Fr. Ethan Southard
My name is Fr. Ethan Southard. I am from Delaware and still have family on the East Coast including two younger brothers. I came to Los Angeles in 2003, eventually graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and then St. John’s Seminary with Master’s degrees in divinity and spiritual theology. I enjoy playing sports, especially basketball, going to the beach to listen to the waves, and watching superhero movies like the Avengers. The Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Blessed Mother Mary, and St. Joseph continue to help me to see the superhero hidden in each one of us.
Mrs. Terese Crow
I spent 13 years attending school in the Catholic School system, starting as a kindergartener at Corpus Christi in Pacific Palisades and graduating from Marymount High School. My husband of over 42 years and I continued this tradition by sending our children to Catholic School. My four children attended Catholic grammar school and high school, making me a Catholic School parent for 32 years. This gives me over 45 years of involvement in the Catholic School system of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
I have been a bookkeeper/business manager for over 44 years, the last 18 at St. John Eudes School. When you come to St. John Eudes School, my office is your one stop shop for all your financial needs. All financial issues with SJE are confidential to my office. Whether it be your FACTS tuition payment, your financial aid application, or even your Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt collection, I am the one who handles your financial connection to the school, and I try to be here for all our parents.
I truly believe there is nothing better for a child than a Catholic School Education and SJE is a great starting base for any student. All our students go on to Catholic high schools and continue to college. With a faith-based education, anything is possible. We are very proud of our students, past and present, and we hope your student becomes part of St. John Eudes’ future.
Mrs. Jie Prospero
Mrs. Espe Martin
Mrs. Tess Yuhico
Health Office Coordinator
I have been a parishioner of St. John Eudes since 1992 and have two children who graduated from the school, Jonathan in 2007 and Matthew in 2014. As school parents, my husband and I were very active in all school activities. This led to my employment at St. John Eudes School in September 2016 as the Health Room Coordinator. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity to take care of God’s children.
My heart has always been in Catholic Schools and I have enjoyed sharing the love I have for my faith with my students for the past 17 years. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was fortunate to attend Archdiocesan schools from grades K-12. Upon receiving my B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2003 from California State University of Northridge, I began teaching for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the next 8 years. During this time, I taught both 1st and 2nd grade. I received my M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2005. After a brief move to the Central Valley, where I taught Kindergarten in the Diocese of Fresno for 3 years, I moved back to Southern California and joined the St. John Eudes community in 2015. My daughter joined the SJE School Community in 2018 and I hope to bring my toddler son, as well! I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, and watching baseball (Go Dodgers!) and football (Go Steelers!).
It is with great honor that I begin my 12th year teaching at St. John Eudes. I enjoy spending my days with my students, watching them develop, learning alongside them, and providing them with a strong foundation in education.
As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up in Santa Monica, I still recall playing “school” with the children in my neighborhood, and of course, I always played the role of the teacher.
I am a graduate of Santa Monica High School. I attended California State University of Northridge, where I received my Bachelor of Arts and California teaching credential. I then cleared my credential at Loyola Marymount University.
Some of my favorite things include reading, hiking, the beach, and spending time with my family. I have two sweet dogs named Lulu and Leo.
My name is Mrs. Muñoz-Moreno. I have worked in the field of education for the past 22 years with the Los Angeles Archdiocese. I have been working at St. John Eudes for six years. However, before becoming a teacher, I was a teacher’s assistant for LAUSD. It was during this time that I began my education and embarked on the road to becoming a teacher. In 2016, I earned my Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Reading Comprehension. During this academic experience, I dedicated myself to researching various ways of building reading comprehension in students. As you can see, education plays an important role in my life.
Along with being the second-grade teacher, I am the school’s Sacramental Coordinator. As a sacramental teacher, I have prepared 18 classes to receive the Holy Body of Christ, which includes the six classes that I have prepared at St. John Eudes. Preparing children to receive Jesus has been such a fulfilling experience. St. John Eudes School is a school that educates the whole child.
