Ss. Simon & Jude School

Junior High: 7th & 8th Grade

kellingMrs. Sue Kelling

Mrs. Sue Kelling began teaching at Ss. Simon and Jude in 2002. She has been teaching middle school mathematics since 1987. One of her favorite memories is that of the Loreto Sisters performing at the auctions (Priceless!!). She says, “I have many daily special moments at SSJ, and I am blessed.”

image16Mrs. Mary Sue Palazzolo

Mrs. Mary Sue Palazzolo has taught in Catholic grammar schools and high schools in Chicago and Phoenix and has taught at SSJ since 1999. She teaches 7th and 8th grade Literature, 8th grade Public Speaking, and is also the Director of our annual Spring Musical, which showcases some of our awesome talent here at SSJ! For the past two summers, Mary Sue has travelled to the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City to take classes taught by Broadway directors, choreographers, and other artists. Mary Sue has her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Education and has recently completed 18 graduate credits from the University of Notre Dame which earned her an English as a Second Language endorsement in Arizona.


Mrs. Linda Fischetti

Mrs. Linda Fischetti has been teaching at SSJ since 2001. She says, “I began my teaching career in 1984 as a high school teacher and school campus minister. During the time my children were small, I was home and stayed active in this wonderful vocation helping with Confirmation preparation through youth ministry, assisting in Religious Education, and even spent a few years teaching adults to use desktop computers. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Psychology, and a post-baccalaureate in Elementary Education. I love teaching at SSJ and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I am continuously in awe that we get to share our faith on a daily basis, pray together, and celebrate the Eucharist as a community.”

image17Mrs. Martha Womeldorph

Mrs. Martha Womeldorph, a Phoenix native and graduate of Xavier High School, joined the SSJ staff in the Fall of 2012.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Art in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.  Martha has taught English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels in both Catholic and public schools in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado.  “I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach in this exceptional Catholic community!”


Mrs. Sally O’Neill Pisciotta

Mrs. Sally O’Neill-Pisciotta holds a degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and taught at the high school level for eleven years before joining the junior high team at Saints Simon and Jude in 1999. She teaches both 6th and 7th grade religion, is the Liturgy coordinator and provides resource assistance for many students throughout SSJ. “I love the Loreto Sisters and look to them as true examples of Christ’s work here on earth.”

hillMrs. Maureen Hill

Mrs. Maureen Hill has been teaching in the Diocese of Phoenix since 1995, and began teaching at SSJ in 1998. She is currently the seventh and eighth grade science teacher, as well as the Science Curriculum Committee Chairperson. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in ‘05, and is a member of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), ASTA (Arizona Science Teachers Association), and AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Using the new state-of-the-art science labs, Mrs. Hill strives to allow students the opportunity to experience valid success related to science, and enable them to enter high school with an open mind related to their interest in and the possibility of pursuing a science-related career. She says, “Science is everywhere and should be experienced, not simply studied in a classroom or read in a textbook.”


  • First and Second Grade Buddies
  • Debates
  • Science Fair
  • 7th Grade Passion – Reader’s Theater
  • 8th Grade Christmas Pageant
  • Trip to the Channel Islands
  • Decade Presentations
  • 8th Grade Living Stations of the Cross
  • School Sports
  • Student Council
  • Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge