Where Tradition & Innovation Unite

Middle School

Mary Blanchard  mblanchard@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 6 - 7

I am a Georgia Peach by birth, a Tarheel due to my Father's occupational move during childhood, and a GAMECOCK by choice! Married to Teddy in 1978, we have raised wonderful children, Trey (Megan), Stewart, and Sally. All three went to Christ Our King-Stella Maris and Bishop England like their daddy and aunts. Then, all three chose to become Gamecocks!

I graduated from Carolina, received a Masters in Reading from the Citadel, and earned an endorsement in Gifted and Talented at the College of Charleston. I earned my National Board in 2001 with the understanding I would retire in 2011. In 2011, I realized I am too young to retire! I love teaching and just do not want to quit! I landed my first teaching assignment in December, 1976 at Cainhoy Elementary/High School and have been at Christ Our King-StellaMaris since 2012.

In my free time, I read and ride my horse, Hawk. I love to sit outside and enjoy nature. When I grow up, I want to be a wildlife photographer. I received a "real" camera for Christmas several years ago and have been taking pictures of animals in nature. Go Gamecocks!

Kelsey Davis

kdavis@coksm.org 

6th, 7th and 8th grade Math (Math 1, Math 2, Pre-Algebra)

I am originally from Centerville, Ohio and received my bachelor's degree in Education from Elon University. I taught in Costa Rica for a year before moving to Chicago to complete graduate work in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language at DePaul University. After teaching math in Chicago for six years, I am thrilled to join the COKSM community as a middle school math teacher. I am passionate about helping students develop confidence in their math abilities.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, reading, volunteering, practicing Spanish and spending time with family and friends.

Sandy Bruno  sbruno@coksm.org

 

Currently, I am Teaching Social Studies  primarily to all of the 8th grade and a class of 7th graders'.

I began my teaching career in '71 the same year I married my husband and after taking a few years off to raise our children, I have continued in the teaching field all the while  increasing my own education.

Although instructing your children in Social Studies is my first job, I am also the Adviser to the Student Council, the Morning News Announcements, Co-producer of the Talent Show, Veterans' Day Program, the COKSM Spelling Bee, Co-producer of the Christmas Show, the GEO BEE, The Lowcountry Diocesan Spelling Bee, the Passion of Our Lord Presentation, the Back Stage Manager of the Spring Musical, and the 8th Grade Graduation.

Kevin Egan  kegan@coksm.org

 

Grades: 7 - 8

I absolutely love Spanish! Ever since I served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, Central America I have not been able to put aside my love for this language. This service gave me the opportunity to use my Spanish and fall in love with the Nicaraguan people and its rich culture. I can truly say that learning another language is like living two lives in one! How many people do you know that can really say that?

My mission as a Spanish teacher is to teach the importance of Spanish to my students.  Learning the culture, language, and grammar topics in Spanish class will set them up for a life filled with success in business, travel, and endless experiences that will bring them much joy and a new perspective on life.   

I am a native of Mount Pleasant. I really thank God for growing up in such a nice community. I have found memories playing sports, going to Stella Maris church, and enjoying the many experiences the lowcountry has to offer.  Additionally, I also had the good fortune of studying business and Spanish at the University of South Carolina. In my spare time I enjoy visiting my family and eating food.  I also enjoy going to yard sales, goodwill, and other places where you can find great deals.

Anna Harvey  aharvey@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 6 - 7

My name is Anna Harvey. This year I will be teaching middle school math. I am very excited to get this school year started. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I have always been, and will always be, a huge UNC fan. I attended UNC, where I received a bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Education, with a focus in Math and English. I taught in Durham, NC before moving down to Charleston in 2014, as my husband is in medical school at MUSC. Teaching is my passion - I love working with students as we struggle through academia and life together. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store!

Amy Hoyt  AHoyt@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 7 - 8

Amy Hoyt is a Religion and English educator in Charleston, South Carolina.  She received her undergraduate and masters degree from the University of Georgia and has post graduate work from Rice University.  After many years of instructing English to adults in universities from Houston to Europe, Mrs. Hoyt is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade religion at Christ Our King-Stella Maris and is honored to do so.  A member of Stella Maris Parish, Mrs. Hoyt is a blessed wife of husband, Nathaniel, and very lucky mother to four children.

Enrique Hurtado  EHurtado@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 6 - 7

I am very happy to become a member of the Christ Our King-Stella Maris family. I am also very excited to be teaching 6th and 7th grade Religion.  I love my Catholic Faith and it is a great privilege for me to be teaching it to my students this year.

