850-763-1775 | 1005 Fortune Avenue Panama City, Florida 32401
Dr. Vicki Parks

Dr. Vicki Parks

Principal

Dear St. John Catholic School Community,

I am excited and honored to serve you as principal of St. John Catholic School. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with Father Kevin and to become a part of the St. John School and Parish community. I have served as a public and parochial elementary and middle school teacher, math coordinator, K-12 principal, adjunct professor of reading at Ave Maria University, STREAM Coordinator and Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Accreditation for the Diocese of Venice (Florida). However, I consider my most important job to be collaborating with the SJS faculty and staff to provide your children with the finest Catholic education.

On a personal note, my husband and I recently relocated to Panama City from south Florida due to his transferred within the Florida Highway Patrol. We have two grown daughters who have had a busy summer. One graduated from Birmingham Southern College and will be teaching first grade in a Catholic school in Georgia, and our oldest married a Marine awaiting orders.

The faculty and staff are looking forward to an exciting 2017-18 school year. They have been preparing their classrooms and participating in training. I am so impressed with their dedication to their students and their professionalism. We have some new team members joining us, as well as some members with new assignments.

Please join me in welcoming:

Mrs. Bridget Zicarel/i, 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Zicarelli joins us from the Diocese of Atlanta where she taught at the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The University of Montevallo and a Master’s Degree from the University of West Florida. She has taught 3rd through 5th grade and is certified in Elementary Education K-6, Reading, and Special Education.

Mrs. Rusti Riggs, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Riggs will be joining her son Clinton at St. John’s this year as our Administrative Assistant. She is an active parishioner and volunteer at St. John Church and School. Mrs. Riggs attended Mercer University and holds various office industry certifications and has owned and operated businesses. She is active in the community and with organizations such as Bay County Council on Aging. The Riggs family has four children.

Mr. John Moravek, Maintenance Supervisor

Mr. Moravek has been hard at work as our new Maintenance Supervisor for the Church and School. He has many years of experience in hospitality engineering management and plant mechanical systems. He and Carl have many projects in the works to prepare our school for the return of the students and teachers.

Our returning faculty and staff are:

Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-K 3     Ms. Romina Carlisle

Pre-K4     Ms. Joanna Wascom

Lower School   Grades 1-4

Kindergarten Ms. Danielle Haraughty

1st Grade       Ms. Amanda Lahr

2nd Grade       Ms. Danna Page

3rd Grade       Ms. Michelle Brown

Upper School Grades 5-8

Religion, History    Mr. James Boss

Math                     Mr. Jack Focke

Science/STREAM          Mr. Sean Langford

English/LA/Band           Ms. Tracy Langford

Specials

Art – Ms. Denize Kearns

Music/Tech – Ms. Michelle England

PE – Ms. Bridget Dupree

Library/Media – Ms. Kat Kan

STREAM – Ms. Laura McClain

Guidance        Ms. Wilma Wilson

Assistants – Ms. Donna Mullins, Ms. Megan Forrest, Ms. Cathy Wilson

Extended Day – Ms Kayia Mace

Our website is undergoing some changes and updates so please check back each week.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday August,14 – SJS “Back To School Night” 4:00-5:15, Classroom Visits,Cook-Out 5:15-6:00 Meet your teacher, visit your classroom, drop-off supplies and join us for an old fashioned cook-out.

Thursday, August 17th – School begins 7:40-12:00 (1/2 day) Lunch will not be served.

Friday, August 18th – Regular school hours, 7:40-2:45 for all students (uniforms) Grades 5-8 Middle School STREAM Retreat 7:40-2:45 at school.

I look forward to getting to know you and your children. I will be working most days this summer to ensure a smooth transition and opening on August 17th. Please stop by to say hello. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours in Christ,

Vicki Parks. Ed. D
Principal