Preschool Staff

Mrs. Dominguez-Chávez is a native New Mexican, a 5th generation Bernalillo resident, and a registered parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. She is a firm believer in the lifelong benefits of Catholic education, having attended St. Charles and St. Pius X High School ('96), and recognizes the impact it has had in her faith. She has taught in both the Catholic and public school sectors. Mrs. Dominguez-Chávez earned a bachelor’s degree in Elem Education and a master’s degree in Literacy, Language, and Sociocultural Studies, both from the University of New Mexico. She also earned her post master’s Ed.S Educational Leadership Certificate (UNM), in Educational Administration, has Level II teaching license, and a Level IIIB State of N.M. Administrative License. Mrs. Dominguez-Chávez has been married for over 20 years and has two children. Her oldest child was a 2020 St. Pius X graduate and is now attending NMSU. Her youngest is currently a senior at St. Pius. In her spare time, Mrs. Dominguez-Chávez enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, and playing with her two dogs, Lana and Chapo.

Angelica Lucero is a native New Mexican and a lifelong resident.  She is a registered parishioner at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church. She grew up in a Catholic multigenerational home in the town of Bernalillo, NM, and later moved to Albuquerque at the age of 10. From an early age, Ms. Angelica knew she wanted to be a teacher and work with children.  She began her journey in high school where she volunteered at a preschool near her home.  She then became certified in Early Childhood and Development and has accumulated over 200 hours of training in this area. Ms. Angelica has been at Risen Savior Catholic Preschool since 2015.  She has worked in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Schools since 2006, teaching Pre-K for 8 of those years.  Her passion is working with young children because she believes a solid foundation in education is key to becoming a well-rounded learner.  Ms. Angelica has also studied Elementary Education at Grand Canyon University, where she is working towards her bachelor’s degree.  In her spare time, Ms. Angelica enjoys being with her 9-year-old son and her family.  She loves traveling, crafting, visiting museums, and watching movies.

Ms. Valerie Villagómez was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and is the oldest of five children. She was raised in the Catholic faith and attended the same Catholic school from the time she was 3 years old until she graduated from high school. As a result, Ms. Valerie recognizes the impact our faith can have on a student’s education, particularly from a young age. After graduating high school, Ms. Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Universidad Casa Grande in Guayaquil, Ecuador. While working on a project related to the World Orchid Conference, she discovered her true passion for teaching. Ms. Valerie first taught pre-school at St. Nicolas and later at Delta Torremar, both located in Ecuador. As the Lead Teacher, Ms. Valerie focused on teaching English to her students. She moved to the United States in February of 2020, where she tutored students in English online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after moving to the U.S., she and her husband relocated to Albuquerque, a place they are both happy and proud to call home. In her spare time, Ms. Valerie enjoys cycling and traveling. She and her husband are both parishioners of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

Miss Katie Worley was born in Bowling Green, Ohio. She moved to Merrillville, Indiana when she was two, and then moved to Belen, NM when she was eight. Miss Katie comes from a large Catholic family and is the third of six children. She is a second-generation teacher; her mother teaches Kindergarten. She has been teaching preschool for six years and began at Risen Savior in 2019.  Miss Katie loves to share the Catholic faith with her students and being an active part in students becoming closer to God. She has also taught youth groups at San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas, N.M., where she is an active parishioner and volunteer. As an appreciation of her service in working with the youth group at San Clemente, she was honored at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Annual Appreciation Mass and Banquet, which is a ceremony recognizing young adults serving the church.  Miss Katie is taking classes online and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. When not studying for class, she enjoys baking, reading, and going on bike rides.

 

 
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