St. Therese Catholic School 

311 Shropshire Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Celebrating more than 70 years (1947 - 2018)
 in Catholic Education 
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Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday - 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Support Staff


Business Office: Mrs. Leah Gonzales

 Leah Gonzales resides in Albuquerque with her husband Francisco (Frank) and three children Reyes, Téa and Ilyana. She is originally from Velarde NM, a small town up North, deep rooted with culture and where she was taught family is most important.

Leah received a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management from New Mexico State University. After graduating, she worked in Dallas, TX and Phoenix, AZ in the Business field before moving back to the state of NM. She has currently completed 9 years of service at St. Therese Catholic School as Bookkeeper/Business Manager.She is proud to be a Crusader!

Front Office: Mrs. Patricia Price
Patricia is a conservative, devout Catholic, happily married to her husband Douglas for 37 years with three adult children.

She enjoys helping people solve problems. She also enjoys challenges. She was a middle school registrar for twelve years and a Catholic school secretary for seven years, and enjoyed helping the staff with their computer issues. This helps make work a little easier for administrators and faculty.

She is very active at St. Jude Thaddeus Church as a Eucharist minister, lector, and a member of the choir.

She would like to be remembered for making a difference in someone’s life, and that she raised her children to become understanding, loving, helpful adults.

Patricia is excited to join the St. Therese school community!

Lunches:  Mrs. Darlyn Benton 


Maintenance: Mr. Jose Vernier


Extended Care: Bertha Olguin and Teresa Aguirre


Administration and Teachers and Educational Assistants



Donna Illerbrun
Principal

Donna has been a teacher for many years in Florida, New Mexico, and with the Department of Defense at S.H.A.P.E., Belgium. She has been in administration  with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe since 2007. She met her husband at the University of Texas at Austin. She continued her education with a Masters of Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her allegiance is torn between the OU and UT football teams. She has been married for over 30 years, has three adult children, and three grandchildren. Her love for children is expressed in her caring attitude toward the students and in her work to provide the best education for the children of New Mexico. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, exploring and traveling.


 Mary Giglio
Vice Principal 
8th grade Homeroom
Mid school Religion,Sycamore, Website


Mary has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters degree in Education and working toward her Masters in Sacred Theology. Mary has worked in the hospital setting for many years and has managed a for profit clinic for 16 years. She has taught at the college level and at the K-8 levels. She is currently licensed in the state of New Mexico. Mary has been active in the Church the majority of her life, having taught both children and adults. She has been a Pastoral Coordinator at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Her husband Tod is retired from the Air Force. Together, they have 5 daughters and 10 grandchildren.


Diana Montoya
Pre-K Teacher

Diana has been teaching for ten years; nine years in Pre-K and one year in Kindergarten. This is her 11th overall year at St Therese. Mrs Montoya graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM with a B.S.in Elementary Education. She has several hours towards a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. Diana lives in Albuquerque with her husband, daughter and son. Mrs. Montoya believes that each child is unique and learns differently. She feels that her job is to help each child discover their individuality, maximize their learning, and help them explore new things. She feels strongly about hands-on experiences, learning creatively, and learning through play.


Valerie Oliver
 Educational Assistant

Valerie has worked at St. Therese Catholic School for ten years. Valerie graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Central New Mexico Community College and is planning on returning to school to further her studies. Valerie lives in Albuquerque with her husband and children. Valerie believes that every child is special and deserves an education driven by faith and high standards.


Terrie Ulm
KIndergarten Teacher 


 Terrie Ulm has been teaching for sixteen years. She has taught kindergarten for 13 years and K- 7th grade art for three years prior to that. Ten of her years teaching have been with the Catholic Schools. This is her first year at St. Therese and she is excited to be joining the school community. Terri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the United States Air Force Academy. She  served in the United States Air Force for five years after graduating from the Academy and was honorably discharged from the military with the rank of Captain.

She and her husband, Chuck settled in Santa Fe and together they owned and ran an art gallery in downtown Santa Fe for over ten years. It was here that they started their family and when Terrie began her teaching career. After homeschooling her children through their preschool years, she finally heard God’s calling and realized what she wanted to do when she grew up. She returened to school and acquired her teaching credentials and is now licensed in the state of New Mexico with a Level Two Professional K-8 Elementary License.

