|Principal, Mrs. Sue Venable
Sue Venable was hired as principal in August of 2012 after 37 years in the public school system as teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Her distinguished career included receiving the KCTS Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Leadership and a Blue Ribbon Award nomination. She was instrumental in the awarding of a Gates Foundation grant of $560,000 to the Edmonds School District for early learning collaboration between preschools and kindergartens. Her innovative “Jump Start” program for incoming kindergarten students has spread from the Edmonds School District throughout the Puget Sound area. She continues as a member of the Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition. Mrs. Venable has been an active parishioner at Holy Rosary since 1985 and is pleased to be able to bring her expertise to Holy Rosary School. “I am tremendously excited to be the principal of Holy Rosary,” says Sue, whose children graduated from the school. “I believe principal leadership is key to the success of a school and student achievement, and I enjoy working collaboratively with the staff, students and parents of Holy Rosary.”
|Office Manager, Mrs. Cheri Orsi|
|Office Assistant, Mrs. Liz Schimpf|
|Pre-Kindergarten, Mrs. Allison Hruschka
Allison Hruschka grew up in Oregon and came to the Evergreen State in 1994 to attend Seattle Pacific University. At SPU, she earned her B.A. in English, as well as her teaching certificate. Mrs. Hruschkaâ€™s teaching career began in the Edmonds School District where she taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades before landing in Kindergarten. She loves teaching the younger grades and is passionate about early learning. Mrs. Hruschka is thrilled to be back in Pre-kindergarten at Holy Rosary for the second year! Mrs. Hruschka is married to a teacher and coach and has four children. They are in 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th grades in the Mukilteo School District. Mrs. Hruschka enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, yoga and swimming.
|Pre-Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Mrs. Denise Sisneros
Mrs. Denise Sisneros was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her B.A. in English at California State Fullerton. After getting married in California, she and her husband moved to Florida where she worked as a book editor. Later they moved to Ithaca, New York where she became Advertising Manager at Cornell University Press. In 2004 they moved to Seattle, WA when her husband received a position as Professor of Psychology in the Animal Behavior Program at the University of Washington. Mrs. Sisneros has worked as a Teacherâ€™s Aide in California and also in the Shoreline School District, where she worked as a Paraeducator in a Kindergarten Extended Day Program for Title 1. She has also volunteered for many years in the PreK and primary grade classroom.
Mrs. Sisneros has two children, both who attend Holy Rosary School. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and working with young children. Mrs. Sisneros loves working at Holy Rosary in the PreK classroom!
|Pre-Kindergarten, Ms. Janice IsnerÂ
Ms. Janice Isner is a true Washingtonian and has lived here her entire life. Â She was raised on the Olympic Peninsula with her family of ten and grew up on a farm where she fell in love with nature! She has a son who is in college getting his degree in Environmental Sciences. She moved to Edmonds a year ago and fell in love with the beach/harbor town environment!
She received her BA in Early Childhood Development from National University – San Diego and just finished her Masters in Early Childhood Education with a teacher’s certificate from Grand Canyon Univserity – Phoenix. She has taught in Parochial schools – Holy Rosary in West Seattle for nine years and four years at Villa Academy in Seattle. Her career has been teaching preschool and kindergarten students in other schools throughout the Seattle area over a period of fifteen years. Ms. Isner’s passion is teaching young minds by creating an atmosphere where students will engage, explore, discover and have fun while learning. She is very excited to join the Holy Rosary faculty and families on her new preschool journey.
