MS. KAREN CARTIER-ARIES
Hello! My name is Karen Cartier Aries. I am so excited to be a part of this new beginning. What a wonderful adventure I get to be a part of! I am married to a lovely man and have three grown children, a daughter and two sons. I am not officially an “empty nester” as my children leave and return to the nest as they pursue various educational paths. Claire is finishing her Master’s Program in counselling. Zachary is completing his Computer Engineering Degree and working full time as a web designer for Distance Learning. Noah works for Ducks Unlimited and is involved in wetlands reclamation projects. I am very proud of my family. They have become kind, creative and interesting adults. I have a large extended family that I am close to. My parents are still very involved in my life. My 81 year old mother volunteers in my classroom every week. My father loves to build and is continually making things for my classroom. My dad was a principal in our school district for many years.
I have a love of nature and the outdoors! My parents live on eighty acres in DeWinton. I spend a great deal of peaceful time there. I love to walk, bike ride and cross country ski. I am an urban hiker and enjoy exploring our beautiful city with my walking friends. I love reading and creating art for my own enjoyment.
I have taught Grade One for thirty seven years with the Calgary Catholic School District and had the good fortune of going through this wonderful system as a child. Teaching has always been my passion. I decided to teach my younger brother to read when he was four and thus my career path began. I bring to teaching enthusiasm, energy, creativity and a passion for life-long learning. I integrate my love of children’s literature with art, music and movement to inspire in my students a desire to learn. I also bring my love of nature into the classroom to create a sense of wonder and curiosity about our world and promote critical thinking and problem solving.
I look forward to getting to know my new school community!
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your hearT." - A.A. Milne
MRS. RACHEL CHMILAR
My name is Rachel Chmilar (pronounced shma- LAR). I was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. I did both my degrees in NS before heading out West, where most of my siblings had moved. I have 3 children - Nate is almost 11, Cooper almost 9 and Mackenzie 5. And let's not forgot the newest addition to our family- our kitten, Lincoln. As a family we spend most of our time at the hockey rink, but other than that we love camping and returning home to NS to visit the ocean.
After teaching for 5 years I stayed home to raise my children. Three years ago, I returned to teaching as a guest teacher and am thrilled to be working now at Holy Child in my own community of Silverado. I've always known I wanted to be a teacher and am so happy to be back in the classroom.
MRS. KAILA DACOSTA
Hi there! My name is Kaila DaCosta and I am very excited to be a part of the amazing team at Holy Child School. Teaching is my passion and I feel blessed to be able to do something I love every single day. I thoroughly enjoy helping the little ones grow and learn. They have a zest for life that is truly inspiring. I am originally from Brantford, Ontario (Gretzky town) but have made Calgary my home for the past 5 years. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with family and friends and traveling. I look forward to meeting all our students and families this coming school year
MISS SAMANTHA DUPONT
Hello! My name is Samantha Dupont and I am so excited to be
joining the Holy Child team!! I am so blessed to have been given this
opportunity and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store. I am fresh to
the teaching world but still so passionate to encourage and support students
learning. I have experience in teaching throughout my university studies as a
piano teacher, with 20 years of piano involvement to support me. I also enjoy
the outdoors, am an animal lover and I appreciate a good book. I truly cannot
wait to me everyone and see just how great we can make this year!
MISS HAYLEY HIMSL
Hello! My name is Miss Haley Himsl and I am very excited to become part of the Holy Child family. This is my first year teaching, and I can’t wait to meet and grow with all my grade twos! I am also very happy to be helping with the school drama production and yearbook this year. In my free time I sing in a choir, bake new recipes, and go on hikes with my friends. I also enjoy watching cheesy movies and exploring new places. My fiancé and I recently adopted two lovebirds, Peaches and Kareem, and we have a boa constrictor named Noodle! My family’s pet is a sweet 13 year-old labradoodle named Sophie. This year will be filled with hard work, wondering, discovery, growth, laughing, and learning. Let’s go!
MS. NICOLE HOLLAND
I am very excited to be a part of the teaching team at Holy Child School. I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario (go Sens go!) and love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy hockey, golf, baseball and being outdoors.I have been teaching with CSSD for eight years and have a variety of teaching experience that includes a Diverse Learning environment. I believe in lifelong learning and in fostering a positive, safe and nurturing learning environment so that all students can blossom to their full potential. I am looking forward to meeting all your bright and shiny faces this school year!
