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

Elizabeth Nosal, Kindergarten Teacher


Mrs. Nosal was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her first classroom experience came from the CSU Early Childhood Center. Her experiences there solidified her career path in teaching young children. She taught preschool in Omaha before moving to Chicago for graduate school. In 2016, Mrs. Nosal obtained her teaching credential and master’s degree from DePaul University in Early Childhood Education. She completed many internships and student teaching experiences throughout Chicago, while gaining more extensive classroom experience. In 2017, she married and moved to Southern California. She has spent two years teaching Pre-K in Newport Beach before relocating to the Bay Area. Mrs. Nosal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, college football, photography/videography, and baking.




Kate Lincoln, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Ms. Lincoln grew up in Mountain View, where she attended Saint Francis High School and performed with Peninsula Youth Theater. She then attended Rider University in New Jersey where she majored in English and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about inspiring children to get involved in the arts and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Catholic youth at St. Nicholas. In her free time, Ms. Lincoln enjoys reading, baking, singing, and playing with her two cats.





 
 

Transitional Kindergarten

Elizabeth Nosal, Kindergarten Teacher


Mrs. Nosal was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her first classroom experience came from the CSU Early Childhood Center. Her experiences there solidified her career path in teaching young children. She taught preschool in Omaha before moving to Chicago for graduate school. In 2016, Mrs. Nosal obtained her teaching credential and master’s degree from DePaul University in Early Childhood Education. She completed many internships and student teaching experiences throughout Chicago, while gaining more extensive classroom experience. In 2017, she married and moved to Southern California. She has spent two years teaching Pre-K in Newport Beach before relocating to the Bay Area. Mrs. Nosal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, college football, photography/videography, and baking.




Kate Lincoln, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Ms. Lincoln grew up in Mountain View, where she attended Saint Francis High School and performed with Peninsula Youth Theater. She then attended Rider University in New Jersey where she majored in English and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about inspiring children to get involved in the arts and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Catholic youth at St. Nicholas. In her free time, Ms. Lincoln enjoys reading, baking, singing, and playing with her two cats.





 

Kindergarten

Elizabeth Nosal, Kindergarten Teacher


Mrs. Nosal was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her first classroom experience came from the CSU Early Childhood Center. Her experiences there solidified her career path in teaching young children. She taught preschool in Omaha before moving to Chicago for graduate school. In 2016, Mrs. Nosal obtained her teaching credential and master’s degree from DePaul University in Early Childhood Education. She completed many internships and student teaching experiences throughout Chicago, while gaining more extensive classroom experience. In 2017, she married and moved to Southern California. She has spent two years teaching Pre-K in Newport Beach before relocating to the Bay Area. Mrs. Nosal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, college football, photography/videography, and baking.




Kate Lincoln, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Ms. Lincoln grew up in Mountain View, where she attended Saint Francis High School and performed with Peninsula Youth Theater. She then attended Rider University in New Jersey where she majored in English and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about inspiring children to get involved in the arts and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Catholic youth at St. Nicholas. In her free time, Ms. Lincoln enjoys reading, baking, singing, and playing with her two cats.





 

Elementary School, Grades 1-5

Elizabeth Nosal, Kindergarten Teacher


Mrs. Nosal was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Her first classroom experience came from the CSU Early Childhood Center. Her experiences there solidified her career path in teaching young children. She taught preschool in Omaha before moving to Chicago for graduate school. In 2016, Mrs. Nosal obtained her teaching credential and master’s degree from DePaul University in Early Childhood Education. She completed many internships and student teaching experiences throughout Chicago, while gaining more extensive classroom experience. In 2017, she married and moved to Southern California. She has spent two years teaching Pre-K in Newport Beach before relocating to the Bay Area. Mrs. Nosal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, college football, photography/videography, and baking.




Kate Lincoln, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Ms. Lincoln grew up in Mountain View, where she attended Saint Francis High School and performed with Peninsula Youth Theater. She then attended Rider University in New Jersey where she majored in English and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about inspiring children to get involved in the arts and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Catholic youth at St. Nicholas. In her free time, Ms. Lincoln enjoys reading, baking, singing, and playing with her two cats.





 

Junior High School, Grades 6-8

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!





 

Special Subject Teachers

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.





 

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!





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St. Nicholas School

The Catholic School of St.Nicholas and St William Catholic Parish

12816 El Monte Road

Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (near Interstate 280 & Foothill Expy)

Special thanks to Carla Razura-Duharte for the photographs. See her photos here.

Read the DSJ Standards for all School Workers Regarding Interaction with Youth here.

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