Deacon Joe Oberting



We are a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) – 8th grade Catholic elementary school, proud to have over 100 years of educating students – building their foundations for high school, college, and beyond. Our legacy of academic excellence is Christ-centered and rooted in research-based instructional methodology, so our graduates grow into confident, prepared, successful, and productive leaders.

Personally, my dedication to and support of the Catholic faith is longstanding, as I have been a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 21 years. All of our three children attended and graduated from St. John the Baptist Catholic School, so we are also a proud legacy family of this outstanding school.

I graduated from Ohio State University in 1985, and immediately obtained my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation while working in public accounting. My wife, Melanie, and I entered diaconate formation in 2011. I was ordained a Permanent Deacon in September 2016 and have maintained a close and supportive relationship with the pastor, teachers, and students. Giving retreats for teachers and students, training altar servers, and serving the needs of our parish and parish school is immensely fulfilling. I have witnessed hundreds of children, including our own, grow into respectful adults who are confident in their ability to read and speak publicly, and who are strong in their desire to serve others the way Jesus did.

Why am I “all in” for Catholic education? Quite simply, Catholic education at St. John the Baptist has a legacy of academic excellence, and so much more! We prepare our children for an ever changing world and for jobs yet to exist, starting with a Christ-centered learning environment that encourages the development of the “whole child”. Our students learn to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and responsible and ethical citizens in a Christ-centered way. I continually learn from and am inspired by our students!

At St. John’s we have outstanding teachers who are dedicated to fostering loving and nurturing classrooms that focus on learning for knowledge and deep understanding, not just a letter grade. Our teachers address the needs of all learners through differentiated, data driven instruction along with current technology.

Academic excellence and exceptional teachers are just the beginning. We offer Spanish, music, drama, environmental literacy programs, weekly Mass, service and leadership opportunities, and extra-curricular sports for additional ways our students can fulfill their fullest potential, become eager to learn, and enjoy helping each other.

We feel strongly in the home-to-school relationship because we understand parents are the primary educators of their children. In fact, research shows us that students thrive and reach higher levels of learning when this connection is strong. So we work in partnership with parents to build ties that are rooted in faith. Together we create a learning environment in which students excel academically and grow personally, socially and spiritually. Our students thrive and have fun, all while making memories that last a lifetime.

Also, our location in vibrant downtown Napa provides ample opportunities for educational walking field trips.

I invite you to visit our campus and see firsthand what has drawn me, my teachers and staff, and so many families to the close, family-oriented community of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. We hope you will agree that St. John’s is truly a unique and wonderful experience!


Deacon Joe Oberting

Our Mission

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is an educational ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Napa, California. We offer a challenging academic program in a safe, stimulating and Christ-centered community. Our faculty, in cooperation with parents and parish, provides our students with opportunities, values and experiences to become conscientious and contributing members of society.

Our Philosophy

We believe all St. John Baptist Catholic School students are a reflection of Jesus Christ and His teachings. In partnership, parents and educators guide students to become active persons of faith, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens.

Our Student Learning Expectations (SLEs)

St. John the Baptist Catholic School Students are:

Active Persons of Faith who…
  • Respect God’s Creation
  • Live the Catholic Faith
  • Honor Catholic Traditions
Critical Thinkers who…
  • Achieve Academically
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Utilize Technology
Responsible Citizens who…
  • Demonstrate Leadership Skills
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Exercise Self-Respect and Self-Discipline

Our Staff

Aggie Bailey


Jessica Bizicki

Extended Care, Lunch Recess Monitor

Jody Bolen

5th/6th Grade Homeroom

Amanda Carrillo

1st/2nd Grade Homeroom

Stephanie Cunningham

3rd-8th Science

Milton Gallegos

Advanced Math, PE

Lupe Gil

Extended Care

Yessenia Mendez

TK/K Homeroom

Deacon Joe Oberting


Melani Oberting


Joy Andrus Ortiz

8th Grade Homeroom, 7th/8th ELA & Social Studies

Mr. Michael Owen

7th Grade Homeroom, 7th/8th Math & Religion

Karina Ramirez

Front Office Manager

Kristen Stiver


Denise Sylvester

Instructional Aide

Kristen Waters

3rd/4th Grade Homeroom

Current hiring Substitute Teachers

Apply Here

About St. John the Baptist Catholic School

St. John the Baptist Catholic School has a legacy of academic tradition. Located in the beautiful Napa Valley about 50 miles north of San Francisco and 60 miles east of Sacramento, Napa is the county seat and home to premier grape growers, wine producers, restaurants, resorts, spas, beautiful scenery and approximately 68,000 population. Napa has thriving tourism, retail, trade services, agriculture, government and manufacturing industries that provide abundant employment opportunities.

