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.

 

Vice Principal

  
 

Stefanie Hoover

 

 

Stefanie Hoover

Vice Principal

Mrs. Hoover is a Bay Area Native and grew up in Santa Clara. She graduated from Presentation High School and stayed local to attend San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. After college, she moved to Southern California to earn her Master of Arts in Education as well as her Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. This is also where she met her husband, Tim, and they have been married for 14 years this June. Mrs. Hoover has taught middle and high school level English for the past 17 years, most recently at Archbishop Mitty High School. With a desire to move into administration, she has served as the principal at Sierra School in Santa Clara for the two years before joining Queen of Apostles School.

Working with students, teachers and families is what brings Mrs. Hoover joy and she is so excited to join the Queen of Apostles community as the Vice Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She joins her son’s Caleb and Coleton on campus.

 

Office Manager

  
 

Andrea Guel

 

 

Andrea Guel

Office Manager

Ms. Andrea is very excited to be the office manager. Ms. Andrea was born and raised in San Jose. She attended San Jose State University where she gained a bachelor’s in Creative arts with a minor in Art Education. Ms. Andrea has worked in childcare for 6 years and knows the importance of child safety and building positive relationships with children and parents. During her experience at a childcare site she learned that she enjoys helping children build leadership skills, demonstrate kindness, and become responsible individuals.

Ms. Andrea is happy to be joining the Queen of Apostles School staff. On a personal note, Ms. Andrea loves art, music, reading, and playing video games.