Staff & Teachers


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Maureen Halderman


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.

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!

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.

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.

Colleen Phelan

Financial Bookkeeper


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.

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.

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

Lindsay Schrom was born and raised in Rockford, IL, where she attended Catholic School from kindergarten through high school.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human development.  After spending several years working as a foster care case manager, she decided to return to school to be a teacher and work more directly with children.  She obtained her second bachelor’s degree in elementary education and worked as a math intervention and first grade teacher for several years.  In 2013, Lindsay relocated to California to be near family.  She is looking forward to her 4th year of teaching at St. Patrick’s; she loves the close knit community and the exceptional support of both parents and teachers.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and spending quality time with family and friends.

Kathy Oates
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 eleventh 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.


Hillary Hughes
6th Grade Homeroom  Teacher
Trisha Ainsworth

7th Grade Teacher

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 and she is now teaching the 7th Grade. When she is not teaching, 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.

Kristen Marsalek

8th Grade Teacher – Vice Principal

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 three children attending St. Patrick, one child attending Mission College Prep,  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!

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


Glenn Loayza

Computer Lab Teacher

Glenn Loayza has been a teacher for the past 18 years.  He has taught 5th grade, 6th grade, technology education and computers in Massachusetts, Washington and California.  He has a Masters in Teaching degree from Washington State University and a Bachelors degree from Worcester State University. He has been the technology teacher for St Patrick Catholic School for the past 6 years.  In his free time, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, surfing and hiking with friends and family.  “This is a great community to be a part of. It is an honor and privilege to work with these students, parents and staff.”

Tara Anderson

Performing Arts Instructor

Tara Anderson is a passionate music  educator and active singer in musical theatre, pop and jazz.  A native of Santa Barbara, she trained for Voice and Music Business at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  She owned a Music School in Montana for five years, and recently moved back to the central coast with her husband and four year old son.  She has been involved in numerous musical productions and outreach endeavors in California, Boston and back in Montana.  She looks forward to bringing her joy for music to the children and families of St. Patrick School!

Caroline Vaccarro
Caroline Vaccaro

Visual Arts Instructor/Aide

Caroline was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. She has a Bachelors Degree in Art with an emphasis in Fine Art and Art History and also a second Bachelors Degree in Economics and Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Caroline then attended Concordia University in Irvine for a secondary teaching credential. In her free time she loves to spend time outdoors playing sports with her family. 

Debbie Dykzeul
Debbie Dykzeul

Extended Care Director/Inst.Aide

Coach Trudeau

Girl’s PE, Gr. K-8 Teacher

Claudia Trudeau grew up in Southern California before coming to San Luis Obispo in 1984 to attend and play volleyball at Cal Poly. She graduated with a degree in Physical Education and has been teaching and coaching on the Central Coast since 1988. Claudia taught Physical Education and coached volleyball at Mission College Prep from 1988-1996. In 1998 she joined the St. Patrick School staff teaching Physical Education and continues as PE Teacher, Volleyball, Basketball and Track Coach and Athletic Director. She loves to spend time with her husband Bob, daughter Olivia and son Gavin. Claudia loves travelling, hiking, reading, beach volleyball, camping and sharing her love of sports with her students and athletes.


Angie Mello
Stem and Boys PE Teacher