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 13 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. Dr. Wick has taught every grade level from K-8 and has taught 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.
Faculty and Staff
Ms. Gallegos is beyond thankful to be part of the Holy Redeemer - St. James community. An alumn of Catholic education, she attended St. Andrews Elementary in Pasadena and La Salle High School. Ms. Gallegos received her B.A. in Sociology from USF with an emphasis on Education. She also received her teaching credential. When she is not busy planning lessons for the TK and Kinder students, Mr. Gallegos enjoys eating, dancing, or just hanging out with family and friends.
Ms. Kuyper, "Ms. Erin" to many of her students, earned her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from Cal State L.A. She has served as a supplemental Instructional assistant for the last four years in several public schools. She has worked with students from Pre-K through 12th grade. In her free time she enjoys travelling,cooking, and trying new foods. Japan is her favorite place to visit. Ms. Kuyper is currently finishing her Preliminary Multiple Subject Intern Credential through Cal. State TEACH!
Ms. Fraire received her B.A. in Spanish from CSULA and her M.A. in Business Administration from Woodbury University. She is currently working towards her Multiple Subject Credential at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to teaching third grade, Ms. Fraire taught Spanish. Ms. Fraire enjoys reading, teaching Sunday School, and loves learning about different cultures.
Mrs. Parris first joined the Holy Redeemer - St James staff in 2011, as School Secretary for the legacy Holy Redeemer campus. She then was a Financial Account Specialist at Immaculate Heart for four years, before returning to our school in the fall of 2019.
Mrs. Parris earned her degree in Social Work from CSULA; and prior to joining Holy Redeemer - St. James School she worked as a social worker for a non-profit organization.
Mrs. Parris returned to be closer to her children and we are grateful to have her on our staff. From keeping track of the administrative needs of the school to scheduling school tours and helping parents navigate daily questions, Mrs. Parris always serves our school community with a smile.
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. Proulx enjoys swimming, exercising, reading, volunteering at school, cooking, and being a hockey mom.
Dr. Moran joined Holy Redeemer - St James School in 2009. She holds a Ph.D. and earned her B.S. and Teaching Credential from CSUN. Ms. Moran says it was her 'magical' kindergarten teacher who inspired her to pursue a career in teaching primary school. Ms. Moran loves to teach and loves children. She doesn't consider this a job, but a joy. She believes all children can learn, and she enjoys learning from them in return.
Ms. Yamasaki is a Southern California native and is an alum of Catholic education. She attended Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary then Mayfield Senior School. Ms. Yamasaki earned a B.A. in Music from Occidental College. She also earned her Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to teaching, Ms. Yamasaki spent almost 7 years in the foodservice industry, opening and managing several top-rated L.A. restaurants - when she realized she wanted to do something more meaningful and she answered the call to become a teacher. In her spare time, Ms. Yamasaki enjoys running, dance class, and working as a Confirmation Catechist at her home parish.
Mr. Currer has been the middle school English teacher since 2013, and for the last few years has coached the soccer team and served as the Athletics Director. He has lived in Pasadena for 25 years having moved with his wife and family from his native England (Newcastle upon Tyne) where he graduated with a BA in Medieval & Modern History from University College London (UCL - part of London University). After several years of postgraduate study in law, he worked for 20 years as a lawyer in London and Pasadena before becoming our English teacher.
In addition to teaching seventh-grade homeroom, Ms. Olmedo teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Math and Science. Ms. Olmedo received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSUN is pursuing her graduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. From a young age, Ms. Olmedo was interested in teaching and has worked with several grades at Holy Redeemer - St James School. She has also been a parishioner since childhood and has worked with the Junior High and High School youth ministries in the Parish ("Edge" and "LifeTeen"). From a young age, Ms. Olmedo was interested in teaching. During her free time, she enjoys travel, reading, and camping.