Michelle brings a wealth of experience to St. Raphael School as principal. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Spanish from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, she came to Santa Barbara in 1996 as a bilingual teacher for Peabody Charter School. During her 13 years at Peabody Charter School, she was also a Physical Education teacher, a Master Teacher, a Tutoring Coordinator and a Technology Leader. Having her sights set on being a principal, Michelle returned to school and in 2005, graduated with a Master of Arts in Education and then attained her Administrative Credential. In 2009, Michelle was hired as the Principal for St. Anthony's School in Oxnard. With her up-to-date expertise of technology being one of her multiple strengths, she was able to increase enrollment at St. Anthony's School for the first time in eight years. Michelle was attracted to St. Raphael School for its "academic rigor, family atmosphere, wonderful parish community, beautiful campus, and endless possibilities to educate the whole child."
Michelle can be easily found on the playground at St. Raphael School during lunch periods or in her office, which is always open. If she's not on campus, it is most likely after-hours and she is "attempting" her newly-found enjoyment of paddle boarding. Michelle is an avid athlete with basketball and softball as her competitive sports. You may even find Michelle teaching a spinning class at your local gym. In 2014, she was inducted into the Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Edna Santos, Preschool Director
Ms. Santos comes to St. Raphael School with a great deal of experience in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in the outdoor classroom and has a passion for teaching our little ones.
Karen Froelicher, KinderKlasse
Mrs. Froelicher specializes in Early Childhood Education. She serves as the Religious Education Director at St. Raphael Parish but is excited to be back in the classroom in the KinderKlasse classroom. Karen enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Vanessa Ceriale, Kindergarten
Vanessa Ceriale joins St. Raphael School after teaching kindergarten for three years at St. Athanasius School in North Long Beach. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a minor and concentration in Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. Vanessa continued at LMU as a member of Partners of Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE Corps), earning her Master's in Child and Adolescent Literacy.
Rebecca Waid, 1st Grade
Ms. Waid joins our staff from St. Matthew's Parish School. Rebecca has a true passion for science and is eager to share this with her students. She received her Masters of Arts in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in literacy. She also graduated from UCSB with a degree in Environmental Science.
Fiona Gosney, 2nd Grade
Mrs. Gosney comes to us from a public school background. She has a great love for learning and teaching. Fiona has four children and enjoys spending time with her family.
Talia Lawson, 3rd Grade
Mrs. Talia Lawson joins our staff after working in the Oxnard School District. She has a deep faith and looks forward to sharing her relationship with Jesus with her students. Talia received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California Lutheran University and her BA from California State University Northridge.
Diane McClenathen, 4th Grade
Mrs. McClenathen loves teaching at St. Raphael School. A graduate of UCSB, she earned her credential from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Mrs. McClenathen enjoys outdoor activities such as running, bike riding, camping, and water skiing/wake boarding. She often travels with her husband and two sons during the summer. During the summer of 2008, Mrs. McClenathen traveled through China just before the Olympics. Mrs. McClenathen hopes to create a learning environment to help each and every student feel successful. Each student is blessed with many gifts. In Mrs. McClenathen's classroom, she encourages students to share their gifts and be the best that they can be. Mrs. McClenathen feels very blessed to be teaching in a warm and supportive environment at St. Raphael School.
Gregory Philson, 5th Grade
Mr. Gregory Philson joined our staff in 2021. He has a passion for both reading and writing. He is a graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA with wtih a BA in Journalism and a minor in English Literature. Gregory looks forward to sharing his love of writing with his students.
Terri Breton, 6th Grade
Ms. Breton loves teaching at St. Raphael School. She attended California State University, Northridge, to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, the University of Phoenix to earn a Teaching Credential and M.A. degree in Education, and is currently enrolled at SBCC to earn certification in the Media Arts Technology Program for Graphic Design and Photography. Ms. Breton enjoys outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting. On her time off, Ms. Breton likes to travel to the east coast to visit family members and explore foreign countries. She is looking forward to her son’s graduation from DPHS this summer, and sending him off to college. Ms. Breton feels very blessed to be teaching at such a great school!
Betsy Howting, 7th Grade
Mrs. Howting comes to us with over 28 years of teaching experience, and mostly in Catholic schools. She is a graduate from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and holds a Master of Education from Georgia State University. She has previously taught junior high for both public and Catholic schools.
Joni Galvan, 8th Grade
Ms. Joni Galvan has been teaching 8th grade at St. Raphael School since 1991 and is also an alumna of St. Raphael School. One of her sons was at St. Raphael School for 11 years and now is an alumni too. Ms. Galvan's second son has been here since he was three years old, going on nine years. Like mother, like son! Ms. Galvan's first son is now following in her footsteps by attending Bishop Diego High School. Ms. Galvan loves teaching at St. Raphael School where there is a feeling that we are all one big happy family.... it is beautiful! Family, and everything associated with it, are NUMBER ONE for Ms. Galvan. She has a Multiple Subject teaching credential and a Supplementary Teaching credential in Mathematics. Ms. Galvan LOVES MATH! After grade school at St. Raphael School, she went to Bishop Diego High School and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She began her college schooling at Westmont (on a volleyball scholarship), then went to SBCC to play basketball and volleyball, as well as finish her undergraduate studies. She also went to Beauty College and has her Cosmetology degree! Ms. Galvan worked in Salons and went back to night school to finish her B.A. and receive her teaching credential at the same time. Ms. Galvan graduated from Long Beach State and has been teaching ever since. Ms. Galvan's interests are her children, her husband, extended family, volleyballm and she is a fanatic about anything SNOOPY and the PEANUTS GANG!
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Mrs. Cindy Rodriguez
Ms. Autumn Christman
Ms. Camille Macarrio
Ms. Dahlia Santamaria
Ms. Klarissa Newumann
Mr. Daniel Niel
Physical Education Teacher