Faculty / Staff Directory

Catholic High School for Boys was founded by Bishop John B. Morris of the Diocese of Little Rock in 1930 to ensure that Catholic boys of the Little Rock area had access to quality Catholic secondary education. More than three-quarters of a century later, CHS continues its tradition of aiding boys’ spiritual growth and providing quality academics.


Father Fred ‘55

Rector
Physics, Religion
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St. Louis University – BA
University of Arkansas – MS
St. John’s Home Mission Seminary

Monsignor Lawrence Frederick ’55, known as Father Fred, was assigned by the Bishop to Catholic High School in June 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Science from St. Louis University in Aeronautical Engineering and his Masters in Science from the University of Arkansas in Mathematics. He worked two years as an engineer before entering the Seminary. In June 1966, the Bishop assigned him to Catholic High School. He taught physical science, physics, algebra I and religion. In addition to teaching at Catholic High, the Bishop assigned him to Mount St. Mary Academy in May 1992, to teach Religion. After teaching religion for nine years he is now teaching physics and is on his 19th year.
He has served as assistant pastor, associate pastor, parish administrator, chaplain for the Carmelite Monastery, and hospital chaplain for the VA hospital in Little Rock. Bishop Sartain named him Rector of Catholic High School in 2001, after Father Tribou’s death. Father served as chaplain for both schools until 2018, when the Bishop appointed chaplains to the schools. Father Fred still serves in the capacity as chaplain for the VA, the Carmelite Monastery, and Mount St. Mary Academy.

Steve Straessle ’88

Principal
Government/AP Government
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University of Arkansas – BA
St. John’s University, New York – MSE

Steve Straessle is a 1988 graduate of Catholic High School for Boys and has been a teacher there since 1992. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in History and his Masters from St. John’s University, New York in Educational Administration. In 2005, Straessle took the helm as principal and continues to teach two classes in addition to his administrative and fundraising duties. Along with writing a bi-weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and contributing to other publications, Straessle was named DAR Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1995, a finalist for Arkansas Business Non-Profit Business Leader of the Year in 2010, ASPA Administrator of the Year in 2016, and in 2020, a member of the inaugural class of the Arkansas Top Influencers as noted by Arkansas Money and Politics magazine.

Matt Dempsey ’96

Assistant Principal
Algebra II, Computer Science, Geometry, Religion
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University of Arkansas – BS
University of Arkansas Law School – JD
University of Arkansas Monticello – MA

Mr. Matt Dempsey ’96 joined the Catholic High faculty in 2002-2004 and then again in the 2010-2011 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas Law School. While teaching at Catholic High, he earned his Masters in Teaching from the University of Arkansas Monticello in May 2012.
From 2004 – 2005, Mr. Dempsey worked at Haas Hall Academy Charter School serving as chair of the Math Department, and taught geometry, trigonometry, communications, and physical education. Prior to joining Catholic High, he worked as an attorney for Kutak Rock, LLP and then in the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.
Mr. Dempsey became Assistant Principal in 2011-2012 school year. In this role as Assistant Principal, he serves as the dean of students and the director of Curriculum. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches Algebra II, Geometry, Computer Science and Religion. Mr. Dempsey is also the Mock Trial sponsor.

Br. Richard Sanker HA

Counselor
Religion
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Manhattan College – New York – BA
Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio – MA

Brother Richard Sanker, C.F.P. has been a member of the Brothers of the Poor of Saint Francis for 57 years. Brother, as he is called, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College in French, and his Masters from Xavier University in Cincinnati in Guidance and Counseling.
Brother was assigned to five different schools in Cincinnati, New Jersey, Iowa and Arkansas before joining Catholic High in 1983. During his 37 years at Catholic High, he has taught math, French and senior religion. He also was the College Guidance Counselor until 2017, and was available for personal counseling as well. Presently, Brother teaches the senior religion class and is a personal counselor to the students.

Fred Baker

Director of College Counseling
Civil War History
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Hendrix College – BA
University of Nebraska – MA

Fred Baker joined the Catholic High faculty in June of 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Baker worked in the Office of Admission at Hendrix College for 16 years. From 2012 to 2016, Fred served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admission for Hendrix.

