St. James Episcopal School Staff
School Director, Shelley Miller
Shelley E. Miller comes to St. James Episcopal School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Alabama. Shelley has taught in parochial and independent schools for 21 years, teaching pre-k through second grade. She has also served as Director of Children’s Education and served in numerous leadership capacities. Click Mrs. Miller's image to email her.
2.5-Year-Olds Class Teacher, Nancy Astralaga
Mrs. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Mrs. Nancy has taught preschool for eight years and resides in Fairhope with her husband, Doug, and her two children, Jacob and Mia. Click Mrs. Astralaga's photo to email her.
Three-Year-Old Class Teacher, Ryan Klarman
Fairhope native Ryan Goddard Klarman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Ryan graduated in 2008 and started her teaching career right away at the Episcopal Day School in Pensacola, FL. Click Mrs. Klarman's image to email her.
Three-Year-Old Class Teacher, Sarah Ford
Sarah Ford attended Auburn University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She then received a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Alabama. Sarah is very excited to be a part of the St. James Episcopal School, and the wonderful year of learning ahead! It is her true passion to work with little ones, and she considers it a privilege to invest in children. She loves to see their sweet faces light up as they grow and learn new things every day. Sarah has taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in the Baldwin County Public School System. She also had the amazing opportunity to do her teaching internship in Australia.
Sarah grew up in Fairhope, and has been a member of St. James Episcopal Church since childhood. She and her husband live in Fairhope, and they have a 2-year-old daughter. In her spare time, Sarah loves to be outdoors, go on family bike rides, walks by the bay with their goldendoodle, the beach and reading.
Four-Year-Old Class Teacher, Chasta Ortstadt
Chasta Ortstadt is a resident of Fairhope. She has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Booneville, MS. Chasta has 18 years of teaching experience working with 4 and 5-year-olds. She is passionate about her role as a teacher at St. James Episcopal School and is excited to be working in our program. Click Mrs. Ortstadt's image to email her.
Kindergarten Class Teacher, Anna Ready
Anna Ready is from our beautiful town of Fairhope. She has a Master of Elementary Education, which she received from the University of South Alabama in 2011. She has taught at Fairhope and Foley Elementary Schools, and is so excited to now teach Kindergarten at the St. James Episcopal School!
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Tabitha Gelarden is a teacher assistant and office assistant at St. James Episcopal School.
Lisa Lanier Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama and is a teacher assistant in Mrs. Ryan Klarman's class this year.
Caroline Jackson is a resident of Fairhope. She has a Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from The University of South Alabama. She has been going to St. James Episcopal Church for fourteen years, where she has enjoyed volunteering as a Vacation Bible school helper. She is passionate about being with children and helping mold their futures. She is excited about being a teacher assistant in Mrs. Sarah Ford's class this year.
Lucy Moore is a teacher assistant for Ms. Chasta Ortstadt's class at St. James Episcopal School.
Michelle Hamel has an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and is an afternoon teacher assistant at St. James Episcopal School.
Assistant PreK2/Afternoon Care
Veronica Valero is originally from Mexico. She has a BA in teaching languages (English/Spanish) from La Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro in Mexico. During her experience teaching, she has had the opportunity to teach throughout Baldwin County and through the Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation (FEEF). Veronica has taught Spanish to children from as young as two years old to the high school level. She is looking forward to sharing her love for languages with our children!
Music and Movement
Shelli Saleeb is a RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher) with the Yoga Alliance. Shelli grew up in New Mexico and later moved to Destin, FL. She and her husband moved to Fairhope in 1999. Shelli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science and an Associate’s in Culinary Arts.
She is a registered KAY Kids Yoga Instructor and completed the Kidding Around Yoga teacher training in January 2018, as well as an 8-hour PreKay continuing education course through Kidding Around Yoga, which focused on yoga for babies and 4-year-old children.
At St. James Episcopal Church, the Director of Christian Formation, Anne McEniry, leads the children in Godly Play. According to the founder of Godly Play, Jerome Berryman, children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.