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Retiring leadership

June 22, 2017

12 THUMB Gloria GalarsaGloria Galarsa has led San Francisco’s St. Peter School for the last four years, part of her 32 years in Catholic schools. Gloria is especially grateful to the late Vicki Butler, principal of St. Peter for 25 years. “She walked the walk with me,” Galarsa said. “I could pick up the phone any time and call her.” Gloria looks forward to spending time with her husband and grandchildren, helping her sister care for their aging parents and travel.

12 THUMB Maureen GrazioliMaureen Grazioli has led St. Charles School, San Carlos for 10 years. “Being part of the faith formation of children and their families, fostering the development of educators and school programs, and realizing the joy of children’s learning within a faith-based community,” are among her best moments as a Catholic educator. Working in a Catholic environment has brought Maureen “opportunities for daily prayer, reflection, spiritual formation and service that have strengthened my faith journey in countless ways.” She looks forward to “spending time with my husband and family, playing golf, volunteering for an organization serving disabled veterans.”

12 THUMB Nancy BarrettNancy Barrett is completing her fourth year as co-principal at St. Vincent de Paul School. Her 43 years in Catholic education have also included 20 years teaching history at St. Paul High School in San Francisco, and 19 years as an assistant principal at Oakland’s Holy Names High School. “One of my best moments as a teacher and administrator is to witness a student’s ‘aha moment’ when a student connects with the curriculum and recognizes how learning intersects with the real world. I have been blessed to work with wonderful, dedicated women and men, some of whom have become dear friends,” Nancy said. Retirement will include “traveling with my husband, taking classes at the Fromm Institute, participating in Commonwealth Club activities, volunteering, curling up with a good book, and having lazy coffee dates with friends.”

12 THUMB Mary OrnellasMary Ornellas, director of St. Matthias’ Preschool in Redwood City for 16 years, is retiring. Mary began at the school as a teacher serving in that role for 11 years. Mary, attended All Souls School and Mercy High School, Burlingame and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Francisco State. “During her time at St. Matthias, Mary has facilitated many improvements to the curriculum, classroom and playground environments,” St. Matthias Parish said. “Our well rounded curriculum and environment is conducive to kindergarten readiness and introduces all children to the love of Jesus, academics, science, cooking, music and so much more.” Mary and her husband, Adam, live in South San Francisco. “During retirement, Mary looks forward to spending more time with her family and especially her three lovely grandsons,” the parish said. The parish honored Mary at a playground pizza party June 8.

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