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Rev. Anselm Rodriguez, O.Praem.

Rev. Anselm Rodriguez, O.Praem.
School Rector

Father Anselm Rodriguez, O.Praem. hails from Tehachapi, CA. His academic degrees include an Associate’s Degree in Catholic Humanities from Campion College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Benedictine College, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Purdue University, a Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto, Canada, and a Licentiate Degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He has experience teaching at the elementary, high school, and university levels, and is in his first year as Rector of Sts. Peter and Paul School. He enjoys spending free time with family and friends, reading, music, and outdoor activities such as hiking and sports.


Nancy Kuria

Nancy Kuria
Principal

Nancy Kuria grew up in Kenya, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in History and a minor in Economics at Kenyatta University, and received her graduate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nairobi. After moving to California, she earned her Clear California Multiple‐Subject Credential from Hope International University. She is a certified counselor and has experience working with college students as an adviser in greater Los Angeles. She served in public and private schools (grades K-12), both in Kenya and California, as a Teacher (in Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies) and Athletic Director (Basketball, Swimming, Tennis). She has served as Principal of SPPS since 2008, advancing the school’s growth through fundraising, renovations, and new programming. In this capacity, she has also been a leader in the broader Wilmington community. In her time away from work, Nancy enjoys sports and travel adventures.


Nicole CampazzieNicole Campazzie
Dean of Students
Director of Marketing and Development

Nicole Campazie was born and raised in Torrance, California. She attended Catholic School and always wanted to be a teacher. She received her B.A. in History with a Marketing minor from CSU, Long Beach. She received her Elementary and E.C. Montessori Teaching Credentials from St. Nicholas College in London, UK. After teaching Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten, she earned a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University in Orange and began working at SPPS. She received her Master’s of Education from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. After teaching 2nd Grade at SPPS for 8 years, she became full-time Dean of Students and Director of Marketing and Development. When she is not at SPPS, Ms. Campazzie enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, hiking, traveling and watching the Dodgers win.


Lily LiceaLily Licea
Office Administrator

Lily has lived in Wilmington her entire life and has always been a parishioner of Sts. Peter & Paul Church. She received her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Human Resources from the CSU Dominguez Hills. She worked in the banking industry and the parish, before transitioning to work at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Lily has been an instructor for Maestro en Casa, taught home economics classes during the summer enrichment programs, and started a young girl’s group that focused on etiquette and serving our Lord. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and baking.


Amaris LopezAmaris Lopez
TK Teacher

Amaris Lopez was raised in Wilmington and is a proud alumna of Saints Peter and Paul School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Her teaching career at SPPS began in 2015 as a short and long-term substitute for various grades, but she has been teaching TK for the past three years. She is working towards a Master’s degree in Education Leadership where she will focus her passion in helping to improve reading programs in schools. When Ms. Lopez is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors at the beach, hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants, reading and painting.


Lindsay VincentLindsay Vincent
Kindergarten Teacher

Lindsay Vincent is from Arizona. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from University of Arizona. After graduating, she discovered that she had a passion for teaching and earned her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. After obtaining her teaching certification, she moved to South Dakota and taught Kindergarten for 2 years. Lindsay moved to Los Angeles and has been teaching Kindergarten at Saints Peter and Paul School for 3 years. She is currently working toward earning a Master of Science in Reading Education and Teacher Coaching. Her favorite activities include being outdoors and reading books.


Patricia NoriegaPatricia Noriega
1st Grade Teacher

Patricia Noriega was in business until 2003 then decided to pursue a teaching career. She has taught at Saint Peter and Paul School for 9 years as the 1st Grade teacher. She received an AA at Marymount in Palos Verdes, California and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. Patricia received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education at the University of Phoenix. She received a Certificate of Completion in Technology Integration Specialist from Loyola Marymount University. When she is not teaching, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family (especially her granddaughter), friends, movies, and reading (which helps encourage the same love of reading in her SPPS students).


Briana MirkovichBriana Mirkovich
2nd Grade Teacher

Briana Mirkovich has been teaching 2nd Grade for four years at Saints Peter and Paul School. Briana grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received her Master’s in Special Education from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles May 2021. Briana believes that success in education is about building relationships and helping her students grow. When she is not teaching, Briana loves to be outdoors, spend time with her family and friends, travel, and read.


