Faculty & Staff

Katie Dempsey

Katie Dempsey
Current Position: Principal
Years of Teaching: 13
Grades Taught: 5th – 8th
Originally From: Lakewood, WA

Hello. My name is Katie Dempsey. I received my teaching degree from St. Martin’s University and my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Seattle University. I love the opportunity that administration provides because it gives me the chance to not only interact with students of all grades, but also to work with an incredibly dedicated group of teachers to support the growth of our amazing school. My favorite thing about Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy is the commitment that we have to educating all students/families who seek a quality, innovative Catholic education.

 

Nina Tatum

Nina Tatum
Current Position: ​ Office Manager
Originally From: Tacoma

My name is Nina Tatum. I am very happy to be joining the staff here at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I have three of my five kids attending the school. Holy Rosary has been our home for the last eight years. Outside of work I enjoy shopping, reading books, adventuring with my family and friends, and watching the latest movies and TV shows. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year filled with new learning experiences.

 

Kelly Robertson

Kelly Robertson
Current Position: Bookkeeper
Originally From: Forestville, MD

My name is Kelly Robertson. This is my seventh year working at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy as the Bookkeeper. I originally grew up on the east coast in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. My job entails keeping the school finances on budget, working with families on their tuition accounts, and keeping the accounting books for the school.

 

Sarah McKinney

Sarah McKinney
Current Position: Development Director
Originally From: Graham, WA

My name is Sarah McKinney and this will be my sixth year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I am responsible for the major development and fundraising for the school. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Western Washington University. I have been a part of the school community for the last nine years as I have two daughters that attend Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I really enjoy interacting with our school families and students. I look forward to a successful fundraising year ahead.

 

Patricia Montes

Patricia Montes
Current Position: Pre-K 4 Teacher
Years of Teaching: 4
Originally From: Mexico City

Hola, My Name is Patricia Montes. I was born in Mexico City, I’m married with four children, and I recently got my certificate in Early Child Education. I had the privilege of joining Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy as a Teacher’s Aid in PreK4A. This will be my fourth year working with preschool aged children, and I’m excited to be in the full Spanish immersion program. I look forward to see the children learn new things in a safe and positive growing environment. I have discovered that I have a passion for teaching but above all learning from the purest mind of a child. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

 

Nilsa Santiago

Nilsa Santiago
Current Position: Pre-K 4 Teacher’s Aid
Originally From: Puerto Rico

Hi, my name is Nilsa Enid Santiago Santos. I am originally from Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico. I studied Business Administration and Medical Billing at the University of Puerto Rico. After our island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, we decided to send our daughter to continue her university studies here in Washington. We did not want to be separated from family so we decided to move here as well. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity here at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy.

 

Raquel C. Lambrecht

Raquel C. Lambrecht
Current Position: Kindergarten-A Teacher
Years of Teaching: 10+
Grades Taught: PreK, 1st through 4th, and adults
Originally From: Aguascalientes, Mexico

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Certificate: Basic Tools for English Teaching for Elementary Schools from the Education Institute of Aguascalientes, Mex., CDA (Children Development Associate Degree) from Green River Community College and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bates College. This is my third year teaching Kindergarten students at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love teaching here because it is a Catholic School and I love children.

 

Cristina Rojas

Cristina Rojas
Current Position: 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher’s Aide/Extended Care
Originally From: Puerto Rico

Hello! My name is Cristina Rojas. I’ve been married for 15 years and have two wonderful daughters. All my life I have lived on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, but In the summer of 2012, we moved to San Francisco California and lived there for five years. There, I had the opportunity to work as a teacher’s aide in transitional Kindergarten. Two years ago, we moved to Washington and have been residing in Puyallup since then. I studied Social Sciences with a concentration in Social Work at the Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico. I have always been passionate about working with families, the community, and especially with children. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to be part of the Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy staff and I have great expectations for this new school year.

