Father Scott Medlock
Father Scott was born and raised in Orlando, Florida in the United Methodist Church. While attending the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, Father Scott met his wife, Maria Elena who is a life-long devout Catholic. As an undergraduate, Father Scott began attending mass with his roommates and with Maria Elena. Prior to joining the ministry, he worked as an Account Executive for Merrill Lynch and served as a United Methodist Pastor for nine years.
In 1992, Father Scott and his family moved to Anchorage after being received by Archbishop Francis Hurley into the Church. Saint John Paul II gave Archbishop Hurley permission to ordain Father Scott to the priesthood in 1996. Father Scott has served as the Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish since July of 2019. He was the Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Anchorage from 2002-2019.
Father Scott earned a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame. During law school, Father Scott began to discern God calling him to become an ordained minister. Immediately after graduating from law school, he entered seminary in the Duke Divinity School and graduated with a Master of Divinity.
Father Scott and Maria Elena have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Denver. In his free time, Fr. Scott loves to bike in the mountains and on the road, and to climb mountains.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
Born and raised in Minnesota, Kathy Gustafson relocated to Alaska in 1990 to teach in Sand Point and later Dillingham. After moving to Anchorage, she taught and served as a Principal in the Anchorage School District. Ms. Gustafson, or “Mrs. G” as she is referred to by the students, joined SEAS as Principal in 2015 after 25 years in public education.
“I am passionate about creating innovative instructional programs that will improve the learning for students. My goal as a professional is to lead by example, be authentic in my approach and work with integrity,” said Mrs. G. “I want our children to have the best opportunities to learn while providing them with the resources that will help their educational journey so they may find success beyond what they expected.”
Mrs. G. has several degrees that include a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University; a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Mrs. G. and her husband Sven have two grown children, Steven and Julie.
“Teachers change the world one child at a time.”
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Melissa Myers is originally from Idaho. With more than 28 years of professional teaching experience, Mrs. Myers has dedicated her career to elementary education. In addition to Alaska, she has also taught in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington.
“I believe that every child can learn,” says Mrs. Myers. “Children develop at different rates and have different needs, and I strive to honor all of these. I expose my students to many educational activities to challenge them while also focusing on their social and emotional learning.”
Mrs. Myers earned a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Idaho with a major in Elementary Education. She also completed a Master of Science Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University.
With her husband, Jim, Mrs. Myers has a son Matthew who just recently got married. They also have a miniature poodle named Amber, who keeps them busy.
“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.”
Sarah Afoa is a lifelong Alaskan with more than three decades of teaching experience. After retiring from the Anchorage School District, where she taught kindergarten for 29 years and in 2015 was recipient of the BP Alaska Teacher of Excellence Award, Mrs. Afoa joined Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School in 2016.
“I am truly blessed to teach kindergarten,” says Mrs. Afoa. “My job is to make sure my students love school—how cool is that? I take them wherever they are and move them along the educational continuum.”
An inductee of the Alaska High School Athletic Hall of Fame for volleyball, basketball, and track, Mrs. Afoa is a former college athlete at the University of Alaska Anchorage where she earned both a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Edcation with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Language Arts.
Married for more than 30 years to her husband Stan, Mrs. Afoa is the mother of two sets of adult twins—Shaina & Savannah and Stanson & Sierra.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
Melissa Larsen was born and raised in Florida and grew up attending Catholic schools. She joined SEAS as the first-grade teacher in fall 2022. Prior to moving to Alaska, her family was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington where she taught at Saint Patrick Catholic School in Tacoma.
“My mission as a teacher is to create a safe, empowering place where students feel truly seen, known, and loved,” said Mrs. Larsen. “When these important needs are met, students feel comfortable trying new things, taking academic risks, and stepping into the person God created them to be!”
Mrs. Larsen will graduate in 2022 with a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in elementary education and teaching from Western Governors University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and also holds an Associate in Psychology from Valencia College.
In her free time, Mrs. Larsen enjoys spending time with her family full of boys where they can often be found outside, playing and exploring, reading a good book, or creating something new!
“Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work.”
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mrs. McLaughlin joined SEAS in 2016 after earning a certification to teach in Alaska. She taught fourth grade for several years and now enjoys teaching second grade. Previously she taught at two Catholic schools in Boston.
