Sister Mary Jo Mike, OSF

I believe that what makes Nativity BVM School so special is the family atmosphere that we encourage and experience each day. Our pastor, faculty and staff work together with the parents and families to respond to the needs of each child in the best way possible. Older children look out for younger children and see this as both a privilege and a responsibility. At Nativity, we believe in educating the whole child…mind, body and spirit.

Pre-Kindergarten 3, Teacher
Jackie Murphy Ms. Jackie Murphy

I am a native of Biloxi.  I have worked at Nativity BVM Elementary for 20 years. My first three years were spent as an Assistant Teacher, and for the past 17 years I have been the Lead Teacher in Pre K-3. I have also worked Afterschool Care for the past two years and most recently enjoyed spending this past summer with our Nativity Summer Saints. I have one son, Nicholas, who also attended Nativity BVM Elementary. He is married to Courtney and they have a brand new baby, Harrison, whom I love to spoil! I love the little ones, it is their first experience in a school setting and their minds are like sponges. Watching their eyes light up when they finally understand something is truly a delight. Their sweet hugs and “I Love You’s” are the highlight of my day.


Pre-Kindergarten 3, Assistant/Office/Tutoring
Kim Audo Mrs. Kim Audo

I am a  native of Biloxi, I  graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received a Masters in Education from William Carey College.  I  joined the Nativity Teaching Team in 1995 with the opening of our Preschool.  I have also taught kindergarten at Nativity and am  currently working with Pre K-3 in the morning and helping out in the office in the afternoon.  I am married to Michael Audo and have three children Miya, Madison and Michael who all also attended Nativity BVM Elementary.  My favorite thing about my job here at Nativity is watching the littlest Saints as they grow!

Pre-Kindergarten 4 Teacher
Marie Papale Mrs. Marie Papale


Pre-Kindergarten 4 Assistant
Lorena Fulton Mrs. Lorena Fulton

My name is Lorena Fulton and I work at Nativity BVM School as the pre-k 4 assistant teacher. I also teach extracurricular Spanish classes. I enjoy working at Nativity BVM because I love the children. I am a member of Nativity BVM Cathedral Parish since the year 2001. I live with my husband, Gary, two sons, Troy & Trent, my mother, Marie and our pet, Sasha.


Kindergarten Teacher
Lehwmon Skrmetti Mrs. Lehwmon Skrmetti

Mrs. Lehwmon Ross Skrmetti, a native Biloxian, has taught kindergarten at Nativity BVM School since 1990, after teaching 2nd grade for more than 5 years in Dickinson, TX. Mrs. Skrmetti, a graduate of Biloxi High School, earned an Association degree from Mississippi gulf Coast Junior College, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, K-8, with a reading endorsement and a Master of Science in Early Education, with a kindergarten endorsement, both from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. During her high school and college years, she worked with young children at multiple day care centers. She and her husband, members of Nativity BVM Cathedral Parish, are the proud parents of three sons, all of whom attended Nativity BVM School, and have two grandchildren.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Dr. Seuss


Kindergarten Assistant
Bonnie Fountain


Grade 1 Teacher
Naomi Foster

Mrs. Naomi Foster

I have worked at Nativity BVM School for the past 5 years. I came on as the pre-k 4 teacher, then moved to 2nd grade and will teach 1st grade starting in the 2017/2018 school year. I enjoy working at Nativity BVM School because we teach the whole child and we live our Catholic faith each day. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and I am a member of Nativity BVM Church. I live with my husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and cat. Teaching at Nativity is a dream come true for me! I attended Nativity BVM as a child and sent my boys here. Nativity school is truly a family where we support each other and embrace our Catholic faith.

Grade 1 Assistant
 Jen Byers Mrs. Jen Byers

Grade 2 Teacher
Hayley Langford
 Mrs. Hayley Langford

I am a native of Biloxi and much of my life has centered around Nativity BVM School. In addition to attending Nativity BVM for 7 years, my mother is Mrs. Kavanagh, the sixth grade teacher, and my Aunt is Mrs. Skrmetti, the kindergarten teacher. I am a graduate of Biloxi High School and the University of Southern Mississippi, where I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I began working part time at Nativity BVM in 2005 in the after school program. I was the kindergarten aide for two years as I finished my student teaching requirements. I then moved onto teaching full time in my own classroom in 2016 as the 5th grade teacher. I will move to the 2nd grade classroom for the 2017/2018 school year. I spend most of my time with my husband, Ryan, and our child. We cannot wait until our little one becomes a Nativity Saint in a few years! I love being able to give back to the school that I love by teaching here now.

