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Our Faculty & Staff

 

St Nicholas School has a dedicated, caring faculty and staff.  Many of our faculty and staff are graduates of Catholic Education themselves, and a number of our faculty members are alumni of St. Nicholas School  Additionally, we are proud that 57% of our faculty members hold Masters Degrees in Education.  

 

To learn about our faculty and staff members,  please click a name below or contact us!  Or jump to Administration, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Elementary SchoolJunior High School,  our special subjects faculty , or staff and extended care to learn more about our teachers and staff! 

Administration

Lollo Hill, Office Manager


Mrs. Hill graduated from the Philippine Normal University, with a BS in Food & Nutrition. She is an American Council on Exercise Certified Group Exercise Instructor and a White Lotus Foundation Certified yoga teacher. She has taught in several gyms around San Jose and Campbell, at the same time being very active as a volunteer in her sons' grade school as an Art Vistas Docent, middle school fundraising, food coordinator for the Branham High School Music Boosters. Before coming to St. Nicholas School, she worked as a Residential Advisor to support disadvantaged youth learn trades to get into the workforce, at a residential trade center sanctioned by the Dept. of Labor. She loves volunteering at St. Martin of Tours Parish where she is the choir leader and cantor. She enjoys hiking, dancing, karaoke, board games, cooking and baking with her husband and two sons.




Diana Szelong, Business Manager


Mrs. Szelong has worked at St. Nicholas School for the last 16 years. Her 3 children attended and graduated from St. Nicholas School. She was previously employed as an Accounting Manager for an analytical instruments manufacturing company and received both her bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA from Santa Clara University.




Cheryl Caligaris, Development Director


Mrs. Caligaris comes to us from St. Simon, where for the last 6 years she has been the Parish Life Group Chairperson, which leads all events and fundraisers within the parish. Mrs. Caligaris is also a Commissioner for the City of Los Altos where she sits on the LA/LAH Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee. Mrs. Caligaris has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Before starting her family, she worked as a Brand Manager for Lyrick Studios, a children’s entertainment company, best known for Barney the Dinosaur, The Wiggles and Veggie Tales. Mrs. Caligaris and her husband are parents of three children. Family is her greatest joy, but in her spare time you will find her cooking, freelance writing, volunteering and hiking.




Joanie Paulsen, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Paulsen's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Elyssa Vasquez, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Vasquez's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Staci Cheu, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Cheu's bio in the TK section!





 
 

Transitional Kindergarten

Do I need an interpreter?


If you have clients, or people in your organization who speak Spanish and you need to communicate important matters live and in person, you need an interpreter.




Are You Certified?


Yes. I hold four certifications issued by Washington State to do legal, medical, social services and translation services. Here are my certifications:

Washington DSHS Document Translator Certification #TC3056, November 2009

Washington State Court Certification, License #5535, English/Spanish, January 2005

Washington DSHS Social Services Interpreter Certification #SC984229, December 1998

Washington DSHS Medical Interpreter Certification #MC962264, March 1996




What Services Do You Offer?


I offer interpretation services in any setting. Wheather you need interpretation for a deposition, a conference or a live media broadcast, with 22 years of experience no job is too big for me. I also have interpretation equipment for up to 40 listeners that I can bring to your event.




Why Should I Hire You?


You only need to make one phone call. No need to shop around for price or service. I strive to provide both the best service at the most competitive price. I will make sure you get exactly the service you need, no oversell, no overprice. And, If a second interpreter is needed for team interpreting at the booth I work hard at finding the best interpreter partner available. I work regularly with a select group of the best interpreters in the area for a worry free booking.




How Do I Hire You?


Get in touch with me by going to the "Contact" section of this site. Please write a brief description of the services needed and the date and time of your event. Please ask me any questions and tell me the best time to give you a call back. I will call you back shortly. Once I have answered all your questions and you are ready to book a simple email agreement will confirm your booking.





 

Kindergarten

Peggy Carroll, K-8th Instructional Technology


Mrs. Carroll is a Minnesota native and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Minnesota teaching credential. She began her career as a Technology Teacher/Coordinator in the late 80’s and with the exception of one year as a third grade teacher and one year as a fifth grade teacher, she has spent her teaching career in the computer lab! Mrs. Carroll enjoys keeping up with all the changes in Technology and loves to explore new ways of utilizing Technology in Education. When she isn’t busy exploring new things in Technology, Mrs. Carroll likes to bake, read, vacation and spend time with her family. She lives with her husband in Saratoga and has a son and daughter-in-law in San Francisco and another son in Alameda.




