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.

  • Ashley Wedekind - Transitional Kinder + Kindergarten

      I grew up in Tujunga/La Crescenta and attended St. James the Less from kindergarten through eight grade. I went to Providence High School and obtained my B.A. in Liberal Studies and teacher credential from Cal Poly Pomoma. I have always been very active and outdoorsie.  I am currently an avid hiker and go through at least one pair of hiking boots a year. Growing up I wanted to be an artist or a general contractor, however in high school I decided I wanted to work with children. After volunteering with a foster care agency I was determined to be a social worker. Then in college I took child development classes and discovered the joy that teaching brings to me. Teaching is so much more than a job to me. Iit is my passion. There is no where I would rather be teaching than at St. James- Holy Redeemer.

  • 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.

  • Lidia Gallegos-second grade

    Lidia Gallegos is beyond thankful to be a part of the St. James -Holy Redeemer community. She attended St. Andrew's Elementary School in Old Town Pasadena, went on to La Salle High School and then finished off school at USF in San Francisco. She received a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in education, her teaching credential and M.A. in education. School was always a place she felt safe so choosing to be a teacher was a no-brainer. When she is not lesson planning, she's eating, dancing, or just hanging out with family and friends. She's excited for her time at St. James - Holy Redeemer and is loving second grade!

  • 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

    Claudia Olmedo has been a parishioner of St. James Holy Redeemer since she was a child. She was a volunteer within both parishes with Lifeteen and Edge programs. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and is continuing her education journey through graduate school at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She has always had an interest in teaching beginning in second grade and has worked with multiple grades at St. James Holy Redeemer and outside of it. In addition to teaching Ms. Olmedo on her free time loves to travel, read, and camp.

  • 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.