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Our Captain

Catherine Peralta Goodrich started her educational teaching career over 25 years ago. She joined St. Johns County in 2005 as a second grade teacher at Timberlin Creek Elementary. She served as the instructional literacy coach there before becoming its assistant principal in 2010. In 2013 she joined Osceola Elementary as its assistant principal, then she went on to join SJCSD Human Resources Department as the employee evaluation coordinator before joining Palencia Elementary as its assistant principal.

 “Catherine is an exceptional leader and will provide a seamless transition for the Palencia Pirates,” said Forson. “She has already garnered the unwavering commitment and support from parents, staff, and the community and I know this will continue in her new role.”

 Her passion is helping others to develop their full potential to best serve the students of St. Johns County. Her varied experiences have included the opportunity to train, coach, observe and evaluate employees. She has also served students in the areas of developing math curriculum mapping at the district level and as a mentor to both elementary and high school age children.  Her early childhood education background and experiences are extensive.  

“I am beyond humbled to be chosen as Palencia Elementary’ s educational leader,” said Goodrich.   “Our school is overflowing with a brilliant combination of individuals: bright-eyed children and dynamic staff willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our students are safe, well cared for, and are achieving at high levels.” 

Goodrich holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.


Assistant Principal, Ms. Mehanna

Ms. Mehanna has worked in education for 18 years. Her career started in Atlanta as an elementary school teacher and has taught middle school and served as the Director of Education. After moving to St. Augustine she instantly fell in love with this community. She had worked as an educational consultant for one year before landing a job in St. John’s County at Hartley Elementary. She is passionate about working hard to make a difference in education, identifying the potential in every child, and collaborating with a dedicated staff to create a positive learning environment for everyone. In addition to being passionate about education, she loves to do anything outdoors and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog.  Sincerely, Ms. Maya Mehanna