New Faces at Tolton Catholic


DeaconJoyceDeacon Dan Joyce — President

Deacon Joyce serves as the Interim President at Tolton Catholic. A product of both Catholic elementary and high school in St. Louis, Deacon Joyce received his BA in Journalism from Marquette, and then his Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University School of Law. He moved to Jefferson City in 1979 and worked for 32 years in various government policy and management positions as an attorney and administrator, with stints at the Missouri Office of Administration, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Department of Social Services, and the Missouri Public Service Commission. Most recently he served as the director of communications for the Diocese of Jefferson City. Deacon Joyce has been married for 39 years to the Hon. Patricia Joyce, who presently serves as a circuit judge in Cole County. They have five adult children and two grandchildren. He was ordained a deacon by the Most Rev. John R. Gaydos in 1999 and is currently assigned to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.  He is 4th Degree Member of Knights of Columbus in Jefferson City as well as a board member of El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City. Deacon Joyce is also a lifelong Cardinals fan.


GwennRoche-webMrs. Gwenn Roche — Principal

Mrs. Roche has been involved in Catholic education for over 20 years, as a teacher or administrator in Missouri and Illinois.  She received a BA in Business Communications and Elementary Education Certification from Avila University.  She earned an MA in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Mrs. Roche enjoys spending time with her family in Kansas City, and is excited to join the Tolton Catholic community.


MossMr. Allen Moss — Music Teacher

Allen Moss joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in the summer of 2018. Allen earned his degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Here at Tolton he teaches band, choir and guitar. Outside of school he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing music and reading.


WittenburgMs. Erika Wittenburg – Math Teacher

Erika Wittenburg teaches Algebra I, Geometry, and Statistics. Before joining Fr. Tolton, she taught at West Ouachita (pronounced “wash-ih-taw”) High School in Calhoun, Louisiana.  She received her BS in Secondary Math Education from Louisiana Tech University.  In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, reading, playing and watching soccer, and singing in her church’s choir.  She got engaged this past March and will be getting married in April 2019.


WrightMs. Stacey Wright – Social Studies and English Teacher

Stacey Wright will be teaching AP US History, World Geography and British Literature in her first year at Tolton Catholic. Previously, she taught English in the Ft. Worth Texas Independent School District as well as Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes in the Columbia School District. Teaching is a second career for Ms. Wright.  Before that, she was a business and technology consultant and owned her own consulting company. She receiver her BS in Public Relations/Communications from the University of Central Missouri, and also studied Intercultural Studies at the University of Vaxjo in Sweden. Ms. Wright is a Columbia native and moved back this year to be closer to her family including her 22-year-old daughter Madeline. She is excited to teach in a faith-based environment!

 

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