Preschool

Mrs. Virginia Garcia

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Mrs. Virginia Garcia

Hello, my name is Virginia Garcia and I am very excited to be joining the team here at St. Joseph’s as the Preschool Director / Teacher. I come to St. Joseph’s with 19 years experience in the education field ranging from preschool to college.

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I moved to California in 2002 with my two eldest daughters. Currently, I have three daughters; 30, 27 and 12, as well as, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music and dancing, and watching the Hallmark channel.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, in addition to, early childhood education units. I am truly looking forward to working with you, collectively, and getting to know your children and helping them grow their little minds.

Please email me with any questions or concerns at vgarcia@csdo.org.

Blessings to all,
Mrs. Virginia Garcia


Transitional Kindergarten

Ms. Banuelos

Phone: 510-724-0242 X122

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Ms. Banuelos

Hello and welcome to the Transitional Kindergarten class page!

My name is Christina Banuelos and I am excited to be part of the St. Joseph Catholic School family this year.

This will be my first year here at St. Joseph School in Pinole.

I am a Pinole resident and graduated from Pinole Valley High. I have a BA in Child Development from Bethany University. I have been teaching Kindergarten for the past 13 years at El Sobrante Christian School. Prior to that, I taught 3rd grade for five years.

I love teaching...it is my dream job! I am honored to get to do what I love for a living.

I have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren who are the loves of my life. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading, sewing, quilting, crafting, eating out, going to the movies, traveling, and going to the beach.

I am looking forward to partnering with the parents and families in my class this year in educating your child academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. It will be an exceptional experience that we will navigate together. It is my goal to provide a safe, nurturing environment that makes learning fun and natural.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am eager to get to know you!

God bless~

Ms. B.


Kindergarten

Mrs. Rebeka Lama Chhetri

Phone: 510-724-0242 x103

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Mrs. Rebeka Lama Chhetri

Hello and welome to the kindergarten class page. My name is Rebeka Lama Chhetri and I am so excited to be part of St. Jospeh Catholic school as a Kindergarten teacher. 

I have a BA in Psychology with Dual Degree in Teaching and a Master's degree in Teaching and Education through University of San Francisco. I have my multiple subject credential with (ELAM). Before St. Jospeh, I taught at few other Oakland Diocese school and SFUSD schools. I have worked with different groups of students and with different grade level however, Kindergarten and transitioanl Kindergarten is my favorite age group. 

Teaching has been my passion for years. I knew at a young age, I wanted to be a teacher and give back the joy of learning that some of my wonderful teachers and mentors gave to me when I was young. I enjoy my time with little ones as they have a curiosity for the world around them, I love being able to laugh, learn and have fun with them. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family and friends, go on a hike, Eat different kinds of food, and travel. 

I am so exicted to begin my second year at St. Joseph and looking forward to a wonderful year. 

Mrs. Linda O'Neill

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Mrs. Linda O'Neill

Hello Kindergarten Families, 

My name is Linda O’Neill and I am the Kindergarten Instructional Aide.  This is my fourth year having the pleasure of helping our wonderful Kindergarteners begin their journey to being great St. Joseph students and lifelong learners.  I will help Mrs. C in the classroom and make sure your children are safe on the playground, hand out an occasional band aid, wipe some tears, tie some shoes, make sure they eat their lunch, and give some encouragement  while we laugh, learn and play.

My professional background is in Project Management but my retirement job, working at St. Josephs, has been a most wonderful and fulfilling experience.  I have been a member of St. Josephs parish since I was 10 years old.  My husband and I raised our 4 children at St. Joseph and they all are St. Joseph school graduates.  I am now watching my 4 grandchildren move thru St. Joseph School.  This is a special place for me, and I hope that it will be for your family as well.

I’m looking forward to a great year in Kindergarten!


First Grade

Mrs. Liz Gray

Phone: 510-724-0242 x104

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Mrs. Liz Gray

Hello! I am Mrs. Gray. 

