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Meet the Educators of Your Children:
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.
Mrs. Magda Taglienti, MS
KINDERGARTEN / FIRST
Ms. Taglienti has been immersed in education for over 20 years, with 10 of those years having been devoted to Catholic education. During her years as a Catholic teacher, she’s had the opportunity to teach grade levels from Pre-K to fourth grade. In addition, during her last two years as a prekindergarten teacher, she took on the role of the assistant preschool director and served as a member of the Early Childhood Curriculum Standards Committee from the Diocese of Phoenix.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus in child psychology and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education; both from Arizona State University.
Prior to coming to Holy Family Academy, she was a preschool director and most recently I had the amazing experience of working for a non profit organization as an Early Literacy Specialist. Her latest role allowed me to work with families and their children, ages birth to five, providing them with early literacy and school readiness skills. Moreover, she supported early childhood educators by developing curriculum and implementing professional development opportunities and regular on-site coaching.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Holy Academy Faculty! I’m passionate about early childhood education and believes in the importance of instilling a love for learning in young children to help them with their future academic success.”
Mrs. Sabrina Rideau
Mrs. Rideau has been teaching in Arizona for over ten years. Her heart is in teaching lower academy education, and she is particularly passionate about classical, liberal arts curriculum. Throughout her teaching career she has taught in a wide variety of classrooms, including self contained special education programs. She has extensive experience teaching and modifying curriculum to meet each child where they are. She is passionate about Catholic education, and firmly believes that a child’s day should be immersed in all that is good, true, and beautiful. Before joining Holy Family Academy for the 2020-2021 school year, she taught for Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Mrs. Rideau is a mother to 4 boys (3 of which attend Holy Family), and a wife to a Catholic High School football coach. In her free time she enjoys painting and drawing. She can often be found on the sideline of a field, cheering on a free throw shot, or sitting right behind home plate with a book in her hand, cheering on one of her boys.
She is thrilled at the opportunity to continue teaching at HFA and looks forward to joining your family in your child’s learning journey.
Mrs. Rachel Tomaszewski
Mrs. Tomaszewski received her degree at Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2011.
In addition, Mrs. Tomaszewski serves on a team of instructional leaders that maps curriculum for the district, and is trained and experienced in current educational strategies including AVID, Thinking Maps, and Kagan Cooperative Learning. She enjoys a great amount of experience teaching a variety of students with a wide range of abilities including general education students, gifted students, and students with disabilities.
She comes to HFA with 9 years of elementary education experience, having previously taught at JO Combs Unified School District, and most recently in the Queen Creek Unified School District.
“I am thrilled to become a part of the HFA family and am eager to start in the fall! To me, the best part of teaching is helping all students find success. Watching a student’s world open as they learn to read or encouraging them to grapple with mathematical thinking is what drives me. I live for the “aha” moments and molding life long learners. My family’s Catholic faith is central to everything we do. I am a wife and mother of four. My husband and I are excited for the opportunity to give our children a traditional Catholic education. “
Mrs. Michelle Sabo
Mrs. Sabo 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, including at HFA.
Working with these amazing HFA families and students 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 8 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!
Mrs. Maria Stenner
“Hello, my name is Maria Stenner. I am honored to be teaching at Holy Family Academy. I have been in Catholic Education for 14 years. I also worked in Parish Administration from 2012 to 2021. I am a graduate of Arizona State University with a major in Communications and a minor in Family Studies.
Miss Sofia Falter
SIXTH / SEVENTH
Miss Falter has been a part of the HFA family since the Fall of 2019. She loves the whole community and has enjoyed watching it grow.
Miss Falter attended Catholic school from 1st through 12th grade. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Miss Falter, outside of teaching, is involved with many different ministries at her parish. She also enjoys spending time with friends, reading, photography, and hanging out with her dog.
Mrs. Amy Rhude
Mrs. Rhude received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, with concentration in photography, from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She spent the following 15 years in media and advertising in Boston and Phoenix. For the past 10 years Mrs. Rhude has owned and operated a photography and design business, never straying far from her love for art. She loves spending time expanding young minds to the possibilities in art and self expression. Her motto is “create art every day.”
She and her husband, John, have four wonderful children, ranging in age from grade school to high school. She is the photographer, designer, and owner of Three Curls Creative, named for her three daughters with curly hair, and a die-hard Boston sports fan.