From the Principal

Nazareth School San Diego, California, USA

June 8, 2017

Dear Parents:


                This year’s Field Day was a great community event celebrating our school and this academic year as it comes to a close.  Thank you to Coach Woods and the staff and parent volunteers; and a special thank you to the newly graduated Nazareth alums who also came to help! It was a great day!


                As we celebrate the end of one year, we are thoughtfully planning for next year.  In preparing for the changes in faculty, Mrs. Lacey and I acted upon our commitment to seek teachers who will celebrate the values of the Sisters of Nazareth, support our community and continue to bring high academic standards to our classrooms.  While we have not completed the process for hiring for all of the open positions, we are excited to introduce to you the following teachers who will be joining us next year:


Kindergarten:    Mrs. Diana Senter

Mrs. Senter will be” graduating” with her Pre-K students this year!  She will be joining “the Big School” as our new Kindergarten teacher.  As many of our families know, Mrs. Senter will be bringing many years of early childhood education experience and a love for the Nazareth community to our young Kindergarteners as they begin their formal elementary school education.

2nd Grade:           Mr. Guy Hillila

Mr. Hillila brings more than ten years of teaching experience to Nazareth School.  He has taught at Sacred Heart, Coronado and was employed at Sacred Heart Academy when that school closed.  At SHA, he was a colleague of Mrs. Valenti’s.  Mr. Hillila is excited about preparing our children for 1st Communion and is looking forward to being a member of our Catholic school community.

3rd Grade:            Ms. Taylor Curran

Ms. Curran is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware.  At UD, she earned her degree in Elementary Teacher Education.  In addition to her studies of classroom education, Ms. Curran worked with students with special learning needs.  Ms. Curran has roots in San Diego and is familiar with Nazareth School through members of her extended family.

4th Grade:            Mrs. Marna Burdine

Mrs. Burdine is an alumna of Nazareth School.  At her graduation, Mrs. Burdine received the Victoire Larmenier Award from the Sisters of Nazareth.  Mrs. Burdine has eight years of experience as a Catholic School teacher.  Mrs. Burdine and her family are members of the Mission Parish; her second child was recently baptized at the Mission.

Technology:       Mr. Patrick Browder

What you might not know about Mr. Browder is that he earned a master’s degree in Educational Technology.  Mr. Browder will bring this knowledge as well as his work with Nazareth students to computer education.  Mr. Browder will also coordinate the school’s online programs and he will be the Director of Athletics.


                In our coming weeks, we will complete our interviews with teacher candidates and plan to have the entire staff in place before the office closes at the end of this month.  In a summer communication, you will receive more information about our staff and next year’s calendar.  In the meantime, I wish you a safe and joyful summer filled with many special family moments.  I look forward to seeing you on August 23rd as we begin the 2017-18 school year!


Blessings to you and your families,

Dr. Colleen Mauricio, Principal