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TK

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Mrs. Lynn Demonte

Mrs. Lynn Demonte was born and raised in San Pedro, California. As a young child, she always looked up to and admired all of her elementary school teachers and fondly remembers "playing school" at home with her three siblings. Each child is a unique individual and she believes, as an educator, it is her responsibility to provide an environment that meets their needs in order to help meet their fullest potential. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

In the past, she has worked with children through a variety of teaching experiences: Teacher at Day­Star Early Learning Center in San Pedro (1987­1992), Kindergarten and fourth grade teacher for the Long Beach Unified School District (1992-­1996), Kindergarten teacher (1998­2000), Part­Time Categorical Teacher for grades 4­6 (2004­2010), and substitute teacher for grades K­6 (2010-­2012), all in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Now she has been blessed to be the Transitional Kindergarten teacher here at OLR since it first opened in August 2012.

Mrs. Demonte married her high school sweetheart and has been married for over twenty years. She resides in Huntington Beach with her husband, Joe, a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department, her daughter Ashley, who attends college, her son Nico, who attends high school, and her Russell terrier dog, named Chip. Mrs. Demonte enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, going on walks, and tending to her succulent garden.

 

 

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Kindergarten

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Courtney Barrett

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When ??? is not working here at Our Lady of Refuge you can bet she is either spending time with family and friends, line dancing, or finding something adventurous to do!

 

 

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Grade 1 Teacher

Last Updated: 26 August 2018

Ms. Rhea Moreno

Rhea Moreno was born and raised in Carson, California, extremely excited to teach at OLR and to revel in the experiences that she herself had as a first grader.  Go Bears!

 

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Grade 2 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Erin Shipman

Erin Shipman is the youngest of 8 children and the only native Californian in her family although all children were raised in San Diego and Torrance. She is graduate of Bishop Montgomery High School and Cal State Long Beach where she received her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development.  While attending college, Erin cared for school-aged children at an after school program, worked as a teacher aide for Long Beach Unified School, and taught early education at a private school.  All of these experiences helped prepare her for her elementary school teaching  career.

She comes to Our Lady of Refuge from Holy Trinity School in San Pedro where she has taught for the past 12 years.

Erin has been married to her husband Jason for seven years and is mother to two girls, Sofia and Abigail. In her spare time, she enjoys being around her family and friends.

 

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Grade 3 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Grace Ruiz

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?? When not in the classroom, enjoys hiking, reading, and painting with her four year old daughter Ella.  She feels very fortunate to be joining the OLR community, and can't wait for a fun year with her Third Grade class!

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Grade 4 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Amanda Goryachev or "Mrs.G" was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Lakewood, CA. She attended St. Cyprian Elementary School K-8 and went on to attend St. Josephs High School in Lakewood, CA. After High School Mrs.Goryachev went on to attend Cal State Dominguez Hills where she earned her B.A in Liberal Studies with a minor in Art. In 2014, she obtained her Pastoral Music Certificate from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to teaching the fourth grade, Mrs.G was the Music and Art teacher at Our Lady of Refuge. She absolutely loves teaching and feels so lucky to get to be a part of wonderful community of OLR.

When Mrs.Goryachev is not teaching at Our Lady of Refuge she enjoys spending time with her Husband Vladimir and two sons, Ethan and Robin. She loves camping with her family, playing music with friends, crafting and bike riding!

 

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Grade 5 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Nancy Zipperian, also known as "Mrs. Z.", has lived in Long Beach for over 17 years.  She is an active parishioner at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Long Beach, where she taught religious education in 3rd and 4th grades for 9 years.

In the past, Mrs. Z was a 5th grade teacher for both Cypress and Savanna School Districts in Orange County for 9 years.  She took a break from teaching to be a stay at home Mom for her and her husband's young son, who is now a senior in high school.  However, she remained active in education by volunteering in her son's schools and teaching at times for Savanna School District, as well as serving on the PTA Boards.

She returned to teaching for the past four years, substituting in grades TK-6 at Savanna School District, Our Lady of Refuge School and Holy Innocents School in Long Beach.  This will be her first full time teaching assignment at Our Lady of Refuge School.  She feels so blessed and thrilled to be teaching again full-time at such a wonderful school!!

In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining and spending time with her large family and group of friends.  She loves to cook, read, collect unique cook-books and relax outdoors with her orange kitty!  She is also an avid Dodger and Kings Hockey fan and attends their home games whenever she can!!

 

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Room 6 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Christopher Romano

 

Christopher Romano feels greatly blessed to be joining the Our Lady of Refuge family and is very excited to meet everyone!

 

 

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Room 7 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Mrs. Katie Pierce

My name is Mrs. Pierce and I am new to OLR with 9 years of experience teaching K, 2nd grade and middle school Math and Science. I am recently married and love living and teaching in Long Beach!

Looking forward to an activity filled school year!

Mrs. Pierce

 

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Room 8 Teacher

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Mrs. Margaret Kennedy is a Long Beach native, growing up locally in a very large and loving Catholic family. Mrs. Kennedy credits her ability to connect with each student’s learning style a byproduct of being among so many different personalities throughout her childhood.  Her desire to be an educator was apparent at a very early age; of course, she was always the teacher when playing school at home with her many siblings!


Mrs. Kennedy graduated with a Liberal Studies Major: English emphasis from CSULB.   After graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and began a family of her own.  On the career front, Mrs. Kennedy was initially hired as a substitute teacher with LBUSD.  From there, she was hired as a teacher at St. Cornelius Catholic School; the majority of that time working as the language arts teacher in the junior high.  Within that timeframe, and with the encouragement of her family and friends, she earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through Cal. State Univ., Los Angeles.


All four of Mrs. Kennedy’s children have attended Catholic schools in Long Beach from kindergarten through the eighth grade.  She feels that the connections and support that are infused within a Catholic education are priceless.  “There are not many places where a child can grow, learn, socialize, and pray within a group of his/her peers.  In a Catholic school environment, we can do all of that.” She feels very fortunate to now be working at OLR teaching the subjects that are the closest to her heart.

 

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Computer Lab

Last Updated: 15 August 2018

Phat To, Computer Lab Media Specialist

Music & Art Teacher

Last Updated: 26 August 2018

Music & Art Teacher


 

Bernadette Ceman

 

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Physical Education & Athletics

Last Updated: 04 July 2017

Physical Education & Athletics

 

Coach 

 

 

 

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