St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay Elementary

Staff Directory

This staff list is for the 2022/2023 school year (SJAM at 1589 Walnut Street).

Communication between home and school is extremely important. Calls and emails sent to staff members will be returned within two business days.

Teaching Staff

Name Role / Department Phone Email Online
Liiva, Colleen Speech Language Pathologist 9024935180
Hauser, Angela School Counsellor 902-493-5180
Ruttgaizer, Carla Resource & Learning Disability Teacher 9024935180
Wright, Jonathan Resource 902-493-5180
Thornhill, Heather Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Support 902-493-5180 Twitter
Lucas, Hayley Physical Education 902-493-5180
MacLellan, Cody Physical Education 9024935180 ext. 9024935180
O'Leary, Mark Music & Instrumental Music 902-493-5180
Deware, Natalie Math Support Teacher 902-493-5180
Knapton, Kass Learning Centre Teacher 9024935180
Goldberg, Rebecca Learning Centre Teacher 902-493-5180
Purdy, Sarah Grade Two/Three FI 902-493-5180
Mott, Katie Grade Two/Three 902-493-5180 Twitter
Darwish, Heather Grade Two FI 902-493-5180
Young, Nakeah Grade Three/Four 902-493-5180 Twitter
O'Connor, Paulette Grade Six 902-493-5180 Twitter
Samaha, Jessica Grade Primary FI (Sept-Dec) ext. 9024935180
Thakkar, Rebecca Grade Primary FI (January - June) 9024935180
Swinamer, Claire Grade Primary FI 902-493-5180 Twitter
Odlin, Rhianna Grade Primary 9024935180
Currie, Megan Grade One/Two 902-493-5180
MacNeil, Cheilidh Grade One 9024935180 Website
McKenzie, Katelyn Grade Five/Six FI 902-493-5180 Twitter
DeWare, Tanya Grade Five 902-493-5180 Twitter
TBA, TBA Grade 5/6 English 902-493-5180
Goss, Mallory Grade 4/5 FI 9024935180
Tattrie, Atanda Grade 3/4 FI 9024935180
Dobbelsteyn, Julia Grade 1 FI 9024935180
Lipsit, Jessie Grade 1 FI 902-493-5180
McLay, Allison FI Resource & FI Early Literacy Support (APL) 9024935180
Sabean, Scarlett English as an Additional Language (EAL) 9024935180
Cameron, Grace Core French 902-493-5180
Jennings-DeBaie, Anne APSEA Interpretor 902-493-5180
TBA, TBA 50% Learning Centre Teacher 9024935180


Name Role / Department Phone Email Online
Harrison, Sandy Secretary 902-493-5180
Woodbury, Patricia Acting Vice Principal 902-493-5180 Twitter
Gorman-Tolliver, Cheyanne Acting Principal 902-493-5180 Twitter

Support Staff

Name Role / Department Phone Email Online
McNutt, Brenda Schools Plus Community Outreach Worker 902-233-4395
Steeves, Sharon Schools Plus Assistant Leader 902-219-3668
MacDonald, Lynn School Social Worker 902-483-3740
Aulenback, Andrew Librarian 902-493-5180
Richards, Anita Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Petrie, Loraine Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Pellerine, Stephanie Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Rozee, Sarah Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Johnson, Marie Educational Program Assistant 9024935180
Cromwell, Johanna Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Fletcher, Raquel Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Hiles, Johnny Educational Program Assistant
Dewolfe, Beverley Educational Program Assistant 902-493-5180
Jones, Reese Child & Youth Care Practitioner (CYCP) 902-493-5180
Sampson, Scott Caretaker 902-493-5180
Walter, Trevor African Nova Scotian Student Support Worker 902-493-5180


Name Role / Department Phone Email Online
O'Leary, Mark Grade six band 902-493-5180


Name Role / Department Phone Email Online
Ioannou, Victoria Grade Four-Six Violin 902-493-5180