At the heart of Mount Carmel's exceptional team are our passionate educators who have worked at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School for an average of 12 years. All our full-time teachers are California Credentialed and over half hold or are working toward an advanced degree.
I want to briefly introduce myself, and I look forward to meeting every member of this wonderful community. I am delighted to continue my career as the Principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. In addition to being an educator for the last 21 years, I am a mother, a wife, a lifelong learner, and a committed global citizen.
I’ve spent the last 17 years working at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton as a global studies and math teacher at both the middle and high school divisions. Five years ago, I left the traditional classroom to promote experiential learning as the founding Director of Global Education at SHS. I built SHS’s international student exchange program sending more than two hundred students around the world for global immersions and hosted numerous international faculty and student groups. Extending experiential learning, I initiated relationships with two global online learning consortiums enabling students to take alternative courses for academic credit. At SHS I was also actively involved in Service Learning and Campus Ministry, and I spent many summers living with RSCJ nuns and volunteer teaching at Sacred Heart schools in Uganda, Kenya, India, as well as other communities in Peru and Palestine. Prior to my work at SHS, I worked at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto Unified School District, Oak Avenue Elementary School in Los Alto School District, and La Entrada Middle School in Las Lomitas Elementary School District. My most fulfilling memories are opportunities when I witnessed students’ personal growth as a process of facing challenges, overcoming fears, and opening themselves to new cultures and people.
I earned my Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco School of Education, focusing on Human Rights Education, in the International and Multicultural Education Department. I have both a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I hold California Single Subject teaching credentials in Social Science, English, and Mathematics, California Multiple Subject teaching credential, and a CLAD: Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development authorization. I am committed to lifelong learning.
I have three children. Daphne is an Emergency Medicine doctor at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and she is bilingual in Spanish and has been a dedicated volunteer at Puentes de Salud, a clinic with a mission to serve the health care needs of uninsured immigrants. Rocky is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan, and he is researching advanced technologies for personalized treatment of lung cancer. Diego, my step-son, has a B.A. in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and he is a food and entertainment professional living in Sacramento. My husband of 17 years, Amado Padilla, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Developmental and Psychological Studies program at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. I am the third of of six siblings, two sisters live nearby in San Jose, and my mother lives in Campbell. I expect that some of you will meet my mother, Ann, as she loves to visit me and meet the young folks with whom I work.
I hope to bring my deeply-rooted JOY of faith, learning, service, community, and personal growth to my work at Mount Carmel. Cheers to a wonderful year together!
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Stanford University
- Master of Arts in Education, Stanford University
- Master of Arts in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
- Doctorate in Education, University of San Francisco
- Single Subject Credentials in Social Science, English, and Mathematics
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development authorization
Sheila DeMartini is a Bay Area native who attended both grammar and high school in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. An alumni from St. Timothy School in San Mateo, and Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Catholic education has always been an integral part of her life. Sheila studied nursing in college, and found that her passion was centered around patient education. After a bit of soul searching, she realized that her gifts and talents in regards to education would be best utilized in a school setting. She started as an instructional aide at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and after earning her Multiple Subject Credential, she was hired as a 1st grade teacher at OLMC. Sheila has been a 3rd grade homeroom teacher as well. She now teaches Middle School math and is the Dean of Student Life.
A social person, Sheila recalls receiving a check for “Needs Improvement” on her report cards growing up under the category of Self-Control due to her chatty nature! She always perceived nursing to be her passion because she could communicate with others and make a positive difference in their lives during a vulnerable time. Through her experience in nursing school, she realized that she loved interacting with her patients and educating them in order to be the best versions of themselves. Sheila realized that a clinical setting was not the best fit for her, and so she explored working with children. She soon realized that she could educate the youth and impact many lives through teaching. She is embarking on her 5th year of teaching and can safely say that she is where she is meant to be!
Sheila is passionate about educating the whole-child. While she is aware that academics are essential, she finds great value in the social and emotional well-being of her students and strives to show them that they are honored and loved. She sees the importance of emotional intelligence, and aims to help her students develop all aspects of themselves while they are under her care.
Sheila and her husband welcomed baby Brady George into their family on April 13, 2020 and they have been enjoying their little bundle of joy! Sheila loves to run and go on coastal walks in her town of Pacifica. She recently discovered that she makes delicious chocolate chip cookies, and is always looking to share her treats with others!
