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Administration

Sr. Francine Gunther, SHCJ, Head of School 
[email protected]
Ext. 218
B.A., Rosemont College
M.A., George Washington University

Martha Izábal Serrano, Assistant Head of School

[email protected]
Ext. 217
B.A., Siena Heights College, MI.
M.T.H., Aquinas Institute of Theology
M.A., Loyola Marymount University

Shanti Ernest, Dean of Students, Math
[email protected]
Ext. 214
B.S., Bangalore University, India
M.A.E., Curriculum and Foundations, Chapman University

Admissions/Tuition Assistance

Margaret Meland, Director of Advancement/Admissions
[email protected]
Ext. 234
B.A., Occidental College
M.M., University of Southern California
M.A. Loyola Marymount College

Business Office

Cathy Acosta, Director of Finance
[email protected]

Ext. 226
B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Sheryl Kerwitz, Assistant Director of Finance
[email protected]
Ext. 225 

Advancement

Margaret Meland, Director of Advancement/Admissions
[email protected]

Ext. 234
B.A., Occidental College
M.M., University of Southern California
M.A. Loyola Marymount College

Aykesha Walker, Development Associate
[email protected]
Ext. 248
B.A., California State University, Northridge

Cynthia Werelius, Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
Ext. 230 
B.A., California State University, Fullerton

Sr. Elizabeth Muir, SHCJ, Alumnae Coordinator
[email protected]
Ext. 240 
B.A., Villanova University
Masters in Philosophy of Education, Newton College of the Sacred Heart

Building and Grounds


Francisco Giles, Facilities
Ext. 212

Jose Guzman, Facilities Associate
Ext. 212

Administrative Assistants

Maria Teresa Avila, Executive Assistant to Head of School
[email protected]
Ext. 216

Lori Meyer, Registrar
[email protected]
Ext. 228
A.A., Santa Ana College

Technology

Larry Seely, Director of Technology

[email protected]
Ext. 211
B.S., Whittier College

Student Services

Heather Daugherty, Director of Library Services
[email protected]
Ext. 213
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Credential, California State University, Long Beach

Timmerie Henry, Director of Athletics
[email protected]
Ext. 220
B.S., California State University, Fullerton
Teaching credential


Cathy Townsend, Director of Campus Ministry & Service Programs
[email protected]
Ext. 227
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.A., Loyola University, New Orleans

Teresa Fitzsimmons, Interim College Counselor, 11th- & 12th-grade Academic Counselor
[email protected]
Ext. 222
B.A. Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart
Ed.M. Boston University
M.A. Salve Regina University
 

Kamee Openshaw, Personal Guidance Counselor
[email protected]
Ext. 231
B.A., Dominican University
M.A., MFT, Alliant University

Faculty

Michael Ambrose, Math Department Chair
[email protected]
Ext. 258
B.A., Whittier College
M.A. California State University, Fullerton

Jonathan Arnold, Fine Arts, Music Director
[email protected]
Ext. 246
B.M., California State University, Fullerton
Teaching Credential

Sharon Chu, World Language, Mandarin Chinese
[email protected]
Ext. 274
B.S. equivalent, Taipei Institute of Technology
Ph.D, Central University of Taiwan


Shanti Ernest, Dean of Students, Math
[email protected]
Ext. 214
B.S., Bangalore University, India
M.A.E., Curriculum and Foundations, Chapman University

Shaina Eser, World Language, Latin; Yearbook Moderator; Student Council Moderator
[email protected] 
Ext. 273
B.A., University of California, Irvine
M.A., University of California, Irvine

Wendy Gonaver, English
[email protected] 
Ext. 268
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.A., College of William and Mary
Ph.D., College of William and Mary

Timmerie Henry, Health/Physical Education
[email protected]
Ext. 220
B.S., California State University, Fullerton
Teaching credential

David Jueneman, Math
[email protected]
Ext. 278
B.A. Western Governors University
B.S. Rochville University/University of Phoenix

Gloria Kam, World Language, Spanish 
[email protected]
Ext. 282
B.A., Loyola Marymount University

