Faculty & Staff

Katie Dempsey

Katie Dempsey
Current Position: Principal
Years of Teaching: 12
Grades Taught: 5th – 8th
Originally From: Lakewood, WA

Hello. My name is Katie Dempsey. I received my teaching degree from St. Martin’s University and my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Seattle University. I love the opportunity that administration provides because it gives me the chance to not only interact with students of all grades, but also to work with an incredibly dedicated group of teachers to support the growth of our amazing school. My favorite thing about Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy is the commitment that we have to educating all students/families who seek a quality, innovative Catholic education.

Amparo Farias

Amparo Farias
Current Position: Academy Director
Years of Teaching: 30+
Grades Taught: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 6th grade
Originally From: Laredo, TX

My name is Amparo Farias. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology and a specialization in Kindergarten. I also received a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education with a minor in History from Texas A&M International University. My teaching experience began in Laredo, Texas where I taught at two different bilingual elementary schools and a middle school over a period of ten years. Then, my family moved to Seattle and I started a Kindergarten program at St. Philomena Catholic School in Des Moines, WA. I worked at this school for 17 years as a Kindergarten teacher, 1st, and 4th grade teacher. Our family then moved abroad and we lived in Sweden for two and a half years before returning to live in Tacoma. I have been working now at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy for nine years.
This year will be my third year serving as the Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy Director. I will be helping the teachers develop and execute new curriculum. Being able to teach children to read and write in two languages is a feeling that is hard to describe. Dual language teachers work very hard to provide a language rich environment in all subject areas including religious education. I am so happy to be a part of this community.

Berenice Williams

Berenice Williams
Current Position: ​ Bilingual Office Manager
Originally From: Portland, OR

My name is Berenice Williams and this will be my fourth year working in the Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy office. It has been a fun, exciting, and challenging journey but well worth it. I am ready to see what the 2018-2019 school year brings. We have an amazing staff team, a wonderful student body, and great families. A huge thank you to the families who have came and gone. You have all made my experience here at Holy Bilingual Academy better.

Kelly Robertson

Kelly Robertson
Current Position: Bookkeeper
Originally From: Forestville, MD

My name is Kelly Robertson. This is my sixth year working at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy as the Bookkeeper. I originally grew up on the east coast in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. My job entails keeping the school finances on budget, working with families on their tuition accounts, and keeping the accounting books for the school.

Marseille H. Grimaldi

Marseille H. Grimaldi
Current Position: PreK 3 Teacher
Years of Teaching: 10+
Grades Taught: PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten, 4th Grade, Middle School, and High School
Originally From: Sinaloa, Mexico

My name is Marseille Grimaldi, I have a Social Studies and Early Childhood Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad de Occidente in Sinaloa State, Mexico, I have worked, as a PreK 3, PreK 4, and Kindergarten teacher in private schools and daycare facilities. I used to be a volunteer in religious classes in Guadalajara, Mexico. I love children and I am very happy to have this wonderful group of three year-olds. They are amazing, and in a really short time we will see their bilingual progress.

Patricia Montes

Patricia Montes
Current Position: PreK 4 Teacher
Years of Teaching: 3
Originally From: Mexico City

I had the privilege of joining Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy and this will be my third year working with preschool aged children and I’m excited to be in the full Spanish immersion program. I look forward to seeing the children learn new things in a safe and positive growing environment.

Juliet Quintero

Juliet Quintero
Current Position: ​ PreK 4 Teacher
Years of Teaching: 6
Originally From: Bogota, Columbia

Hi, my name is Juliet Quintero. I have a World Languages Teaching Bachelor’s degree from University Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. I’ve worked as a teacher for six years, and I’ve taught Preschool and Pre-K. This is my second year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy and I am very excited to get to know your children and families. I love being a teacher and I look forward to helping every child’s learning development.

Hazel Tate

Hazel Tate
Current Position: Extended Care PreK 3 & 4/​ Teacher’s Aide
Originally From: Denver, CO

My name is Hazel Tate and I am the extended care teacher for Pre K 3 and 4 for both mornings and afternoons as well as the floater/substitute. I have been teaching and working in the field of education for 14 years teaching children from infants up to fifth grade. I was born in Denver Colorado, but grew up in Detroit Michigan until I was eight years-old then my family moved to Bothell Washington. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and CDA with school age children. I am very eager to learn more all about the students here at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy as I enter my third year of teaching.

Raquel C. Lambrecht

Raquel C. Lambrecht
Current Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Years of Teaching: 10+
Grades Taught: PreK, 1st through 4th, and adults
Originally From: Aguascalientes, Mexico

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes. I also received the following certificate: Basic Tools for English Teaching for Elementary Schools from the Education Institute of Aguascalientes, Mex. I also received my CDA (Children Development Associate degree) from Green River Community College. This will be my second year teaching Kindergarten students at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love teaching here because it is a Catholic School and I love children.

