Mr. Guzman: Principal
I am honored to be at Santa Clara High School and thankful for the wonderful opportunity to serve your son/daughter’s educational needs. I want to welcome you to a great school with over 100 years of history, tradition and faith. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this history and an outstanding community.
I earned my Associate of Arts degree from Oxnard College and transferred to California State University Northridge. I majored in Kinesiology and earned my Bachelor of Science degree with Honors. I continued my education and earned my teaching credential at Michael D. Eisner, College of Education at California State University Northridge. I completed my teaching credential program , earned my Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership and earned my Administrative Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University. I taught at Monroe High School, Winnetka Middle School, Isabell Middle School and Santa Paula High School before arriving at Santa Clara High School.
I grew up locally in the beautiful city of Santa Paula, California. My family is my number one priority. We have been blessed with two beautiful children who keep me busy during my spare time. I enjoy coaching basketball, traveling and spending time outdoors.
My goals as a teacher/mentor/coach/administrator is to make a difference in my community and especially, with my student’s, to help them achieve their goals while promoting sportsmanship, discipline and self-respect.
In Hoc Signo Vinces!
Mr. Ranney: Director of Marketing & Admissions
Mr. Ranney is in his fourth year at Santa Clara High School. Roger spent his formative years in Indiana. He attended the University of Central Florida where he also played football for the Knights. He graduated with a bachelors degree in social science education. For the past 15 years, Roger has owned and operated an event planning business with a clientele that included CBS, Disney and Paramount Studios to name a few.
Prior to joining Santa Clara's staff, Roger taught PE and was the Athletic Director at Saint Finbar School in Burbank. He was also an assistant basketball and football coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Roger is married to Laura and has two wonderful children. He enjoys music, being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Ms. Palmisano: Vice Principal
Ms. Teresa Palmisano is in her 7th year at Santa Clara High School. A Ventura native, Palmisano, a student-athlete (basketball, tennis and track) in high school and an All American in basketball, graduated from Buena High School with an athletic scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. A four year starter and two time All American at Cal, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. After pursuing a professional basketball career (1992-2006) and winning championships along the way, in Europe and the United States, she earned her master’s degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Prior to joining Santa Clara’s staff, Palmisano was the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at Gonzaga University from 2009-2011. She was the 1st Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at California Lutheran University during the 2008-2009 season.
Employed by the Ventura County Community College District from 2006-2010, Teresa taught in the Physical Education & Athletic Department at Moorpark College.
Teresa Palmisano, inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the University of California Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Her hobbies are spending time with family, fitness and going to the beach with her husband, Timothy.
Ms. Mullen: Assistant Principal
Being an alumna of Santa Clara High School, I am excited to return as a teacher and have the opportunity to give back that which was given to me. During my years and Santa Clara High School, I was a student-athlete playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. I went on to play basketball and softball at Ventura College.
I received my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Channel Islands. I then went on to receive my credential and Master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
I have been teaching for the past eleven years in the Junior High Department at Santa Clara Elementary School. I taught Language Arts for seven years and then Math/Science for the past four years. I was also the Math Department Chair and Science Fair Coordinator.
Mr. Barahona: Dean of Students
Ivan Barahona has been an educator for 17 years. Mr. Barahona has taught middle and high school science. He was the dean of students at Pacific Hills school for the past 5 years. He is a graduate of California Lutheran University where he was a member of the men's basketball team. Mr. Barahona also coached basketball at Pacific Hills guiding the team to 4 CIF championships and a state title in 2013. He is currently the Head Coach of the El Salvador Men's National team leading them to a silver medal in the Central American Olympics in 2013.
Ivan is married to Olga Barahona. They have 3 children; Ivan Jr.(13), Eva (11) and Marcus(1). Mr. Barahona enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and basketball.
Mrs. mack: Director of Campus ministry
Ms. Kathy Mack is in her 3rd year at Santa Clara High School as the Campus Minister and Religion Teacher. She graduated from Cal State University Northridge earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She obtained a Catechesis Certification from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Ms. Mack has 25 years of experience in Catholic Education. She began her career at Pinecrest Elementary School (1985-1987), St. Bridget of Sweden (1987-1992), St. Bonaventure High School (1992-2011) and Crespi High School (2011-2013). Ms. Mack educational philosophy is to respect each individual and know that everyone has something to give. She is here at Santa Clara to do God’s work.
Ms. Mack enjoys watching movies and gardening.
Ms. alcala: science
Ms. Alcala is starting her 9th year at Santa Clara High School. She graduated from Cal State University, Northridge earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Teaching with an emphasis on Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Saint Mary. She is currently teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics along with being, Senior Class Moderator, and SADD moderator. Ms. Alcala believes that everyone can succeed, it’s what you do with your success that matters. Both Ms. Alcala and her husband Coach David “Torta” meant while attending Santa Clara. She enjoys teaching at her alma mater because she is committed to giving back to her community. She enjoys the small school atmosphere and truly believes that Santa Clara provides the best environment to the students.
