Cheryl Brown

Head of School |

Cheryl Brown has been the Head of School since 2014, but has earlier worked at St. James as Business Manager and CEO. Cheryl’s education is in Business Administration and she holds a Masters Degree in educational Leadership. Cheryl grew up in the Midwest, and then lived in Southern California until her family relocated to Texarkana in 1994. She has one daughter and two grandchildren who are graduates of St. James. Cheryl finds St. James a family that believes in caring for one another—faculty, staff, students and their families. She strongly believes in our philosophy of teaching the whole child: body, mind and soul. She is a member of the Accreditation Committee for the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. More locally she is involved with Leadership Texarkana and a Sustainer of the Junior League. Cheryl’s activities include traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.


Traci Anderson

Curriculum and Assessments Director |

Traci Anderson has served as Director of Curriculum and Assessments since 2014. Prior to that, she worked for four years as a dyslexia specialist at the school. Before coming to St. James, she worked at Texarkana ISD as Coordinator of Behavioral Interventions and earlier as Director of the Therapeutic Intervention Learning Center. Traci’s three daughters are all graduates of St. James Day School where they received an excellent educational foundation. Traci is a trained Orton-Gillingham teacher, and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Shannon Kirkland

Director of Innovation and Academic Technology |

Shannon Kirkland is Director of Innovation and Academic Technology.  A native of Texarkana, Shannon is in her first year at St. James, having come to us after working at Texarkana ISD for 15 years where she served as Coordinator of Secondary Instructional Technology, both at the Secondary and Elementary levels. Previous to these posts, she was a Gifted and Talented teacher and special education teacher for TISD. Educated at Texas A&M University, Texarkana, Shannon’s primary educational interest is technology and robotics in particular. A TCEA certified Instructional Technology Facilitator, she is a trainer for NASA NoS, Mimio, Lego Robotics, a ScratchEd educator and a Google CS First mentor. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, the Texas Computer Education Association and the Computer Science Teachers Association.  She is also a current Continuing Educator Community Education through Texarkana College. Shannon is excited to offer Tech-Know Tuesdays to our students, where they are introduced to cutting-edge technologies that extend the classroom learning environment to after school learning and inspires students to become tech gurus! She also offers Sci-TECH Saturdays to St. James students and the wider community. Shannon has three people in her family who have attended St. James. She finds St. James a nurturing and loving Christian environment where students can succeed at their own pace and at their own level. Apart from work, Shannon is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and Associates of Graduates of the Air Force Academy.


Keri Pompella

Administrative Assistant |

Keri Pompella is in her first year as Administrative Assistant at St. James. Prior to coming here, Keri worked for the Girl Scouts, where she was in charge of merchandising at the council office. Through Girl Scouts she worked with girls in local school districts. A native of Texarkana, Keri previously worked at the Girl Scouts and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Her educational background is in merchandising and business administration. When she is not at work, Keri enjoys crafting, sewing, junkin’ and discovering new places.


Katelyn Gunter

Parent Relations and Communications |

Katelyn Gunter oversees Parent Relations and Communications at St. James. In this role, she gets to see lots of smiling faces from students, parents and staff. Her son Sander is a student here. A native of Texarkana, she taught at The Williams School and is currently pursuing a degree in marketing. When she is busy being a wife and mother, she enjoys spending weekends outside with her family and dog, cooking, and finding new hole-in the-wall restaurants to try.




Diane Johnston

Primary I |

Diane Johnston has taught preschool for 22 years, 15 of which have been at St. James. She is thankful that St James is a place where she can share the love of Jesus Christ with her students. A native of Texarkana, Diane has an educational background in history and the arts, and child development. Diane reads, spends time walking, and sings in her church choir.