Judy Bayse, Music Instructor


Mrs. Bayse is a music educator from San Jose, California. She has taught music to children from preschool to 8th grade for over twenty years in public and private schools. Her training includes Music for Minors, Orff Training, World Music Drumming, as well as many workshops and seminars. She has served as Musical Director for Peninsula Youth Theater and worked with Angels on Stage, a musical theater group for children of differing abilities. In addition to her teaching role, Judy is also a singer/songwriter with a CD of Family folk music entitled Purple Cow. She currently teaches general elementary music at several Catholic schools in the bay area.




Joan Loney, Library Instructor, Bird Club


Mrs. Loney is a graduate of Saint Nicholas School and Saint Francis High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology at UC Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree in Teaching Young Children with K through 6 Teaching Credentials at Wheelock College in Boston. She taught grades 1 and 5 in the Wellesley Public Schools before transitioning to full-time motherhood for her three children, who are now grown. She worked in children’s and youth faith formation programs for 25 years in different parishes and completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministry in 2015 at Santa Clara University. In addition to leading library classes, she enjoys sharing her lifelong passion for bird life and environmental and species preservation with children at Saint Nicholas through the Young Birder’s after-school club. Mrs. Loney enjoys hiking and running in the hills, ocean swimming, reading great books, yoga, practicing Reiki healing, and facilitating small faith groups for spiritual growth and development. She lives with her husband in South Los Altos.




Cathy Rudolph, Learning Resource Specialist


Mrs. Rudolph was born in Guam but moved to Arizona and California because her father was in the Air Force. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Information Systems Management, and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. She was married to John Rudolph and together they produced award-winning wines at their boutique vineyard and winery in Morgan Hill. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, taking care of her mother, and watching romantic comedies and cooking shows. Mrs. Rudolph recently composed a musical called "City Hearts", which she plans to produce in the Bay Area.





 

Elementary School, Grades 1-5

Do I need an interpreter?


If you have clients, or people in your organization who speak Spanish and you need to communicate important matters live and in person, you need an interpreter.




Are You Certified?


Yes. I hold four certifications issued by Washington State to do legal, medical, social services and translation services. Here are my certifications:

Washington DSHS Document Translator Certification #TC3056, November 2009

Washington State Court Certification, License #5535, English/Spanish, January 2005

Washington DSHS Social Services Interpreter Certification #SC984229, December 1998

Washington DSHS Medical Interpreter Certification #MC962264, March 1996




What Services Do You Offer?


I offer interpretation services in any setting. Wheather you need interpretation for a deposition, a conference or a live media broadcast, with 22 years of experience no job is too big for me. I also have interpretation equipment for up to 40 listeners that I can bring to your event.




Why Should I Hire You?


You only need to make one phone call. No need to shop around for price or service. I strive to provide both the best service at the most competitive price. I will make sure you get exactly the service you need, no oversell, no overprice. And, If a second interpreter is needed for team interpreting at the booth I work hard at finding the best interpreter partner available. I work regularly with a select group of the best interpreters in the area for a worry free booking.




How Do I Hire You?


Get in touch with me by going to the "Contact" section of this site. Please write a brief description of the services needed and the date and time of your event. Please ask me any questions and tell me the best time to give you a call back. I will call you back shortly. Once I have answered all your questions and you are ready to book a simple email agreement will confirm your booking.





 

Junior High School, Grades 6-8

Do I need an interpreter?


If you have clients, or people in your organization who speak Spanish and you need to communicate important matters live and in person, you need an interpreter.




Are You Certified?


Yes. I hold four certifications issued by Washington State to do legal, medical, social services and translation services. Here are my certifications:

Washington DSHS Document Translator Certification #TC3056, November 2009

Washington State Court Certification, License #5535, English/Spanish, January 2005

Washington DSHS Social Services Interpreter Certification #SC984229, December 1998

Washington DSHS Medical Interpreter Certification #MC962264, March 1996




What Services Do You Offer?


I offer interpretation services in any setting. Wheather you need interpretation for a deposition, a conference or a live media broadcast, with 22 years of experience no job is too big for me. I also have interpretation equipment for up to 40 listeners that I can bring to your event.




Why Should I Hire You?