My passion is teaching! I have over 25 years of experience in the Oakland Diocese, 19 of those years in teaching First Grade. I have a BA in Art (Studio) and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CLAD). I have a Catholic background and education, having attended Saint Joseph Elementary School and Presentation High School, both in Berkeley. I am the proud mother of four grown children, all of whom attended Catholic elementary and high schools. My newfound hobby is SCUBA diving and exploring the amazing new world of God’s underwater creatures! 

Six and seven-year-old children fill my days with joy and laughter. They inspire me to keep learning and growing myself. I appreciate their unabashed enthusiasm, energy, and eagerness to try new things. I run a tight ship, but a fun-filled one. This year, we will strive to become independent, responsible and respectful children of God. All students will be challenged to read, read, read! Our helpers, Mr. Wizard and Ms. Witch will guide us and keep us excited about learning. We will explore a variety of topics with realia and hands-on activities. Let the fun begin!

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Second Grade

Mrs. Fumiko Leamy

Phone: 510-724-0242 x105

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Mrs. Fumiko Leamy

Hello, and welcome to the Second Grade page! My name is Mrs. Leamy, and I am excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year!

This year will be my seventh year of teaching and of those, 5 years were spent teaching in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, where I received excellent training and mentoring. Because I have taught first and third grade before, I feel right at home in second grade.

I came back last year to St. Joseph School to be closer to home, but I feel very blessed to be teaching in my own parish. Life is more simple when work and personal life parallel each other. I believe in educating the whole child, and the fact that my daughter graduated from St. Joseph School and Salesian High School, is a testament to my belief in Catholic education.

In the classroom, I set high expectations for my students, but strive to create a safe, nurturing environment to foster enduring positive attitudes about learning. I use many instructional strategies so that every student can experience success. Students learn to set learning goals and reflect upon their work—they acquire a growth mindset. With the growth mindset, “I can’t do it” is rephrased with “I can’t do it yet.” The power of “yet” is remarkable.

On a personal note, I have a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and California Multiple Subjects Credential from California State University, East Bay. I have a clear credential and an English Learner Authorization. I also have an associate’s degree in fashion design from FIDM, and teaching is my second career. I ddin’t discover my love for teaching young children until when I was in my forties!

I thank you in advance for entrusting me with your most precious possession. We’ll have a great year, but equally certain is that COVID-19 will challenge us. However, through Mrs. A’s leadership and close communication with you, we will partake in educating your child as Partners in Mission.

My prayers for your safety,

Mrs. Leamy


Third Grade

Mrs. Michele Morales

Phone: 510-724-0242 x106

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Mrs. Michele Morales

Hello Class of 2026!  My name is Mrs. Morales, and I am very excited to be your Third Grade teacher!  

I have been teaching third grade with the Oakland Diocese for thirteen years, since graduating from California State Hayward with my teaching credential.  I am married and have two adult children, Daniel 25 and David 22.  My youngest has just graduated from SAE in Emeryville with a gaming programming degree.

I love art and I bring creativity into all areas of our curriculum.  (I am a scrapbooker at heart, and love crafting!)

We will read many interesting novels during the year, such as "The Year of the Dog", "Stone Fox" and "Who was Helen Keller".   We will complete many exciting projects to accompany each novel.  I enjoy teaching math, especially multiplication, and I love when the students finally "get it"!

I am very eager to journey through this next year with your student!

Please do not hesitate to send an email with any questions.

Mrs. Morales

 

 

St. Joseph School

Learning through Faith, Service, and Community.


Fourth Grade

Mrs. Elizabeth Bautista

Phone: 510-724-0242 x107

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Mrs. Elizabeth Bautista

Welcome to Fourth Grade

Hi everyone,

I am excited to begin my third year at St Joseph's! I absolutely love teaching 4th Grade. The Book Reports, STEAM projects, the Mission project, the Gold Rush, and many other fun aspects all make 4th Grade a fun and exciting year of learning. I look forward to being with the Class of 2025. 