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, San Francisco State University
- Registered Nurse
- Multiple Subject Credential Program, Notre Dame de Namur University
- Multiple Subject Credential
Erika Lyssand (OLMC class of '04) facilitates the Second Step program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. She was born and raised in Redwood City, and after spending 4+ years in Sonoma County working in outdoor education, she returned to the Bay Area hoping to bring the lessons learned through experiences in Nature back into a traditional classroom setting. She is committed to creating safe and positive spaces for students to strengthen their social-emotional skills, providing opportunities for leadership and community building, and supporting the holistic well-being of every child. In 2020 she completed a "Mind-Body Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning" training/certification through an amazing organization called Breathe for Change. She looks forward to sharing the new things she learned with our community this school year!
In her free time, she enjoys creating and expressing herself through music and art. Using petals to create flower mandala designs has been one of her favorite ways to create and feel at peace. In past years she has shared this meditative practice with students, and is always inspired by their brilliance and creativity. The possibilities are endless!
Karen Sammons brings 33 years of early childhood education to the Mount Carmel TK classroom. She began her teaching career at Kirk House Preschool in Menlo Park in 1987 and established their TK program in 1998, which she ran for nine years. When her youngest daughter began kindergarten at OLMC, she joined the staff and served as the 3rd grade aide, 5th grade aide, kindergarten aide, Kid's Place staff, and finally the PreSchool teacher for the past 8 years.
Karen graduated from OLMC along with her five siblings, mother and numerous other relatives (22 in total with eight more currently attending OLMC!). Karen's three children graduated from OLMC and, while a parent, she and her husband were very involved in the sports programs and Parent-Teacher Group events. Karen has led the Sunday morning Children's Liturgy of the Word program at the 10 am Mass for the past 25 years and serves as a Eurchastic Minister at church.
Karen's deep ties to the OLMC community represent her commitment to providing a positive academic experience to the young ones who pass through her classroom. She is very excited to transition to the role of TK teacher at OLMC and can't wait to see what this year brings!
Gina began teaching at Mount Carmel in 2003 where she taught 1st grade for four years before taking over the role of Kindergarten Teacher.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Notre Dame de Namur University
- Masters in Education degree with an emphasis in Universal Design for Learning, University of San Diego
- Multiple Subject Credential
Kimberly Carlisle grew up in Portola Valley. She is a triplet and one of six kids. Growing up she played competitive tennis and played varsity tennis at Woodside Priory High School. Kimberly majored in English Literature and earned a Master’s in elementary education from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Kimberly studied literature at Oxford University and student taught kindergarten in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a student at UVA, Kimberly enjoyed volunteering for adaptive ski, where she skied with children who have disabilities. She also taught tennis to children and adults through the tennis department and edited for her college newspaper.
Kimberly’s hobbies include playing tennis, running, hiking, skiing, reading, and writing.
Kimberly taught second grade at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park for three years. She enjoyed coaching the Girls on the Run team at St. Raymond, leading the yearbook club, and coaching the literature Academic Decathlon team.
Meaghan Osborne is thrilled to join the Our Lady of Mount Carmel family as the Second Grade Homeroom Teacher. Previously, Meaghan taught for five years at De Marillac Academy, a tuition-free Catholic school in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. There Meaghan was the Lead 5th Grade Teacher and taught various courses to fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades. Meaghan also served as the Student Council Co-Moderator, Catholic Identity Support, and as a member of the faculty’s Personalized Learning Team. Ever since she was a freshman in high school, Meaghan knew that God was calling her to be a teacher. She feels most fully alive when she is in the classroom, and her favorite part about her job is the students!
Meaghan is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, having attended Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City and Mercy High School in Burlingame. Meaghan also attended Saint Mary’s College of California for both undergraduate and graduate school. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal and Civic Studies (Teachers for Tomorrow Program) with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies, a cleared Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master of Arts Degree in Education.
