SMMS FACULTY 2019-20

Mission Driven For College & Heaven

Team Witness, Team Lit

Our theme for the 2019-20 school year is: TOO LIT TO QUIT. Our faculty will strive to bring out the light of Christ in each child they encounter, teaching them to embrace that light and share it with the world.


We have a highly qualified, diverse and dynamic faculty, united by a shared commitment to advancing the mission of SMMS. In the spirit of our Patroness, 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-K3 TEACHER, BRENDA ACOSTA VALADEZ

Ms. Acosta Valadez has a BA from St. Mary's University, and has over eight years of teaching experience.



Email: brenda.acosta@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K3 TEACHER, ANNA NUNEZ

Ms. Nunez has a BA from Texas A&M San Antonio, and has over seven years of teaching experience.


Email: anna.nunez@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K 3 TEACHER, ALICIA VICTORIA

Ms. Victoria has nearly two decades of teaching experience, and earned her BA from Universidad Cristobal Colon in Veracruz, Mexico.

Email: alicia.victoria@stmmsa.org
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PRE-K4 TEACHER, SUZEL GONZALEZ

Ms. Gonzalez has been teaching since 2014, and is a proud UTSA Roadrunner.

Email: suzel.gonzalez@stmmsa.org
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PRE-K4 TEACHER, KARINA MARTIN

Ms. Martin has a BA from UTSA, and has been teaching since 2015.

Email: karina.martin@stmmsa.org
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PRE-K4 TEACHER, VERONICA DUARTE

Ms. Duarte earned her BA from the University of Laura Arce in Monterrey, Mexico. She has been teaching for nearly twenty years.


Email: Veronica.duarte@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K4 TEACHER, ANA ALMENDAREZ

Ms. Almendarez earned her college degree from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Mexico City, and has been working in education in Mexico and the United States.


Email: ana.almendarez@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K4 TEACHER, CAROLINA TORRES

Ms. Torres earned her degree from Escuela Normal de Educadoras "Laura Zapata" Licenciatura en Educación. She has been working in dual language education for over 25 years.


Email: Carolina.torres@stmmsa.org

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KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, ALMA LEYTON

Ms. Leyton has been teaching since 2014, and graduated with a BA from Texas A&M San Antonio.

Email: alma.leyton@stmmsa.org
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KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, DENISE TERRY

Mrs. Terry has a BS in Education from Texas State University. She was the Teacher of the Year three times, once in Austin ISD, once in SAISD and once in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She has two decades of teaching experience.


Email: denise.terry@stmmsa.org

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KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, JESSICA BINVERSIE

Ms. Binversie has been teaching since 2013, and earned her BA from the University of Cuauhmetoc.

Email: jessica.brinversie@stmmsa.org
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1ST GRADE TEACHER, CRISTINA ESCOBEDO

Ms. Escobedo has a BA from Corllins College, and has been a teacher since 1999.


Email: cristina.escobedo@stmmsa.org

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1ST GRADE TEACHER, MARIA CAMELO

Ms. Camelo has taught since 2010, and has a BA from La Universidad Santo Tomas De Aquino.


Email: maria.camelo@stmmsa.org

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1ST GRADE TEACHER, PAMELA RODRIGUEZ

Ms. Rodriguez has been a teacher since 1994, and earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Houston-Victoria.


Email: pamela.rodriguez@stmmsa.org

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2ND GRADE TEACHER, MICHELLE MOORE

Ms. Moore earned her BA from Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and has been teaching for over a decade.


Email: Michelle.moore@stmmsa.org

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2ND GRADE TEACHER, MARIA SILLER

Ms. Siller earned her BA from the University of Texas Pan America. She has been teaching since 2006.


Email: Maria.siller@stmmsa.org

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3RD GRADE TEACHER, LAURA GUAJARDO

Mrs. Guajardo graduated from Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon in 1986, and has a Master's in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M - San Antonio. She has been teaching for a decade.


Email: laura.guajardo@stmmsa.org

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3RD GRADE TEACHER, KRISTINA GETTY

Ms. Getty has a BA from Texas State University, and has been teaching since 2010.


Email: kristina.getty@stmmsa.org

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4TH GRADE TEACHER, MARY INCO

Ms. Inco has a BS from Seton Hall University, and has a Master's in Reading from Our Lady of the Lake University. Ms. Inco has been teaching since 1988.


Email: mary.inco@stmmsa.org

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4TH GRADE TEACHER, CYNTHIA MARTINEZ

Ms. Martinez has taught for over a decade, and earned her BA from UTSA.


Email: cynthia.martinez@stmmsa.org

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MIDDLE SCHOOL (5TH-8TH)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, BRENDA GALVAN

Ms. Galvan graduated from UTSA, and has been teaching since 2000.


Email: brenda.galvan@stmmsa.org

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MATHEMATICS, MATTHEW FAVA

Mr. Fava has a BA from College of the Holy Cross, as well as a Master's in Education from Notre Dame.

Mr. Fava also serves as our Athletic Director and in our Graduate Support Program.


Email: matthew.fava@stmmsa.org
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SCIENCE, JOHN GALLE

Mr. Galle graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences, Theology and Chemistry from Wake Forest University, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Education from the University of Notre Dame.

Email: john.galle@stmmsa.org
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SOCIAL STUDIES, ANTHONY METZGAR

Mr. Metzgar earned his BA from Augustana University, and a Master's in Education from Notre Dame. This will be his fourth year at SMMS.


Email: anthony.metzgar@stmmsa.org

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SPECIAL SERVICES TEAM

ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONIST, 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.


Email: tom.terry@stmmsa.org

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COUNSELOR, STEPHANIE JASSO

Ms. Jasso has a BA in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University. This will be her second year at SMMS.


Email: stephanie.jasso@stmmsa.org

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INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, SYLVIA ARISMENDEZ

Ms. Arismendez has an MA in Educational Leadership from UTSA, and a BA from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She has worked in myriad grade levels for Catholic Schools, public schools and charter schools.
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SPANISH SPECIALIST, SISTER ESIQUIA

Sister Esi is a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Congregation, and has several decades of teaching experience in Mexico and the United States.
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DUAL LANGUAGE MENTOR, SOCORRO GARCIA ALVARADO

Dr. Garcia Alvarado works with our faculty to ensure excellence in dual language curriculum and instruction. Working with UTSA and Boston College, Dr. Garcia Alvarado observes classrooms, coaches teachers and facilitates workshops for dual language staff.


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.

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FINE ARTS, APRIL RODRIGUEZ

Ms. Rodriguez earned a BA from Texas A&M - San Antonio and an MA from UTSA in Education. She has been teaching since 2015.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SHELBY SALAZAR

This will be Ms. Salazar's second year at SMMS.
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Library Manager

Mrs. Guajardo has been a proud member of the SMMS community since 1978.
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ADMINISTRATION

Vice Principal, DAVID SOLIS

Mr. Solis has 30 years of educational experience at every level from Pre-K to college, in roles including teacher, Principal and college professor. Mr. Solis has a BA from St. Mary's University, an MA from Texas A&I and Elementary Bilingual Certification from OLLU. Perhaps most importantly, he is a 1971 graduate of St. Mary Magdalen School!


Email: david.solis@stmmsa.org

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PRINCIPAL, WILLIAM DAILY

Mr. Daily has a BA from Boston College, an MA in International Political Science from Marquette University, an MA in Education from Mount Mary University, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He completed the Emmaus Series for Catholic School Leaders at Boston College in the spring of 2016. He has been an educator since 2001, and enters his eighth year at SMMS.


Email: william.daily@stmmsa.org

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