St. John Eudes is a place to call home. My children have also shared in this experience. In 2017, Diego, my son graduated from 8th grade. St. John Eudes helped create a lasting impression on him that has helped move him forward in high school. My daughter, Isabella, is currently a 7th grade student. St. John Eudes has provided a stable environment where she is learning and making lasting friendships. She has been a student since 1st grade, and we are looking forward to her graduation. It is with great pride that I say my children will be St. John Eudes alumni. Additionally, St. John Eudes introduced my children to the importance of serving others. My children are proud altar servers for the church. They have been serving our Parish for over five years, and they will continue until they graduate from the Altar Server Program.
In conclusion, St. John Eudes is not only my workplace, but it is, also, a place where I feel at home.
I began my teaching career for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles back in 1997. I love Catholic education and could not imagine a better way to spend my days than teaching and sharing the faith with my students. I have been teaching 3rd grade at St. John Eudes since 2012, and have been the grade level coordinator for the intermediate level for the last five years.
Three years ago, I brought my own children to St. John Eudes because I knew they would receive a challenging, top notch education that would prepare them for high school, while offering them many opportunities for growth and enrichment. I look forward to many more wonderful years of teaching and service at St. John Eudes.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Illustration. Also, I have a minor in Native American studies, am a fully credentialed teacher with the state of California and am fully certified as a catechist. In 1999, I was proud to receive a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for developing a curriculum for teaching about the Japanese Garden and the Donald C. Tillman Waste Water Treatment Plant. In 2003, I received a congressional certificate of appreciation for my teaching from Congressman Howard Bernman.
Hello everyone! My name is Aileen Vasquez, and I am the 4th grade teacher at St. John Eudes School. I am thrilled to work at a school where I am also a parishioner, and am so grateful to have, what I believe to be, the best job in the world. Over the years, I have worked with all age levels and love coming to work each day.
When I decided to attend college, I obtained my undergraduate degree in the study of Information Technology (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology). I consider myself a lifelong learner and chose to continue my studies. I earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), which led me to finally fulfilling my long-life dream of becoming a schoolteacher. I later received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Los Angeles.
I am bilingual and love any chance I get to speak Spanish just for practice. Summer is my favorite season. I served in the United States Navy and I have been assigned to two different ships, the USS Tarawa and the USS Nimitz. I am married and have one child.
I believe a part of me has always known that I was going to be a teacher. As I went through my academic career, I looked back on the values, the ideas that had been instilled in me as a child by my elementary school teachers, and once I realized the impact that one person had had on me, everything clicked. I believe in our future and I also believe that children are our future. I became a teacher in hopes of affecting students the way I was affected when I was young. My goal is to provide them with more than just knowledge, but a basis and a respect for learning, growth, and curiosity that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I hope to do so, and I cannot wait to work with each and every one of you!
My beliefs on teaching are short and simple- Everyone Can. I believe that if someone is willing to learn, then that person can succeed. It is my philosophy that the skills students develop when they’re younger can have an enormous impact on the rest of their lives. It is my mission to instill in my students the belief that they can do anything they set their minds to, and with my help, I hope to guide them along that path.
I am proud and honored to be part of the SJE family for 18 years as a teacher, Vice Principal for the last six years, and a parent. As a life-long practicing Catholic and benefactor of Catholic education since elementary, I firmly believe in the mission and faith environment provided by SJE to our children.
I am also the Coordinator in charge of the STEP program, Technology, and the school Yearbook. I have been in three WASC/WCEA accreditation process at SJE and three others as a member of a visiting committee. I have participated in many IEP meetings and coordinated various federally funded Title services for our school.
