St. Raymond School Welcomes New Principal and Faculty Members
The 2016-17 school year is off to a great start as we begin to build on this year’s theme of “Unlocking Our Potential”, with our new Principal, Ms. Kellie Mullin. Ms. Mullin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Education in America and then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Developmental Teacher Education with an emphasis on Cognitive Development from CAL. She is currently attending University of San Francisco where she is working toward completion of her doctoral degree in Catholic Educational Leadership. Her area of expertise and research is creativity and innovation in the 21st century classroom. Ms. Mullin taught at the middle school level for eight years before taking the position as Principal here at St. Raymond School. Ms. Mullin brings a wealth of knowledge to St. Raymond with her extensive education and classroom experience.
The St. Raymond faculty and staff were hard at work in August, before the students arrived on campus. Ms. Mullin led a two day meeting/retreat where the faculty came together to prepare for the coming year and discuss the theme for the year. Activities centered around refining the St. Raymond School mission statement and philosophy, tech presentations, and setting goals for the 2016-17 school year.
In addition to Ms. Mullin, the following teachers have joined the St. Raymond faculty.
Junior Kindergarten: Dora Arredondo-Marrón
Ms. Arredondo-Marrón joins the St. Raymond staff in the Junior Kindergarten class. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and UCLA. In addition to her Teaching Degree, Ms. Marrón has a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Literacy and Language Development, Masters in Educational Administration, and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. With over 20 years experience educating and working with children and families as a teacher, school counselor, middle school head, and director of Equity, Justice, and Multicultural Education, Ms. Marrón comes to us with an abundance of experience.
“I am a lifelong learner who is grateful to my parents for their commitment to both Catholic education and teaching me the responsibility to serve the marginalized and work for social justice. As a Junior Kindergarten teacher, I look forward to serving the St. Raymond Community and sharing my faith and love for learning with your children.”
Kindergarten: Camille Broussard
Our new Kindergarten teacher, Camille Broussard, joins Mrs. Ciardella in preparing our Kindergarteners for First Grade. Ms. Broussard attended private school throughout her education including graduating Cum Laude from Notre Dame de Namur University.
“I believe that it is important to establish individual relationships with each student and that a great teacher uses knowledge of each student to facilitate his or her learning. It is an honor to become a member of this community, and I consider it my duty and pleasure to provide a safe, supportive classroom that encourages, motivates, and inspires learning.”
2nd Grade: Kim Carlisle
Ms. Carlisle grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Woodside Priory High School. She attended the University of Virginia, where she completed a five year B/MT program through the Curry School of Education, earning a BA in English, MA in elementary education, and a minor in religious studies. Ms. Carlisle spent time abroad, teaching in Northern Ireland. She has experience coaching children’s tennis and served as a ski instructor to children who are “differently abled” through a program called Adaptive Ski.
“I am thrilled to be back in the Bay Area and to be joining the St. Raymond community. I look forward to meeting you and to having a great school year!”
6th/7th Grade Math and 5th Grade Science: Azreena Kumar
St. Raymond welcomes Ms. Kumar to our Middle School Math and Science Departments. Ms. Kumar completed her undergraduate and MA work in Biochemistry, Botany, and Microbiology. She has worked with a wide range of students in the subjects of math, technology, and science, and is looking forward to working with the students at St. Raymond.
“I am a passionate teacher, and I seek to instill enthusiasm in my students. I work to always encourage, motivate, and inspire students through my teaching, and it is my pleasure to join the St. Raymond community.”
Athletic Director and PE teacher: Roderick Harrison
Born and raised in Menlo Park, Mr. Harrison attended St. Raymond School for Kindergarten and First Grade. He graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and was recruited to play basketball at UC Davis. He completed his degree in Sociology at San Jose State University. Mr. Harrison’s extensive experience in youth athletics includes serving as Site Director for the Stanford GOALS Program and working as the High School Athletic Director and Middle School PE Teacher for ASPIRE Charter School in Oakland. He is currently Varsity Head Coach of the Woodside Boys Basketball team.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with St. Raymond’s faculty, staff, and families to enrich the athletics program and continue to grow the Physical Education department and extracurricular offerings on campus.”
Spanish Program K-8: Señora Ana Dubey
St. Raymond Spanish is ramping up with the addition of Señora Dubey. Señora Dubey is bilingual in English-Spanish. She was born in Colombia where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Universidad del Rosario. She and her family recently moved to Palo Alto from Honolulu where she taught Spanish at Punahou School and Iolani School. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Spanish.
“I believe that multilingual students have an edge in their careers, and learning a new language can open doors that lead to great life opportunities. I invite all parents to contact me directly with questions or comments at any time.”