Ms. Alcala enjoys spending all her time with her son Mickey whom is the highlight of her life. She aspires for Mickey to become a Saint!
Mr. Lanza: Math
After studying mathematics at CSUN, Alex Lanza traversed the treacherous 126 highway and discovered Santa Clara High School. With a knowledge and interest of math, he aspires to assist the school in any way possible.
While this is his 3rd year at Santa Clara, Alex has instructed students in mathematics for over 8 years, in settings ranging from private institutions to his university’s mathematics lab.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys music, reading, and of course, more math.
Mr. Laubacher: Social Science
As an alumnus of Santa Clara High School, Mr. Laubacher is excited to return as a teacher and give back to the community. During his time as a student he participated in multiple sports, was a National Honor Society Member, and served on his senior Associated Student Body board.
He is a proud graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was the first student to earn his B.S. degree in Global Business Administration. Having gone through sixteen years of catholic schooling he understands the inherit value that a catholic education provides its students.
Mr. Laubacher’s goal as a teacher is to spark the students’ imaginations about the wonders of learning. He will provide a classroom environment conducive to conversation that will challenge the students to grow as intellectuals and individuals.
Mr. Laubacher enjoys spending his free time reading, travelling, listening to music, and playing golf…terribly. To be a Saint is a way of life!
mr. Pina: Spanish
My name is Mr. Jose Abraham Pina and I am very excited to start my 2nd year at Santa Clara High School. I will be teaching Spanish I, II, III at SCHS. I'm also the head coach for the SCHS girls soccer team. I graduated from University California Santa Barbara in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I then, went on to the Teaching Credentials Program at Cal State Channel Islands. I have been in the public school system for over 12 years working in the lower level grades.
I am an Oxnard native who graduated from Channel Islands High School where I played soccer, track, and cross country.
In my spare time I enjoy to coach soccer, watch sports, and spend time with my family.
Mrs. Gonzalez: Registrar & Attendance
More to come...
Ms. Ellis: School secretary & accounts receivable
An Alumna of Santa Clara High School, Ms. Ellis is excited to become part of the Administrative Team and working to support future Alumni of SCHS. An Oxnard native, Ms. Ellis received an Associate Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Moorpark College and then pursued at 30 year career in mortgage lending while raising her two children.
“I am truly blessed and I will be forever grateful to my parents, who instilled strong family values and who provided a Catholic education for their five children from K-12 grades.” All were graduates of Santa Clara High School.
Ms. Ellis has been active on the SCHS Alumni Executive Board beginning in 2013 and is currently serving as Board Secretary. She is also a member of the Santa Clara Parish Choir since 2014. She enjoys live theatre, spending time with family and close friends, cheering for the Saints at athletic events and a good mystery novel.
“In Hoc Signo Vinces"
Mr. hutchinson "hutch": Plant manager
Roderick Hutchinson first came to Santa Clara High School as a baseball coach in 2002. A year later, he accepted a position in the maintenance department. He is currently the Plant Manager, as well as running the baseball program. His love for the game has kept him coaching for the past 25 years throughout Ventura County. He is also an associate area scout for the Chicago Cubs, and runs their collegiate scout team during the summer months.
Coach Hutch was born and raised in Louisiana, where he attended Southern University on a baseball scholarship. In 1985, he came to Oxnard to visit his sister and her family, and decided to stay. He is married to Amber, and is the proud father of Trevor, Marcus, Roderick, Kyla, and Miles. He still enjoys playing baseball on Sundays with his friends.
Mrs. Mullen: development director
As an Alumna of Santa Clara High School, it is a privilege and honor to be back at SCHS. I believe in the Tradition and Academic Excellence at Santa Clara High so much so that my 3 daughters attended and graduated from here and now my grandson (3rd generation) will be attending this fall as a freshman. I have been in Development and Marketing for over 25 years. I also have experience in finance and athletics. I am now serving my 2nd year as President of the SCHS Alumni Association. I truly believe the quote “Once a SAINT, Always a SAINT.”
I look forward to building relationships with the past, present and future generations.
Mrs. Luna: Accounts Payable & Tuition
Mrs. Luna is celebrating her 4th year employed at Santa Clara High School. She studied abroad and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Commerce at Universidad Internacional, S.C. at Monterrey, Mexico. Before coming to Santa Clara High School, Mrs. Luna worked for the private sector in the divisions of business and administration.
Mrs. Luna was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley. Of humble background, Mrs. Luna grew up in the farm working community. She believes that no matter what hurdle life throws at you; if you are true to yourself and focused you will thrive.
Mrs. Luna and her husband, Rogelio, are the proud parents of Montserrat and Liam. Both of her children received a Catholic education that started in kindergarten up to secondary school while living abroad. Montserrat is an Alumni of Pepperdine University, and her son is a graduate of the Class of 2014 from Santa Clara High School and is presently enrolled at CSUCI. Mrs. Luna enjoys going to the movies, the theater and museums with her family.