April 18, 2018
I am very happy to share with you that all contracted classroom teachers have returned their contracts for the 2018-19 school year. There will, however, be some changes to the teaching and support staff.
Mrs. Ann Mercurio, our Resource Teacher for the past 15 years, will be leaving us and focusing on her private tutoring business. Ann has so graciously given of her time and talent to support the many students who have graced the Reading Club. We thank Ann for her dedication and service. She shall be missed and her infectious smile, positive attitude, and enthusiasm are rare and wonderful gifts.
Mrs. Lori Levitt, our School Counselor, who began at OLMC School in 2005, stated in her letter of resignation that she "... never imagined staying so long, but the environment, support, wonderful leadership and great colleagues..." kept her with us these many years and made her an important part of the fabric of our school. She will focus more on her private practice and family needs. We shall miss Mrs. Levitt's wisdom, guidance and genuine love for all of us.
Staff changes include the following:
- Mrs. Laurin Toegemann will reduce her hours to half time, continuing her administrative responsibilities as vice-principal and oversee and lead the liturgical and secular music programs for all grades.
- Ms. Kalei Ching will reduce her time on campus to 4/5 and will teach junior high science and a section of junior high math. With Ms. Ching's engineering degree, love of science and analytical approach, she is perfect for this position.
- Ms. Jessica Hernandez is moving to the 7th grade homeroom and will be teaching at least two sections of social studies, along with other core middle school subjects.
New faces on campus in August include:
- Ms. Emma Holden will take over the reigns of 5th grade. She holds a degree in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject credential, whose educational philosophy supports and integrates all of the different learning modalities Ms. Holden has taught for the last few years in an International School in the Netherlands. A graduate of St. Charles School and Notre Dame High School, Ms. Holden is excited to be returning "home".
- Ms. Adrienne Shockey, a northern California native is returning to the area as well. For the past two years she has been in Wyoming and has held the position of Primary Resource Teacher. Prior to this, she spent three years working in a California middle school providing Special Education Services. Her degree in Special Education and five years experience in elementary education makes her a perfect fit. In addition to overseeing the Primary Resource Program for grades 1 - 5, she will re-institute the Primary Enrichment Program. As a full-time teacher, she will be able to support teachers n both in and outside the classroom. Her expertise and wealth of experiences makes her a perfect fit.
- Ms. Jessie Barbato, will take over the helm as our school counselor. Jessie, with a Masters Degree in Counseling and MFT license, makes her a great addition to our community. Jessie, a recent new mother, has experience as a school counselor and case manager/therapist. She is eager to share her talents and gifts in a small school setting. She comes highly recommended and is eager to be on campus one day a week.
I want to publicly thank Mrs. Toegemann for her diligence and persistence in researching and finding qualified, experienced candidates to interview. Her efforts, interviews and timely reference checks enabled us to secure these wonderful educators early in the hiring season.