Mrs. Liz Alves, Kindergarten
I graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Child Development in 2004. After I completed my teaching credential, I was blessed to begin my teaching career. I have taught in various grades in the public-school sector in grades K-3 and I have also been an ELD teacher (English Language Development), but my favorite grade to teach is Kindergarten. I enjoy seeing the growth that students gain from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
After teaching for a few years, I became a stay at home mom. I was pregnant with my third child and I didn’t want to miss out on any of her milestones. I was so fortunate to be home with my children. I home schooled my older two and I completed my Credential in School Administration in the evenings. I was then ready to go back to work but wanted to go back and be where my children were.
I am very happy to be here at Sacred Heart Catholic School. I love that I can talk about religion and teach my students about the importance of prayer. I also love how this school community is like a family and how my own children as well as myself have been welcomed with open arms and many friendly and smiling faces.
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. Theresa Rothstein, Third Grade
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
Mrs. Sharon Raimondo, Seventh 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. I’ve taught children of various ages, but I love being able to share my passion for math with middle school students. I believe it’s the most crucial time in the math development of a child’s life.
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. Heidi Kuliga, Principal
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. The same year I graduated, I was hired by a Catholic school to teach kindergarten. I soon began a family with my husband, Bob. Our first child was born in 1991, and our second in 1992. After being in the kindergarten classroom for four years, I moved to the preschool program within the same school, Holy Family Holy Name in New Bedford, MA. Our third child was born in 1999, and after taking a couple of years off from teaching, I returned to HFHN as a middle school teacher. I enjoyed this position for thirteen years and this is when I found my passion for Catholic education.
In 2013, I went back to school (American International College, Springfield, MA) for my MA in Education/School Leadership. While in this program, I started “practicing” my interview skills again and was offered a principal position in Fall River, MA. I served the community of Espirito Santo School for two years and then took an assistant principal position at All Saints Catholic School in my home city of New Bedford, MA. After two years in this position, my position was eliminated due to the budget.
It was just this year, 2017 that I had to really rely on God and let the Spirit move me. He has brought me to a great little school here in Patterson, CA and I am thrilled to be a part of this community.
I am a huge fan of Dunkin Donuts and occasionally drive to Modesto to treat myself. My husband and I have four cats (the children stayed in Massachusetts) and love cruising to the Caribbean. I enjoy reading a good novel and quiet time at the beach.
Mrs. Mary Ramirez, Office Manager
I have been at Sacred Heart Catholic School 16 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 30 years and have two adult children. 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.
Ms. 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.