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Faculty Friday feat. Mrs. Pantelis

September 14, 2018
By CKS Advancement

Mrs. Denise Pantelis is one of our newest CKS Lions and this week’s Faculty Friday feature. A veteran Catholic educator, Mrs. Pantelis brings a love of our Catholic faith, a heart for her 1st grade students and a joyful presence to CKS. Read more about Mrs. Pantelis’ favorite class activity and why she loves CKS!


Denise Pantelis


Bachelor's in Education – Florida State University; Certification in Early Childhood Education Age 3-Grade 3 and Spanish K-12

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned while teaching?

In order for students to reach their full potential you must reach their hearts before you try to reach their heads. Once you get their hearts, you can get anything!

What are your hidden talents?

I speak passable Spanish. I'm a good cook and baker.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I was a competitive swimmer as a kid. My maternal grandfather was a two-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey and my dad was a professional golfer on the PGA tour.

What is your dream vacation?

Anywhere in Europe! I love to travel! I'd also like to visit Banff National Park.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? 

My greatest accomplishment is becoming a mother to my children, Emily and Alexander.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to read, spend time with my family and travel.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher

What adjective best describes you?


What is your favorite classroom activity/project? Why?

I love preparing to host a class Mass. It is such a joy to see children be active participants in the celebration of the Mass.

What is one thing you want your students to take away from this school year?

That they are loved!

Why do you teach?

When God knit me together, He created me to be a teacher. It is my vocation.

Why do you love CKS?

I love the strong Catholic identity at CKS. It's a very welcoming place to be!

Want to learn more about our 1st grade program? Click here to find out.