Mrs. Sophia Paul is very excited to be the Director of Preschool. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a degree in Bachelor of Education. She has 27 units in Early Child Education from De Anza College and from the UCSC Extension.
Mrs. Paul came to the USA in 1997 with her husband. She worked as a Preschool, Elementary and High School teacher for 5 years. In 2003, she started her own daycare and ran it for 2 years. She worked as a Pre-K teacher in Cupertino for more than 4 and 1/2 years. During all these years, she has worked with so many children and is very proud to have been part of their lives and helped them in their overall growth. She has 2 children: her son Roshan, who will graduate Archbishop Mitty High School in 2018 and her daughter Ria, who will graduate Queen of Apostles School in 2018. She is very proud to say that they are doing great academically and developmentally. She feels very blessed to be a part of Queen of Apostles School as a parent and as a staff member.
Pre-Kindergarten 4-year-old Teacher
Ms. Stephanie Weber is thrilled to be the pre-kindergarten, 4 year old, teacher. Her teaching roots go very deep. She was a tutor, swim coach, nanny, and student teacher long before she entered college. In college, she majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She graduated from James Madison University in 2009 and moved to Lexington, Kentucky that fall to begin her teaching career at a private Catholic school. Ms. Weber taught third grade and loved it, but was most excited the following year when she was asked to help start a Pre-K program. She has incorporated the best parts of that great curriculum here at Queen of Apostles School. She moved to California in 2011 and taught 4th grade but missed the "little ones." She was so happy to be recommended for this position and looks forward to a wonderful year with your children!
Pre-Kindergarten 3-year-old Teacher
Brittani Gomes started working at Queen of Apostles School in August 2016. She has been in the Prek 3 class and became head teacher. Prior to moving to this school, she was Preschool head teacher at a different school, also in San Jose, CA. She’s currently completing a Bachelors and Multi-subject Elementary teaching credential through National University’s online BA program. Ms. Gomes also holds an Associates of Arts and certificate of completion in Early Childhood Development from Ohlone College in Fremont, Ca.
Brittani is originally from Fremont, and made her (not so big) move to Sunnyvale in 2015. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and seeing as much of the world as she can. Ireland was her first big trip across the pond and will always hold a special place in her heart. Photography and cooking are special hobbies that she works on improving.
Brittani loves working in the preschool class for more reasons than she could ever explain. While learning includes plenty of academics and focus, she believes a child’s job is to play and to create. It is her goal to create an exciting, warm, and inspiring environment where your little ones can take ownership of their class, explore, ask as many questions as they can think of, and most importantly, have fun!
Michelle Dreyer was born and raised in San Jose, right around the corner from Queen of Apostles. Michelle is a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School, and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, at Long Beach State University. She acquired her teaching credential (CLAD) from San Jose State University and has also earned her Masters Degree in education. Prior to being hired at Queen of Apostles, Michelle taught kindergarten for two years at Braly Elementary School in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Mrs. Dreyer has worked with many different curriculums and loves to challenge her students to reach their highest potential.
Mrs. Dreyer has a true love of children. She has spent 10 years working with students teaching dance before receiving her credential. She has a passion for teaching, and is dedicated and devoted to the ministry of developing children academically, and socially. Outside of school, Mrs. Dreyer enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter Dylan (3 years old) and son Crosby (1 and a half years old). Dylan has started preschool at Queen of Apostles School as well. Mrs. Dreyer loves being with family, friends, and her Yorkie dogs Harley and Willis. She loves dancing, reading, and going out on the lake in her father's boat. She is so happy to be a part of the Queen of Apostles family.
Stacy Amicarelli was born and raised in San Jose. She is a graduate of Queen of Apostles, Archbishop Mitty High School, and Santa Clara University, where she completed her teaching credential and Masters Degree. Prior to coming to Queen of Apostles she spent 10 years in the Cupertino Union School District, teaching a Kindergarten/First Grade multi-age class. Mrs. Amicarelli enjoys the challenge of working with kindergarten students here at Queen of Apostles.
