Faculty & Staff

Katie Dempsey

Katie Dempsey
Current Position: Principal
Years of Teaching: 10
Grades Taught: 5th through 8th
Originally From: Lakewood, WA
Email:kdempsey@hrrsjda.org

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 Regional School is the commitment that we have to educating all students/families who seek a quality, innovative Catholic education.

Marseille H. Grimaldi

Marseille H. Grimaldi
Current Position: PreK 3 Teacher
Years of Teaching: 9
Grades Taught: PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten, 4th Grade, Middle School, and High School
Originally From: Sinaloa, Mexico
Email:mgrimaldi@hrrsjda.org

Hi, 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 recently worked as a 4th grade Teacher’s Aide, and volunteered in Kindergarten classes in Utah. I love children and I am very happy to have this wonderful group of three yearolds. They are amazing, and in a really short time we will see their bilingual progress.

Rocio Castrejon

Rocio Castrejon
Current Position: PreK 3 Teacher’s Aide
Originally From: Puebla, Mexico
Email:rcastrejon@hrrsjda.org

My name is Rocio Castrejon. I have the privilege of joining Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy for my first year as a Teacher’s Aide in Pre-K 3. This will be my fifth year working with preschool age children and I’m excited to be in the full Spanish immersion program. I am excited to see the children learn new things in a safe and positive environment. I am currently working on my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.

Sonia Ceballos

Sonia Ceballos
Current Position: PreK 4B
Years of Teaching: 8
Grades Taught: Kindergarten – 3rd grade
Originally From: Puerto Rico
Email:sceballos@hrrsjda.org

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 for my second year of teaching.

Amparo Farias

Amparo Farias
Current Position: Juan Diego Coordinator
Years of Teaching: 30+
Grades Taught: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 6th grade
Originally From: Laredo, TX
Email:afarias@hrrsjda.org

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 Regional School for seven years in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Last year I made the transition to the Juan Diego Coordinator. 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 the Juan Diego Academy.

Raquel C. Lambrecht

Raquel C. Lambrecht
Current Position: PreK 4A Teacher
Years of Teaching: 9
Grades Taught: PreK, 1st through 4th, and adults
Originally From: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Email:rlambrecht@hrrsjda.org

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. I love teaching at Holy Rosary because it is a Catholic School and I love children.

Laura Puryear

Laura Puryear
Current Position: PreK 4A Teacher’s Aide
Originally From: Mazatlan, Sinaloa; Mexico
Email:lpuryear@hrrsjda.org

Hi, my name is Laura A. Puryear. I have a public accounting degree from I.T.M. a university in Mexico. For the last two years I have been working with the PreK students as a Teacher’s Aide. Working in this wonderful school gives me the opportunity to interact and influence a great group of students.

Patricia Montes

Patricia Montes
Current Position: PreK 4 Teacher’s Aide
Originally From: Mexico City
Email:pmontes@hrrsjda.org

I had the privilege of joining Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy as a Teacher’s Aide in Pre-K4A. This will be my first 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. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Nuria Olmos Rodríguez

Nuria Olmos Rodríguez
Current Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Years of Teaching: 8
Grades Taught: PreK and Kindergarten
Originally From: Madrid (Spain)
Email:nrodriquez@hrrsjda.org

Hello, my name is Nuria Olmos Rodríguez. I received my Bachelor of Teaching Degree at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain); with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I also received my University Primary Teaching degree at Camilo José Cela University (in Madrid, Spain). My teaching experience began in Madrid, Spain with prekindergarten students and now I am here, at Holy Rosary School for the second year and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Celine Williams

Celine Williams
Current Position: 1st grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 2
Grades Taught: First grade
Originally From: Mexico
Email:cwilliams@hrrsjda.org

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 second year teaching at Holy Rosary. 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 third 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 at Juan Diego Academy!

