Homeroom Teachers

Mrs. Janet McClelland

VP & Early Learning Director

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As Vice Principal for the school and Director of the Early Learning Center (ELC) programs here at Our Lady of Guadalupe I have the opportunity to work with families in all their years at OLG. I am thrilled with the recent updates to our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes!   I have a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, CA. I have been teaching in Early Childhood for twenty five years.  I have two grown children and two wonderful dogs.  I am a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  When I am not working I enjoy my wonderful family, friends and travel.


Ms. Heidi Coy

Preschool Co-Teacher

hcoy@guadalupe-school.org |
206-223-3486, ext. 127 | My Page

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Hello! My name is Heidi Coy and I am a co-teacher for the preschool classroom at Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is my 4th year teaching preschool at OLG and I feel very blessed to be a part of an amazing community! A little bit about me, I have 3 children, one of which attends OLG in 6th grade. My middle is in 4th grade and youngest in 2nd grade this year. When I am not working at OLG I am usually at my kids sporting events, or hanging out with family!

Mrs. Heather Owens

Preschool Co-Teacher

howens@guadalupe-school.org |
206-223-3486, ext. 127 | My Page

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Hello all. My name is Heather Owens or as the kids call me Ms. Heather or Mrs. Owens…My journey with OLG began many years ago when I became a parishioner of the church. A few years later I was married here at OLG and then both of my children were baptized here as well. My husband (Chris Owens) and his three sisters are all Alumni of OLG. My mother in law worked at the school and Parish office where she eventually retired from some 20 years later. I am on my 4th year of working at OLG and what a GREAT 4 years it has been. It all started with a part time position that has turned into the best career decision of my life. I am beyond grateful to be a part of this amazing OLG community. And even more grateful I get to work with all of your amazing children each day.

Mrs. Estrella Ovena

Pre-K Co-Teacher

eovena@guadalupe-school.org |
206-223-3486, ext. 119 | My Page

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Mrs. Jeanine Morley

Pre-K Co-Teacher

jmorley@guadalupe-school.org |
206-223-3486, ext. 119 | My Page

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My name is Jeanine Morley and I am the Pre-School / Pre-K instructional assistant. I have a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and have been been an instructional assistant at OLG for 8 six years. I also spent many years as a tutor in the Sound Partners program. We are members of the parish and my three children graduated from OLG. We love the Guadalupe community!

Ms. Joanne Simpson


jsimpson@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 106 | My Page

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I am so excited to work with you and your child this upcoming year.  There are so many fun learning activities planned for 2022-2023. and I am thrilled that you chose OLG Kindergarten. 

I grew up in Renton and am the middle of 7 children.  I attended Cental Washington University for teacher training.  I am blessed to live near Alki and always appriciate the unique beauty of Western Washington.  I have taught in grades Pre-K-8th.  I was excited to join OLG after St. Paul in South Seattle closed.  I worked with the 4th grade, After Care for the ELC, and recess.  A few of my favorite things are:  orcas, black cats(especially Groucho, my neighbor cat), Irish breakfast tea and so much more.

Ms. Taylor Baber

First Grade

tbaber@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 105 | My Page

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My name is Taylor Baber and I will be the 1st grade teacher for Our Lady Of Guadalupe! I’m super excited to be a part of this team. It’s going to be a fun year full of learning and new adventures! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us. I want to know all about you but first here are some fun facts about me!

I graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have lots of experience working with K-2nd graders. My favorite Subject to teach is Reading and Writing and my all time favorite book to read aloud is The Book With No Pictures.

When I’m not teaching you can find me having fun in the sun! My favorite season is Summer! I love to go camping, Paddle boarding and swimming. I also love going on hikes around the PNW and playing catch with my golden retriever. I also love coffee and dark chocolate!

I look forward to a great year!

Mrs. Katie Hart

Second Grade

khart@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651 ext.107 | My Page

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I’m so excited to be teaching Second Grade at OLG! I have been a member of the parish for many years and my daughters have both attended OLG starting in preschool. Mary Kate attends Holy Names and Luce will be in Seventh Grade at OLG.

I was a classroom teacher for eleven years. I took three years off from teaching to stay home when my girls were young. While I was a stay-at-home mom I completed the School Library Professional Program at the University of Washington and am endorsed in Library Media. I was the Teacher-Librarian at St. George School for the past ten years. I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University in 1998. I finished my Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Seattle University in August 2003.

I like working for the Archdiocese of Seattle because I like being a part of a faith filled community where parental involvement and community support is an integral part of the learning process. I am a creative teacher who has a wealth of experience with students from all kinds of backgrounds and am able to meet individual student needs. I have had many different experiences working with children, teaching middle school language arts, working at an inner-city school, and teaching Spanish to my third grade students. I have also worked at a summer camp, tutored homeless children and taught Summer School for Seattle School District for four summers. I worked with a very diverse group of children in each of these settings.

I live right down the street from OLG with my family, and am looking forward to being able to walk to work! We have a dog, Luna and two cats, Tron & Caramel. I love reading, traveling, getting outside and spending time with my family.

Mrs. Rachel Hoch

Third Grade

rhoch@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651 ext.104 | My Page

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My name is Rachel Hoch-Cushman (known as Mrs. Hoch at OLG) and I have been the 2nd grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School since 2004. This year I am delighted & blessed to be “jumping up” to third grade! Before coming to OLG, I spent 10 years working in University ministry and faith formation at Colorado State University. I received my teaching certificate from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 2004, and completed my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree through UNC in 2007.

