Early Learning Director
My name is Janet McClelland, and I direct the Early Learning Center (ELC) programs here at Our Lady of Guadalupe. 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 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.
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!
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.
My name is Emily Mitchell and I am the Lead Teacher for the Pre-K classroom at Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am an alum of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Class of 2008) and I am very happy to be back! I have my Bachelors degree in Human Development and an Early Childhood Certificate from Washington State University. Things I love are my family, friends, and my cat and dog.
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!
I am so excited to work with your kids this year. I went to Central Washington University and studied Elementary Education (K-8) with a minor in Reading (K-12). My very first teaching job was right here in West Seattle when I student taught at Lafayette Elementary. Since then I have taught Kindergarten through 2nd grades.
After teaching for a number of years, I had the joy of starting a family. I was home with my kids for a few years. I began substitute teaching when my youngest started preschool. My husband and I have three kids that attend Holy Rosary School here in West Seattle. For the last two years I’ve been guest teaching in many classrooms, including OLG, and I’ve especially enjoyed being in the Catholic schools. I am really looking forward to working with you and your kids.
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!
I am a graduate from University of Arizona with a degree in Geography, and from Seattle Pacific University with a Masters in Teaching. I am an educator who is very passionate about learning and assisting students in meeting their academic goals and personal goals. I am also a teacher who enjoys implementing creativity and humor into the daily lessons and interactions with students. And I am an individual who is kind, respectful, willing and cooperative with all students, teachers, staff members and community members that make up the learning environment.
I have had many awesome experiences teaching in elementary school like being a fifth -grade teacher, and a first and second grade teacher. So, I have a pretty good idea of where we are heading as third graders, and where we have come from! I am also super excited about exploring, discovering, and sharing new ideas while we engage in our learning through participating in projects, working together, and using technology. And I love to read, so I would love to hear about any good books anyone has read.
Lastly, I love living here in West Seattle, since my favorite activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, and exploring the tidepools on Alki. I hope to see many of the OLG community out and about in the wonderful outdoors!
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.
Sixth Grade / Science
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.
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: 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. 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.