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 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.
Pre-K Instructional Assistant
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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!
Welcome to my class!! This is my second year teaching kindergarten. Previously I was the technology and librarian teacher here at OLG for 11 years, and decided it was time for a change. Kindergarten is my current passion. Students are eager to learn and are unfiltered with their thoughts and ideas, and each day is different from the last. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year.
Greetings! 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 to find my teaching passion. My faith led me to Catholic education. My love of 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 eighteen years. As a teacher, a parishioner, and a parent, I’m thrilled to be in the midst of my nineteenth year as part of this amazing community.
Summer break was busy, busy, busy! It was filled with learning and joy! As the 2017 Teacher Excellence Award Recipient I took the trip of a lifetime. As a fourth grader, I was introduced to the richness of our National Parks system by an inspired and enthusiastic teacher. At nine years old I vowed that one day I would visit Bryce Canyon and this summer my childhood dream was realized. My family had an amazing adventure to these national parks/recreation areas: Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Mount Zion. As we marveled at the beauty of Creation we were awed, humbled, and filled with gratitude! I must say experiencing these treasures through the eyes of my child made it even more special.
My daughter and I also took our annual trip to Montana to spend time with my mother and other family. We especially enjoyed our time at Crow Fair. Watching the beautiful dancers and connecting to our family heritage was truly a gift. Seeing my mother, who is in latter stages of Alzheimer’s, invite people into impromptu dances and revel in the music reminded me of the joy in “the now”. As summer days wind down I look to the new school year with gratitude and renewed energy.
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 collaborated with Miss Hobbs for the OLG Literacy Camp. We had so much fun reading and writing about worms and gardens.
In July, I spent my time enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. My husband and I took our 18-month old daughter on her first long camping trip. We spent 3 weeks tenting our way down the Oregon & California coasts, enjoying beaches and the Redwoods. Then we wound our way up through the interior to see such gorgeous sights as Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and Mt. St. Helens. We quickly learned that our girl is a natural & enthusiastic camper. She loved being in the tent and adventuring through the outdoors! Our family looks forward to many more outdoor adventures in the coming year!
Here at Guadalupe, I’m excited for journey through the year with the second graders and their families as we grow together in academics and faith!
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 twelfth year teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. My twin daughters are now juniors in high school. I am thrilled to be part of the OLG community.
My name is Lauren Hobbs and this is my fifth year as a member of the OLG community, and my tenth 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!
Hello Guadalupe families,
Prior to becoming a teacher, I lived life on the wild side, working as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Even in remote wilderness the teaching bug found me however, and I took my first teaching position as a high school science teacher in 2000. Since then, I have worked to grow as an educator; teaching a wide range of students and developing curriculum for many unique hands-on courses, such as a zoology class which conducted field studies in cooperation with a local wildlife refuge and a “Science Explorations” class which explored science concepts in a shop setting. Throughout my years of teaching, I have developed a reputation for hands-on science and a contagious love of learning; but also a commitment to students who struggle. This led me to become an academic resource teacher at Eastside Catholic and for a cognitive learning center in Redmond for the past few years.
I live in the hills preceding the Carnation Valley with my wife, Jeanine, whom I met and married while in college. We were recently adopted by “Missy”, a clever young Miniature Australian Shepherd whose job is to keep us on our toes. We also share our home with “Darwin”, an elderly tabby cat with green eyes who likes to have his tummy rubbed. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and pooch, fishing (or attempting to), hiking, reading and gardening.
I am very pleased to join Our Lady of Guadalupe School and look forward to getting to know all of you!
This year begins my eighteenth as an educator. At home I am kept happy and busy with my husband Neal, 6 year old Brennan, and 4 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: 12
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 twelth 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.