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Meet Our Teachers and Board

Our teachers are experienced instructors who are passionate about education.  All lead instructors have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and many have Master's degrees in education as well as a Georgia Teaching Certificate. With diverse backgrounds in Catholic schools, public schools, and other hybrid homeschool programs, our teachers partner with parents to make this a great experience for all of our students.

Karen Madrigal

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2nd/3rd Grade History and Religion

Mrs. Madrigal has Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Linguistics from UNC and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Western Carolina University. After graduating, she worked in Marietta as a speech and language pathologist in the public school setting for 14 years, serving mostly preK-5th grade students. She has been involved with catholic formation classes at her parish for almost 20 years. After being a part of the SJBH community for 3 years as a parent, she is excited to get back in the classroom. She is married and has 5 kids that will all be attending SJBH this year.

Kerry Harth

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5th Language Arts

Mrs. Harth attended Georgia College & State University where she graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Previous teaching experience includes 3 years at a Gwinnett County middle school followed by 6 years at a private Catholic school in Brookhaven. After taking some time off to be home with her two children, she is excited to be back in the classroom and part of the SJBH community!

Alyssa Hawkins

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6th Language Arts

Mrs. Hawkins graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She attended DePaul University in Chicago for graduate school where she obtained her Master's degree in Secondary English Education. She has previously taught both high school and middle school ELA. Mrs. Hawkins lives in Woodstock with her husband and four children. After taking some time off to be home with her young children, she is excited to get back into the classroom and share her love of reading with her students!   

Holly Amodio

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Fourth Grade Science & Religion Teacher

Mrs. Amodio graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Exercise Science. She then received her Health Fitness Instructor Certification through a rigorous program instituted by the American College of Sports Medicine. Mrs. Amodio believes the more we learn about science, especially the human body, the more it points back to a loving Creator and our Catholic Faith. As a life-long Catholic, she has a passion for teaching our students the faith and integrating it into their science curriculum.

Angela Barnes

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Assistant and New Family Inquiry Specialist

Mrs. Barnes is an assistant instructor for American Sign Language and a vital part of the St. John the Baptist community.  She is married and has four children.  Mrs. Barnes is an experienced homeschool teacher and volunteer in her parish.

Melissa Bell

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Second Grade Language Arts and Math Teacher

Mrs. Bell has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University. She grew up in Kennesaw and married her high school sweetheart in 2001. They have five wonderful children, two of which attend SJBH! Her enthusiasm spills over into her classroom!

Kimberly Cannon

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High School Language Arts Lead Teacher

Ms. Cannon graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017. Following graduation, she worked as a reporter for the Valdosta Daily Times for close to a year before moving on to attend graduate school for teaching. While pursuing her graduate degree, she taught English at Colquitt County High School in Georgia. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching, with a major in secondary education, from Valdosta State University in the summer of 2019. 

Beth Carter

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High School History and Religion Teacher

Mrs. Carter earned her degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University. She has taught grades two to twelve in various hybrid settings and homeschooled her six children for several years. Mrs. Carter loves sharing her passion for lifelong learning with her students.

Theresa Dodd

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High School Math Teacher

Mrs. Dodd graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computers and a minor in mathematics from Nichols State University.  She has experience working as an engineer before educating her children at home.  Mrs. Dodd is a consultant for a local Catholic homeschool program in addition to teaching for St. John the Baptist. 

Molly Gareau

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High School Religion and Music Teacher

Mrs. Gareau holds a Bachelor's degree in both International Affairs and Music Performance from Xavier University.  She is a Catholic homeschool mother of seven girls and enjoys sharing her love for Catholicism with her Religion 9 class.

Maggie Hall

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Transcript Specialist

Mrs. Hall holds a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta.  She has homeschooled her children for years and taught in other hybrid homeschool programs.  She uses her experience in graphic design while teaching history by incorporating unique art projects into the curriculum.  

Susan Gonzalez

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First Grade Math and Language Arts Teacher

Mrs. Gonzalez has a Master of Science from New York University and has years of experience teaching in Georgia and California.  She is also a Spanish interpreter for the Department of Education and enjoys integrating Spanish into our kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.  

Priya Johnson

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7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher

Mrs. Johnson has an academic background in English and education with a focus on children’s literature across the curriculum which began with undergraduate work at the University of Dallas, and was furthered through her graduate degrees through Texas A&M University, and Purdue University.  She taught at the university level for 5 years before she started homeschooling.  Mrs. Johnson has taught her own children as well as other children in co-ops, LEGO robotics, or hybrids for over 20 years. Mrs. Johnson has primarily focused on the teaching of literature, science, and history in a variety of educational environments and levels.  Additionally, Mrs. Johnson helps to coordinate school field trips and liturgical celebration opportunities for SJBH families and the local Catholic homeschool community.

