Sr. Karen Collier
Parish Life Director

Sr. Karen is a Sister of St. Louis.  Born in La Puente, Sr. Karen entered the sisterhood directly after High School. Her background includes elementary education and work with Youth Ministry on both the parish and diocesan level. God then directed Sr. Karen to further her education to become a Parish Life Director. Sr. Karen has been in that leadership role at both St. Agatha Church, Los Angeles, and Our Lady of Peace, North Hills. 


Dr. John Wick


Dr. Wick has served in Catholic education for over 14 years. He was the founding principal for Christ Cathedral Academy in the Diocese of Orange. Dr. Wick is a Google Certified Innovator as well as a Google Level 2 Educator. Innovation and revitalizing Catholic schools are his expertise. He has taught every grade level from K-8 and has served as a professor at Vanguard University's School of Graduate Education. He holds the following degrees: AA: Social and Behavioral Science; BA: Human Development; MA: Education; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in teaching and learning. Dr. Wick also holds Catholic School Leadership Certification from Loyola Marymount University. In his spare time, he loves to create art, cook, and enjoys fishing. Dr. Wick Lives with his wife and three cats in Long Beach, California.


Ms. Starbuck

Director of Development
 and Enrollment

Yearbook Teacher

Ms Starbuck received her B.A. in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University.  She began her career focusing on advertising and magazine publishing and through a variety of different turns, began program planning and marketing for youth-focused, non-profit organizations. Her work and family have taken her all over the globe, living in Columbus, Boston, New York City, The United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.  When not sifting through cookbooks or dining out, Ms. Starbuck can be found traveling abroad, exploring cities, and spending time in the outdoors with her family.

Mrs. Ledis

Front Office

Ms Ledis was born and raised in London, England.  She began her career with a focus in banking and high net worth clients. Her family brought her to the US, initially New York City, where she broadened her involvement in volunteer work and has continued her involvement with the relocation to Los Angeles. She is fluent in Greek and has the desire to learn other languages. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, baking, reading, and personal fitness. Ms Ledis enjoys working at HRSJ and looks to make a difference each and every day.

Faculty and Staff


Mr. Jacques



Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Jacques always had an interest in helping people overcome their challenges which led to earning his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  He began his career in education working as an after-school and substitute teacher and was inspired to pursue his master's degree at the City University Of New York, in Early Childhood Education.   After working for several years at various schools in New York City, Mr Jacques now brings his experience to Los Angeles and HRSJS.  In his spare time, Mr. Jacques can be found working out, watching documentaries, and going out to restaurants with his wife.  His other interests include music, traveling, and Japanese anime.


Mrs. Ayers

Blue Wing Master Teacher

1st Grade

Ms. Ayers is excited to be teaching at Holy Redeemer - St. James School.  She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology from Cal State University Long Beach.  Ms. Ayers has over 35 years teaching elementary education in the private and public sector.  She specializes in elementary reading intervention after training at Linda Mood Bell for The Los Alamitos Unified School District in Orange County.  Her goal is to provide cross curriculum teaching to bring life to all subjects.


Mrs. Grigoryan

Red Wing Master Teacher

2nd and 3rd Grade

From a young age, Mrs Grigoryan has always been passionate about teaching.  She believes that it is truly rewarding and a privilege to assist in guiding the next generation of children as they search for knowledge and find their uniquely designed God-given purpose.  Mrs. Grigoryan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University of Northridge, and has been teaching for 22 years at various private schools in the area.  In her classroom, the goal has always been to create a safe and loving environment, where students enjoy and thrive as they learn.

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Mr. Coulombe is a native of Los Angeles.  He has been teaching since January of 2020, and his experience includes early, middle, and high school.   He earned a Bachelor of Philosophy with a Minor in Music in 2019 while he was in seminary.  It was during the last year in seminary that Mr. Coulombe developed a passion for teaching when he was sent to a Catholic School to teach religion.  He is currently working towards a Master of Education with a focus on Urban Development. In addition to teaching, Mr. Coulombe is also the Liturgy Chair at his home parish where he currently volunteers as both a sacristan and cantor.


Mr. Aguilar

Athletics Director

Middle School

Mr. Aguilar attended Cal State Dominguez Hills earning a BA in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education.  He also earned his Masters in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.  Mr. Aguilar has been involved in many athletic programs, serving all over the Los Angeles area for more than 7 years.  He enjoys living an all around healthy lifestyle as he is an active member of CAHPERD and Shape America.  Mr. Aguilar has also been involved as a catechist, serving his community of St Thomas the Apostle Church for more than 8 years.  He enjoys all sports and loves going to live sport events with his family and community.  His enjoys cooking for his family on the weekends and participating in special feast days in his parish.


Mrs. Louk

English Language Arts

Middle School

Mrs. Louk is a native Californian and proud to be an alum of Catholic education.  She grew up in San Francisco attending Catholic elementary, high school, and college.  Mrs. Louk earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s College of California.  She later continued her education to earn her Masters of Education and a Teaching Credential from University of La Verne.  She has taught in both the Catholic school system and public sector.  Mrs. Louk has also worked in administration as a Vice Principal of a Catholic school.  In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and reading.


Mrs. Proulx

Educational Coach


Mrs. Proulx received her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education as well as her M.A. in Special Education from Providence College. Before moving to California, Mrs. Proulx taught Middle School and Elementary School Special Education in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Mrs. Proulx loves working with the TK and Kindergarten students, bringing her joyful spirit and high energy to the classroom every day.


Mrs. Norman

Educational Coach


Mrs. Norman was born and raised in Glendale, California.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University.  Before having children she taught First Grade at Incarnation School and Holy Redeemer School.  She stepped away from the classroom for a few years to raise her young children.  She returned to Holy Redeemer-St. James School 10 years ago!  This will be her 8th year as the TK/K Educational Coach and she just adores working with the little ones.  When Mrs. Norman is not in the classroom, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, trips to the beach, and spending time with her family.


Mrs. Elhaj

Educational Coach

2nd and 3rd Grades

Mrs. Elhaj grew up in Southern California.  She graduated with a Bachelors degree from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters Degree from University of La Verne.  After completing her graduate work, Mrs. Elhaj stayed home to take care of her three young children.  Now that her youngest has started school Mrs. Elhaj is excited to be in the workforce again and leverage her work experience and education to work with students.  She enjoys eating out at restaurants, spending time with her family and going on long walks with her dog Rex. 


Mrs. Pieprzyca

Educational Coach

4th and 5th Grades

Bio Coming soon... 

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