Notre Dame Preparatory is welcoming seventeen new staff and faculty members this year to ensure the thriving learning environment of students.
These new additions include two English teachers, three history teachers, four theology teachers, three elective teachers, three science teachers, a permanent substitute, a testing coordinator, and an alumni coordinator.
Title: Alumni Coordinator
Hometown: I was born & raised in Scottsdale, AZ!
Education: I went to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA! I double majored in psychology & sociology, with a minor in criminal justice.
Previous Jobs: Before I started here in July, I taught preschool!
Hobbies: I love spending time with family & friends, seeing live music, crafting, watching anything from the Bachelor franchise, and I am literally obsessed with Gonzaga basketball, so come March Madness, I have a hard time getting anything done!
Family: I am the oldest of 5 kids! My brothers all graduated from NDP, Michael (’14), Ryan (’15), and Jeffrey (’17), and my little sister Katherine is a senior here this year! I have a dog named Lily who is the love of my life!
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I decided to become the Alumni Coordinator at NDP because my siblings and my parents have loved being a part of the NDP community and so I wanted to be a part of it too! I love meeting new people and making connections, which I get to do a lot of in this job. It’s also a nice change from chasing three-year-olds around all day!
Title: Permanent sub on campus and the head freshman coach for football
Hometown: Born in Phoenix, AZ.
Education: I have a degree from ASU in secondary education for history and obtained a Fire Science degree from Phoenix College.
Previous Jobs: I spent 36 years in the Phoenix Fire Department as a Captain on E31 and 42 years coaching football at Horizon and Brophy
Hobbies: Construction and guitar playing
Family: My wife is an elementary teacher at Copper Canyon and we have been married for 34 years. We have two children, who are twins, named Matt and Melissa.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? After a long career, I decided to reach out to the youth and instruct in the classroom as well as on the football field.
Title: Testing coordinator
Hometown: Born and raised in Paradise Valley, AZ
Education: I went to local Catholic schools until college. Attended the University of San Francisco and the University of Arizona and did one year abroad at L’Institut Catholique in Paris. I finally finished my degree at the U of A and majored in English Literature and minored in French.
Previous Jobs: I taught at Xavier College Prep when I was a young mom. After that, I stayed home with my kids. So, I’m back in the workforce after a very long hiatus.
Hobbies: I love cooking and gardening. I love learning and reading. I’m on YouTube a lot keeping up with news on bitcoin and blockchain technology which is so fascinating (even though I don’t understand it very well!) Most of my free time is spent with my husband, my kids and extended family here in AZ.
Family: Both my husband and I came from very large Catholic families and we had six of our own: three boys and three girls who are now between the ages of 21-29. We moved a lot and have lived in Seattle, WA; Madison ,Wisconsin; Cleveland, OH; and most recently Livermore, CA. We just became “empty-nesters” in February of 2019.
Why did you choose to be a teacher?
I’ve always loved being in an academic environment. Being around teens and teachers helps me remain a life-long learner and I still have so much to learn from all of you! This is a great school and I’m honored to be here
Title: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and General Business Studies teacher
Hometown: Born in Livingston, NJ and grew up in Phoenix, AZ
Education: Loyola Marymount University – Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing Emphasis (2002)
Grand Canyon University – Master of Business Administration (2015)
Grand Canyon University – Master of Education, Educational Leadership (2018)
Previous Jobs: Grand Canyon Education – Operations Manager
Saint John XXII Catholic School – Director of Extended Day and Athletics
Notre Dame Preparatory – Assistant to the Athletic Director
Time Warner Cable Media Sales – Executive Assistant to National VP (New York, NY)
National Cable Communications – Sales Assistant (New York, NY)
Hobbies: Attending theater productions and watching sports (especially my New York Yankees!)
Family: Godmother to niece (Mackenzie) and nephew (Jonathan)
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I missed being around high school students and am excited to share my knowledge and experiences with them.
Designated work space: Desk in 828
Title: Teacher for Eng 4 and Eng 3DE
Hometown: Hastings, NE. I have lived in AZ for three weeks.
