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Celebrating the service of our Catholic school teachers, staff members and school leaders

As we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week across the country, we’d like to recognize teachers, staff members and school leaders across the Archdiocese of Denver who are celebrating milestone years. Please continue to keep these educators and dedicated staff members in your prayers, as they are working hard to make disciples of our students.

School administrators and leadership who have reached milestones:

20 Years:

Roxie Mountain-Weed
Assistant Principal, Most Precious Blood

Frank Cawley
Chief of Enrollment, Mullen High School

15 Years:

Tracy Alarcon
Principal, All Souls

Mark Strawbridge
Principal, Good Shepherd

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Kate Hatch
Asst. Principal, Our Lady of Loreto

5 Years:

Fr. John Nugent, SJ
Principal, Arrupe Jesuit High School

Karen Smith
Lower School Principal, St. Mary’s Academy

In addition to these dedicated administrators, we congratulate and thank the following teachers and staff members who are also celebrating milestone anniversaries:

45 Years:

Mike G. Gabriel
Holy Family High School

30 Years:

Kathy Anderson
Annunciation Catholic School

John Allison
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Katie Armatas
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Jane Laughlin
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Carolyn Goddard
Holy Family High School

Ronald Ortega
Mullen High School

Darla Hamilton
St. Mary’s Academy

25 Years:

Denise Bouchillion
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Mary Grigsby
St. Joseph Catholic School

Tammy Christensen
Mullen High School

Chris Walsweer
Regis Jesuit High School

20 Years:

Bridget Tschappat
All Souls Catholic School

Sue Vogt
All Souls Catholic School

Lorena Sanabria
Guardian Angels Catholic School

Roxie Mountain-Weed
Most Precious Blood Catholic School

Frank Cawley
Mullen High School

Heang Hour
Mullen High School

Michael McGuire
Mullen High School

Chantilly (Dee) Sok
Mullen High School

Peter Spiessbach
Mullen High School

Diana Brunner
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School

Erin Cassidy-Cernanec
Regis Jesuit High School

Sandra Ferraro
Regis Jesuit High School

Gretchen Kessler
Regis Jesuit High School

Carol Sobolik
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School

Kitty Comeaux
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Cathy Canavan
St. Mary Catholic School, Littleton

Julia Castillo
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Sarah Teall
St. Thomas More Catholic

Sue Gerken
St. Vincent de Paul School

Beth McConaty
St. Vincent de Paul School

15 Years:

Tracy Alarcon
All Souls Catholic School

Brigid Ryan
All Souls Catholic School

Dawn Hug
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Laura Kirk-Rosenberger
Bl. Miguel Pro Catholic Academy

Chris Rusin
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Brenda Wright-Scaife
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Sandra Reese
Escuela de Guadalupe

Mark Strawbridge
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Amanda Gallegos
Holy Family High School

Daniel Hahn
Holy Family High School

Christina Dorchuck
Most Precious Blood Catholic School

Am Meang
Mullen High School

Kate Hatch
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School

Mark Canino
Regis Jesuit High School

Christopher Cook
Regis Jesuit High School

Lindsay Cummings
Regis Jesuit High School

Katherine Fay
Regis Jesuit High School

Jennifer Gray
Regis Jesuit High School

Kenny Ramos
Regis Jesuit High School

Ken Shaw
Regis Jesuit High School

Kathi Gregg
Shrine of St. Anne School

Randall Dufour
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Robin Martinek
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Lori Domenico
St. Louis Catholic Church

Jessica Bennett
St. Louis Catholic School

Kerri McGill
St. Louis Catholic School

Michele Beaudoin
St. Mary Catholic School, Greeley

Brian Cole
St. Mary’s Academy

Jacqueline (Jackie) Neal
St. Mary’s Academy

Mark Dennis
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Savannah Valdez
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Laura Carter
St. Stephen Catholic School

Kathy Grace
St. Thomas More Catholic

Shari Lamb
St. Thomas More Catholic

Cathy Leisegang
St. Thomas More Catholic

Sarah McMahon
St. Thomas More Catholic

Theresa Kovar
St. Vincent de Paul School

10 Years:

Julie Talbot
All Souls Catholic School

Mira Martinez
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Vianney Rodriguez Bernhardt
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Kelly Harvey
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Shana Krakowiecki
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Julie Harris
Escuela de Guadalupe

Nora Jennings
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Jeff Moser
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Rodney Scohy
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Tammy Schneider
Holy Family High School

Robert Comeaux
Holy Family High School

Moira Mennona
Most Precious Blood Catholic School

Lindsay Hooper
Mullen High School

Lawrence Arkoff
Nativity: Faith & Reason

Leigh Woods
Nativity: Faith & Reason

Margaret Gates
Notre Dame Catholic School

Tanya Schrader
Notre Dame Catholic School

Kim Simonson
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Becky McDowell
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School

