Introducing the New Faculty and Staff of 2022-2023

Sr. Anna Maria Schreyer, O.P. – Grade 2 Teacher

Sr. Anna Maria grew up in Maryland, entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville after high school. She studied at Aquinas College and did a portion of her student teaching at St. Mary’s in Oak Ridge. After completing her degree at Aquinas, she traveled to Stillwater, MN where she taught 2nd Grade for 2 years. She has completed her Catechesis of the Good Shepherd training Level II. She is excited to be returning to St. Mary’s, and looks forward to the many graces the Lord has in store at SMS! 

Sr. Isabelle Marie – Grade 5 Teacher

Originally from London, England, Sr. Isabelle Marie moved to Nashville to enter the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. She first met the Sisters while studying biochemistry at university and soon afterward heard the Lord call her to give her life entirely to Him. She graduated from Aquinas College in Nashville with an M.A.T. in Elementary Education (K-5) and considers it an immense privilege to teach the Faith to children! Most recently, she taught 4th grade at Saint Rose of Lima in Murfreesboro, TN. In her free time, she enjoys the beauty of nature, being outdoors, traveling, and crocheting. 

Sister Maria Trinity Dagher, O.P.-7th Grade Homeroom, Middle School ELA & Religion

She is joining the middle school team to teach English Language Arts and Religion. She is very excited to be joining St. Mary’s School this fall! She is originally from Maryland, grew up in a loving Lebanese family with three sisters, and attended the University of Maryland, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. After rediscovering her faith in college through the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas, she met the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and entered the community in Nashville soon after graduation. While in the convent she completed graduate studies at Aquinas College with a master’s degree in secondary English education and taught English in both junior high and high school in Nashville. In coming to St. Mary’s School, she is most looking forward to getting to know the faculty, staff, students, and families of this wonderful community. She shared the following with me: “It is an honor to be welcomed into the beautiful heritage of St. Mary’s and to join in the mission of forming the next generation of saints! Please know of my prayers for each of you and my gratitude for your prayers as well. I look forward to seeing you soon!”

Laura McKenna- Art

Mrs. McKenna graduated with an Art BA with focus on painting and drawing in 1994 from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa .   Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she moved here to Oak Ridge in 2002.  The McKennas have been St. Mary parishioners since that time.  Mr. and Mrs. McKenna have two sons, Seamus and Ian.  Both boys are SMS alums.  Mrs. McKenna was St. Mary’s volleyball coach for a very long time.

Mrs. McKenna has been a part of the St. Mary’s family for a long time and is happy to now be a part of the faculty.

Clarice Shaub- Music

Mrs. Shaub graduated with her Bachelors in Violin Performance and Masters in Performance & Pedagogy from Arizona State University.  She moved to Knoxville in 2018 to be a graduate teaching assistant at UTK.  Prior to moving to Knoxville, she was a head teacher of String Project at ASU, where they  provided string lessons and group classes to any student, no matter their financial status! (She love to start a string project at SMS!)
Mrs. Shaub met her husband while auditioning for the Knoxville Symphony in 2019.
Mrs. Shaub didn’t grow up in a Catholic home, but started to find an interest in Catholicism during her freshman year of college through a good friend and she officially joined the Church in May of 2020 on Pentecost at Immaculate Conception in downtown Knoxville! The same day her also made a profession of faith from the Orthodox church to the Catholic church, which was special.
Mrs. Shaub and her husband have one cat, Suzy, whom they love so much even though she is fiesty.
Music has been a part of Mrs. Shaub’s life for as long as she can remember. She started playing at age 4 and haven’t stopped since. Her high school teacher, Arkady Fomin, is the biggest reason why she teaches today. His love of each student and music and growth, no matter where you are in life or where you want to end up, that is something she strives to emulate every single day.
While violin is her biggest passion, the opportunity to just instill a love of music in every form in each student feels like the biggest blessing, and she is so excited to be apart of the St Mary’s faculty this year! She loves teaching and feels so honored to be surrounded by dedicated teachers and staff on the same mission. She hopes that through music, she can be a channel of God’s love and show that it is never too late to learn something new, lean into God’s love for us, and trust that His plan will always shine.

Mike Sweeney- Athletic Director

Mike Sweeney is a St. Mary’s parent and is now joining the staff as the Athletic Director. He grew up in the Chicagoland area and moved to Knoxville in July of 2021 with his wife Monica, and their three children. When visiting the Knoxville area before their big move, Monica and Mike toured St. Mary’s and immediately felt at home. On a subsequent tour, their children commented on how they were excited about attending St. Mary’s. The decision was made, and the Sweeney’s became a part of the St. Mary’s family.

During his career, Mike has enjoyed working in government and politics, and teaching, but more importantly he found his passion for coaching young people. Over the past 4+ years Mike coached football, basketball, and baseball with players as young as 5 years old. He believes that athletics gives students opportunities to build character, serve others and think beyond themselves. In addition, sports also bring communities together and can lead to long-lasting friendships.

Mike earned a B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. He is currently working to complete his doctoral degree. Among other positions, Mike served as the Township Clerk and Supervisor in Elk Grove Township, Illinois for 16 years. In 2017, he began teaching a variety of political science courses at several Chicago area colleges and universities. Currently, Mike is a political science and American government instructor at several online institutions.

In Knoxville, Mike is a Catholic Youth Football assistant coach for his oldest son’s team. He has also coached both his sons in baseball in the West Knox Little League.

“I am excited about my new role, and I encourage all St. Mary’s students and parents to participate in athletics and would welcome any ideas on how we can improve our programs. I look forward to working with and serving our St. Mary’s families.” – Mike Sweeney

Cheyanne Hardy- Spanish Supervisor

Mrs. Hardy was born in San Antonio, Texas, and her family moved to Crossville, TN, when she was 12. She graduated High School from Cumberland County and then went to the University of Tennessee for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In college she met Mr. Hardy, and they were married in 2010. They moved to Houston, TX, where Mrs. Hardy was a drilling engineer for deepwater exploration wells, and worked on rigs offshore West Africa and Vietnam, as well as supported wells in Ireland, Brazil, Liberia, and Guyana. After their son James was born, she resigned from her position to raise him, and later their daughter Marilyn (both are SMS students). They were transferred to Calgary, Canada, in 2017 and were so blessed to live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains for three years. In 2020 they were transferred back to Houston for a year before they made our way back to Tennessee. The Hardys feel they are so blessed to be back home in East Tennessee, where there are 4 seasons, mountains, trees, and sweet people! “We’ve have loved this past year as a St. Mary’s family, and I’m excited to be helping St. Mary’s this year with Spanish and Religion!”