Faculty and Staff
St. James' faculty is the heart and soul of the school! Teachers are more than employees; they are family to each other and to their students. The bottom line of success in any school is the teacher in the classroom, and St. James is proud to boast the best in Texas!
Cheryl Brown, B.S., California State U.
Head of School
Cheryl Brown, appointed Head of School by the Board of Trustees for the 2014-15 school year, was very excited for the opportunity to move the School forward while preserving the great traditions that have been the foundation of St. James Day School for over sixty-five years. Cheryl is not new to St. James. She was hired as CEO of the school in 2010, and has been instrumental in the success of the School's sound financial state. Daughter, Kendyl, is a St. James graduate, and Mrs. Brown served many years as Business Manager while her daughter was in school.
Ms. Brown's belief that organizations must make every decision based on their mission, ensures that St. James will continue and thrive in "educating students in a safe and nurturing Christian environment that instills high intellect, character, and compassion, while challenging them academically, physically, and spiritually to achieve their highest potential as confident individuals and future leaders." She is an astute businesswoman, possesses strong work ethics, and has an unbending belief in the Christian values which make the strong foundation for Episcopal schools nationwide. St. James is fortunate to have such passionate and strong leadership in the person of Ms. Brown as it moves into the future for the children of the four-states area.
Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Traci Anderson has served as Director of Curriculum and Assessments at St James since 2014. She has, however, been part of the Spartan family for over over a decade as all three of her children are SJDS graduates. Before her current appointment, Traci was a learning specialist at St James for four years. Prior to coming to our school, Traci was Clinical Director of the Therapeutic Intervention Learning Center and Coordinator of Behavioral Interventions at Texarkana Independent School District. She is Orton-Gillingham certified and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Over her career, Traci has worked for government agencies and residential facilities, as well as in both public and private educational settings. Traci is passionately committed to educating the whole child in a developmentally appropriate way that respects the unique strengths of each student.
Keri Pompella, B.S. TAMUT
Our new Administrative Assistant is a lifetime resident of Texarkana. Keri attended Pleasant Grove schools during her younger years, and is a 1982 graduate of Texas High School. She earned an Associate degree from Texarkana College and her Bachelor of Arts degree from TAMUT. While being a stay-at-home mom during her children’s growing up years, she became a lifetime member of the Girls Scouts of America. Scouting became an integral part of her life helping her daughter, Stephanie Hutchinson, earn the Gold Award, and her son, Dr. Robert Pompella, earn his Eagle Scout Award. She and husband Robert live in the Liberty Eyleau community and are members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Keri is excited about starting her life’s next adventure as a vital part of the St. James Day School family.
Susannah Joyce, B.S., T.C.U.
Susannah Joyce began her teaching career in St. James' third grade, and in 2015, took over the most important 6th grade position. A Texarkana native and graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, Ms. Joyce continued…
Jennifer Jordan, B.A. Washington & Lee; M.L.S., Catholic U. of America; J.D. Catholic U. of America
5th Grade; Middle School Latin
Salvete! (That's Latin for "hello!") This is Mrs. Jordan's sixth year to teach Latin to St. James middle school students! The School was thrilled when we could add that staple back in our curriculum thanks…
Pat Wagy, B.S. Southern Illinois Univ.
Pat Wagy, an Illinois native, earned her B.S. in Education at Southern Illinois University—Carbondale, and taught in Central City, Illinois, Tallahassee, Florida, Rockmart, Georgia, and Rome, Georgia before moving to Texas. Her dedication to St.…
Joy Sandefur, B.S. Ed, TAMU-T
A native of Texarkana, Joy Sandefur earned her B.S.Ed from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. After teaching a second section of Kindergarten last year, Joy has been promoted to FIRST GRADE! Joy is passionate about whole-child education…
Julianna Bowen, B.S.E., UCA
Julianna Bowen is an honor graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, a Presidential Scholar for six semesters, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She believes in St. James' philosophy of…
Sarah Romano, B.S.Ed, TAMU-T
Texarkana native Sarah Romano earned her B.S.Ed and taught at Williams School before joining the ranks at St. James as a second grade teacher in 2014. Sarah loves integrating art and technology into her lessons.…
Sarah Kyles, BAAS, TAMU-T, Orton-Gillingham Certification
Sarah Kyles made herself invaluable to the St. James community as well as our faculty during her first year of teaching! We can hardly wait to see what's in store for our kindergarten classes this…
Primary I - 3 Day Program
After a couple of year away from the pre-school classroom, Diane missed it so much that SHE IS BACK! And St. James is so much the better for her return. Diane taught our three-year-olds for…
Lisa Norton, B.F.A., Trinity University; graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School Theater, NYC
Lisa Norton earned her BFA in speech and drama from Trinity University with a minor in education. She is also a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School Theater, NYC ( a two-year Professional Acting Conservatory).…
Tracy Jones - AA from Texarkana College. BAAS from Texas A&M University - Texarkana
Tracy Jones began her career at St. James Day School in the fall of 2010. She moved from her position as a PreK assistant teacher to her own classroom of young three's in 2012. This…
Claire Gordon, B.S., M.S., TAMU-T
Claire Gordon began her teaching career at St. James in 2013. Before joining our faculty, Claire worked for seven years at a daycare while earning her bachelors degree in history, a masters degree in curriculum…
Recepción! St. James has a new Spanish teacher this year, but one who has taught Spanish in area schools for some time. Welcome to Terri Maxwell.
Ms. Tipton comes to St. James this year from St. Gabriel School in Louisville, Kentucky where she taught K through 8th grade music, directed the Liturgy Choir, Bell Choir, and Performance Choir, and introduced students…
Sunny Wright, Artist-in-Residence
Sunny Wright has been part of the St. James School family since 1987, when she and her husband, Ron, enrolled their daughter Jenny in the Kindergarten program. Her experiences as a St. James mother and…
Nicole Chatelain, B.S., S.A.U.
Nicole Chatelain was born and raised in Texarkana. She was a member of the 1992 graduating class of Arkansas High School and the 1998 graduating class of Southern Arkansas University. Nicole received her Bachelor's degree…
Gale was born and raised in Texarkana. She and husband, Donnie, are the proud parents of three wonderful children and the grandparents of a 2014 graduate of St. James Day School. She has worked at the school for over 25 years in many capacities—as a preschool teacher, a preschool aide, a lower school aide, a middle school aide, and now a floating teacher and administrative aide. She has a certification in child developmental evaluation. Her passion is watching her students grow and mature from the preschool program to sixth grade graduation and beyond.