Over the course of his career in higher education, Mr. Baker has served a three year term on the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling’s Board of Directors. As part of that Board term, he represented the nine member states of SACAC as a voting delegate in the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Mr. Baker has also served a four year term on the Board of Directors for the Colleges that Change Lives non-profit. Fred currently serves as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee in SACAC. He is a long-time member of SACAC and NACAC, a frequent presenter at annual higher education conferences, and has served as a faculty member at SACAC programs such as Dry Run for newly hired admission counselors and Summer Seminar for newly hired college counselors.

Mr. Baker serves as the academic and college guidance counselor, the AP coordinator, and will be teaching an American Civil War class in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Steve Aday ’02

Alumni Director
English I & II, Honors English I, Religion
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University of Arkansas – BA
University of Dallas – M. Ed.

Mr. Steve Aday ’02 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2006-2007 school year. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in English. He obtained a Master of Catholic School Leadership from the University of Dallas. Mr. Aday serves as the Alumni Director for the CHS Foundation/Alumni Association, senior skit cheerleader sponsor, and teaches the ACT Course and Drivers Education in the summer.

Susie Barlow

Financial Administrator
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San Diego Mesa College – AA

Mrs. Susie Barlow joined the Catholic High family in January 2011 as the bookkeeper. Prior to joining Catholic High, she was the office manager for over seven years at Christ Lutheran School. She currently serves as Financial Administrator for the school.

Kay Barre

Spanish II, III, and IV, Religion
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University of Arkansas – BA

Ms. Kay Barre joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2006-2007 school year. Ms. Barre earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in Spanish. She currently teaches Spanish II, III, and IV as well as Religion at Catholic High. In addition to teaching part-time at Catholic High, she teaches Spanish to Transition to first through fifth graders at Miss Selmas. She is the faculty sponsor for the Model UN team.

Dawn Berry

Special Events Coordinator
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University of Arkansas – BS

Mrs. Dawn Berry joined the Catholic High family in the 2014-2015 school year. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in Business Administration. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Berry taught eighth grade math at Our Lady of Holy Souls School in Little Rock. Mrs. Berry serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the CHS Foundation/Alumni Association.

Bitsi Bonner HA

Attendance Officer
English II & H English II
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BA
University of Arkansas Little Rock – MA

Ms. Bitsi Bonner joined the Catholic High faculty in the school year 1985-1986. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication/Education and a Masters in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Prior to working at CHS, Ms. Bonner worked for the Department of Local Services and Youth Services as a Sub-Grant Administrator, managing federal grant money for county governments. Also, Ms. Bonner worked for the Department of Education within the Curriculum and Testing section from 2004-2006 before returning to CHS. At CHS Ms. Bonner teaches Honors and Regular English II, and also teaches a summer English Skills course. She also manages the Attendance Office and orders textbooks.

Scott Boone

World History, Honors World History, AP US History, Religion
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Henderson State University – BSE

Mr. Scott Boone joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2000-2001 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Engineering from Henderson State University in Social Sciences. He US History, Wolrd History, Algebra 2, and Social Justice. Coach Scott Boone was the 2019 Stephens Award Recipient in Education. In addition to his classroom role, he is the assistant coach for the football team.

Anne Carter

Development Director
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University of Wisconsin – Madison – BA

Mrs. Anne Carter joined the Catholic High family in the 2006-2007 school year. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and History. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Carter was the Development Director at the Museum of Discovery. She has over 21 years of experience in the fundraising sector. Mrs. Carter serves as the Development Director for the CHS Foundation/Alumni Association. In addition, she also is the Marketing Coordinator for the school.

Richard Cochran ‘91

English III & IV, Themes in Literature, Religion
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Wittenberg University – BA
University of Central Arkansas – MA

Coach Richard Cochran ’91 returned to the Catholic High faculty in the 1996-1997 school year. Entering his 25th year, he teaches world religions to sophomores and American and British literature to upperclassmen. He also teaches an elective literature course students can take for college credit and coaches varsity football as the defensive coordinator. Additionally, Mr. Cochran guides seniors who lead Jocks Against Bullies, a group designed to curb bullying behavior within the student body.

