Ms. Rose Navarro, Principal
It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to serve the St. Columba community. This is my third year as the school principal, and it has been a privilege working with an incredible group of families. It is my endeavor to ensure that St. Columba provides a quality faith based education that gives our students a well rounded foundation to guide them in living healthy spiritual and productive lives.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and come from a strong Catholic upbringing. My parents were co-founders of the Catholic elementary school that my brothers and cousins attended. There was not only a financial investment in our school, but even more so a strong commitment towards the value of Catholic education. I learned at an early age the value of supporting one’s child by seeing my parents heavily involved in our school and education. My family attributes the success we have had within our careers, support for social justice, and strong family units to the 12 years of Catholic education that we all received.
I have been teaching formal education since 1984, and also have an Early Childhood Background. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a Teaching Credential, as well as obtaining a Preschool Director’s License in my early years. It was originally my goal to work primarily with underprivileged children, but God has a plan for all of us, and this was just the beginning of an incredible professional journey. I was given the opportunity to teach elementary education overseas for 12 years and taught at the American School of Kuwait, The Kuwait English School, The International School of Brussels, and The American School of Nicaragua. It was a grand professional experience blessing me with the tools to work with International communities and travel the world.
After returning to United States and moving to Oceanside I pursued and earned a Master’s Degree and Credential in Educational Administration. I have also taught for the Oceanside School District, but left public education and joined the San Diego Catholic Diocese and served St. Mary, Star of the Sea in Oceanside for 10 years. It was there my career thrived leading me to make the decision to seek a principal position within the diocese.
Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to build my skills as an educator in many different areas. I have extensive experience in program development, community outreach, educational leadership, teaching, public speaking, fundraising, and curriculum design. One of the biggest challenges about working abroad and within United States is the various curriculums at each school. These challenges have been one of the best aspects of teaching because they have allowed me to implement and structure innovative programs that successfully meet the academic and social-emotional needs of diverse student populations.
We live in a world that is continuously changing and it is imperative that today’s education strive to develop curriculum that will meet the needs of all its multiple learners to prepare them for challenges of the 21st Century. Catholic education is an investment in your child’s whole life. It builds a foundation for each child through spiritual faith, instilling in them the ability to reach their full potential as God has intended them to do.
Fr. Ed McNulty
As I begin my ministry here at Saint Columba I wanted to introduce myself. I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the fourth of six children. My family moved to San Diego when I was about six years old. We were parishioners of Our Lady of Grace parish in El Cajon where I also attended elementary school. Following elementary school I attended Saint Augustine High School.
Upon graduation from high school I was accepted into Saint Francis Seminary at the University of San Diego. I completed my B.A. at USD and continued my formation for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome while completing my graduate degree in theology at the Gregorian University.
I was ordained for the Diocese of San Diego in June of 1993. Since ordination I have had assignments in both parish ministry and diocesan administration. I began my priesthood as an associate pastor at Saint Michael’s parish in Paradise Hills. I then went on to serve at St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista, St. Martin of Tours, La Mesa then as the Rector of the Immaculata, USD, Pastor of Queen of Angels in Alpine, St. Charles Borromeo, Loma Portal and most recently at Saint Agnes in Point Loma,. In addition to my parish ministry I have also served in diocesan administration as the assistant to Bishop Brom and as the Vice-Rector of St. Francis Seminary. In 2002 I completed a degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America and I currently serve as the Adjutant Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Diego.
For over 60 years Saint Columba has served as a powerful witness to the Catholic faith in the community of Serra Mesa and beyond. We have embraced our mission to spread and live the word of God by following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and by handing on the Catholic faith through our school and religious education programs.
Transitions and change can be challenging for all of us, however, I am grateful for the opportunity to become part of the community of Saint Columba and I am looking forward to getting to know and work with all of you.
Let us make the prayer of Saint Columba our own when he wrote: O Lord, grant us that love which can never die, which will enkindle our lamps but not extinguish them, so that they may shine in us and bring light to others. Amen.