Mentor Principals » Cohort 1: 2016-2017

Cohort 1: 2016-2017

Michael Browning
St. Anne School, Santa Monica

Michael Browning is the principal at Saint Anne School. St. Anne's is a Catholic TK-8th Grade school located in Santa Monica California. The school was founded in 1908 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The school has traditionally served lower income families from predominantly Latino background and currently serves 266 students from 66 different zip codes throughout Los Angeles County. Saint Anne was the first fully blended learning Catholic school in Southern California. The school offers a truly individualized educational program specific to the needs of each student.

Mission Statement: We, the school community of Saint Anne, recognize our purpose to provide a quality Catholic education to the children that we serve. In a safe and nurturing learning environment we address the individual needs of our students. We create for them the opportunity to realize their unique potential: body, mind and spirit. We affirm the importance of the interrelationship of church, home and school. We strive to serve the total community and we continue, both locally and globally, to honor our commitment to the less fortunate.

Michael Browning was born in Scotland in the United Kingdom where he attended St. Patrick Primary School and Holy Cross High School. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Glasgow and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from California State University Northridge. Currently in his 28th year with the Archdiocese, Michael has served as a teacher at St. Vincent, Los Angeles and Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood and as principal of Ascension, Los Angeles and is in his 17th year as principal of Saint Anne School in Santa Monica.

Karen D. Lloyd
Holy Trinity, Los Angeles 

Holy Trinity School is a Catholic elementary school located in the suburban Atwater Village area of Los Angeles. Founded by the Immaculate Heart Sisters, and later staffed by the Felician order, the school has faithfully served the children of the parish and surrounding community since 1949. The school currently serves students in grades transitional kindergarten through eight. Nearly 60% of all students qualify for and receive tuition assistance. The school, like the parish, has a strong traditional Catholic identity and is thoroughly immersed in the Filipino and Central American cultures which it serves. With the spiritual leadership and support of a dynamic pastor, the school strives every day to live out its mission of “Forming Saints and Scholars.”

Karen Lloyd grew up in Torrance, California – where she still lives today. Growing up in her grandparents’ home with a single mother, it was in 5th grade she was introduced to Catholic schools for “disciplinary reasons rather than religious ones.” Of course no one could have anticipated the changes that would come as a result of this move to Nativity School in Torrance. Karen notes that she was enchanted with stories of the saints and soon came to love the scriptures and the Catholic faith. She was baptized in 8th grade, went on to Bishop Montgomery High School and has spent the last thirty plus years trying to give back through the Church the love and grace that was so freely given to her in Catholic school. Karen attended Cal Lutheran University where she received her Bachelor’s degree as well as her teaching credential and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2003 she completed her Masters Degree in Catholic School Administration at Loyola Marymount University as part of the first cohort of the program for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As first a teacher and then a principal she has served her entire educational career working for the Department of Catholic Schools, serving seven different communities in four out of the five regions. She became principal at Holy Trinity School in 2014. Karen says that she knows that working in our Catholic schools is her vocation because it is the only thing that “makes her heart sing” and swears that being with the children is the very best part of every day.

Maryann Reynoso Davis
San Miguel School, Los Angeles

San Miguel School is a Catholic elementary school located in the Watts area of Los Angeles. The school was founded in 1966 by the Order of Augustinian Recollects. The school currently serves students in grades transitional kindergarten through eight. The students are mostly from the area of Watts and nearby surrounding cities such as Compton, Lynwood, and South Gate. The majority of the families served by San Miguel qualify for the free or reduced federal food program. According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles financial rankings, San Miguel School is a lower-economic school, placing it at a level 9 out of 10. San Miguel School has a strong family population of Catholics. The school continues to serve as a ministry of the church and live on its chrism of “bringing God’s love to all people.”

Maryann Reynoso Davis was born in Los Angeles, CA. Her father was born in Mexico and her mother was born and raised in Los Angeles. Maryann and her four siblings attended San Miguel School and graduated from Catholic high schools. She attended the University of Notre Dame and earned her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Spanish. She was accepted into Loyola Marymount University’s PLACE Corps program where she earned her Master’s degree in elementary education and preliminary teaching credential. In 2006 she returned to San Miguel School to serve as the third grade teacher. In 2008 Maryann became the principal of San Miguel School where she has served in this leadership position until today. Maryann’s mission is to serve her community and empower children through academic excellence and faith formation. She desires that all children, regardless of their circumstance, receive a quality faith-filled education that will prepare them for the demands of this world while demonstrating acts of love for all whom they encounter.

Victor Serna
St. Turibius, Los Angles

St. Turibius School opened its doors in 1949 and it has proudly served the Fashion District community just southeast of Downtown Los Angeles ever since. The mission of the school is to educate the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. St. Turibius School was recently named one of the best schools in the area by Downtown News because of its excellence in academics and athletics. The school serves a student population of 98% Hispanic/Latino and 100% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Mr. Victor Serna is a proud graduate of Bishop Mora Salesian High School where he later served as a coach, teacher and administrator before becoming a principal at the elementary school level. Mr. Serna began his career at St. Mary’s Elementary School in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles. Mr. Serna briefly considered a law enforcement career with the California Department of Corrections but his desire to coach led him to a career in education where he now serves as the principal of St. Turibius Elementary School. Mr. Serna holds a BS in Criminal Justice, an MS in Education, an MS in Educational Administration and he is close to completing his third Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership. Mr. Serna is a credentialed teacher in the state of California and he possesses a state Administrative Services credential as well. Both Mr. Serna and his Wife Evelyn are products of Catholic schools and they support as many Catholic School events as possible. Mr. Serna enjoys a round of golf with his spare time.

Teresa Villarreal
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Los Angeles

Our Lady of Guadalupe School, located in the heart of East Los Angeles, has provided education, formation and overall outreach to the Belvedere and City Terrace communities since 1950. The majority of the students are of Latino descent and members of the Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Additionally, many are also the children of alumni. The majority of families are working class parents who receive some form of tuition assistance. Our Lady of Guadalupe School is blessed to have the support of the OLG Alumni Association who assists the school with monetary and in-kind donations. Graduates work to keep alive the legacy of faith, service, and excellence started by the founding Columban Sisters many years ago.

Teresa Villarreal is in her twenty-third year in Catholic Education. She was born and raised in East Los Angeles and is a proud graduate of Our Lady of Guadalupe School. After graduating from OLG, she attended Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello and then went on to be the first to attend a university in her family. She obtained a degree in History with an emphasis on Diversified Liberal Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned a California Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.

This fall began her eighth year as principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe School where she also served as vice-principal and taught third, fourth, and fifth grades. She is currently serving her third year on Leadership Council as Deanery 9 PLC chair. Additionally, she is the principal representative for the San Gabriel region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the MAX LA (Marketing Archdiocesan Excellence in Los Angeles) team.

Ms. Villarreal is the eldest of four children and all graduates of Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is married and has two beautiful daughters who are also proud graduates of OLG School. Her eldest, Christine, attended St. Paul High School and her youngest, Samantha, is currently attending Cantwell-Sacred Heart High School.