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Staff & Teachers

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Maureen Halderman

Principal

Maureen Halderman attended Catholic schools from elementary school through university. She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in English and Education and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Master’s in Education. Maureen also holds a Multiple Subject and a Single Subject teaching credential. Maureen has been part of the St. Patrick School community since 1997, when she began teaching third grade. In 1999 Maureen began teaching 1st grade and taught that grade level until 2009 when she began her position as principal. Maureen loves being a part of St. Patrick School – a community rooted in faith, family, and mercy.

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Gail Johnson

Office Manager

Gail Johnson is the Office Manager at St. Patrick School. She is a strong advocate for Catholic education, having gone through 12 years of Catholic school. She has been involved with our school since 1988, when her children came to school here. Over the years, she has been the school bus driver, the school secretary and registrar, and is looking forward to her grandson starting here in 2020!

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Teri Bledsoe, LCSW

School Counselor

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working with children and families for over 25 years. My husband and I moved back to Arroyo Grande in 1998 and have I have been employed by St. Patrick Church and St. Patrick School since then. I married my Arroyo Grande High School sweetheart and we have three grown children who are Alumni of St. Patrick School.

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Kendra Brownlee

Registrar and Fundraising Coordinator

Kendra Brownlee is a St. Patrick School Alumna and parent of two St. Patrick School students. She graduated from Cal Poly with a Liberal Studies degree and is part of a third generation family here at St. Patrick. She is now the Registrar and Fundraising Coordinator and is so happy to be back at the school she loves so much.

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Janet Laursen

Financial Bookkeeper

I have been a bookkeeper for more than 30 years and had retired in June of 2013. While not looking for a job I was offered the opportunity to come work at St Patrick School, even if it was only going to be temporary. A year later I am still here and enjoying the experience. I am impressed by the committed faculty and the number of parents who are participating in their children’s school experience.

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Melissa Ward
Preschool Director
Melissa Angel

Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Melissa Angel. I have been the kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick School for seven years. I attended Cal Poly, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and my teaching credential, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education. I live in San Luis Obispo with my husband and two lovely daughters. I love to read and travel.

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Monica Reichmuth

1st Grade Teacher

Monica Reichmuth was born and raised in Los Angeles and came to the Central Coast in 1994 to attend Cal Poly. Monica received her teaching credential from Cal Poly in 2001 and has taught in the Santa Maria Bonita and Pleasant Valley school districts before coming to St. Patricks in 2013 where she currently teaches first grade. Monica lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and has been blessed with four beautiful and energetic children.  She loves spending time with her family and friends and relaxing with a good book. Monica has a passion for teaching and for fostering each students inquisitive spirit.

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Casey Reynolds

2nd Grade Teacher

I have been a teacher at St. Patrick School since 1993 after graduating from Cal Poly and Stanislaus State.  In that time I have had the pleasure of working with students in 5th, 6th, kindergarten and 2nd grade.   I have been blessed to be able to send my own children here.  As a teacher and a parent, the  St. Patrick School community has welcomed us as family.

Lindsay Schrom

3rd Grade Teacher

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Kathy Oates

4th Grade Teacher

Kathy Oates was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, where she was first introduced to the Catholic School education system through her elementary school, Good Shepherd.  Mrs. Oates later attended Cal Poly and earned a degree in kinesiology.  She always knew providing education would be in her future because she comes from a long line of teachers in her family.  Mrs. Oates is currently in her seventh year at St. Patrick School and feels blessed to be teaching fourth grade.  Mrs. Oates lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and twin boys.

 
Camille Zumbro

5th Grade Teacher

Camille Zumbro has been teaching at St. Patrick School for two years after graduating from Cal Poly. Camille received her bachelor’s degree with a major in Child Development and a minor in Psychology, and went on to complete her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Working at St. Patrick allows her to combine two important aspects of her life: growing in faith and helping others enjoy learning as much as she does.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys running, reading, playing the piano, hiking, and coaching basketball.

 

 
Nicole Jackson

6th Grade Teacher

Nicole Jackson has been around the education system her entire life. Growing up with two teachers in the house inspired her to want to become a teacher at a young age. She attended Righetti High School and then transferred to Westmont College. While there, she played in the orchestra, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Primary Credential. She worked at Old Mission School for a year before coming to St. Patrick School. She recently got married in October of 2015 and enjoys running, reading, and being outdoors.

 

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Trisha Ainsworth

7th Grade Teacher – Vice Principal

Trisha Ainsworth first came to St. Patrick School over 35 years ago as a first grade student herself. Eight years later, she graduated from St. Pats and went onto St. Joseph High School and then Cal Poly. After finishing up her multi-subject credential and Masters in Curriculum, she taught Kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade in the Lompoc Unified School District. She returned to the St. Patrick’s campus as the fifth grade teacher in 2001. Four years later, she left St. Pats to work in the testing department in the Santa Maria Bonita School District. Later, she taught religion to high school students and then 4th grade before returning to St. Pats once again in 2008 to teach the 5th grade. In 2009, she also took over the role of Vice Principal. Today, she is teaching 7th Grade Religion and ELA along with her role as Vice Principal. When she is not teaching or fulfilling her administrative duties, one can find her either hiking with her two daughters, watching her son play sports, or just spending time with her husband and family and friends.

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Kristen Marsalek

8th Grade Teacher

Kristin has been teaching at St. Patrick School since 2008, but also attended school here 1st through 8th grade.  After her time as a student at St. Pat’s, Kristin went on to Mission Prep in San Luis (’96), earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science from Providence College in Rhode Island (’00), her credential and Master’s in Education at Cal Poly (’02 & ’10, respectively).  Before coming to teach at St. Pat’s, she taught at both Judkins and St. Joseph High School.

Kristin has four children attending St. Patrick and is active in the St. Patrick’s Church community.  She loves to spend time with her family playing dominoes, watching them in their various athletic competitions, and watching her Boston teams win (Go Patriots!  Go Red Sox!  Go Bruins!)  In her spare time, she loves to travel.  It has been a great joy to be a part of the St. Patrick School community for so many years, and looks forward to many more years to come!

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Sr. Margaret Malone

5th – 8th Grade Science

I am a member of the Sisters of Mercy – Irish Province. In 1988 I came to California. I teach Science to Gr. 5 – 8. It is rewarding and enjoyable for me to see the great opportunities and challenges which Science presents to our world

 
Gil Braga

Spanish Teacher

 

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Glenn Loayza

Computer Lab Teacher

Glenn Loayza has been a teacher for the past 15 years.  He has taught 5th grade, 6th grade, technology education and computers.  He has a Masters in Teaching degree from Washington State University. He has been the technology teacher for St Patrick Catholic School for the past 3 years.

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Nina Rippy

Performing Arts Instructor

After 12 years as a performing arts instructor for Children’s Creative Project. I am thrilled to be at St. Patrick. Both my children are alumni of St. Patrick so it feels like coming home. I hope to bring joy to your children through music, theater and dance.

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Caroline Vaccaro

Visual Arts Instructor/Aide

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Debbie Dykzeul

Extended Care Director/Inst.Aide<

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Coach Trudeau

Girl’s PE, Gr. K-8 Teacher

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Angie Mello

STEM & PE Teacher

Angie Mello has been teaching third grade at St. Patrick School for more years than she would like to admit! She was born and raised in the area and attended Old Mission School and Mission College Prep. Angie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on adventures, laughing and enjoying the Central Coast.