Faculty & Staff

Marc Nuno

Current Position: Principal
Email: nunom@visitationschool.net
Experience/Expertise:
    • 17th year in Catholic education.
    • 4th grade teacher, 5-8 Science and Religion Teacher, Director of Campus Ministry for a Catholic high school, five years as Assistant Principal: Dean of Students for a Catholic High School.
    • Fifth year as a principal.

    Degrees:

    • MA in Education at Loyola Marymount University, BA in Theology at University of Notre Dame, MA in Catholic School Leadership (in progress) University of Notre Dame

    Certifications:

    • CA State Teaching Credential (Multi-Subject Grades K-12)

    Academic Interests

    • Education and Theology

    Personal Interest & a short personal bio:

    My wife and daughter are the best part of my life. As a general rule, my family and friends are the greatest blessings of my life and they bring me great happiness and fulfillment. I hope that the sacred relationship I experience with my family and friends is something that I can share with all of you at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy. I find an encounter with Jesus Christ in my relationships with others, and hopefully, we will all encounter Christ in a similar way at Visitation.

    James Catalinich

    Current Position: 6th & 7th Grades Teacher
    Email: catalinichj@visitationschool.net
    Education:
    • University of Puget Sound: BA Political Science
    • University of Puget Sound: 5th Year Political Science
    • University of Puget Sound: Doctorate of Jurisprudence
    • Pacific Lutheran University: Administrative Credentials
    • University of Northern Iowa: National Endowment for Humanities in Economics
    • Pacific Lutheran University: Maritime Management

    Education Experience:

    • Stadium High School: Athletic Director, A.P. U.S History, Civics, PE, head track coach, assistant football coach
    • Mason Junior High School/Middle School: Social Studies, Journalism, English, PE, head football coach, assistant track coach
    • Baker Junior High School: English and Literature
    • Kent Junior High School: Social Studies and English, assistant football coach
    • Jason Lee Junior High School: Social Studies and English assistant track coach
    • Mt. Tahoma and Wilson: assistant football and track coach

    Religion:

    • Practicing Catholic. St. Patrick Church member. Faith and Formation Commission and Stephan Minister

    Organizations:

    • Washington State Bar Association
    • Tacoma Historical Society

    Professional Achievements:

    • Daffodil Festival Educator of the Year. Narrows League Athletic Director of the Year (3 times). West Central District III Athletic Director of the Year (regional recognition).

    Personal Statement:

    We are here to gain habits and self-control over our feelings to find truth (borrowed from James Schall, S.J.)

    Colleen Lardie-Pardal

    Current Position: Grades 2 & 3
    Email: lardiec@visitationschool.net
    Experience:
    • 12th year

    Degrees:

    • Bachelors in elementary education with a minor in special education

    Certifications:

    • Washington state teaching certificate

    Academic Interest:

    • Social studies

    Personal interest & a short personal bio:

    Hello! My name is Colleen Lardie-Pardal, but you can call me Mrs. L-P! I am thrilled to be returning to Visitation Catholic STEM academy after teaching abroad for 4 years. I love spending time with my family, traveling and taking pictures!

    Margie Mykland

    Current Position: Administrative Assistant
    Email: myklandm@visitationschool.net
    Experience/Expertise:
    • August 2017 was my 25th anniversary with VCSA.

    Degrees:

    • Bates Vocational 1972 – Secretarial, business machines, clerical and bookkeeping
    • Fort Steilacoom Community College

    My grandfather helped lay the first bricks when Visitation Church was built! My grandson is a 4th-generation student at Visitation in grade 1. His mother, grandmother (myself) and great grandmother also attended Visitation! I have six brothers and one sister who is a Benedictine Sister. She was never allowed to teach or principal at Vis since all her siblings attended here.

    Karalynn Meyers

    Current Position: 4th & 5th Grade teacher
    Email: meyersk@visitationschool.net
    Degrees:
    • B.S. in Psychology with Honors from UW Seattle

    Certifications:

    • Teaching Certification
    • First Aid and CPR

    Academic Interest:

    • STEM
    • Classic Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Ancient Civilizations

    Personal interest & a short personal bio:

    This will be my 4th year teaching and my second year at Visitation. Prior to teaching at Visitation, I taught in the Kent and Puyallup school districts. I attended All Saints Catholic School from Pre-K through 8th grade before attending public junior high and high school in Puyallup. I have a B.S. with honors in psychology from the University of Washington, where I worked at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic (focus on Borderline Personality Disorder research) and in the Social Cognitive Development Lab (focus on children’s cognition research). I also have a certification in K-8 teaching which I obtained while working in the Puyallup school district.

    In school, I participated in basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and soccer, so I love being able to help coach some of those sports here at Visitation. My favorite thing about teaching at Visitation is the dedicated and supportive staff, and how much the students care for and help one another. In my spare time I enjoy reading, music, camping with my husband’s family, playing with our dog Nala, and (of course) grading papers.

    Kelli Bostwick

    Current Position: PreK Aide
    Email: bostwickk@visitationschool.net
    Certifications:
    • Child Care Basics Certificate for Washington Child Care

    Visitation has a special place in my heart!  I am a lifelong Tacoma resident, my siblings and I attended Visitation School K through 8th grade. My three children are also proud to be Visitation Vikings.

    I have worked at VCSA in the office and classroom for 6 years now and am happy and thankful to be a part of such an amazing community. The PK students bring such energy and joy to everyone at Visitation and I look forward to seeing their smiling faces each day!

