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.
Benjamin Johnson: Science
Mr. Johnson has his Bachelors of Science in Biology from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He has almost ten years of teaching experience in Science classrooms in both the middle school and high school level. At his previous school, he was the Science department faculty chair and also the athletic director.
Before teaching, Mr. Johnson was a Reservist for the United States Army and worked for Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management. He also worked for the Department of Justice and the Office of Domestic Preparedness.
Mr. Johnson has a special interest in the area of robotics and is excited to offer Robotics as an elective at Holy Family Academy.
Melissa Toomey: English / History
Miss Toomey is an active Catholic and originally from New Jersey. She has extensive experience in Shakespearean literature and theatre.
In her spare time, she enjoys acting for the Southwest Shakespeare Company and facilitating student classes about Shakespearean theatre.
Noel Arellano: Theology / Math / Latin
Mr. Arellano received is Bachelor of Arts in English from Jose Rizal University in the Philippines. He has been involved with private education for 12 years. Mr. Arellano was also an educational administrator intern for 2 years and as an administrative assistant for a year.
He received his Masters in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University and is currently working toward his second year of his MBA program.
He has helped found and direct a theatrical group for high school students and a choir for boys in Phoenix.
Mr. Arellano received a diploma in Instrumentation and Process Control Technology in the Philippines and was involved as the Head Catechist in his priory church in Manila.
He has taught Language Arts, Science, History, Technology, Latin, Music, Fine Arts, and Theatre.
Andrew Latham: Art History / Catholic Social Principles
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, Mr. Latham will be teaching Catholic Social Teaching to the same age group, in order to more fully prepare them to engage in the world as Catholic citizens. He will draw on his experience of working during the last 7 years with the Society of St. Pius X and Angelus Press, and as a “cradle” traditional Catholic.
Mr. Latham is married with 4 children – all attending HFA – and is the president of Roll Products, Inc. He spent 6 years in the radio industry, and has founded and sold two marketing agencies since 2003.
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 on June 2nd and is enjoying married life with her husband, Adam. She looks forward to being a part of the Holy Family Academy faculty.
Robin Sikora: Grades 2-3
Miss Sikora attended Catholic schools from grades K-12, including a private Catholic high school where she was Salutatorian and President of her senior class. She went on to graduate with a B.A. from Northwestern University majoring in Economics, and later received her Master’s in Education at DePaul University.
A native of Illinois, Robin relocated to Arizona in 2017. She began her teaching career at St. Louise de Marillac in La Grange Park, Illinois, and recently taught at St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule, Arizona.
In the past, Robin tutored inner-city children, taught Religious Education, and took part in a Mission trip to Mexico to help serve orphans. Her background includes many years working in the business world prior to teaching, where she gained valuable communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
She has four siblings, nine nieces and nephews, one great-nephew and one great-niece. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, working out, and keeping up with politics and current events. She is looking forward to teaching at a school which emphasizes traditional values.
Samantha Monarrez: Grades 4-6
Mrs. Monarrez graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2018. She is recently married to her husband, Nic, on December 29, 2018.
Mrs. Monarrez grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, but attended high school in Boise, Idaho. In her spare time, Mrs. Monarrez loves to spend time with her husband and with friends, to play the piano, and to read.
She has four younger siblings, and a Klee Kai dog named Tater (a tribute to Idaho). Mrs. Monarrez is excited and grateful to be teaching in an environment with such a deeply rooted love and respect for the Catholic faith.
Colette Janney: Religion
Mrs. Janney graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Vermont. She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she met her husband, John.
Shortly after they married and started their family, she began volunteering her time teaching Catechism and has done so on and off for the past 25 years. She spent one-year as the Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher at a K-8th grade Catholic school her children attended.
Colette has 3 children now in college and one at HFA . She enjoys teaching Catechism because it allows her to continue to learn and grow in her Catholic Faith along with her students. She is excited to be a part of HFA striving to form the student’s young minds with timeless Christ-centered principles and character- based education.
Amy Rhude: Art
Bio for Ms. Rhude is coming soon