Outside of school, Mrs. Amicarelli enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband. She likes traveling and being outdoors, and is thrilled to be a part of Queen of Apostles!
Miss Nikki Chace grew up and attended school on a military base, in Southern California. Throughout high school she worked with special education students in an inclusion program. After graduating, Miss Chace moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. She graduated from San Jose State with her BA in Liberal Studies – Teach Prep. Throughout her undergrad, Miss Chace worked as an assistant teacher at a child development center in the preschool classroom, an inclusion program for learning disabled students at the Boys and Girls Club, the STEM program at the San Francisco 49ers stadium, coached high school track and cross country at St. Lawrence Academy, and she has worked as a behavior therapist for children with Autism. She has had the pleasure of working in such diverse areas of education, before finding her place at Queen of Apostles.
Currently, Miss Chace is attending the University of San Francisco finishing up her Masters in Teaching and her credential. She is thrilled to be teaching first grade! When she is not teaching she continues to spend her time finding new ways to better herself physically via running, CrossFit, or yoga! She also enjoys reading, cooking, and hopes to start traveling once she finishes her degree at USF.
Mrs. Joan Baines was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and attended St. Mary’s Primary, followed by St. Mary’s College. On completion of her Teaching Degree at Christchurch College of Education, she taught kindergarten through to fifth grade for 15 years. Mrs. Baines has been at Queen of Apostles since 1998, teaching second grade. She coached Girls Volleyball for 4 years. Mrs. Baines' goal is: “To create a relaxed, happy but educationally challenging environment where children will arrive each day, keen and eager to learn."
Mrs. Baines is married and has one daughter who is a doctor in Phoenix. Mrs. Baines’ interests are travel, reading, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Battiato is a native of San Jose, CA. She is a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School, and Syracuse University. She has been employed at Queen of Apostles School since 2006. In the 2011-2012 school year she started teaching 3rd grade. She is excited and enthusiastic about her teaching career. In addition, she also enjoys being a moderator for the school yearbook.
Melissa was an outstanding field hockey and softball player in high school. She earned many honors in sports and continued her softball career at West Valley College, and earned a scholarship to Syracuse University. She has many interests including reading, sports, hiking with her dog Turbo, and music. Melissa is married to former Archbishop Mitty High School student, Eric Battiato and they have two children; Brenna Leigh and Bennett Joseph.
Mrs. Karolyn Hill was born in Santa Clara, and raised in San Jose, California. She also attended Catholic School K-8th grade. After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, she began teaching at Queen of Apostles. In 2003 she completed her multiple subject teaching credential, and in 2004 graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Education, with an emphasis in Language Development, Literacy and Teaching, from Santa Clara University. Mrs. Hill has taught Jr. Kindergarten through Adults in various subjects and curriculums. She’s taught 5th and 6th grade multiple subjects/homeroom, Jr. Kindergarten-8th grade Spanish, and ESL to adults. In 2008 she took time off to stay at home and raise her family, and in 2012 came back to teaching part time with the Diocese of San Jose, Cupertino Union School District, and Campbell Union High School District. She is ecstatic to start off the 2015-2016 school year in 4th grade at Queen of Apostles.
Outside the classroom Karolyn Hill enjoys traveling with her husband, Jimmy, and 3 daughters who attend Queen of Apostles School. They have made it a “rule” to travel outside the U.S., once a year. She also enjoys reading, exercising, and dancing.
Mrs. Maria James is our fifth grade teacher. She taught fourth grade for several years before joining the Queen of Apostles faculty in 2002. In addition to teaching she serves as a Student Council Moderator.
Mrs. James received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Creighton University; and she also has her California Clear Credential. Her favorite teaching moment is when the “light bulb” goes on for her students and she knows that they understand what she has just taught. She is dedicated to the teaching profession and truly enjoys teaching at Queen of Apostles. Mrs. James is married and has 3 children. In her free time she enjoys biking, swimming, cooking, and reading. She also enjoys watching her fifth graders participate in school sports.
