New educators join Gibbons community
Cardinal Gibbons recently welcomed a number of new Educators to the team. We are excited to see how they will enhance the Gibbons community and enrich our students' lives.
Paul Smith ‘01
Assistant Director of Athletics
Paul Smith has been involved in education for 16 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator. He began his career as an elementary school physical education teacher before moving to middle school. A 2001 Gibbons graduate, he continued his education at N.C. State, Arizona State, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Sam Foster served as a college admissions counselor before becoming a college counselor at an all-girls Catholic high school in San Jose, California. He began his career in New Orleans as a regional admissions counselor for The University of Alabama. He later moved to San Francisco to manage a new territory for the university. Sam found a passion for helping students find their next steps after high school and hopes to bring that excitement to the Gibbons community. Sam earned a bachelor's in management and a master's in human environmental sciences from The University of Alabama.
Amanda Olsen has recently moved to North Carolina from Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s in sociology from UNC Charlotte before returning to her home state to complete her master’s in school counseling at Central Connecticut State University. She has spent the past 10 years as a school counselor in West Hartford, Connecticut. Amanda comes from a family of educators and enjoys working with students in reaching their goals.
Dean Wright has served in education for over 30, including 25 as a counselor with Wake County Schools. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s from N.C. State. He has lived in North Carolina his entire life and has family roots in the N.C. foothills dating to the early 1800s. Before working in traditional education, Dean worked as an Outward Bound instructor, ropes course facilitator, and marketing rep.
Carli Domingos is a first-year teacher joining the Gibbons family from the Midwest. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English literature and anthropology at Butler University. Carli worked at Butler’s Writing Center tutoring ESL/ELL and international students and hosting writing workshops for first-year students. She went on to earn her master’s in educational studies with a focus on secondary English education. While in graduate school, she assisted in coaching the Varsity Poms team at her student teaching placement school.
Amy Biersack is beginning her second full year teaching math. In 2020, she graduated from N.C. State with master’s in math education. Since then, I have loved interacting with students, helping them discover how there is usually more than one way to solve a problem, introducing them to quadratics, and just getting to know them. Amy is a parent of three Gibbons students and a 6th grader at St. Michael. Amy has previously worked as a real estate and tax attorney before taking a break to raise her children.
Thomas Boyers is a first-year math educator. He earned his bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thomas pursued a career as an actuary before deciding teaching was his true passion. He returned to Chapel Hill for his master’s in teaching. While earning his advanced degree, he was a student teacher at Carrboro High School. Thomas is excited about the opportunity to be a part of his students' math education and harbors a persistent curiosity to explore the best avenues of student growth and learning.
Mike Greene is a veteran teacher with experience in both the mathematics and science departments. He grew up in California, attending public K-12 schools and earning an engineering degree from Caltech. Mike served in Catholic schools in California, where he learned to teach students over teaching a subject. He comes to Cardinal Gibbons from the Charlotte area, making the move to get closer to family.
Social studies educator
Jim graduated from Rowan University in New Jersey, taught social studies, and coached in the public school system for over 32 years, 27 years in Wake County. During that time, he has taught almost every subject, including teaching and implementing the Lessons of the Vietnam War Class in Wake County. In addition, Jim has written two books, including a 316-page account of the Lindbergh Kidnapping. He also has written baseball articles for several national publications and was the starting shortstop on three state-champion teams in high school, American Legion, and college. Jim wants to be part of the great culture here at Gibbons, where he hopefully can share his knowledge and experience with the students and also where he can learn and be impacted by so many great educators.
Social studies educator
Jon Bruno comes to Cardinal Gibbons with eight years of secondary teaching experience. He earned his bachelor’s in history education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He has taught AP classes for seven years, including U.S. History and U.S. Government. Jon also has four years of experience working for the CollegeBoard as an AP reader. Jon is currently finishing his second master's degree in educational leadership.
Social studies educator
Corinne Buttner earned her bachelor’s in history and education and her reading specialist master’s from Saint Joseph’s University. Corinne was born and raised in New York but moved to the Raleigh area to be closer to family. Corinne has a great passion for history and is deeply excited about growing and fostering connections with her students and fellow staff members.
Kristine Clements is a science teacher with 14 years of experience in middle and high schools. A Raleigh native, she earned a bachelor’s in zoology from N.C. State and a master’s in biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. While living in the Atlanta area, she completed her master’s in secondary science and began her teaching career. Kristine is passionate about biology and environmental science and loves inspiring her students to have an appreciation for science and critical thinking. She has also worked for the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Georgia and has written biology curriculum units for Fulton County Schools in Georgia. Kristine moved home to North Carolina in 2019 and has worked at Middle Creek High School for the past three years.
Malik McFarlane is a first-year high school science educator. He spent most of his life in the Raleigh-Wake Forest area and his formative years in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Malik earned a bachelor’s with honors in chemistry from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, he served as a supplementary instructor for organic & general chemistry, a peer tutor for chemistry, and participated in North Carolina Chemical Education Research programs and seminars. Malik is passionate about making science - particularly chemistry - more accessible for all students regardless of their background and previous experiences with science.
