Meet the Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION      
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Clay Jones (Principal)

Mr. Jones was born in Oklahoma City. He moved to Memphis at the age of eleven when his father became a professor at the University of Memphis. Clay Jones prepped at Christian Brothers High School where he lettered in football and wrestling. Upon graduation he attended the University of Memphis where he earned a Counseling Degree. Mr. Jones entered the business world after graduation, but returned to the University of Memphis to obtain his Masters Degree in teaching. Mr. Jones began his teaching and coaching career at Christian Brothers High School. Clay and his wife, Susan, decided to move to Utah for the outdoor lifestyle. They celebrated the birth of their first born, William Clayton Jones, in April of 2005 and the birth of their second, Gabriel Thomas Jones, in February 2007. Clay has been in education for 16 years.

 

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Alex Salvo (Athletic Director & Dean of Students)

Born in Santiago, Chile, Alex Salvo graduated with a B.S. in Engineering from the Universidad Diego Portales and a B.A. in Broadcasting and Spanish from Weber State. In his 24 years at St. Joseph, Alex has spent 18 years as a teacher, 10 as an Athletic Director, and 7 as the Dean of Students & Vice Principal. Before St. Joseph, Alex worked at the Ogden School District's adult center of education. Mr. Salvo is an avid soccer fan as well as a player and coach. He also enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. 

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Joe Cravens (Counselor)

Born March 9, 1954 in Scottsburg, Indiana, Joe attended the University of Texas-Arlington. There he played basketball and was captain of the team his junior and senior years. As a senior, Joe received the Exletterman's Club award for "Outstanding Achievement." At Texas-Arlington, Joe received a B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a minor in History. He attended and started his coaching career at Texas State University and received his Masters of Education and Counseling. Joe coached college basketball for 30 years at seven different Division 1 level universities. Joe has been the counselor at St. Joseph for six years. Joe is married with two daughters. His hobbies include golf, reading, gardening, hot yoga, and following Major League Baseball. 

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Shawna Norton (Counselor)

Originally from California, Shawna has lived all over the west and settled in Ogden after falling in love with the mountains. She recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Weber State University, where she specialized in school social work and counseling. Starting at Saint Joes as an intern in 2015, Shawna returned this year as a part time counselor working with Freshmen and Sophomores, and assisting students with their college preparations. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in school counseling. In her free time, Shawna likes to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors hiking, camping, and backpacking. She and her husband had their first daughter in February of 2017.

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Kari Lane (Director of Admissions, Alumni, and Marketing)

Kari Lane was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (also known as the West Side and down by the River People). She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Social Work. Kari is thrilled to have worked with Alumni and students alike in her first year here at St. Joseph. Kari is a mother of three children who all attend St. Joseph Elementary School. Kari enjoys traveling, skiing, cooking, and is always up for an adventure. 

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Denise Wright (Registrar)

Born and raised in an Air Force family, Denise Wright became a world traveler at a young age. Loving the lifestyle (and her husband), she married into the Air Force and continues to travel, now having lived over half of her life in England, UK. She has three children, all of whom have attended Catholic schools. Mrs. Wright is currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at Utah State University, which she hopes to complete in 2019. Mrs. Wright previously worked at Liberty Intermediate and Lakenheath Middle School, both in the UK, for a total of six years. When she has spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and two dogs, and friends - old and new. She has worked at Saint Joseph for 5 years.

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Scott Reinhard (Office Manager)

Born in Delta, Colorado, Scott grew up in South Jordan, Utah and graduated from the Waterford School in Sandy in 2010. He moved up to Ogden and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music from Weber State University in 2014. Scott is currently pursuing his MAcc at Weber State. Scott is married to his wife Cindy, and together they have a son. He enjoys leading worship, making music, reading, playing and watching sports, and marking students tardy in the morning. This is Scott's second year at Saint Joseph.

