Meet the Faculty and Staff of All Saints Catholic School
Jennifer Diaz, Principal:I grew up in the East Bay and received my BA and Teaching Credential from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. At Saint Mary’s, I majored in Liberal Arts and minored in Government and Theater Arts. I have been in education for 30 years, nine in the Diocese of Oakland and 21 at a private school in Oakland, which I started with three other teachers. I have been the principal at All Saints for 6 years. I served on the school board of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School for 5 years and have been a member of two WCEA/WASC accreditation teams for schools in the Diocese of Oakland. I have been married for 24 years and have three grown children. Emma Russell, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher:I was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I did most of my school years in Mexico where I received a Bachelor’s degree in administration from El Colegio de Bachillerato. I moved to the USA soon after. I started my teaching career in 2001 as a Spanish teacher K-8. Working with the littlest children was when I decided to get my Montessori Early Childhood Development Credential. I taught preschool and kindergarten before I joined the All Saints family in 2013 as the Transitional Kindergarten teacher and I have loved every moment of it.
Lucille Rivera, Kindergarten Teacher: I was born and raised in Hawaii where I graduated from St. Francis High School. Following graduation, I began my studies in secondary education at Chaminade University in Hawaii and continued on to the University of Portland where I received my B.A. in Elementary Education. I completed graduate work in Education and Social Science and received my Elementary Teaching Credential at California State University, East Bay. My teaching career spans 36 years, 34 of which have been in Catholic Schools. I feel blessed to have been a part of the All Saints community for 32 years as a kindergarten teacher and vice principal for several years. I was a member of a WCEA/WASC accreditation team at St. Bede Catholic School and the Diocesan Superintendent Curriculum Advisory Committee for two years. Every year I complete 70-100 hours of professional development to keep my teaching skills current.
Maricel Cruz, First Grade Teacher:I am a Bay Area native and I have lived in Union City, CA all my life. I received my bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 2010 where I majored in Child and Adolescent Development. Since then, I have worked as an afterschool director, behavioral therapist, Confirmation teacher and head preschool teacher.Teaching has always been my passion because I enjoy working one on one with students, directly affecting their lives, and celebrating their growth!
Larry Atencia, Second Grade Teacher:I am a Colombian immigrant raised in Queens, NY. I received my BA from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in History and Philosophy. After my graduation in 2008, I moved to the Bay Area to teach as a member of Teach For America, and ever since I’ve remained committed to education and helping children to excel academically.
Marianne Landis, Third Grade Teacher: I am a product of 12 years of education within the Diocese of Oakland beginning with my formative years at St. Jarlath Elementary School and culminating at Holy Names High School. I attended Holy Names University (formerly known as Holy Names College) where I received a BA degree in History and a minor in English and a Standard Elementary Teaching Credential. In addition to teaching at All Saints, my career within the Diocese includes St. Anthony and St. Lawrence O'Toole Schools in Oakland. I’ve also been a member of a WCEA/WASC Accreditation Team. Prior to teaching at St. Lawrence and All Saints Schools, I took a hiatus from teaching to experience the business world. During that time, I worked at KBCW (formerly KBHK-TV44) and KPIX-TV as Credit/Collection Coordinator and Human Resources Benefits Coordinator. Throughout my career, I have been involved in extracurricular activities that have included time served as President of the Holy Names University Alumni Association, President of the Alameda Family Services League, and Chair of the AFS League’s Alameda Holiday Home Tour. I am currently on the Holy Names High School Alumnae Board.
Roberta Zahuta, Fourth Grade Teacher: I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, where I attended Catholic grammar school and public high school. I received my BA at Madison College (now James Madison University) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a major in Spanish and a minor in Russian. After getting married, my husband and I moved from New Jersey, to North Carolina and eventually to Southern California, following his work. During this time, I was an at-home mom. When my children were in grammar school, I began to work as a bilingual aide for grades 3/4/5 in our local public school system. It was then that I decided to get my California teaching credential because I thoroughly enjoyed working with children in an educational setting. I taught 4th grade in our parish school until we moved to the Bay Area, again with my husband’s job. I worked as a substitute teacher, and as a tutor for Sylvan, Pleasanton, until I was offered a job at All Saints teaching 3rd grade. After a few years, I decided to return to supplemental education, this time as a full time Director of Education at Sylvan, Pleasanton, which I did for 4½ years before returning to All Saints in January of 2005, as the 4th grade teacher. I thoroughly enjoy the energy and sense of humor of 4th graders, and the 4th grade curriculum.
