Welcome New Faculty for 2019-2020 School Year!

The 2019-2020 school year welcomes four new teachers and one new counselor to the Mariner Family!

Read more about each of them below.

Araceli Catalán (Math Teacher) 

Araceli Catalán was born and raised in the small town of Lompoc in central coast California and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a corps member in the Teach for America program and taught in the South Bronx for two years while obtaining her Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University’s School of Education.  Since then, she has taught middle school math and science. During her time teaching she has also contributed as summer school principal, yearbook advisor, junior high level leader, and student council advisor among other things.

She currently resides in Hayward with her husband, three boys, and her dog.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her boys, reading, and crafting.

She feels truly blessed to be part of the Moreau Catholic community and has her own “golden rule” philosophy and “treats her students the way she would want her children to be treated” and applies that to every aspect of her day. 

Becky Conlon (Science Teacher)

Becky is a self-proclaimed quirky science nerd, with a passion for learning and activism.  Eager to understand the world, Becky pursued diverse courses of study in college and graduate school, including: Anthropology, Chemistry, and Psychology.  She began her career journey as a mental health therapist, working at a locked psychiatric facility for teens aged 12-18. After taking a year off to care for her ailing grandparents back in Ohio, Becky called an audible upon returning to California, and she went back to school for her teaching certificate.  Since then, she has been on a mission to engage more science geeks and activists in order to bring about much needed societal change. When not working hard, Becky can be found jamming out to a variety of music, playing with her adorable Siamese cat named Chemistry, or captivated by the book de jour at the coffee shop.

“We can change the world and make it a better place.  It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela

Amos Hodgson (Math Teacher) 

Amos is from Oakland, CA and has a degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He was at St. Felicitas for the past 7 years where he taught math and science and also served as the IT coordinator. He is known as Mr. H to his students. 

Outside of school, Amos coaches CYO and AAU basketball. He loves comic books. He has two boys, ages 14 and 12. He is a “nerdy guy” and a political junkie. Feel free to talk to him about your views. He promises it won’t start a fight! 

Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Counselor)

Juan has been a counselor in San Francisco and Berkeley and is excited to be at Moreau Catholic High School. He received is M.A in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling at the University of San Francisco in 2015. Juan has worked with diverse groups of urban youth and their families collaboratively to strive for intellectual and academic excellence. His bilingual skills have opened relationships with individuals, welcoming diversity and overcoming barriers that otherwise might have closed doors. Outside of work, you can find Juan rooting for his favorite sports teams, spending time with friends and planning his next travel destination.

Clark Zhang (Science Teacher) 

Clark Zhang has a BA in biology from Columbia University and an MS in medicine from Stanford Medical School. He has four years of teaching experience in a mix of private and public schools and most recently worked at Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco and Prospect High School in Saratoga. Clark is passionate about helping students see the relevance of science to their daily lives and building strong relationships with students. Outside of work, Clark leads the 20s/30s group at the progressive Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. He enjoys improv, karaoke, attending concerts, visiting museums, and reading, writing, and discussing poetry. He’s excited to join the Moreau community