Faculty & Staff

Reverend Father Mark Granito


Father Granito has been the pastor of Holy Child Catholic Parish in Tijeras for many years. He was present for the founding of the school in 2008 and has been a staunch advocate throughout its existence. His side passion is baking and his splendid bakes have placed in the State Fair. Students enjoy his quirky sense of humor and his love of all things good, true, and beautiful.

Mrs. Janice Martinez


​& 5th and 6th Grade Theology

Janice has been a Catholic school teacher for twenty five years, teaching elementary, middle and high school throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. This will be her sixth year as the Holy Child Catholic School Principal. She has spent the last thirteen years developing and teaching a classical curriculum and she truly believes classical learning is the solution to many of the problems facing education today. Janice has also conducted historical research in archives in Europe and was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico. She has one B.A. in French Literature and another B.A. in Education. Moreover, she has an M.A. in Modern European History from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Theology from Catholic Distance University. Janice received her principal's license from the University of Dayton. Janice is a graduate student at the University of Dallas working on a Master of Arts in Humanities with a focus on Classical Education

Mrs. Amanda Engerer

Administrative Assistant

Amanda (Mandy) has her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Akron in Ohio. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Pastoral office for Catechesis in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. It was there she took Theology Courses through St. Joseph's college as part of the Ecclesial Lay ministry program and has experience in the Strengthsfinder program and the Spiritual gifts inventory for working with teams.

Her other work experience includes: Management in the food retail industry, coaching college students through career management at The University of Akron, librarian and certified Coffee Master.

Amanda has been actively volunteering for the Parish and School since she and her husband Jeff moved here in 2016. Her most active role has been her involvement in creating, launching, and coordinating the F.I.A.T. ministry. Both of her daughters (Joanna 1st grade & Clare pre-k 4) attend Holy Child Catholic School and Phillip (2) is eager to start the pre-k program when he turns 3.

Mrs. Colette McCleave

Preschool 3 & 4

Colette is a product of Catholic education from kindergarten through high school. She graduated from UNM in 1990 with a degree in Elementary Education. Colette taught elementary school for two years with Albuquerque Public Schools and the Moriarty-Edgewood schools before taking a 14-year break to stay home and raise her kids. Colette, her husband, Josh, and their five children are members of Holy Child Parish.

Mrs. Patricia Ambrose

Preschool Aide

Patricia graduated from UNM with a degree in Art and helps Mrs. McCleave with preschool classes. A resident of Edgewood with her husband, Patricia has three sons, her oldest graduating HCCS in 2016, and her twin boys in 2021. Her sons have then gone on to East Mountain High School. Her joyful, helpful spirit is such a gift as she helps with everything from recess duty to substitute teaching.

Mrs. Stephanie Garrity


Mrs. Garrity is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, along with a minor in History at New Mexico Highlands University. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, currently resides in Rio Rancho and attends St. John Vianney Parish. She has been married for eleven years and has four children that she has been homeschooling. She has been using the Charlotte Mason program with her children. Mason’s pedagogical method, like the classical approach, emphasizes students should be exposed to the highest possible quality curricular materials, whether in Literature, Art, Music, History or Science. Mrs. Garrity also taught Religious Education for the last six years. In 2017, she founded the Catholic Women of New Mexico Facebook Group, a ministry dedicated to Mary and the Eucharist, leading women closer to Christ through Mary. And finally, she is also the foundress of the St. John Vianney Homeschool Group.

Mr. Jonathan Zerangue

1st Grade

​Jonathan Zerangue grew up in Phoenix, AZ and graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Geography, and a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) certification. He moved to the Albuquerque area and worked for an engineering firm for seven years as a GIS Specialist. In college, he tutored students in the "America Reads, America Counts" Program. He met his wife Tiffany in New Mexico, and after their second child was born, he became a stay at home dad, and eventually God blessed them with two more children. He was also a Sixth- Grade Religious Ed Teacher. All four of their children attend Holy Child Catholic School. He has been involved with music ministry for twenty-two years and has been a worship leader for the Lifeteen youth program at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Rio Rancho.

Mrs. Adrienne Campbell

2nd Grade

Adrienne Campbell teaches 2nd grade at Holy Child. She has previously worked for Rio Rancho Public Schools for 13 years as a 2nd grade teacher and literacy interventionist. She currently holds a level II teaching license with a reading endorsement. Adrienne received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from UNM and her teaching license from the College of Santa Fe at Albuquerque. She and her family belong to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho. Adrienne enjoys being at Holy Child and enjoys working in such a special and faith-filled environment.

Mrs. Michelle Fogarty

3th Grade

Michelle graduated from Idaho State University with a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology followed by a M.S. degree in Audiology. She worked as a professional audiologist until deciding to stay home and begin homeschooling her three children. She has been past president of Corpus Christi Home School Cooperative and has always taught a diverse, rich, classical curriculum with a focus on providing interventions for all types of learners. Michelle then built on that experience by completing her teaching licensure and she now holds a level II teaching license.

Ms. Pamela Stuchly

4th Grade

Ms. Pamela Stuchly grew up in Texas and received a B.S. in History from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor while volunteering in the collections and education departments of multiple museums and working as a substitute and after school teacher. She then received a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma and began teaching Religious Education at her local Parish before moving to New Mexico in 2014. Since then, Pamela spent a few years working as a paralegal, but kept her love for education alive by volunteering through various outreach programs and Holy Child Parish. In 2020, Pamela returned to teaching and taught fifth grade at San Felipe de Neri and is looking forward to her time to come at Holy Child. She and her son have been members of Holy Child since 2014, and her son has been a student since then as well.

Mrs. Lisa Sanchez

Upper School Math & Science

Mrs. Sanchez has been teaching Math and Science in the Upper Grades at Holy Child Catholic School since 2012. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary K-8 Education and endorsements in both Mathematics and Language Arts. She currently holds a Level II teaching license and is also certified by the State of New Mexico in the content area of Middle School Science. The school first discovered Lisa when she was teaching Religious Education at the parish, where she has been a member since 1999. Lisa brings into teaching a deep content knowledge as well as an efficient, no-nonsense approach toward learning. She and her family have been residents in the East Mountain community for nearly twenty years and she is the proud mother of three daughters.

Mr. Peter Blain

Upper School Humanities

Peter Blain grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was homeschooled with a classical curriculum. He attended the University of Dallas, wrote his history thesis on an 11th-century castle in Wales called Chepstow, and graduated with a history degree in 2017. During the 2018-2019 school year, he taught upper school religion at Holy Child Catholic School and assisted with the physical education program. During the year of 2020-2021, Peter taught the Ancient Year history to the fifth and sixth graders and the New World Year history to the seventh and eighth graders. He also taught theology, literature, geography, logic, and poetry. While teaching he has been amazed at the classical method’s ability to build students’ memories, especially through the recitation of poetry over time. In addition, he worked for seven summers in residential groundskeeping and irrigation at a local company in Albuquerque. Peter enjoys reading history, especially biography, running along the Rio Grande, and hiking near Sandia Peak. He is grateful to be teaching such joyful, faith-filled, and diligent students.

Ms. Marlena Figge

Upper School Writing and Literature

Marlena graduated from the University of Dallas in 2020 with a B.A. in Italian and English and an M.A. in Italian Literature from Middlebury College. She wrote one senior thesis on the Dantean epigraphs in George Eliot’s Middlemarch and another on ineffability in the poetry of Dante and Keats. She has had years of experience as a tutor, spent last summer working at an Italian immersion camp at Concordia Language Villages, and has a penchant for poetry and tea. As an alumna of HCCS, Marlena is delighted to have the opportunity to return to Holy Child, albeit on the other side of the classroom.

Mrs. Ruthanne Hamrick

Education Assistant ~ 1st-8th Grade Latin

Ruthanne Hamrick is the beloved Latin EA. She has lived in Cedar Crest since 1990. She was the church pianist in 1997-2018 and has been teaching piano lessons since 1993. She has a Bachelors degree from UNM in Fine Art and a Masters Degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Biblical Counseling. She and her husband home-schooled their three children, using a classical approach. In so doing, she learned Latin, which she was then employed to teach at Rio Grande Enrichment Studies from 2008-2013. She taught women's Bible Study classes and was involved in counseling ministry in her church from 1997-2018. She is currently pursuing her masters in Art Therapy and Counseling.

Mrs. Melissa Daugherty

Kindergarten - 8th Grade Art

Melissa Daugherty is extremely happy to be heading up the enrichment program at HCCS. She believes that art, art history, and music dovetail perfectly with a classical curriculum in that they give voice and vision to the subjects taught at HCCS. Melissa has taught drawing and art history to upwards of 250 children over the last eight years, and several of her former students are pursuing advanced training in studio art. Melissa is thrilled to able to bring the glories of the Catholic visual heritage to her own parish here at Holy Child. She and her husband Kevin are longtime members of Holy Child Catholic Parish and are the proud parents of four children.