Grade 2 and 3 Assistant

Caitlin Guierrez

Grade 3 Teacher
Cheryl Gruich Ms. Cheryl Gruich

I work at Nativity BVM School as the 3rd grade teacher and have worked here for 9 years. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business/Marketing and Certification in K-8 from the University of Southern Mississippi. I am also a National Board Certified teacher. I am a member of Nativity BVM Cathedral Parish and involved with St. Vincent de Paul. I love to travel and cook and I share those experience with my students. I am so privileged to be teaching in such a faith filled and academic environment. I am also so blessed that 3 of my 4 grandchildren go to school at Nativity BVM where I know they are loved, taught well and instilled with confidence and faith in God.


 Grade 4 Teacher
Mrs. NiCole Talley




Grade 4 Assistant

 Sara Michel
Grade 5 Teacher
Mrs. Kimberly Lyons

I am so very blessed to be joining the Nativity family. I am a graduate of Mercy Cross High School Class of 1996, where I began my teaching career in 2004. It feels so good to be back in Catholic education.

I received my bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and my master’s degree from William Carey University.

I am so excited to be teaching fifth grade and look forward to contributing my love of our faith to the children of Nativity BVM.

Grade 6 Teacher
Colleen Kavanagh Mrs. Colleen Kavanagh


Physical Education
Chere Stevenson Mrs. Chere Stevenson


Library & Media
Kelly Pennell Mrs. Kelly Pennell

I came to Nativity in 2011, after retiring from the Biloxi Public School District. I have formerly taught science, physical education and coached girls’ basketball and track at the junior high level. I am a native of Biloxi and I attended Biloxi Public Schools.  After attending MS Gulf Coast Community College and Delta State University, I earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.I believe, as most of us realize, that the ability to read well is the most important skill that our children must master.  It is not only a necessary component that will enable them to do well in school, but also, serves as a stepping stone that will continue to make them successful in their adult life. Research tells us that good readers can develop vital language skills, can improve their eye-hand coordination, and can enhance their social skills.  I like to quote a friend of mine who said, “The more you read; the better you read.”I have been married to a wonderful man for over thirty years and we are blesses with a daughter and a son.  I enjoy reading, listening to music, being outdoors; and I love water activities such as fishing and snorkeling.

Learning Resource
Ms. Patti Thompson

I have been a Special Education teacher at Nativity BVM since January 2017. Prior to coming to Nativity BVM, I worked in the public schools for 17 years where I taught special education and math. I have enjoyed my time at Nativity BVM.  I especially enjoy that the school is faith based . I find great comfort in starting every morning in prayer.  Even though I am a United Methodist, I find the Mass very inspirational and rejuvenating. The great family environment and involvement makes working here very enjoyable. I earned my Bachelor of Science from Belhaven University in Jackson and received my Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

My husband and I live in Biloxi with our daughter and granddaughter along with our four legged children Buddy and Charlie. My oldest daughter and her husband live in Ocean Springs along with our two grandsons.


 Zina Puzz
 Choir/Liturgical Music
Terry Maddox
 School Band/Violin
Bruce Garner/Dr. Tim Bergman
Cafeteria Mrs. Lois Kostmayer

I have been at Nativity BVM for 32 years.   I am married to Harry Kostmayer and we have four children and 11 grandchildren.   We presently have two granddaughters attending Nativity.  In the 32 plus years I have been here at Nativity I have worked in the lunch room as well as the After School Program. I have always enjoyed the atmosphere here at Nativity and love being able to be around the children.


Mrs. Martha Montiforte

I had the pleasure of returning to Nativity BVM Schools’ Nutrition Program after a 20 some yr. absence. I have 37 years’ experience in Child Nutrition and began that career here at Nativity in 1978 as a cafeteria cook, a job that allowed me to be home when my children got home from school. I have two children. Richard Jr. is married and has 2 sons. Mandy is also married and has a girl and a boy.

I graduated from the University of Southern MS with a Bachelors’ Degree.   I worked in the public school arena for most of my career starting in Gulfport School District as Assistant to the Director of Child Nutrition. I was the Child Nutrition Director in Ocean Springs School District and the Child Nutrition Director in the Biloxi School District. I decided to wind down my career here at Nativity where it all started. I came back as Nativity’s Supervisor and Manager of the School Nutrition Program. I am on Contract with the State Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition as a Technical Advisor to smaller school districts in Mississippi.  I am also an instructor for the State Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition.   After all these years I am well-versed in feeding children! I decided to come back to the Nativity family because I find the atmosphere to be calming and family oriented. Over time our school has endured many ups and downs and through it all we are still at the top of the heap and I am glad I am a part of that heap!!!

Mrs. Patty Brady

Nativity has been my home now for 5 years. I am the mother of one son, Jarrod, who came to Nativity but is now in Biloxi Jr. High. I retired from the Boca Raton Police Department in Florida. I moved to Biloxi in 2003. I graduated from the Culinary School offered here in Biloxi several years back. I now work part-time with Nativity and I love being a part of Nativity School and all the good things our school does for our children and our community. What a great place to work!