Ryan Lonsdale, Fifth Grade Teacher/Sixth Grade ELA Teacher: I am a Bay Area native and an All Saints alumnus. I received my BA in English from UC Berkeley and went on to attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz, earning both my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters in Education. I am passionate about literature and am eager to share this passion with all of my students. I believe all students are more than capable of succeeding if they dedicate themselves, are highly motivated, and given the proper support. The nine years I attended All Saints had an enormous influence on me and giving back to the school that played such an important part in my life is an opportunity I am truly grateful to have.
Cara Schott, Sixth Grade Teacher/Upper School Social Studies Teacher:I was born and raised in Camarillo, California. I moved to Bakersfield to complete my BA in Liberal Studies and Credential at Cal State Bakersfield. My credential is a K-12 Multiple Subject. I started my career in 1995 teaching 4th grade in Bakersfield’s public schools. In 2003 I got married at All Saints and relocated to the Bay Area. Prior to teaching full time, I accepted long term sub assignments at All Saints and Hayward Unified. I joined the All Saints family full time in 2008.
Erin Maravilla, Eighth Grade Teacher/Upper School ELA Teacher: I am an All Saints alumni, having graduated here in 2003. It was here that I figured out that I wanted to be a teacher! I then went on to Moreau Catholic. I received my BA in Anthropology while minoring in Education at UC Santa Cruz. I continued my graduate studies there, receiving both my Multiple Subject Credential and my Masters in Education. A few months after finishing there, I came to work at All Saints as the 5th grade teacher. After three years in 5th grade, I moved up to 7th grade and have loved every minute of it! Dave Firestein, Upper School Math Teacher and Math Coordinator, Grades 6-8:I’m a native of South Jersey, but I went to school at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. At Brandeis, I earned my teaching credential and a BA with a double major in English and American Literature and Philosophy and a minor in Secondary Education. I taught a year of high school English before moving to California and discovering my true passion, teaching middle school science and math. I’ve been a teacher for over a decade and I have also worked with Project Zero, an educational think tank run out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a summer program for gifted kids.
Rebecca Payne, 7th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Upper School Science Teacher Grades 5-8: I grew up in northern New York State, and came to California as a teenager. I studied oboe performance for two years, then graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Biological Sciences. In London, Ontario, Canada I then got an MS in Microbiology and Immunology. In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, fermenting foods, playing music, knitting, gardening, and a variety of other handicrafts. After nine years of part-time community college teaching, I am excited to become a part of the All Saints family, and am looking forward to teaching all sorts of weird, wild and wonderful science.
Julie Skinner, PE Teacher: Growing up in San Mateo, I can see my hometown from All Saints! I attendedSacramento State University and graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies. In 2012, I received my Multiple Subject credential from the CSU Monterey Bay program and added a Physical Education credential in 2015. I am also a certified kid’s yoga instructor. My commitment is to teaching students life skills and what it means to live a healthy, happy life.
Steve Meyer, Music Teacher:A resident of Hayward, I attended St. Joachim School and Moreau Catholic High School. I went on to study at USF where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and CSU, Hayward, also Magna Cum Laude. I received my teaching credential in 1982 from CSU, Hayward. I am certified from St. John’s University in Boy Choir Managing and Choir and Non-Profit Administration. Additional certifications include Beginning Gregorian Chant from the Abbey of St. Peter in France, the Beginning Orff Schulwerke from the Northern California Orff Association and the Choral Music of George F. Handel from Loma Linda University. I also attended the Royal School of Church Music and the Westminster Choir College where I studied Handbells and Children’s Choir. I have received recognition with the Bay Area Gospel Music Award and the Outstanding Catholic Diocesan Teacher Mother Seton Award. In addition to teaching choral music here at All Saints, I am the music teacher at Saint Vincent de Paul School in San Francisco. I also serve as the organist and choirmaster at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish.
Stephen Kuehn, MUSE Band Teacher:I am a German-born trumpeter and composer. I have a Bachelor's Degree of Music from the University of North Texas in Jazz Studies and Performance. I have been teaching Trumpet privately for 20 years and have been working as a Band Instructor since 1998. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for High Brass at Moreau Catholic High School. I have also worked as a clinician at high schools throughout the area and internationally in Europe. My Latin Salsa Big Band, “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” is the 2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Tropical Latin Album.
