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Connelly's Teachers


Dr. Cathy Rauterkus

"Connelly is a place where young girls have a safe haven to form into articulate, bright, caring and intellectual young women.  I love being a part of that process for the next generation of girls." 

  • Connelly Alumna '95
  • MA American History - Villanova University
  • PhD American History - UC Riverside   
  • Published book: Go Get Mother's Picket Sign, University Press: 2009
  • Published articles in Northwest Quarterly
  • 11 years teaching experience


Mr. Mike Ambrose

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

  • BA Mathematics & Physics - Whittier College
  • MA Mathematics - Cal State Fullerton
  • Certified Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) support provider
  • Science Coordinator and Engineering Instructor - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth at UC Santa Cruz for six summers
  • 15 years teaching experience


Mrs. Pam Toomey

"The Connelly community is unique in its spirit, in its love, and in its service to students.  Where can a teacher teach that each student is looked at as an individual?  Where, if a student is in need, does every teacher come to their aid and rallies for them and becomes their advocate?  Where can you teach that every aspect of a student is taken into account and each area is important?"

  • Connelly Alumna '72
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Arts - UCI
  • Exhibited in Laguna Festival of Arts
  • Attended School of the Art Institute, Chicago 2010
  • Attended National Gallery of Art Institute, Washington DC 2008 & 2009
  • 10 years teaching at Connelly

Mr. Matt Marshall

"There are three reasons I enjoy teaching at Connelly: First, I am supported and encouraged by the administration to develop new lessons that challenge my students in new and different ways. Second, I enjoy the community of educators that are my colleagues. They are gifted and passionate about their disciplines. And lastly and most importantly, I enjoy teaching at Connelly because the students are strong, unique, and compassionate."

  • BA Anthropology & African Studies - St. Lawrence University
  • Peace Corps Mali -2001-2003
  • Global Solidarity Schools Initiative - CRS Led Delegation to Malawi, 2011
  • 7 years teaching experience  

"Even though the journey can be challenging, the rewards, to me, are priceless. I have gained knowledge, self-discovery, incredible friends, love, and countless memories."
Katherine, Class of 2011

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