       
FACULTY & STAFF      
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Noah Banks (Theology)

Noah Banks grew up in Portland, OR. He graduated from the University of Portland with his BA in Theology in May of 2016. He is currently a student at Notre Dame as part of the ECHO program, earning his MA in theology. As a part of this program, he takes intensive classes over the summers on campus in Indiana, but he spends the school year in Ogden, teaching 10th, 11th, and 12th grade theology classes as a member of the Theology faculty. The 2016-2017 school year is his first year of teaching. Outside of school, he loves reading and writing and praising God. He enjoys cooking and baking, especially bread. He is engaged to his fiancée who lives in the Portland area.

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Peggy Barker (Art, Psychology)

Peggy A. Barker was raised in North Ogden in a large family on a dairy, egg, fruit farm.  She attended Weber county schools, and attended Weber State University on an Art Scholarship.  She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art and minors in Psychology, Anthropology and her certification in Secondary Education.  She also began work on her Masters through Utah State University.  She studied Kundalini Yoga with Sat Mandir Khalsa for 16 years, and certified in Pilates-Yoga.  She worked and taught at Weber-Ogden Alternative High School, Intermountain Indian School, and Wyoming Indian High School for a total of 9 years before coming to SJCHS in 1986, where she has been ever since. Peggy has two sons and currently resides in North Ogden next to the family farm and park.

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Alicia Behnken (Spanish, Vice Dean of Students, Sophomore class advisor)

Born and raised in Nicaragua, Alicia graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.S. in Operations Management in 1989 and secured a job with Hewlett-Packard in various management positions. During that time she met and married her husband, Bill Behnken. In 1997, she moved to Ogden, Utah and it was in Ogden that she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration. In 2008, she pursued her teaching certification focusing in world languages and began her teaching career at St. Joseph Elementary. In 2011, she began to teach AP Spanish at St. Joseph Catholic High School and became full-time in 2014 teaching all Spanish classes. In 2015, she enrolled in the Executive Leadership Program with the University of Notre Dame and earned her certification. Sra. Behnken loves teaching because she has found that it gives her the opportunity to share her passion for learning another language, share her experience both as a teacher and parent, engage in discussions with the students on issues affecting our world, and of greater importance, to share the gospel in the classroom. Alicia has three wonderful children, Natalia, Cristiana and Jacob, and all have been apart of the Catholic schools system. She has two lovely pet dogs: Baylor and Mia.

      Robert Emenger (English, Computer Tech, Anatomy)
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Heather Faircloth (Biology, Anatomy, Geo/Stats, NHS)

Education is a passion of Heather's. Not only does she love to learn herself, but she also loves to pass that love of learning along to her students. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Master's in Education from the University of Georgia, Heather began her professional education career in a rural middle school in Franklin County, Georgia. In 2002, the Faircloths moved to Tucson, Arizona and Heather took a few years off of teaching when her daughters were young. From 2005 until now, Heather worked at two schools similar to St. Joseph: The Gregory School and St. Michael's School in Tucson, Arizona. She has taught middle school science, middle school math, geography, physical education, and 9th grade biology. Heather has also served in administrative roles as an athletic director and a middle school principal. In August of 2015, she and her two daughters relocated to Liberty, Utah so Heather could teach at St. Joseph High School in Ogden. She teaches Biology, Geometry, Anatomy/Physiology, AP Biology, and Algebra1. She is the ski/hiking club faculty mentor and the National Honors faculty Mentor. When not in the classroom or working on school things, Heather loves being a mom, walking her dogs with her parents, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, playing the piano, shooting hoops, skiing, paddle boarding, and riding her horse.

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Jay Hart (Government, Humanities, Literature)

Born in Nebraska, Jay is a die-hard Cornhusker fan and, evidently, enjoys referring to himself in the third person. He somehow earned a bunch of degrees, including a B.S. in Social Studies Education and a B.A. in History from Kent State University, an M.A. in History from the Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in American and English Literature from the University of Utah. Rumor has it that he has also done doctoral work at the Universities of Washington and Utah, but neither institution will admit to it. Jay taught at Bishop Kelly Catholic High School from 1980-1984, was an adjunct professor in the English and History departements at Weber State University from 1988-2008, and has taught at Saint Joseph since 1985. He is currently certified in Secondary English and Social Studies/History in the state of Utah. Jay is married, proof of God's continuing grace, and "teaches" wine classes for the Eccles Community Art Center here in Ogden, UT, evidence that he maintains a sense of irony. 