She enjoys spending her personal time golfing, hiking, skiing, walking, biking and beach combing along with spending quality time with her fiance and son.
|Kindergarten, Mrs. Pam Wachob
Pam Wachob has been the Kindergarten teacher at Holy Rosary School for the past eighteen years. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio and decided she wanted to become a teacher in high school. She obtained a degree in elementary education from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Wachob began her teaching career teaching First Grade at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She later received her Masters Degree from Xavier University. Mrs. Wachob is blessed to have a wonderful family. She and her husband David reside in Mukilteo and have been parishioners of Holy Rosary Parish for nineteen years. Mrs. Wachobâ€™s favorite activity is spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Wachob loves teaching Kindergarten and building strong relationships with her students and their families.
|Kindergarten Instructional Aide, Mrs. Renee DrewÂ
Mrs. Renee Drew has lived in Washington her whole life. She earned her B.A. in business at Western Washington University. She worked for over 15 years in marketing and then took on the role of Child Development Director (aka Mom) for several years. After two years of volunteering in our Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms she fell in love with our school and was drawn to join the team. She is exceptionally skilled at working with young children, and her love and passion to support our students is immediately evident.
Mrs. Drew has two children who attend Holy Rosary and is thankful to see their smiling faces every day along with all the wonderful Holy Rosary students. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, remodeling her home, working in her yard, collecting Lego minifigures and baking sweet treats.
|First Grade, Mrs. Anna Olson
Anna Olson was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Growing up, she loved school and enjoyed participating in sports and many extra curricular activities. She spent her summers during High School and College teaching Dance and Cheerleading to children and teens around the Pacific Northwest. Mrs. Olson attended Washington State University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. After she completed her undergraduate studies, she went on to attend the University of Washington. She studied education and graduated with her Masterâ€™s in Teaching and obtained her K-8 Teaching Certificate. After graduation, Mrs. Olson worked in the Edmonds School District teaching Second Grade. She also spent time teaching Pre-K in a Seattle based Private School. After taking an extended break to raise her children, she returned to teaching and worked as a Substitute Teacher in the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools. She is very excited to join the team of teachers at Holy Rosary School as the First Grade Teacher. She loves working with First Grade students and their families. She lives in Edmonds with her husband and 3 children. Her husbandâ€™s family have been members of the Parish for over 50 years and she feels blessed to be able to carry on the tradition of being an active parishioner at Holy Rosary.
|Second Grade, Mrs. Diana Boyle
Diana Boyle, a native of sunny Yakima, always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up but decided to stay in the career she started during college. For fourteen years she was in the record and movie business as a wholesale or retail buyer and manager. Meeting the likes of Tina Turner and Stevie Ray Vaughn will never hold a hat to spending time with her precious students in the classroom.Mrs. Boyle graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 with a BA in psychology. She also has an endorsement in special education. Kirkland is now her home, with husband Kevin and son Ryan. Her neighborsâ€™ cats, hummingbirds, dragonflies, and butterflies that roam through her yard gives her lots of ideas for teaching writing. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys taking power walks, sewing, gardening, attending Mariner games and reading. By happy coincidence, her parents moved to Edmonds several years ago and are members of Holy Rosary parish.
|Third Grade, Mrs. Susan Young
Susan Young attended Washington State University for her undergraduate degree and has a B.S in Family and Consumer Science Education. She taught in Oregon for several years and completed a fifth year program in Child and Family Studies. She also has her Vocational Certification. She has a strong background in Art Education, and continues to attend courses integrating art across the curriculum. Mrs. Young has also completed a graduate course of study in primary education. This summer, she attended and completed the requirements for the third year of the catechetical program for teaching religion.
Mrs. Young was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. Both sides of Washington state and Oregon have been her home. In the last few years, Idaho has been added to her list as she visits as often as possible her sonâ€™s family and 4 grandchildren. She and her husband settled in Edmonds to raise their family in 1987. Holy Rosary Parish has been part of their family life since their son entered Kindergarten in 1988. Their son and daughter are graduates of Holy Rosary School and Blanchet High school. Her teaching career at Holy Rosary started with an aide position in 1998. Three years later, Mrs. Young was hired to teach Third Grade.
