Ms. Alina Ramirez, Kindergarten
I graduated from California State University Stanislaus in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. During high school I was in an ROP program where I worked in a sixth-grade classroom, I taught dance classes during college and I spent a lot of time helping my mom in her classroom throughout my childhood.
I love the outdoors and spending time with my fiancé and my puppy, Oakley. My favorite candy is Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and my favorite season is Summer!
I am so excited to be a part of the Sacred Heart family. I am looking forward to being here this year — It’s going to be great!
Mrs. Margie Watson, First Grade
I graduated from National University - San Diego with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Literature. I was an escrow officer for 10 years until I had children. I was lucky enough to have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years. As soon as my kids were in school full time, I started to be a substitute teacher and help out with the lunch/yard duty program at Sacred Heart. I also have helped with a few of our fundraisers through out the year, Back to School Bash, Oktoberfest and the Father Connors Memorial Golf Tournament.
I love to spend time with my family, fishing, traveling, going to SF Giants games, 49er games and Warriors games. I am excited about this new year with my first class of first graders. They will hold a special place in my heart! I am happy to have joined the Sacred Heart Family.
Mrs. Veronica Perez, Second Grade
I graduated from Chapman University with a BS in social science. After graduation I became a substitute teacher and was soon offered my first teaching position as a kindergarten teacher at Tom Hawkins Elementary School in Tracy. I have always had a great love for children and enjoy being around them. I knew instantly that I had found my calling.
In 2005 I was fortunate enough to become a stay at home mom and for the next 11 years I was busy raising and running around my 3 children.
When my oldest son started kindergarten at Sacred Heart Catholic School I knew we had found our home. It was then that I went back to my teaching roots and became a substitute teacher at Sacred Heart.
In 2016 2nd grade became available and I knew it was my time to return to the classroom full time. I am blessed beyond measure to spend my days around children. I love watching them learn and grow as individuals and I am honored to have a part in that process.
Mrs. Sharon Raimondo, Third Grade
I am very excited about teaching here at Sacred Heart. I grew up in Gustine and attended OLM through 8th grade. I was fortunate enough to attend school while we had Sr. Mary Katherine as principal. And Sr. Marion Shea was one of my teaching inspirations, along with Miss Bautista. They both took an interest in me and helped me work up to my potential in school. More importantly, they modeled for me what it was to help others, to work with passion, and to follow in Jesus’ steps. That’s where my interest in teaching, and in helping others, began.
I later attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a BS in Combined Sciences. My next step was to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.I wanted to follow Jesus and the best way I knew to do that was to follow the JVC four tenets of simplicity, community, spirituality, and social justice. It was the best decision I ever made. During my time volunteering, I met my husband.
After working for non-profits and having my 3 beautiful children, I completed my teaching credentials (multiple subject and single subject in math) at Stanislaus State. I love math, and I love teaching.
Mr. Kyle Roach, Fourth Grade
Hello! My name is Mr. Roach and I’m very excited and grateful to be a part of the Sacred Heart community. Originally from California, I moved to Tennessee as a child when my father joined the military. Although I always felt that my heart belonged here in California, it was there that I met my wife, had two boys, developed skills as a musician, found my love for teaching, and wholly embraced my Catholic faith to find my purpose in life. Through an extensive list of events that can only be described as divine intervention, I am now able to call California home again, and I couldn’t be happier!
I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I was in high school after performing a drum solo in a talent show. As a result, some of my peers asked me to instruct them in becoming a more adept percussionist. It was through this process that I learned how rewarding teaching can be. I graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in History and Education. After graduating, I taught for two years in the public school system at the high school and middle school levels.
When I am not at school, I spend much of my day reading, whether it is current events or comic books with my boys. I enjoy watching a movie every now and then, even if it takes 2 or 3 sittings, playing Frisbee and sometimes brushing of f the rust behind my drum set. I also spend time with my family whenever I can. God often reminds me how lucky I am to have them!
Ms. Patricia Neky, Fifth Grade
Hi! My name is Patricia Neky. I am the 5th grade teacher at Sacred Heart.
I consider myself a Californian, now that I have spent more than half of my life in this beautiful state, but I am not a native. I come from Pennsylvania where I was born and raised. After college, I taught for a few years in Central Pennsylvania. When I received a job offer to move to California, I jumped at the chance and have never regretted the move.
I spent over twenty years working in the accounting field, with ten of those years at the Modesto Bee. As the newspaper industry began to change due to the rapid advances in communication technology, I looked again to my love of teaching. have been teaching again since 1998. I am thrilled to be back in the classroom and especially, here, at Sacred Heart in Patterson. I feel privileged to share in the Spirit and love of our wonderful Catholic community!
