My name is Janet McClelland, and I teach the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes at Our Lady of Guadalupe. I have a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, CA. I have been teaching in the Early Childhood classroom for twenty five years. I live in West Seattle with my two children; my daughter attends high school and my son is in college. I volunteer weekly at WestSide Baby. This summer, I had an internship working with providers picking up items for their clients. I am also a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. When I am not working I enjoy my wonderful family, friends and travel.
Pre-K Instructional Assistant
206-935-0651, ext. 120
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 6 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!
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
206-935-0651, ext. 106
Hi! My name is Lauren Thorp, and I am happy to say I am the new Instructional Assistant for the Kindergarten class at OLG. I grew up attending Catholic School in Annapolis, MD, and I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Salisbury University in 2011. After working at a news station as a video editor, I realized that sitting in a dark room staring at a computer screen all day was not how I wanted to live my life. I knew I needed to reevaluate my priorities and find what made me happy, while continuing to trust in God and grow stronger in my faith. I began to continue my education by taking teaching classes in Annapolis, where I had teaching internships at two different elementary schools, with 2nd and 3rd graders. I had the opportunity to assist the general education teachers with classroom duties, work one on one with the students, and create and implement lesson plans to the class. I finally felt like I was making a difference in the world, and knew that teaching was where I belonged.
I completed my first cross country road trip this summer by driving to Tacoma from Annapolis, MD. My Dad joined me, and we made a detour to Stamford, CT, to watch eight sisters from the Sisters of Life profess their vows. It was the most breathtaking and joyous events I have ever experienced.
What brought me out here was my niece and nephew who were born this past August. I currently live with my sister and have been helping her out with the double blessings of twins.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, Crossfit, photography, hiking, and cooking. My favorite sports team is the Baltimore Ravens!
Greetings! My name is Mrs. Rita Gazewood. My studies at Montana State University-Billings included a major of Elementary Education (K-8) and a minor of Reading (K-12). I explored various school structures and grade levels through two years substitute teaching. My faith led me to Catholic education. My passion for reading has brought me to the first grade level. Witnessing students emerging into literacy and guiding the process fills me with joy!
I have enjoyed being the first grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School for the past fifteen years. As a teacher, a parishioner, and a parent, I’m thrilled to be in the midst of my sixteenth year as part of this amazing community.
The summer break provided opportunity for reflect professionally and to play personally. I began the summer participating in the Summer Leadership Institute. The Institute expanded my understanding of the Common Core Standards and allowed me time to go deeper into curriculum mapping.
The rest of the summer was filled with family fun! My daughter and I’s annual road trip to Montanta to visit family was made particularly special because my husband and my niece, who headed off to college this fall, joined us for the adventure. We loved stopping off at Silverwood to play for a few days. Our trek thorough Yellowstone National Park was no less than amazing. The views, the wildlife, and the history, coupled with experiencing it through our daughter’s eyes made it unforgettable! The glorious weather made the rest of the summer easy to enjoy with biking, hiking, and playing in the water. The time spent learning, planning, and playing gave me some much needed rest an reenergized me for the new school year.
I’m looking forward to another great year!
My name is Rachel Hoch-Cushman (known as Mrs. Hoch at OLG) and I have been blessed to be the second grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School since 2004. 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 attended a professional development seminar on the Common Core Standards, which helped me plan out & align the literacy units for the coming year. In July, I collaborated with Miss Hobbs for the OLG Literacy Camp. We had so much fun reading and writing about worms and gardens.
In August, I spent my time enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. My husband and I went camping through Banff, Lake Louise, & Jasper, Canada. We had a fabulous time hiking to see such things as the Plain of the Six Glaciers, Moraine Lake, and the Columbia Ice Field. I even got to touch the glacial water that would make its way to our Columbia River! We also spent a couple of weekends out at Cape Alava, Washington. It was a glorious summer of being outdoors!
Greetings. I am Mrs. Catherine Wilson, and I am blessed to be the fourth grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. I grew up in Northern California, and attended twelve years of Catholic School. My father was Portuguese from Hawaii; my mother is an immigrant from England. Our family, with its ethnic diversity, is held together by our strong Catholic identity.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989. After college I spent two years as a Jesuit Volunteer working with inner city children in Baltimore, Maryland. Concern for justice in urban education led me to join a national teacher corps, Teach for America. I taught for the Oakland Unified School District in California (grades K-2) while earning my teaching certification from the University of San Francisco (1992). I moved to Seattle and joined the Archdiocese of Seattle at St. Paul School, teaching grade 4 for four years and later middle school for three years. I earned my Masters Degree in Special Education from City University in 1999.