|Fourth Grade, Mrs. Rose Short
Mrs. Rose Short attended Catholic schools in Spokane, and wore the same plaid uniform as the students at Holy Rosary. Prior to her teaching career Mrs. Short graduated from University of Washington with a BS in Nursing. She worked as an oncology nurse for many years before deciding to return to school to obtain a teaching certificate. In 2002 she completed her Masterâ€™s Degree in Education with a specialty in Literacy and a Reading teacher endorsement. Holy Rosary School has been her second home for 20 years; Mrs. Shortâ€™s first class graduated in 2005! After teaching First Grade for many years, she currently teaches Fourth Grade. Mrs. Short met her husband Craig during high school. They married and moved to Everett after Craig graduated from Gonzaga University. Mr. and Mrs. Short are the proud parents of three grown girls, Erin, Meghan, and Cailin. Erin graduated from Holy Names Academy, and St. Martinâ€™s University. After college she married her Oâ€™Dea HS sweetheart and now works at Boeing. They have no children yet, but love their two Labradors and two Quarter Horses. Meghan also graduated from HNA then Loyola Marymount University where she majored in Animation and Art. She married her college sweetheart and lives in LA where she currently works for Walt Disney Imagineering, and is assigned to the new Star Wars Land at Disneyland. Cailin graduated from Archbishop Murphy HS and DePaul University in Chicago, with a BA in Theater. She was recently married and lives in Madison, Wisconsin where she is the Master Carpenter and Set Designer for the Childrenâ€™s Theater of Madison.
Mrs. Short and her husband believe strongly in Catholic Education, and all three of their children graduated from St. Mary Magdalene in Everett before going on to Catholic High Schools and colleges. They know the sacrifices parents make to give their children a Catholic Education and believe that Catholic schools are special places where children can grow in faith and Gospel values. Holy Rosary students make a difference in the world because of their strong values and beliefs.
In her spare time Mrs. Short loves to read, travel, spend time with her family, and prowl antique stores.
|Primary Classroom Aide, Mrs. Kristen Fahey
Mrs. Kristen Fahey has a B.A. in Child, Consumer, and Family Studies from Washington State University. She worked as a flight attendant for Continental and Alaska Airlines prior to marrying her husband Jim who is a Holy Rosary Alumni. She worked as a Substitute Para Educator for the Edmonds School District prior to her current role. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful students of Holy Rosary School. They make her smile and laugh every day!
|Fifth Grade, Mr. Brian Flanagan
Brian Flanagan is a Seattle native. In his youth he attended St. Matthew School in north Seattle, and he is a graduate of Blanchet High School. He went to Shoreline Community College then later received a degree in elementary education and music from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Later on Mr. Flanagan completed his masterâ€™s degree in social studies education at the University of Washington. Teaching is a common theme in his family, with his mom, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all serving as inspiration. He has been a teacher at Holy Rosary since 1988. He teaches fifth grade homeroom and also sixth grade math. Not necessarily smarter than a fifth grader, Mr. Flanagan nonetheless does have enough interests to keep others guessing. He is an accomplished jazz guitarist and performs regularly in public. Mr. Flanagan is a big fan of the Sounders and Huskies, and he still cannot quite get over the fact that his beloved Sonics are gone. Other interests of his include cooking, gardening, and traveling. He and his wife live in the Wallingford area, and he goes to St. Benedict Catholic Church. Mr. Flanagan loves his job and very much appreciates having the opportunity to be able to connect with his students and the surrounding community.
|Sixth Grade, Mrs. Malia Santucci
Malia Santucci grew up in Edmonds, received her teaching credentials at Western Washington University, and lives with her husband and three children locally. She has been teaching for 22 years in grades four through eight. She spent three years living in Iowa where she taught preschool for a year, home schooled her daughter, and was a Girl Scout troop leader. She was glad to move back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Mrs Santucci enjoys boating, attending theater, music, and dance performances, and spending time with her family. Her hobbies include hosting dinner parties to share with friends, relaxing at her lake cabin, and of course reading a good book! Mrs. Santucciâ€™s favorite color is orange, her favorite season is fall, and her favorite food is just about anything involving chocolate! She feels blessed to be teaching at Holy Rosary and loves the sense of community among the staff, parents, and students. Mrs. Santucci has completed her three-year Catechist Certification Program, loves to sing at church, and serves as a Eucharistic Minister for school Masses.