You only need to make one phone call. No need to shop around for price or service. I strive to provide both the best service at the most competitive price. I will make sure you get exactly the service you need, no oversell, no overprice. And, If a second interpreter is needed for team interpreting at the booth I work hard at finding the best interpreter partner available. I work regularly with a select group of the best interpreters in the area for a worry free booking.




How Do I Hire You?


Get in touch with me by going to the "Contact" section of this site. Please write a brief description of the services needed and the date and time of your event. Please ask me any questions and tell me the best time to give you a call back. I will call you back shortly. Once I have answered all your questions and you are ready to book a simple email agreement will confirm your booking.





 

Special Subject Teachers

Lollo Hill, Office Manager


Mrs. Hill graduated from the Philippine Normal University, with a BS in Food & Nutrition. She is an American Council on Exercise Certified Group Exercise Instructor and a White Lotus Foundation Certified yoga teacher. She has taught in several gyms around San Jose and Campbell, at the same time being very active as a volunteer in her sons' grade school as an Art Vistas Docent, middle school fundraising, food coordinator for the Branham High School Music Boosters. Before coming to St. Nicholas School, she worked as a Residential Advisor to support disadvantaged youth learn trades to get into the workforce, at a residential trade center sanctioned by the Dept. of Labor. She loves volunteering at St. Martin of Tours Parish where she is the choir leader and cantor. She enjoys hiking, dancing, karaoke, board games, cooking and baking with her husband and two sons.




Diana Szelong, Business Manager


Mrs. Szelong has worked at St. Nicholas School for the last 16 years. Her 3 children attended and graduated from St. Nicholas School. She was previously employed as an Accounting Manager for an analytical instruments manufacturing company and received both her bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA from Santa Clara University.




Cheryl Caligaris, Development Director


Mrs. Caligaris comes to us from St. Simon, where for the last 6 years she has been the Parish Life Group Chairperson, which leads all events and fundraisers within the parish. Mrs. Caligaris is also a Commissioner for the City of Los Altos where she sits on the LA/LAH Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee. Mrs. Caligaris has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Before starting her family, she worked as a Brand Manager for Lyrick Studios, a children’s entertainment company, best known for Barney the Dinosaur, The Wiggles and Veggie Tales. Mrs. Caligaris and her husband are parents of three children. Family is her greatest joy, but in her spare time you will find her cooking, freelance writing, volunteering and hiking.




Joanie Paulsen, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Paulsen's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Elyssa Vasquez, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Vasquez's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Staci Cheu, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Cheu's bio in the TK section!





 

Faculty & Administrative Support Staff

Lollo Hill, Office Manager


Mrs. Hill graduated from the Philippine Normal University, with a BS in Food & Nutrition. She is an American Council on Exercise Certified Group Exercise Instructor and a White Lotus Foundation Certified yoga teacher. She has taught in several gyms around San Jose and Campbell, at the same time being very active as a volunteer in her sons' grade school as an Art Vistas Docent, middle school fundraising, food coordinator for the Branham High School Music Boosters. Before coming to St. Nicholas School, she worked as a Residential Advisor to support disadvantaged youth learn trades to get into the workforce, at a residential trade center sanctioned by the Dept. of Labor. She loves volunteering at St. Martin of Tours Parish where she is the choir leader and cantor. She enjoys hiking, dancing, karaoke, board games, cooking and baking with her husband and two sons.




Diana Szelong, Business Manager


Mrs. Szelong has worked at St. Nicholas School for the last 16 years. Her 3 children attended and graduated from St. Nicholas School. She was previously employed as an Accounting Manager for an analytical instruments manufacturing company and received both her bachelor's degree in Finance and an MBA from Santa Clara University.




Cheryl Caligaris, Development Director


Mrs. Caligaris comes to us from St. Simon, where for the last 6 years she has been the Parish Life Group Chairperson, which leads all events and fundraisers within the parish. Mrs. Caligaris is also a Commissioner for the City of Los Altos where she sits on the LA/LAH Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee. Mrs. Caligaris has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Before starting her family, she worked as a Brand Manager for Lyrick Studios, a children’s entertainment company, best known for Barney the Dinosaur, The Wiggles and Veggie Tales. Mrs. Caligaris and her husband are parents of three children. Family is her greatest joy, but in her spare time you will find her cooking, freelance writing, volunteering and hiking.




Joanie Paulsen, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Paulsen's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Elyssa Vasquez, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Vasquez's full bio in the Elementary School section!




Staci Cheu, Extended Care


Please see Ms. Cheu's bio in the TK section!