A little about myself, I love anything related to Disney. Disneyland is my second home :) Also, I love watching movies or tv shows, traveling, trying new restaurants, drinking coffee (Peets, States, and East Bay are my favorites), and hanging out with my husband, my dog, “Winston” and my cat, “Midnight.” 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need clarification. 

I'm looking forward to this year! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bautista

 

At St. Joseph School we teach to the whole child, mind, body, and spirit.

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Fifth Grade

Ms. Ann Pires

Phone: 510-724-0242 x108

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Ms. Ann Pires

Hello! I am looking forward to the beginning of the new school year! My name is Ann Renee Pires. I was born and raised in Richmond, CA. I am a product of catholic schools. I attended St. David School in Richmond, Presentation High School in Berkeley, (now closed), and various colleges. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State Hayward (now known as Cal State East Bay), a Multiple Subject Credential from Holy Names University in Oakland, and both a Reading Specialist Credential and Administration Credential from St. Mary's College in Moraga. Except for a short six month stint in a public school in Oakland, my entire teaching career has been in catholic schools in the Oakland Diocese. My preference is to teach in a catholic school because I want to share my faith with others. I have taught first, second, fifth, and seventh grade homeroom during my career and substituted in all grades K through 8 at one time or another. I was the principal of St. David School for eight years until deciding to return to teaching. Besides spoiling my nieces and nephews, I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, exploring beaches, taking long drives, and solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Mrs. Carina Dichoso

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5th Grade Instructional Assistant Choir Director Yearbook Moderator AM Extended Care

Mrs. Carina Dichoso

 

Carina Dichoso has been an instructional aide since 1997. She has assisted 1st, 4th, 5th and Middle School students both in and out of the classroom and serves as the school choir director for liturgical and community events. Some of her projects and work within the school include: 

  • Producing and directing the 2013 St. Joseph Spring Musical (a benefit show in memory of 5th Grader Teacher Mr. Larry Barton), Music of the NIght I Benefit Concert 2014 (for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines), Music of the Night II Benefit Concert 2015  for the tuition fee assistance fund).
  • Vocally training soloists for past musicals: Cinderella, Aladdin, Mulan, The Little Mermaid
  • Capturing school and community activities as yearbook moderator since 2006 
  • Welcoming and supervising students during Extended Morning Care

Mrs. Dichoso has an affinity for music, visual arts, and public speaking. She hopes to instill a love for each of these passions within students so they may develop the confidence to serve their communities using their time and talents.


Middle School

Language Arts & Literature:

Mrs. Erin Tucker

Phone: 510-724-0242 Ext. 109

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Mrs. Erin Tucker

My name is Erin Tucker and I have been teaching in the Diocese of Oakland for 18 years. I earned my Bachelors of Liberal Studies degree from California State University, Chico. My Multiple Subject Teaching Credential was obtained through The University of Phoenix. I am blessed to be an educator and a mentor to young lives on a daily basis. The love of teaching and the passion for reading and writing have been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. I encourage my students to live with compassion, love, understanding, and a need to serve their community through my actions and love for literature. 

As a graduate of an Oakland Diocese elementary school and a Salesian High School Alumnae, I have been taught the importance of service, loving your neighbor, and the value of life long learning. I learn along with my students and welcome them into my classroom with a bright smile, loving heart, and an expectation to be their very best self always. 

As the 6th grade homeroom teacher, it is my job to be sure that the 6th graders feel confident in order to be successful with all middle school routines. We will spend time evaluating our study habits, developing routines that will strengthen our executive functions, and grow together as a community that will support one another through positive encouragement and the celebration of the talents that God has given each of us. 

As the middle school language arts teacher, I am committed to develop the reader and writer in all of my students. We will explore the world of many mentor texts, write on a daily basis, and evaluate information that we gain from our texts. My students are asked to self-reflect daily and are taught the importance of inquiry based learning. Learning should be fun and not stop once you leave school. 