|Eighth Grade, Mrs. Kelly Stevens
Kelly Stevens was born and raised in Everett, Washington. Her family lived in the neighborhood of St. Mary Magdalen where she and her six siblings attended school. She graduated from Cascade High School and then went on to Everett Community College while working full time to save for her last two years of college at Western Washington University. All of Mrs. Stevensâ€™ teaching has been in the Seattle Archdioces. Mrs. Stevensâ€™ first teaching job was at St. Rose in Longview, Washington. She got homesick and felt very lucky to get a job at St. Mary Magdalen. She worked there for four years and then began her career at Holy Rosary. During her years at Holy Rosary Mrs. Stevens has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th Grades. She was also a part of the Outdoor Education Staff for the 5th and 6th Graders for many years. She has two children, Spencer and Thea, who are both graduates of Holy Rosary. They are both happily married. She spends many happy hours playing with her first granddaughter, Theaâ€™s daughter, Callie Rae. She enjoys a good cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle, working in her yard, or working on remodeling the house with her husband Mark. This is her 28th year teaching at Holy Rosary.
|Junior High Science and Math, Mr. Mike Montanari
Mr. Montanari was born and raised in Wellesley Massachusetts, 13 miles outside of Boston. He grew up in an Irish-Italian household in an Italian neighborhood, although he spent several summers in Galway, Ireland with his momâ€™s side of the family. The family church was St. Paul Church, where his parents were married and he was baptized. Later in life, Mr. Montanari was married his wife, Dana, there. Both of his boys (Spencer â€“ 11th grade and Paddy â€“ 5th grade) were baptized there as well. He was also an Altar Server at St. Paul Church for many years. In 1991, Mr. Montanari moved to Seattle, headed back to Boston in 1994, and eventually settled back in Edmonds in 2002. He has been a parishioner of Holy Rosary ever since.
Mr. Montanari has an AE in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a BS in Earth Science & Secondary Education from Framingham State College, and a Masters in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington. He began teaching in 2000 and has taught middle school children in several school districts in the area and in Boston. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Montanari worked for 14 years in the heavy construction industry, mainly in construction estimating and sales.
Along with his wife and children at home there are four fish, three cats, and his personal favorite, Betsy, the 5-year old black lab. When not teaching, Mr. Montanari likes working in his yard, camping, traveling, cooking, hiking, and enjoyed playing ice hockey for 30 years. Lastly, he loves the Boston teams, especially the Red Sox and Patriots!
Mr. Montanari is in his 3rd year at Holy Rosary and 14th year overall as a teacher.
|Junior High Teacher, Ms. Jamie Mulvihill
Jamie Mulvihill has been a teacher with Holy Rosary School since 2011. She has taught many classes over the years. Currently you will find her teaching 7th and 8th grade math, as well as working with the Pre-Kindergarten students. In the spring of 2010, Ms. Mulvihill was honored to become a Catholic and join the loving Holy Rosary Parish Community. Ms. Mulvihill grew up in Woodinville, achieved her BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and earned her Masterâ€™s Degree in Education Administration from Seattle University. During her spare time, Ms. Mulvihill plays cello poorly and practices Kendo with Edmondâ€™s Kendo Club.
|Music Specialist, Ms. Susan Olmos
Susan Olmos began her studies as an Art major and later became a Music Major at the University of Hawaii and transferred to the University of Washington in 1979. After receiving an undergraduate degree in 1981, she began her teaching career at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Federal Way School District. After teaching for five years, Ms. Olmos took a brief break and then returned to teaching in the private schools. She taught at St. Luke School in Shoreline for 10 years and at one time concurrently with Holy Rosary. Today, Susan is the music teacher and church music director at Holy Rosary Edmonds Parish. In the Fall of 1998, Ms. Olmos received a Master of Arts in Music from the Universilty of Washington. She has been a church musician since 1973 where she led her first choir at the age of 18. Ms. Olmos has two sons, Daniel and Nicholas. Her hobbies and interests are astronomy, foreign languages, singing jazz, and composing music.
