Preschool & Kindergarten Faculty
My name is Shannan Kelly and I have been teaching for 10 years. I love seeing children learn because it makes my life more complete. We each have a passion in us and children are mine.
Hello my name is Mrs. Aguirre and I am the Pre-K Teacher here at St. Mary’s School.
Before joining the staff back in October, I worked for LAUSD for over ten years teaching in the Kindergarten classroom.
I am married and have three beautiful children. I love spending time with my family, traveling, going to the movies, Disneyland, snorkeling, listening to music, dancing, attending concerts and musicals.
I am excited to be a part of St. Mary’s School where I can use my years of experience and creativity to offer your child a curriculum that includes a hands on learning experience. You’ll find me in room 2...... stop by to say hello!
My name is Mrs. Awad, I have been the Transitional Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary School for 8 years. I love teaching Transitional Kindergarten because of all the exploring, learning, reading, and fun we get to have! I love to see the joy on the students’ faces when we do science experiments. I have two wonderful children and in our free time we enjoy crafting, cooking, swimming, and exploring Southern California. I'm pleased to call St. Mary School my second home since we all treat each other like family.
My name is Annette Pouncy- Grinner. I am a wife, mother of two daughters LaNesha and Frankie, three grand children and an educator of many. I have been teaching kindergarten at St. Mary's since 2016. Prior to St. Mary, I was employed at Happy Bear School/ First Lutheran School for 17 years as site supervisor, Fairfax Educational Center for seven years as kinder/ first grade combination class teacher, LAUSD for 11 years as an educational aide and extended day care provider.
I earned a degree in Business and Child Development, I hold two permits from the Commission of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
My education includes West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Valley College, UCLA extension, and Kaplan University, respectively.
My hobbies are riding with my Harley Davidson family, visiting various places across California, reading health watch, traveling, and exploring God's creations.
1st Grade Teacher
My name is Suzy Hampartzoumian-Pirlant and I have been teaching First Grade at St. Mary School since 2013. Prior to St. Mary, I was employed at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park for 7 years where I also taught first grade.
I grew up in Glendale and La Canada Flintridge prior to moving to the San Fernando Valley where I reside with my family.
I enjoy nature and all the beauty it has to offer. Therefore, in my spare time, I look forward to spending time outdoors walking and bird watching; especially hummingbirds. My other hobbies include watching basketball, taking dance and aerobics classes.
I'm thankful to be given the opportunity to teach at St. Mary where I've met colleagues that I can call friends and students that have touched my heart.
2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Mitri is a New Jersey native who moved to California 4 years ago. She has a degree in Music and Psychology and used to be a Music Teacher. Before moving, she was a Music Therapist for children, adolescents and adults in hospitals and therapeutic schools. She has been in education for almost 9 years mainly side by side with Special Education Programs, focusing on behaviors. Since being in California, Mrs. Mitri had a job as a Behavior Therapy in classrooms aiding students using Applied Behavior Analysis in the Santa Monica Unified School District. Along with using therapeutic ways of teaching children, she had a great mentor who helped her lesson plan and start teaching the whole class on many subjects!
Outside of school, Mrs. Mitri is a wife and a mother of 2 boys, TJ and Max! She loves playing her ukulele and sings in coffee shops around the area.
3rd Grade Teacher
Eriny Assad is the third grade teacher. She has her multiple subject teaching credential from CSUN. She has been teaching at St. Mary School since it first started in 2011. She is very caring and nurturing to her students. She believes that with kindness and patience, all students can become better learners. With positive reinforcement we can get all students to enjoy coming to school. She is a mother of two and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Besides being with her family, she enjoys being around all children alike, and treats them fairly and with respect.
4th Grade Teacher
My name is Judy Aram and I am thrilled to be a part of Saint Mary’s School. It has been so fulfilling to believe in children and to have the privilege of being a part of their lives. I am here to serve our families.
I graduated from Azusa Pacific University and received a life credential from Cal State University, Bakersfield. I have taught elementary school 16 years and worked full-time in local church youth ministry for 14 years.
My husband Bill and I have two amazing sons. Our eldest son, Brandon, works for United Health Care and is a part-time worship leader locally, at Shepherd of the Hills Church. Our younger son, Byron, is worship leader at Southeast Christian Church, in Louisville, KY. His wife, Andrea is a 3rd Grade teacher. I am now a grandmother. My grandaughter’s name is Emily, born in Kentucky.
To teach and disciple young hearts brings me much joy.
A favorite Bible verse of mine is I Corinthians 13:7 TLB:
"If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him."
5th Grade Teacher
My name is Janet Bugielski and I am excited to be teaching 5th grade at St. Mary’s School. I have been teaching for over 17 years in both public and private schools. I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and have clear credentials in California & Illinois. I have been married over 30 years and have two grown children. I have always had a passion for children, being active in both Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts. I love animals and the outdoors.