FACULTY, STAFF, COACHES
Role models who inspire, motivate, encourage and care.
Dr. Patrick Lynch
Principal

Appointed in 2015, Dr. Patrick Lynch embraces being a St. Bernard Viking and enjoys being Principal.

Dr. Lynch grew up locally and attended Loyola Marymount University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Social Justice.

After teaching at Crespi Carmelite High School and Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Dr. Lynch joined the faculty at Marymount High School where he served as campus minister, retreat director, English teacher and English Chair, director of technology, and WCEA-WASC accreditation chair. He also works with doctoral students in writing at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught writing and teaching methodology courses. He has also taught writing at El Camino College, Woodbury University, and Los Angeles Harbor College.

Dr. Lynch enthusiastically looks forward to working with the administrative team, faculty, and students to continue recent successes and shape a vibrant and growing St. Bernard High School. He joins the staff in creating a thriving academic environment that engages the whole student in learning and in knowing God.

Augmenting his joy of education, family time, watching amazing films, and reading keep Dr. Lynch thriving.

e: plynch@stbernardhs.org
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Rosie Roberts
Vice Principal

Rosie Roberts is Vice Principal of St. Bernard High school.  She was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Southern California, youngest of three.

Rosie had three kids who came through St. Bernard High School.

Rosie loves all sports, especially St. Bernard Football and professional  football.  She received her B.A. in liberal studies from CSUDH, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling/Education from LMU.  Ms. Roberts has been at St. Bernard for 19 years as a teacher and counselor.

 

e: rroberts@stbernardhs.org
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Elizabeth Schuricht
Assistant Principal: Academics

Elizabeth Schuricht is the Assistant Principal: Academics for St. Bernard High School. She works as an instructional coach for teachers on campus and facilitates professional development. Before joining the St. Bernard faculty and staff, Elizabeth worked for 9 years as a high school English and College Readiness teacher in a public charter high school in Inglewood.

After earning her B.A. in English from Santa Clara University, Elizabeth continued her Jesuit education at Loyola Marymount University and received an M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Both schools fostered her passion for living life with conscience, competence, and compassion.

When she’s not reading books or writing letters to faraway friends, Elizabeth can be found snowboarding or cycling in the local mountains, backpacking in the Sierras, or enjoying time with her two young nieces.

e: eschuricht@stbernardhs.org
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Jennifer Hubbell
Director of Advancement

Jennifer Hubbell is Director of Advancement. She directs Alumni Relations and Development, and teaches British Literature at St. Bernard.  Previously, Jennifer taught English Language Arts for five years, instructing at every grade level between 6th and 11th grade.  Jennifer earned a B.A. in English and an M.A in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

View Ms. Hubbell’s class website.

e: jhubbell@stbernardhs.org
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Shavone Adams
College Counselor/Religion Teacher

An alumna of St. Bernard High School, Ms. Adams went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in English with one minor in Sociology and another minor in American Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2004. In route to law school and one month following her graduation from MSMC, Ms. Adams  began teaching when asked to teach summer school English for a high school in Inglewood, CA. Near the end of that summer, the principal asked her to return for the school year. Four years following, Ms. Adams taught high school English, religion, sociology, history, and humanities. During that time, Ms. Adams received her Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University.

For two years following that, Ms. Adams served as a curriculum specialist for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, servicing K-12 schools in the Los Angeles, Compton, and Montebello school districts. Ms. Adams returned to the classroom as a high school teacher and department chair. She returns to her alma mater for her second year as the college counselor and teacher.

e: sadams@stbernardhs.org
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Jennifer Altergott
Biology and A.P. Environmental Science

Jennifer Altergott teaches Lab Biology and A.P. Environmental Science.  Mrs. Altergott joined the St. Bernard staff in fall of 2010. She received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, and she holds an M.S. in Biology from UCLA.

Mrs. Altergott formerly worked as an ecologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Around St. Bernard she is known for her scintillating science labs and awesome field trips.

e: jaltergott@stbernardhs.org

Abraham Alvarez
World History/Religion/Head Baseball Coach

Abraham Alvarez enters his 4th year of teaching, he teaches World History and Senior Religion and is also the Head Baseball Coach at St. Bernard High School. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he was an All-American pitcher for the Dirtbags in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Alvarez went on to play eight seasons of professional baseball, earning a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He is currently working towards his Masters degree from LMU.

