Mrs. Rhonda Germano - Science

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BS Biology, single subject teaching credential, catechist certification, STEM design & modeling certified have taught middle school science for 24 years, 10 of those years at OLPH extraordinary minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish

Mrs. Rhonda Germano - Science

BS Biology, single subject teaching credential, catechist certification, STEM design & modeling certified
have taught middle school science for 24 years, 10 of those years at OLPH
extraordinary minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.
 
 
Mrs. Monica Keenan - English/Language Arts (8th Home Room)

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Mrs. Monica Keenan - English/Language Arts (8th Home Room)

Monica Keenan has been dedicated to the mission of Catholic Education for twenty five years.
Ms. Keenan has been a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help family for seventeen years.

As a member of the junior high team, Monica teaches the language arts classes and guides adolescents spiritually and academically.

Ms. Carrie Natalizia

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Ms. Carrie Natalizia

Mr. Al Prinster

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Attended 12 years of Catholic School. Graduated from University of Missouri with a major in Economics and a minor in Statistics. Received an MBA from St Louis University (Jesuit) with a major in Finance.

Mr. Al Prinster

Born in O'Fallon, MO(30 miles west of St Louis on Interstate 70).  Raised by two loving parents along with six siblings(five brothers and one sister).  Attended 12 years of Catholic School.  Graduated from University of Missouri with a major in Economics and a minor in Statistics.  Received an MBA from St Louis University (Jesuit) with a major in Finance.
Started my Professional career as a Computer Programmer and worked in the Telecommunications Industry for 30 years before retiring.

My hobbies include reading about our Faith, WWII, Westerns, Baseball etc...,  bowling, bicycling, running, tennis, and Special Olympics' programs.

I love my Faith, lovely wife-Margie and family, dark chocolate, and teaching Junior High students.

 Mrs. Michelle Pryor

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Mrs. Michelle Pryor

Mrs. Pryor has been teaching at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School since 2007. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University and both a Single Subject (Social Studies) and Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential. She loves teaching Social Studies, Religion, and Math to the junior high students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help! Mrs. Pryor believes this parish community is a blessing to her and her family!

Mrs. Elaine Schmitz

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Mrs. Elaine Schmitz

As the daughter of two educators, I like to say that I have been in the classroom since Day 1! I graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, with a B. A. in Liberal Arts; it was there that I met my future husband. We were married at the start of the 2017-18 academic year and our son was born at the end of it. I enjoy sketching, liturgical music, and wholesome literature. Sharing the beauty of the Catholic Faith is one of my passions, so I am thrilled that I get to teach 7th Grade Religion.

Mrs. Crystal Watts - Music

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Mrs. Crystal Watts - Music

Crystal Watts’s career in music began when she married her husband Allen in 1981. They became “Just the Two of Us,” travelling the Los Angeles and Palm Desert areas, and making a living doing what they loved: singing and entertaining. Seven years later, they had their first child and moved to Bakersfield, Allen’s hometown. In 1988, they began singing at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church as music ministers. In 1997, after the birth of their third daughter, Crystal was hired by Monsignor Michael Braun to teach music and drama to the children at the school.

Over the years, Crystal has helped the music and drama program grow tremendously. What began as free downloaded plays off the Internet and small concerts in the cafeteria became licensed Broadway Disney shows and grand concerts with the entire school at some of the best auditoriums and theatres in Bakersfield.

All three of Crystal’s daughters attended OLPH from kindergarten to 8th grade, which is part of the reason she feels such a warm connection with the school. Crystal’s oldest daughter Ashley has a M.S. degree in Biology and works for Wonderful Orchards. Her middle daughter, Kristen, has her M.A. in English and teaches at Garces Memorial High School. Both live in Bakersfield with their husbands. Jessica, her youngest, is finishing up her B.A. degree in Entertainment and Tourism Communications at Fullerton State, where she now lives.

Crystal’s success as a music teacher is due to her extensive music education. In 1978 she began her vocal training in Los Angeles with Peggy Flannery and continued her training at Rio Hondo College. Most recently at Cal State University Bakersfield, she took many courses in Theory, Performance, and Conducting. She also studied vocal technique with Peggy Sears for 2 years and performed in the CSUB choir.

While this diverse education is very important to her, Crystal has found that the best educator is perhaps experience, which she has learned from her 21 years at OLPH, making her the longest working teacher on staff.  

Crystal believes that everyone with a heart can sing, and the best way to bring out the potential of each student is with a challenge—because when children stop underestimating themselves, then adults stop underestimating them as well. Crystal will take this philosophy with her into her next 20 years.

Mrs. Kirsten Whitezell - (7th Home Room)

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Mrs. Kirsten Whitezell - (7th Home Room)

Kirsten Whitezell has been teaching at Our Lady of Perpetual Help since 2009. She spent 5 years as part of the Kindergarten team before taking two years off to have her three children. While taking that time off, she continued to stay involved in OLPH  and substitute until 2016 when she came back to teach 4th grade for two years. This year Mrs. Whitezell is ready for another jump as she’ll be moving on up to junior high. She is so excited for her new venture in teaching US History and Algebra. More than ever, she looks forward to having the students that she once had all those years ago in kindergarten and continuing to watch them and others grow academically and spiritually throughout the year. 

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Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Teaching Mathematics
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential