Meet the Staff
Holy Family School has a staff of highly qualified educators with an exceptional devotion to Catholic teachings. They are well-educated, experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to their students, school and profession.
Principal: Mrs. Renee Almy
Welcome to Holy Family School! This is my first year as principal and 17th year in education. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and a MA in Educational Administration from Western Washington University. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade, 2nd grade, Pre-K, and library. I grew up on Lake Tapps and as a member of Holy Family Parish. It’s a wonderful community and I’m happy to now have my 3 children as a part of the school and parish. In my free time my husband and I enjoy chauffeuring my kids to all of their activities, traveling, reading, waterskiing, and playing tennis.
Pastor: Father Roy Baroma
Father Roman Roy Chavez Baroma, Jr. was born in the Philippines on November 28th, 1969. He was in the seminary for 14 years and that covered his formation in High School, Philosophy, Spirituality Year, Pastoral Year, and Theology. He was ordained a priest on April 3, 1997 for the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines. After pastorally serving 10 years in the Philippines Father Roy moved to the Archdiocese of Seattle in 2007 to continue his priestly ministry, and has led many parishes in the diocese. Father Roy says "I am always grateful to God for my priestly vocation and for the many blessings he gave me and to be assigned in your parish is another great blessing! I am also grateful to Archbishop Sartain for his trust and support and for giving me this new assignment. I love and enjoy my ministry here in our Archdiocese." Aside from ministry he loves the outdoors and enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking, kayaking, and golfing. Likewise, he enjoys drinking coffee and interacting with others.
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Lorena Brock
As the Administrative Assistant I wear many different hats during the school day! Supporting the Pastor, Principal and our extraordinary teaching staff is a priority. Working with such wonderful students and parents is a blessing.
Holy Family School and Parish is my “home”. My husband attended Holy Family School when it first opened in 1964. Our children also attended HFS. When my youngest son went into Kindergarten I began looking for a job after 7 years of staying home. Holy Family had an opening to work part time in the school office. I immediately applied and was blessed to find out I had been hired. My plan was to stay at Holy Family until my children were finished with 8th grade however, my heart could not say goodbye to this little school and so I stayed!
It has been one of my greatest pleasures to work here at Holy Family School for the past 30 years and I look forward to a few more years to come!
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher: Mrs. Mary Glaze
I grew up on a small farm in Wilsonville, Oregon next door to my grandparents and a large extended family. Twenty years ago I moved to Washington with my husband, Derek. Although this is my second year teaching Pre-K, my journey with Holy Family began over ten years ago. My oldest son, Jack, joined Holy Family in the second grade and is now a sophomore at Bellarmine Preparatory. My youngest son, Ethan, started in Pre-K and is now a freshmen at Bellarmine.
As our boys grew, six years ago we decided to become a foster family. I realized that I am passionate about giving children a loving home, a good foundation and hopefully a love for learning. I am in the process of getting my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and am excited for the opportunity to become part of the Holy Family staff as the Pre-K teacher. I look forward to getting to know each of the Pre-K families and their students over the coming year.
Pre-Kindergarten Assistant: Mrs. Jessica DeJesus
It is such a joy to watch the Pre-K students grow and learn throughout the school year. Their laughter and smiles make the school day so much brighter. I have been helping in the Pre-K class at Holy Family School since 2016 and have been a parishioner here at Holy Family Church ever since I can remember. Growing up in nearby Pacific, I would attend Mass every Sunday morning with my mother and grandmother, and Religious Education class (CCD back then) on Wednesday nights. I am a Auburn Riverside High alum and have a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Central Washington University. My wonderful husband and I have four lovely children that currently attend Holy Family School. I love spending time with my family, traveling to the beach, baking, reading books, and being creative with arts and crafts.
Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Leah Eaton
Hello, my name is Leah Eaton and I am so excited to be joining the Holy Family School family! I grew up in Renton where I attended St. Anthony’s and Kentridge High School. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Reading from Saint Martin’s University. I have been teaching at St. Luke’s in Shoreline for the past 2 ½ years in Kindergarten and 1st grade. When I’m not working I enjoy taking classes at Barre3, hiking, spending time with my nieces, and being around friends and family.
First Grade Teacher: Mrs. Michelle Helm
Hi! My name is Michelle Helm, and I am brand new to Holy Family and the 1st Grade. I grew up in Northeast Kansas and went to school at Washburn University. Before moving here, I taught 4th Grade for three years in Oklahoma. This past year was especially eventful for me and my family. Jacob, my husband, is a pilot in the Air Force and we moved here in October. We also welcomed our first child, a little girl named Clara Elizabeth in February! We are members of All Saints parish in Puyallup. I am excited to start this new adventure with everyone here at Holy Family.
Second Grade Teacher: Mrs. Noralee Reger
Hello, my name is Noralee Reger. I have been teaching 2nd Grade here at Holy Family since 2010. My favorite part of teaching 2nd Grade is preparing my students for the sacraments.
My husband and I have been members of Holy Family Parish for 27 years. Both of our children are graduates of Holy Family School. I received my Masters in Teaching from City University and my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. I enjoy reading, gardening, and travel.
Third Grade Teacher: Mrs. Ann Kelly
This is my 26th year teaching here at Holy Family School. Each day, I still get excited when I see my students learning something new or when they share an interesting insight. I like to make learning fun and interesting.
HFS feels like home to me. I attended HFS as a child. HFS looks different today, but the environment is still warm and inviting. It is always fun to see former students and classmates. I love to hear what everyone is doing today.
When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy walking the dog, reading some good books, and running in the park.
Fourth Grade Teacher: Mr. John Paiva
I am so excited to become a member of the Holy Family team! Our family is from California, but our two daughters discovered the beauty of Washington and made it their home. They invited us and we came. My daughters both attended Catholic school and my wife is a Catholic school teacher. I have taught grammar school for most of my career, most recently second grade, but I did spend three delightful years in fourth grade. Other than teaching, my passions in life include hiking, gardening, reading, and baking artisan sourdough bread.
Fifth Grade Teacher: Ms. Katherine Van Eddy
Hi, my name is Katherine Van Eddy and I’ve taught in Catholic schools for five years (grades 3-5). This is my second year teaching at Holy Family and I’m so excited to join this community! I have a BA in English and MAT in Elementary Education, both from the University of Puget Sound. I’m currently earning a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry through the Rainier Writing Workshop (Pacific Lutheran University). I believe that through the creative arts, we express our humanity and connect with one another!
I attended a K-8 Catholic school in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Jesuit high school. After college I served a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Bridgeport, CT. I love being able to share my faith with students and help them grow in theirs. I have a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter who keep me busy! I also enjoy running, traveling, hiking and being near water!
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