Jason Ell
Regis Jesuit High School

Joey Lechuga
Regis Jesuit High School

Spencer Wagner
Regis Jesuit High School

Dana Frerich
Shrine of St. Anne School

John Kiaha
Shrine of St. Anne School

Kathleen Olsen
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Karleen Watson
St. Mary Catholic School, Greeley

Terri Sue Monark
St. Mary Catholic School, Littleton

Amber McGown
St. Mary’s Academy

Sharon Tracy
St. Pius X

Cristina Castaneda
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Erin Ugran
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Gissela Dillow
St. Stephen Catholic School

Annelie Herrera
St. Thomas More Catholic

Nicole Thomason
St. Vincent de Paul School

5 Years:

Maggie Barton
All Souls Catholic School

Anna Good
All Souls Catholic School

Andrew Brimeyer
Annunciation Catholic School

Liam Driscoll
Annunciation Catholic School

Samantha Eckrich
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Estefany Hernandez
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Fr. John Nugent, SJ
Arrupe Jesuit High School

Chris Tetro
Bl. Miguel Pro Catholic Academy

Erin Houtsma
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Rachel McCabe
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

JoAnn Gartlan
Christ the King Roman Catholic School

Rebecca Kopperud
Christ the King Roman Catholic School

Maria Garcia
Escuela de Guadalupe

Natalie Hopper
Escuela de Guadalupe

Fabiola Doyle
Frassati Catholic Academy

Angela Gesicki
Frassati Catholic Academy

Becky Heier
Frassati Catholic Academy

Coleen Larson
Frassati Catholic Academy

Lisa Lupica
Frassati Catholic Academy

Kate McDonough
Frassati Catholic Academy

Sylvia Prusinowska
Frassati Catholic Academy

Kathy Brown
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Kim Devlin
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Shaye Gardner
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Satomi Moser
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Ray Sandoval
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Emily Wurl
Good Shepherd Catholic School

Sheila Doyle
Guardian Angels Catholic School

Ellen Christoff
Holy Family High School

Gillian Erdmann
Holy Family High School

Dr. Seth Fabian
Holy Family High School

Kathryn Greany
Holy Family High School

Laura Reynolds
Holy Family High School

Daniel Underkofler
Holy Family High School

Danielle Gotchey
Most Precious Blood Catholic School

Marjorie Ader
Mullen High School

Devon Brady
Mullen High School

Katie Cawley
Mullen High School

Neal Devlin
Mullen High School

Jillian Hock
Mullen High School

Brenda Newton
Mullen High School

Janelle Petersen
Mullen High School

Heidi Trevithick
Mullen High School

Melanie Mages
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Sara Theisen
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Katie Weaver
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School

Courtneigh Osborn
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School

Marie Young
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic School

Samantha Johnson
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School

Natalie Baldasare
Regis Jesuit High School

Chris Boyle
Regis Jesuit High School

Leslie Diedrich
Regis Jesuit High School

Jim Goeke, SJ
Regis Jesuit High School

Kelsey Greiner
Regis Jesuit High School

Virginia Justis
Regis Jesuit High School

Megan Langfield
Regis Jesuit High School

Leah Malm
Regis Jesuit High School

Summer McDermott
Regis Jesuit High School

Kaitlin McKeon
Regis Jesuit High School

Dee O’Neill
Regis Jesuit High School

Bridget Rector
Regis Jesuit High School

Mindae Russell
Regis Jesuit High School

Julie St. Louis Quimby
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School

Elaine Uhrik
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Kelly Jenks
St. Joseph Catholic School

Christie Crowe
St. Joseph Catholic School

Andrea White
St. Louis Catholic School

Veronica Hoffpauir
St. Mary Catholic School, Greeley

JJ Cleaver
St. Mary’s Academy

Michele Elia
St. Mary’s Academy

Victoria Fernandez
St. Mary’s Academy

Lea Frank
St. Mary’s Academy

Barbara (Kelly) Gibbs
St. Mary’s Academy

Rosemary Rehmer
St. Mary’s Academy

Joseph Riehl
St. Mary’s Academy

Karen Smith
St. Mary’s Academy

Kathryn (Katie) Wheeler
St. Mary’s Academy

Patty Haven
St. Pius X Catholic School

Samantha Archuleta
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Jennifer DeLurgio
St. Thomas More Catholic

Denise Devers
St. Thomas More Catholic

Rachel Espinosa
St. Thomas More Catholic

Emily DeLisle
St. Vincent de Paul School

Laurie Pedlow
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic STEM School

While we cannot interview each of these amazing and dedicated staff members, we would like to recognize one educator from each milestone anniversary year and learn a little bit more about each of them.