Ms. Alicia Ley

Kindergarten - 8th Grade Art

Born and raised in Missouri, Alicia moved to New Mexico in 2019. She graduated from UNM with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Integrative Studies with concentrations in Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Russian Language. Alicia is joining the HCCS faculty for the 2021-2022 academic year. She belongs to the Newman Center at the University of New Mexico. She is humbled and excited about the opportunity to help students recognize how the truth is expressed through the beauty of art, as well as, the opportunity to help mentor them on their journeys to sainthood.

Mrs. Kristin Daugherty


Mrs. Kristin Daugherty, a native of Tijeras, is absolutely humbled and honored to join the devoted team at Holy Child Catholic School. A Masters level graduate in Cello Performance from SMU, Kristin has been teaching small groups and individuals in various musical avenues for just over 20 years. After falling more and more in love with the Classical Curriculum that is offered at HCCS, she is looking forward to discovering new and exciting ways to contribute to and enrich the music program. She has three adorable children with her equally adorable husband, Ross, and is likely to be found playing in the garden when she is not playing a musical instrument.

Mr. Steven Woodbury

Liturgy and Choir

Mr. Steven Woodbury has been a long-time professional church musician and is currently the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He has held that position for 25 years. He has also been the Liturgy and Choral teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas School. His Ministry in music began at St. Francis Xavier and The Immaculate Conception parishes in Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was just 12 years old. Working diligently, he was able to develop and fine tune the skills required to become an accomplished Classical Organist and Choral Director which paved the way for him to receive a music scholarship from the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts in Music Education (B.M.E.) and Organ Pedagogy. After graduating, he was chosen to take part in a summer scholarship program. The Study Tour/Performance Summer Program for the Classical Organs of Europe provided the opportunity to study and perform in Holland, France, and England. Upon his return to Albuquerque, New Mexico, he began his career as an Educator by teaching Music and Religious Education at St. Mary's School. Throughout his time at St. Mary's, he was able to utilize the education he received as well as the experience he gained from his tour abroad to form an all-boys choir. In addition, he led the Latin Choir for the Tridentine Mass within The Immaculate Conception Parish. His passion for music and the appreciation for the fine arts led him to accept the position of Director of Theater and Arts (Teatro Consejo) for youth within the City of Albuquerque as part of the Youth Development Program(Y.D.I).

In addition, he serves the Archdiocese church music ministry as a canto/keyboard accompanist for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Weekly Television Mass for shut-ins as well as many Archdiocesan liturgies such as the Annual Rosary Rally and the ordination Masses at the Cathedral-Basilica in Santa Fe. In these past few years, the opportunity to travel and assist in Church pilgrimages to Mexico, Rome, Israel, Turkey, and Greece, have continued to nourish the passion within him to inspire and nurture creativity for everyone, especially his students.

Ms. Mary O-Carroll

Physical Education

Ms. Mary O'Carroll, MS, ATC, CSCS and her family have been parishioners at Holy Child since 2001. She has a Master of Science in Health & Physical Education/Sports medicine from Ohio University. This is in addition to her Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education Recreation & Dance, along with a minor in Biology and Athletic Training. In the past eleven years, she has taught at Our Lady of Fatima and Queen of Heaven Catholic Schools and was also a part of the Athletic Training Education program at UNM, Smith College and Ball State University. She was a religion teacher at Holy Child Parish, a board member of the school and the bookkeeper back in 2018-19. She and her husband have sons who attended Catholic schools in Albuquerque and who graduated from the University of Dallas and Texas A & M. The eldest son is in seminary formation at the Cistercian Abbey in Irving Texas and another son is working in Dallas for YCP and Word on Fire.

Mrs. Monica Dominguez

Office Aide

Mrs. Monica Dominguez was born and raised in Albuquerque where she attended St. Mary’s, St. Charles, and Saint Pius X Catholic Schools where she developed her commitment to Catholic education. After high school, she earned a Business Degree with a concentration in Marketing from the University of New Mexico, and an Elementary Education degree from the College of Santa Fe.

She has taught for 16 years both in the Archdiocese of El Paso and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, teaching both 1st and 4th grade. During a 6 year period when she and her husband lived in Kentucky she was the Hispanic Ministry Coordinator for Immaculate Conception Parish in LaGrange, Kentucky,. She and her husband Daniel have two daughters and one granddaughter and they are parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.

Mrs. Emily Gray

Suzuki Instructor

Doctors of the Church

Holy Child Catholic School is committed to preserving our Catholic intellectual tradition. This is why each of our classrooms is named after a Doctor of the Church.

At the bottom of each page of this website, you will see a photo of a Doctor of the Church and the classroom that honors that particular doctor.