Ramona Convent Secondary School Welcomes the Class of 2019 and Five New Faculty Members

(from left to right): Dr. Matthew Carrillo-Vincent, Dr. Susan Selvin, Ms. Amanda Argueta, and Mr. Richard Gallegos, Sister Daleen Larkin, SNJM (Not photographed)

As Ramona Convent Secondary School begins its 126th year in the city of Alhambra, a warm welcome is extended to the Class of 2019 and to five new faculty members. Together, these faculty members carry many years of experience in education with a broad range of skills and talents that will enhance our program as it continues to graduate young women characterized by academic excellence, moral strength, and personal grace who are prepared to lead and serve in an evolving interdependent global community.

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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 as a member of Will and Company, and an expert in stage combat. Most recently he was workshop coordinator for ArtworxLA in charge of programming and taught classes at five different schools in Los Angeles. His own 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’s experience teaching French ranges from middle school through college. After earning her undergraduate degree in French Language and Literature from Willamette University, she earned her masters from the University of Washington and her PhD from 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 were students at the school. 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’s 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’s been an elementary school principal, serving at St. Andrews for many years and partnering with the Armory Center for the Arts creating an innovative and fruitful partnership between the two institutions. She’s 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 Masters 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 HS. 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, with a minor in Anthropology. As a student she volunteered with an organization focused on serving the needs of the homeless, 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, and 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, helped them with their college applications and essays. For the past two summers she’s 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.



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