Mrs. Cathy Creel

I have worked here at Nativity for two years now and just love the children! I was married to Kenny Creel, now deceased, and have two daughters and 3 grandchildren. I worked here in the Nativity cafeteria many years ago with Martha and Lois as well as at the Nativity Rectory. I spent most of my career in waitressing. I worked alongside of Sue Kostmayer at The Fisherman’s Wharf as well as the Isle of Capri. I am so happy to be a part of Nativity’s family.   It is so nice to come to work where the environment is happy and our children are so special!


Sue Kostmayer

I began working part-time at Nativity in the 2015-16 school year. I am married to Larry Kostmayer and we have 4 children and 18 grandchildren.   I have spent my career as a waitress in various restaurants in Biloxi, most notably The Fisherman’s Wharf. I have worked at the Isle of Capri as a Senior Slot Attendant.   It has been a blessing to be able to witness the family atmosphere here at Nativity. I love the children and being able to talk to them as they come through the serving line. Hopefully, I will have some influence on teaching children about healthy eating.

Cheryl Steinwinder Mrs. Cheryl Steinwinder

I am excited to say that I began volunteering at Nativity BVM School in the 2002-2003 school year! I was hired as the part-time office assistance beginning in 2009 and my role as secretary began in 2013. I am a native of Biloxi and a graduate of Biloxi High School. My husband Freddie and I have two wonderful children together, Blake and Rachel. They attended Nativity! It was a blessing to be a part of this faith filled environment especially  being with them during their time here as students! What a joy it is watching our precious little “Saints” grow from year to year!

School Nurse
Mrs. Keelin Cromar

I found Nativity BVM Elementary when I came on a house hunting trip in 2016. I met with Sister Mary Jo and decided Nativity would be a great place for my daughters to attend. My husband and I have moved around quite a bit, as he is in the Air Force. Biloxi is our 8th home in 15 years.

Nursing has been a wonderful, rewarding and very portable profession for me. I started my journey as a nurse in 2003 when I graduated with my BSN from the University of Northern Colorado. My main practice areas have been pediatrics, oncology, medical surgical and nursing education. I started teaching nursing in 2008 and received my Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2011. I love teaching others about health, wellness and self-care. I am excited to provide health education, care and comfort to your children. 


Alison Watts Mrs. Allison Watts

I began working at Nativity BVM School in the 2012-2013 school year. It has been such a blessing to be able to work where my children attend school. I have three children at Nativity, Lila Grace, James and Isabel.  I began my career in accounting at Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company in Biloxi. I worked with PWL for 6 years as a senior accountant before leaving to have more time with my children.

 Carver Image 2 Rev. Dennis Carver

I am very blessed to serve the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary community of faith in the role of rector.  It excites me to be part of a Catholic Faith legacy that stems back to 1843 yet continues to strive to provide a faith experience that is relevant to the twenty-first century.  I have the highest respect for the Office of Bishop made sacramentally manifest in his Cathedral Church.  As Tradition teaches us, made manifest in Sacred Scripture, it is the bishop who holds the fullness of the priesthood in which I, the regular priest, share.  Thus, my service as rector outwardly demonstrates my understanding of collaboration and the priestly pledge of obedience made on the day of my ordination.  Being a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I have a familial love for the Cathedral’s parishioners who live so well the multi-cultural sea-side values of South Mississippi.

I am a native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi who grew up in the solid faith of my parents and the community of Our Lady of the Gulf Parish.  My entire education is from Catholic Schools having attended St. Joseph’s Academy, Our Lady of the Gulf Elementary School, St. Stanislaus College, Loyola University, and Notre Dame Seminary.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, a Master’s Degree in Divinity, and post-graduate certification in Ignatian based Spiritual Direction.  I was admitted into the St. Stanislaus Hall of Fame in 2015.

I was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.  I have pastored Sacred Heart Church in Dedeaux and St. Paul Parish in Pass Christian.  With the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I became the founding pastor of Holy Family Parish which comprised the merged parishes of St. Paul and Our Lady of Lourdes in Pass Christian.  During this time, I served as the co-founding pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Long Beach, Mississippi.  I have assisted our three diocesan bishops in the work of Presbyteral Council membership, Vocations Director, membership on the Bishop’s Board of Consulters, Diocesan School Advisory Board, and Chair of the Priest Personnel Committee.  I have assisted Notre Dame Seminary in Spiritual Direction and I teach several classes for men in formation to the deaconate.

I give thanks to Almighty God for the gift of priesthood, delighting in sharing my service to the Lord with others.