Mr. Weinstein is excited and enthusiastic about beginning his full time teaching career at Queen of Apostles School. After attending Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA, Mr. Weinstein attended a variety of community colleges until he found his niche as a daily news writer at Santa Barbara City College. Following acceptance to San Jose State University, Mr. David Weinstein studied mass communications and graduated with a B.S. degree in Journalism with a Minor in English Literature in 2002.
Upon graduation, he pursued a career in Journalism and covered the city beat for East Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton writing for the Palo Alto Daily News, as well as for the Los Gatos Daily News. During his tenure as a news writer, Mr. Weinstein began substitute teaching at St. Lucy’s School in Campbell, CA where his wife Danielle Weinstein is the third grade teacher. As Mrs. Weinstein and other teachers observed him in the classroom, they reinforced and encouraged Mr. Weinstein to pursue teaching given it seemed to be his calling. Mr. Weinstein’s students responded positively and enthusiastically whenever he taught, further convincing Mr. Weinstein to pursue this new opportunity. During the summer of 2007, Mr. Weinstein taught Digital Creative Arts and Digital Film Making at Harker Preparatory School. He then joined the Junior High Teaching Staff at Queen of Apostles for the 2007-2008 school year. When not in the classroom teaching, Mr. Weinstein enjoys competing in several different sports. As a talented athlete at Acalanes High School, Mr. Weinstein was a four-year varsity starter in soccer, a two-year starter in basketball, two-year varsity starter in track, and competed year-round in club soccer. He also plays a variety of instruments including the piano, clarinet, acoustic guitar and congo drums. In addition, Mr. Weinstein enjoys bass fishing, backpacking and Frisbee golf. His students and Queen of Apostles faculty are also now well aware of what his family has known for years: Mr. Weinstein is a long-time, die-hard Michigan Wolverines and Oakland Athletics fan.
Having graduated from Queen of Apostles herself in 1993, Ms. Tracy Nicoletti is privileged to be teaching seventh grade at Queen of Apostles School. After graduating from Archbishop Mitty High School in 1997, she attended Santa Clara University and graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature. After graduation, she attended Notre Dame DeNamur University to earn her teaching credential, while teaching freshman and Junior English classes at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. In 2002, she taught freshman and Junior English at Archbishop Mitty High School.
Outside of teaching, Ms. Nicoletti swam competitively for ten years at Almaden Swim and Racquet Club, in San Jose, and was also a four- year varsity swimmer at Mitty. She was an active member of the women’s NCAA water polo team at Santa Clara University. While teaching at Monta Vista High School, she was the women’s Junior Varsity and Varsity water polo coach and assistant swimming coach. At Mitty, she was the women’s assistant swimming coach. Ms Nicoletti is also a marathon runner, having completed several Team in Training marathons.
Megan Yocke started teaching in the 8th grade homeroom and 6th-8th grade math classes in 2016. She is very close with her family so she’s sure the students will find some similarities between her and her brother, Brian Yocke who was her predecessor teaching in the same 8th grade classroom.
She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science in 2012. Why Kentucky, you might ask? She was lucky enough to play catcher for the UK softball team for 4 years. GO CATS !! With great memories and friends, she moved back to California and graduated with a Masters Degree in Kinesiology, Sport Management from SJSU. When Megan returned to California, she had the opportunity to coach the Archbishop Mitty softball team with her brother for 3 years! As Brian moved on to coach baseball, she stepped away from coaching to work in the Stanford athletic department. She enjoys working with young people in an effort to help them reach their goals and is so excited to start this new chapter!
Coach Daniel J. McCrone was born in Detroit, Michigan but spent his school years in Santa Clara County. He graduated from St. Simon’s Elementary School in Los Altos and St. Francis High School in Mountain View, completing his education and graduating from San Francisco State University.
Coach McCrone began teaching and coaching at Archbishop Mitty High School in 1980 and has been the Queen of Apostles School Physical Education teacher since 1988. Physical Education classes include between sixteen and twenty activities that help develop small and large motor skills, along with group and individual skills. Students look forward to their PE classes and their interaction with Coach McCrone. Coach McCrone comments that the friendly, small community and affection from students are some of the best qualities of Queen of Apostles School. Coach McCrone spends out-of-school time with his family. He continues to hone his skills as a physical education educator at the annual Elementary Physical Education workshop held at Cal Poly each summer.