Lisa Connell

Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Religion
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University of Arkansas – BS
University of Arkansas Little Rock – Graduate Certificate

Mrs. Lisa Connell joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2010-2011 school year. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in Applied Mathematics. She then earned a graduated certificate from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in Appleid Statistics. She is currently working on her Masters in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining Catholic High, she taught at Mount St. Mary Academy from 1994-1995 and in the spring 2002. Mrs. Connell currently teaches Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus,Statistics, and Religion. In addition to her classroom role, she is the quiz bowl coach, coordinator for class ties and textbooks.

Keegan Doan

Government, US History, Health, Physical Education
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University of Central Arkansas – BA
University of Central Arkansas – M. Ed.

Mr. Keegan Doan joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2016-2017 school year. A native of Central Arkansas, he obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Social Studies along with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mr. Doan completed his teaching internship and functioned as an assistant varsity basketball coach for Greenbrier High School in the 2014-2015 school year. Mr. Doan went on to serve as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Hendrix College for the 2015-2016 school year before joining Catholic High. He is currently teaching American Government, United States History, Health/Physical Education and is the assistant coach for the varsity basketball team.

Edward Dodge

English II and IV, AP English IV, Religion
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Arkansas State University – BA
St. Gregory’s University – BA
Christian Brothers University – MA

Mr. Edward Dodge joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2002-2003 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas State University in History and English as well as a Bachelor of Arts from St. Gregory’s University in Theology. Mr. Dodge also earned his Masters from Christian Brothers University in Catholic Studies. He teaches Religion I: The Creed, English II, British Literature, and AP British Literature. He also sponsors Catholic High’s Theology Club.

Tim Ezzi ‘72

Athletic Director
Health, Physical Education, Religion
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BS

Mr. Tim Ezzi ’72 joined the Catholic High faculty first from 1982-1985, and then again in 1990. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in Health and Physical Education. Since being at Catholic High, Coach Ezzi has taught World History, Health and Physical Education and Religion. He has coached tennis, golf, baseball, football, and basketball. He was the head basketball coach from 1991-2013, where they went on to win the state championship in 2008. In 2012, Coach Ezzi became the Athletic Director.

Todd Ezzi ‘98

Head Basketball Coach
Physical Science, Honors Physical Science, Religion
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Arkansas Tech University – BS

Mr. Todd Ezzi ’98 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2004-2005 school year. He attended Arkansas Tech University, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education. During his time at Tech, he was a three year letterman and earned All-Conference honors in baseball. Prior to joining Catholic High, Coach Ezzi took over as the head baseball and head basketball coach at St. Joseph High School in Pine Bluff. In 2004, he joined his father, Tim Ezzi, as an assistant basketball coach at Catholic High, and went on to win a State Championship in 2008. In 2013, he took over as head basketball coach. Coach Ezzi currently teaches Physical Science, Honors Physical Science, and Religion.

John Fogleman

Head Football Coach
Civics, World World II
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University of Arkansas – BA

Coach John Fogleman joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2013-2014 school year. Coach Fogleman earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in History. He began coaching in 1995, in El Dorado before heading to Bentonville where he was part of 2001 State Championships for football and baseball. Prior to joining Catholic High, he was the head football coach for Malvern Leopards for seven years which included a trip to the 2011 State Championship game. In addition to teaching Civics and World War II, he is the head coach for the Rockets football team as well as the track team.

Ryan Forté

Intro to Fitness, Health, Physical Education
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Central Baptist College – BS

Mr. Ryan Forté began his teaching career at Catholic High in the 2020-2021 school year. He has a Bachelor of Science from Central Baptist College in Kinesiology/Sports Management, and is currently enrolled at Henderson State University to receive his Masters of Arts. Prior to joining Catholic High, he worked at Enterprise and AT&T. Coach Forté currently teaches Intro to Fitness and Health/PE. He is also an assistant football coach.