Terrie says, "If I had been paying better attention to God gently nudging me towards a teaching career, I would have realized His plan for me back in college at the Academy when I taught a small arms class as an upperclassman to the incoming freshmen. Though the subject of teaching small arms certainly does not appeal to me now, I recall the joy I felt from the art of teaching. I did not, however, heed God’s calling and pursued other adventures. My life took a different turn, however, when I taught my own children to read. The joy that my children felt when the letters began to tell them their own story was infectious. I was hooked! I have been blessed ever since to be working with small children at the beginning of their education. I love setting the building blocks that create the foundation for their love of learning that all little ones should have at the beginning of their school career. I can’t imagine working with these little angels in any other setting then one that is Christ centered and filled with His love."

Mary Bachechi
  Educational Assistant

Mary has been an Educational Assistant for 10 years. She has served in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for 9 years. She has a certificate in NMCCEA Introduction to Early Childhood. In 2015, she was honored with the Distinguished Disciple Award from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Mary has lived in Albuquerque all of her life with her husband of 27 years and her 2 sons. She enjoys working with children and believes that a faith based education is the best gift you can give any child. 



Felicia Aragon
1st Grade Teacher

​Felicia Aragon is a licensed early childhood educator. She has 10 years teaching experience, nine years in kindergarten and one year in pre-k. She has taught all 10 years at St. Therese Catholic School. This will be her first year teaching first grade! Felicia lives in Albuquerque's North Valley with her husband and two children.


Susan Peterson
2nd Grade Teacher

Susan received her BA in Psychology from Bucknell University in 1987. She also received a BA in Education from the University of New Mexico in 2001. She began teaching in 1999 at St. Joseph Mission School in San Fidel and has been teaching at St. Therese since 2006. She resides in Cubero with her husband, Lawrence, and their three children: Julie, Holly and Luke. Her desire is to instill a lifelong love of learning in each and every one of her students.

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 Ashley Carlton 
3rd Grade Teacher

​Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University in 2014. While working towards her degree, she volunteered along with her husband, Gabriel, as a Catechist at the University of New Mexico’s Aquinas Newman Center. There she led students through the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Ashley believes that knowledge is power and is ready and willing to equip her students with all the knowledge she can.

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Melissa LeBarre
4th Grade Teacher

Melissa is returning to St. Therese to teach 4th grade.She is originally from Upstate New York. She has degrees in English Literature (SUNY), Education (SUNY), and Pastoral Ministry (Boston College). Being a lifelong learner,she is only a few credits away from a Family Studies degree at UNM. Melissa moved to Albuquerque in 2007 to work on the Family Studies degree, but the Holy Spirit had other plans for her. She met her husband, Jim, and started her own family study! Melissa and Jim have two little girls, Rosie and Mary . Both girls attend St. Therese which Melissa states"I am truly invested in making this the best school for your children and mine." Melissa has been a middle school/high school youth minister in New York. 
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Tom Gilbert
5th Grade Teacher

Following 30 years in radio broadcasting, Tom began teaching in 2010.  He earned his accreditation in K-8 with endorsements in Language Arts and Social Studies from CNM in May 2011. Tom loves to read, write, run and is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. Married to Annette (a Santa Fe native) for over 28 years, he has two grown children and two grandchildren. A lesson he instills in his students is to use our God-given gifts in life in the service of others. It is a wonderful way to show appreciation for all that God has done for us. Mr Gilbert assists with student council. Featured projects are Mission to Mars and Classroom Economy. A Catholic convert at the age of 12, he asks each day for Christ's guidance, listens for directions and shares his experiences with his students. "Everything is a teachable moment," says Mr Gilbert.


Christina Murtagh
6th Grade Homeroom
Math and Science Teacher

Christina graduated from Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Social/Behavioral Science. Christina holds a teaching license from both New Jersey and New Mexico. She taught both second and third grades at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Fairview, New Jersey, for six years. During the time Christina lived in Henderson, Nevada, she was a substitute teacher for the Clark County School System. Christina also was a substitute for Albuquerque Public Schools. Christina currently teaches middle school math and science at St. Therese Catholic School. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Paul and children: Caitlin, Christopher, and Nicole.


