Sister Mary Jolisa Lazaro, SND, serves as the Religion coordinator and teacher of Religion in Grades 1, 2 and 3. Sister Jolisa is proud to belong to the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame, an international community, in which over 2,200 sisters around the world proclaim God’s goodness and provident care through education, pastoral and health care ministries. Sister received her degrees from Mount St. Mary’s University and Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University at Northridge. She also received credentials for Liturgy and Christian Initiation Formation Directors from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sister also holds a Life Certification for Religious Education. She loves teaching in a multi-cultural school where all learn to appreciate ethnic diversity. It is a wonderful honor for her to prepare the students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Sister believes that working in partnership with the parents through the spiritual formation meetings, gives an understanding that together as a faith community, we continue the mission of Jesus Christ.
Sister enlivens the students' faith with hands on activities like making rosaries, mobiles, dramatizing lives of the saints and bible stories, and practicing acts of service connected to liturgical seasons and social justice issues. Students also use technology to demonstrate their creativity by producing their own parable using the Book Creator app.
Sister’s passion in her teaching profession, is to inspire a positive character in children and to empower future citizens of tomorrow to use their God-given gifts, thereby following St. Julie Billiart’s maxim: “Have hearts as wide as the world!” In this way, they build a future full of hope!