Faculty & Staff

Katie Dempsey

Katie Dempsey
Current Position: Principal
Years of Teaching: 11
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.

Amparo Farias

Amparo Farias
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 eight years in Kindergarten and 1st grade.

This year will be my second year serving as the Juan Diego 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 the Juan Diego Academy.

Berenice Williams

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

My name is Berenice Williams and this will be my third 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!

Kelly Robertson

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

My name is Kelly Robertson. This is my fifth 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.

Sarah McKinney

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

My name is Sarah McKinney and this will be my fourth year at Holy Rosary School. I am
responsible for the major 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 six years. I really enjoy interacting with the students and parents and look forward to a successful fundraising year 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
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.

Zayil Savage

Zayil Savage
Current Position: PreK 3 Teacher’s Aide
Years of Teaching: 15
Grades Taught: Preschool, Secondary, High school, University, & Master’s.
Originally From: Mexico City
Email:zsavage@hrrsjda.org

Hello my name is Zayil Savage. I received my Bachelor of Preschool Education degree from the State School of Mexico. I received my Master’s Degree in Education at the University Anáhuac México. I was a teacher in Mexico for 15 years. I was also an Academic Coordinator at UNID University and an online Master’s Teacher. I love my profession and I am passionate about education. My students always motivated me to continue learning in my profession. Living in the United States is very different and I’m excited to learn about education in the United States. I am very grateful and excited for the year ahead at Holy Rosary School.

Sonia Ceballos

Sonia Ceballos
Current Position: ​ PreK 4A
Years of Teaching: 9
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 third year of teaching.

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 second 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.

Juliet Quintero

Juliet Quintero
Current Position: ​ PreK 4 B Teacher
Originally From: Bogota, Columbia
Email:jquintero@hrrsjda.org

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 five years, and I’ve taught Preschool and Pre-K. This is my first year at Holy Rosary School 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
Email:htate@hrrsjda.org

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 13 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.

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
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.

Nuria Olmos Rodríguez

Nuria Olmos Rodríguez
Current Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Years of Teaching: 9
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 my third year and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Celine Williams

Celine Williams
Current Position: 1st and 2nd grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 3
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 third 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 and 2nd grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 6
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 third 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 family 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.

Ivan Achata

Ivan Achata
Current Position: 3rd and 4th grade Teacher
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 third 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: 5th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 3
Grades Taught: Kindergarten – Adult
Originally Maltby, WA
Originally From: Maltby, WA
Email:janderson@hrrsjda.org

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 UK 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 kids.

John Downing

John Downing
Current Position: ​ 6th/7th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 2
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 long term 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 long term substitute for the 6th/7th grades at HRRS/JDA. I am looking forward to being the 5th/6th grade home room teacher for the 2017/2018 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: 8th grade Teacher
Years of Teaching: 3
Grades Taught: PreK through 12th grade
Originally From: Tacoma, WA
Email:gabe.farias@hrrsjda.org

My name is Gabriel Farias. This is my fourth 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!

Daniel Wolfert

Daniel Wolfert
Current Position: Music Teacher
Years of Teaching: 1
Grades Taught: Pre K – 8th Grade, College, Pre-Professional
Originally From: Palo Alto, CA
Email:dwolfert@hrrsjda.org

Hello! My name is Daniel Wolfert, and I’m thrilled to be one of the music instructors at Holy Rosary Regional School. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and alongside teaching at HRRS, 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 of HRRS can do!

Heidi Gamez

Heidi Gamez
Current Position: P.E. Teacher/Extended Care
Originally From: Mexico
Email:hgamez@hrrsjda.org

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 second year at Holy Rosary School. Previously I was the Pre K 3 Teacher’s Aide and assistant for the last portion of the year. 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
Originally From: Guadalajara, Mexico
Email:eduran@hrrsjda.org

My name is Lizbeth Duran. This is my fifth 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 third 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 Kindergarten 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 third 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.