Doug Price 
7th Grade Homeroom
Literature/Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher 


​Douglas Price has taught K-12, as well as college, and has retired both as an elementary school principal and as a high school English teacher. His licenses are for all subjects K-8 with an endorsement in reading, and grades 7-12 with endorsements for English and social studies. His experience is in public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as having developed and presented educational programs for the private sector.

He believes that education is one of the great adventures in life, and enjoys the challenge of teaching so every student can learn, enjoy learning, and find his and her unique gifts.

He is happily married to Patricia, our school secretary, for 37 years. They are active in ministries at St. Jude parish.

Doug enjoys training for and participating in short-distance triathlons, reads all the time, and has many favorite authors and books. He is grateful for the opportunity to join the St. Therese school community.


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                                   Art                                       

 Leanne Locklin has been a Catholic school teacher for almost 30 years. Last year, she did  some long-term subbing in the third grade classroom at St Therese and really enjoyed the school and the children.She has taught every grade from preschool through high school and is thrilled to be the Art teacher at St Therese this year. Art is an opportunity for the children to express their creativity and imagination.Leanne is looking forward to encouraging the gifts that the Creator has endowed on every child.



                                                                                                             Jennifer Zamora
                                                                                                     Librarian and Technology 

Jennifer has a Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and a Masters of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. She has worked in many different types of libraries, but is most happy to share her love of reading and finding a great book with school children. She also enjoys teaching the students how technology and computers can enhance their school experience. She loves living in New Mexico with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She looks forward to seeing all of the students at St Therese in the library and computer lab.


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                                                                                                         Spanish Teacher

Rosa was born in Durango, Mexico. She spent her childhood living in Durango. She graduated from Law School at the University of Juarez in Durango before working for an international company. She worked for Catholic Schools in Grants, NM, for 5 years before coming to St Therese. She is currently working on her teaching license for K-12 in Bilingual Education. She enjoys sharing her culture and her experiences with the children. This is her third year at St Therese.


Helen Pino
Physical Education Teacher


Helen is a native Albuquerquean. She attended Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary School, Los Ranchos Elementary, Manzano Day School, St. Mary’s, and graduated from St. Pius X in 1978. She received her Bachelor of Science  in Physical Education and Health Education from the University of New Mexico in 1983. She taught at St. Charles Borromeo while completing her degree at UNM. She taught Physical Education and Health for 31 years at Eisenhower Middle School before retiring from Albuquerque Public School. She then taught at Annunciation Catholic School before joining the staff at St. Therese. For over 25 years, she has directed camps for children with asthma, diabetes and cancer. She is currently the Executive Director/Camp Director of Camp Enchantment New Mexico, a camp for children with cancer and the American Diabetes Association Camp for children with diabetes. 
Her interest/hobbies outside of school and camps is woodworking, outdoor sports and spending time with family and friends….this includes spending time with her three Labradors retrievers, Cinder, Maddie and Chloe. Teaching children and Directing Camps for children with special needs is her passion and she views it as a privilege. 

Anamaria Delperdang​
                                                                                                             Music Teacher 

​Anamaría is a practicing Catholic and an Air Force wife of 12 years with three children. She has been active in music ministry as a vocalist and cantor over the last 16 years through the Diocese of San Bernardino, and the Archdiocese of the Military Service. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Classical Vocal Performance from University of Redlands, CA and University of Texas San Antonio. Some of her performance credits include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel as well as many soloist opportunities with orchestras in California and Texas. She has taught voice and piano lessons in her private studio for over 10 years. Her students have won regional and state competitions in Voice, have been awarded university performance and voice scholarships and acceptances upon admissions auditions, and successfully auditioned for local, community, and regional theatre shows. She has performed in and assisted in the coordination a children’s opera tour in Texas elementary schools through the University of Texas San Antonio called Opera To Go. She enjoys working with children and teaching them through music and performance. She looks forward to teaching the students at St. Therese and affording them opportunities to explore their creativity through music and drama.


Gabriel Carlton
Educational Assistant 

Gabriel is working towards his degree in Elementary Education at Western Governors University. Prior to coming to St. Therese, Gabriel was a Catechist, along with his wife, at UNM’s Aquinas Newman Center. There they led students in completing the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. After school, Mr. Carlton can be found organizing extracurricular activities at the aftercare program. Gabriel believes students need to spend more time out of their seats and should be excited to learn.
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Mission:  To provide faith, service and learning opportunities in a Christ-like environment for all children.