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 which started with her as the director in 2012. 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.

 

 Minh Le - Pre-K Teacher

 

 

Minh Le

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Minh Le was born and raised in Viet Nam. She earned her first Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Viet Nam, but then found teaching to be her dream career. In 2003, she came to the United States and pursued her career path while working as a clerk at San Jose Job Corps Center and obtaining a Medical Secretary certificate from Silicon Valley Career Technical Education.

With her love and passion for teaching, she spent over eleven more years studying and earned her second Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University in 2016. Before joining Queen of Apostles as a preschool teacher, Minh worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart School.

Minh just started her first step in the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program combined with a Master’s in Education at San Jose State University.

In her free time, Minh enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, singing, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with family.

 

 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

  

Fourth Grade

  
 

Amanda Lahey

 

 

Amanda Lahey

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Amanda Lahey has experienced Queen of Apostles as a student, as a parishioner, and now as a teacher. The strong sense of community and belonging is what keeps her anchored to Queen of Apostles. She enjoys working with children of all ages as she has experience as a preschool teacher, a primary science teacher for grades K-3, and a student council moderator for junior high students. She is so excited to be the 4th grade teacher!

Ms. Lahey holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Loyola University Chicago with minors in English, Psychology and Catholic Studies. She is currently working toward her Masters in Teaching at Santa Clara University. Her Jesuit education and Catholic upbringing continue to inform her teaching practices with a focus on the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Lahey loves to read, watch television, and gather around a good meal with friends.

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 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.  

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 Teacher

  
 

 Nayereh Seifi

 

 

Nayereh Seifi

Art Teacher

Ms. Nayereh Seifi is so honored to be the art teacher at Queen of Apostles School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts in 1991 and continued her education in 2008 at SJSU where she earned her CA teaching credential. Ms. Seifi started teaching Art in 1995 at Queen Mary Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada. She moved to San Jose, California in 2000 and started working as a long-term substitute art teacher in the San Jose Unified School District. After that she started teaching art at private schools like Challenger, Bellevue Christian School, and Mack Elementary School. Right now, she’s an art teacher at Saint Leo the Great School as well as Queen of Apostles School.

She shared: “I believe we are all created to create. We are on Earth to create joy, peace, beauty, unity, and much more. Art is a great way to create all those things. When I was a little kid, I drew pictures on the walls of my home. My mom did not like that, but since she was a teacher too, she gave me an alternative. She gave me supplies: crayons, markers, paint, and drawing paper. She gave me a way to create something to express myself.
As an art teacher I’m here to help students learn techniques, skills, styles, and history of art so they can create and express themselves through art with joy and confidence.”