Kaelyn Holguin

Kaelyn Holguin
Current Position: 1st grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 5
Grades Taught: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd
Originally From: Gig Harbor, Washington
Email:kholguin@hrrsjda.org

My name is Kaelyn Holguin and I am so excited to be working at Holy Rosary School/Juan Diego Academy for my second year after three years of working in the public schools system! I grew up right around Tacoma in Gig Harbor, Washington before attending the University of Portland where I received my Elementary Education degree with specialization in reading, early childhood education, and a Spanish minor. When I was in college, I got a chance to work in Catholic schools and was immediately impressed by their warm attitude, devotion to each student, and being able to combine faith into all aspects of learning. After graduation I was happy to return home and spent the past three years substitute teaching and full time teaching both kindergarten and second grade in various public schools. I am so happy and grateful to be at Holy Rosary School for another year because of its warm, friendly community of teachers, parents and students. I am impressed by how much my students love to learn, love God, and love each other!

Doris T. Silva

Doris T. Silva
Current Position: 3rd and 4th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 35+
Grades Taught: Transitional first, 1st through 6th grade
Originally From: Guam
Email:dsilva@hrrsjda.org

My name is Doris T. Silva, a retired public school teacher who is thoroughly enjoying teaching in Catholic Schools. My husband and I moved up to Washington from California in 2008 and I have been here at Holy Rosary 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.

Jamie Nolting

Jamie Nolting
Current Position: 3rd and 4th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 8
Grades Taught: 2nd/3rd, and 8th grade through University
Originally From: Cheney, WA
Email:jnolting@hrrsjda.org

I am very excited to begin my second year at Holy Rosary teaching the Spanish half of the bilingual third and fourth grades. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with minors in Philosophy and Government from Eastern Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. I have taught all levels of university Spanish courses and for the past three years taught middle and high school Spanish at Catholic schools in New Orleans, Louisiana and here in Tacoma, Washington. For three summers I taught at the MiddleburyMonterey Language Academy, a summer immersion program for students in 8th through 12th grade. Recently I was honored to be selected as one of fifteen K12 educators from across the country as a Fulbright scholar in the FulbrightHays Group Projects Abroad in Cusco, Peru where I spent six weeks. I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for Spanish and learning in general with this fantastic group of students and look forward to a great year!

John Downing

John Downing
Current Position: 5th/6th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 1
Grades Taught: 5th – 12th
Originally From: Burien
Email:jdowning@hrrsjda.org

I am a lifelong Catholic, having spent my elementary school years at St. Francis of Assisi school in Burien and then Kennedy Catholic High School. I worked for 27 years in the computer industry, spending much of that time traveling around the world installing computer systems. I decided to go back to school and acquire teaching credentials in Social Studies (512) from Western Governors University. During the time I was in school, I worked as a Paraeducator in the Auburn School District where I learned to motivate students with multiple and diverse disabilities.

Upon acquiring my credentials at the beginning of 2015, I worked as a longterm substitute at St. Bernadette Parish in Burien instructing middle school Language Arts and Literature. I served as a substitute teacher in the Archdiocese for the 2015/2016 school year and in May, began as the longterm substitute for the 5th/6th grades at HRRS/JDA. I am looking forward to being the 5th/6th grade home room teacher for the 2016/2017 school year while teaching middle school Social Studies and Science.

Outside of teaching, I am a member of the Schola Cantorum Choir at Holy Family Parish in Auburn and I have some lengthy experience with Musical Theater. I plan on putting both of these experiences to good use while teaching at HRRS/JDA.

Gabriel Farias

Gabriel Farias
Current Position: 7th/8th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: Second year of teaching after spending five years at the Boys and Girls Club
Grades Taught: PreK through 12th grade
Originally From: Tacoma, WA
Email:gabe.farias@hrrsjda.org

My name is Gabriel Farias. This is my third year at Holy Rosary School. Previously I worked at the Boys and Girls Club for five years before deciding to become a teacher. 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 am currently working on a Master’s in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and I am very excited about the things we are going to do this year!

