Queen of Apostles

A Catholic Education - Emphasizing Academics & Community

Staff

Queen of Apostles Staff

 

Principal

  
 

Elizabeth Trela

 

 

Elizabeth Trela

Principal

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.

 

Stella Guel

  
 

Stella Guel

 

 

Stella Guel

Administrative Assistant

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.