Celine Williams

Celine Williams
Current Position: 1st grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 4
Grades Taught: 1st & 2nd Grade
Originally From: Mexico

I was born in Aberdeen, Washington. At age nine, I moved to Mexico with my parents and siblings. Following in my mother’s footsteps, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Universidad Continente Americano. This will be my fourth year teaching at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. It is wonderful to see how parents are so involved in their children’s lives. I feel blessed to teach first grade completely in Spanish for the fourth time, it’s truly amazing to observe them grow as individuals, adopting the foreign language while I learn from them as well. Students around this age have so much potential and energy, I believe all of them are capable of achieving greatness, especially if you give them the right tools. I am very thankful for the opportunity that Holy Rosary’s amazing community has given me. I look forward to a successful year!

Doris T. Silva

Doris T. Silva
Current Position: 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 35+
Grades Taught: 1st through 6th Grade
Originally From: Guam

My name is Doris T. Silva, a retired public school teacher who is thoroughly enjoying teaching in Catholic Schools. My family and I moved up to Washington from California in 2008 and I have been here at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy since then. I enjoy being in the classroom and seeing children love school so much they don’t want to be absent. Religion is my favorite subject and I love when the children want to learn more about their faith and ask for more Bible stories.

Sonia Ceballos

Sonia Ceballos
Current Position: ​ 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 10+
Grades Taught: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Originally From: Puerto Rico

Hi, my name is Señora Sonia Ceballos. My background and passion is early childhood education. I am originally from Puerto Rico, and I am a certified teacher in both Early Childhood Education and in Kindergarten – 3rd grade. I am very excited to be at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy for my fourth year of teaching.

Ivan Achata

Ivan Achata
Current Position: 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 12
Originally From: Lima, Peru

My name is Ivan Achata. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Ricardo Palma, Perú. I have more than 12 years of experience teaching children and adults in both Perú and the United States. I am so excited to be part of the Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy community for a fourth year and look forward to helping prepare the students to be future leaders. I enjoy helping children in their personality development and to see them grow into good people.

John Anderson

John Anderson
Current Position: 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 4
Grades Taught: Kindergarten – Adult
Originally Maltby, WA
Originally From: Maltby, WA

My name is John Anderson. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, where I studied Linguistics, Spanish, and Art History. I have also done missionary work in the United Kingdom and Mexico, and focused much study to the Bible and Theology. Subjects I have taught include: Art, ESL, and Spanish. I have a passion for languages and education, and am honored to be teaching this lively group of bilingual students for my second year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy.

Gabriel Farias

Gabriel Farias
Current Position: 7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 4
Grades Taught: PreK through 12th grade
Originally From: Tacoma, WA

My name is Gabriel Farias. This is my fifth year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love the students at Holy Rosary and the community that has been created. My mission is to build tomorrow’s leaders in middle school and give students ownership and pride in their school. I recently completed my Master’s in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and I am very excited about the things we are going to do this year!

Daniel Wolfert

Daniel Wolfert
Current Position: Music Teacher
Years of Teaching: 2
Grades Taught: Pre K – 8th Grade, College, Pre-Professional
Originally From: Palo Alto, CA

Hello! My name is Daniel Wolfert, and I’m thrilled to be the music instructor at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and alongside teaching here, I run a private voice and piano studio, and work as a freelance composer, musical director and vocalist. I can’t wait to see what the students can do!

Heidi Gamez

Heidi Gamez
Current Position: P.E. Teacher/Extended Care/CYO
Originally From: Mexico

Hi, my name is Heidi Gamez. I have lived in Mexico, Illinois, Texas, and Utah before moving to Washington. Growing up I was always involved in sports. I played soccer, did cheerleading, gymnastics, and was on my high school drill team. I am currently continuing my education at Tacoma Community College and will later transfer to a university in Oregon. This is my third year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach Pre K 4 through eighth grade P.E. Children will understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through sports, physical activities, and teamwork.

Lizbeth Duran

Lizbeth Duran
Current Position: Kitchen Director/Electives Teacher
Originally From: Guadalajara, Mexico

My name is Lizbeth Duran. This is my sixth year cooking for the children at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love to be in the kitchen cooking nutritious meals for all the students. Working at the school has been a great experience for me. It is a pleasure to meet and spend time with all the volunteers that assist in the kitchen.

Erika Garibay

Erika Garibay
Current Position: Kitchen Aide
Originally From: Culiacan, Mexico

My name is Erika Garibay. This is my fourth year assisting in the kitchen for Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I enjoy working in the kitchen alongside Lizbeth to cook nutritious meals for the students. I am the parent of three students from first to fifth grade.

Gricelda Gonzalez

Gricelda Gonzalez
Current Position: Janitor
Originally From: Morelos, Mexico

My name is Gricelda Gonzalez. This is my fourth year working at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I am the parent of two children that attend the school. I am responsible for keeping the school organized and cleaned.