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Shirley Gray
Shirley Gray Principal
Shirley Gray

Shirley Gray

Principal

Hello! I am privileged to serve as principal of Old Mission School here in beautiful San Luis Obispo! I have served as a Catholic school teacher and administrator for over twenty years. Originally from Yakima, Washington, I completed a BA in History from the Franciscan University of Steuvenville, Ohio with certification to teach comprehensive social studies for middle and high school. While teaching in Catholic schools in Minnesota, I completed a MA in educational administration at the University of St. Thomas and accepted my first post as a Catholic school principal. It is a joy to work with children and an honor to serve with such a dedicated and talented staff here at OMS. We are dedicated to partnering with our parents to help our students feel supported and challenged to reach their full potential. Our school's Catholic identity is central to our work; it provides beautiful traditions and liturgical celebrations, a foundation in prayer and sacraments, and helps us instill values that prepare our students go forward to make a real difference in the world. In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening, bird watching, wine tasting, painting, spending time with my dog(s), and every moment of "quiet time". I am the youngest of six and own a home in Oregon.

Tess Barket
Tess Barket Vice Principal
Tess Barket

Tess Barket

Vice Principal

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My name is Tess Barket and my history at Old Mission School began as a 1st-grade student many years ago. I graduated from Old Mission and Mission College Preparatory. Before I had to declare a major in college, I found myself volunteering in classrooms and in child-centered activities. I loved my faith-based elementary education and wanted to share that love of learning with students of my own. After attending the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and receiving a “Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential” from Cal Poly in 1992, I received a phone call from Old Mission School’s former principal, Dr. Jim Gentilucci; he asked me to “come home to teach” at Old Mission and I emphatically agreed. It is a gift to spend my days with children who are filled with curiosity, enthusiasm, and love for all things good. As a teacher and administrator, I work with the OMS community to develop “socially responsible citizens who are spiritually empowered, academically enriched, and morally accountable for their actions.” I continued my education and received my Master’s Degree in Instruction and Curriculum in 1997 and my Catechist Certificate in 1998. I enrolled at Cal Poly in 2019 and received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and an administrative credential. Outside of the classroom, you can find me spending time with my family, hiking, gardening, and reading. I have been volunteering with Get On the Bus since it began bringing children to the CMC in 2006 and with Girl Scouts since 2010.

Father Kelly Vandehey
Father Kelly Vandehey Pastor
Father Kelly Vandehey

Father Kelly Vandehey

Pastor

Fr. Kelly Vandehey is a native of Oregon having grown-up just outside of Portland. After completing eight years of Catholic elementary education at St. Francis of Assisi in Roy, Oregon, he attended Banks High School. He worked for a local John Deere dealer for six years prior to entering the seminary. He completed his seminary studies at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon and was ordained a priest in 1996. He began Canon Law studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and graduated with a Licentiate Degree. He served in the Archdiocese of Portland for 20 years with a variety of assignments including: Pastor, Marriage Tribunal Judge, Canon Law adjunct professor, Director of Vocations, and Spiritual Director. In 2016 he moved to the Diocese of Monterey. After 16 months at St. Joseph Parish in Spreckels he was assigned to Old Mission San Luis Obispo where he has served as Pastor for the past three years.

Susie Lock
Susie Lock Bookkeeper / Registrar
Susie Lock

Susie Lock

Bookkeeper / Registrar

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Melissa Newman
Melissa Newman Director of Marketing and Enrollment
BJ Woods
BJ Woods Administrative Assistant
BJ Woods

BJ Woods

Administrative Assistant

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Leslie Colvin
Leslie Colvin Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Leslie Colvin

Leslie Colvin

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

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My name is Leslie Colvin, and 2021-2022 will be my 13th year teaching transitional kindergarten. I am a business graduate from Cal Poly and received my teaching credential from Santa Clara University. I am passionate about this age level and love to see the growth and development my kiddos make throughout the year. I strive to develop independent learners who can communicate their needs and work cooperatively with others. When I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking, gardening, exercising and most importantly, hanging out with my husband and two amazing kids.

