Queen of Apostles

A Catholic Education - Emphasizing Academics & Community

Faculty

QUEEN OF APOSTLES FACULTY

Dedicated, Accredited, and Experienced Teachers averaging 12+ years of experience!

 

Preschool

  
 

Sophia Paul - Preschool Director

 

 

Sophia Paul

Preschool Director

Mrs. Sophia Paul is very excited to be the director of Queen of Apostles’ preschool program. This will be her 7th year as a director and the 7th year of the program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Bachelors of Education, with units in Early Childhood Development from De Anza and UCSC.

Mrs. Paul came to the United States from India with her husband. She has teaching experience in preschool, elementary school, and high school. In 2003, she started her own day care in San Jose and ran it for two years. She worked as a PreK teacher in Cupertino for five years, helping countless children grow and develop.

She has two children, her son Roshan is at Cal Poly and her daughter Ria is at Mitty. She feels very blessed to be a part of Queen of Apostles School as a parent and staff member.

 

 Hiral Desai - Pre-K (3yr) Teacher

 

 

Hiral Desai

Pre-Kindergarten 3-year-old Teacher

Mrs. Hiral Desai is the PreK3 teacher and had been working for three years as a PreK3 and PreK4 assistant teacher. She worked in a preschool classroom for seven years before that, all in San Jose. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and units in Early Childhood Development from San Jose City College.

Mrs. Desai moved to California in 2001 from Mumbai, India with her family. She has two elementary school aged children who attend school in San Jose. She enjoys being a teacher because she loves being with children and seeing them grow and bloom academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. She feels teaching and making an impact in children’s lives is the most important job and she is so excited for another year here at Queen of Apostles Preschool.

 

 Quiana DeSilva

 

 

Quiana DeSilva

Pre-Kindergarten 4-year-old Teacher

Ms. Quiana DeSilva moved from Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 to Mountain View, California. Ms. DeSilva has been a part of the Queen of Apostles community since 2014. She is thrilled to be the pre- kindergarten 4-year-olds’ teacher. Ms. DeSilva’s teaching background started in 2004 at Capri Elementary in Campbell, CA. In 2006 she realized her passion for teaching preschool-aged children and began taking Early Childhood Education classes at De Anza College along with working at the De Anza Child Development Center as an Associate Teacher until 2012. She received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, along with a Teaching Permit for the state of California. Ms. DeSilva started working in the Diocese of San Jose in 2013.

Ms. DeSilva has two daughters; her oldest daughter is an Archbishop Mitty 2015 Alumni and will graduate from California State University East Bay in 2021 and her other daughter will graduate from Queen of Apostles in 2021.

 

Kindergarten

  
 

Stephanie Weber

 

 

Stephanie Weber

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Stephanie Weber is thrilled to be the kindergarten teacher. Her teaching roots go very deep. 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 the following year taught PreK. She moved to California in 2011 and taught 4th grade before coming to Queen of Apostles to teach PreK. She taught PreK for eight years before becoming the kindergarten teacher. Ms. Weber earned her Masters of Education degree in 2016.

First Grade

  
 

Danielle Weinstein

 

 

Danielle Weinstein

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Danielle Weinstein attended San Jose State where she earned a BS in Social Science. After she graduated SJSU, she became the 3rd grade teacher at St. Lucy School for 8 years.

Danielle then worked part-time as an aide in Kindergarten so that she could also be home with her son. After three years as an aide and having her second child, she became a full time stay at home mom and enjoyed every bit of it.

In 2016 Danielle had the opportunity to aide in 1st grade at Queen of Apostles School, and then transitioned to be the 1st grade teacher.

With her family, she loves going to the beach, hiking, swimming, and watching movies. Danielle loves coffee, sweets, and laughing! She also loves the Queen of Apostles community.

