Ms. Sta. Catalina was born and raised in the Philippines. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Education major in Educational Administration at the University of the Philippines. She began her career as a teacher in the elementary grades in the Division of City Schools, Manila where she taught for 20 years. While teaching, she pursued her studies and completed the academic requirements for her Ph.D. in Development Education at the University of Santo Tomas, the largest and oldest Catholic school in the Philippines.
In 1999, her family immigrated to the United States. That year she began teaching at St. Gregory Nazianzen School, where she taught at the primary and the middle school. To gain more knowledge and skills about diverse learners, she continued her studies and acquired units in Child Development at the Los Angeles City College.
After three years at the Archdiocese school, she was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District. She worked as a long-term substitute at Van Ness Elementary School teaching different grade levels, and later became a permanent teacher there. She has also taught at Laurel Elementary School. Her most recent assignment was at Cahuenga Elementary School, a year-round language school. Her experiences include teaching in grades 1 through 5.
Ms. Sta. Catalina became a member of Micheltorena Street Elementary School on September 18, 2012. Ms. Sta. Catalina came highly recommended for her professional traits, concern for children, and commitment to work. She has been very impressed by the warm welcome of the teaching staff, and the very active involvement of parents and other members of the community.
Prior to coming to Micheltorena Elementary School, she was a demonstration teacher anda mentor teacher at Cahuenga. She was a writing and smart board lesson demonstration teacher to Korean Educators and the teachers of Virgil Middle School. During an observation of a lesson, an LAUSD principal commented that she has an “infectious enthusiasm for work.” As a mentor, she collaborated with student teachers and interns from California and Korean universities.
Ms. Sta. Catalina is a dedicated and student-focused professional educator who is committed to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for all students. She continues to attend seminars and trainings to improve her practice.
Outside of teaching, she volunteers her time with a religious organization called “ Legionof Mary.” Every Sunday, the group visits with sick people at Convalescent Hospitals.