Our beloved late Pastor & Preschool Founder
Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy (1937- 2017) Was a native Angeleno born in 1937, graduated from Transfiguration School and was ordained from St. John’s. Besides pastoral assignments, he taught at St. Paul High School (1967-73); was principal of Bishop Amat High School; and (1977-85) was superintendent of secondary schools. Named a monsignor in 1978, he served as Secretariat Director for the archdiocese (1986-1991) and pastor of St. Brendan, Hancock Park (1988-2000). He was named administrator of St. Victor, West Hollywood, and then appointed pastor in 2003, where he served until his passing on Ash Wednesday March 1st, 2017. His love and spirit will continue to guide Saint Victor’s Preschool — he is loved and missed.
Saint Victor Parish Administrator
Reverend Father John-Paul Gonzalez is a native priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was born on the first anniversary of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II and twenty-two years later the two would meet during a papal audience. Father John-Paul studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California where he received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Systematic Theology) degrees. He was ordained a priest on June 3, 2006 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. After ordination he was an associate pastor of St. John of God Parish in Norwalk, California where with his support the shrine to Divine Mercy was erected. For five years Fr. John-Paul was a Chaplain at St. Paul High School. Currently he serves at the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. His own personal pilgrimage to Poland made him a great devotee and promoter of the Divine Mercy devotion.
Miss Julie Zaring has been a staff member of Saint Victor’s Preschool since is creation in 2011. She has been teaching in the Early Childhood Education field for more than 18 years, starting as an assistant teacher in 2000. Since then, she has worked at a number of preschools across southern California. She spent 5 years at a Methodist Preschool in Long Beach, CA teaching children ages 3-5. Next came a private preschool in South Pasadena where she worked as a lead teacher (with 3’s and 4’s) for 4 years. Afterwards, Miss Julie had the privilege of being a staff member at the prestigious Child Development Center at The University of California San Diego –where she worked with children ages 3-6 years old. Before joining the staff of Saint Victor’s Preschool, Miss Julie was working with children ages 3 & 4 at a small private Orthodox Jewish Preschool in San Carlos, CA.
When not working, Miss Julie enjoys time with her husband and two children. She enjoys finding new and beautiful trails to hike along, running her dog “M” and can always be found baking anything sweet. Miss Julie is delighted to be the Director of Saint Victor’s Preschool and is looking forward to another successful school year.
Assistant Director AM/ Lead Teacher
Miss Stephanie Alvarez has been part of the teaching team at Saint Victor’s Catholic Preschool, since its launch in 2011. While attending Harbor Occupational Center in San Pedro, CA. Stephanie Alvarez achieved a Child Development/Early Childhood Assistant Certificate and Student of The Year in the Child Development Department. She then continued her education at Los Angeles Harbor College. Since then Stephanie has come to enter her fourteenth year interacting and educating various age groups ranging from Infants, Toddlers, Two’s, and 3 to 5.
Stephanie has been a part of two well-known national organizations in the city of Los Angeles. The majority of which has been spent with Volunteers of America Early Head Start both in the classroom and as a Family Services Associate/Home visitor. By visiting families she was able to expand her knowledge in how children interact in their home setting. She’s also worked thoroughly with special needs children (speech delays, autism, and visually impaired). Being bilingual Spanish and English speaking, families are able to benefit especially in the Latin Communities where she also spent time being a part of Foundation for Early Childhood Education Inc. State Preschool. To add, she has a long list of completed respected trainings, which include The Creative Curriculum, Early Start CPSD Statewide Institute, Supporting Families with Special Needs, Sign Language, A Head Start on Science, Music, & Discipline just to name a few.
Moreover, underneath it all, she has a terrific sense of humor and finds fun creative ways to gain the children’s attention. Saint Victor’s Preschool greatly values Stephanie’s creative input, personality and dedication to all children’s development. Outside the classroom you might find her at a Dodger games or catch her enjoying live music with friends.
Assistant Director PM / Preschool Teacher 3’s
Miss Anita Aguilera has been working in the educational field for about 7 years. Her passion in working with children came to a start during her high school years where she volunteered as a teacher assistant at her local church for the Catechist department. She also has experience working with deaf and hard-of hearing toddlers where she volunteered during the summer 2011 and later completed an internship at John Tracy Clinic in 2012. After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2013, she worked at Warner Avenue Elementary School with kindergarten and second-grade students. She’s had the privilege of working with children who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s Syndrome. Miss Anita joined in August and is very excited to be teaching the students at Saint Victor’s Preschool.
During her spare time, Miss Anita enjoys spending time with her family, and taking advantage of her Knotts season pass.
Preschool Teacher 3s
Miss Kathleen began working with children when she was a teenager in high school. During summer vacations she would work part time as a caregiver and she developed a passion for working with children. Miss Kathleen earned her Associate’s Teacher permit from the state of California and is currently attending La Mission College and working towards her degree in Child Development. Before starting at St. Victors, Miss Kathleen worked as a teacher’s assistant at Bright Star Middle school and then became a lead teacher working with kids from ages 3-5. Miss Kathleen understands that early child hood development is an important stage for children and she takes pride in being part of their everyday experience. On her free time Ms. Kathleen enjoys spending time with family, going horse riding and going on hikes.