|Resource Specialist, Ms. Colleen Daigle
Colleen Daigle runs the Skill Center at Holy Rosary. She began her career at Holy Rosary in 1979. She taught the fourth grade for nine years before starting the Skill Center to help students who learn best in a small group setting. She is a Seattle native and grew up south of the airport on Puget Sound. She attended Mount Rainier High School and earned her bachelorâ€™s degree from Seattle University with a major in Special Education. She taught in the public schools for two years before coming to Holy Rosary in 1979. In 1995 she adopted her oldest daughter, Kiera and five years later adopted Talia. Kiera graduated from Holy Rosary in 2008, attended Archbishop Murphy High School and graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with a degree in Bioengineering. Talia graduated from Holy Rosary in 2013 and is currently a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School. Colleen enjoyed teaching fourth grade, but in 1988 was asked to use her skills in Special Education to start the Skill Center. The Skill Center is designed to offer assistance to students who have special learning styles or needs. It is an integrated part of Holy Rosary School, allowing students with special learning needs to benefit from quality, Catholic education while receiving the extra help they require in specific areas. Colleen works with the students in small groups outside of the classroom and works as well in the classrooms alongside the classroom teachers. She thoroughly enjoys watching the students gain confidence as they grow in their academic skills.
|Learning Support Teacher, Mrs. Inger Hamburg
Inger Hamburg joined the Holy Rosary staff in January 2013. Her teaching position is funded by two grants. She works as a Learning Support teacher in nearly every classroom at Holy Rosary. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and certificate in Elementary Education from the University of Washington. She taught in Mukilteo, Edmonds and Northshore School Districts and was a paraeducator in the Palo Alto School District in California. Mrs. Hamburg was an active parent volunteer with over 3,000 classroom hours plus a substitute teacher in the Edmonds School District. She and her husband have three children. Their daughters are recent college graduates and son is a college student. She spends her free time working in the garden, reading, volunteering and with family and friends.
|IT Specialist, Mrs. Sheila Walde
Sheila Walde attended Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Religious Studies. While working as a Software Engineer in the telecommunications industry, she attended night school at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York and received her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in Software Development. Prior to joining the staff of Holy Rosary, she worked both as a software developer and as a manager. When her older children were still in elementary school, she worked as a Pre-school teacher for two year-olds. She is originally from Mahopac, New York, where her older children attended the same parochial school as her. In 2006, she and her husband moved their family to Edmonds and became a part of the Holy Rosary family. They have four children – Caitlin who is pursuing her PhD in Materials Science at Worcester Polytechnic University in Massachusetts, Stephan who graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Cyber Intelligence and Security and a minor in Business, Andrew who is a sophomore in the IB Program at Edmonds-Woodway High School,Â and Kyle who is in 6th grade at Holy Rosary. She is the youngest of five children, all of whom attended the same parochial school and still live in the Mahopac area. Mrs. Walde enjoys hiking, taking walks on the beach looking for sea glass with her family, reading, and gardening. The family has two miniature pinscher dogs.
|Director of Extended Care, Mrs. Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson has been a member of Holy Rosary Parish since 1967 and an employee of Holy Rosary School since 1990. As Director of Ancillary Services, Mrs. Johnson has been supervisor of the National School Lunch Program (1991-2007), Pro Tem office assistant, playground supervisor, â€śtwenty yearâ€ť staff member of Outdoor Education and director of Extended Care. She is especially proud of creating a nurturing and enjoyable environment for children in the state licensed after school program. She strives to ensure a safe and Christian environment for the students. She embraces responsibility and is dedicated to the mission of Holy Rosary School. Born in Everett, Mrs. Johnson was raised in the Shoreline area of North Seattle. After graduating from college she married her childhood sweetheart in 1964. The Johnsons have three children Catherine, Michael and Steven (graduates of Holy Rosary School). She is especially proud of her family and considers her children to be her greatest accomplishment. They enjoy the time they are able to spend with their family andÂ twelveÂ grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson also enjoys the weekends with her husband touring the back roads of the Northwest or cruising the waters of Puget Sound on their beloved Ebb Tide.