School Administrator/Principal

Kimberly A. Koch

   Kim is beginning her 19th year at St. Mary's Academy, and her 7th year as our school administrator. Kim desires to “motivate our youth to become respectful, responsible citizens.” One of the reasons that Kim has enjoyed her job so much is because of the students and staff, especially “how closely we all work together.” 

   Kim received her Bachelors of Science in Education from Linfield College and a Masters of Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

   Kim and her husband Brian, a St. Mary’s alum have two children Ethan, a junior in high school and SMA alum, and Emma in 8th grade.


Development Director

Wendy L. Palmer

   Beginning her 12th year at St. Mary's Academy, Wendy works on many projects simultaneously. With the work of many volunteers, Wendy runs the Annual Appeal and oversee's the schools fundraisers, in addition to working with the St. Mary's Academy Foundation of The Dalles Board. “My job at St. Mary's is made easier and more interesting by the parents and their children. It is a wonderful community.”

   Wendy and her husband Bob have two children who are alumni of SMA: Jordan, a freshmen in college and Emily a freshmen in high school.



Pamela Bonham

   Pam begins her 10th year at St. Mary’s Academy. She moved to The Dalles to be closer to her family.

   Pam enjoys reading, gardening and being outdoors. She has three grown children; Jennifer and her husband Lethal and granddaughter Madilyn, Angela and her husband John, and Joe (stationed in Fort Lewis) and his wife Alison and three grandsons Anthony, Matthew and Jonathon and a granddaughter Emily.




Kelsey Sugg



Renee McCabe

   Renee celebrates her 9th year here at St. Mary’s Academy as our Pre-Kindergarten teacher.  Renee came to SMA with many years of experience teaching pre-school in The Dalles.

   Renee and her husband Dale have two children; Austin, and McKenzie who is a sophomore in college.



Jody Brace

   Jody begins her 12th year at St. Mary’s Academy as our kindergarten teacher.

  Jody graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University and received her Master’s Degree from Portland State University.  Jody enjoys working with the kindergarteners because they are so curious and eager to learn.

   In her spare time, Jody enjoys reading, baking, biking, kayaking and spending time with her husband Dan and two daughters, Josie, who is in kindergarten at St. Mary's, and younger sister Brandi.


First Grade

Libby Ballinger

   Libby is beginning her 30th year as the first grade teacher at St. Mary’s.  She appreciates teaching within a philosophy that nurtures the whole person – child and adult – spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually and artistically.

  Libby has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Oregon State University and many hours of graduate study in Early Childhood Education.  She enjoys all areas of the early childhood curriculum; however, helping young children become readers and writers is her special love.

   In her spare time Libby enjoys rug hooking, quilting, knitting, reading and Mahjong.  She and her husband, Jim (a St. Mary’s alum), have one son, Peter (also a St. Mary’s alum).


Third/Second Grade

Joan North

   Joan begins her 6th year at St. Mary's Academy. As a mother, Joan says, "Teaching a class of students is often easier than mothering seven."

   Joan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and received her Bachelors of Science from Utah State University in Nutrition Education.  After teaching for one year, she returned to Utah State University to work on her Masters.

   Joan and her husband Mike have seven children ages 20 to 33.  Joan loves reading, cleaning, outdoor activities, and all sports, especially football.


Fourth Grade

Mary Sallee

   Mary begins her 5th year as our fourth grade teacher.  She feels that it is an honor to be an educator and is thrilled with the opportunity to be part of the SMA Family.  Mary enjoys all the subjects she teaches, but she  particularly enjoys teaching about the Oregon Trail.

   Mary received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Oregon State University in 2005. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum Design in 2010.

   Mary and her husband have a daughter, Alexa, who is in kindergarten at St. Mary'as and a son Jacob. When she is not at school, you will most often find her in her garden or reading a good book.


Fifth Grade

Beverly Annala





Language Arts / Math

Carrie Seitz

   Carrie is the Language Arts teacher for the middle school.  This year, Carrie’s teaching goals include improving “reading, writing, and speaking skills for all of my students; and to make sure that my classroom is an environment conducive to learning.”  Her favorite reasons for teaching at SMA include the great kids, small classes, and wonderful staff; this is Carrie’s sixteenth year teaching at SMA.  

   Carrie holds a Bachelors of Arts in English and a Masters in Teaching.  Both from Eastern Oregon University. 

  In her spare time, Carrie enjoys reading, baking, fishing, and hiking with her family. 


Social Studies / Math

Cynthia Caudill



Science / Math

Greg Johnson




Lorraine Consoliver




Lisa Garcia




Pre-School Aide

Brittny Smith


Julie Dosier

   Julie begins her third year as the PK Aide and is looking forward to another wonderful year with Mrs. McCabe and the students in the pre-kindergarten class.

   Julie was born and raised in The Dalles and is an alumna of St. Mary's Academy.  She has a background in healthcare and has been volunteering her time at SMA and St. Peter Catholic Church for many years.

   Julie and her husband Jack have two daughters, Ruby, an SMA Alum and sohomore in high school and Audra who is in the 8th grade at SMA.


Kindergarten Aide

Jeanne Garrett

   Jeanne has been at SMA for 18 years now.  She has previously worked in After School Care and been a teacher’s aide.  Jeanne is a St. Mary’s Alum and all five of her children attended SMA.  She believes the values taught at St. Mary's have been an important foundation for all of them.

   Jeanne and her husband Steve enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.





Kristy Hloucha

   Kristy has been at SMA for 15 years, and begins her 9th year as the Director of our After School Care Program.  Kristy loves watching the children grow.  She says, “It’s very rewarding to see a child who has finally conquered a challenge that they have been working on.” The smile on their faces is worth everything to her and brings a lot of love into her heart.  Making a difference in a child’s life makes teaching worth it to Kristy.



Paula Daggett



Jim Ballinger

   Jim begins his 4th year at SMA in environmental services.  We are very happy to have Jim on our staff.

   Jim, an SMA alum, is the husband of our first grade teacher Libby Ballinger.  They have one son, Peter, who is also an alum of St. Mary's Academy.