Second Grade

  
 

Victoria Staudenraus

 

 

Victoria Staudenraus

Second Grade Teacher

As a graduate of Queen of Apostles and a former student of Mrs. Baines, Ms. Victoria Staudenraus is very excited to be coming back to teach second grade! After graduating from Archbishop Mitty, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. Ms. Staudenraus minored in Montessori Education where she obtained early childhood units and taught as a part-time preschool teacher while completing her degree. She also volunteered at a school in East Oakland as a literacy mentor for students in primary grades. In her third year at Saint Mary’s, Ms. S worked as a student volunteer at a Lasallian school in the Tenderloin of San Francisco where she worked with fifth grade students. In her last year of undergraduate, she worked as a student teacher in a first grade classroom in Orinda. In all of her experience with students, Ms. S fell in love with teaching and was inspired to continue on to graduate school at Saint Mary’s to receive her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as her Master’s in Education. Ms. S worked as a fourth grade resident teacher in East Oakland for a semester and then completed her student teaching in a second grade class in Concord.

In her free time, Ms. S can be found cooking, crafting, spending time with her family, or reading a new book. Ms. Staudenraus can’t wait to return to Queen of Apostles and is looking forward to teaching second grade in the 2019-2020 school year!

Third Grade

  
 

Christine Usis

 

 

Christine Usis

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Christine Usis is a former Queen of Apostles student! She was raised in Santa Cruz, CA and traveled a long distance each way to be a part of the Queen of Apostles community. She firmly believes that the foundation provided by Queen of Apostles school has shaped her into the caring and compassionate individual she is today. There is nothing more rewarding than teaching at a school that holds so dearly to her heart.

She graduated with a B.S in Child Development from San Jose University and quickly went on to receive her Multiple Subject teaching credential. She completed her M.A in Teaching, with a specialization in e-Learning and Technology. During this time she worked in the preschool program, quickly moving on to teaching primary science at Queen of Apostles. After five successful years and many smiles later, she has landed herself in the third grade classroom. It is here she will embark on a new journey spending her time with her original preschool class!

When she is not teaching, you will find her spending time with her family, traveling to various places throughout the world. In each country she visits, she has the opportunity to visit local schools and talk with students. It is these experiences that help shape her into the educator she is today.

Fourth Grade

  
 

Karolyn Hill

 

 

Karolyn Hill

Fourth Grade Teacher

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.

Fifth Grade

  
 

Maria James

 

 

Maria James

Fifth Grade Teacher

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.

Sixth Grade

  
 

Christina Anderson

 

 

Christina Anderson

Sixth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Christina Anderson was born and raised in San Jose and is a graduate of Five Wounds School and Presentation High School. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. In 2004, Mrs. Anderson completed the credential program at California State University Monterey Bay, earning a multiple subject credential.

Prior to joining Queen of Apostles, she worked at St. Nicholas School in Los Altos Hills where she taught 16 years. In her time there, she taught 4th grade, 6th grade, and middle school Spanish. Mrs. Anderson resides in Santa Clara with her husband, an employee of Archbishop Mitty High School, and their two children.

In her free time, Mrs. Anderson enjoys reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the Queen of Apostles community.

Seventh Grade

  
 

Tracy Nicoletti

 

 

Tracy Nicoletti

Seventh Grade Teacher

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.

Eighth Grade

  
 

Queen of Apostles

 

 

Megan Yocke

Eighth Grade Teacher

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!

Physical Education (P.E.)

  
 

PE-David-Locke

 

 

David Locke

Physical Education Teacher

David Locke is a San Jose native. He is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga with a B.A. in Management (Go Gaels!). He has always maintained a passion for sports by coaching girls and boys at all levels and ages for over thirty years. His wide coaching range includes introducing 4-5 year-olds to T-ball, championship 15 year-old baseball All Stars, as well as middle school and high school varsity football. He has also been a dedicated coach of girls and boys basketball at Queen of Apostles School for five years.

David comes from a sports/teaching family, as his Mom taught middle school physical education and coached for 35 years. His Dad played sports through college and coached as well. Dave’s sister is also a veteran middle school Special Education teacher in San Jose and has coached sports in middle school. David’s younger brother was also a gifted athlete and has been coaching youth sports for over ten years.

David is very active in the Queen of Apostles School community and volunteers for field trips, many school events and in the lunchroom serving our kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. He has an 8th grader at this school, an alumni sophomore at Bellarmine plus an adult daughter and son-in-law, and granddaughter who may attend Queen of Apostles in the future. Dave’s wife Delma is a corporate attorney who works in Silicon Valley high tech.

David is thrilled to be given the opportunity to teach Physical Education to the students at Queen of Apostles. He is confident the kids will have a great year of learning about the importance of physical fitness, teamwork, good sportsmanship but most of all having fun participating! 