Mrs. Christine Usis is a former Queen of Apostles student! After leaving Queen of Apostles, she attended Aptos High School in Aptos, California. Then, she went on to San Jose State University graduating with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development. Christine completed the Multiple Subject Credential program with a concentration in Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. She is SO excited to be teaching science to K-3rd grade students.
When she is not at Queen of Apostles teaching, she is spending time with her beautiful family. She has a daughter and a son! She and her husband love traveling all over the world. Some recent places they have traveled to include the Philippines, Japan, throughout the Caribbean, and Mexico. In each country they visit, she gets the opportunity to meet students and professors from local schools. She has many exciting stories to share about these other cultures and school experiences.
Mrs. Joan Rehbock, a native of Chicago, Illinois, began her teaching career in 1984 after graduating from Mundelein College. She taught Math and English to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at St. Richard’s School on the Southwest side of Chicago for seven years. Joan and her husband moved to California in 1991 after her husband accepted an exciting job with the Atari Corporation. Joan happily joined the faculty of St. John the Baptist School in Milpitas, teaching fourth grade, and worked there until 1994, when she took off time to stay at home and raise her family. In 2002, Joan joined the staff of Queen of Apostles as school librarian, and in 2004, she returned to the classroom in the role of science specialty teacher for grades 4-8.
Despite teaching different subjects and grade levels over the years, one thing remains constant with Joan – she has a passion for teaching. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and helping them learn through doing. She firmly believes in a hands-on approach to science to hold the students’ interest and make them more eager to learn. Joan feels that teaching children is not just a job, but a vocation.
A native of Santiago, Chile, Mrs. Margarita Colpo has been teaching Spanish at Queen of Apostles School since 2005. She has a business degree from San Jose State University and obtained her teaching credential from National University in 2003. Her experience includes teaching reading at St. Christopher School and Spanish at St. Frances Cabrini School.
Mrs. Colpo enjoys the environment at Queen of Apostles where she teaches Spanish to all grades (K-8). This gives her the opportunity to know all the students and integrate the Spanish language and culture at all grade levels. As part of her teaching, Mrs. Colpo exposes the students to all the Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In the upper grades, she incorporates the importance of the Catholic faith into her teaching as the students learn prayers in Spanish. Every year, many of the eighth grade students attend a Spanish Mass at St. Joseph Basilica in downtown San Jose, which is a culturally enriching experience for the students and their families.
Diana Kandah was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She attended Catholic schools from kindergarten to her senior year. She graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Teaching. Her major was in Computer Studies and Math, and minored in Religious Studies. She also holds a California teaching credential.
Diana taught in the Sydney Diocese for 4 years before she and her family moved to San Jose, CA in 2003. She worked at Challenger School as a Computer Specialist, teaching students from 1st to 8th grade computer programming. In 2010, Diana joined the Queen of Apostles staff and community. She currently works as a middle school Math specialist and Computer Science teacher. Diana loves inspiring young students to uncover their hidden potential in math through practice, motivation, and determination. Diana’s job satisfaction comes when the students walk away from her lesson, feeling confident that they can solve problems on their own. When not working, Diana enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Theresa Knight was born in San Jose and raised in Sunnyvale, California. Growing up, she spent twelve years swimming competitively around the valley. She was a member of the graduating class of 2000 at Archbishop Mitty High School and swam for Mitty’s swim team throughout her entire high school career.
Theresa has been an artist since the first time she held a crayon. Art has always been her passion, and being in a position to teach it is one of her greatest achievements. Theresa graduated from Cal State University, Monterey Bay in 2005 and double-majored in Child Development and Art. She was lucky enough to begin teaching at Queen of Apostles after graduation, and has LOVED every day of her job since! Theresa and her husband welcomed their child, Elliott James, into their family in 2011. She splits her time between teaching and taking care of her son, and somehow finds time to work on various art projects. She loves to ski, bake and above all else, watch Giants games!