Meaghan is passionate about her Catholic faith and is very much inspired by the lives of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Saint Edith Stein, and Pope Saint John Paul II. Meaghan enjoys spending time with her family, praying the rosary, going to Eucharistic Adoration, traveling to new cities and countries, drinking coffee, reading, baking, cooking, and shopping at Target. Meaghan looks forward to an exciting new year with her students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal and Civic Studies, minors in Theology and Religious Studies
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Master of Arts degree in Education
Janice Scherba was born in New York, but at 6, moved to the Bay Area where she has made her home. Janice received a Catholic education at Saint Gregory’s in San Mateo, Mercy High School in Burlingame, Santa Clara University, and got her credential at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. After teaching a year in the public school, Janice began teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. She taught 1st Grade for 5 years before moving to the 2nd Grade. In all, Janice has dedicated 38 years to the children of Mount Carmel and considers the entire parish community part of her family.
While teaching, Janice was married at Mount Carmel Church and raised her 3 children, all Mount Carmel School graduates. Janice continuously attends classes and webinars to grow professionally and spiritually, and she has served on many important committees, most recently on the 2019 WCEA/WASC Accreditation Leadership Team, which lead Mount Carmel School through a very successful evaluation process receiving the highest honors a WCEA/WASC school can receive. Janice is trained by Slingerland Institute for Literacy, a certified Catechist, and a promised Pauline Cooperator. Janice has mentored teachers throughout the decades and continues this tradition of leadership, community building, and paying forward by mentoring new teachers as they begin their careers in education at OLMC. In addition to Janice’s commitment to teaching, she enjoys yoga, hiking, being outside in nature, reading with her book club group, and spending time with her friends and family.
Janice looks forward to co-teaching 1st and 2nd Grades – the two grade levels she knows and loves – along with her good friends whom she admires as strong educators, Ms. Carlisle the 1st Grade Homeroom Teacher and Ms. Osborne the 2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher.
Janice also is excited to spend time providing the individual and small group support needed to ensure that all students achieve to the best of their ability. OLMC is blessed to have Mrs. Scherba continue her dedicated teaching with the children of Mount Carmel!
- Bachelor of Arts, Santa Clara University
- Multiple Subject Credential
Shannon Thayer was born and raised in San Mateo and has always enjoyed working with children. She found her passion for teaching during her college years. Shannon loves making a difference in student's lives and really enjoys finding creative ways to make learning fun. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University. After graduating, she knew she wanted to pursue the filed of education so she attended Notre Dame de Namur University where she earned her teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Education.
Outside of school, you can find Shannon spending time with her family and friends, playing volleyball, cheering on the Oregon Ducks and SF Giants, kick boxing, and going running!
- Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Sonoma State University
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Master of Arts in Education, Notre Dame de Namur
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, University of Portland
- Master of Arts in Social Work, University of Denver
Megan Andreano returns to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School as the 5th Grade Homeroom Co-Teacher, as well as our new Resource Specialist for fourth through eighth grades. Megan will begin the 2020-2021 school year co-teaching with Mrs. Maas, and will quickly transition into the full-time 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher when Mrs. Maas goes on maternity leave in early September. When Mrs. Maas returns from maternity leave in January 2021, Ms. Andreano and Mrs. Maas will co-teach 5th Grade and Ms. Andreano will add her Resource Specialist time for the fourth through eighth graders.
Megan originally joined OLMC years ago to fulfill her student teaching experience as Mrs. Camille Torres’s 3rd Grade Instructional Aide. Prior to returning to the OLMC faculty, Megan was the 4th Grade Homeroom teacher at nearby St. Pius School for 14 years.
Megan received her liberal studies degree from the University of the Pacific, her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur, and her Masters in Inclusive Education from USD.
Megan has always had lifelong aspirations to become a teacher; following in her mother’s footsteps. Over her fourteen years of teaching, Megan has been very involved in the school by leading various school committees, piloting new programs through the Archdiocese, participated on numerous WASC experiences, and sat on a panel to help determine the NAEP Writing Achievement Level Setting, to name a few. She loves working with children and is excited to work in this new position.
Megan grew up on the Peninsula, having attended a Catholic elementary and high school. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, and traveling to new cities around the world. Megan is excited to join the Mount Carmel community and is looking forward to meeting the students and families! The Padre community is delighted to welcome Ms. Andreano back to OLMC!
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, University of the Pacific
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Master of Arts Degree in Inclusive Education, University of San Diego
Ashley Vita is the daughter of an Air Force Major and as a result spent much of her childhood living in many different states as well as overseas. Living in Germany for several years allowed Ms. Vita and her family to make the most of their European weekends visiting many of the surrounding countries.