In his spare time Mr. Alvarez loves spending time with his wife, Natalie, and their children Isabella Rose (2) & Benjamin Ezekiel (born June 7th) as well as their dogs Dodger & Clipper. Some of his hobbies include: collecting vinyl records, the occasional video game, and fantasy sports (football, baseball, & basketball).

e: aalvarez@stbernardhs.org

Heather Carmody
Lab Biology/Lab Chemistry/Algebra II

Heather Carmody teaches Lab Biology, Lab Chemistry, and Algebra 2 as part of the STEM department at St. Bernard High School. Ms. Carmody attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. As an undergraduate at LMU, Ms. Carmody received the Jerome J. Korth Science and Engineering Core Award, as well as the Carl G. Kadner Award for outstanding academic achievement and strong involvement in the Biology Department. After graduation, she became a member of the LMU PLACE Corps, a two-year teacher preparation program. As a PLACEr, Ms. Carmody served as a teacher in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, completed her California State Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education. In 2014, Ms. Carmody was awarded the LMU School of Education Outstanding Graduate in Catholic Teacher Preparation.
In addition to her love of science, Ms. Carmody has been involved in the performing arts for most of her life, has studied various forms of dance, and is a trained classical and operatic singer. In her free time, she also enjoys baking, reading, traveling, and going to Disneyland!

e: hcarmody@stbernardhs.org

John Caulfield
History / Social Studies

John Caulfield is in his 12th year at SBHS in the History and Social Studies Department. He has taught AP US Government, AP US History and AP European History.  Mr. Caulfield has degrees in History, Political Science and Education from Long Beach State, Brown University and USC.  At SBHS he is the moderator of the Model UN program as well as the adviser to “The Odyssey” the school newspaper.

Mr. Caulfield was born and raised in Southern California but he has also lived in Providence, Rhode Island and Incheon, South Korea.  In his free time, he enjoys reading about history, current events and spending time with his wife Jennifer.

e: jcaulfield@stbernardhs.org

Alison Guerrero
Dr. Lynch's Executive Assistant

Alison Guerrero is Dr. Lynch’s Executive Assistant.   Alison graduated from Tufts University and worked as a teacher and in the book business before coming to St. Bernard High School.

Alison loves sports, both watching them and playing them with her family.

 

e: aguerrero@stbernardhs.org
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Alma Gutierrez
Spanish Teacher

Armed with a BA in Spanish and a Teaching Credential, Alma joined the St. Bernard team in 2014. Enthusiastic and always upbeat, she approaches every class, every student with passion and dedication. Her classes are fun and her students “feel relaxed and successfully challenged” while with her. With her Mom from El Salvador and her dad from Spain, growing up in the US, she brings with her a deep understanding of cultures. Her understanding of the US education system helps prepare her students for all the tests and challenges encountered while learning Spanish. She is always looking forward to meeting her students.

e: agutierrez@stbernardhs.org

Kathleen Hughes
Lab Biology/ Marine Biology/Physical Science/Algebra II

Kathleen Hughes teaches AP Biology, Marine Biology, Physical Science, and Algebra II. She received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University and is completing her M.S. in Biology, with a marine emphasis from Cal State L.A.

Kathleen grew up splitting her time between Colorado and Florida, where she was first captivated by the ocean and its inhabitants. She spent the past three years working with first year students at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys reading, playing music, cooking and spending as much time outside as possible.

e: khughes@stbernardhs.org

Leo Imbert
Theology Teacher

Mr. Imbert has been is a Theology teacher and Freshman Class Moderator.  This is his eighth year at St. Bernard as a teacher.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Imbert attended Catholic schools from the first grade through the University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Mr. Imbert is the moderator of the Mock Trial team, the Chess Club, the Film Club, and has also been seen in numerous school productions.

Before entering the field of pedagogy, Mr. Imbert was a film editor for a post production company. A passionate Catholic, he is a regular speaker on Catholic doctrine at his parish’s RCIA program. In his spare time, he enjoys playing poker, chess and watching baseball. Go Dodgers!

e: limbert@stbernardhs.org

Jimmie Irby
Head Football Coach

Coach Jimmie Irby has been named Head Football Coach for the St. Bernard Vikings. Before joining the Vikings coaching staff in 2015, Coach Irby was Asst. Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator at St. Anthony High School.  In the 2014 season, Coach Irby coordinated a very talented Saints defense, shutting out 2 opponents in league play, and winning its first League Championship. Irby coached at Long Beach City College from 2009-2011.  Irby also coached at Banning High School in Wilmington.  Irby began his athletic career at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA, where he was a two-sport athlete in basketball and football.  He then transferred to Texas A&M University. Jimmie Irby earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology.

e: jirby@stbernardhs.org
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Daiman Johnson
Dean of Students/Admissions Associate

Daiman Johnson was born and raised in Louisiana. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a BS in Organizational Leadership. Daiman is currently pursuing his Masters in Sports Administration from LSU.

Before joining the Viking Family, Daiman was Dean of Students at the Center for Learning in San Bernardino. Prior to that, he was the Physical Education instructor at Maria Regina Catholic School.

Daiman also coached basketball for 26 years before retiring two years ago. He coached at the club, college and high school levels. He has won several state, national, conference, and league championships between Louisiana, Texas, and California. Daiman was head coach at Frederick Douglas Academy here in Los Angeles for 4 years and Asst. Varsity Coach at Serra HS for three years before retiring.