Shannon Fratesi

General Chemistry, Geometry, Honors Geometry
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University of Mississippi – BS

Mrs. Shannon Fratesi joined the Catholic High faulty in the 2014-2015 school year. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Mississippi in Chemistry. Prior to coming to Catholic High, Mrs. Fratesi taught fifteen years at schools in Mississippi and in Little Rock where she taught English, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, biology, AP chemistry, honors chemistry, and general chemistry. Mrs. Fratesi currently teaches general chemistry and geometry.

Father Patrick Friend ’07

Chaplain
English I, Biology, Religion
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Westminister College – BA
St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology – MA

Fr. Patrick Friend ’07 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2010-2011 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College in English and Biology. After returning to Catholic High for one year as an English and Chemistry teacher, Fr. Friend entered St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, earning a M.A. in Catholic Philosophical Studies and a M.A. in Theology of Divinity. While in the seminary, he also earned a Bachelors in Sacred Theology through St. Anselmo in Rome, Italy. After six years of seminary formation, Fr. Friend was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock in 2018. Bishop Taylor assigned him to Catholic High as chaplain for the school. He also teaches Freshmen English, Sophomore Biology, and Sophomore Religion (Sacraments of Initiation).

Jennifer Gilley

Chair of the Science Department
Biology and Honors Biology, and Anatomy
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Hendrix College – BA
University of Texas Southwestern School of Biomedical Sciences – Ph.D

Dr. Jennifer Gilley joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2015-2016 school year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in Biology. She went on to get her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Bio Medical Sciences in Genetics and Development. Prior to joining Catholic High, Dr. Gilley spent five years teaching Biology and Microbiology at the collegiate level. She now has 10 years of teaching experience, and is the Chair of the Science department at Catholic High School. Dr. Gilley teaches Biology and Honors Biology as well as Anatomy and Physiology. She also sponsors the Marine Biology club.

Matt Golladay

Band Director
Music/Art Survey, Pop Music
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Mr. Matt Golladay joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2016-17 school year. He has a Bachelor if Music in Instrument and Vocal Music Education and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Prior to Catholic High School, Mr. Golladay taught elementary school, middle school, and high school band in Illinois, and performed professionally for over 15 years in Illinois and Washington State. Mr. Golladay is the Director of Bands focusing on traditional wind band literature as well as the Jazz and Popular Music. In addition to band, he also teaches Music & Art Survey and Popular Music History, Blues, Jazz, & Beyond. Mr. Golladay also teaches private trumpet and brass in Little Rock, and has for the past 18 years in the Northern Illinois and Seattle areas.

Gretchen Gowen

Chair of English Department
English III and Honors English III; Journalism/Yearbook
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BSE

Fr. George Tribou hired Mrs. Gretchen Gowen to teach English at Catholic High twice, once in 1980 and again in 1999. Before and between those dates, she served as a teacher and assistant principal at Our Lady of the Holy Souls School. She has a total of 40 years of teaching experience. The 2020-2021 school marks her 25th year here. Mrs. Gowen graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a B.S.E. in English. She also completed a summer journalism fellowship at the University of Missouri. She teaches junior American literature, journalism, and yearbook and serves as the chair of the English department.

Mimi Gowen

Algebra II, Finite, AP Statistics
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Hendrix College – BA
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) – MPH
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – M.Ed.

Mrs. Mimi Gowen joined the Catholic High family in the 2017-2018 school year. She is a Mount St. Mary alumna and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College in French, a Master of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Biostatistics , and a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Secondary Education. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Gowen was a Biostatistician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for three years. Mrs. Gowen teaches Algebra 2, Finite Math and AP Statistics.

Richard Hamilton

Computer & Intro to Business
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University of Arkansas – BA
University of Central Arkansas – MA

Coach Richard Hamilton joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2018-2019 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in Marketing and his Masters in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining Catholic High, Coach Hamilton ownded his own business and then taught at North Little Rock High School for six years. He currently teaches Intro to Business and Computer Applications and serves as the assistant football coach for defensive backs.

Thomas J. Handloser ’80

Latin I, II & III
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University of Dallas – BA
University of Arkansas – MA

Mr. Tom Handloser ’80 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 1987-1988 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dallas in English and his Masters from the University of Arkansas in Classics. Magist, as he is known amongst the students, teachers Latin I, II and III.