Jennifer Walker is a New England native with nearly 20 years of classroom experience. She attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In addition, she holds a master’s in teaching with a concentration in secondary physics education from Boston University. Jennifer also works for the Center for Talented Youth through John Hopkins University, educating gifted students in the areas of chemistry and physics. She is looking forward to working at Cardinal Gibbons to make a difference and bring hope and enthusiasm to the chemistry classroom.
Meredith McElroy ‘18
Coordinator of Retreats
Meredith McElroy is a recent graduate of Siena College, earning her bachelor’s in psychology and Franciscan community and discipleship. A member of the Cardinal Gibbons class of 2018, Meredith is passionate about caring for each person’s mind, body, and soul. Her work as a Freshman Orientation Leader, wellness advocate, and Campus Ministry president has provided her with opportunities to mentor students and lead through serving. Meredith recently worked as a Center Director for Appalachia Service Project, managing hundreds of volunteers who completed repairs to make homes warmer, safer, and drier in Clay County, West Virginia. She is eager to foster environments that allow others to form healthy connections.
Coordinator of Outreach
Windi Mitchell has 20 of experience working in Catholic institutions as an educator, campus minister, and service-learning administrator. Windi has spent her career in Jesuit ministries – from Jesuit Volunteers International in Micronesia to Nativity and Cristo Rey schools in New York to serving as Director of Community Service and Social Justice at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as a Theology teacher and Service coordinator in Sacramento at Jesuit High School. Windi Mitchell has a bachelor’s in religious studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s in pastoral ministry from Boston College.
Fr. Luke Rawicki
Fr. Luke Rawicki completed two years of architectural studies at Texas A&M University before joining the seminary of the Legionaries of Christ in 2009. During his seminary years, he earned a bachelor’s in philosophy and theology from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. Fr. Luke spent three pastoral years in Washington D.C., directing faith and leadership programs for youth. He was a Catechism teacher for three years at San Salvatore in Lauro Parish in Rome. After being ordained a Deacon, he helped direct a large youth organization in Monterrey, Mexico, while supporting students as a spiritual mentor at the Irish Institute of Monterrey. Fr. Luke was ordained a priest in Rome on May 7, 2022. He is ecstatic to begin his priesthood as Cardinal Gibbons’ chaplain and accompany students, faculty, and families in their journey of faith and human flourishing.
Learning Support Specialist
Jeanine Qualliotine has been an educator for 37 years. She earned a bachelor’s in education from Long Island University and a master’s in educational diagnostics from Columbia University. She is passionate about helping students unlock their strengths through skill acquisition and remediation. She has worked her entire career to empower educators to reach all students, enhance their teaching skills, and create a restorative environment where all language is used to positively shape consciousness.
In 2017, she retired from a career as a diagnostician, English educator, special education consultant and advocate, educational/medical liaison, staff developer, and national conference speaker to move to North Carolina with her family. Her daughter, Lillie, is a Gibbons graduate. Jeanine was an active parent volunteer serving as the PrayerCru leader and volunteering in the office and cafeteria.
David Bristow has served in secondary-level education and church leadership positions for the last 20 years. His most recent educational post was at St. John's College High School in Washington D.C where he taught theology courses and assisted in the campus ministry program. He has also served as the Director of Youth Formation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Herndon, Virginia and was a regular consultant for the Diocese of Arlington's Youth and Young Adult Office. David earned a bachelor’s from the University of Mary Washington, a master’s from Washington Theological Union, and a doctorate from Duke Divinity School.=
World languages educator (French)
Lydia Binanay has been an educator in the Raleigh area since 2003. She earned her bachelor’s in French from N.C. State. While coaching JV cheerleading at Gibbons, she taught French and Spanish grades 6-12 for Wake County Schools. Inspired by her study abroad experience, she has led exchange programs and educational tours to France. After starting a family, she returned to the classroom in the Diocese of Raleigh at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School. She most recently served as the Recruitment & Marketing Officer for her PreK-8th grade campus. During her tenure at St. Mary Magdalene, she implemented a new strategic enrollment management program that included branding, marketing, and social media.
World languages educator (Spanish)
Cinthya Valverde is a passionate Costa Rican Spanish educator entering her 10th year in the classroom. She earned a bachelor’s at Universidad Americana and a master’s at Greensboro College. She is ready to engage her students with her culture, language, and knowledge.
World languages educator (Latin)
Stewart Wall grew up in Winston-Salem before earning a bachelor’s in Latin from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of its nationally ranked Division I soccer team. Stewart received his master’s from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010. A member of the American Classical League, he has taught Latin for 16 at private and public schools. He is excited about the opportunity to teach Latin at Cardinal Gibbons High School, collaborate with fellow educators, and bring the classical world to life for his students.