Berenice Williams

Berenice Williams
Current Position: Bilingual Secretary
Originally From: Portland, OR
Email:office@hrrsjda.org

My name is Berenice Williams and this will be my second year working in the Holy Rosary School office. I am currently going to school for my Associates in Early Childhood Education. For the past four years I have been working with children. I am also very involved at my local church working with youth groups and assisting with administrative duties and translation. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know new students and families this year!

Ron Nolting

Ron Nolting
Current Position: Music/Band & Technology Teacher
Years of Teaching: 7
Grades Taught:Kindergarten – 12th
Originally From: New Orleans, LA
Email:rnolting@hrrsjda.org

For my second year, I will be taking on the role of Musical Director at Holy Rosary Regional School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Loyola University’s College of Music and have held previous positions as the Bellarmine Parochial Band Director, a Pierce Countywide, 4th through 8th grade band program through Bellarmine Preparatory School, as well as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. Private students and performing ensembles under my direction have received top state and national honors, including The Grand National Adjudicators Invitational and Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands.

Sarah McKinney

Sarah McKinney
Current Position: Development Coordinator
Originally From: Graham, WA
Email:smckinney@hrrsjda.org

My name is Sarah McKinney and this will be my third year at Holy Rosary School. I will be continuing to assist with the development and fundraising for the school. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Western Washington University. I have been a part of the school community as a parent for the last five years. I really enjoy interacting with the students and parents and look forward to a successful fundraising year for the school.

Kelly Robertson

Kelly Robertson
Current Position: Bookkeeper
Originally From: Forestville, MD
Email:finance@hrrsjda.org

My name is Kelly Robertson. This is my fourth year working at Holy Rosary 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.

Ivan Achata

Ivan Achata
Current Position: Math Specialist/Teacher’s Aide
Originally From: Lima, Peru
Email:iachata@hrrsjda.org

My name is Ivan Achata. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Ricardo Palma, Perú. I have more than ten 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 School community for a second 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.

Scott Delva

Scott Delva
Current Position: PE Teacher/Extended Care
Originally From: New York City, New York
Email:sdelva@hrrsjda.org

My name is Scott Delva and this is my first year at Holy Rosary Regional School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English from Lehman College in Bronx, New York. While living in NY, I also worked as a youth counselor for five years. As a youth counselor I was able to closely work with inner city kids from Harlem and help them discover their full potential. I’m very excited to be a part of the staff here at Holy Rosary where we can be a light in the community and lead our students to a brighter future.

Hazel Tate

Hazel Tate
Current Position: Extended Care PreK 3 & 4
Originally From: Denver, CO
Email:htate@hrrsjda.org

My name is Hazel Tate and I am the new 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 12 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 currently enrolled to get my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Child Psychology. I am very eager to learn more all about the staff and students here at HRRS/JDA and I’m excited to part of the “family”. I have been working with kids of all ages and stages but never in a dual language program but I’m learning fast and loving every step! Being able to speak two languages has always been a passion of mine and now I have this amazing opportunity and have been greeted with such amazing co-workers to help me along the way.

Lizbeth Duran

Lizbeth Duran
Current Position: Kitchen Director
Originally From: Guadalajara, Mexico
Email:eduran@hrrsjda.org

My name is Lizbeth Duran. This is my fourth year cooking for the children at Holy Rosary School/Juan Diego 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
Email:egaribay@hrrsjda.org

My name is Erika Garibay. This is my second year assisting in the kitchen for Holy Rosary School/Juan Diego Academy. I enjoy working in the kitchen alongside Lizbeth to cook nutritious meals for the students. I am the parent of four Holy Rosary School students from PreK to 8th grade.

Gricelda Gonzalez

Gricelda Gonzalez
Current Position: Janitor
Originally From: Morelos, Mexico
Email:ggonzalez@hrrsjda.org

My name is Gricelda Gonzalez. This is my second year working at HRRS /JDA. I am the parent of two children that attend the school. I am responsible for keeping the school organized and cleaned.