welcome new faculty

Katherine Esau – Fine Arts

• Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2006

• She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State

University, Sacramento. She is currently earning a Master of Arts in

Education, with an emphasis on Special Education.

• Previously, she was Resource Specialist in San Jose for 2 years.

• She also taught dance in a competitive after-school program.

• Katherine will be teaching foods & nutrition, life skills and our dance

performance class (drill).

Julianne (Isoardi) Harper - Math

• Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1978.

• Julianne is a former St. Mary’s teacher –math, religion and speech. She

now returns to teach math.

• Previously, Julianne taught and served as the Dean of Students at

Carondolet High School.

• She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential through San

Francisco State University.

• Julianne is mother to two of our students, Tony (’16) and Laura (’18).

Melissa Milgrim - Science

• Earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State

University, Fullerton, and holds a Master of Arts in Kinesiology from

California State University, East Bay.

• She was an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College.

• Melissa will be teaching biology and anatomy.

• She is also the Athletic Trainer for our sports teams.

• Melissa and her husband have a young daughter.

Sharon Piasecki - Religion

• Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Inter-American Studies from University of the

Pacific and certification in Catholic Theology from John Paul the Great

Catholic University.

• She works with high school students in exchange student programs

teaching English.

• Sharon served as a Catechist in the St. Luke’s RCIA program for seven


Judy Rajala - English

• Earned Bachelor of Arts from California University in Pennsylvania

and completed post-graduate work at The American University in

Washington, D.C..

• She has taught in Maryland, Pennsylvania and California.

• Judy has 25+ years of experience in English high school education.

• She was also an adjunct professor of writing at the college level for four


• In 2004, Judy was Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for Lodi.

Matthew Roche - Math

• Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from University of California,


• He tutors math, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics at San

Joaquin Delta College.

• Matthew previously taught math in the summer school program at

Bishop O’Dowd High School.

• He also has choral experience which extends to the Stockton Chorale.

Gianna Stephens - English

• Holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of San Francisco

and a Teaching Credential from Notre Dame University in Belmont.

• She also studied in Florence, Italy.

• She has eight years teaching experience, including four at Presentation


• Gianna has two sons at Saint Mary’s – Jackson (’16) and Joey (’17).

Alana (Ghilotti) Weisz

• Graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2004.

• Most of us know her by her maiden name, Alana Ghilotti, our former AP

Psychology teacher.

• She has returned after a one-year hiatus and has been named

Academic Dean and Administrator.

• Alana also returns to teach AP Psychology.

• She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of

California, Berkeley, and a Teaching Credential from San Francisco State


Father John P. Fallon, O.S.F.S., Endowment

Your participation ensures our ability to carry on Father Fallon’s wish to empower students with the tools they need

to become the leaders and givers of tomorrow. The income generated from this endowment will provide learning

opportunities inside and outside of the classroom and support dedicated faculty who teach, mentor and inspire


In honor of Father Fallon’s 40 plus years of service to St. Mary’s, we have set forth a long-term plan to ensure the

future stability of the school by creating the Father John P. Fallon, O.S.F.S., Endowment.

The goal is to grow the Endowment large enough so that annual distributions will have a meaningful impact to help

keep tuition low and teachers’ salaries competitive. With sound financial managment and the continued generosity of

our school community, this is achievable. Please contribute to the success of this campaign and make a difference

in the lives of our students. Contact


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