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Agueda "Joanna" Alvarado is born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She's blessed with a wonderful husband, amazing daughter, and a yorkie named Maui that completes her family. She earned her Bilingual Educational bachelor degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. "I am very excited to start this new journey here in Hawaii and more than anything completely happy to be part of the ohana here at OLGC School as a first grade teacher."
Kristofferson Angobung is from Village Park in Kunia. He has a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a Certification as a Master Catechist from University of Dayton. He was once a 2nd Grade Teacher’s Aid and After-school-Care Teacher for OLGC. He has been volunteering as a Catechist at several parishes for a combination of 16 years. He's been a Catechist for high school Confirmation (CCD) and a RCIA Catechist for St Joseph Parish. He was a middle school catechist at St Jude Parish, and has taught as Catechist at Our Lady of Good Counsel for high school Confirmation. He also has 14 years experience in Security in Private and Federal contracts. "Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish has always been like home to me. I have always looked up to such priests who I became close to, like Father Jack, Father Paulo, and now Father Pascual. I have developed a lot of relationships in this parish and in the OLGC school community and I have a love for this school and this parish. I had no hesitation accepting my position as Our Lady of Good Counsel School as the Religion Teacher. I look forward to be a part of OLGC school staff and look forward to serve my staff, the students, and families."
Melody Anzai was born and raised on Oahu. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities concentration in Art and Religious Studies from Chaminade University. She has worked at OLGC School as a preschool teacher assistant, after school care program leader and summer program teacher. Miss Anzai has worked with children for over five years as a Korean language pre/kindergarten teacher, first Holy Communion catechist, altar service coordinator, vocation ministry coordinator, and director of religious education at the Korean Catholic Community of Hawaii. She has been blessed to witness how Catholic education can provide students. “I believe that each child has unique characteristics, backgrounds and talents. It is important to not only nurture each child's intelligence, but also their social, emotional and spiritual growth. Teaching at OLGC school allows me to include all of these areas in my lessons across the curriculum. Joining OLGC School is a blessing. I feel that God has a plan for me and I am walking in faith to do his work. I am excited to develop positive relationships with our students, faculty and the OLGC ohana.”
Catherine Garnsey hails from Cold Spring, NY, a small community 50 miles north of New York City on the east side of the Hudson River across from West Point Military Academy. After a house fire in 2014, she and her family moved to Mililani, HI to live with her Army Special Forces son and his ohana until the house could be re-built. Catherine and her husband and high school sweetheart, Rob, liked Oahu so much that they decided to sell the NY house and stay in Hawaii. They are parishioners of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church in Mililani.Catherine has a BA in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, along with both New York State and Hawaii State teaching licenses in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Special Education (grades K-12.) She also holds a Masters of Religious Education from Franciscan University in Lodi, NJ. Her career began 17 years ago teaching 3rd grade at St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, NY. Catherine is delighted to be the new Grade 3 teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. "My students are wonderful and the pastor, faculty and staff are so gracious and supportive," she says. "I know that God sent me to teach at this school because it feels like I have come home again."
Bernice Quidayan is Our Lady of Good Counsel's Kindergarten Teacher. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii with her husband 5 years ago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was a First Grade Teacher for two school years and a fifth Grade teacher for one school year. Her recent work includes skill training and worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for Hawaii Behavior Health from 2013-2016. She has also worked for a year as an Autism Education Assistant for the Department of Education.
Kathleen Weber and her husband have lived on the Windward side of Oahu for two years with their four year old daughter. She is originally from Perth in Western Australia and has lived in the United States for 6 years. Her education includes a Bachelor of Education (major: Accounting), a Graduate Certificate in Business (major: Human Resource Management) and she is currently completing her Master of Education (major: Educational Leadership). The bulk of her teaching career has been teaching Information Technology and Business Education at Iona Presentation College in Perth. This is an order-owned school of the Presentation Sisters with an enrollment of 1,000 girls. In her thirteen years at the College, she went from classroom teacher to Head of Grade Twelve to Career and Enterprise Coordinator. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Sisters of Mercy and also lived in the United Kingdom, teaching at Guernsey Grammar School. In her role at Our Lady of Good Counsel, she will be assisting in the implementation of the Chromebook program and instructing K-8 students in Information Technology. "The challenges of this position are exciting and I am looking forward to integrating digital devices across the curriculum at Our Lady of Good Counsel."