Welcome New Faculty & Staff!

This year, Rosary’s admissions and advancement efforts have made it possible to offer more courses in the arts department, including musical theatre, show choir, orchestra, and photography, allowing students to balance their rigorous schedules with music and visual art.  We have also added not one, but two new math teachers. Doing so will provide our students with one-on-one Learning Lab assistance along with morning and afternoon math lab support. 

Although local to Southern California originally, Ms. Nina Rocha (left) spent time in Colorado receiving her M.A. in Mathematics with a Liberal Arts emphasis at the University of Northern Colorado.  During her graduate program, she taught college algebra, two sections of mathematics and liberal arts, and co-taught an Introduction to Modern Geometry course as a graduate assistant. Recently, Ms. Rocha worked at Cypress College teaching a range of courses including Basic Mathematics and Introduction to Probability and Statistics.  Ms. Rocha brings a warm enthusiasm to our campus, believing there is a need for more females in mathematics: “I’m eager to work with the young women of Rosary Academy to motivate and inspire them to realize their full potential with mathematics and hopefully encourage students to pursue future opportunities with their post-secondary education.”  You can find this avid iced coffee drinker and Harry Potter fan inspiring Royals in Room 111, where you can also see a photo of her beloved corgi, Neville Longbottom.

Our other new math teacher, Mrs. Rachel Davidson (second from right,) has her B.A. in Mathematics from Concordia University and her M.A. in teaching mathematics from Cal State Fullerton.  With a wealth of high school and college teaching experience, Mrs. Davidson is ready to take our Royals to the next level and remind them, “While math can be difficult, if you are persistent, keep asking questions, try looking at a problem in different ways, and never give up, you will find that you CAN do it.”  Married for 20 years this August and with two daughters and a pet fish at home, Mrs. Davidson certainly keeps busy.  However, not too busy for her other passion—handbells!  A bell ringer for nearly 30 years with some choir and small ensemble director experience, don’t be surprised if she occasionally turns math into music.  We suspect if we can’t find her, she might be down in Room 5 collaborating with our orchestra and choir students.

Rosary’s new Performing Arts teacher, Ms. Hope Harrison (third from left,) is happy to fill Rosary’s campus with music again.  A graduate of the University of Oregon with an M.A. in Music Education, Ms. Harrison has been a music teacher for 31 years in the Medford School District in Oregon.  Ms. Harrison combines her passion for music and youth with the belief that “when students have vision and a good work ethic, they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.” Excited to work with her students and build the program, Ms. Harrison looks forward to her first day of class when the students will learn to take good “notes.”  Mom to four wonderful children, she was called to California when her oldest son became a performer in the Newsies Red Trolley Show in Disneyland’s California Adventure. 

Rosary’s new photography teacher is actually a familiar face on campus.  Mr. Terry Reinbold (center,) previously taught at Rosary for 9 years.  With a Masters, Craftsman, and Certified Professional Photographer’s degree from the Professional Photographers of America, Mr. Reinbold returns to campus with vast experience in the field including as a business owner.  Along with his wife of 34 years, he owned Reinbold Gallery for over 30 years.  Mr. Reinbold most enjoys when a student begins to master a new technique and believes “education in general has to be more than just classroom teaching.  By our lives, our attitudes, and our actions, we have a huge responsibility to engage these young people in creativity and commitment.”  Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Reinbold has published a hardcover fine art photography book on the California Missions, skydived, and appeared in two community theater musicals.  He is the proud father of two successful Rosary graduates, Lacy '06, an imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Katie '09, an executive assistant at Lennar Homes in the bay area.  We are happy to have him back on campus.

Rosary’s English department also welcomes back the beloved Ms. MaryEileen Young '05 (second from left,) who previously taught for three years at Rosary.  The beneficiary of a Catholic school education for most of her life, including four wonderful years at Rosary, Ms. Young is a proud alumna of the Tri-School Theatre program and water polo program. She attended St. Mary’s College of California, where she earned her Bachelor’s in English and honors in Performing Arts.  Combining her passion for theatre and a desire to teach, Ms. Young then earned her M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and had fellowships and internships at the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Shakespeare Center.  Before originally returning to Rosary Academy, she also earned an M.A. in English at Loyola Marymount University while teaching with PLACE Corps.  When you can’t find her in Room 203, you can spot Ms. Young hanging out with her 3-year-old son James, listening to her favorite history podcasts, or baking an inordinate amount of delicious treats for the rest of the English Department.

Another familiar face on campus is Ms. Trina Hartman (right,) who will return as Rosary’s lead counselor.  With 15 years of counseling experience at Rosary, Ms. Hartman says she wanted to return “because she missed the community and traditions that are specific to Rosary.”  She enjoys the all-girls campus dynamic that makes Rosary “a place of safety, support, openness, and acceptance for the students.”  Ms. Hartman is looking forward to meeting every senior and helping her find her unique pathway.  Although she has a busy home life with family, including her son Nicholas, who is about to leave home to study film at CSUN, and her 4-year-old daughter Lilyanna, who will be starting TK at St. Juliana this fall, Ms. Hartman is excited to be reunited with her Rosary family.

Finally, we have brought on Class of 2013 graduate Nicolet Luebke (not pictured) to work as both a faculty support and assistant in the activities department, especially with our dance teams.  A former national champion dancer at Rosary, Nicolet went on to join the Rebelettes at the University of Mississippi, where she received her degrees in both English and journalism.  During her college career, Nicolet worked as a social media manager and public relations intern.  We are thrilled to have her back on campus.