Ms. Stefanie Porter, Sixth Grade
I graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History accompanied
by a minor in Political Science in 2010. I passed my PRAXIS Exams (Principles of Learning and
Teaching, U.S. and World History, and Geography) in 2010, shortly before graduating. After
graduation, I applied and was accepted into the English Masters program at Austin Peay.
My plan while I was in college was always to become a teacher at the middle school level.
However, fate stepped in I was offered a job after graduation at the Woodward Library at Austin
Peay State University. My work in an academic library was a wonderful experience. I loved
working with the students and professors, but I still really wanted to be in a classroom. I consider
the day I saw the ad in the Modesto Bee for a teaching position at Sacred Heart one of the best
days of my life. I truly feel that teaching is a calling from God; and there in front of me, in that
small ad was Him calling.
I grew up in big, loving family in Columbus, Georgia, where I attended St. Anne’s-Pacelli
Catholic School. My years at Pacelli gave me a true appreciation of the value of a faith-based
education. I have lived in Alaska, New York, Tennessee, and I am now happy to call California
my new home. I love it at Sacred Heart and look forward to teaching here for many years to
Mr. Hector Jimenez, Seventh Grade
I am stoked to begin my first year teaching at Sacred Heart! I have 2 years of teaching experience and graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Kinesiology. As a teacher I will do my very best to make sure every student receives a quality education experience and receives all the support they need to be successful!
About Me - I really LOVE sports, staying active, and am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan! I am very competitive and always strive to work hard every day. Traveling is also what I enjoy doing during my free time.
Mrs. Susan Paiva, Eighth Grade
I am a product of Catholic education, having graduated from Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School, and Loretto High School in Sacramento. From there, I went to Sac State (go Hornets) where I majored in French and History, and met my husband-to-be. I got married shortly after graduation, traipsed all over California after my retail-manager husband, and didn’t get my teaching credential until after our daughters were born. My first day at Sacred Heart was my older daughter’s first day of kindergarten in 1998.
I knew I would be a teacher when I was 14 years old. Despite my years in other employment, school has always been my home. Helping children see and understand new things and facilitating their progress is my raison d’etre. To be able to do so in a Catholic school where God is present and where we can talk about him is indeed a gift. Knowing the children for all of their nine years here helps me as their teacher in their last three. Preparing children to succeed in high school is my mission, and I’m very lucky to be able to do so here.
Outside of school, my husband and I enjoy spending time with our far-flung family. When we’re lucky enough to have them all home, we love to cook and eat together. We travel to see them, too; one annual trip is to Nashville, where 4 of our grandchildren live. Many Friday evenings see me headed north on I-5 to Redding, where our other grandson lives. Our furry children have us outside daily — look for us on Sacred Heart’s front grass in the evenings, throwing balls for our border collies. On those rare occasions where my time is all my own, I read. My guilty pleasure is historical fiction.
Mrs. Mary Ramirez, Office Manager
I have been at Sacred Heart Catholic School 21 years. I began as a Resource Teaching Assistant due to my background with Special Education for Santa Clara County of Education. I worked with toddlers to high schoolers. Although I did not become a teacher, I was excited knowing I was still making a difference In each child’s life.
I am originally from Johnston, Rhode Island but have lived in California most of my life. My husband and I decided to move from San Jose to Patterson in 1999. I am married now for 35 years and have two adult children who also attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. My daughter is engaged and getting married in November 2021, My son and daughter in law welcomed their first child in July 2020, my first grandchild! My favorite summer vacation is Maui and have been fortunate enough to go every year with the entire family.
Barbara Longaker, Financial
I was welcomed into the Sacred Heart family by staff and parents in 2014. I enjoy the children. They make me laugh every day.
Our Kindergarten students read by Christmas; that's how seriously we take reading. All classes spend lots of time learning not only to decode the words, but to analyze text to find meaning.
All grades study science, some daily, some on a different schedule, but all grades learn about the wonders of the universe from a scientific standpoint as a complement to our Religious training.
Our teachers have been trained in the Step Up to Writing program, which teaches children to write in an organized, logical and fun way.
Religion is a daily class in all grades, K through 8. Students learn about their faith and about the history of the church and its saints. Special attention is given to the Vincentian saints.
Our students have consistently scored very well on standardized tests. Our teachers use a variety of tried, tested and new methods to make math accessible to all.
Whether it's communities around us, or the mysteries of the Ancient world, all classes learn about history, geography, and how people have interacted with their environments to create our world.
Each grade has two periods of Spanish weekly. Some students are able to test in to Spanish 2 when they go to high school.
Our students compete in the Stockton Diocese's CYO Sports program. They run cross country, play golf, basketball and baseball/softball. Go, Spartans!
All grades have the enrichment of a 45 minute art class with a specials teacher each week.