What makes St. Peter Claver School...
Bright smiles, well rounded backgrounds, and passion
Mrs. Meyer has been working at St. Peter Claver Preschool since it opened in 2008. Since then, she has become the most beloved Kindergarten teacher that we have all come to know and love. Her yellow car can be seen driving around town and she is like a movie star to her students! She always has endless energy, an ear to listen, and a smile on her face. The school, the students, and the parents are always her first priority. This is why it was such a natural progression for her to accept the Principal position in December 2017. Since then, she has been holding down the fort as not only the Principal, but has also kept her title as Most Awesome Kindergarten Teacher Ever. Just ask her students...
Office Manager/Parish Liaison
Mary joined the St. Peter Claver school staff in August of 2015. She splits her work day between the parish office and school office.
Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Cal State Northridge and has worked in a variety of settings serving disabled children, adult and adolescent psychiatric patients and elderly in hospital and residential settings and community-based adult day care.
Mary and her husband, Paul, have been married over 30 years and have one wonderful daughter, Kate. They are long time Simi Valley residents and St. Peter Claver parishioners. Mary, Paul and Kate have all served in a variety of ministries here at St. Peter Claver. Mary enjoys walking, gardening, knitting, sewing and other ‘crafty’ things.
Evelyn Moreno joined the St. Peter Claver staff in August of 2019.
Evelyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University in 2004. She is also a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP). She has worked in various capacities in the field of foods and nutrition, food safety/food protection, food service, and dietary management. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Her world view about education shifted when her son attended St. Peter Claver Preschool and Kindergarten. That experience made her increasingly aware of the importance of high quality education in the early years of life. She is currently enrolled at Moorpark College studying Child Development and working on her new career path.
ROOM 1: Ms. Christina & Ms. Anjali
Christina Hall joined the St. Peter Claver staff in 2011 as the After School Care Coordinator. She has worked as a floater in Rooms 3 & 4, as well as the assistant teacher in Room 2. Christina has also worked as the assistant teacher in Kindergarten with Mrs. Meyer. This year she is very excited to be the lead teacher in Room 1. She enjoys helping shape little minds.
Christina received her AA from Moorpark College and obtained her BA in Law & Society from UCSB. She went back to school at Moorpark College to gain child development credits and work towards her AA in Child Development. She enjoys teaching and loves watching the children learn and grow to be their very best.
Christina lives in Simi Valley with her husband and 2 daughters, Francesca and Adriana. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, going to the movies, and the beach. She also enjoys shopping and reading when she can. She feels so blessed to be a part of the St. Peter Claver team.
Anjali has been happily married to Jehan Fernando for 30 years. Together they raised two daughters, Naomi and Meneka who both attended Catholic schools. Their daughters are now in college finishing up their final years in school. Ms. Anjali and her family have been residents of Simi Valley for 26 years. She graduated from Moorpark College with a certificate in Child Development. In her spare time Ms. Anjali loves to garden, walk, and go shopping.
ROOM 2: Ms. Shannon & Ms. Dimelza
Shannon Colvin joined the St. Peter Claver staff as assistant teacher and the Morning Care Coordinator in 2016. Shannon has been involved in St. Peter Claver parish since she was born.
Shannon received her AA in Child Development, at California State University San Marcos and is currently working on receiving her bachelors and credential in Child Development from College of the Canyons and the University of La Verne. Shannon has experience being an Infant Room Lead Teacher as well as a Two Year Old Lead Teacher.
Shannon lives in Simi Valley with her family and enjoys spending time with friends and teaching Irish Dance. Shannon has been a competitive Irish dancer for 17 years and enjoys being involved in the Irish community.
Dimelza Neyra is excited to be joining the St. Peter Claver school staff as a Teacher Assistant in Room 2 and Morning Care Coordinator.
Dimelza is currently attending Moorpark College to receive her Associate’s Degree in Child Development and will be transferring to California State University to obtain her Bachelor’s. She wants to become a Social Worker because she believes in helping people during difficult times in their life. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Dimelza lives in Simi Valley with her family. During her free time she enjoys being with friends and family, taking walks and going to the movies.
ROOM 3: Ms. Martha & Ms. Maria
Maria Paredes is a member of the St. Peter Claver Parish. She is married to her wonderful husband, Armando, and has two children, Sarah and Emmanuel, who are both St. Peter Claver School Alumni.
Maria has been volunteering here at St. Peter Claver School since it's opening in 2008. She began working at the school as a floater teacher and is excited to now be an assistant to Ms. Martha !
Maria became a citizen in 2014 with her friends and family there to cheer on her accomplishments! She has been attending Moorpark College taking classes in Early Childhood Education.
In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, visiting relatives in Mexico, and attending Catholic Mothers in Prayer.
This is Martha D’Errico's third year as the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in Liberal Studies and continued credential units from Chapman University. She comes to us with 14 years in education, including being a Kindergarten Teacher, and Para-educator in Spanish for Simi Valley Unified School District.
Martha has been happily married to her husband, Joey, for 13 years and has 3 daughters. Two of her daughters, Chloe and Maryanna, are St. Peter alumni and now attend St. Rose of Lima Parish School. Her youngest daughter currently attends St. Peter Claver School.
ROOM 4: Mrs. Meyer & Mrs. Ripling
Mrs. Meyer is the mother of two boys, Bradley and Jonathan. She has been married since 1987 to her husband, Andy and is very proud of her family.