Christie Eckert
Christie Eckert Transitional Kindergarten, Instructional Assistant
Christie Eckert

Christie Eckert

Transitional Kindergarten, Instructional Assistant

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Betty Ann Daughtry
Betty Ann Daughtry Kindergarten Teacher
Betty Ann Daughtry

Betty Ann Daughtry

Kindergarten Teacher

My name is BettyAnn Daughtry and this is my sixth year teaching kindergarten here at OMS. Prior to coming to OMS I was a first grade teacher for the Central Unified School District in Fresno for 15 years. I especially love teaching here at OMS because I am able to share my faith in God with my students, while academically preparing them for first grade . When I am not teaching I like to bake, garden and be artistic, but my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family and precious grandchildren.

Maeve Brigantino
Maeve Brigantino 1st Grade Teacher
Maeve Brigantino

Maeve Brigantino

1st Grade Teacher

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Mrs.B graduated from Cal Poly in 2016 with a Degree in Business and returned in 2019 to receive her teaching credential.

In 2018 she married her husband (Mr.B), who she met at their local church. Mrs.B loves spending time with family, traveling, and serving youth at their church.

Mrs.B is passionate about giving students the tools they need to learn, grow and reach their potential in every area of their life. She can’t wait to watch our OMS first graders blossom this year!

Leslie Monaco
Leslie Monaco 2nd Grade Teacher
Leslie Monaco

Leslie Monaco

2nd Grade Teacher

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I grew up in the Central Valley and came to Cal Poly to get my teaching credential. I received my elementary credential and a Masters in Reading Instruction. I first started working for the SLO Parks and Recreation Dept. in youth sports and I believe that is what brought me to Old Mission School. As I worked coaching and officiating games, something stood out to me about the youngsters from OMS: they had heart and treated each other like family. The experience made me curious about OMS so I applied for a position. I started teaching PE in grades 1-9 while assisting in Second Grade as an Instructional Assistant.. that was in 1982!!! After six years, I took over in Second Grade. It is such a pleasure to work with our Second Graders and watch them grow in so many ways. Due to my interest in youth sports, I began coaching as well as teaching. I still continue to coach the Mission Prep Cross Country Team; this has allowed me to have the pleasure of working with many of my former students during their high school years as well. Needless to say, I love Old Mission School!!!

Lori Ronay
Lori Ronay 3rd Grade Teacher
Lori Ronay

Lori Ronay

3rd Grade Teacher

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Ray Van Es
Ray Van Es 4th Grade Teacher
Ray Van Es

Ray Van Es

4th Grade Teacher

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I moved to the Central Valley (Visalia) when I was 10 from Los Angeles. After graduating from High School I went into corrections at Corcoran State Prison.

Upon retiring from there I graduated from Chapman University with my BS in Social Science and my Teaching Credential.

I worked for Strathmore Elementary in the 5th grade for 3 years and 8th grade history for 2 years. I then took a position with Visalia Unified School District for 7 years as a 6th grade teacher.

I have two grown children Julie, a Court Reporter and Justin, a Solar Electrician. I have 2 grandchildren, Emma 2nd grade and Mason 3 years old.

My philosophy is simple; “Education should be fun and interesting. All children can learn. Education and organizational skills are building the blocks for

productive, successful students. Students should be excited about their education. If you enjoy what you do, then it really isn’t work.”

My interests are baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers), football (Los Angeles Rams), gardening, woodworking, and the beach. Recently, I’ve started Pickle ball.

Teaching is a rewarding career.

Nicolle Gilsdorf
Nicolle Gilsdorf 5th Grade Teacher
Nicolle Gilsdorf

Nicolle Gilsdorf

5th Grade Teacher

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My name is Nicolle Gilsdorf, and the 2021-2022 school year will be my seventh year teaching 5th grade at Old Mission School. I graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with a Masters in Teaching in 2006. I have previously taught 6th grade in rural Alaska and 5th grade in Hawaii. I enjoy helping others grow and learn. I believe that a child's ability to learn relies on the classroom environment, the teacher's love of teaching, and parent involvement. 2021-2022 will be my 12th year as a teacher, and I continue to be grateful that this profession chose me. When I am not teaching, I enjoy talking with my nieces, quilting, gardening, hiking, and fostering cats.