“I love to teach at a Catholic school,” says Mrs. McLaughlin, “because I enjoy sharing my faith with young people.”
Mrs. McLaughlin is a graduate of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and Theology.
Mrs. McLaughlin is the proud mother to ten children. Her youngest five children attended SEAS. In her spare time Mrs. McLaughlin loves to kayak on Kenai Lake, hike in the Chugach State Park, and read historical nonfiction.
“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Mrs. Hanson came to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in 2021 as a substitute teacher after retiring from the Anchorage School District with 25 years of teaching experience ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade in general education and special education settings. She joined the faculty full time in 2022. She is also a parishioner at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Prior to moving to Alaska in 1986, Mrs. Hanson lived in Louisiana briefly and Washington state where she attended and graduated from Catholic schools.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and also completed a Master of Special Education degree from George Fox University. Mrs. Hanson is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade.
Mrs. Hanson has been married her husband Michael for nearly 40 years. Together they have three adult children who also live in Anchorage along with their black lab Green.
Mrs. Hanson believes that an educator should provide an environment that encourages students to become independent successful adults with a good work ethic and a positive attitude.
“All things are possible for one who believes.”
Marcea Tjaden was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. As a child, she was a member of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish where she was in CCD and received her first communion. As an adult her own children were baptized at the Saint Elizabeth Parish.
Mrs. Tjaden graduated from Western Oregon State College of Education in 1993 where she triple majored in speech communication, earth science, and geography. With a desire to “come back home” to work as a teacher, after graduation she returned to Anchorage. In addition, she is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and certification to teach kindergarten through eighth grade and also a Master of Elementary Education degree.
After more than 25 years of service as an elementary school educator with the Anchorage School District, Mrs. Tjaden retired in May 2021. She joined SEAS as the fourth-grade teacher in Fall 2021.
“Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.”
Mrs. Bradshaw was born and raised in Anchorage and is the oldest of five children. After graduating from Service High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Northern Arizona University. After completing her degree, Mrs. Bradshaw and her husband moved back to Alaska to be closer to family and raise their two sons. She spent the next 12 years enjoying family life and working part-time for a small mining exploration business.
In 2000, Caroline and her family entered the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Throughout their elementary education, both of her sons attended SEAS. Mrs. Bradshaw loved volunteering at the school while her children attended and she realized that she was being called to teach. After working at Romig Middle School as a Special Education Teaching Assistant, in 2014 she earned a Master Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and began teaching the fifth grade at SEAS.
“The biggest gift we can give to our children, and the primary role I play as an educator at St. Elizabeth, is to facilitate within each child a deep sense of faith and relationship with Jesus, interwoven with a passion for learning,” said Mrs. Bradshaw.
Outside of school, Mrs. Bradshaw loves spending time with family and friends, going on outdoor adventures, gardening, and creating good things in the kitchen.
“Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.”
Eddie Ezell was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas and spent much of his childhood growing up in Oklahoma. His family eventually moved to Fort Worth and where graduated from Castleberry High School in 1984. The following year, Mr. Ezell moved to Alaska to attend college at the University of Alaska.
After college, Mr. Ezell worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for a number of years before returning to Alaska. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 2006 as the sixth grade teacher, he taught at Kodiak and the Anchorage Public School District.
Mr. Ezell holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of Alaska. He also has Master Degrees in Environmental Science, Education, and Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University. Additionally, in 2019 he earned a Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from Loyola Marymount University.
In his free time, Mr. Ezell enjoys reading, bicycling, and hiking. In the summers, he likes going back to Oklahoma to visit his dad.
“Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.”
Nicole Branch was born in Maine. As a child, she moved frequently due to her father’s naval service, living all over the United States.
Mrs. Branch graduated from Boise State University and received a commission in the United States Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer. She was given the opportunity to serve throughout the world in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. She also has a degree in Accounting from Liberty University.
Mrs. Branch met her husband in Bosnia during military service. After being stationed in Anchorage from 2010-2013, they decided to return to Alaska upon his retirement from the Army. They have two children who both had the fortunate opportunity to attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”
Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.