Ms. Vita attended Catholic school in the Diocese of Las Vegas graduating from Bishop Gorman High School. Always having an appreciation for mathematics, she continued her education at the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts degree in Education.
Upon graduation, Ms. Vita began her teaching career as the 6th grade teacher at Belle Haven Elementary in Menlo Park before moving to St. Pius School for the past six years. She led the 8th Grade class for the first two years, then transitioned to the 4th-8th grade mathematics teaching position.
Ms. Vita's hobbies are playing piano, working on puzzles, following the San Francisco Giants, going on walks with her husband, and visiting with her nephew on FaceTime. Ashley is ecstatic about joining the Mount Carmel community as the 6th grade homeroom teacher with a specialization in math! The Mount Carmel community will be equally delighted to welcome Ms. Vita to our OLMC Faculty!
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, University of San Francisco
- Master of Arts degree in Education, University of San Francisco
Gene Borja has been teaching for over 10 years both in the classroom and out as an excellent Elementary and Junior High School physical education and homeroom teacher. Gene earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University in History with an emphasis in Classical and Latin America and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Education from National University in San Jose. Gene spent five years at St. Pius where he taught as the Eighth Grade Homeroom teacher and brings with him a wealth of experience in teaching and preparing his students for high school.
Fun fact! Gene returned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School after a seven-year absence when he originally taught P.E. from 2007-2012.
Gridel Dias was born and raised in a Catholic family in India where she attended K-12 Catholic school. In 2008, Gridel came to the U.S. and has lived in the Bay Area with her husband and two children ever since. Gridel’s husband, Joe, is a software engineer; and they have two children; an older daughter who will be a high school freshman this fall and a son who will be in second grade.
Gridel and her husband are both very involved in education. Despite Joe’s busy work schedule, he takes time out to volunteer at their son’s school. Last year he worked as a room parent and taught Lego engineering. Likewise, Gridel too continues to volunteer her days off from her school at her children’s schools.
Gridel is a third generation teacher in her family; her maternal grandfather and mom were teachers, and her uncle was a Principal at a Catholic high school. Hence, Gridel was drawn to teaching very early on, and as a kid she played imaginative games of being a teacher.
Gridel’s teaching career started in India, where she taught science and math to 4th and 5th graders for seven years. After coming to the U.S., she chose a new path; a path of being a full time mommy up until her son started schooling. The second phase of Gridel’s teaching career started as a substitute teacher in a public school in San Jose. Following that, Gridel worked in the Diocese of San Jose as a junior high math teacher and elementary science teacher for three years. Gridel has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry, California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Supplementary Authorization in Chemistry. Currently Gridel is completing a Master’s of Science degree in Education with Specialization in Teaching.
Outside teaching Gridel likes to spend time with her family, go on bike rides, listen to music, and be involved in her children’s activities. OLMC is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated scientist with deep roots in education to lead our Middle School science program. Welcome Mrs. Dias!
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
- Multiple Subject Credential, supplementary authorization in Chemistry
- Master of Science Degree in Education with specialization in teaching (in progress)
Greg Davidson is a “recovering attorney”, having practiced corporate law for 30 years at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in both Southern and Northern California. He had wide-ranging experience leading mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate finance transactions and regularly guided public companies on corporate governance and securities laws matters. Greg counseled venture capitalists and corporate strategic investors in financings and emerging growth companies in all aspects of their corporate legal requirements.
Greg left the law practice in 2018 to become a Fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI). DCI is a one to two year-long program with 26 accomplished individuals from all walks of life who desire to pivot from their current positions and transform themselves for roles with social impact at the local, national and global levels. One of the great benefits of the DCI program was getting the opportunity to go back to college and be a student all over again for 18 months. Upon finishing the DCI Program, Greg determined to become a math teacher. In the Spring, he worked as a math teacher apprentice, helping to teach Geometry and Algebra 1 in distance learning mode at Sacred Heart Preparatory.
