Meet our Faculty


  • susan romero - principal

    Mrs. Romero graduated from immaculate Heart High School and completed her undergraduate work at CSUN. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and Curriculum Development and a Master’s degree in Catholic School Administration. She holds a Multi Subject Teaching Credential, a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English and Art, and an Administrative Services Credential. Mrs. Romero believes that leadership is not something done in isolation, but as a community of people united for a common goal. Her belief is that Catholic education lays a foundation of truth, love and holiness. Knowledge and faith combine allowing Catholic schools to form our learners in these qualities to be a positive influence and continue to bestow these intangibles to future generations.

  • betsy savant - kindergarten

    Betsy Savant and her family have been members of the parish for thirty years. Born and raised in Glendale, California, she graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in psychology. With a multiple subjects credential, Reading Specialist credential and Masters in Education, Betsy has been teaching for over twenty years, the last ten in kindergarten. “Working with five year olds makes every day a joy!”  

  • Robin Momboisse - First grade/ THEATER arts Tk-8

    Robin Momboisse relishes her role as the first grade and theatre arts teacher at St. James- Holy Redeemer! Robin earned her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in Performing Arts and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credetial from San Francisco State University. She also has a Masters Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University and has studied Early Education at UCLA. As a Northern California Native she spends her time rooting for her Bay Area sports teams. She also enjoys collecting and listening to records, gardening, cooking and dancing.

  • ashley wedekind-second grade

    I attended St. James from Kindergarten to eighth grade, then Providence High School in Burbank. I have very fond memories of my time at St. James and look forward to creating new memories here as a teacher. I love our little town so much that I did not travel far for college. I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies and completed my credential program at Cal Poly Pomona. I always wanted to be a teacher, even as a young child! In the past I have taught preschool, transitional kindergarten, and fifth grade. In addition to being a teacher I am an avid outdoorsman. I love to hike, camp, kayak, and spending time with my wonderful family and friends. I also enjoy drawing and painting in my spare time.

  • Teresa denton - third grade

    Mrs.Teresa Denton lives in Northridge with her husband, Greg. Her two sons and daughter-in-law also live in the area. Teresa has been in Catholic education for 28 years where she has taught at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. She graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu where she earned her Liberal Arts degree, completed her California Teaching Credential, and then received her Masters Degree in Education from California Lutheran University. Teresa currently is in her sixth year teaching Third Grade at St. James where her students make her smile every day. She enjoys spending free time with her family, sewing, and you may even find her chasing a ball on the golf course!

  • tyler longpre- fourth grade

    Tyler Longpre has been a La Crescenta resident nearly her entire life and even attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School as a child. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in communications and then went on to California State University, Northridge for her multiple-subject teaching credential. Tyler started her teaching career at a local preschool and has even taught some current and former students of St. James- Holy Redeemer School.  She currently lives in La Canada with her husband, twin sons and dog. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family.



  • maureen moran - fifth grade

    Maureen Moran originally joined the St. James faculty in 2009. Maureen's magical kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hood inspired her to pursue a career teaching primary school. "This is not a job, she explains, "it is a joy. I love to teach. I love children. All of my life I just knew I would be a teacher." Maureen believes all children can learn and she in turn, enjoys learning from them. When she's not in the classroom

    she's with her family. Maureen holds a doctorate degree and earned her Bachelors of Science degree and teaching credential at California State University , Northridge ( CSUN).

  • Christopher currer- Sixth Grade Homeroom / Literature-Language Arts 6-7-8/latin

    In his spare time when he is not teaching, coaching, or tutoring, he stays busy. He can often be found training for various triathlon and other ultra- endurance events, walking his two pups in the neighborhood, playing softball, listening to music, reading a good book, or simply hanging out with my wife and friends.

  • cLAUDIA OLMEDO - seventh grade homeroom/ math and science 6-7-8


  • lisa knatcal-Eighth Grade Homeroom / Religion /Art/Social Studies/decathalon

    Lisa Knatcal is a product of Catholic education and has been teaching in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 1997. She currently teaches junior high Religion, Social Studies, and Art at Holy Redeemer Middle School in Montrose, California. She is also a vice-principal, moderates student council, and serves as Religion Coordinator. Lisa holds a multiple subject credential and Master's Degree in Elementary Education as well as a Master's Degree in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She also teaches part-time at LMU in the School of Education. Lisa is married to a teacher and they enjoy exploring her home town, Los Angeles, during their free time. 


  • gino camatti - music, violin and guitar

    Born and raised in Los Angeles area, Mr. Camatti was Jesuit trained from high school through college. He studied music at Immaculate Heart college and in New York City.

    He has taught at SJHR for the last 16 years. 

  • Chris Chisolm - school secretary

    Chris Chisholm was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Westwood. She attended St. Paul the Apostle Elementary and was taught by the Daughters of Mary and Joseph sisters, the founding order of St. James. Her family moved to Modesto and she attended Central Catholic High School run by the Augustinian priests. She received her BA in Studio Arts in 1979 from Loyola Marymount University. She met her husband at LMU and both their children attended LMU. Her children attended St James serving on the PTO Board, a room mom for many years and sold scrip 1990-97.