Mr. Chargin’s parents were natives to Santa Clara County, and always placed a high priority on education. He was born and raised in the South Bay. Mr. Chargin attended St. Joseph of Cupertino School and graduated from Monta Vista High School in 1976. He went on to earn a degree in social studies from San Jose State University. Mr. Chargin later earned a Teaching Credential, Administrative Credential and a Master’s Degree from National University in San Jose, California.
His love for sports led him to coach varsity women’s softball at Archbishop Mitty High School for 10 seasons. In 1998, Fr. Jim convinced Mr. Chargin to leave Mitty and pursue a teaching career at Queen of Apostles. Mr. Chargin thoroughly enjoyed those years as a teacher, and appreciated working with many wonderful colleagues who share his Catholic values. More importantly, Mr. Chargin took great pleasure in working with students, knowing that educators make a tremendous contribution to the community. When the former principal (Mrs. Marianna Willis), retired Mr. Chargin’s ministry continued in an administrative role. It was difficult to leave the classroom, as a principal’s relationship with students is different than that of a teacher.
Mr. Chargin was introduced as principal of Queen of Apostles School in March of 2004 and has enjoyed the privilege of leading this fine school since then. He considers himself blessed to work with the excellent faculty and staff at Queen of Apostles School. There have been many great rewards of being principal; most notably, an outstanding report from the visiting WASC Committee in the spring of 2006. The school has received a maximum six year accreditation. Mr. Chargin thinks that together we will celebrate our accomplishments, and embrace any challenges, as we work towards a greater future for Queen of Apostles School.
Looking back at her own educational experiences, it is very easy for Mrs. Trela to realize that she is in the right career. She loved school from the first minute that she stepped into Mrs. O’Connell’s kindergarten classroom. Mrs. Trela lived most of her life in Grants, New Mexico, a small town west of Albuquerque. She graduated from Grants High School and moved to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Notre Dame with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she went into the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, affiliated with Notre Dame. During her time in this program, she both taught second and third grade in Catholic schools in East Los Angeles and worked on her Masters’ Degree in Education and teaching credential, which she completed in 2004. From here she moved to the lovely Bay Area where she married her college sweetheart. She has been teaching seventh/eighth grade language arts since 2004, serving as the seventh grade homeroom teacher from 2004 – 2006, and in 2006 was appointed as the eighth grade homeroom teacher. In 2009, Mrs. Trela was also given duties of Assistant Principal. As part of her duties, she has assisted on the WCEA/WASC accreditation leadership team.
Teaching is her passion. She loves to see the "light bulb" go on when a student makes a connection that he/she has never made before. She engages her students in their work using many different strategies and asks students to push themselves to their highest potential in all they do. You will often find the classroom buzzing with students talking as group work is used as much as possible.
Not only does she enjoy teaching but she especially enjoys teaching at Queen of Apostles. It is very important to her that she pass on her religion to the next generation and she gets to do that a great deal at Queen of Apostles. She also enjoys working with the families in the community and believes she has a good working relationship with them. She hopes to continue working at Queen of Apostles and lead the students to find the same lasting love of education that she herself found with Mrs. O’Connell.
Mrs. Stella Guel was born and raised in San Jose where she currently resides today. She’s been happily married since 1972 and has 3 children and 10 grandchildren. While her children were young Mrs. Guel ran a neighborhood day care out of her home so she could not only care for her children but so she could also be more involved with the neighborhood children and community.
After 6 years of running her day care, she decided to look for a new challenge and go work with adults in the corporate world full time. After many years in the corporate world Mrs. Guel found a new opportunity where she could have the best of both worlds. In 2007 Mrs. Guel became the Administrative Assistant for Queen of Apostles School.
Mrs. Guel feels very blessed to be involved again with children as well as the wonderful families she interacts with. The children are very important to her and she feels as her grandchildren have expanded from 10 to all the children of Queen of Apostles School.