Stephanie Denman is excited and happy to teach music at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Prior to joining SEAS, she was in charge of the children’s choirs at St. Patrick’s Parish in Anchorage.
Mrs. Denman received her musical education, both at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Chapman University in Orange, California. For the past 25 years, she has been singing and has been a frequent soloist with the Alaska Chamber Singers and the Anchorage Concert Chorus .
Mrs. Denman and her husband James were both born and raised in Anchorage and love raising their daughters, Isabella and Brighton, in this beautiful city. The whole family loves playing hockey and fat biking in the winter and fishing and kayaking in the summer.
"Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him."
Originally from Virginia, Heidi Kollins joined SEAS in the 2020-21 academic year as the Art Teacher. Previously, she taught for nine years in Virginia for the public-school system. She also taught for two and a half years at a private art studio in Columbus, Ohio and for one year at a private school in Winchester, Virginia.
“Teaching art is a great joy of mine. In my class, every student is a respected member and their point of view is important,” said Mrs. Kollins. “Art is a valuable subject that connects to my students’ personal experiences as well as to what they are learning in core subjects. All students can become better at creative problem solving through learning about art. It is my goal that students leave my class with an understanding of the importance of art in human history, skills to create their own art, and a desire to learn more about this fascinating subject.”
Mrs. Kollins is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. Her art interests are Fiber Arts that include sewing, quilting, fabric dyeing and surface design, as well as knitting. She also enjoy painting murals with students.
Living in Anchorage with her husband and three children, Mrs. Kollins enjoys going on adventures in Alaska’s great outdoors. Together they go hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, and exploring.
“Every child is an artist.”
First Grade Aide/Librarian
Beth Lottridge was raised in Anchorage and is a graduate of West High School. After her children enrolled at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Mrs. Lottridge began volunteering at the school. In 2009, she
joined the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School as the school’s librarian and since then has served the school in a variety of job capacities.
Mrs. Lottridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Russell Sage College in New York. After graduation, she moved back to Alaska and married her high school sweetheart, Greg Lottridge. Prior to that she worked in the Children’s Department at Z.J. Loussac Library but later took several years off when her children were young.
“Don’t you know that all the best things are invisible? Sometimes you have to believe in order to see. That is my motto, that is the key Darlings.”
Originally from Montana, Lisa Orizotti joined SEAS in 2006 as the first-grade teacher which she taught for 13 years before moving to the Pre-K program. Prior to moving to Alaska with her husband Tony, she taught elementary school in Montana for nine years.
Mrs. Orizotti has a strong commitment to Catholic education. “Whether it’s reading a story, doing a math lesson, or showing a science experiment, it is always beneficial to be able to share my Catholic faith in the daily schedule,” she says.
Mrs. Orizotti earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana. Additionally, she has also worked with preschool-age children for seven years at New Horizons Preschool in Anchorage.
With her husband Tony, Mrs. Orizotti has three children, all of whom attended SEAS. Her family has been parishioners at since 1998.
Whether she is reading a story, doing a math lesson, or showing a Science experiment, Mrs. Orizotti believes it is always beneficial to be able to share her Catholic faith in the daily schedule.
“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God!”
Lexie Parrish was born and raised in Orem, Utah. She joined the faculty at SEAS in 2021 after relocating for the second time to Alaska with her daughter Zoe and husband Travis. Mrs. Parrish has spent much of her career working with youth. For three years she coached soccer at San Luis Obispo High School in California and since high school has coached soccer at different times. Mrs. Parrish has also worked as a Behavioral Technician with children who have autism in California. During her previous time in Anchorage, she worked as an Activity Therapist at Alaska Child and Family.
“I love the opportunity to teach children the value of health and fitness while making it fun and exciting,” said Mrs. Parrish. “Sports have always been a big part of my life and have taught me so many valuable lessons. I hope to be able to share my enthusiasm with your wonderful children.”
Mrs. Parrish was an award-winning Division I soccer player, helping her team win a conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance during her tenure. While playing soccer she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Utah State University.
In her free time Mrs. Parrish enjoys exploring the Alaskan outdoors, playing in soccer leagues, remaining physically active, and spending time with her family and friends.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard."