Teacher Bios

 

Preschool  

Mr. Andrew Nieto was born in Dayton, Ohio but moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was two years. It is his first year at Most Holy Trinity.  He is very familiar with the Diocese having attended OLPH Glendale for elementary school and Brophy College Preparatory School for high school. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and is currently working on his Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. In his, spare time he enjoys reading, watching movies and playing with his puppy.

Pre-K

Ms. Marina Acosta is attending Arizona State University for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Human Development. As a Most Holy Trinity Tiger Alumna, Class of ‘04, she has been working for MHT for 4 years. Ms. Acosta loves working with students and seeing them grow socially and emotionally. She enjoys being active in the MHT community by assisting the coaching staff in various sports and activities on campus. Most Holy Trinity has always been a home to her, and she is happy to continue serving this community in a variety of ways.

Kindergarten

Mrs. Sue Riccitelli graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and has continued to update her education through various classes and workshops, particularly in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics. She has nine years of previous experience in early childhood education at the pre-school level and has been teaching kindergarten at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School since1998. In addition to teaching kindergarten, Mrs. Riccitelli also enjoys coaching the MHT Cheer Squad and assisting with the children's choir.

First Grade

Miss Judy Woods was born in Ottawa, Illinois. She graduated from Marquette High School in Ottawa and received her BA in Elementary Education from Illinois Benedictine College, now Benedictine University, in Lisle, Illinois. After graduating from IBC, she returned to Ottawa and began her teaching career at St. Columba Grade School where she taught for eight years in the second and third grades. In 1990, she relocated to the Phoenix area and received her Early Childhood Endorsement here in Arizona. She has been teaching the first grade at Most Holy Trinity since her arrival here in 1991 with the exception of one year when she taught a 1/2 combination class. Miss Woods' love of children has always been the reason she became a teacher, and watching the growth of her students is very rewarding for her. She was fortunate to have several extraordinary role models growing up, especially her uncle, to guide her career. The fact that she can share her faith and love of God with her students is an added blessing! She is very excited to be a part of this wonderful MHT Family. Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!

 

Second Grade

Mrs. Elizabeth Rogitz graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a K-8 Teaching Certificate and an Early Childhood Endorsement. She began her teaching career in 1988 at the junior high and sixth grade level before moving to the primary level. Mrs. Rogitz has been teaching at Most Holy Trinity since 1998. She feels blessed to share the Catholic faith with her students every day. She is committed to challenging her students academically and to strengthening their Christian morals.

Third Grade

Ms. Nicole Walsh graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. While in college, she realized that her passion is Catholic Education. As someone who attended Catholic schools for her entire life, she whole-heartedly believes in their mission and wanted to be a part of it. She began the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows program in 2014, where she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame. She feels blessed to be at Most Holy Trinity and enjoys teaching, coaching, and seeing students blossom into scholars and leaders while growing in their relationships with Christ.

 

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Christina Scofield is thrilled to be joining the Most Holy Trinity family this year to teach 4th grade. She grew up in Detroit, MI and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Dallas. After graduating from college, Mrs. Scofield spent two years working mostly with English-language learners as a teaching assistant at an international Catholic American school in Madrid, Spain and one year working in various substitute teaching positions in the Metro Detroit area. She has spent the past two years teaching 2nd grade at a classical liberal arts school. There she gained valuable experience delivering a rigorous liberal arts curriculum while working with many ELL students and exceptional learners. 

She was first drawn to the vocation of teaching by the shining examples of God’s love she saw in her own teachers from her Catholic education in K-8. She believes education is one of the greatest ways to change the world, after parenting, and takes seriously the roles and duties a teacher has in a child's life. She looks forward to getting to know all her students as well as the Most Holy Trinity community. In her free time, she enjoys nature, reading, and traveling with her husband.

 

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Ann Hansen earned her bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Arizona. Following the completion of her undergraduate studies, Ann joined the Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education (PLACE) Corps. As a member of the PLACE Corps, she taught in inner-city schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. During this time, Ann completed her master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University.  After three years of teaching in Los Angeles, she decided it was time to return home to Phoenix to be close to family. Upon returning to Arizona, Ann taught for four years at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler.  She is excited to share her passion for English and for the Catholic faith with her students.