My educational background includes a Master’s Degree with distinction in Educational Administration from CSUN, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and certification in Childhood Development from UCLA. As you can see, I love school…a lot! I also attended MANY workshops, in-services, certification, and training throughout the years. To name a few: Bilingualism from Harvard Graduate School, Teaching Credentialing program from the University of Phoenix, Catechist Certification, Core Instructional Practices/Multi-Tier System of Support Cohorts, and many more!
I am happily married and a mother of two amazing boys; Nathan, who graduated from SJE in 2019, and Nico, currently a 7th grader at our school. When I am not working, I am a swim and volleyball mom. I also enjoy traveling, dining out, and watching movies.
My name is Nicole Niemiec. 20 years ago, I graduated from Indiana State University with a teaching credential, hopped in my car and drove 2,000 miles across the country to California to work in Pasadena as a public school teacher. I didn’t have any family here, so I had to build my own community of friends through work and church. After five years, I switched to the Catholic school system, and have worked for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the last 15 years. Five years ago, I came to St. John Eudes as a 5th grade teacher. During the course of my previous experience, I had taught every grade except for 1st and kinder. Last year, I decided to move up to middle school to teach math and science, and have been there ever since. Through the years, the students have come to know of my love of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole Peanuts gang (especially Lucy!), as well as my hobby of making the occasional piece of jewelry (beading is my preferred medium). I consider it an honor to be involved in the lives of the children of SJE.
Hi! I am currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where my sisters and I attended St. Joseph the Worker. I have fond memories of playing basketball and volleyball at SJE, and am excited to become more involved In SJE’s school activities. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona, I returned to Southern California to start my teaching career. I earned a teaching credential from California Lutheran University and have been teaching for the last seven years. I am thrilled to have found a home teaching the middle school students at SJE. When I am not at work, you can find me on one of Southern California’s hiking trails or working on my latest craft project.
Hi All! My name is Amanda El Khoury and I have been teaching for roughly 10 years! I began teaching as an English instructor for freshmen classes at the college level and ventured into the Los Angeles Archdiocese Catholic School System about four years ago. During these four years, I worked within multiple grade level bands that ranged from elementary to middle school. Currently, I am the 8th grade Homeroom Teacher and I, also, teach English Language Arts for 7th grade. As a teacher, I strive to keep the communication between guardian(s) and myself open and positive. The reason I keep this goal as a high priority is because I truly believe that it takes a tag team between teachers and guardians to ensure a child is learning to the best of their abilities. In addition to teaching full time, I believe that school sponsored clubs are a good way to further build community amongst students, guardians, and staff, which I demonstrate by being the faculty adviser for the St. John Eudes Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society that promotes good citizenship, offers charity opportunities, and encourages the continuation of gaining educational knowledge.
I graduated years ago from California State University of Northridge with two Bachelor Degrees in Creative Writing and Journalism. After that, I spent a few more years enrolled in college to receive a Master’s Degree in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Language. During my Master’s program, I discovered a personal enjoyment in learning computer code and am fluent in multiple computer code languages. In addition, I hold a Catechesis Certificate.
Mrs. Frances Funicello
My family has always believed that a Catholic education is the best gift you could give your child. Having been a product of the Catholic school system myself, I was happy I could give my daughter the same opportunity. After being a room parent for nine years, it was a natural transition to becoming an aide at St. John Eudes. When the opportunity came up to work here, I was thrilled to once again be able to work alongside faculty and parents who had the same goals and values as I always have had. I have now been an aide at St. John Eudes for nine years. Every day is a truly rewarding experience that makes me look forward to coming to work at St. John Eudes.
Also, I am a graduate of California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Mrs. Noelle Gallucci
My family and I became part of the St. John Eudes family when my son started kindergarten in 2008. My daughter soon joined SJE in 2011 in her kindergarten year. I was active in the school by volunteering in the classroom and different school activities. I took on the role as a room parent for my son’s 1st grade class in 2009 and continued as a room parent yearly thereafter through 2015. During this time, I became a member of the PTSO and for two years assisted with the Spring Gala, among many other duties.