Stephanie Hartnedy

Structured Study Hall
AP Psychology, Religon
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Arizona State University – BS
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – MA

Mrs. Stephanie Hartnedy joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2002-2003 school year to begin the Stuctured Study Hall program. Mrs. Hartnedy earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master of Applied Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Hartnedy served as Behavior Specialist at Timber Ridge Ranch Neurorehabilitation Center for seven years, assisting children and adults with brain injuries. She teaches Structured Study Hall for those students needing academic assistance to freshmen and Religion to seniors, along with AP Psychology.

Kim Head

Structured Study Hall, Dyslexia Therapy
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University of Central Arkansas – BS
University of Central Arkansas – Doctorate

Ms. Kim Head joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2014-2015 school year to build a dyslexia program and enhance the Structured Study Hall program. Mrs. Head earned a Bachelor in Science in Health Science as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is certified in Dyslexia Therapy by the International Dyslexia Association. Kim is the Title I Literacy coordinator and the ACT special testing coordinator at CHS. Before joining Catholic High, Kim worked in pediatric therapy for eight years. She has been instrumental in passing literacy laws in the state of Arkansas regarding science-based reading instruction.

Brittney Houle

American Sign Language I & II
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BA

Ms. Britney Houle joined the staff at Catholic High in the 2019-2020 school year. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in Interpreting ASL/English. Ms. Houle is also a nationally certified and state licensed sign language interpreter. Before joining Cathoilc High, she has over 15 years experience interpreting and two years for teaching. She currently teaches American Sign Language I & II.

Ben Humphries ’00

Facilities Maintenance Manager
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BA

Mr. Ben Humphries ’00 joined the Catholic High family in the 2010-2011 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in Business Administration in Management. Prior to joining Catholic High, he worked at Walgreens as a photo technician. Currently, Ben serves as our Facilities Maintenance Manager.

Sgt. Maj. R.S. Jernigan

MCJROTC – Instructor
Physical Fitness Team
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SgtMaj R.S. Jernigan joined the Catholic High School faculty in the 2008-2009 school year. Prior to joining Catholic High, SgtMaj was The Naval Science Instructor at Parkview High School from 2005 – 2008 and the Marine Instructor at Beaver Local High School from 2000 – 2005. SgtMaj serves as the Marine Instructor for the MCJROTC. In addition, SgtMaj also is the Physical Fitness Team Coach, Drill Team and Rifle Team Coach.

Col. Charles Johnson

MCJROTC – Senior Military Instructor
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Colonel Johnson began his military career as an AH-1W Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot and is a veteran of both OPERATION DESERT STORM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. His flying career culminated when he was selected to command a Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron with the responsibility of supplying all West Coast and Western Pacific Marine Expeditionary Units with attack helicopter detachments. Following that tour of duty, Colonel Johnson was honored to be selected by Commandant of the Marine Corps to activate and command the first Wounded Warrior Battalion headquartered at Camp Pendleton, CA. The mission of this unit is to provide and facilitate accountability, advocacy assistance, non-medical case management, and conflict resolution assistance to all wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families stationed in the Western US and Western Pacific. Most recently Colonel Johnson served at the Pentagon in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate of the Joint Staff where he directed a 42 country portfolio spanning Central, South and Southeast Asia. He and his team of regional experts were responsible for networking with the US Government Inter-Agency, to include the State Department and the National Security Council, and performing intelligence analysis and providing political/military policy recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Colonel Johnson has over 16 years of teaching experience as a flight instructor and Marine Corps University adjunct faculty member. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. His additional professional education includes: Master of Science Degree, National Security Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, DC; Graduate, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico VA; and Graduate, Aviation Safety Officer Course, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA.
Colonel Johnson is beginning his sixth year at CHS as the Senior Military Instructor for MCJROTC and the Leadership Department Chair.

Bryan Jones

Head Baseball Coach
Honors Algebra I & II
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Ouachita Baptist University – BSE
University of Central Arkansas – M. Ed.