My wife, Debby Hurtado, and I moved to Charleston in 2012 from New Jersey.  For her, it was coming back to the beloved place she grew up.  On July 2015, we finalized the adoption of our children Eddie (8years old) and Ramon (7years old). We live in the Mount Pleasant area and We are happy to call it home.

Ben Leach  bleach@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 7 - 8

I absolutely love science.  Ever since I lived in Florida and saw a space shuttle launch, I knew I would stay with it.  I moved to South Carolina my senior year of high school and went to Bishop England.  I graduated and was accepted into Clemson University (GO TIGERS!!!).  I received a B.A. in biology and a B.A. in Science Teaching.  I first taught and substituted at Walhalla High School in Oconee County.  I taught biology, anatomy, and physics.  I then moved back down to the lowcountry and taught biology at Summerville High School.  This year I am teaching 7th and 8th grade science.  Christ Our King is a wonderful school, and I cannot wait to teach.  

 

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, working out, doing martial arts, visiting my family, and swing dancing with my girlfriend.

Katie Lindberg  klindberg@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 7 - 8

This is my first year at Christ Our King-Stella Maris, and I am so excited to be here! I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Language A, and I will also have a 7th grade homeroom. I am a proud Charleston native, and I attended Catholic school for 12 years. My family says that Catholic school runs in our blood! I graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education and a minor in Psychology. For the past year, I was at Moultrie Middle School completing an internship in a 6th grade English Language Arts classroom and serving as a long-term substitute in a 7th grade English Language Arts classroom.

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. Teaching at a Catholic school has always been my passion: my goal is to be a positive role model for my students and help them achieve their goals both inside and outside of the classroom. Middle school years can be challenging and I hope to be a source of support and care.

In my spare time, I’m an avid baseball fan, rookie chef, beach bum, and enthusiastic Zumba attendee.

Kathryn Schertz  kschertz@coksm.org

 

Grades Taught: 7 - 8

I have been teaching at COKSM since 20008 and a parent in the school community since 2000. Prior to teaching at COKSM, I taught at Wando High School for a few years.

 

I am a high school certified mathematics teacher earning my bachelors in Mathematics from Indiana University with a certification to teach secondary mathematics. In May of 2013 I graduated from College of Charleston with a Masters in Education.

 

My philosophy of teaching is made by the following points:

•    Be an example of God and church values to my students.

•    Each student is offered an equal opportunity to learn.

•    Be accessible to help, mentor, teach students throughout the school year.

•    Teach in a diverse fashion to help all types of learners.

•    Be positive to all students. Forgive students who have had a bad day and continually try to reach those who seem distant.

•    Value diversity and respect individual differences.

•    Be compassionate about what I teach and to whom I teach.

•    Speedily and effectively evaluate student’s work to give them feedback to learn and to grow in knowledge.

 

I also help with the Archery Club and Math Club.

Rosita Navarro Torres

rtorres@coksm.org

 

6&7 Spanish

After graduating from The Citadel in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish, I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico where I received my TEFL certification and taught 5th & 6th grade at a bilingual school. I returned to Charleston in 2008, where I began teaching Spanish at The Charleston Catholic School and at Christ  Our King-Stella Maris School a year later.

In 2015, I got married and became Señora Torres.

I am very thankful for the opportunity to share my love of the Spanish language and culture with the students at COKSM. It is my goal to create an environment that not only challenges students, but engages them and encourages them to think globally. I hope to provide the skills, information and experiences necessary to become a successful foreign language student in middle school and beyond. I understand that each student learns in a different way, so I make every effort to incorporate those different learning styles in my lessons and activities. Above all, I want my students to see Christ in me and in my classroom.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family & friends, going to the beach, painting, running and traveling.  So far, I've had the incredible  opportunity to spend time doing missions work or traveling around the US, Burundi, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, México and Ireland.

Catherine Marret

cmarret@coksm.org

Humanities

My family moved to Mount Pleasant, SC when I was 5, where I attended Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, then Bishop England High School. After graduating in 2003, I moved on to Clemson University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, with a minor in History in 2006. After a couple years of unsatisfying jobs, I decided to become a teacher, and I attended The Citadel Graduate School, eventually earning my Master of Arts in Teaching. I've been teaching full-time since 2011. Most recently I taught for 3 years in Bangkok, Thailand, at the American School of Bangkok, an treasured experience that I hope to bring into my classroom this year and forward.

I currently live on James Island with husband, who is the 2nd grade teacher at The Cooper School in West Ashley. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, reading, and spending time outside.

Diocesan Standards

High School Credit Courses

Algebra 1

Geometry & Geometry (Honors) 

Spanish 1

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