Parents and students of Saint Mary Magdalen, I am excited to say that we have completed our first official week of school and despite some challenges created by our construction this week, it has been a great start. We’ve taken the opportunity to focus on what is most important- our students. As I have walked down the halls this past week and spent time in classrooms, I have seen the excellent learning that has already occurred in classrooms.
I was able to take the opportunity to read one of my favorite stories to some of our first graders, watch a math lesson, interact with students at recess, and to speak with some of you as you drop off your students. I thank you for the warm welcome I have experienced. I know that we are all part of an engaged and invested community and I look forward to working with you throughout the course this year!
Additionally, some of you may be aware that we have several new staff members. We have a new counselor, Mrs. Framel, two new 4th grade teachers Mrs. Cortez and Mrs. Holt, a new middle school humanities teacher, Mrs. Conrow, and a new P.E. teacher, Mrs. Mahar. I want to give each of them a chance to introduce themselves below:
Natalie Conrow has been teaching in Archdiocesan schools since she earned her Master’s degree from Seattle University 2000. She has taught every grade from third through eighth except fourth, with the bulk of her career in fifth grade. Natalie spends her free time reading, writing, crocheting, and getting outside as much as possible. She is excited to join the team at Saint Mary Magdalen and work with middle schoolers to improve their writing skills. Natalie and her husband live in Snohomish with their two teenage sons.
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be the new School Counselor at St. Mary Magdalen. I graduated in 2009 from Concordia University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theology and in 2014 from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Social Work with a credential to work in schools. While in San Diego, I spent two years working for the county and then another two years working for a public school district. My husband and I moved up from San Diego just a few months ago with our puppy, Bishop, and are thoroughly enjoying the green scenery everywhere. I’m looking forward to collaborating with students, families, and staff to create a strong community here.
My name is Christy Cortez and I am a new 4th grade teacher at St. Mary Magdalen this year! I graduated from Washington State University with a major in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Elementary Science. This is my 5th year teaching in the primary grades, I have previously taught both the 3rd and 5th grades. I have 3 kids of my own, a 7 year old who just began 1st grade this year, a 5 year old in Kindergarten, and a 1 year old, whom I spent my time with last year at home. I am so excited to be here and am looking forward to a wonderful year!
Mary Jane Holt
My name is Mary Jane Holt and this is my fourteenth year teaching! I graduated from Washington State University (GO COUGS!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I also have a Secondary Endorsement in Psychology.
I am so excited to be the new 4B teacher! I can honestly say that the staff and students at Saint Mary Magdalene have been nothing but fabulous! I already feel at home and your children have been so very kind and hard-working!
I have two grown children that I absolutely love! Emily is currently a junior at Central Washington University and was the starting goalkeeper for the girl’s soccer team her freshman and sophomore year! Jackson just graduated from high school and is highly talented with musical instruments, drama and writing. I also have a dog named Bella. She is a Maltese mix and completely nuts!
Thank you so much to all who have opened up their hearts and arms to me. This is going to be an awesome year!
My name is Bernadine Mahar, the kids call me Ms. B. I have been in education for many years and have served students and staff in several roles. I have been a Physical Education instructor, a middle school counselor, a Dean of Students, a building principal, a behavior intervention specialist and have worked with children in an outdoor, alternative setting. My undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. I love learning and I love children.
I live on a small farm on Whidbey Island – yes I take a ferry to work! My husband Dan is a farmer and an inventor. We have one son, Levi, two dogs, a kitty and chickens. I love reading, walking and cooking. I am honored to be here at St. Mary Magdalen.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.