Faculty Spotlight: Sacred Heart Catholic School Welcomes New Middle School Teachers

Ms. Cynthia Smith-Capin and Ms. Yemil Andrade. Photo © 2017 Maia Rothstein / sacredheartnogales.org. All rights reserved. This photo may not be re-posted, distributed or altered in any way.

Ms. Cynthia Smith-Capin and Ms. Yemil Andrade. Photo © 2017 Maia Rothstein / sacredheartnogales.org. All rights reserved. This photo may not be re-posted, distributed or altered in any way.

Sacred Heart Catholic School is pleased to welcome two new highly qualified middle school teachers to our teaching staff.

Our former Kindergarten teacher Ms. Yemil Andrade has returned and taken the 8th grade position. She will be in charge of Theology and Mathematics for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Ms. Andrade is a highly qualified certified teacher with a B.A. in Education and a Minor is Spanish from the University of Arizona. She was Sacred Heart Catholic School's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. She received the Rodel Student Teacher Award, the Wildcat Excellence Award, and the Fred and Ann Boice Award. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Ms. Cynthia Smith-Capin has taken the 6th grade position. She will be in charge of Science and English Language Arts for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Ms. Smith-Capin is highly qualified certified teacher with a B.A. in Education from Prescott College. Ms. Smith-Capin has 20 years of teaching experience in the Santa Cruz County school districts. She was the 2005-2006 Francisco Vazquez de Coronado Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Ms. Smith-Capin is a member of the National Educators Association and the Nogales, AZ chapter of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).

Ms. Frances Colunga, our current Middle School Chair, will move up to 7th grade - but keep the same classroom - she's very happy about that! Ms. Colunga will continue to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade History and Literature and will teach a new Writing class in conjunction with her Literature curriculum. Mr. Arturo Garino, our Art Teacher and former Nogales Mayor, will expand his middle school duties this year. Mr. Garino has been named Middle School Co-Chair alongside Ms. Colunga.

These additions and changes to our middle school will surely enhance learning and achievement for all of the students at Sacred Heart Catholic School.