Mr. Bryan Jones joined the Catholic High family in the 2010-2011 school year. Mr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science Education from Ouachita Baptist University in Mathematics and his Masters in Educations from the University of Central Arkansas. Bryan has taught mathematics in both the public and private school systems since earning his degree. Mr. Jones played collegiate level baseball at Richland College (Dallas, Texas) and Ouachita Baptist University. While in college, Bryan received All-Conference, All-Region, and All-World Series Team honors for his work behind the plate. Since joining the team at Catholic High, Mr. Jones has also been a presenter or contributor to multiple talks at the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference. In addition to his role in the classroom, Mr. Jones is the head baseball coach for the Rockets.

Ryan Lawrence

Head Soccer Coach
Spanish I & II
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University of Central Arkansas – BA
University of Central Arkansas – MA

Mr. Ryan Lawrence joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2009-2010 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters from the University of Central Arkansas in Spanish. While he was in college, he was a member of the men’s soccer team. Prior to joining Catholic High, he taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and coached the boys soccer team at Fayetteville High School. In addition to his classroom role, Coach Lawrence coaches the cross country and soccer teams. In his spare time, Coach Lawrence has extensive travel experience in Latin America and enjoys running marathons.

Paul Lincicome ’03

Chair of Religion Department
Physical Science, Robotics, Religion
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University of Arkansas – Fayetteville – BSME

Mr. Paul Lincicome ’03 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2009-2010 school year. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mr. Lincicome worked as a process engineer at Remington Arms. He teaches our Robotics elective and freshman Physical Science class. He most enjoys sharing his faith with the boys in his Theology of the Body class and serves as chair of the Religion Department.

R. David Massery ’77

World History, Economics/AP Macroeconomics, Religion
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University of San Francisco – BA
Michigan State University – MLIR
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – JD

Mr. Dave Massery ’77 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2010-2011 school year. Before graduating from the University of San Francisco, Mr. Massery was selected to the Jesuit Exchange program and spent his sophomore year at Boston College and a summer studying at the University of Hawaii. During his graduate studies at Michigan State, he received a scholarship to study labor relations in Sweden at the University of Stockholm. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mr. Massery served as the Vice President of Employee Relations at Alltel and Windstream, the Director of International Human Resources at Alltel, Fidelity National and Winrock International, working and directing human resource activities on six continents. Mr. Massery still maintains his license to practice law in Arkansas and serves on the Educational Advisory Board for the Little Rock Branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Mr. Massery currently teaches World History, Economics, AP Macroeconomics and Religion.

Deanna McGill

Studio Art and Graphic Design
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Quachita Baptist University – BA

Mrs. Deanna McGill joined the Catholic High family in the 2018-2019 school year. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Ouachita Baptist University in Biblical Studies and Graphic Design. Mrs. McGill has over 20 years of experience spanning many different roles in the graphic design field and in teaching art. Mrs. McGill teaches Studio Art and Graphic Design, as well as support for yearbook.

Rebecca McWilliams

Office Manager/Executive Assistant/Health Coordinator
Broadcast Journalism
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University of Arkansas at Little Rock – BA

Mrs. Rebecca McWilliams joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2010-2011 school year. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Radio, TV, and Film Production. Before joining the Catholic High faculty, Rebecca worked at KATV Channel 7. She has 12 years of experience in live TV and film production as well as broadcast journalism. Rebecca teaches the Broadcast Journalism class and oversees the Catholic High TV studio. Additionally, she serves as the Student Health Coordinator and the secretary in the main office.

Bethany Meadows

French I, II, III
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University of Central Arkansas – BA
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – MA

Ms. Bethany Meadows joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2014-2015 school year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in French Education from the University of Central Arkansas and her Masters in Public Adminstration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She currently teaches French I, II, and III. In addition to her role in the classroom, Ms. Meadows sponsors Quiz Bowl and also leads the Quebec Canada trip.

Dylan Owen ’09

Head Freshman Football Coach
English I, World History, Composition, Religion
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University of Central Arkansas – BA
University of Central Arkansas – MA

Dylan Owen ’09 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to that, he taught at Watson Chapel in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He teaches Freshman English and World History, Composition, and Religion. Coach Owen is the head freshman football coach as well as an assistant coach for baseball and football.