Ted Seitz, Strings Conductor:I was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1947. I first wanted to play the trumpet, because I could play Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on a toy trumped I had. My grandmother, a music teacher, advised my parents that a real gentleman didn’t play the trumpet so, I learned piano starting at age 8. I began playing string instruments when I was 12. I was inspired to play string instruments when I heard someone from the New York Philharmonic Symphony play in a school assembly. The sound was so beautiful! I was educated at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I’ve worked at other things before I became a musician. I was a busboy in a restaurant while I was taking lessons, I drove a cab, and I worked on the Children’s Ward of the Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. I am a member of the Opera San Jose Orchestra, and the Symphony Silicon Valley. I play in both because they perform in the same place in San Jose. I also play for weddings, rock 'n roll shows, and of course, I teach. I have private students and classes at All Saints. I teach the Viola Section for the Mt Eden High School Orchestra. I also run a youth chamber music course every August, which is free to all participants. I’ve been married to Ann Seitz for 39 years, and I have two grown sons, Paige and Alex.
Antoine Olivier, Instructor of Theatre Arts and Drama Artistic Director:As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I completed my undergraduate work with a BFA at the University of California at Berkeley, and my postgraduate work at California State University East Bay. At Berkeley, I majored in Fine Arts with an emphasis in the visual art of painting, but focused my postgraduate studies on Theatre and Music performance. I have centered my 39 year teaching career primarily at Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, (teaching Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Choral Music, and English Composition); however, I have directed theatrical productions for adults, teens and children for the City of Oakland’s Drama Program, as well as many other schools and organizations throughout the East Bay for decades. As a performer, I am the recipient of a Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Award for acting, and while at Cal State East Bay, I was a winner of a National College Theatre Award as Musical Director & Composer of an original score for a production of “OEDIPUS REX” performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Margarita Gutierrez, Kindergarten Assistant: I was born and raised in Hayward. I attended James Logan High School in Union City. During my senior year I attended Fremont Beauty School through the ROP program. I was able to complete the program in November 2007 and I received my Cosmetology licence in December 2007. After completing that, I attended Ohlone College. I began working at All Saints in 2008, as Kids Klub Assistant. In 2011, I began working as the Kindergarten Aide.
Kris Leli, First Grade Assistant:I was born and raised in Colorado where I received my BA in television and radio from Colorado State University. After 7 years in television as a technical Director/Director for news, I spent 4 years as a sales account executive. I joined All Saints in 2002 working in special needs and then as a second and first grade assistant.
Louise Dorlaque, Second Grade Assistant: I have a B.A. degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. I am credentialed in Education. I have taught for decades in Missouri and Guam. I came to All Saints in 2005.
Marie Bowen, Third Grade Assistant:I am from N.J. and I moved to Maine, Florida, Texas, Alaska, twice to So. Cal, and finally ended up in the bay area due to my husband’s Coast Guard career. I have been a parishioner of All Saints for 39 years and I taught CCD when I first arrived in our parish. I am a retired R.N.from Eden Sutter Hospital. 16 years ago I started as an aide here and I truly enjoy working with the children.
Shaynee Muldoon, Resource Teacher: I am a San Francisco native raised mostly in San Mateo. I received my B.A. degree in Liberal Studies and Special Education Teaching Credential (K- 12 and adults through age 22) from San Francisco State University. I have volunteered with Special Needs students in under-performing schools in Oakland and I was part of a team of researchers from a university study focused on identifying English Language Learners with learning differences. Additionally, I was a teacher trainer throughout various schools in the Bay Area training elementary teachers in a specific reading intervention program. I began at All Saints in 2012 after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. My son attended St. Theresa and St. Mary’s College High School. Currently I am working towards my masters degree in Special Education at SFSU. I love helping my students reach their full potential and working together with our teachers and families to achieve that goal.
Virginia Cochran, Resource Assistant: I have an AA degree in medical assisting and a license as an L.V.N. I worked for two doctors for eleven years. One doctor was an EENT and the other was OBGYN. Then, I spent three years at a convalescent hospital. During my nursing career, I took courses in Child Psychology and Child Development. I changed careers when I was asked to be the Kindergarten Assistant here at All Saints. I was the assistant in kindergarten for 23 years. From there, I moved to the Special Needs/Resource position. I have been the assistant in the resource room for the past seven years. I love volunteering because I want to see every child have a chance to succeed. I only hope I have made a difference.
Marylu Garcia, Extended Care Director: I was born in Portugal, came here when I was two, I moved to San Leandro and then to San Ramon.I graduated from California High School. After high school, I went into the dental field where I worked for a large dental practice in Hayward and Tracy from 1977 to 1997. I also ran my father’s painting business. My husband and I then opened up our own painting business that I managed for the past 20 years. In 2000, I also worked for a property management company, which I left in 2003 to join the All Saints family.
Charlotte Joseph, Extended Care Assistant:My parents are from the Fiji Islands. I grew up in the Bay Area and I have lived here all my life. I graduated from Capuchino High school and I then moved to the East Bay Area where I attended Chabot College for Early Childhood Development. I am still in the process of completing my degree. I love working with kids and enjoy creating arts and crafts projects. I have been working at All Saints for 3 years and I love it here.
