MS. PATRICIA MCKEOWN - Elementary ES II Teacher
Hello! I am very happy and excited to be joining the Holy Child team. I am dedicated and passionate about teaching special education. My goal is for every child in my care to realize that they are a child of God deserving of respect, dignity and a high-quality education tailored to meet their individual needs. I am very appreciative of our teaching team consisting of educational assistants, administration, consultants and most importantly, parents and families.I was born and raised in Montreal and, back in the day, I spoke French very well. Sadly, too many years with limited practice and my French is now quite rusty. I came to teaching later in life and fulfilled my high school ambition of becoming a special education teacher. I joined Calgary Catholic in 2004 and began teaching ES-2 in 2006.
I am a proud single mother of three independent adult sons. I am an avid reader and I enjoy being physically active. I love to cycle and walk in Fish Creek Park and Glenbow Ranch near Cochrane. My favourite place for rest and relaxation is Jasper National Park where I enjoy cycling and hiking in the beautiful scenery and swimming in the cool mountain lakes.
MS. CHERYL MURPHY - ESII Elementary Education Assistant
Hi, my name is Cheryl Murphy. I am so excited to start a new experience at Holy Child School with new staff, students and being in a new, bright, naturalistic school. I’ve lived in Calgary for about 25 years, but was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have two boys ages 20 and 17 years.I have a certificate in Early Childhood education that I received at Mount Royal College(University). I’ve worked with children in many settings over 20 years and I am currently work with children of diverse needs. I love nature, walks with my German Shepherd, Sasha. I like to craft, refurbish furniture, gardening, camping and listen to music of many genres including solitude music. I love and miss the the salt air, the hot sand and the serenity of the ocean surf in beautiful Nova Scotia where my parents, sister, brother and aunts, uncles, and cousins all reside.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou
MRS. MERAY SHENOUDA - ES II Elementary Education Assistant
I am so honoured to be working this year with the wonderful staff at Holy Child School. I have been employed at the Calgary Catholic as a special education assistant since 2012, working at Father Doucet School in the ESII program.It is my passion to work with children with exceptional needs. I enjoy coming to school every day and helping all students to achieve their full potential. I believe that each student can learn many skills, regardless of what challenges they face. Seeing each child in our class progress with big smiles on their faces is very rewarding for me.
About myself, I came to Canada in 2008 with my husband and my two children. We began our Canadian experience in Halifax, N.S. we lived there for 3 years then we moved to Calgary in 2011. I have a 17 year old son who will be attending the University of Calgary this fall and my 12 year old daughter is going into Junior High at Christ the King. I have 2 dogs named Beauty and Fiona, I love going for walks, going to Banff to enjoy the beautiful mountains, going to movies with my kids, and I also enjoy reading in my free time. I am looking forward to an exciting year at Holy Child School.
MRS. JODY ZIMMERMAN - ES II Elementary Education Assistant
Hi, I’m Jody Zimmerman and I’m excited to be at Holy Child school. I’m from Regina, Saskatchewan but I’ve also lived in Ottawa, Ontario and Raleigh & Charlotte in North Carolina. My husband, 15 year old daughter,12 year old son and I love to go camping and travel around Canada and the US. We enjoy going on long walks and bicycle rides. As well, I like reading and doing some cake decorating. We have two furry family members – our cats Oliver and Creamsicle. I ve been working with Calgary Catholic since 2016 but have been a volunteer for over 10 years. I started as a noon assistant at Father James Whelihan and later became an education assistant at St. Bernadette. I love working with students and it is my hope that I can do it for many years to come.
MS. CAROLYN WHITBURN - ES II JH Teacher
Hello, my name is Carolyn (Cardie) Whitburn and I am excited to be joining the staff at Holy Child School as the Jr. High ES 2 teacher.
I am a native Calgarian who attended CSSD schools as a student and have been an employee with the board for over 25 years.
I have two wonderful daughters and an enormous dog named Barry who all keep me very busy. I have a passion for all sports and leisure activities, but my favorites are Snowboarding, Rugby and Pilates. (and a bit of poorly played golf when I can)
I am looking forward to this new chapter working with the students and staff at Holy Child School.
MS. JAIME FERLAINO - ESII JH Education Assistant
I’ve been an Education Assistant for a total of 6 years, only taking a break to raise my two amazing kids who are 11 and 8. I’ve worked with kids of all ages ranging from 4-21, and I am passionate about building strong relationships with the students I work with. I am so excited to be a part of the Holy Child team!
MRS. AMELIA ROJAS - ESII JH Education Assistant
I am very happy and excited to be part of the Holy Child School Community and a part of the new ES II Junior High program.
I am originally from Lima-Peru. I have been working with the Calgary Catholic School District for more than 7 years and started off supporting regular classes in elementary school. After two years I decided to work with special needs. It was a challenge in the beginning, but it was one of the best decisions of my life.
I really love it, enjoy supporting and assisting our students with learning, physical, emotional or behavioral difficulties. I am very blessed to help our students in our Catholic School District.
I have a beautiful family and I am a mother of 3 children. On my free time I love to do crafts, play volleyball, sometimes hike with my family and do Zumba.