Invited by Fr. Joseph Byrne, the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Dominican Sisters opened the doors to St. John the Baptist Catholic School in 1912, and it became the first Catholic school in the Napa Valley. Those 120 students in grades 1-6 began our commitment to academic excellence and the continued pursuit of the Catholic faith, teachings and values. Since its founding, St. John’s has been blessed with generations of alumni, many of whom remain in the area and recall their roots in our corridors.

Our school building is located in downtown Napa and houses the school office, classrooms, a computer lab, science lab, library, extended care room and art room. St. John’s Parish Hall is located onsite and includes meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room and a full commercial kitchen. St. John The Baptist Catholic Church is located next to the school and serves approximately 3,500 families and has over 35 ministries.

Today, St. John the Baptist is a thriving learning community thanks to the investment from hundreds of mission-dedicated stakeholders. We currently educate about 100+ students each year in grades from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. Within a safe and secure learning environment, we encourage and value each child’s individual character and their contributions as a vital part of our Catholic faith community.

Our school is dually accredited by both the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our core curriculum is based on the California State Standards and Common Core State Standards. St. John’s rigorous academic programs, extra-curricular opportunities and dedication to the whole child builds foundations in students who are well-rounded and well-prepared for high school and beyond.

Our Parish

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is ‘parent’ of our beloved school. We are a ministry of the parish. The parish website is As one might guess from the website address, the parish was formed in Napa in 1858. It is the oldest Catholic parish in Napa. The current church building was completed and began to be utilized daily beginning January 29, 1967.

Here is a quote from, then pastor, Fr. Gordon Kalil from 2008, upon celebrating 150 years as a parish: “The sacred parishioners of today are building upon our historical heritage of faith and works and providing for our future – all with reverence of the past – honoring our Patron John the Baptist, to herald the good news of Christ – yesterday, today, and forever.”

Today, our parish numbers more than 4,000 families, the majority of which have Latin American heritage. The parish hosts the weekly School Mass every Wednesday during the school year. Our school children are invited to ‘turn out’ in uniform at one of the Sunday Masses each month during the school year. School children and their families are encouraged to attend Mass together every Sunday in our parish church. Sunday is the “Lord’s Day”, where we come together as one family under God to give back to Him who has given us so much!

Pastor: Fr. Ismael Mora
Associate Pastor: Fr. Isaac de la Cruz
Deacon Joe Oberting
Deacon Sergio Velazquez
Deacon Stan Thompson-Short
Deacon Jaime Tafolla
Deacon Joel Tapia

Masses for the Sunday obligation are as follows:

Saturday (Vigil Mass)
5:00pm English
7:00pm Spanish

8:00am English
10:00am Spanish
Noon English
5:00pm Spanish

Parish Website

Catholic School Advisory Council (CASC)

The CSAC is appointed by the principal and acts in an advisory capacity to the principal in order to support an environment for teaching the Catholic faith, building community, and serving others. Members of the CSAC are called to model what they identify as the purpose of Catholic education and will assist in the long range planning of the school.

Employment Opportunities at St. John’s

Substitute Teachers Currently being Recruited at St. John the Baptist Catholic School


About us: St. John the Baptist Catholic School is an educational ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Napa, California. We offer a challenging academic program in a safe, stimulating and Christ-centered community. Our faculty, in cooperation with parents and parish, provides our students with opportunities, values and experiences to become conscientious and contributing members of society.


About the position:  Substitute Teachers at St. John’s are responsible for operating a classroom or program in the absence of the primary teacher.  There may be additional duties as assigned by the Principal.


Required qualifications:  Applicant must hold a California Teaching Credential, be eligible to receive one, or hold a Emergency Teaching Credential.   Substitute Teachers must also complete the Safe Environment requirements set forth by the Diocese of Santa Rosa.


Preferred Candidates will have the following skills:

  • Demonstrated ability as a classroom teacher, meeting the needs of a variety of learning styles.
  • An understanding and embracing of creative, research-based teaching strategies and instructional techniques.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member.
  • A belief that all children can succeed.
  • Catholic preferred.


Compensation: Commensurate with experience.