Carondelet High School

Faculty & Staff


Welcome, New Teachers!

Kristin Artz '11

I am from Clayton. I attended California State University, Chico where I majored in geology with an emphasis in environmental and sustainable studies. I came to Carondelet because in my senior year of college I realized I wanted to teach and there is no better place to begin my teaching career than my alma mater!

Anthony Bonanno

I graduated from De La Salle in 2001. I attended Cal Poly and Columbia College where I received a general studies degree with a minor in mathematics/science. I then received my mathematics credential from St. Mary's College of California. I chose to teach at Carondelet because of the wonderful experience I had when I was at De La Salle. My hope is to give the young women of Carondelet the same lasting memories and empower them to be positive role models in everything they do.

Taylor Chavez '10

I graduated from Carondelet in 2010. I then attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and received my Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2014. I received my Master's degree in mechanical engineering in 2015. As a young female in the STEM field, I hope to empower young women facing adversity along their desired career path.

Andrew Kjera

I attended the California College of the Arts where I got my B.F.A. in printmaking. I then attended the San Francisco Art Institute to get my M.F.A. in conceptual art. I am very happy to have the chance to share my knowledge and experience with the students at Carondelet. (Does Andrew look familiar? He taught at Carondelet 2001-2011.)

Joan Larsson

I went to Bishop O'Dowd, then UC Davis where I majored in linguistics, then to Loyola University Maryland for a Masters in Education. I chose to come to Carondelet because I want to empower young women to find their full potential. I also appreciate how this institution cares for the whole student, rather than simply her test score or GPA. Carondelet inspires confident, respectful, and genuine young women.

Dean Papalia

I attended Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and received a Bachelor's degree in business administration. I chose to come to Carondelet because it is well reputed school that many of my family members have attended in the past and are still attending now. As a faithful Catholic, I am also here to help students look to their faith for guidance.

Kristy Schow

I attended UC Santa Barbara for my B.A. in sociology with a minor in sports management as well as Santa Clara University for my M.A. in teaching and single subject teaching credential. I chose to come to Carondelet because I was drawn to the school's vision which centers around teaching to the whole person, hearts and bodies as well as the mind. I am excited to be a part of a community that empowers young women everyday to be leaders of this world, and for the opportunity to teach such spirited and inspiring students.

Elizabeth Woo

I went to UCLA. My major was English with a specialization in American Studies, and my minor was business administration. I chose to come to Carondelet because I had extensively substituted here and fell in love with the atmosphere. The students and staff are warm and welcoming. Additionally, my faith is important to me, so I feel blessed to be teaching English at a Catholic school.

In keeping with our mission that calls us to "live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph." we are calling on all of us to take some time this summer to read Laudato si, the papal encyclical on the environment. It has been praised and embraced by an audience of world leaders, scientist, academics as well as theologians. At Carondelet, we are placing our focus on sustainability within the context of this amazing document by Pope Francis.

In preparation for our gathering on August 10, please come to San Damiano with a paragraph from the encyclical or chapter that you found inspiring.

Here is the link to Laudato Si:

Or downloaded to a computer/ipad in PDf:

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On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.

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Faculty Absences

All employees are required to notify Carondelet High School if they will be late, are not reporting for duty, or are leaving campus earlier than their normal schedule.

1. Once you are at school, use sign-out book in Main Office for anything under an hour (errand, appt., lunch, etc.). For teachers, this includes leaving before the 3:45 required time. If you are ill, or need to leave school mid-day unplanned, please email

2. If you are sick or unable to come to work and you did not provide advanced notice, you should email or call 925.686.5353 x399. Advanced notice absences require a Request for Absence slip, which you will turn into the President/Principal. If you are a teacher, turn it into the Principal’s box in the Main Office. If you do not hear back, assume it is approved.




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