Sarah White


Sarah White

Primary II |

Sarah White is Primary II teacher at St. James. A lifelong resident of Texarkana, Sarah’s educational background is in biology and wildlife ecology. It was through her work as a wildlife interpreter that she realized the benefit of hands-on education. Sarah loves working with children, and helping them grow into successful leaders. She finds St. James a loving, supportive environment, where the whole child is taught: mind, body and heart. She appreciates the meshing of foundational areas such as cursive and phonics with new and exciting subjects such as robotics and coding. A mother of twins, Sarah looks forward to them attending St. James next year. Apart from being a wife and mother, she enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, knitting and outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hiking and camping. Sarah helps with the children’s program at her church, and currently volunteers with For the Sake of One, a non-profit ministry that works with foster children and families in Bowie, Cass and Miller counties.


Amanda Hayman

Primary II aide |

Amanda Hayman is Primary II aide at St. James Day School for the last three years.  She received her child development certification through Texarkana College, and serves as co-director of the Summer @ St. James program. Amanda loves the family atmosphere of the school and the opportunity to teach her children about God as part of their education.


Claire Gordon

pre-k |

Now in her fifth year at St. James, Claire Gordon is a Pre-K teacher. A native of Texarkana, Claire has worked with children for most of her life, first as a babysitter, and then in a local daycare. She has always been fascinated by child development. A certified early childhood educator, Claire was educated at Texas A&M University, Texarkana. She has one child, and very much looks forward to him attending St. James in a couple of years. Claire is thankful that St. James is a place where she can openly teach children about God. She cherishes the community feeling of school, and the ability to use play and the outdoors in her teaching. Claire reads, spends time outdoors and enjoys photography. She is a member of First United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas.


Tracy Jones

pre-k |

Tracy Jones is in her 8th year at St. James, currently as the Pre-K teacher. Before coming to St. James, Tracy worked in the public education system for 11 years. A native of Queen City, Tracy was educated at Texarkana College and Texas A&M University, Texarkana. She has a stepdaughter who is a St. James graduate. Tracy appreciates the Christian atmosphere of St. James, where students are loved and nurtured in a family-like environment. She loves reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends at her river cabin. Tracy serves on the Vestry of St. James’ Episcopal Church.


Sarah Kyles

Kindergarten |

Now in her fifth year at St. James, Sarah Kyles is the Kindergarten teacher. A native of Camden, Arkansas, Sarah graduated from Texas A&M Texarkana. Before coming to St. James, Sarah worked as a Kindergarten teacher at a local private school. Sarah has one child currently at St. James, and two children who are graduates. She loves watching children grow throughout the years, and as a teacher finds St. James a place where the individual needs of each child can be addressed. Sarah spends her time outdoors, running and camping with her family.  She is a member St. James’ Episcopal Church.


Joy Sandefur

First grade |

Joy Sandefur is first grade teacher St. James. A native of Texarkana, Joy is a graduate of Texas A&M University, Texarkana. Her husband is a St. James graduate. Joy finds St. James the happiest school she has ever been to, with students receiving hands-on learning and countless opportunities to take their learning beyond classroom walls. Joy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and Jazzercise.


Sarah Carpenter

second grade |

Sarah Carpenter is second grade teacher St. James, where she has taught for four years. A native of Texarkana, Sarah graduated from Texas High, and Texas A&M University, Texarkana in Early Childhood Education. Prior to coming to St. James, she taught at a local private school. St. James is Sarah’s happy place. She loves being part of a community that educates students in a loving and safe environment. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, cooking and Jazzercise.


Julianna Bowen

third grade |

Julianna Bowen has taught at St. James for four years, currently as third grade teacher. Prior to coming to St. James, she was an early childhood developmental specialist in Little Rock and a teacher at TASD. Julianna grew up in Atlanta, and attended the University of Central Arkansas where she was a UCA Presidential Scholar, and worked as a Resident Assistant. She has two children attending St. James this year. As a teacher, she channels her creative energy into memorable and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for her students. In her spare time, Julianna enjoys reading, painting and graphic design. When outdoors, she enjoys travel and hiking.