Education: University of Nebraska
Previous Jobs: I taught English at numerous high schools and community colleges in Nebraska. I also owned and managed an independent bookstore.
Hobbies: I like to read and write.
Family: I have four grown children and four adorable grandchildren. After fifty years of having pets, I have not had a pet for three weeks now nor do I plan to get one. My furniture is finally safe.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I love teaching because I love encouraging “thinking”. I want to live in a world of critical thinkers. We may not always agree, but as long as my fellow citizens have carefully and thoughtfully considered their opinions, I can respect that, and I can learn from it, too.
Title: English Teacher
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Education:B.A. English (Writing), Minor in Public Relations, Gonzaga University Masters of Arts in Teaching, University of Portland
Previous Jobs: English Teacher at Regis St. Mary Catholic School
Hobbies: Solving the New York Times Daily Mini Crossword, reading, writing and exploring the outdoors (when it’s not over 100 degrees).
Family: One younger brother who is a junior at University of Arizona
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I chose to be a teacher because I love that in the high school classroom, we get to build a community founded on critical thinking, learning, and personal growth. I love the big questions we get to ask of ourselves, each other, and the texts we read.
Title: Math teacher
Hometown: Massapequa Park, NY (Long Island)
Previous Jobs: Electrical Engineer
Hobbies: Reading, doing things with my family
Family: My husband Greg and I have been married 32 years. We have 6 kids and 1 grandson and another grandson due Dec 8. And we have silver Labrador named Sadie
Why did you choose to be a teacher? Because I love kids and I love math!!
Education: ASU (Bachelors in Biological Sciences, Secondary Education Certificate), University of Mary (Minor in Catholic Studies)
Previous Jobs: Part time jobs, Subbing
Hobbies: Reading, Gaming (online & board games)
Why did you choose to be a teacher?: I wanted to share the love that I have for science and Biology with the next generation (hopefully inspiring them to pursue science themselves).
Hometown: Battle Ground, Washington
Education: BS in Neuroscience minor in Chemistry from Brigham Young University
Previous Jobs: Lab Coordinator at GCU (1 year), a Chemistry Teacher at Desert Heights Preparatory Academy (2 years)
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Disc Golf
Family: Married to Dallin Harris
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I love chemistry and I had a lot of great teachers who helped me become who I am. I hope I can do the same and inspire students also love chemistry.
Title: Physical Science and Physics
Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Education: Arizona State University – Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Degree: Industrial Engineering and Management Information Systems
Previous Jobs: Desert Mountain High School: Math Teacher, Leonid LED: owner of lighting company, Burson-Marsteller: CIO, Ogilvy & Mather: CTO, The Walt Disney Company: Regional Technology Director, commercial crime investigator, and many more
Hobbies: Wake, snow and skate boarding, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, pickleball, and travel
Family: Wife, Laurie, and has one daughter, Ashley, and three stepchildren, Brett, Ryan and Eliana
Why did you choose to be a teacher? Altruistic reasons. I was inspired by my science teachers at Arcadia High School, wanted to try to be as inspirational – a work in progress.
Bonnie Jean Chudzinski
Title: United States History
Education: University of Toledo, B.A. in Economics, 1996; University of Toledo, M.A. in Economics, 1999; University of Toledo M.A. in History, 2000; Lourdes University, teaching licensure program for Middle School and High School math and history, 2003; University of Toledo, Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Educational Technology, 2015; University of Dayton, Education Administration, 2016
Previous Jobs: St. Richards 6-8 Social Studies and Language Arts, 2000-2001; Our Lady of Lourdes 6-8 Math, Social Studies 2001-2006; Toledo Central Catholic High School AP European History, Money Management, Geometry, Pre-Algebra 2006-2012; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Administration 2012-2015; Blessed Sacrament 5-8 Math and Art 2015-2019; Lourdes University (adjunct) World Cultural Geography, US History, World History 2003-2007
Hobbies: I tend to be a bit of a sports nut, so most of the time, I am at home when there is a hockey or baseball game on. I enjoy painting, swimming, hiking, and traveling. I have been to 45 of the 50 US states, several islands in the Caribbean, and Europe 6 times both on vacation and as a foreign exchange student.