Judith Leslee, Religious Studies
[email protected]
Ext. 283
B.A., Loyola Marymount University
M.A., Santa Clara University
Certificate, Los Angeles Archdiocese


Gustavo Madrigal, Fine Arts
[email protected]

B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.E., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Matthew Marshall, Social Science
mmars[email protected]
Ext. 249
B.A., St. Lawrence University

Dorothy E.V. Morris, English
[email protected]
Ext. 253
B.A. Loyola University New Orleans

Nicholas Olszyk, Religious Studies Chair
[email protected]
Ext. 235
B.F.A., Chapman University
M.A., Loyola Marymount University 

Franklin Parmar, Science & Math
[email protected]
Ext. 252
B.S., Chapman University
Credential, Loyola Marymount University
M.S., Loyola Marymount University 

Cathleen Rauterkus '95, Social Science Department Chair
[email protected]
B.A., Chapman University
M.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside

Diane Seely, World Language Department Chair
[email protected]
Ext. 272
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
Credential, foreign language (German); California State University, Fullerton 

Pamela Toomey '72, Fine Arts Department Chair
[email protected]
Ext. 267
B.F.A., University of California, Irvine
B.S., University of California, Irvine


Cathy Townsend, Director of Campus Ministry & Service Programs
[email protected]
Ext. 227
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.A., Loyola University, New Orleans

Helen Wagner, Science Department Chair, Math

[email protected]
Ext. 271
B.S., Rutgers University
Credential, California State University, Fullerton

 

Cornelia Connelly School's faculty members receive numerous awards, lead academic and counseling programs and often are featured in newspaper and magazine articles as inspiring and innovative teachers. Their professional development activities include studying abroad, serving as AP Exam readers, attending conferences, and leading by example through community service.

Several faculty members participated in recent noteworthy endeavors.

Shanti Ernest served as the Director of Camp Cornelia in the City in New York.  Camp Cornelia in the City brings together high school students from the Holy Child Network of Schools in the United States to form a group of strong student leaders who help prepare The Cornelia Connelly Center's incoming fifth-grade class for school. The high school students plan activities including prayer, academic work, book discussions, art, athletics and group-building exercises. Counselors and chaperones lived in the dorm-like facilities.

Martha Serrano attended a two-day symposium by the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio where author and clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair spoke. The sessions focused girls and well-being and girls and science and technology.

Cornelia Connelly School was selected as one of 10 schools for a Global Solidarity School Pilot Program and sent two representatives to Malawi, Africa in the summer to study and observe the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) outreach and assistance with water, health, food, security and peace-building, before bringing the mission back to Connelly's classrooms and community.

Catholic Relief Services launched the Global Solidarity Schools Initiative in 2010 - a year of development - after years of research and feedback from diocesan staff, principals, presidents, faculty and youth. The program strives to engage the whole school in order to live in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world.

Connelly is one of only three schools in the United States chosen to journey with the Global Solidarity program to Malawi in July 2011. Assistant Head of School, Martha Serrano and Matt Marshall, a social science teacher, traveled with the group of seven educators to eight villages, observing their schools, water systems and living areas. Serrano and Marshall will develop workshops for faculty and staff, classroom activities and advocacy, fundraising and action on the issues they learned about. The goal is reach out, not just the students and the school, but to the community with actions that show solidarity.

The program enhances the school's existing commitment to community service, said Head of School, Sr. Francine Gunther. "Cornelia Connelly School is extremely honored to be chosen for this program. It will give our students and faculty the opportunity to expand our vision, and help to give us an in-depth understanding of our responsibility to our global community."

"I teach at Connelly because this school empowers its students to become strong, confident thinkers in a joyous and happy learning environment. I have a special privilege to see God every day in the faces and actions of my students."
Michael Ambrose,
Math teacher

"I feel privileged to go to a school where I know everyone there cares about me and supports me. Connelly has helped me grow in my faith and build my confidence. I could not have picked a better school for high school."
Raynee, Class of 2013

"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

School office hours are
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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