Ramona Convent Secondary School Welcomes the Class of 2019 and Five New Faculty Members
Mr. Richard Gallegos trained at the Los Angeles Theatre Academy and has been a resident artist and teacher of theatre at schools ranging from elementary to high school and college. He is a busy working actor with a long and varied resume, a Shakespeare expert, a member of Will and Company and an expert in stage combat. Most recently he was workshop coordinator for ArtworxLA where he was in charge of programming and taught classes at five different schools in Los Angeles. His love of acting and theatre was nurtured when he was a high school student. At Ramona Convent, he takes on the role of Theatre Production Director for after-school plays, Comedy Sportz, and the International Thespian Society.
Dr. Susan Selvin has experience teaching French from middle school through college. After earning her undergraduate degree in French Language and Literature from Willamette University, she completed her Masters at the University of Washington and her PhD at UCLA. For the past 15 years she taught French to students from grades 8-12 at the Buckley School where she had the pleasure of teaching while her two daughters. Susan is a true Francophile with a love for French film, French food, and of course, the French language.
Sister Daleen is truly a life-long learner—she is a master catechist, with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Holy Names University, a Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks, and additional units in education and theology. She has been an elementary school principal, serving at St. Andrews for many years and partnering with the Armory Center for the Arts to create an innovative and fruitful partnership between the two institutions. She has taught elementary school and college and was the co-author of the religion curriculum guidelines for the Archdiocese of L.A. Western Catholic Education Association Commissioner and Director of Personnel for the Department of Catholic Schools. She will be teaching Theology 12 and joining the Campus Ministry team.
Dr. Matthew Carrillo-Vincent has been destined to teach in all-girls schools. His undergraduate honors thesis at the University of San Diego was “Finding Her Voice in Yours: A Thematic Unit Teaching Gender Studies in the Secondary School Classroom.” His Master’s is from NYU in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought and his PhD is in English from USC with a certificate in Gender Studies. He was a coordinator for the Writing Program and Lecturer in Writing at USC for five years. While at USC he organized a pilot program that connected USC scholars to high school students in L.A. city classrooms. He has taught at his own alma mater, Servite HS, but comes to us after 5 years of teaching English and AP Calculus at Alverno High School. He has three young children and in his spare time coaches Little League Baseball. Dr. Carrillo-Vincent will teach English 9, English 11, and AP English Literature and coordinate the Creative Writing contest and the Literary Magazine.
Amanda Argueta is a recent graduate of Whittier College who earned academic honors in her major, Religious Studies, and a minor in Anthropology. As a student, she volunteered with an organization focused on serving the needs of the homeless and collaborated with staff at the Hsi Lai Buddhist temple in Hacienda Heights to develop a retreat for Whittier College students to promote religious tolerance and understanding. She also participated in field research while she studied abroad in South India.
Ms. Argueta also worked the Boys and Girls Club as a case manager for high school students, where, among other things, she helped them with their college applications and essays. For the past two summers she has coordinated the Amy Biehl Foundation Project on Human Rights and Social Responsibility designing educational programs for adolescents. Ms. Argueta graduated with the Class of 2011 from Ramona. She will teach Theology 11 and 12 and serve on the Campus Ministry team.
Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd., Alhambra, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.