Math:

Mr. Michael Sasser

Phone: 510-724-0242 x110

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Mr. Michael Sasser

Hello, and welcome to the coolest page on the St. Joseph School website.  Why is this the coolest page?  Because it is about math, and math is awesome.

The resident middle school math teacher here is Mr. Sasser, and he's also awesome.  He also happens to be me, so take that evaluation with a grain of salt.

My mission as the middle school math teacher is to develop a deep understanding of mathematics.  Students in my class will learn multiple ways of solve a single problem.  Through this, they will learn why math works the way it does, and improve their metacognition--their thinking about thinking--in the process.

I promote a safe, fun atmosphere in which students are comfortable to make mistakes, and learn from them. 

Accelerated Math:

Mrs. Carol Arriola

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Accelerated Math Teacher Math Resource Teacher

Mrs. Carol Arriola

Greetings Students and Parents!

My name is Mrs. Carol Arriola. I am the Math Resource for Fourth to Sixth Grade. I am also the Accelerated Math teacher for Seventh and Eighth Grade. I have been working at St. Joseph School for 20 years and teaching Accelerated Math for 12 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Civil Engineering. The world of Math filled with numbers and formulas may either be exciting or complex and daunting for some. Students learn at different levels and at different speeds. Working together with the homeroom teacher, I help out small groups of students from Fourth to Sixth Grade who have difficulty and are challenged in Math. The goal is to improve their skills by giving them individual attention based on their needs. On the other hand, for those students who excel in Math, I am fortunate to teach a select group of students in Seventh and Eighth Grade who belong in the Accelerated Math Program. These students must have consistently done well in Math in previous years.  Doing well on the given assessment test, their final report card grade, and the Math teacher's recommendation are factors in selecting the students who qualify to be part of the Accelerated Math Program. This program offers students a higher degree of challenge which will help prepare them for future growth in high school. 

I want to inspire and reach out to students who may be confused and frustrated with Math by showing them fun ways on how to understand the concepts that are difficult for them. I take pleasure in seeing the looks on their faces when that light bulb gets turned on and finally have those aha moments! I am also humbled working with disciplined, dedicated, and motivated students who are driven to do well. Students who are not afraid to take on the challenge given to them as I teach them to not just solve problems mechanically, but rather use critical thinking skills which will propel them and be higher thinkers.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible"!

When I am not teaching or doing private tutoring, I enjoy relaxing, eating, traveling, and binging on K-dramas and listening to BTS!

Looking forward to meeting and working with my students!

Science:

Ms. Jenny Chua

Phone: 510-724-0242 x110

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Ms. Jenny Chua

July 2020

Dear Students and Families,

It is with such excitement, delight, and gratitude that I am welcoming you to the 2020-2021 school year as your new science teacher. Don’t worry students, you still have a month left of summer vacation, so think of this welcome as me being super ready to see you in August. My name is Ms. Jenny Chua, and I am a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University with my B.A. in Biology, along with a Secondary Science Education program completion, and I am working towards my Single Subject Credential in Secondary Science. I have lived in Berkeley my whole life, and I went to Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito for elementary and middle school and Saint Mary’s College High School after that. Many of my classmates were St. Joseph School graduates, and on my first visit to campus after becoming your teacher, I saw many familiar faces from the Class of 2012 picture. I loved my experience at Saint Mary’s dearly, so if any of you have questions throughout the year about going there, I’m here for you!

I love to cook (cooking is science!), eat the food I cook, swim, read, hang out with my friends and family, and go on walks with my pug puppy named Delilah. Hopefully she can make an appearance or two sometime throughout the school year!

As a science educator, I hope to create an environment that is supportive, welcoming, and filled with wonder. My best teachers were the ones that allowed us to not only make mistakes, but learn from them and encouraged us to always keep pursuing learning. Please don’t ever hesitate to stop me in the middle of class to ask a question because you, your classmates, and even I can learn something from it – you’ll never know unless you ask!