    Kara Muller

    Current Position: Grade 1
    Email: mullerk@visitationschool.net
    Experience/Expertise:
    • I’ve been teaching at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy for 9 years.
    • In 2016, I served on an accreditation team at another school.

    Degrees:

    • AA from South Puget Sound Community College
    • A in Elementary Education K-8 and a minor in Literacy from Central Washington University

    Certifications:

    • Certified PLTW Lead Teacher
    • K-8 Literacy Endorsemen
    • K-8 Elementary Teacher

    Academic Interest:

    • Literacy
    • STEM
    • Astronomy

    If you were to walk past the first grade classroom, you would see students working together in groups, singing educational songs, hands-on learning, living out our Catholic Faith, and learning in all academic fields. Our classroom is bright with bulletin boards, welcoming, stimulating, energized, and a room of students building friendships.

    I have been teaching at Visitation for the last 6 years and I continue to love our small school community. The families, students, and staff are all very welcoming. Each year I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to teach first and second grade at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy.

    In my spare time, my husband and I are chasing after our curious son, Hudson. He is quite the little stud. We have a new bulldog named Stella. She just turned one! It has been fun watching Hudson and Stella’s relationship grow.

    Madeline Butterfield

    Current Position: Kindergarten
    Email: butterfieldm@visitationschool.net

    Marianne Floyd

    Current Position: 8th Grade Homeroom, Science, and Math
    Email: floydm@visitationschool.net
    Experience:
    • This is my 11th year of teaching and my 3rd year at Visitation

    Degrees:

    • Bachelor of Science, Biology
    • Masters in Education, Emphasis in Science Curriculum and Instruction

    Certifications:

    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Early Adolescent Science
    • PLTW – Launch
    • PLTW – Gateway
    • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
    • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Endorsed in General Science and Biology, Highly Qualified in Middle School Math

    Academic Interest:

    • Science and Math!

    Personal interest & a short personal bio:

    I am a Tacoma native and lifelong Catholic. I belong to St. Charles Parish, which is the parish where I was raised. I love outdoor activities: kayaking, gardening, hiking, camping, and walking. I love spending time with my husband, three grown kids and daughter-in-law and we will be welcoming a granddaughter in December!

    Laura Price

    Current Position: PK4 Teacher
    Email: pricel@visitationschool.net
    Experience:
    • 5th year teaching Pre-K
    • Pre K RE teacher at Sacred Heart for 4 years

    Degrees:

    • AA (Associate of Arts)

    Certifications:

    • Early Childhood Education
    • STARS

    Academic Interest:

    • Music

    Personal interest & a short personal bio:

    I have worked at VCSA in various roles (Ex Care Director, Librarian, Sub, etc!) for 8 years, this is my second year as one of the PK teachers. Prior to Vis, I was a Pre-K teacher at Christ Lutheran church in Lakewood WA for 3 years. I am a combat veteran, wife to Matthew and mother to 4 Vikings Corrick (8th), Daniel (7th), Samantha (5th) and Colton (4th)! We are long time parishioners of Visitation and love our faith community. I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, coaching volleyball and cooking. I find great joy in teaching and watching students grasp a concept.

    Cecilia Tun

    Current Position: Kitchen Administrator/Cook
    Email: tunc@visitationschool.net
    Experience/Expertise:
    • Kitchen paperwork
    • Food Preparation
    • All Kitchen Duties

    Binh Dang

    Current Position: Head Custodian
    Contact: School Office 253.474.6424

    Shannon Higginbotham

    Current Position: Physical Education
    Email: higginbothams@visitationschool.net

    Get ready for a fun filled year. Her positive attitude and high energy will provide our students with fun sweat-soaked extravaganzas. Shannon has been involved in organized sports and outdoor activities her entire life. She played Division I college softball and continues to play softball at the highest level. Her athletic and coaching background in competitive sports provides her with a broad expertise in working with all types of students.

    In addition to teaching Physical Education to our students, she also teaches group fitness classes. She works with a variety of people focussing on strength and conditioning, cycle, and group fitness classes delivering the most effective and innovative training methods. She has the passion for fitness and the enthusiasm to motivate her students while still having fun. Expect great things!!!!!

    Mrs. H is originally from Minnesota. She has been happily married for 8 years and is the mother of two adorable boys Brock (7) and Darby (14 months).

    Hope Bales

    Current Position: Bellarmine Parochial Band Director
    Email: balesh@bellarmineprep.org
    Degrees:
    • Bachelors of Music Education from PLU
    • Currently working on a Masters of Music Education at CWU

    Certifications:

    • K-12 instrumental and general music

    Academic Interest:

    • Music

    Personal interest & a short personal bio:

    Ms. Bales has played oboe/English horn for over 16 years and currently plays in the South Sound Symphonic Band. She has performed abroad in foreign countries including Japan, Australia, and Canada. She also loves to play handbells and is an avid swimmer and hiker.

    Heather Liufau

    Current Position: Bookkeeper
    Email: liufauh@visitationschool.net
    Experience/Expertise:
    • Bookkeeper at Visitation for 9 years

    Degrees:

    • BA in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound

    My family moved to Tacoma when I was in the second grade. I graduated from Visitation School and Bellarmine Prep. All three of my children graduated from Visitation Catholic School. My family and I also attend Visitation Church.

    Carol Loughridge

    Current Position: Office Assistant
    Email: loughridgec@visitationschool.net