Rebecca Priester

Honors and General Chemistry
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Henderson State University – BS

Mrs. Rebecca Priester joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2017-2018 school year. She has a Bachelor of Science from Henderson State University in chemistry with a minor in math. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Priester worked as a Research and Development Chemist after college before becoming a stay at home mom. Continuing her education, she studied Russian language at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received her teaching credentials from Middle Tennessee State University. She taught math and science in Rutherford County, Tennessee for six years before returning to Arkansas to teach AP and IB Chemistry for 16 years at North Little Rock High School. Mrs. Priester currently teaches Honors Chemistry and Chemistry at CHS.

Carrey Reynolds

Librarian
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Union University – BA

Ms. Carrey Reynolds joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2000-2001 school year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee in English. Prior to joining Catholic High, she spent 26 years in Arkansas public schools as both a classroom teacher and librarian. She is currently the librarian and serves as the drama club sponsor.

Jordan Robertson ’09

Algebra I, Biology, Sports Medicine
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Baker University – BS
Baker University – MA

Coach Jordan Robertson ’09 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2018-2019 school year. He attended Baker University to play football where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Math and Secondary Education and a Masters in Sports Management. In addition to his role in the classroom, Coach Rob serves as offensive line coach for the Rockets football team as well as an assistant coach for wrestling.

Chris Rose ’08

Head Basketball Coach (9th)
Algebra I, Honors Geometry
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Rhodes College – BS

Chris Rose ’08 joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2012-2013 school year. He has Bachelor of Science from Rhodes College in Mathematics. Coach Rose teaches Algebra 1 to Freshman and Honors Geometry to Sophomores as well as serving as the head basketball coach for freshman, and an assistant coach to the varsity football team.

Jo Schneider HA

Teacher

Paul Spencer

Government/AP Government, US History/AP US History, Religion
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Mr. Paul Spencer joined the Catholic High faculty in the 1999-2000 school year. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History. Since being at Catholic High, Mr. Spencer has helped in the attendance office, taught American Government and Politics, US History and Religion. He also sponsors the Young Democrats/Republicans group as well as the Scholar Choral Group.

Dustin Strube

Communications
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University of Arkansas Little Rock – BA
University of Arkansas Little Rock – M. Ed.

Dustin Strube joined the Catholic High faculty in the 2004-2005 school year. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Masters in Education both from the University of Arkansas Little Rock . Prior to joining Catholic High, Mr. Strube was a sales rep for Alltel. Mr. Strube teaches Communications.

Stephen Wells ’73

English III & IV, Religion
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Rockhurst College – BA
University of Dallas and Holy Trinity Seminary
University of Arkansas Little Rock

Mr. Steve Wells ’73 joined the Catholic High faculty in the school year 1983-1984. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Rockhurst College in English. Mr. Wells currently teaches English to juniors and seniors and religion. He served as the chair of the religion department for 30 years. In addition to his classroom role, he was coach of the physical fitness team for 20 years – where they won two national championships – and served as Alumni Director for the Alumni Association for two years.

Jennifer Wilcox

Chair of Math Department
Algebra I, AP Calculus
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University of Central Arkansas – BS
University of Central Arkansas – M. Ed.

Mrs. Jennifer Wilcox joined the Catholic High faculty in the 1999-2000 school year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an Masters in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Prior to joining Catholic High Mrs. Wilcox taught three years in the Conway Public School system. After a short sabbatical to raise her children, Mrs. Wilcox rejoined the faculty part time in 2009. She is the Mathematics department chair, as well as the Mu Alpha Theta Club sponsor and the faculty advisor of the school’s lacrosse team.

Alex Berumen

Receptionist
Administrative Assistant
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Central Baptist College – BS

Mrs. Alejandra “Alex” Berumen joined Catholic High faculty in the 2020-2021 school year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Baptist College. Prior to joining Catholic High, Mrs. Berumen worked as a receptionist and office assistant for the Diocese of Little Rock and the Catholic Campus Ministry in Conway. She also taught children with autism at a developmental preschool for three years and spent two years as a Youth Minister.

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