MR. ROB MACDONALD
Hello! My name is Robert MacDonald. I have lived in Calgary for the last 14 years. I moved here from Victoria B.C. which is where I completed my Bachelor of Education degree after completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English. I have been teaching for thirteen years with the Calgary Catholic School District; most of those years have been spent at Saint Philip Fine Arts School. I am very passionate about learning through the arts, or using the fine arts to design engaging, authentic and highly rewarding educative experiences. I am married and have two children, a son and a daughter. My son Liam is twelve years old and has just completed his first year of junior high and my daughter Georgia is eight years old and has just completed grade three. Rounding out our family of four is a pooch named Winter, two crested Geckos named Bombay and Yoshi and a fish who remains nameless. Our family loves spending time together outdoors, camping, hiking and bike riding. One of our favourite things to do each summer is head “back home” to Vancouver Island. I am very excited to be joining the talented, dedicated staff of Holy Child!
MRS. KRISTIN MAHALEK
I am from Calgary and has been teaching for 9 years. I have taught grade 5 and 6 and enjoy coaching. Some of my interests are travelling (France, Australia, Japan and Argentina), reading, going to the gym and spending time with my family. I have 2 daughters, a cat and some fish. I am very excited to be teaching at Holy Child School.
MRS. JOANNE MATHESON
I am very excited to teach Kindergarten at Holy Child School. I feel honoured to be part of the new community of children, families and teachers at Holy Child School. Although I have taught other grades, I must say that Kindergarten has proven to be my special passion since 2004. I love teaching Kindergarten and learning things from the children, too, because “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” - this time round! I also love spending time with my wonderful husband, two lovely daughters and my close family. In my spare time, I am an avid swimmer, traveller and reader. I look forward to meeting the new ‘Kinders’ and their families and working together to make Kindergarten a special year!
MS. LIZ SCHIER
I am so excited to be joining the Holy Child team!I look forward to getting to know many new families and staff, although I’m lucky enough to know quite a few colleagues already, through working with them at other schools.My career as a teacher began in Regina and has continued with Calgary Catholic since we moved here in 1995.I’ve had a variety of teaching experiences, including specialized programs and regular classrooms at the elementary level. I love working with students and really getting to know their personalities and learning styles. My goal is always to help them achieve their personal best and to inspire within them a love of learning. Aside from teaching, my passions include spending time with my family (husband, daughter, son-in-law and young grandson) and playing the flute. I began studying piano at the age of 5 and continued this throughout elementary school. It was a great foundation for moving on to other instruments such as trumpet and saxophone. However, I ended up settling on the flute and have never looked back! It has given me the opportunity to play with various bands, orchestras, ensembles and to be part of the music ministry at Saint Bonaventure Parish. I have been involved with some type of musical group for most of my life and routinely play for different school functions and assemblies, as well. I hope to be able to “share my sparkle” and continue this at Holy Child!
MS. BRIANNE SHEETS
Hi, I am Miss Brianne Sheets and I cannot wait to join Holy Child School. This is my second year teaching and I have loved every minute of my journey as a teacher so far! I was born and raised here in Calgary and love this city very much. I am an avid Calgary Flames fan and love many other sports too. I have a sweet puppy named Mowgli - you could say I have a serious love of dogs! My favourite past-time is reading; I love the adventures I get to go on in each new book I pick up. My taste in movies, music and television is so random and eclectic but my favourite band is Arkells and I love suspenseful story lines. I cannot wait to meet everyone and know we are bound for greatness as we work together to create a school filled with love, ambition and creativity!
MS. LEAN VILLAREAL
Hello. My name is Lean Villareal. This is my first position as an elementary school teacher and I am super excited. I have two boys, Aidan (11) and Mateo (9), and a dog named Kevin (2 or 14). Aidan and Mateo (not Kevin) inspired me to want to work with younger children. In a former life I was a university lecturer and although I enjoyed that experience this is an exciting new chapter in my life. I grew up in Calgary and love being near the mountains again. I like to force my children to go on hikes with me and as their legs burn and sweat drips down their backs I spout encouragements like, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” Sometimes I just yell out, “who chose this hike?”
MRS. JEN ZUCHETTO
Hello! I’m Mrs. Zuchetto. I am very excited to be a part of the amazing Holy Child School team. I have been teaching with the Calgary Catholic School District since 2012. I moved to Calgary from B.C. to attend the University of Calgary and fell in love with this beautiful city. I believe that teaching elementary school is the absolute best because I have the opportunity to teach all of the different subjects. In my classroom, I enjoy taking a project-based learning and cross-curricular approach to teaching. Besides my love of teaching I am a huge animal lover. My husband and I have two adorable Westies that we spend our free time playing with. During my summer vacation I enjoy golfing and going back to B.C. to visit my family. I cannot wait to meet you all and have an exciting year together in our beautiful new school!