Laura Graves: Principal / Spanish
Mrs. Graves has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology from Loras Catholic College in Dubuque, Iowa with the Hoager Award in excellence in foreign language. During her time at Loras, she studied at the University of Quito in Quito, Ecuador. She also studied at the Universidad de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Her undergraduate thesis was on the topic of developing foreign language programs in elementary schools.
She earned a Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois.
Mrs. Graves has over 20 years of experience working in both public and Catholic schools as a teacher and school counselor. She was the Diocesan crisis team coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix for three years. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Laura looks forward to serving as principal at Holy Family Academy. As a product of Catholic schools, Mrs. Graves understands the value and importance of traditional Catholic values and educational excellence in young people.
Stephen Norton, Ph.D: Mathematics / Science
Dr. Norton was educated at M.I.T., Harvard, Boston University, and Golden Valley Institute of Physics where he received his doctorate degree. He is a practicing Catholic and attended Catholic schools as a child for 12 years in Boston, Massachusetts.
In his free time, Dr. Norton enjoys running in marathons. He is looking forward to meeting the students and families at HFA. Dr. Norton is interested in offering SAT prep classes and starting a chess club.
John C. Yep Ph.L, MA: English / History
Born the 5th of 10 children, John was raised in a good Catholic family from the Midwest. Fluent in 3 languages, he holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome, a 3-year Diploma in Humanities and a 2nd Master’s Degree in Theology from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA.
John spent many years as a Religious, discerning a vocation to the priesthood. His years in the seminary took him all over the world, from the United States to Canada, Mexico, Austria, Italy, and China to name a few. This gave him a highly unique experience of teaching kids while at the same time being able to share his love for the Lord, His Mother, and the Church. He comes to Holy Family excited and humbled at the opportunity to be a part of this faith-filled community.
Last and not least, John has been happily married to the love of his life for just over a year and thanks God every day for the wonderful Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. A Deo Gratias!
Andrew Latham: Religion / Art History
Mr. Latham received his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Kansas State University in 2007. His initial career choice was to teach art history at the collegiate level. He was accepted to Michigan State’s Masters program before placing this plan on hold due to a growing family. He has taught in high schools over the last 5 years, and is excited to volunteer his time twice a week to provide this material to juniors and seniors.
In addition, he will be instructing the upper academy in religion along with Mr. Dick DeMark. As a “cradle” traditional Catholic, he has been deeply involved in every aspect of Tradition, with a special love for the Latin Mass’ rubrics and meaning.
Mr. Latham is married with 4 children – all attending HFA – and is the owner / president of Roll Products, Inc, as well as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for HFA.
Richard DeMark: Religion
Bio for Dr. DeMark is coming soon!
Mrs. Jennifer Conroy: Kindergarten / First
Mrs. Conroy graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has over ten years of experience teaching children in grades Kindergarten and younger in both public and private schools.
Mrs. Conroy loves teaching Catholic school students and marvels at their wonder and depth of faith. She is a avid Chicago sports fan and is rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series again.
Mrs. Conroy was married in 2018 and is enjoying married life with her husband, Adam.
Mrs. Brittany Natili: Grades 2-3
Mrs. Natili is from New Jersey and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Pennsylvania State University. She worked on her student teaching in Pennsylvania.
After she graduated, she worked in a Montessori school in New Jersey teaching grades 1-3. She also taught Kindergarten in a public school for two years in New Jersey. After that, she moved to Maryland and worked in a Sylvan Learning Center as the Director of Education for pre-school to high school level students. In Rhode Island, she worked as a Math Intervention teacher in a public school for almost two years for students in grades K-5. For the last year, she has been living in Pennsylvania and teaching English and Math to students online who live in other countries.
When she is not teaching, she is either exercising, playing with her puppy, or traveling with her husband! Mrs. Nataili is a practicing Catholic. She is so excited to have moved to Arizona and be part of the Holy Family Academy!
Mrs. Michelle Sabo: Grades 4-5
Michelle Sabo is excited to join the Holy Family Academy’s staff full time for the 2019-2020 school year!
She started her career as a respiratory therapist and from there went on to business administration and real estate. During that time she always had one foot in the education system working as a school librarian, IEP (Individualized Education Plan) liaison, Church education coordinator and trainer and a long term substitute teacher.
Working with these amazing HFA families and students has convinced her to make the move into full-time teaching. Mrs. Sabo and her husband are Arizona natives celebrating their 29th anniversary this summer; they have four married children and 7 grandchildren. She’s looking forward to a great year in the 4th and 5th-grade classroom, and can’t wait to see the students in the Fall!
Miss Sofia Falter: Grades 6-7
Miss Sofia Falter graduated from Grand Canyon University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education. She attended Catholic school herself from 1st through 12th grade.
Most recently, Miss Falter taught third grade at St. Jerome Catholic School for the 2018-2019 school year. She is excited to get back into teaching middle school. Miss Falter comes from an ex-military family where she learned many things about leadership and science.
She is the oldest of four children and loves to be out in nature and around all sorts of animals. Miss Falter also enjoys photography, horse riding, helping in different ministries at her parish, and singing. She is always up to learning new things and is excited to follow in what the Lord has planned for her (Jer. 29:11).
Mrs. Amy Rhude: Art
Bio for Ms. Rhude is coming soon