I am excited to once again step back into the classroom for the morning with the 7th and 8th grade students. I will be teaching religion on the days that Fr. Matt does not come in. This is my favorite subject to teach within our Catholic School. It is a time when the students and I can grow in our faith both in our knowledge of our faith and growing in our own faith experience.
I have taught language arts to 7th and 8th grade students many times throughout the years. This year, our emphasis will be on writing and working with the language arts standards in reading- making sure we cover all the different genres of reading text.
I started at Our Lady of Lourdes in 1995 as a Preschool Teacher. I received my Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Yuba College. I became Director of the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten & Extended Day Care in 1997. My three daughters, Kayla, Carly and Kellie, have all graduated from our school.
I started at Our Lady of Lourdes in August 2000 as a Preschool Teacher and Extended Day Care. I have an AA in Child Education from Yuba College.
I started at Our Lady of Lourdes School as a parent, volunteering in the classroom and driving for school field trips. I graduated from the University Of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education which I received through Yuba College. In 2008 I started working at Our Lady of Lourdes School as a Teacher’s Aid. Previously, I had worked as a Preschool Teacher for Head Start for eight years. I enjoy working at OLL because of its loving and caring environment.
My name is Montserrat Arias and I have had the privilege of being a part of Our Lady of Lourdes since 2006. I received my bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University, my teaching credential and master’s degree from National University.
During my time at OLL, I have had the opportunities of being a vice principal and a third and fourth grade teacher. Together with a team of dedicated and creative teachers, I am committed to providing students a classroom that fosters a sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
I grew up in Colusa and was a student of Our Lady of Lourdes until it was closed at the end of my seventh grade year. I graduated from St. Isadore’s in Yuba City, and also graduated from Colusa High School. After leaving California, I moved to Alaska where I worked for the Controller’s Office of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline. I met my husband there, and all three of my children were born in Alaska. We then moved to Hawaii where we lived for 26 years. While in Hawaii, I began my teaching career by working with 1st graders. Over the years I have taught in every elementary grade, both as a substitute and as a licensed teacher. I ended up teaching most of the time in upper elementary, with many years in 5th and 6th grades. I have an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Leeward Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and received my teaching credential. I moved back to Colusa so I could be closer to my elderly father and the rest of my family. I feel very blessed and honored to be back at Our Lady of Lourdes – this time on the other side of the teacher’s desk! Go Crusaders!
Natalie is the mother of five Catholic school children and is deeply committed to the sustainability and success of Catholic schools in our diocese. She started teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes in Colusa in 2009 and served there in a variety of additional roles, including stints on their strategic development committee, school advisory commission, and marketing committee before serving as principal at Holy Rosary Catholic School from 2015-2018. Natalie holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an authorization in business. She is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento with a B.S. in strategic management, and completed her J.D. at McGeorge School of Law in 2016. Natalie is happy to return to Our Lady of Lourdes as the junior high math teacher.