In October of 2015, Mrs. Danowitz offered me the opportunity to be the temporary aide for the 1st grade class. Having been a teacher prior to having my own children, I was very excited to be in the classroom again. In the fall of 2016, I was offered a full-time position with the school and gladly joined the SJE staff. I continued to work as an aide in 1st grade for the next three years because I thoroughly enjoyed teaching so many wonderful SJE students. In 2019, I was moved to kindergarten as the aide, which allowed me the opportunity to teach and help our younger SJE students. I truly have loved teaching our SJE children in Kindergarten and 1st grade these past five years. I love watching their great minds and personalities grow. It is absolutely amazing.
It has been a true blessing to be part of this loving community at SJE, not only as a staff member, but as a parent as well.
Mrs. Merly Uyanga
1st grade Aide/edp
I started at St. John Eudes as a parent in 2004. From then, I considered SJE to be my second home. SJE provided a good foundation for my children. When they all graduated, I was excited and happy with the knowledge that they would leave SJE ready to tackle a new journey. I am happy to say that if I got a chance to choose where to send my children all over again, then with no hesitation I would choose SJE. In the year 2011, I began to work at SJE as an EDP (Extended Daycare Program) Supervisor and at the same time as a floating Aide. I am thrilled to be part of the SJE Community.
Ms. Traci Banks
2nd Grade Aide
I have been involved with SJE since 1998 as a parent and I became a staff member in 2004. My three kids graduated from SJE. I helped establish the school library and I am ,also, in charge of the after school program. In my free time, I enjoy gardening and cooking.
Sr. Diva Moreno
3rd Grade Aide
I am a Sister of the Pious Schools. Our charism is to follow the example of Jesus a Teacher through the charism of St. Paula Montal: “Saving families, and teaching children and youth the love of God”. St. Paula saw education as an approach to evangelization and for the transformation of our society. She viewed schools as a theological place to encounter God, and serve our brothers and sisters.
My service in the church through the mission of education initiated at the St. Paula Montal School of Tijuana, Baja California in 1996. I taught 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade during the 11 years I was there. In 2008, I became the preschool and elementary principal at Sor Juana de Arco School in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato. In 2013, I served as the 9th grade homeroom teacher at the St. Paula Montal Institute in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2017, I became the general principal of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in Tlaxcala, Mexico. At the same time, I taught religion for preschool and elementary school classes. This year, I became part of the St. John Eudes educational community. I am grateful for this opportunity to continue serving God as a “Cooperator of His Truth.”
I received my Multiple-Subject teaching credential from Normal Colegio of Ensenada, Tijuana B.C. I ,also, attended the Pontifical University of Mexico, where aside from taking various theological courses, I became certified in Spiritual Pedagogy and Spiritual Accompaniment.
Mrs. Genalie Watrin
4th grade Aide/choice lunch coordinator/edp
I am highly energetic teacher assistant and EDP Supervisor with six years of experience at St. John Eudes School. I am hardworking, friendly, reliable, and responsible. Also, I can handle multitasking work, and am highly adaptable with the ability to work with children of all ages, grades, and skill levels.
I have two children. My daughter graduated from SJE in 2018. She attended SJE from kindergarten through 8th grade. She graduated as the Valedictorian in 8th grade. Currently, my son is in 6th grade.
I have always been an active parent volunteer at SJE from being the Hot Lunch Coordinator to working as a Carnival Volunteer Coordinator, and taking on the role of Children’s Raffle Prizes Coordinator and VBS volunteer. I am proud to be a part of the SJE Community and am truly blessed for the many gifts I have received from the school.
I am a graduate of Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines from kindergarten through my high school years, and earned units in Basic Programming. I attended University of Mindanao, Philippines for my Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a focus on Accounting. I took my Credentials of Child Development requirements at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Mrs. Ana Tenorio
5th grade Aide
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