5 Years: Sara Theisen, Our Lady of Fatima

Sara Theisen has been teaching at Our Lady of Fatima for the past four years and is currently teaching middle school science and theology. She was at a different Catholic school for one year prior to coming to Our Lady of Fatima.  “I feel so blessed to be able to teach both science and theology. As Saint John Paul II said in Fides et Ratio, ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself.’ Although different, faith and science are complementary to each other; I’ve seen that, in learning both in the same classroom, students are able to make new and deeper connections, thus leading to an even greater understanding of both science and theology.” A fun fact about Sara is that she loves painting and playing music on her trumpet and French horn!

10 Years: Tanya Schrader, Notre Dame Catholic School

Although she’s not a child, Tanya Schrader is still in kindergarten! She started her 10 year teaching career at Notre Dame, and you’ll still find her in the kindergarten room. Her favorite thing about teaching in a Catholic school is the faith and community she has found. When she’s not in the classroom, her passion is being outdoors enjoying all kinds of activities.

15 Years: Mark Dennis, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Mark Dennis is celebrating 15 years teaching in Catholic schools, the last 10 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy where he teaches middle school religion and social studies. Prior to that, he taught at Presentation of Our Lady. His favorite thing about teaching in a Catholic school? “I love being able to have conversations with students that not only increase their academic knowledge, but truly have an effect on the way in which they interact with others and encounter God.” One of the fun facts about Mark is that his three oldest children (ages 5, 7, and 9) join him at school every day.

20 Years: Kitty Comeaux, St. John the Baptist, Longmont

Kitty Comeaux has been teaching in Catholic schools for the past 20 years, the past 17 of which have been at St. John the Baptist where she teaches 2nd graders. Prior to that she was at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School in Tucson, AZ. Her favorite thing about teaching in a Catholic school?

“It is so special to be able to include God in all we teach. I cherish the opportunity to help children grow in their faith every day, because by doing so, I also grow in my faith.” You may be surprised to know that traveling is a passion of Kitty’s and her husband. They have already traveled to 25 countries and nearly all 50 states. Her favorite countries (so far) include Santorini, Greece and Barcelona, Spain. They especially love European countries with all their different cultures and histories. Kitty says they hope to continue these amazing journeys.

25 Years: Mary Grigsby, St. Joseph Catholic School, Ft. Collins

Twenty-five-year educator Mary Grigsby has spent every one of those years at Saint Joseph Catholic School in Ft. Collins, with all of them spent in the Kindergarten room. She and her husband have raised four children who all attended and graduated from Saint Joseph. Mary loves teaching in a Catholic school because it makes her heart happy to see her Kindergarteners learn about their faith and share a love for God. This year Mary helped open a new Atrium teaching the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In 2014, Mary received a Distinguished Teacher Award from the NCEA. In her spare time, she loves backpacking and traveling, especially to Kenya where she enjoys sharing her love for education with the children there.

30 Years: John Allison – Good Shepherd Catholic School

Some people might not know that John Allison, who has spent the last 30 years as a teacher in Catholic schools, started out his teaching career as a music teacher! He taught music at Sts. Peter &Paul for one year, then moved to Good Shepherd and taught music there for 13 years before switching to social studies. “Teaching at a Catholic school allows me the opportunity and curriculum to teach the whole student. Not just the core of the subject but being able to teach them about a faith-filled life as well.” Some fun facts about John: he graduated from Montana State in 1988 with BA in Music/Vocal Production and also has a master’s in Educational Leadership from Regis University with his Principal’s license, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also has two remarkable daughters. One is a local physician and the other is a Deputy Sheriff. He is also the proud grandfather of three grandchildren.

45 Years: Mike G. Gabriel, Holy Family High School

Mike Gabriel – the SENIOR Mike Gabriel at Holy Family High School (his son, referred to as “Mike D” is the assistant principal of the school) is celebrating an amazing 45 years in Catholic education as a teacher, with all of those years spent at Holy Family. He teaches grades 9-12 Strength and Conditioning. Mike G says he was drawn to teach in a Catholic school because of some of the teachers he had in high school, and the opportunity to go back to his alma mater and teach. His favorite thing about teaching there? “The one thing that stands out for me is the students who attend Holy Family, because they have a desire to learn and excel in school, they are committed to the community, and they want to succeed. I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else because Holy Family has given me and my family more than I could ever give back.” Mike is extremely proud that his grandchildren are fourth generation students at Holy Family High School. Now that is impressive! Thank you, Mike G for your dedication to your students and Catholic education!

Carol Nesbitt
Carol Nesbitt
Carol Nesbitt is the Director of Communications for the Office of Catholic Schools.
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