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 - TK + Kindergarten

    Ms. Wedekind grew up in Tujunga/La Crescenta and attended St. James the Less from kindergarten through eighth grade. She went to Providence High School and obtained her B.A. in Liberal Studies and teacher credential from Cal Poly Pomoma. She enjoys being very active and outdoorsie.  Ms. Wedekind is an avid hiker and goes through at least one pair of hiking boots a year. Growing up she wanted to be an artist or a general contractor, however in high school she decided she wanted to work with children. After volunteering with a foster care agency she was determined to be a social worker. Then in college she took child development classes and discovered the joy that teaching can bring. Ms. Wedekind says "Teaching is so much more than a job, it is my passion." 

  • Robin Baumann - First grade

    Robin Baumann relishes her role as the first grade teacher at St. James- Holy Redeemer! Robin earned her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in Performing Arts and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 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!

  • erika Fraire - third grade

    Ms. Erika Fraire received her B.A. in Spanish from California State University of Los Angeles. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Business Administration from Woodbury University and is currently completing her Multiple Subject Credential at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Fraire taught Spanish as a single subject before teaching 3rd grade full-time. Ms. Fraire enjoys reading, teaching Sunday school, and loves learning about different cultures around the world.

  • Christina Yamasaki- fourth grade

    Ms. Yamasaki is a Southern California native and is also the product of Catholic schools. She attended Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for K-8, and then went to Mayfield Senior School. She attributes much of her passion for being a Catholic educator to her own Catholic education. Interestingly, Ms. Yamasaki did not originally plan to be a teacher! She spent roughly 7 years in the food service industry, managing and opening several top rated Los Angeles area restaurants and food trucks, when she realized she wanted to do something more meaningful. She is currently enjoying her role as the 4th grade and middle school Spanish teacher here at SJHR. Ms. Yamasaki has a BA in Music from Occidental College and teaching credential and MA in Education from Loyola Marymount University. When she has free time, she goes running or to dance class, and is a Confirmation catechist at her home parish.

  • 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 is 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

    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 20 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. 

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