Dear OLA School Community,

I hope that you are enjoying a fun and relaxing summer. Since school adjourned in early June, we have been busy with the interview and selection process for the following teaching positions: 7th Grade homeroom, 5th through 8th grade advance math, librarian, and physical education/athletic director. We were fortunate that a solid pool of qualified candidates applied for the positions. The jobs were posted on the diocesan job site and on, the site that educators across the nation go on when searching for employment in education.

Through this process we followed a hiring protocol that would ensure our best chances of finding the most qualified candidates. The interview process included 14 questions that were asked of each candidate. At the end of the interviews, our panels, which consisted of teachers , parish staff, CSAC members, and myself, deliberated thoughtfully about the candidates whom we interviewed, and there was a consensus that the teachers who were chosen would be a great fit for our program. The process is completed, and I am happy to share with you the four new teachers that we have hired.

Mr. Jeremy Roderick will be OLA's 7th grade homeroom teacher. He will teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade social studies, 7th grade literature and writing (Mrs. Smith will teach 7th grade grammar), and 7th grade religion. Mr. Roderick is a credentialed teacher who comes to us from Holy Trinity in El Dorado Hills where he was a 5th grade teacher since 2009. He has moved to this area and is excited to have a job close to home and in a Catholic school. He has a calling for teaching social studies and the Catholic faith, and he feels that OLA is the place he is called to be.

Ms. Taryn Wright will be our 4th grade teachers. Ms. Wright has been our physical education teacher and athletic director for the past year-and-a-half. Before that she served as Director of Volleyball Operations for the University of Nevada, Reno Volleyball team. She received her teaching credential in the winter of 2010, and her life ambition has been to be a classroom teacher. As our physical education teacher, Ms. Wright demonstrated excellent teaching skills, and she has shown a commitment to ongoing professional development. She is a team player who is well liked and respected by her students and her colleagues, and she is willing to make the extra effort in order to ensure excellence in her classroom and at the school. Ms. Wright loves OLA, she is very excited to take on the role of fourth grade teacher, and she is committed to serving our school and parish community.

Ms. Casey McCormic will be our advanced math teacher in grades 5-8. She also is coming from Holy Trinity School in El Dorado Hills, where she successfully taught advanced math to students in grades 5-8. Ms. McCormic is a credentialed teacher who has a passion for teaching math, and it is her mission to engage her students, make them love math, and meet their highest potential. She comes to us with fourteen years of teaching experience, and she is a life-long learner who constantly seeks new ways to master her craft. She is a product of Catholic education, and she is very excited to join our faculty.

Mrs. Alison Koerwitz will be our new librarian. Mrs. Koerwitz is an OLA parent, an educator, and an attorney. She is a credentialed teacher who has taught social studies at St. Francis High School and in the Elk Grove Unified School District. She is excited to make the library a place where students can find the resources they need to conduct research and access literature. She also looks forward to developing in our students a love for literature and evolving the library into a media center for extended research.

Ms. Katie Hill will be our new PE teacher and athletic director. Ms. Hill is a credentialed physical education teacher, and she has been teaching PE for the past two years. She is returning to Sacramento and is very excited to be a teacher at OLA. She attended OLA as a student, and she feels a special connection to our school and parish community. She has coached volleyball and has coordinated the volley ball program at Del Campo High school.

Finally, you may have noticed that this message comes to you from SchoolSpeak. I’m pleased to share that we will be returning to SchoolSpeak for the 2015-2016 school year.

Best wishes to all of our families for a fun rest of the summer. We look forward to seeing your children again on August 19.

God bless,

Robert Love

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