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We’re always interested in finding the right educators to bring Holy Family Academy’s values to our students. Please send a note to email@example.com if you or someone you know would be a good fit!
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. 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. Rachel Tomaszewski
SECOND / THIRD
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
FOURTH / FIFTH
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!
Miss Sofia Falter
SIXTH / SEVENTH
Miss 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
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.