We are pleased to announce several new hires and positions for the 2017-2018 school year. First, in an effort to continue Rosary’s legacy of outstanding academics, two veteran teachers will take on new roles. Richard Yoon, a 26-year member of the Rosary Science Department, will now serve as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction while also teaching AP Chemistry and coaching Rosary’s basketball team. In addition, Andrea Barclay, a 17-year Rosary teacher, will serve as the Mentor Teacher and Instructional Coach while continuing her role as the English Department Chair and AP Language and Composition teacher.
Rosary’s Religion Department welcomes Beth Rosales. Ms. Rosales spent the last two years teaching theology and serving as campus minister at Notre Dame High School in the San Bernardino Diocese. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Catechetics and Evangelism, Ms. Rosales is excited to bring her passion for faith in education to Rosary. She shares, “Faith should play a part in every aspect of life, from academics to athletics.”
In the World Languages Department, Rosary welcomes French teacher, Dr. Leticia Villaseñor; ASL teacher Candace Brophy; and Spanish teacher Laura Casillas. With a Ph.D. in French from the University of Southern California and experience teaching at both K-12 and college levels, Dr. Villasenor will bring a wealth of knowledge. Ms. Brophy joins Rosary from North Carolina, where she completed her ASL training and served as the ASL Lab Coordinator and teacher at Gardner-Webb University. Ms. Brophy shares, “Interpreting for the Deaf and hard of hearing has been a blessing and a joy.” Finally, Ms. Casillas has extensive experience ranging from many years of teaching to working as a Spanish interpreter and translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The English Department is proud to add both Ryan Stegink and Dana Wilkinson. A Michigan native, Mr. Stegink began his teaching career at Whitinsville Christian School in Massachusetts, where he taught freshman English, American Literature, and creative writing for several years. Mr. Stegink also served as Whitinsville’s student council advisor. He shares, “I’m excited to work at a school like Rosary with so many unique traditions and extracurricular activities.” Ms. Wilkinson brings experience teaching English in Catholic high schools, including Servite High School, where she piloted the AP literacy and writing program. She is eager to take on the role as the senior English teacher and will add depth and enthusiasm to the department.
The Social Studies Department is also adding new faculty. Seasoned teacher Cindy Jenkins is excited to share her passion for Christ, history, and education. Her upbeat personality and successful teaching experience, which includes curriculum development for all levels of high school history and AP English teaching experience, is sure to make her a favorite.
In the Kinesiology Department, Debbie Simonton brings a wealth of expertise in education, coaching, and teaching. A former tennis player at Cal State Long Beach who went on to receive her M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Simonton has been teaching and coaching tennis for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as Rosary’s Head Tennis Coach for the past 6 years. An avid marathon runner, tennis player, and golfer, Mrs. Simonton is excited to help her students embrace their physical well-being.
Finally, Rosary’s Science Department also adds two exciting new teachers to its ranks. First, John Faubl brings several years of teaching experience from Lenape High School in Medford, New Jersey. Coming from a school with approximately 1800 students where he taught nearly every science course offered, Mr. Faubl looks forward to sharing his vast knowledge with our students. In his time at Lenape High School, Mr. Faubl also served as the official announcer for all football and basketball games, so expect to see him at some of our sporting events! Newton DeLeon will also join the Rosary faculty this year as a science teacher. His enthusiasm for education along with his experience teaching numerous science classes, including his time at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, where he taught AP Environmental Science and Biology, makes Mr. DeLeon a great addition to the Rosary Community.
We are excited to welcome our new teachers, and thank you for your continued support!