 

Juliet Quintero

Juliet Quintero
Current Position: ​ 1st – 2nd Grade English
Years of Teaching: 7
Originally From: Bogota, Columbia

Hi, my name is Juliet Quintero. I have a World Languages Teaching Bachelor’s degree from University Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. I’ve worked as a teacher for six years, and I’ve taught Preschool and Pre-K. This is my third year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy and I am very excited to get to know your children and families. I love being a teacher and I look forward to helping every child’s learning development.

 

Ivan Achata

Ivan Achata
Current Position: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Spanish Teacher
Years of Teaching: 14
Originally From: Lima, Peru
Grades Taught: Kindergarten – College/University (Spanish and Math)

My name is Ivan Achata. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Ricardo Palma, Perú. I have more than 12 years of experience teaching children and adults in both Perú and the United States. I am so excited to be part of the Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy community for a fifth year and look forward to helping prepare the students to be future leaders. I enjoy helping children in their personality development and to see them grow into good people.

 

Gabriel Farias

Gabriel Farias
Current Position: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th English & Religion Teacher
Years of Teaching: 5
Grades Taught: PreK through 12th grade
Originally From: Tacoma, WA

My name is Gabriel Farias. This is my sixth year at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love the students at Holy Rosary and the community that has been created. My mission is to build tomorrow’s leaders in middle school and give students ownership and pride in their school. I completed my Master’s in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and I am very excited about the things we are going to do this year!

 

Miriam Duran

Miriam Duran
Current Position: Extended Care
Originally From: Guadalajara, Mexico

Hi, my name is Miriam Duran. I am currently continuing my education at Tacoma Community College. This will be my second year doing extended care with Mr. Ramirez. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy.

 

Lizbeth Duran

Lizbeth Duran
Current Position: Kitchen Director/Electives Teacher
Originally From: Guadalajara, Mexico

My name is Lizbeth Duran. This is my seventh year cooking for the children at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I love to be in the kitchen cooking nutritious meals for all the students. Working at the school has been a great experience for me. It is a pleasure to meet and spend time with all the volunteers that assist in the kitchen.

 

Erika Garibay

Erika Garibay
Current Position: Kitchen Aide
Originally From: Culiacan, Mexico

My name is Erika Garibay. This is my fifth year assisting in the kitchen for Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I enjoy working in the kitchen alongside Lizbeth to cook nutritious meals for the students. I am the parent of three students from second to sixth grade.

 

Lucia Flores

Lucia Flores
Current Position: Janitor
Originally From: Putla Oaxaca

My name is Lucia Flores. This is my first year working at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. I am the parent of one child that attends the school. I am responsible for keeping the school organized and cleaned.

 

Doris T. Silva
1952 – 2018

Doris T. Silva
Mrs. Doris Terlaje Silva was originally from Guam and was forever an “Islander”. She left Guam in 2002 after working for both the government and as a Catholic School teacher and moved to California, continuing her work teaching in a Catholic School. She moved to Washington State in 2008, when she began her career at Holy Rosary.

Mrs. Silva is known for her outward, exuberant faith and love of Jesus. She was very involved in church activities and led the children’s choir for school masses. She also taught CCD (religious education), directed Christmas plays, and was the Liturgical Coordinator at HR.

She also loved to sing and to dance and shared her gifts and talents willingly. Almost any day you walked down the hall at Holy Rosary, you could hear Mrs. Silva singing away. Another passion for her was reading. She LOVED to read books to and with the children. I can recall vividly walking into her room while she was acting out The Trumpet of the Swan for the kids….including the trumpet sound. One of the last times I visited her, she asked me to make sure Mr. Kelah was reading with the kids and making sure they had access to real books! This was told to me from her bedside! Beyond singing, dancing, and reading, she loved to cook and bake. At least 2 – 3 times per week, she would bring in breakfast casseroles, deviled eggs, or an assortment of baked goods. Did I mention the time I walked in to catch her making fresh lumpia in her classroom (for a potluck)? Sometimes, if she had nothing else, she would just hand you a piece of fruit. She loved to feed people… both physically and spiritually.

I can say without a doubt that I have never met a stronger spirit or a more faithful servant than Mrs. Silva. We are so grateful for the many gifts and talents she shared with us during her ten years at Holy Rosary. She was a strong-willed and beautiful soul and she will be missed by all of us.