To the sixth graders – earth science ROCKS! Get it? We will spend our time learning about rocks, minerals, earthquakes, and volcanoes. To the seventh graders – I hope you find this year HUMERUS! Are you picking up on it yet? Our year will be spent studying life science, biology, plants, and animals. And to the eighth graders – I make science puns, but only PERIODICALLY. Okay, I’ll stop with the bad jokes. Our year will be dedicated to physics and chemistry.

And to the parents and guardians, I encourage you to be a part of our class community as much as possible. Facilitate conversations about what we learned in class, reach out to me if you need to, and perhaps let the student be the teacher and give you a lesson or two in science. I believe it is essential to teach science in a way that is engaging and connects students to each other, their communities, and the world in which we live. 

While I don’t know how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the school year definitively, I do know that the faculty and staff at St. Joe’s are working tirelessly to make sure we can be as healthy and productive as possible. We will be updating you throughout these next few weeks, so stay tuned for that information as it comes. The class supply list is up on my webpage, in addition to a coronavirus supply list that was created last school year.

I leave you with this quote that I stumbled upon in college that has made an impact on me as I embark on my teaching journey: “Science education, at its heart, is about teaching students the methods they’ll use to understand the world around them.”

I look forward to seeing all of you (in one format or another) very soon!

Blessings,

Ms. Jenny Chua

Middle School Science

jchua@csdo.org

510.724.0242 x110

PS – See a pic of Delilah below!

Social Studies & Religion:

Mrs. Kathy Brunstein

Phone: 510-724-0242 x111

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Mrs. Kathy Brunstein

Welcome to St. Joseph Middle School Social Studies/Religion and Eighth Grade Homeroom!

My name is Mrs. Kathy Brunstein and I have been teaching at St. Joseph School for 23 years and teaching in the Diocese of Oakland for a total of 37 years. I am also a proud 1972 graduate of St. Joseph School!

The Eighth Grade year is always a fun and exciting one. We attend Caritas Creek Environmental Camp, explore the different high school options, and grow in appreciation of each other and for our time spent at St. Joseph School. It is also a time of spiritual growth where our students develop a better sense of what it means to live a Christ centered life. We put this concept of living a Christ centered life into action through stewardship in Service Learning opportunities in our school, parish, local and global communities. 

The experiences our students have throughout their years here, lead them to what characterizes St. Joseph School graduates as being different. Whether our children go off to public high school or to a Catholic high school, our mission is that our graduates will be distinctive in their character as active people of faith, effective communicators, life-long learners and socially responsible community members.

Middle School Aides:

Mrs. Brosnan:

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Enrichment Teachers

TK - 4th PE:

Ms. Sarah Palmer

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Ms. Sarah Palmer

My name is Sarah Palmer and I am excited to join the faculty and staff at St. Joseph's school.  I have been a part of the Diocese for 13 years teaching PE as well as teaching Art for the past 9years.  I am no stranger to Catholic schools. I went to St. Patrick's Elementary school in Rodeo for 1st through 8th grade and then attended Salesian High School.  After Graduating from Salesian High School I went to St. Mary's College for 3 years and then transferred up to Chico State where I earned my BA in Psychology.  

I became a teacher at St. Paul school in 2007 and shortly after I started I earned my Teaching credential and Masters in education.  When I am not teaching I am spending time with my family.  I have 2 boys who keep me very busy and very blessed.  I am very happy to be a part of St. Joseph's community and look forward to what the future brings.

