Our Faculty & Staff

FullSizeRender (14)       Linda Gasparich Padilla, Principal

Mrs. Padilla comes to Sacred Heart School after spending 21 years as the Municipal Court Judge. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a doctorate in law, and has been teaching children and adults for the past 32 years. Mrs. Padilla’s father attended Cathedral in the 1930s, her husband in the 1950s, and now her own children are Panthers. She feels blessed to be a small part of the tradition.

Francine Smith, Pre-School


Susan St. Thomas, Kindergarten

Mrs. St. Thomas was born in Rockford, Illinois, and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University. She has taught kindergarten for 12 years at St. Anthony’s in Zuni, and with Gallup McKinley County Schools.  When she’s not preparing lessons for her students, she enjoys gardening, swimming, reading, hiking, camping, and animal rescue.

Sister Annie Mbewe, 1st Grade

Socorro Culling, Grades 3-4

Aurelio Culling, 5th Grade

“Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.”

ID000052       Cindy Ross, Mid School LA & Reading

Ms. Ross is a lifelong resident of Gallup and in her fourth year at Gallup Catholic School.  She has recently earned a degree in Elementary Education . Her children have attended the school from Elementary through High-school and she very grateful for the opportunity to work at this wonderful school.

Jeremy Silvernail, Mid School Science and Math

Leslie Farrell, Mid School Religion and Social Studies

ID000005       Amy Jo Mulvaney, Music Education and Title 1

Mrs. Mulvaney came to Gallup Catholic School in 2007 as a volunteer general music teacher which is now her full time position. In addition to teaching music for all, she teaches 3rd and 4th grade math, and Title 1.   She received her BA in music and elementary education at Mount Mary College in Yankton, SD.  She lives in Gallup with her husband Steve, and two daughters. When not at school, Mrs. Mulvaney teaches private piano lessons and also provides music for weekend Masses at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  She recently started a middle school band in addition to the chorus class for the middle school.


id000095           Ann Sloan, Librarian

Mrs. Sloan has been a part of Gallup Catholic School for approximately twenty years either as a parent, a volunteer or as a staff member.  She began her career working in the second grade classroom and since then has been in the library. She finds joy in books and in assisting students with their selections. She likes knowing what the children are reading and it presents an avenue of connection with them.

id000042        Mary James, Custodian

Mrs. James has worked at Gallup Catholic since 2008. She started out in the kitchen and developed into a wonderful custodian who has kept two buildings very clean. She is presently raising five grandchildren, ages 5 to 10. She also cares for a disabled adult.


id000002       Jean Helf, Kitchen Manager

Mrs. Helf grew up in Wyoming and now resides in Vanderwagon . She has been married for 29 years and has 3 children.  She is the owner of a home bakery business and a small farm with goats, chicken and rabbits.  Preparing good wholesome foods for her family and business are an everyday activity. Mrs. Helf  hopes to the same careful approach into the meals she prepares for the students of Sacred Heart School.



id000007               Agatha Skersick,  After School Care

Mrs. Skersick has an extensive relationship with our school.  Her children attended Sacred Heart School  and her grandchild is presently attending.  She is a substitute for us and does the After School Care with Mrs. Sanchez.



Jeanette Work Picture        Jeanette Suter, Superintendent of Schools


 id000003          Father Matthew Keller, Chaplain