Cristi Kent

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Clerical Assistant

Mrs. Kent has a Bachelor's in International Business and French from Loyola University.  She fulfills many roles at St. John the Baptist Hybrid, everything from operations management to substitute teaching.  She stays active with her three sons who participate in Boy Scouts, swim team, and more.  

Sharon Masinelli

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Lead High School Science Teacher, Head of School, and Board Member

Ms. Masinelli has a Master of Clinical Medical Science and is currently working on a Doctorate of Education degree.  She has taught at several other hybrid homeschool programs as well as Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.  Ms. Masinelli has been a part-time Physician Assistant in cardiology since 2004.  She enjoys teaching science, particularly Biology, given her medical background.  She has eight children at St. John the Baptist Hybrid and has been married to her wonderful husband, Bob,  since 2002.

Shelby Muschara

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Third Grade Math and Language Arts Teacher, Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Muschara graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt College.  Her prior experience as a preschool teacher and extensive early childhood training has made her a favorite among our students!

Heather Pulliam

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Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Pulliam graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor's degree in
communications. She is a former preschool teacher who brings her knowledge and
creativity to the classroom to enhance the curiosity of learning in young students. With an
abundance of experience in early childhood education she’s passionate about the
development of young minds.

Lindsey O'Daniels

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Fourth Grade Math, Language Arts, and History Teacher, Head of K-8 Language Arts

Mrs. O’Daniels graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Elementary Education. She has a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from the University of Florida and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State.  She taught for ten years in elementary classrooms in both Florida and Georgia until the birth of her son in 2016.  Mrs. O’Daniels and her husband live in Smyrna and are blessed to have two wonderful children.

Tara Scavelli

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Latin Teacher

Mrs. Scavelli  has a Bachelor's degree in Music and Communications from Valparaiso University.  She has been teaching Latin at SJBH for several years.  She has homeschooled her seven children for over 10 years and the Scavelli family is well-known for their active involvement in the local homeschool groups such as Lolek's Storytellers and Trail Life.   

Robert Baeten

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Director of Board

Dr. Baeten received his doctorate from University of Lynchberg.  He is an assistant professor at Mercer University.  His research interests include medical science education and ultrasound.  As an expert in cardiopulmonary critical care, he has served as Director At Large for the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound, Vice Chair of the Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery section of the American College of Chest Physicians.  Dr. Baeten is Chair of the Board for St. John the Baptist Hybrid.   He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching to our school.  

Linda Grise-Grace

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Board Member

Mrs. Grace has been actively engaged in the educational field for over 23 years, as an administrator/principal and instructor. Mrs. Grace earned her MBA from Mercer University and MS Ed. from the University of Dayton. Mrs. Grace is passionate about Catholic education and is honored to be a part of the St. John the Baptist Hybrid School community.

Brian Gareau

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Board Member

Brian is a Managing Director for Deloitte Tax based in Atlanta. Brian has over 19 years of experience in dealing with corporate tax matters and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia and Georgia.  Brian graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) with a BBA in Accounting and earned a Masters of Accounting – Specialization in Tax from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH).  Brian is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Brian and his wife Molly have eight children and are parishioners of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Acworth, GA.

Sam Naab

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Board Member

Sam is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, a two-year teaching fellowship focused on supporting and enhancing Catholic education. He currently serves as the assistant principal for Saint Catherine School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as the chairman of the Diocese of Tulsa’s middle school athletic association. During the school year, Sam teaches middle school English and P.E. at Saint Catherine and coaches elementary and middle school soccer. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2021 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Literature, Media, and Communication and from Notre Dame in 2023 receiving a Master of Education. Sam is from Woodstock, Georgia, but currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kimberly Williams Naab

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Board Member

Kim is an acute-care nurse practitioner and works for a cardiology practice in Atlanta, Ga. She is also clinical faculty for Kennesaw State University’s Graduate School of Nursing. She has served on the advisory board of St. John the Baptist Hybrid for the last three years.

Kim received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Thomas More college in Crestview Hills, KY and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Georgia. She holds two post masters in Family and acute care medicine. She is married to her husband of 31 years, has one grown son and one daughter who is starting 7th grade. Kim and her family attends Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Ga.

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