro
Mrs. Campanaro started her role as the School Counselor in March 2021. Mrs. Campanaro has worked closely with children her entire life. In 2017, she graduated from Alfred University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, where she had the opportunity to provide counseling services under the supervision of her professor. She also worked at a Montessori School in Alfred, NY and learned about the Montessori method, as well as child development. Following graduation, she began working within the Foster Care system. She completed the Core/Foundations Training for Caseworkers in 2017. She also completed the GPSII/MAPP training, which allowed Mrs. Campanaro to facilitate a ten week training on the roles and responsibilities of becoming a Foster Parent. She most recently completed the” Rainbows for all Children” facilitator training and facilitates a support group for children who have experienced loss in their lives. She works with groups and provides individual counseling services. Mrs. Campanaro is originally from Gouverneur and is a parishioner of St. James Church.
Music Director - Mrs. Beth Johnson
Director of Music for St. James School and Parish, Mrs. Beth Johnson has served our Parish and school music ministry since 1970. Mrs. Johnson was inducted into the Three M’s Music Honor Society and shares her musical talents with many community organizations and provides private lessons.
Art - Mrs. Renee Dale
Mrs. Dale began brought her talent and creativity to St. James School in 2019 as our art teacher. She resides in Gouverneur with her husband and children.
PE - Mrs. Connie Hartle
Mrs. Hartle is St. James School's physical education instructor. She provides a wide variety of stimulating and physically challenging activities for St. James students.
School Secretary - Ms. Kim Denesha
Mrs. Kim Denesha has managed our school’s main office since 2018.
Kitchen Manager - Mrs. Sandy Maloy
Mrs. Maloy is the Director of St. James School Food Services. She was a volunteer while her three children attended St. James School and still plans and serves during our many fundraising events, like Fish Fry Dinners and our Harvest Dinner.
Mr. John Cronk - Maintenance Supervisor
Mr. 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's four children, Jaycee, Caleb, Johni, and Kraymer, are all graduates of St. James.
Mr. Tim Allen - Custodial and Maintenance
Catholic Charities’ “Grandparent Program Helpers"
Mrs. Clara McIntosh
Mrs. Debbie Barr
Ms. Wendy Havens
Library - Mrs. Charlene Mullin
Ms. Mullin is a retired librarian who volunteers as our school librarian. She is also a Nanny to several of our SJS students.
The mission of St. James Parish School is to provide a quality Catholic education for students to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically, in partnership with families and in harmony with the specific gifts given by God to each student