 

5th - 8th PE:

Mr. Keith Allison

Phone: 510-724-0242 x119

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Mr. Keith Allison

Mr. Allison’s Teaching Philosophy:

Keith Allison
Physical Education
5th - 8th Grades
: ​Grade 5​ Wednesday 12:40 - 1:10 PM, ​Grade 6​ Friday 1:00- 2:00 PM
​ Grade7​ Friday 2:00- 2:30 PM, ​Grade 8​ Thursday 2:00- 2:30 PM

Curriculum Overview:

Through my Physical Education curriculum for fifth through eighth grades, I will teach students a variety of exercises and activities to improve movement skills and knowledge, cultivate a positive self-image, and facilitate personal and social development. They will work to improve proficiency in the following areas:

A variety of sports including basic terminology for those sports
Applying skills in individual and team sports and activities including offensive and defensive strategy
Combining a greater number of skills together
Movement concepts including speed and accuracy
Integrating many components of physical fitness
Interaction of strength and flexibility
Accepting and respecting performance of others regardless of ability level
Appreciating success in personal achievement and success of their peers
How individual growth rates and body compositions effect skill level and performance in oneself and others
Cooperation within small groups
Small and large group competition
Self motivation, self direction and the desire for personal recognition
Leadership and playing fairly and cooperatively
Meeting challenges and taking risks
Expressing creativity
The lifelong benefits of physical activity

Teaching Tools:
Zoom
Google Classroom

Homework:
Weekly Activity and Exercise Journal
Online research

Assessment:
Generally
Formatively
Summatively

Communication:
Class Dojo
Email

 

 

 

Music:

Mrs. Rebecca Monson

Phone: 510-724-0242 x117

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Mrs. Rebecca Monson

Hello!

My name is Rebecca Monson and I have been teaching music for 21 years now. Previously I taught at St. David School in Richmond.

This will be my 2nd year at St. Joseph School.

     I knew from a very young age that I wanted to teach music to children.  Singing and playing instruments with kids brings me great joy.

I also love to garden, hike and walk in nature. I also like to watch TV and I love Disneyland!

Art:

Mrs. Andrea Santiago

Phone: 510-724-0242 X117

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Zoom Office Hours: T/Th 3:00-3:30 Zoom ID: 896 4563 3399

Mrs. Andrea Santiago

Welcome to St. Joseph's Art Class! My name is Andrea Santiago and I have the pleasure of exploring the world of art with your students from K-8th grades.

A little about me: I grew up down the street in El Sobrante and my love for school, kids, and art brought me out to Chicago where I attended Trinity Christian College and received my degree in K-12 Art Education and Theatre. I spent a variety of time teaching all the grade levels, but elementary and middle school were my favorite. When I moved back to the Bay Area, I was excited to join the team here at St Joseph’s and teach K-8th grades. When I'm not at SJS, I am a Elementary children's minsitry director at my church. You will find me as my happiest self when on a long hike with my husband Wesley, traveling to a new place, trying new foods, or curled up with a good book and a cup of tea. 

A little about Art Class: "God created you, so you can be creative." I believe that every person has the ability to create wonderful things because we are made int he image of the ultimate creator. So, in the art classroom I spur on students to see themselves as creative and as artists. Together as artists we explore the world of art by trying unique art materials, learning about other artists from the past and present, exercising creativity and problem solving all while having lots of fun. I am so excited to get to explore with your students!

Reading Resource:

 Debbie Sutter

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Debbie Sutter

Hello! I am the new Academic Coach/Resource teacher who helps students improve their skills. As a former class room teacher of 42 years, I understand that children learn at different speeds. My aim is to fill in the gaps by working closely with the teachers to give individual attention to these students. I am a product of Catholic schools: I attended Saint John’s in El Cerrito and Holy Names High. After earning my degrees in French and History from UC Berkeley, I returned to my alma mater and taught both courses for over 30 years. In the 90’s I received my Masters in English at Holy Names University and added that subject to my repertoire. I taught middle school English at Saint Paul’s for 7 years and now I am the Academic Coach. My room is decorated with dog pictures and the kids call my room the Dog Room and they are my puppies.

Ms. Debbie Sutter

School Counselor:

Ms. Taylor Cruz

Phone: 510-724-0242 ext. 118

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Taylor Cruz, MA MFT Registered Associate. #107566 School Counselor Under Supervision of Jackie Reckas, LMFT. MFT #mfc33679 The Program of Counseling in Schools

Ms. Taylor Cruz

Hello all!