Science K – 3

  

 

Amanda Lahey

 

 

Amanda Lahey

Science Teacher, Grades: K – 3

Ms. Amanda Lahey graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services with minors in English, Psychology, and Catholic Studies. She has spent the past two years teaching Preschool, one in Chicago and one in Saratoga. As much as she loved teaching preschool, she is excited to move up to Kindergarten and K-3 science! Amanda attended Queen of Apostles from Kindergarten-8th grade, and it feels like coming home again to be able to give back as a teacher (bigger desk & no uniform!). It is such a joy to form relationships with children and be a part of their world. She knows it is a privilege to get to work with the children of Queen of Apostles School.

Science 4 – 8

  
 

Joan Rehbock

 

 

Joan Rehbock

Science Teacher, Grades: 4 – 8

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.

Spanish

  
 

Margarita Colpo

 

 

Margarita Colpo

Spanish Teacher

A native of Santiago, Chile, Mrs. Margarita Colpo has been teaching Spanish to all grades (K-8) at Queen of Apostles School since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and obtained her teaching credential from National University in 2003. In addition, she’s taken Stanford Graduate classes in their World Language Program. Her experience includes teaching reading at St. Christopher School and Spanish at St. Frances Cabrini School.

As part of her teaching, Senora Colpo exposes the students to all the Spanish-speaking countries around the world. This gives her the opportunity to integrate the Spanish language and culture at all grade levels. 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. She’s coordinated collaborative Spanish activities with Mitty High School seniors and 8th graders at Queen of Apostles School. She also established a mentoring program for Archbishop Mitty High School Students and Queen of Apostles 6th through 8th graders.

In addition, Senora Colpo volunteered as a tutor for Bellarmine High School students from Spanish 1 to Spanish 5 Advanced Placement levels.

Math Specialist

  
 

Cesar Sanchez

 

 

Cesar Sanchez

Math Specialist

Mr. Cesar Sanchez grew up and attended school in the San Jose area. He is a graduate of Cal State Hayward where he completed his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with Corporate Management and Real Estate Management options.

Before starting to teach math in 2017 at Queen of Apostles School, Mr. Sanchez worked at community agencies with Youth Programs and directed after school and summer programs. Mr. Sanchez is also the Head Coach for the Archbishop Mitty Boys Soccer team where he brings 17 years of coaching experience to the team. Under his guidance during the past five years, the Monarchs have captured three league and two CCS championships. Coach Sanchez has also coached for several local club teams, including Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club and SJ Inter.

Now Mr. Sanchez enjoys working with the middle school students daily to expand their Math knowledge and skills. He is delighted to be part of the Queen of Apostles community. Currently Mr. Sanchez is attending the University of San Francisco finishing up his Masters in Teaching and Teaching Credential.  

Reading Resource Teacher

  
 

Carlin Graveline

 

 

Carlin Graveline

Reading Resource Teacher

Carlin is a Georgia-native who received her B.A in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia before receiving her M.S. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, she has worked at non-public schools for children who are deaf and hearing impaired, as well as Kaiser Permanente and Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos. She has also previously served as the Clinic Director for San Jose State University’s speech-language pathology program, and served as adjunct faculty there supervising and teaching clinical skills to undergraduate and graduate students.

Outside of work, Carlin loves spending time with her family (and dogs!) and especially enjoys playing cards, road trips, exploring the great outdoors, and ensuring her children have a deep appreciation for country music.

Music Teacher

  
 

Gina

 

 

Gina Argenti-Schultz

Music Teacher

Gina Argenti-Schultz is a Bay Area native who was born and raised in Redwood City. She attended San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and California Teaching Credential. She has served as a singer, choral conductor and vocal instructor in a variety of settings and genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, and sacred music, and she loves using different tools to help people of all ages and ability levels to experience the joy of making music! Gina has been a part of Queen of Apostles parish as a music minister since 2002, and she is delighted to be joining the Queen of Apostles School team.

On a personal note, Gina enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and two cats. She also loves reading, especially favorites including “The Lord of the Rings” series and “The Ranger’s Apprentice” series.  

Art

  
 

Theresa Knight

 

 

Theresa Knight

Art Teacher

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!