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Saying Goodbye to Staff, Welcoming New Employees

Photo: Lucas Schroeder, Kate Schulte, and Mayra Gradilla

Ahead of the 2022-2023 school year, Cristo Rey says goodbye to several beloved employees, and welcomes new faculty and staff. For the first time, we are proud to advance two Cristo Rey alumni into school administration roles on the Academic Leadership Team.

Lucas Schroeder leaves Cristo Rey after four years of service as Principal. Former Dean of Students, Mayra Gradilla, will step forward as Interim Principal. President Antonio Ortiz has always seen Mayra’s potential to be a school leader. He recalls, “After much prayer and discernment, Mayra responded to me, ‘If I’m called to serve our community in this way, then I’m honored to do so.’ What I love about her response is she sees this as a call to serve.”  

We give a heartfelt thank you to Kate Schulte, Assistant Principal for Student Services and former mathematics teacher, who served the Cristo Rey mission for 15 years. We extend our gratitude to the employees and Jesuit Volunteers who are leaving us this year to pursue other opportunities: Paul Bubash (Campus Ministry), Citlally Delgado (College Counseling), Angel Rodriguez (Jesuit Volunteer), DiAnna Santillan (Jesuit Volunteer),  and Mary Ellen Toth (Librarian).

Cristo Rey welcomes a number of employees into their new or promoted roles including the promotion of two longtime teachers into administrative roles. Maria Luevano-Salazar ‘02, Spanish teacher, will now serve in a new role as Director of School Mission. Freshman biology teacher and assistant Athletics Director Jenn Swanson moves into the role of Director of Student Services and Educational Support. Karen Laureano ’11, counselor, will now serve as Director of School Culture. 

Additionally, Cristo Rey is pleased to announce the following additions to school staff: Lauren Bell (Advancement), Daisy Castillo (Alumni Relations), Jessica Cervantes ’07 (CWSP, Admissions), Jorge Escobar ’18 (Advancement), Isabel Hernandez ’16 (College Counseling), Jaqueline Romo (Campus Ministry), and Sahrish Russell (CWSP). We are excited to welcome back three alumni who will join Cristo Rey as Jesuit Volunteers this fall: Ailyn Cortez-Saldivar ’17, Patrick Reyes ’18, and Rachel Romero ’18. Fernanda Balderrama will also be joining Cristo Rey this year as a JV. We are especially proud to keep on two former Jesuit Volunteers as full-time Cristo Rey employees, alumna Lizbeth Delgado ’16 (Teacher) and Joanna Mena ’16 (College Counseling).

As of July 11