 

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Gibb knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher and believes that teaching is truly her vocation. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. After working with younger students, she found her true calling working in upper elementary and middle school. This is her 4th year teaching at MHT. She considers it a privilege to work with each student as they grow academically as well as spiritually.

 

Sixth Grade

Mrs. Foley is originally from Southern California but grew up in Arizona. She previously taught in both public and Catholic schools prior to her teaching at MHT.  She enjoys teaching science and encouraging student curiosity through hands-on experiments. Mrs. Foley enjoys spending time at home with her husband and their two cats Matilda and Cordelia. She is very excited to teach at MHT.

 

Seventh Grade

Mr. Mark Nageotte graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in English and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.  After teaching English at the high school level in Sherman Oaks, CA, he spent more than two decades working in marketing and communications for organizations in financial services, health care, information technology, and other industries.

As a social studies teacher, Mr. Nageotte encourages students to read voraciously, listen attentively, and understand history as an ongoing process that has given them the world in which they live today.  By learning about the successes and mistakes of the past, today’s students will hopefully help to build a better future.  Additionally, students are encouraged to “write, re-write, and write again” in order to better express their ideas – and always with good grammar!

Mr. Nageotte enjoys hiking (especially in the Grand Canyon), reading, playing with his grandchildren, and going to the movies with his wife of more than 30 years – with whom he has raised three grown children who graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools in Phoenix.

 

Eighth Grade

Mrs. Teri Tucker is a native of Phoenix and graduated from Xavier College Prep. She graduated from Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Activity/Music Therapy.  She has also earned an Elementary Education Credential with an endorsement in Music. She began volunteering as a music specialist in the preschool at Most Holy Trinity and was hired two years later in 1999 to teach music. She began teaching junior high math in 2017 and became the 8th grade homeroom teacher in 2018. She enjoys helping students grow as leaders and helping them on their path to high school and beyond. 

 

Music 

Ms. Danielle Scheuer is originally from northern Minnesota where she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has taught at Most Holy Trinity since 2018 and is excited about continuing to share the Catholic faith and the beauty of music with the students in years to come.

 

Computers

Mr. Armando Romero graduated from Arizona State University where he earned his Bachelor in Science in Computer Information Systems. He then went on to earn his master's in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. After he graduated he worked as a teacher's assistant for two years. In 2006 Mr. Romero became the Computer Teacher at Most Holy Trinity for the kindergarten through eighth grades. He also maintains all technology used in the school and parish campus. He loves teaching at MHT because of the disciplined environment, rigorous curriculum, caring community, and high expectations.

 

PE  

Ms. Kaylene Bauman graduated from Arcadia High School in 2012. She then attended the University of Arizona in 2012-2016, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She taught 3rd grade at Mountain View Elementary School. Growing up, she was always involved in sports and dance. She became the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director in 2018. She loves how sports teach kids how to be cooperative, competitive and committed. 

 

Religion 5-8

Sr. Mary Claire, SOLT is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.  A native of Nashville, TN, she is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in elementary education and is currently pursuing a masters in theology, also from Franciscan University. After serving on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota for a year of mission work, she discerned a call to religious life, professing final vows in 2012. She has been serving at Most Holy Trinity since 2011.  She loves serving at Most Holy Trinity, where the students, faculty, and staff are all striving to be faithful disciples of Jesus. 

Spanish  

Mrs. Ruth M Torok, proud mother of two beautiful girls, was born in Costa Rica where she lived the majority of her life. In 2018 she and her 17 year old daughter Samantha moved to Phoenix to start a new life with her husband Paul, a resident of Phoenix since 2009. 

Mrs. Torok comes to Most Holy Trinity with 17 years of teaching experience in her native Costa Rica where she taught all grades of elementary school including special education, after receiving dual bachelor degrees from U.N.E.D. and the University of San José in Costa Rica.

Mrs. Torok has always wanted to be a teacher, believing that being a good role model and providing students with a good education is one of the most important contributions she can make to society.  It makes her very happy and proud to know her students will go on to do great things.

As a bi-lingual Spanish teacher she believes and instills in her students the idea that learning another language provides them with more experiences and opportunities- just as she has had.

Mrs. Torok loves to travel and experience other cultures, so far she has been to many countries, among them France, Spain, and India. This is Mrs. Torok's first year at Most Holy Trinity. She is thrilled to be a part of the Most Holy Trinity family.