It was an exciting summer of learning and adventures. In June, I taught a fun Art & Music camp for OLG students. We had so much fun learning about different styles of art, music. During the summer, I delight in spending time with my family, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. My husband, two kiddos (ages 6 and 4), and I all love adventuring! This year we spent 3 weeks camping through Washington state, followed by 3 weeks on the east coast visiting family & playing on the beach at Chincoteague Island in VA. It was so much fun to spend the entire summer being together in the great outdoors. Our family looks forward to many more outdoor adventures in the coming year!

Here at Guadalupe, I’m excited to journey through the year with the third graders and their families as we grow together in academics and faith!


Mrs. Marie Fuchs

Fourth Grade

mfuchs@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 108 | My Page

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Welcome! My name is Marie Fuchs (Ms. Fuchs) and I teach 4th grade at OLG. I have worked with younger humans as an Environmental Educator, Tutor, and Camp Counselor for several years before I started teaching full time. These jobs helped me realize that it was my passion to teach elementary aged children by helping them grow and develop a love for learning. After student teaching for 2 years and teaching 5th grade for the past year, I have realized that upper elementary is my favorite!


In May of 2020, I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education. However, I recently realized that I am ready for another challenge, so I will be pursuing my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at WGU starting Summer 2021.


When I am not teaching or taking classes, you can find me knitting, training my cats, cooking, hiking or kayaking. I am excited to be a part of the OLG Community!
Mr. Casey Loose

Fifth Grade

cloose@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 113 | My Page

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Hello Guadalupe Families. My name is Casey Loose, and I am lucky to be the fifth-grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. I grew up in Colorado, went to High School in Wyoming, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Metropolitan State University in Denver. From there I moved to New York City and worked with many world-class artists, managing their studios and assisting them in fabrication. Along the way, I rediscovered my love of education.

After teaching a series of after-school art classes, I pursued and received a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College in New York City. I have taught in New York City public schools (grades 2-5). My wife and I recently moved to Seattle, where she is from, to be closer to family and the beautiful nature in the Pacific Northwest. I am completely thrilled and fortunate to be part of the OLG community.

Mrs. Stacy Kunst

Sixth Grade / Science

skunst@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 117 | My Page

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The passion of teaching and science has taken me coast to coast and around the world.  After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from Washington State University, I went on to a MEd. at University of Buffalo, NY.  The classroom called, and I have been in various grade levels and subject areas from Georgia, to NewYork, to Munich, Germany.

I love hands-on science and connecting all our learning to life lessons.  I’m excited to be at OLG and embracing the mission of service and leadership in the middle school grades.

Mr. Juan Carlos Santos

Seventh Grade

jcsantos@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 111 | My Page

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Name: J.C. Santos
Nicknames: Sifusantos, Mr. Santa
Teaches: Literature, Language Arts, Spellig, Social Studies, Technology, Old Testament, Church History, Morality, and irony…
Extra Curricular: Speech team, yearbook, talent show, all things 8th grade, kitchen wizard.
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Basketball, writing, singing, singing at church, meditating, song-writing, eating at restaurants, traveling – especially to the ocean and mountains.
Years experience: 14
Other teaching experience: Shorewood High School & Maui Preparatory Academy
Education: BA in Journalism, BA in Humanities, Master in Teaching, all from Seattle University. O’Dea High School graduate. St. Benedict School graduate.
Favorite worldly travels: Tokyo, New Zealand’s North Island, Roma, Venezia, Lourdes, Bruges, Cologne, Barcelona, and Hawaii.
Super power I’d like most: The ability to fly and telekinesis/telepathy.
Favorite movies: Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit
Favorite musician: Sade, Jazz, Folk
Favorite Sports Team: SeaaaHawwwwwks! and I’m still a die hard Supersonics fan!
Favorite restaurants: Hmmm… Okay, here’s five in no particular order: Umi (for their innovative sushi), Mediterranean Kitchen in Bellevue (for the best meal I’ve ever had, Dajaj Mishwi, and outstanding service), Gordito’s (for the biggest, bestest burritos a ten dollar bill can buy), New Star (best Chinese food in the city), and lastly West Seattle Fish House (for their impeccable tilapia).
Why I teach at OLG can be summed up in two words: loving community. In my time here, I’ve witnessed a parish community that is supportive, gritty, passionate, challenging, and united. It’s invigorating as a human being to be a part of something bigger than oneself, and my path happened to lead me to High Point. I feel like I make a difference for my neighbors here. There’s no better sense of accomplishment than feeling like you’re carrying out God’s work.

Like this community, I am a dreamer. Age has helped the realist in me emerge, but I believe because of this community, the idealist in me lives on. That balance helps me prepare my students for a world that seems to be spinning farther away from simple, and deeper into socio-political-technological complexities.

I love working at OLG, so much so that I wish I could make “Diego” my middle name. It’s a wonderful place to teach, grounded in service and faith.

Ms. Lauren Hobbs

Eighth Grade / Director of Curriculum & Instruction

lhobbs@guadalupe-school.org |
206-935-0651, ext. 112 | My Page

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Ms. Hobbs has been at OLG since 2013, and has been teaching in Catholic schools since 2008. She holds a Masters in Education. Ms. Hobbs also serves in an Archdiocesan role as Missionary Discipleship Institute (MDI) Companion, working with the OCS, Maryknoll and 7th grade religion teachers across the Archdiocese. Service, outreach and community are paramount to Ms. Hobbs’ teaching, classroom environment and personal life. As a member of the Middle School Team, Ms. Hobbs works with students to expand their independence, leadership skills and desire to serve and work with those on the margins of society.

Contact Us
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School

3401 SW Myrtle St.

Seattle, WA 98126

Tel: (206) 935-0651

Fax: (206) 938-3695


Our Lady of Guadalupe School & Parish acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.