Vince Conde
Vince Conde Religion Teacher, 7th-8th Grade PE, Athletic Director
Vince Conde

Vince Conde

Religion Teacher, 7th-8th Grade PE, Athletic Director

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Jeff Palaszewski
Jeff Palaszewski 6th-8th Grade Social Studies, Electives
Jeff Palaszewski

Jeff Palaszewski

6th-8th Grade Social Studies, Electives

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Becky Stevens
Becky Stevens 6th Grade ELA, 8th Grade Spanish, Electives
Becky Stevens

Becky Stevens

6th Grade ELA, 8th Grade Spanish, Electives

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Katie Rose Cirillo
Katie Rose Cirillo 8th Grade Religion, 7th-8th Grade Math
Katie Rose Cirillo

Katie Rose Cirillo

8th Grade Religion, 7th-8th Grade Math

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Hello there, I’m so excited you are here! My name is Katie Rose Cirillo and I have been teaching at OMS since 2015. I currently teach 7th and 8th Grade Level Math and 8th Grade Religion. During my time here I have also taught 4th and 6th Grade Math, Middle School PE, Mock Trial, Yearbook, and coached Girls’ Volleyball. I love this school community and am so happy I get to call Old Mission School my home.

I am very active in my home parish, Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Community, as the Confirmation teacher and Youth Minister. I love watching our students’ faith formation throughout their junior high years and into high school, creating a lasting relationship with Jesus, being guided by the Holy Spirit.

When I’m not working with my students I can be found hiking all over the Central Coast with my husband Tony, taking a spin class at a local gym, or reading a book poolside. Reality TV and shopping are some of my guilty pleasures. I love to travel when I am given the opportunity and hope to check a lot more places off my bucket list.

Lindsey Pereira
Lindsey Pereira 6th Grade Math, 7th-8th Grade Accelerated Math
Lindsey Pereira

Lindsey Pereira

6th Grade Math, 7th-8th Grade Accelerated Math

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Katie Olivas
Katie Olivas 7th-8th Grade ELA, 7th Grade Reading
Katie Olivas

Katie Olivas

7th-8th Grade ELA, 7th Grade Reading

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Lyndsey Weisenberg
Lyndsey Weisenberg 6th-8th Science
Lyndsey Weisenberg

Lyndsey Weisenberg

6th-8th Science

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Patience Santos
Patience Santos K-6th Spanish Teacher, K-6th Physical Education
Patience Santos

Patience Santos

K-6th Spanish Teacher, K-6th Physical Education

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Kelly Conners
Kelly Conners K-8th Art Teacher
Kelly Conners

Kelly Conners

K-8th Art Teacher

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Darren Mulder
Darren Mulder Music Teacher
Darren Mulder

Darren Mulder

Music Teacher

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Darren Mulder was brought up in Atascadero, CA. He started on the trumpet in 4th grade and continued all through high school.

He knew he wanted to be a teacher after working with children for three summers at Camp Hapitok near Rancho El Chorro.

He studied music education at Long Beach State then earned a master's degree in music performance from USC.

He has performed in Europe many times spending summers in Spoleto, Italy and living in Mexico City for three years.

He is proud to be back in San Luis Obispo teaching music at OMS and Mission College Prep HS.

Iva Svitek
Iva Svitek Music Teacher
Iva Svitek

Iva Svitek

Music Teacher

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Tracy Dmohowski
Tracy Dmohowski ASA, Teacher's Aide
Tracy Dmohowski

Tracy Dmohowski

ASA, Teacher's Aide

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Maggie Smiley
Maggie Smiley School Resource Teacher
Maggie Smiley

Maggie Smiley

School Resource Teacher

Hello! I am Mrs. Smiley, and this will be my 4th year at OMS. I graduated from Cal Poly in 2015 with my Masters in Education and an Education Specialist teaching credential. I also received added authorizations to my credential for autism, English language learners, and early childhood education. I spent three years teaching in the public school system before coming to Old Mission School. I love being a part of the OMS family and watching my students grow throughout the year. When I'm not teaching I am spending time with my wonderful husband, daughter, and two golden retrievers!