Kimberly BuehlmannKimberly Buehlmann
3rd Grade Teacher

Kimberly Buehlmann was born and raised in Buffalo, New York; known as “The City of Good Neighbors” and home to the Buffalo Bills. A proud East Coaster, Kimberly spent her undergraduate years studying at SUNY Buffalo State where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and  a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. As a junior, she had the opportunity to volunteer for a year as an AmeriCorps ABLE. Kimberly is now in the PLACE corps program at LMU obtaining her Master’s in Education. She now teaches 3rd grade at SPPS. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys hiking, soccer, playing the flute and relaxing on the beach. She has also spent several years volunteering as a youth soccer coach.


Dorian LindemanDorian Lindeman
4th Grade Teacher

Dorian Lindeman was born and raised in San Pedro, CA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development at California State University, Los Angeles in 2020. She then attended Pepperdine University where she obtained her Master’s in Teaching along with her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2021. Having an extensive background in child development provides her with an understanding of social-emotional awareness and cognitive proficiency, which is implemented in her classroom. She believes that the classroom environment should be safe, nurturing, and supportive where students are able to show their individual talents, intelligence, and strengths. She now teaches 4th grade at SPPS. When she is not teaching, Dorian loves to travel, hike, and spend time with her family and friends.


Patrice SimmonsPatrice Simmons
5th Grade Teacher
Dean of Academics

Patrice Simmons has been an educator for over 20 years in public and private K-12 schools. She has taught at Saints Peter and Paul School for 11 years as a 5th grade teacher and 3 years as an administrator. Patrice grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from UC Berkeley. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Education from UCLA. Patrice enjoys sharing her love of history with her students through interactive, cross-curricular units. In addition to her passion for teaching, Patrice has worked as a teacher leader and received training from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Educational Leadership. She is currently the Dean of Academics for SPPS.


Lauren PerezLauren Perez
Math and Science- 6th, 7th and 8th Grades

Lauren Perez has been teaching at Saints Peter and Paul School for the last five years. She taught 3rd grade for four years and now teaches math and science to Grades 6-8, and is the school’s STEM Director. Lauren was born and raised in Hacienda Heights. She attended Santa Clara University obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Santa Clara University. She then moved back to Los Angeles and enrolled in Loyola Marymount’s PLACE Corps program to attain her Master’s in Elementary Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Lauren strives to increase students’ love of learning through engaging, collaborative and thought-provoking lessons. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys exploring the Los Angeles area by hiking, playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends.


Alex LaraAlexander Lara
Religion and Social Studies- 6th, 7th and 8th Grades

Alexander Lara has been a Wilmington native his whole life. He attended Saints Peter and Paul school from 1st through 8th grade and went on to attend Bishop Montgomery in Torrance. In 2007 he began attending CSU Dominguez Hills following his father’s footsteps in graduating with a degree in Social Studies/History. He worked as a substitute teacher in local schools before returning to SPPS as teacher in 2013. Outside of the classroom, Alexander’s interests include competing in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and judo, coaching sports such as wrestling and cross country, creating 3-D models, and photography.


frater LazarusFrater Lazarus McDonald, O.Praem.
English Language Arts- 6th, 7th and 8th Grades

Frater Lazarus McDonald, O.Praem., grew up just north of Houston, Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2011. Afterwards he worked as an engineer for two years and spent a brief period of time studying as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston before entering St. Michael’s Abbey in 2014. He completed the requisite studies in Latin, ancient Greek, and philosophy while living at the abbey and then commenced his studies of theology at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from St. Philip’s Seminary with a Masters in Theology in 2021. He now teaches English Language Arts for Grades 6-8 at SPPS. He loves spending time with friends, enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors, and reading good books.


Adrian JohnsonAdrian Johnson
PE Teacher and Coach

Coach Johnson has spent most of his career in afterschool childcare at Boys and Girls Clubs. He has served in the Harbor Community for over 15 years. He was the head coach for P.O.L.A. High School’s girls’ basketball team and has coached at his alma mater- San Pedro High School. Coach Johnson brings over 30 years of coaching experience to SPPS. He is the PE Teacher for all grades, is the Athletic Director, and coaches many of our teams. He is a valuable part of the SPPS team!


Aracelly LaraAracelly Lara
Teachers’ Assistant


Sister TereseSister Terese
Religion and Teachers’ Assistant


Sister Mary MagdaleneSister Mary Magdalene
Religion and Teachers’ Assistant