SMMS FACULTY 2020-21
Mission Driven For College & Heaven
Ready To Go The Distance
We have a highly qualified, diverse and dynamic faculty, united by a shared commitment to advancing our SMMS mission. In the spirit of our Patroness, who was Jesus's best friend, the first witness of the Resurrection and the Apostle to the Apostles, each faculty member strives to serve as more than an educator, aiming to be a witness. The following is an excerpt from the Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools:
"More than a master who teaches, a Catholic educator is a person who gives testimony by his or her life. Shortly after his election, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the kind of witness required of all teachers of the faith, including those in Catholic schools:
The central figure in the work of educating . . . is specifically the form of witness. . . . The witness never refers to himself but to something, or rather, to Someone greater than he, whom he has encountered and whose dependable goodness he has sampled. Thus, every educator and witness finds an unequaled model in Jesus Christ, the Father's great witness [cf. John 8:28]."
More than do this on an individual level, the SMMS Team is committed to collective witness of our mission to empower our students and our community to witness the Gospel and grow in excellence through faith, academics and service.
The ideal end results for our students: College & Heaven!
DUAL LANGUAGE TEAM
PRE-K4 TEACHER, CAROLINA TORRES
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, DENISE TERRY
3RD GRADE TEACHER, LAURA GUAJARDO
MIDDLE SCHOOL (5TH-8TH)
RELIGION, LEEANN GARZA
SCIENCE, REVELL COZZI
SPECIAL SERVICES TEAM
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, TOM TERRY
Mr. Terry has a BA in Psychology from Texas State, and has been in education for over a decade. In that time, he was selected as Teacher of the Year in Austin ISD, as well as Special Educator of the Year, also in Austin ISD.
COUNSELOR, LAURA PALENCIA
Our counselor is Ms. Laura Palencia. Ms. Palencia has a Master of Science in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has over 15 years of experience as a Counselor, and is a three-time recipient of the Texas Counseling Association's C.R.E.S.T. Award (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Students in Texas). Perhaps most importantly, she attended St. Mary Magdalen School as a child!
INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, SYLVIA ARISMENDEZ
SPANISH SPECIALIST, SISTER ESIQUIA
DUAL LANGUAGE MENTOR, SOCORRO GARCIA ALVARADO
Dr. Garcia Alvarado earned her PhD in Education from UTSA, her MA in Educational Leadership and her BA Education from the University of Texas Permian Basin. She has served as a bilingual teacher and Principal for nearly two decades.
MUSIC AND CULTURAL ARTS, MS. BINISA ZENTELLA
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ENROLLMENT, DENIECE JUAREZ
Business Manager, Melinda Fresquez
PRINCIPAL, WILLIAM DAILY