Faculty

Mrs. Barbara Genera

Mrs. Barbara Genera School Principal

I started my teaching career in 1968 after receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree through CA State University at Chico and my California teaching credential. I taught in the Public School system in Williams for a total of six years. I began teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes School when it reopened in 1978. I have taught almost all grade levels including preschool and prekindergarten during my teaching career. In 1987 I accepted the position as principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School. In the same year I enrolled in the Educational Administrator’s program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and received by Masters Degree from St. Mary’s in 1990. I finished the final phase of the California Administrative Credential in May of 1993.

Our Lady of Lourdes School has been a part of my life for over forty years. I have dedicated myself to the school’s success both spiritually and academically. I enjoy each day interacting with the students. The student’s compassion and love for one another and for the staff have continued to inspire me each year. Our school continues to thrive because of parent participation. It is a joy each day to come to work and interact with the students, staff, and parents.

Mrs. Barbara Genera Religion/Language Arts Teacher 7th/8th Grade

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.

Fr. Matt Blank

Fr. Matt BlankParochial Administrator, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 7/8 Religion.

Hodges

Mrs. Susan Hodges Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten/Extended Director

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.

Chalker

Mrs. Elizabeth Chalker Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten/Extended

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.

Ramirez

Mrs. Estela Ramirez Kindergarten & 2nd Grade

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.

Croghan

Mrs. Kathy Croghan 1st & 2nd Grades

I started at Our Lady of Lourdes School as a volunteer when my son Michael was a student here. During that time I was going to California State University Chico to become a teacher. I started teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes in 1995.

Silva

Mr. Ramon Silva 1st/2nd & 7th/8th Grades

Arias

Ms. Montserrat Arias Vice Principal / 3rd & 4th Grades

Hola! My name is Montserrat Arias and I am a truly blessed third and fourth grade teacher! For the past nine years I have had the exciting opportunity to teach children who are not only energetic and enthusiastic about learning, but are also eager to participate in the process! I believe that my faith, coupled with my educational background, has allowed the development of an interactive classroom that fosters academic growth with an emphasis on spiritual formation. I was fortunate to receive my formal education at Notre Dame de Namur University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While my years at Notre Dame, I participated in numerous campus organizations while being a student athlete. In following years I received my teaching credential and Masters in Education through National University. In the spring of 2006, my family and I relocated to Colusa County. When enrolling my oldest daughter at OLL, I was immediately impressed by the students, staff, and school environment. As years have gone by I have had many wonderful blessings (such as being able to have all four of our children in my classroom). It is truly amazing that I can go to work with my children, watch them learn and play, and know that they are in a safe environment all the while reaching their highest potential.

Schoder

Mrs. Catherine Schoder5th & 6th Grades

Aguilar

Mrs. Stephanie Aguilar 7th & 8th Grades

Sadly, Mrs. Aguilar passed away in April. Condolences may be sent to the Aguilar family at P.O. Box 1098, Corning, CA 96021. I’m married and have 1 daughter. I’ve been a professional singer and music teacher for 30 years. About 6 years ago, I became interested in teaching other subjects, so I went back to college to finish my degree. I hold an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities, from Shasta College. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, from California State University, Chico, and I am presently working toward a Master of Arts degree in Humanities with expected completion in January 2017. I come to OLL from Sacred Heart School in Red Bluff, where I spent 8 years as their music instructor and added librarian to my list of duties during my last two years. In my spare time, I like spending time with my family, including our dogs, cats, geese and rooster. I also enjoy reading Greek and Norse mythology, history, and science fiction, listening to talk radio, watching classic silent films, doing jigsaw puzzles and playing board games. I don’t have a lot of favorites because I usually like everything (except spiders ☻).

Medina

Mrs. Ruby Medina Teacher’s Assistant

Mrs. Barbara Genera

Ms. Natalie McCullough Pre-Algebra and Algebra