This is my fourth year at St. Joseph and I love it! My role is to best assist students who may need emotional, behavioral and academic support alongside of collaborating with teachers, administration and parents to help them succeed in and outside of the classroom. I offer services such as individual counseing, classroom guidance lessions and lunch bunches.

A little background on me, I attended Holy Names University in Oakland and recieved a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I then then went off to receive my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro Unviersity Worldwide. I am born and raised in the Bay Area, and it is one my favorite places to be! When I’m not at school I like to go to sporting events, play softball, and go running and hiking.

 Taylor Cruz, MA


Admin Staff

Principal:

Mrs. Natalie Lenz-Acuna

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Mrs. Natalie Lenz-Acuna

I am privileged, blessed, and excited to be your school principal for the 2020-2021 school year.The teachers and staff and I are dedicated to providing an equitable, faith-filled education of the “Whole Child” within a nurturing and faith-filled environment.

Students learn from a variety of educational methods and opportunities how to be creative, problem-solvers with their minds, hearts and hands. Being prepared with 21st Century skills, each student learns to be open to new and innovative ideas the foundation of the academic and educational excellence of each child.

St. Joseph community is a family. Teachers, staff, parents and parishioners are generous with their support, involvement and talents. By example, they model the value of hard work, the joy of achievement and the responsibility of respecting others. Together we work in partnership building a school of faith and service, with transformative ideas and pedagogy that serves every child holistically and with love.

With Gratitude and Blessings,

Mrs. Natalie Lenz-Acuña

Office Manager:

Mrs. Laurie Winter

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Mrs. Laurie Winter

Bookkeeper:

Mrs. Maria Infante

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Mrs. Maria Infante

Technology Coordinators:

 Mrs. Salinas & Miss CeCe

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Mrs. Salinas & Miss CeCe

Mrs. Salinas - csalinas@csdo.org

Hello St. Joseph Families! I’m Mrs. Salinas, your Technology Coordinator and Performing Arts Musical Director/Teacher. I began my time with St. Joseph School as a parent in 1999. My youngest graduated from here in 2012. I was fortunate to be able to donate my time to assist once a week in the classrooms, assist with sound for all of the shows at St. Joe’s, and chaperone for many field trips. I began working in the computer lab in 2005. I meant to leave in 2012 when my youngest daughter graduated, but I enjoyed helping the students, staff and families in the areas of technology and performing arts, so I decided to stay longer. 🙂 I worked many years for an American Express company in the finance area and for a small Apple retailer before that. I worked for our family’s engineering business. I partnered with a co-trainer and developed a training company. In my spare time I like to do jigsaw puzzles, watch live musicals/plays/concerts, play video games (that involve some sort of puzzle), get lost in a fantasy or sci-fi novel, and travel. 

I look forward to another exciting adventure this school year. Miss CeCe and I are always looking for new and helpful ways to improve everyone’s online learning.

Miss CeCe - cesalinas@csdo.org

Hello! I’m Miss CeCe, the other Technology Coordinator and Performing Arts Musical Director/Teacher. I am a Graduate of St. Joseph, Class of 2008, and was fortunate enough to be in the first ever St. Joseph School plays, which started me on my journey through music and performing arts. I graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Music Management, and after splitting my time working full time in the San Francisco concert industry and volunteering my time to help Mrs. Salinas direct the St. Joseph Spring musicals, I decided to join the team at St. Joseph as a technology coordinator so I could spend more of my time helping our St. Joseph students express themselves through performing arts, and through digital media. I love new technology and innovations, especially when I get to test out new products myself (NEW TOYS!). In my spare time I like to sing with my choir, play video games on my Nintendo Switch and my PC, watch YouTube and Netflix, and travel to new and interesting places around the world.

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Mr. Mauricio Duarte

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Mr. Mauricio Duarte