Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Home of the Saints


OLPH Staff Bios

Mrs. Pauline FloresMrs. Pauline Flores
Mrs. Flores received her B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University in 2009. Shortly after, she began to volunteer in San Francisco public schools and did private tutoring, which sparked her interest in teaching. After taking Early Childhood Education courses and assistant teaching, she participated in a graduate program through Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) and University of the Pacific. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in the Spring of 2015, and then served as 2nd grade teacher at a San Mateo public school for two years. Mrs. Flores is thrilled to continue her teaching journey and be part of the OLPH community as our first grade teacher.

Ms. Katie FrancoMs. Katie Franco
Ms. Franco was born and raised in South San Francisco and attended All Souls Elementary school and then Mercy High School, Burlingame. She attended San Francisco State University where she graduated with a Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Creative Arts as well as a Multi-Subject Teaching credential. Katie has taught in the Archdiocese for over 8 years and received a Administrative credential in 2016. She is serving OLPH as the school's principal.

Mrs. Gemma GleanMrs. Gemma Glean
Mrs. Glean obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UCSD Extension in 2010. She also graduated with a degree in Secondary Education from the University of the Assumption, majoring in English. She took master's courses in Guidance Counseling and hopes to be a guidance counselor some day. Mrs. Glean has experience working with different age groups, from young pre-schoolers at Genentech's 2nd Generation to bilingual middle school students at Fernando Rivera School in Daly City. She also taught Kindergarten for 14 years, the last 9 years at OLPH, before becoming OLPH's third grade teacher.

Ms. Meghan HighsmithMs. Meghan Highsmith
Ms. Meghan Highsmith grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and graduated summa cum laude from Flagler College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She is TEFL certified and has taught abroad in Germany, Chile, and El Salvador. She has recently relocated to California and 2017-2018 will be her first year serving as the second grade teacher at OLPH.

Mr. William KovacichMr. William Kovacich
Born and raised in San Francisco, Mr. Kovacich earned his B.A., Teaching Credential, and Administrative Masters Degree from the University of San Francisco. He served in Catholic education for forty-five years, thirty seven as a principal in various Archdiocesan schools. In retirement, he serves as producer and director of the OLPH Jr. High school plays.

Mrs. Casey LazaldeMrs. Casey Lazalde
A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Lazalde received her Associate of Science, Associate of the Arts and Early Childhood Education Certification from Skyline College. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies from Notre Dame de Namur University and received her Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the same school. She then continued her education at UCSD to in order to obtain her Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She has worked as a teacher's aide, a substitute, and a teacher in the Archdiocese of San Francisco since 1996.

Mr. Angelo MarquezMr. Angelo Marquez
Mr. Marquez received his B.A. degree from the University of San Francisco in Theology and Religious Studies. He has worked for many years at the OLPH Parish, including running the CCD program and Youth Group. He began teaching at OLPH in 2014 as the junior high computer teacher, and in 2015 he began teaching 8th grade homeroom and junior high Social Studies. Mr. Marquez also moderates Student Council, prepares the 8th graders for Confirmation, while continuing to work at OLPH Parish.

Ms. Emmerline MartinezMs. Emmerline Martinez
Ms. Emmerline Martinez grew up in San Francisco. She has a passion for helping students and has volunteered for a non-profit organization, Reading Partners. This program provides Bay Area title 1 schools with one-on-one tutoring for students to get them reading at their grade level. Ms. Martinez earned her B.A. in Child & Adolescent development with a concentration in School Age Children and Families from San Francisco State University in 2016. She began teaching at OLPH in March as our permanent substitute for second grade and loved it! She is grateful to be a part of our OLPH family and is looking forward to having a great school year teaching our TK and kindergarten students.

Mrs. Sheila OrtegaMrs. Sheila Ortega
Mrs. Ortega earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and Multiple Subject Credential from San Francisco State University. She began her teaching career in 1989 and has worked at OLPH since 1992. She is currently 7th grade homeroom as well as junior high Science teacher. She is the school's vice-principal, facilitates the school science fair, choreographs the school plays, serves on the grant writing committee, and helps moderate the school fundraisers.

Ms. Jaime StellaMs. Jaime Stella
Ms. Stella grew up in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University with her undergraduate degree in sociology. She later attended UCSB where she received her Masters of Education as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Before becoming OLPH's 5th Grade teacher in 2007, she worked as a computer teacher and classroom aide for the upper grades. She is on the technology committee as well as coordinating the yearbook.

Ms. Mary TunnellMs. Mary Tunnell
Ms. Tunnell grew up on the S.F. Peninsula, graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Communication Studies, and from Boston University with a Masters in Mass Communication. She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University at Monterey. She has taught at OLPH since 2003, is the school website coordinator, and hosts the Math tutoring club. She is currently the 6th grade homeroom teacher, as well as the junior high Math teacher.

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