SMMS FACULTY 2021-22

Mission Driven For College & Heaven

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Levitate To Great

Our theme for the 2021-22 school year is: LEVITATE TO GREAT. Our faculty will lift our students up to grow in excellence through faith academics and service.


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-K3 TEACHER, ADRIANA ARIAS

Ms. Arias has a degree from the Instituto Teresa de Arila in Mexico City and has taught for over two decades.


Email: adriana.arias@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K3 TEACHER, MONTSERRAT SILLER

Ms. Siller is a proud UTSA Roadrunner, and returns for her second year at SMMS.


Email: monse.siller@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K3 TEACHER, MELISSA GUERRA

Ms. Guerra enters her 8th year at SMMS.


Email: Melissa.guerra@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K3 TEACHER, TERESA CALDERON

This will be Ms. Calderon's seventh year at SMMS.


Email: teresa.calderon@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K 4 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, BERTHA CASTELLO

Ms. Castello has been teaching since 2004, and attended Universidad del Pedregal in Mexico City.

Email: bertha.castello@stmmsa.org
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PRE-K4 TEACHER, SUZZANNE GARCIA

Ms. Garcia enters her tenth year at SMMS.


Email: Suzzanne.garcia@stmmsa.org

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PRE-K4 TEACHER, CLAUDIA VASQUEZ

Ms. Vasquez has a degree from San Antonio College, and returns for her second year at SMMS.


Email: claudia.vasquez@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 over 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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KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, MELISA MARTINEZ-TAVERA

Ms. Martinez-Tavera has a BA from Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and begins her first year at SMMS.


Email: melisa.tavera@stmmsa.org

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1ST 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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1ST GRADE TEACHER, ANNA NUNEZ

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


Email: anna.nunez@stmmsa.org

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1ST GRADE, 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.


Email: April.rodriguez@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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2ND GRADE, 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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3RD GRADE TEACHER, MINERVA ALEMAN

Ms. Aleman has taught for over four decades, and graduated from Incarnate Word College.


Email: minerva.aleman@stmmsa.org

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4TH GRADE TEACHER, KRISTINA GETTY

Ms. Getty has a BA from Texas State University, and has been teaching for a decade.


Email: kristina.getty@stmmsa.org

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4TH GRADE TEACHER, SUSANNA HEIMBOLD

Ms. Heimbold has taught since 2002. She earned a BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is currently pursuing a Master's from UTSA in Bicultural Bilingual Education.


Email: Susanna.heimbold@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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MATH, 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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SPANISH LANGUAGE ARTS & SOCIAL STUDIES, DANIELA GANDARA ORTEGA

Ms. Gandara is a member of the Marian Community of Reconciliation (MCR). She has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Education from UCN-Colombia.


Email: Daniela.gandara@stmmsa.org

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RELIGION, LEEANN GARZA

Ms. Garza has over a decade of experience in youth ministry, earned Theology of the Body Certification from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and enters her sixth year on staff at SMMS.


Email: leeann.garza@stmmsa.org

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SCIENCE, REVELL COZZI

Ms. Cozzi joins SMMS as a University of Notre Dame ACE teacher. She graduated from Notre Dame as a Biology Major, with a Bachelor of Science, and is pursuing her Master's in Education as an ACEr.


Email: revell.cozzi@stmmsa.org

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TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR, 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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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, DE'EDRA COX-DE LA GARZA

Ms. De La Garza earned a BA from OLLU, a Master's in Social Work from NYU, and a doctorate from The Institute For Teaching God's Word Theological Seminary. She has served in various counselor and social work roles since 2006.


Email: De'edra.delagarza@stmmsa.org

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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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PRE-K INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, LAURA ORTIZ

Ms. Ortiz has been an educator since 2010. She graduated from Sul Ross Rio Grande College, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.


Email: Laura.ortiz@stmmsa.org

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LIBRARY MANAGER, ROBERTA GUAJARDO

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


Email: roberta.guajardo@stmmsa.org

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DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ENROLLMENT, DENIECE JUAREZ

Ms. Juarez attended UIW, and enters her fifth year at SMMS.


Email: Deniece.juarez@stmmsa.org

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NURSE, MONICA ARIAS

Ms. Arias is a registered nurse with over 5 years pediatric experience.


Email: Monica.arias@stmmsa.org
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BUSINESS MANAGER, MELINDA FRESQUEZ

Ms. Fresquez has a degree in Accounting and Economics for Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a Catholic school product, and enters her second year with SMMS.
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ATHLETIC DIRECTOR & PE COACH, AARON ARISMENDEZ

Mr. Arismendez begins his first year as Athletic Director and PE Coach at SMMS.


Email: Aaron.arismendez@stmmsa.org

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OFFICE MANAGER, MONICA CABRERA

Ms. Cabrera begins her second year as the SMMS Office Manager.


Email: Monica.cabrera@stmmsa.org

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ADMINISTRATION

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 tenth year at SMMS.


Email: william.daily@stmmsa.org

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