Pat Wagy

fourth grade |

Pat Wagy is the senior teacher at St. James, having taught for 46 years, 34 of which have been at St. James. Pat’s goal is to help children develop a life-long love for learning in a happy and safe environment. She enjoys the freedom to teach, the family atmosphere and the wonderful people that are part of St. James.


Jennifer Jordan

fifth grade |

Jennifer Jordan is in her seventh year of teaching at St. James, currently as the fifth grade and Latin teacher. Jennifer grew up in Setauket, Long Island, whose claim to fame is that it was the home of George Washington’s spy ring during the Revolutionary War. Before discovering her passion for teaching, Jennifer practiced as an attorney. She was educated at Washington and Lee University, and the Catholic University of America. Jennifer’s daughters both attend St. James, one in the sixth grade and one in the third. As both a parent and a teacher, she appreciates the small Christian environment of St. James which focuses on and cares for the whole child. She is a Sustainer in the Junior League, a member of Texarkana Law Wives, and St. James’ Episcopal Church. Her interests outside of work include spending time with her family and friends, reading, walking and baking.


Susannah Joyce

sixth grade  |

Susannah Joyce has taught at St. James for six years, initially as third grade teacher, and for the past three years as sixth grade teacher. Her eldest daughter is graduate of the school, and her she currently has a daughter in sixth grade. Her husband too is a SJDS alum. A native of Texarkana, Susannah is a graduate of TCU, and worked in Human Resources before returning to school to earn her teacher certification. For Susannah, St. James is a place where the priority is on educating the whole child and fostering self-confidence and problem solving to be effective and successful people. Apart from work, Susannah plays tennis, travels and is involved in her children’s various activities.


Gale Malone

admin and teacher sub  |

Gale Malone has taught at St. James for 28 years. She has made wonderful friendships here throughout the years, and finds coming to work every day a true joy. Gale has held many positions at St. James; she currently has administrative duties and serves as teacher sub. Gale is a Texarkana native, and is certified in early childhood development. Watching children grow and develop their skills as they travel their educational journey is her greatest pleasure. Outside of work, Gale reads and listens to music. For many years she was in a ladies’ singing group.


Terrie Maxwell

spanish |

Terrie Maxwell is the Spanish teacher at St. James. Prior to coming here, she was a public school educator for 30 years, teaching Spanish, French and ESL. Terrie grew up in Texarkana and was educated at both the bachelor and Masters level Stephen F. Austin University, in addition to work at the University of Tyler and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Terrie finds the friendly, Christian atmosphere of St. James conducive to her vocation as a teacher. Outside of work, Terrie enjoys singing, reading and exploring antique shops and flea markets.


Melanie Tipton

Music |

Melanie Tipton is the music teacher St. James. She finds our students to be quite talented! Melanie grew up in Little Rock, and holds a BA in voice from Ouachita Baptist University and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to her arrival at St. James, Melanie was a professional singer, and taught in private and parochial schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.


Nicole Chatelain

Physical education |

Nicole Chatelain has taught Physical Education at St. James Day School for 14 years. Her son Jon is a fifth grade student at the school. Nicole is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University with studies in kinesiology and health. She is a certified heart first aid and CPR instructor. Nicole is also the director of the After School program, and co-director of Summer @ St James.


Sunny Wright

Art |

Sunny Wright  has been the art teacher at St. James for over 20 years. Her daughter, Jenny, is a 1994 graduate of the school. She has 40 years of study and teaching in oil painting, acrylic, pencil and pastel. Her formal education includes painting techniques of Renaissance Masters, and she has studied ways in which the visual arts can meet curricular goals. Sunny has been a featured artist and juror for several area art shows. Over the years, Sunny has been a member of the Four States Art Club, Irving Art Association, Artists and Craftsmen of Dallas, the Artists Regional Consortium and the Director of Fine Arts for the Four States Fair. She has been a Professional Artist for more than 30 years. Outside of work, Sunny spends time drawing, painting and enjoying her family.


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Maintenance Manager