Greg grew up in Los Angeles, attending parochial school from fifth through eighth grades and then the Jesuit-run Loyola High School. He attended Stanford, where he graduated with a double major in Political Science and Economics, and thereafter earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Greg served 10 years on the board of directors of United Way Silicon Valley (including as Chairman for his last two years). He lives in Menlo Park, California and is married to Helen Wilmot, an executive at Stanford Hospital. They have two children – a son who attended the University of Oregon and is now a back-end software engineer in Eugene, Oregon, and a daughter who attended Stanford and is a professional soccer player, including playing on the United States Women’s National Team. Greg and Helen also served for four years as members of the University of Oregon Parents Leadership Council, a recruited group of parents serving as advisers to university leaders.
Outside teaching, Greg likes to play and watch all kinds of sports, hang out down in Santa Cruz, and spend time with his wife and family. Greg is very excited to jump into the role of a teacher at OLMC!
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley School of Law
¡Hola! Me llamo señora Mendoza! I have been teaching Spanish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School for the past 14 years! I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by!
Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in the Philippines to parents of Spanish and Filipino descent. I am the 4thof 6 siblings, and we are a very close family. We have traveled together to Spain and Portugal twice in the past few years. Our family values and harmonious relationship were instilled in us by our parents. I have one child, Patricia, who is married, lives close by, and works in San Francisco for a tech company.
I was educated in single gender Catholic schools from Kinder to College. I was fortunate to attend a school founded by a Spanish Priest who is now a saint, St. Pedro Poveda, and it is the only school in the Philippines that teaches Spanish from Kinder to High School. I still remember some of the poems and songs I learned as a child and have taught them to my students. Fifth graders, do you remember this one: "Tengo, tengo, tengo, pero tú no tienes nada! Tengo tres ovejas en una cabaña. Una me da leche, otra me da lana y la otra mantequilla para toda la semana!"
After college, I spent a year in Spain and studied at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid. It was one of the best experiences of my life!
Since immigrating to the United States, I have lived mostly in the Bay Area though there were short stints in L.A. and Albuquerque, NM. I enjoy living in this area because of the good weather, diverse foods, and most especially, my daughter and two sisters are here!
I love teaching at Mt. Carmel and watching the little 4/5 year olds grow up to be 8thgraders and leaders of the school! It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of your lives! I treasure you all! ¡Hasta luego! ¡Olé!
Teaching is a second career for Kelly. She began her career as a marketing professional, working as a writer, graphic designer, public relations manager and event coordinator for a series of software companies, eventually resulting in a transfer to the Bay Area from her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After achieving success in her high tech career, Kelly wanted to contribute and give back to her community.
She began at OLMC as a classroom aide while she was obtaining her teaching credential in 2002. Raised Catholic in a similar neighborhood parish and parochial school, Kelly felt immediately at home and welcome. After obtaining her credential, she became the 5th grade teacher for 10 years. During that time she also took on some extra projects around the school related to her passions, including hosting both the Spelling and Geography Bees, managing costumes for dramatic performances, coaching academic decathlon students, and teaching art classes for various special events. In 2015, Kelly transitioned to a part-time role as the art teacher for TK-8, which she loves so much! Seeing the results of OLMC students’ creativity, getting to know all the students, and watching them grow and develop their talents over the years is extremely fulfilling.
Kelly is married to Bob, a retired music teacher and performing musician. Together they have visited all 7 continents, 45 of our 50 U.S. states, and more than 35 countries.
Kelly loves nature and animals! There are no marine mammals where she grew up, so when she moved here she became fascinated with seals and sea lions and wanted to learn all about them. As a result, she is a docent at Año Nuevo State Reserve in Pescadero, CA, the site of one of the few mainland Northern Elephant Seal rookeries. She has been leading tours for visitors and field trip groups since 2002. Kelly also volunteers at Edgewood County Park and hikes there regularly.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Pennsylvania State University
- Master of Arts degree in Education, San Francisco State University
- Multiple Subject Credential
- Single Subject Credential - Visual Arts
Mrs. Barbato is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been working at OLMC for the past two years. She attended the University of Oregon where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. She has always had a huge passion for helping others and trying to get to the root of what is going on in our lives that is causing us distress, adversity or turmoil! She decided to continue her education at Santa Clara University where she graduated in 2012 with her Master's in Counseling Pyschology. She has worked at some amazing places learning invaluable lessons about the importance of listening, validating and respecting an individual and helping them gain the tools to feel empowered to take on their lives with confidence. Ms. Barbato worked at Adolescent Counseling Services (Gunn High School and Menlo Atherton High School) as a school counselor for three years. She worked at a 72 bed residential inpatient facility for adults with severe mental illness where she was a case manager/therapist and ran groups. Her last position before coming to OLMC was at Caminar, a non-profit outpatient agency serving adults with severe mental illness, as a case manager and therapist.