Samantha Porter, Yard Duty/Extended Care Assistant:I was born and raised in the East Bay. Currently, I graduated in June from California State University East Bay with a Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology degree. After completing a few more courses this year, I plan on pursuing my masters degree in either Criminal Justice, Social Work or Sociology. In the future, I hope to work in probation focusing on Juveniles. I belong to a National Organization called Sigma Sigma Sigma, and we host events on campus to help ill children. Each year we have received grants to give to the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro to help fund their play therapy program.
Charise Sisney ( Miss Cece ), Extended Care Assistant: I was born and raised here in Hayward and graduated from Mt. Eden High School. Later I attended Chabot College, where I currently have 20 credits in Early Childhood Development and only have a few semesters left before receiving my basic teaching certificate. I have a pretty big immediate family with a lot of nieces and nephews all between the ages of 2-15. I interned at Southgate Elementary School in a kindergarten classroom for 2 years and just loved it. My experience there has given me the motivation to further in my education with the goal of becoming a preschool teacher.
Marlon Martinez, Yard Supervisor: I was born and raised in the Philippines and I finished my Vocational Electrician Course in the Philippines. Before I became disabled, I worked in at a construction business in Guam. I relocated to the mainland, US, in 1997 and I started working as the Yard duty supervisor here at All Saints School in 2005. My daughter is an alumni of All Saints.
Sue Porter, Special Projects Coordinator: I was born and raised in New Jersey where I attended Catholic elementary school. My family relocated to Vermont where I completed my education in public high school and studied Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. After living a short while in Boston, I moved back to my home state of New Jersey and I began working for BMW of North America as a Telecom/Network Specialist. In 1990, I moved to California after business trips for BMW brought me here several times. I fell in love with it. From 1990 – 1997 I worked for Charles Schwab and then Cisco Systems as a Network Specialist and Project Manager/Network Specialist supporting and installing networks and phone systems around the world. I have been a parishioner of All Saints for 26 years and both of my children were baptized here. In 2003, after taking some time off to be with my two children, I joined the All Saints Catholic School family as a Projects Administrator in the office and I have loved every moment since. Both of my children are All Saints alum and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School alum. My oldest, Samantha, graduated from Cal State East Bay, and my son, Matthew, currently attends Cal State East Bay. Many folks recognize Matthew, who in addition to altar serving at All Saints from grade 4 to 8, has been a musician at Sunday masses since the 5th grade. I love dogs and have a crazy Lab named Buddy at home. Many have heard of the Adventures of Buddy and how he has rivaled “Marley” . One of the many things I love about my job is the pure joy and innocence that children bring to everything they encounter. They teach us a lot about how to keep things in perspective. Seeing them grow through the years is amazing to me and keeps me feeling very young at heart.
Rosanne Esplanada, Office Manager:I was born and raised in the East Bay and I recently relocated from Hercules to Castro Valley. I am a wife and mother of three amazing children, an awesome dog and an adorable bunny. My two daughters attend All Saints Catholic School and my son manages a sneaker boutique in SF, while attending Diablo Valley College. I received my education at California State University, Hayward. My management experience started in Workers Comp Insurance, investigating insurance claims. For me the Workers Comp industry was not nurturing or fulfilling, but I wanted to continue to help people so I transitioned to administration in education. I spent 5 years at Argosy University as the Office Manager before discovering that working with the youth and their families is where my heart belongs. I truly enjoy working with the families and I am committed to ensure they have a positive academic experience. Before joining the All Saints community, I worked as the Office Manager at a private independent elementary school in Oakland. I've been at All Saints Catholic School since 2013 and I love it. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to work in such a faith filled, fun and caring environment. God willing, I will remain at All Saints until I follow my heart once again to Kapolei on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawai'i where I will retire.
Lucy Lopez, Development Director:I've been an All Saints parishioner for 16 years, married an amazing man here at All Saints and I am a proud parent of a 7th grader and 4th grader. Prior to joining the team here at All Saints Catholic School, I spent 15 years in high tech where I was responsible for increasing the bottom line and cultivating partnerships through sales and business development. I am a graduate from California State University Chico where I received my BS degree in Business Administration. I am a helper by nature, love children, sports, and I especially enjoy developing relationships. I am proud to be a part of this special place and work alongside others who are dedicated to nurturing the development of our children, academically and spiritually. Supporting the growth of our special school and community is what I'm most passionate about. I believe amazing things can be accomplished when we support each other and lead by example. When I'm not in the office or on the phone, you can find me with my family, at a baseball game, at the beach or at a Tim McGraw concert screaming like a teenager!