She has been teaching off and on since 1982, from Preschool through High School, and has loved every moment. She received her AA from Moorpark College, her BA in Liberal Arts from California State University, Northridge, and her Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. She has worked at St. Peter Claver since it opened and started out as the Preschool Teacher in Room #2 - the year before there was a Kindergarten class. She has been teaching Kindergarten since the second year the school opened.
Angela LOVES teaching Kindergarten (her favorite thus far). She enjoys watching each child be the best that they can be, and observing as they emerge into individuals throughout the school year. In her free time she enjoys walking, riding her bike, watching her son, Jonathan, coach baseball, going to the beach, reading and catching up with her former students.
Danyelle started working at St. Peter Claver Preschool & Kindergarten in 2015 as the After School Coordinator. From there, she moved on to being a floater, followed by the TK assistant. She is now working as an assistant in the Kindergarten class and very happy to be there.
Danyelle lives in Simi Valley with her husband, Brandon. They have been married over ten years. She received her AA from Moorpark College. She enjoyed her Child Development classes there, gaining lots of fresh new ideas.
Danyelle is involved with AYSO soccer, both coaching and administration, and loves coaching the little tykes. She developed and implemented a whole new program for both the U4 and U5 divisions. She believes that this new program will help develop the fundamental motor skills needed for not just soccer, but all future athletics her players participate in.
Danyelle is a very creative person. She enjoys art in many different forms and loves being able to create fun projects for the students. She loves playing with the kids and is known to be "criss-cross applesauce" on the floor or upside down on top of the jungle gym!
Ms. Clare Bushore - Floater Teacher
Clare Bushore is happy to be part of the Saint Peter Claver School staff this year as the floater teacher for the TK and Kindergarten classes. Clare first joined the SPC community as a parent back in 2013, later serving on the PAB Board as secretary for two years.
Clare spent several years as the first grade teacher at Saint Charles Borromeo Elementary School in North Hollywood before taking time off to raise her three children, and is excited to be getting back into the classroom. She received her Bachelors in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University, and then went on to receive her Masters Degree in Catholic Special Education.
Clare lives in Moorpark with her husband, Ryan, who is the principal at Saint Paschal Baylon Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. Their two oldest children, Kailee and JD, are both SPC alums, and their youngest, Emma, is currently attending Saint Peter Claver School.
Ms. Betsy Leon - Floater & Afterschool-Care Teacher
Betsy has been an active member of St. Peter Claver community beginning with her Confirmation journey in 2009 and then coming back to be a Peer Leader and Young Adult Leader to help other youth in their faith journey. She is fluent in Spanish and is working toward bettering her French and Italian. She attended Moorpark College and then continued on to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara with plans to eventually go on to achieve a Masters in Social Work. She is very passionate about helping those in need and would like to pursue a career helping at-risk and incarcerated youth.
Betsy’s favorite thing is to travel and explore new places. She participated in a Study Abroad program in Rome as well as taking many international and domestic trips over the years. She loves to cook, especially for her family, and is always trying new foods and recipes. There is nothing she loves more than a well put-together cheese board! When not traveling she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, being at the beach or in the mountains, and trying to keep her many plants alive. Betsy loves working with the kids and is so excited to see them grow as she gets to play and learn with them in After Care!
Ms. Rosa Lazalde - Afterschool-Care Teacher & Spanish Teacher
Rosa has been a member of the St. Peter Claver community since 1988. She serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and as co-coordinator of “Walking with Purpose”, a woman's bible study ministry. She has taught Religious Education and has hosted a bible study in her home for the past 12 years. Married for over 30 years, she and her husband Joe have raised four wonderful children.
Rosa earned a degree in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University, recently supplemented with studies in Early Childhood Education. She is fluent in Spanish. She began her career in the insurance industry before embarking on her second career as a stay at home mother where she could reap the benefits of being involved in her children’s lives.
In her spare time Rosa volunteers at Second Story, a boutique that dedicates their profits to preventing and ending child trafficking and supporting survivors. She also enjoys succulent gardening, Pilates, and reading.
God has blessed me with a wonderful family including three daughters. We have been part of St. Peter Claver since 1996 and it gives me great joy to volunteer with Childrens’ Liturgy on Sundays. I’m proud to call Simi Valley my home. I love the beautiful sky, as well as the loving, faithful and safe community.
I love teaching and sharing memories with young children very much. Among the most exciting and enjoyable moments in my life is experiencing growth in young children: their bright, genuine smiles and those special moments where they are intensely focused on their favorite activity with sparkles in their eyes.
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Information Science in South Korea. I have a degree in Child Development and currently hold a Site Supervisor Permit. I will have a degree in Business Administration from Moorpark College in Spring 2020. My career goals include earning a Program Director Permit and doing research in the field of Child Development. (I also hold a 6th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!)
My favorite mottos are Fiat Lux! and Fight on!
I feel tremendously happy and blessed being a member of the St. Peter Claver Preschool & Kindergarten staff as a devoted follower of God.
Mr. Jim Leslie - Music teacher
Jim Leslie has been the music director of St Peter Claver Church for over 15 years. This is his fourth year teaching at the Kindergarten/Preschool. He also has been the music teacher and choir director at St Paschal Baylon School in Thousand Oaks for more than 17 years, and has been directing the choir at Holy Cross Church in Moorpark for over 25 years. He is married to Denise Leslie, who sings at the masses here, and is the music teacher at Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks. They have two adult sons, who are musicians as well. Jim has a Bachelor’s in Music, a degree in classical guitar, and is a former student of Andres Segovia. He also previously toured with the 5th Dimension!
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