Every year we are sad to see certain employees move on, but we are also excited to welcome new mentors into our Lasallian family. This year we have several new faces:
Ms. Sandra Dipollito will teach art part-time, replacing Ms. Pruss, who moved to Colorado. While Ms. Dipollito will be new this school year, she is not new to St. Mike’s. She was our full-time art teacher for six years before taking some time off and substituting at St. Michael’s. Ms. Dipollito holds a BA in fine art from the College of Santa Fe and specializes in 2-D art, such as painting and drawing. We are thrilled to have her back.
Mrs. Yelena Temple will teach science full-time this year. Mrs. Temple replaces Gladys Rimkus, who moved on to start a family. Mrs. Temple, like Ms. Dipollito, is not new to St. Michael’s, and has been an extremely reliable and knowledgeable substitute teacher for the past two years. Mrs. Temple taught science in Ruidoso public schools for 25 years before coming to St. Michael’s. She holds a BS in physical education and science from New Mexico State University and an MA in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Mexico. Mrs. Temple has a son, Seth, who attends St. Michael’s.
Mr. Carlos Maldonado will teach theology at St. Michael’s, replacing Mrs. Klienjan, who moved on to start a family and write a book. Mr. Maldonado grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and graduated from high school in Clovis, New Mexico. Prior to St. Michael’s, Mr. Maldonado taught for four years at Capital High School, teaching world history and Freshman Seminar. Mr. Maldonado is a devout and committed Roman Catholic and has been an altar server at the San Miguel Chapel for the Latin and English Masses for the past three years. He holds a BA in history and political science from UNM and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Mr. Maldonado has always wanted to teach theology at St. Mike’s and feels blessed that his prayers were finally answered!
Dr. Brian Smith, MD, will teach the medical terminology and medical ethics classes in our newly formed Medical Magnet Program. Dr. Smith worked for the Peace Corps in Guatemala as an interpreter for US surgeons and clinicians. On September 23, 2016, Dr. Smith was presented with the distinguished John F. Kennedy Service Award by Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelat and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Laura Chambers at George Washington University in Washington, DC. The award is only given every five years. Dr. Smith is a licensed, practicing family medicine specialist at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe. He graduated from East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine in 2012 and also holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Smith is the founder of Chila, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide high-quality primary care to the populations of rural Guatemala.
Ms. Stephanie Oellien LAT, ATC, will be our new athletic trainer. Ms. Oellien replaces Tom Fagan, who is inching faster toward retirement. Ms. Oellien has a BS in athletic training from the University of New Mexico and is a state and nationally certified athletic trainer, not to mention a local Santa Fean. Ms. Oellien has clinical experience at UNM working with softball, swimming and diving, basketball, football, and baseball, and most recently was the head athletic trainer at Española Valley High School. While Ms. Oellien is technically a full-time Christus St. Vincent employee, our school is her primary site assignment, and she will hopefully be part of our family for a long time to come. We are excited to have her expertise and presence at Horsemen athletic events and practices full-time.
Ms. Rebecca Hulick will be our mental health school counselor, replacing Mr. Enloe, who retired (for the second time). Ms. Hulick has a BS in human development and family studies from Penn State and an MS in mental health counseling from Manhattan College, a Lasallian College in the Bronx. Ms. Hulick was a Lasallian Volunteer at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas, for two years and has various experiences with addiction care, adolescent skills, and student judicial hearings, to name a few.
Mrs. Collette Lee will work part-time in the front office, replacing Kaity Wolf, who moved on to other professional ventures. Mrs. Lee worked at Santa Fe Community College for 21 years in various departments in wide ranging roles. Mrs. Lee has a BS from Southern Methodist University an MA from UNLV. Mrs. Lee’s twin children recently graduated from St. Michael’s in 2019; they are attending Arizona State and the University of Arizona in the fall.