Daiman enjoys playing tennis and watching his two favorite college teams play USC & LSU, as well as, the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Johnson collects Bow Ties, in his spare time, from different parts of the world. Something he started a few years back and has close to 200 bow ties. All ties are self tie and not clip ons, which he calls an “insult” if asked by someone.

e: djohnson@stbernardhs.org
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Ashley Napper
Dir. of Student Activities/Dance/Cheer

Ashley Napper is Activities Director, Cheer Coach, and dance teacher at St. Bernard.  She is also the director of the Fall Play and Spring Musical.  Mrs. Napper received a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Long Beach.

In addition to owning her own dance company for young dancers, Mrs. Napper played a role in the Disneyland “Parade of Dreams.”

e: anapper@stbernardhs.org
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Monique Rigard
Director of Campus Ministry/AP Studio Art

Ms. Rigard teaches AP Studio Art and is the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Bernard High School.  A native of Los Angeles, she attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Fine Arts.   For the last twenty years, Ms. Rigard lived in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for the Archdiocese of Atlanta as an art teacher and as the Director of Religious Education at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Monique has her own catering business which focuses on Creole, Basque and Southern cuisine. She also enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, visiting local art museums, working in her gardening, and is an avid tennis player.

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Mitch Runco
Asst. Athletic Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach

Mitch Runco is the Asst. Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at St. Bernard High School.  Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he moved to Los Angeles, September, 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he served as student assistant to Bill Self.

Coach Runco will be entering his 3rd season as Head Coach. Last season, the Vikings were able to capture a CIF Championship! St. Bernard will look to defend the 5A title this season. With 3 starters returning and 7 overall from last years team, the Vikings will look to have an exciting year in what many believe to be the toughest league in California.

Coach Runco also accompanied the Kansas Jayhawk teams to 4 Big XII Championships, 1 National Championship (2008), 12, 1st round NBA Draft Picks and 2 1st-team All-Americans during his tenure at Kansas. Go Vikings!

e: mrunco@stbernardhs.org

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Andrea Saltzman
Business Manager

Andrea Saltzman is the Business Manager at St. Bernard High School. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She recently moved from Illinois to be closer to her two adult children.

Prior to joining St. Bernard High School, Andrea spent over 35 years in various aspects of the financial services industry.

Andrea was looking to make the transition from the business environment to the academic world and is so blessed to be given the opportunity to contribute in her role to the St. Bernard community.

Andrea enjoys watching USC football, the Chicago Bears and Bulls and USA soccer with her son. She loves music especially when her daughter is performing.

She can now enjoy her walks everyday in the beautiful Southern California weather.

e: asaltzman@stbernardhs.org
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Stefania Knight
English, Honors English and Foundations

Stefania Silvestri teaches English, Honors English and Foundations to grade 9.  She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where she received her BA in English and minor in Italian Studies. In 2008, she began her studies at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction.  While at Emerson, Ms. Silvestri finished a full length memoir entitled ¨Beside the Mountain¨ which won the Dean’s Award for ¨Best Thesis 2011.¨  She later went on to publish the manuscript in 2012.

Ms. Silvestri has taught for several years, including Freshman Composition and Argumentative Writing at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Masschusetts and The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts.  She also taught Academic English to International students wishing to attend an American university/college.
In her spare time, Ms. Silvestri enjoys spending time outside.  She especially loves to hike and spend weekend afternoons on the beach.  When she isn’t outside, she loves to read and play board games with her friends.

e: ssilvestri@stbernardhs.org

Mike Sonksen
English/Creative Writing/Journalism

Mike Sonksen is a 3rd-generation Los Angeles native that earned his Bachelors’ Degree at UCLA in 1997. In June 2014, he completed an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in English and History from the California State University of Los Angeles. Following his graduation from U.C.L.A. in 1997, he has published over 500 essays and poems with publications and websites like KCET, Poets & Writers Magazine, Wax Poetics, Southern California Quarterly, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, The Architect’s Newspaper, LA Alternative Press, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Weekly and many others. For the last three and a half years he has written a column for KCET called “L.A. Letters,” which celebrates bright moments from literary Los Angeles. Sonksen has taught at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School, California State University of Los Angeles, Woodbury University and Southwest College. He has also been a guest speaker at over 70 universities and high schools. He is thrilled to now be teaching at St. Bernard’s.

Dating back to the late 1990s, Sonksen has presented his poetry over 1,500 times in a wide range of venues including bookstores, museums, college campuses, secondary schools and literary festivals. In 2013, the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center awarded Sonksen for “Distinguished Service to the Los Angeles Poetry Community.” His next book, Poetics of Location is forthcoming from Writ Large Press.

e: msonksen@stbernardhs.org

Brandon Odom
Math Teacher

Brandon Odom teaches Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Math Analysis.  Mr. Odom is proud Alumni of Morehouse College, where he received his B.S. in Mathematics. It was at Morehouse College that Brandon found his passion for educating the youth.While serving in the Bonner Scholar community service foundation. Brandon also is an Alumni of Bishop Montgomery High school where he played varsity football and basketball.

Brandon will be starting a math club at St. Bernard that will provide innovative projects, tutoring and scholarship opportunities for the students at SBHS.  He is an AmeriCorps Alumni.

e: bodom@stbernardhs.org