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Jennifer Hughes (Theater, Dance, Speech & Debate)

Jennifer hails originally from San Diego and Los Angeles, but somehow ended up in colder terrain with a move to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2000, and a subsequent move to Utah in 2004. She began her teaching path in Southern California, directing and choreographing for local theaters and schools. Her professional acting and singing experience helped her segue into teaching, and, as a mother of three young children, after-school projects were ideal. Jennifer began her formal education at BYU-Idaho (back then we called it "Ricks College"), but marriage and motherhood took priority. After moving to Utah in 2004, Jennifer continued acting, dancing and singing with Utah theaters from Park City to Ogden. She also worked full-time doing personal training. With Weber State so close, Jennifer decided it was time to finish her degree and enrolled in the fall of 2006 as a theatre major. Through God's providence, the theatre teaching position at Saint Joseph dropped into her life in 2007. She's been teaching and directing since that time making this her tenth year as a Jayhawk. She is happy to finally be graduating with her BA in Musical Theatre this spring. She is married to Doug Hughes; between the two of them they have 8 wonderful children, 6 adorable grand kids and one very lovable dog! 

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Kase Johnstun (Language Arts)

Kase Johnstun lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He has earned his BA in English Literature, Technical and Professional Writing Emphasis from Weber State University, MA of English Literature from Kansas State University, and a MFA of Creative Nonfiction from Pacific University. Kase is the author of recently released "Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis" (McFarland & Co), which has been featured in Pennsylvania Parenting Magazine, Portland Family Magazine, The Ogden Standard Examiner, and many other places, as well as having mentions in the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times. It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015. His work has been published widely by literary journals and trade magazines, including, but not limited to, Yahoo Parenting, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Coldnoon: Travel Writing and Traveling Poetics, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Forthcoming, his travel writing, which features a narrative essay that chronicles his travels with his young son, will be featured in Outpost Travel Magazine. He spent seven years in the publishing industry as a journalist, syndicated columnist, developmental editor, managing editor, and publishing director before returning to the classroom in 2008 where he has taught as full-time faculty at Kansas State University and Utah State University, as well as adjunct faculty for the Washington State Department of Community Colleges, Western State University, and Barton Community College. An alumni of the school, this is Kase's first year teaching at St. Joseph.

     

John Lee (Theology)

John was born in sunny Southern California and was raised in the beautiful city of Los Angeles by two wonderfully pious parents. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science and in Philosophy. Despite their recent football record, he is continuing his run with the Fighting Irish, pursuing an M.A. in Theology at Our Lady's University through the Echo Program. He will be teaching philosophically rigorous 9th and 10th grade theology courses in order to drive home the notion that faith is not divorced from reason, and, contrary to popular belief, reason requires an healthy dose of faith. Though 2017-2018 will be his first year formally teaching, John has taught catechism in varying capacities, most notably through the Catechist Academy at Notre Dame, as well as with his younger brother who sat through many a lesson with feigned interest and a convincing smile. He enjoys reading and writing in his spare time, as well as spending time in the outdoors, though in reasonable quantities. After spending a semester in Rome, he has also fallen in love with all things zucchini and can cook up a wicked dish of chicken zucchini carbonara. 

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Chad Loosemore (Math, History, ACT Prep/US Sports, Board Gaming Club advisor)

Chad was born in Ogden in 1962. He earned a B.S. in History with a Math minor from Weber State University. After his first year of teaching at Fremont High School, Chad began teaching at Saint Joseph Catholic High School in 1995. Previously, he played golf on the Golden State Tour in California (obviously nowhere near good enough), he was a stock broker for Paine Webber, and a golf pro at Sherwood Hills and Golf City. He married his soul mate in 1993: the beautiful Susan Moyes. They reside in Plain City.

