Welcome to Middle School!
Mrs. Zack - 6th grade Homeroom, 6th grade Math, Middle School Social Studies, 8th Religion
Hello, my name is Katie Zack and I am thrilled to be the 6th grade homeroom teacher. This is my tenth year at Stella Maris Academy. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Global Arts and Master's in Educational Administration from CSUSM, a Professional Clear CLAD Mutliple Subject Credential and a supplemental degree in English. I have been in education for over 20 years and look forward to welcoming all my students to middle school this year!
Mrs. Moreau - 7th grade Homeroom, Advanced Math, and Religion
What a blessing it is to be a part of the Stella Maris community, especially this particular 7th grade class! We, as a class, are capable of being generous, compassionate, humble and forgiving, and we can care for each other as true friends. This year we will invite Jesus to be a part of our class through our hours of prayer across the school year. We will ask Him to take the people we are - our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and make us grow through His grace. 7thgrade will be a blessing to our lives as we mature as Catholics.
Ms. Hughes - 8th grade Homeroom, Science, and Middle School Math
Hello and welcome! My name is Megan Hughes. I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, and teaching credentials in Life and Biological Sciences and Physics. I started teaching in 2018 and have been blessed to be able to teach physics, credit recovery, general science, and varying subjects in grades 6-12 for the Grossmont Union High School District and now the San Diego Catholic Diocese. I spent 3 years as the high school on-site substitute and then Opportunity teacher at Valhalla High School in San Diego before coming to Stella Maris Academy in 2021. I love teaching middle school math and science and feel lucky to be able to share my scientific knowledge and research-based learning strategies with my students each day. I am very excited to start this new year as part of the faith-filled, lifelong learning SMA community.
Mrs. Zentmyer - Middle School ELA
What is it about the smell of new crayons and freshly sharpened pencils? In a word, it’s potential. As I open the boxes and the scent of crayons wafts up, I’m thinking of all the wonderful vocabulary and literary illustrations we’ll do this year. The pencils are just waiting to have something marvelous to put on a page in word or design, and I’m anxiously waiting to see what that will be. The first day of school is inching ever closer. Then, our journey of learning together will begin! We’ll learn not only about grammar, information, and processes but also about each other and life in general. I’ll see all of you soon!
Mrs. Silvia Amador-Moreno - Middle School Spanish
Mrs. Silvia Amador-Moreno, PH.D. has 8 years of experience teaching in the United States and Europe. A native from Madrid, Spain, Mrs. Moreno has lived in the United States since 2012. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Mrs. Moreno has experience in working with diverse age groups, cultural backgrounds and multiple ability levels. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her PH.D. in Sociolinguistics from the University of Extremadura, Spain.