Ms. Barbato and her husband Jon and I have two girls, Madison (3) and Avery (9 months) and an Australian Shepherd, Scout, who keep. She loves working at OLMC and seeing students in person!! She provides extraordinary support to all our students during this super-challenging time.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology, University of Oregon
- Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Pat Walsh began her teaching career for the San Francisco Unified School District at Jose Ortega School in a 4th grade classroom. After completing five years of teaching in San Francisco, she and her husband moved to Redwood City to start a family. Those early years were spent volunteering at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as a CCD teacher, Master Catechist, training adult volunteer teachers, and as CCD Program Coordinator for 150 public school students as well as substituting in the nearby Catholic schools. From 1985 to 1993 Pat was employed by San Carlos School District as an associate teacher and long-term substitute. In 1993 she was asked to develop and teach a resource program at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Pat obtained her Learning Handicapped Credential and in 1997 her Masters’ Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her Masters’ thesis included a handbook for administrators, titled “Responding to Special Needs in K-8 Catholic Schools” which has served as a model program, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Since assuming the role as case manager for the junior high students that have been identified with special needs, Pat has mentored three resource teachers at Mt. Carmel, while they pursued their special education credentials and Masters’ degrees.
Pat chose a profession in education because it energizes and challenges her, she can continue to learn and share her gifts, and to help and encourage others. Her professional passions include educating parents, teachers, and students to respect and celebrate all learning differences; teaching her students to advocate for how they learn, appreciate, develop, and share their unique God- given talents.
Pat feels blessed to have been a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish since 1966 and to have her three children graduate from the school: John, class of ’80; Terri, class of ’82; and Matt, class of ’90. She is grateful to still be teaching and to have six grandchildren, the two youngest currently at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
- Bachelor of Arts in Education, San Francisco State University
- Master of Arts in Education, University of San Francisco
- Life Credential Grades K-8, State of California
- Learning Handicapped Credential
- Master Catechist, State of California
- Slingerland Teacher Training Certificate
Julie Griffith is the first and second grade aide. A Bay Area native and retired nurse, she became interested in education when her daughter was diagnosed with learning differences. In addition to helping her, Julie volunteered for the second grade reading program at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. The excited faces and wide smiles of the children as they learned to decode words and read fluently hooked her on being a reading aide for life.
Julie am blessed with two daughters one of whom is a teacher and the other a marketing executive.
Julie's family has an Australian Cattle dog named Lucy who loves soft blankets and seems to run their house! Julie's hobbies outside of school include: walking, scrapbooking, reading, and occasionally going to tea.
Cathy Paulson was born and raised in Los Gatos, California. She is one of 5 children all of whom attended St. Mary’s in Los Gatos and St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Cathy majored in History and received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working with at risk youth in the greater Santa Rosa area. After working for a number of years in the legal field Cathy enrolled in the STEP: Stanford Teacher Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and earned both her Master of Arts in Education and her Professional CLEAR credential.
Cathy is an active member of the St. Charles community in San Carlos where she has been a long term substitute, instructional aide and member of both the Parent Activities Committee and School Advisory Board. When not being her children’s driver, cheerleader, and tutor, Cathy enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and watching Bay Area sports. Cathy lives in Redwood City with her 3 children (9th, 7th and 4th grades), husband, and dog Otto. Cathy will be the 4th grade Accelerated Math teacher and the Instructional Aide for 5th grade working with Mrs. Mass.
Ms. Zell is the Instructional Aide to Ms. Thayer for our 3rd Grade class. This will be her 4th year at OLMC as an Instructional Aide. She previously worked in the San Carlos and Redwood City School Districts. She has two children, Olivia and Michael; and a fur baby, a Golden Retriever named Sadie Mae. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to a wonderful school year!
When not in school she loves to go for walks, plant flowers in her yard, spend time with family, and be in Tahoe. Tahoe is her "happy place"!