This is my ninth year teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. My twin daughters are eighth graders this fall. We are thrilled to be part of the OLG community.
My name is Lauren Hobbs and this is my second year as a member of the OLG community, and my seventh year teaching in Catholic education!
Originally from Oklahoma, I spent my childhood in Texas and Northern California as well. After high school, I attended Sonoma State University, just north of San Francisco, and earned at Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies (2008). After graduation, I had a desire to serve and continue my education further. I joined LMU PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education), a two-year service program that serves the lower income and under resourced Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I was placed in North Long Beach, and taught fourth grade at my placement school for five years. While in PLACE, I earned a Masters in Education and California Teaching Credential (2010) from Loyola Marymount University.
When I am not at school, I enjoy being outdoors, swimming, painting, photography, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. This summer, I spent time exploring the beautiful Seattle area, and cannot wait to explore more of the great Northwest in the years to come.
I believe that teaching is my vocation, and I greatly enjoy helping students to become lifelong passionate learners who are dedicated to service, justice and their faith. I look forward to walking beside your children on their journey of discovery this year, and know that with Christ’s guidance and love, we will have a fantastic year!
Hi, my name is Michael Stein-Ross and I’m the 6th grade homeroom, Middle School Science, and Spanish II teacher. I’m a Northwest and Catholic School native. I grew up in Shoreline, went to Christ the King School, Seattle Prep, and then earned my undergraduate at USC in Los Angeles.
Most recently I spent the last four years teaching Middle School Humanities at Escuela Campo Alegre American School in Caracas, Venezuela.
As a teacher I seek to wake up the children to what they have inside of them. To do this I encourage creativity and divergent thinking, which Sir Ken Robinson defines as “an essential capacity for creativity; it is the ability to see many different answers to a problem and to interpret questions in many different ways.” The challenges of life do not have just one answer. There are as many answers as there are cultures and conditions. Answers are good, to be sure, but I want my students to realize that often the question is more important than the answer — that the proper question will lead to the proper solution.
I enjoy teaching Science because the job of the scientist is to ask questions and then to creatively figure out an answer. And the neatest part is that making mistakes is all part of the process!
This year begins my fifteenth as an educator. At home I am kept happy and busy with my husband Neal, three year old Brennan, and one year old Lily. The experience of parenting is like no other, as you strive to create the best life full of opportunities for your children. I look very forward to partnering with all the seventh grade families in working towards this same mission for their children. It is great to be at OLG, a special place where I truly enjoy working with such enthusiastic students, staff, and parents.
As a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, I returned to graduate school at Seattle University where I received my Masters in Teaching in 1999. Throughout my career I have continued my education wherever possible, taking on-going teacher classes in everything from technology integration, to psychology, to environmental science education. Learning is truly a life-long process and there is much more of it that I intend to do!
My passion and priority outside of my career and family, is world travel. I’ve worked hard, saved carefully, and have taken advantage of most of my summers off by going abroad. I have been fortunate to see many exciting places and experience many different ways of life, and I aim to bring this multi-cultural perspective into my teaching. I also celebrate the beauty of God’s creation by spending as much time as possible outside; hiking, camping, climbing, snow-shoeing, whatever!
In my classroom, I promote an atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect. I work hard to build a sense of community among my students, and I emphasize the idea of teamwork and responsibility. I value cooperation and collaboration both in my classroom and as I work with my peers and families. I have incredibly high expectations for all my students and find that with effort and integrity, they can be met. I look forward to another year of teaching and learning!
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.
Hobbies: Basketball, writing, singing, singing at church, meditating, song-writing, eating at restaurants, traveling – especially to the ocean and mountains.
Years experience: 10
Other teaching experience: Shorewood High School
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).
Thoughts on OLG: Entering my tenth year at Our Lady of Guadalupe School makes me feel… old. Definitely a lot wiser than when I entered as a jittery 23 year-old.
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.