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Benito Magana (Janitorial)

Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Benito began farming and raising milk cows at age 9 after only three years of school - 1st, 2nd and 3rd. He met his beautiful wife, Audelina, at age 19 and married her at age 21, because he couldn't wait any longer. After his first three sons were born, Benito and Audelina moved to Utah after seeing on the news that it was one of the top 5 places to live. It was here they had their 4th son. He started working at American Nutrition in Ogden and then at a marble factory in Salt Lake City. He started working at Saint Joseph Catholic schools when his sons started school here and has been a part of the community for over 13 years. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking and biking and loves spending time with his "queen and princesses" - his wife and granddaughters. 

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Lafe Peavler (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Head of Science Dept., Rube Goldberg, Robotics, Junior class advisor)

Lafe was born and raised in Provo, right in the shadow of Brigham Young University. He would later attend BYU and graduate with a dual major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During that time, Lafe served a two-year church mission in Guatemala. He then earned his Masters degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Basic Biomedical Sciences. Lafe has taught at St. Joseph for three years. Lafe also is a freelance sports journalist for the Deseret News.

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Shane Reinhard (English, Health, Journalism, Pep Club & Student Government Advisor)

Born in Burlington, Colorado, Shane graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English Education with a Dual Minor in Physical Education and Coaching from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He has taught at St. Joseph for five years. Shane enjoys seeing God in sports, music, and relationships. His favorite author is Ernest Hemingway: morbid, at times, yet insightful and real in nature. He was married in the summer of 2016 to his beautiful bride, Kirsten.

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Dr. Monika Serbinowska (Math, Head of Math Dept, Math Club advisor)

Dr. Monika Serbinowska earned her MS in Mathematics with a Teaching Emphasis at Warsaw University in 1990, as well as her PhD in Mathematics at University of Utah in 1996. Prior to joining the Saint Joseph Catholic High School Faculty in 2006, Dr. Serbinowska taught at the University of Utah (1991-96), UCSD (1996-98) and Weber State University (1998-2006), and published several research papers. After seeing a need for stronger math skills in the university level, Dr. Serb decided that her professional goal would be to attempt to strengthen students' math abilities in high school. She has taught for 28 years. She holds her Level 3 Teaching License in the state of Utah for Mathematics, and has Mathematics Endorsement Level 4. Dr. Serb is passionate about the study of mathematics, making teaching an ideal career for her. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she keeps close ties with her native country and visits every summer. She is the mother of three wonderful sons, enjoys playing bridge, reading, and many forms of outdoor recreation including skiing, swimming, bicycling, and running. However, nothing beats hiking for her!

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Ryan Spiegler (US History, World Civilizations, Computer Tech, Freshman class advisor)

Ryan was born in Encinitas, California.  He is a long-time surfer, skateboarder, spear-fisherman and R/C enthusiast.  Ryan received his Bachelors Degree in History with a minor in Latin Language from the University of Utah.  He recently completed a Master of Arts Degree in Ancient History and Classical Philology from the same institution.  The 2016-2017 year at St. Joseph's Catholic High School was his first year of formal teaching.  In addition to teaching History and Computer Tech, he runs the after school ESL program and is the faculty sponsor of the SJR/C remote control car club.

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Alfonso Tenreiro (Music)

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alfonso Tenreiro graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music Composition, Choral Conducting and Organ from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also completed doctorate courses. He has composed for major orchestras in the USA (among others, the Utah Symphony) and Latin America. Alfonso has taught at St. Joseph for 18 years. He previously was the assistant instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington. Mr. Tenreiro enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys the culinary arts. 

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Cameron Wood (English, Sports Medicine, Senior class advisor)

Cameron Wood was born in North Ogden Utah. He graduated from Weber State University with a degree in English Education with a Dual Minor in Physical Education and Coaching (It is the same degree as Mr. Reinhard, and they even had a few classes together!) He has taught at St. Joseph for 6 years. Cameron somehow tricked the most beautiful woman in the world into marrying him. Together they have a little boy named Oliver. Cameron's other passions include; teaching, coaching, playing sports, watching sports, eating ice cream, eating ice cream while watching sports, napping, reading, and ice dancing (not ice dancing).

updated 8/17/2017