Family: I am not married, nor do I have children, but I have two cats who are her “babies.” I am also an only child, so I am still close with my parents who still live in Toledo.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? This is my 20th year in education and although my reasons for teaching have changed throughout the years, the main focus has always been on trying to encourage young people to have a love of learning, to find their passion in life and pursue it. And if I have an inkling of helping someone find their passion, then I think I have done my job.
Title: Theology 4 and Acting
Hometown: originally from Ames, Iowa
Education: graduated from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with minors in Speech and Theatre, and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University.
I first taught at Marquette Catholic School in Bellevue, Iowa. Then I moved back to Ames and was an admissions counselor for Iowa State University. I next taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Remsen, Iowa and then Gehlen Catholic School in Le Mars, Iowa. I left Gehlen thinking I wanted to do something other than teaching, so I became the Director of Faith Formation for my parish, All Saints Catholic Church, in Le Mars, Iowa. I discovered that I did not want to do anything other than teaching, so now I am here.
Hobbies: I love spending time with my family, hockey, sewing, reading, writing, theatre, and travel.
Family: My husband Tom and I have been married for thirty years. We have four grown children; three are married and live in the southwest corner of the country, and our youngest will be graduating from Iowa State University in December. We also have six amazing grandchildren!
Why did you choose to be a teacher? In high school, I had an amazing English teacher who was also my cross country coach. He was tough, strict, and demanded a lot from us, yet I could tell he really cared about us as individuals. He influenced my life greatly. I began to hope that I could do that for young people someday.
Title: Theology Teacher
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Education: ASU, University of Mary
Previous Jobs: Administrative Assistant in the Diocese of Phoenix Natural Family Planning Office, Camp Counselor at Life Teen Camp Golden State
Hobbies: Country dancing, playing the guitar, anything outdoors
Family: Wonderful husband and first baby on the way (coming to you live February 1st!)
Why did you choose to be a teacher?: I have a passion for theology and love working with high schoolers.
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Education: BA Theology from Ave Maria University – Masters of Education M.E.d Chaminade University
Previous Jobs: I have worked as a VA Certifying official and as an author. First time teacher.
Hobbies: Golf, writing, publishing, surfing, anything outdoors
Family/Pets: One dog named Mia
Why did you choose to be a teacher?: To teach the youth Theology
Hometown: Phoenix Arizona
Education: Bachelors in Philosophy
Previous jobs: Lifeguard, Yelp (like the review app), teaching, missionary. I have been a teacher for 3 years.
Hobbies: Woodworking, music, and sports.
Family: I have a wife named Maureen and a son named Sebastian.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? Because I think it is where I can make the most difference with my skills and gifts.
Hometown: Originally from Cuba, moved to Phoenix, AZ when I was eight years old.
Education:Arizona State University. I have a B.A. in Secondary Education (Spanish) .
Previous Jobs: ELL Aid at Independence High School
Hobbies: Spend time with family and traveling.
Family: Married, I have a two year old daughter named Gianna.
Why did you want to become a teacher: At first, it never crossed my mind I wanted to become an educator. It wasn’t until Glendale Community College needed volunteers to help at a local elementary school. I signed up and I truly fell in love with teaching.
Subject:Born & raised in Cleveland, OH, I have lived in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Orlando.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Education: Xavier University
Bachelor of Science (PE/Health)
Master of Education (Sports Administration)
Previous jobs:I was a Division I Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach for almost 15 years at Xavier University and the University of Central Florida.
Hobbies: Strength/fitness training, reading, watching movies
Family: I am married to my amazing husband Johnny.
Why did you want to become a teacher: I truly love mentoring, educating, coaching and influencing young minds in a positive way. I am using my life experiences to teach what worked to help me succeed and what mistakes I made and learned from along the way so that they can learn and hopefully make fewer mistakes than I did and better choices in their lives. I love empowering young people to be their best self each day and work towards the goals they want to achieve in life.