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Heather_Murphy-GarciaMs. Heather Murphy-Garcia

Principal / hmurphygarcia@ics-la.org

Heather Murphy-Garcia first taught at ICS in 2000 before pursuing graduate studies in urban planning at UCLA.  Since returning to ICS in 2005 she has acquired an additional Master’s degree in education and California credential at Loyola Marymount University, plus Instructional Leadership training at Mt. St. Mary’s and a certificate in Technology Integration from LMU. In 2018 she was selected as one of five resident principals in the Onward Leaders program, to learn from the expertise of Ms. Murphy in Catholic School administration.  

Betsy_LopezMrs. Betsy Lopez

Front Office / blopez@ics-la.org

Mrs. Lopez has been with ICS for a number of years as a parent, 2nd Grade Aide, Development Assistant, and now part of the Front Office Team.  All of Betsy’s children have attended ICS and she says she loves working and spending time at such a family oriented school and organization.


Judy_GonzalezMrs. Judy Gonzalez

Pre-School Director and Daycare / jgonzalez@ics-la.org

Mrs. Judy Gonzalez has been affiliated with ICS for over 25 years.  Her three children graduated from ICS and are now successful adults.  Ms. Judy began working at the school in the after-school program.  For a number of years she was the teacher aide in Grade 2.  When ICS opened its pre-school program in March 2010, Mrs. Judy became the co-teacher for our littlest Panthers. As of 2020, Mrs. Judy has taken the role of Preschool Director


Ms. Bianka Miranda

Pre-School Teacher / bmiranda@ics-la.org

Ms. Bianka has been apart of ICS Preschool for three years. She received her MFA in Art from Cal State University Los Angeles. In 2022, she received an Infant and Toddler Teaching Certificate from Santa Monica College. 



Ms. Lilly Barillas

Instructional Aide / lbarillas@ics-la.org

Ms. Lilly has been a part of the ICS community for five years and has two children enrolled at the school. She is part of the Preschool team and enjoys working with young children. 



Mrs. Roxana Jorge

Instructional Aide 

Mrs. Roxana Jorge is known at ICS as Mrs. Garcia. She has been a part of the ICS community for several years and has three children enrolled at the school. Her oldest child attends Cathedral High school. She is part of the Preschool team and enjoys working with young children. 



Transitional Kindergarten Teacher / cmarin@ics-la.org

Ms. Cassie Marin is an alumni of ICS. She is a full-time student and the full time teacher. This is her first year as the Transitional Kindergarten teacher and has been working at ICS since 2018. Seeing how wonderful ICS was and has been to her, she wanted to give back to the ICS community by becoming a teacher. 




Instructional Aide and Daycare Director / rcueva@ics-la.org

Sra. Cueva has worked at ICS for many years. She runs the after-school care program in the afternoons and works as a teacher aide each morning in TK. Mrs. Cueva is the proud mother of two young adult sons, Walter and William, both graduates of ICS. 


Martha_RuizMrs. Martha Ruiz

Kindergarten Teacher / mruiz@ics-la.org

Mrs. Ruiz has been personally involved in Catholic school environments since her own pre-school experience.  She believes that social-emotional learning is as important as academics for early education. Her warmth and kindness are evident with each family and child. Partnering with Mrs. Martha is a joy and parents love her constant communication. 


Mrs. Mellanie Valdez 

Instructional Aide / mvaldez@ics-la.org




 Ms. Karla Muñoz

1st Grade Teacher / kmunoz@ics-la.org

Ms. Karla Muñoz completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received her teaching credential from Cal State University at Long Beach. She has five years of experience in public schools as an assistant and afters school leader. She feels blessed for being part of the ICS Community. She looks forward to working closely with children and their families emphasizing Catholic values. This is her third year at ICS as a 1st grade teacher.

Valerie Jimenez

Ms. Valerie Jimenez

2nd Grade Teacher / vjimenez@ics-la.org

Ms. Valerie Jimenez received her BA in Political Science and Minor in US History form the University of California Riverside. She is hopes return to school to receive her Masters in Education. 2022 is her first year teaching, but she has worked with elementary students for over 10 years and for two of those years she was a Catechist teacher. She looks forward to continue teaching children whilst achieving her life long dream of becoming an Education Lawyer. 


Ms. Maddie Carr

3rd Grade Teacher / mcarr@ics-la.org

Ms. Maddie Carr comes to Immaculate Conception through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a Catholic service-teaching program. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ms. Carr will receive her masters in Education from Notre Dame through the ACE program. Beginning her first year at ICS as the second grade teacher, she feels blessed to be living out her lifelong dream of teaching children and is grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with families to guide the intellectual and spiritual growth of all of her students.


Ms. Vaneza Paredes 

4th Grade Teacher / vparedes@ics-la.org

Ms. Vaneza Paredes received her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Education. Ms. Paredes has worked with elementary students from grades 1-5, and also spent two years working with pre-school aged children at Loyola Marymount University’s Children’s Center. This will be her third year at Immaculate Conception School as the fourth grade teacher


Ms. Persis Piche 

5th Grade Teacher / ppiche@ics-la.org

Ms. Piche is an alumni and is returning to ICS after 11 years. She worked at ICS as the Computer Lab teacher and later as the 4th grade teacher. She earned a B.A in Psychology from California State University of Northridge and her M.A in Education from Loyola Marymount University. She is excited to be back at ICS and serve her community.


Mrs. Gloria Esqueda

6th Grade Teacher / gesqueda@ics-la.org

Mrs. Gloria Esqueda graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2015 with her bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development.  She has a Masters in Education and her teaching credential from Mt. Saint Mary’s University. This is her fourth year teaching at ICS, and is now the 6th grade teacher.



Mrs. Patricia Bachemin 

7th Grade Teacher / 6th-8th Grade Math / pbachemin@ics-la.org

Mrs. Patricia Bachemin is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach and has taught at Immaculate Conception since 1996.  She grew up in the parish, and knows the community well. Mrs. Bachemin was the kindergarten teacher for 20 years, the 3rd grade teacher for five years, and is now the 7th grade homeroom and 6th-8th Math teacher.

Yrina_KellerMrs. Yrina Meza Keller

8th Grade Teacher / 6th-8th Grade Social Studies /ymeza@ics-la.org

Yrina Meza received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of California at Irvine. She looks forward to growing and pursuing higher education as well as instilling a love of learning and faith in her students.


Guadalupe_ZavalaSra. Guadalupe Zavala

Lunch Program and Daycare Aide

Sra. Zavala directs the Federal School Lunch Program at ICS.  She arrives bright and early each day to prepare breakfast for the students and then gets lunch ready, too!  After school she assists the daycare program.  Mrs. Zavala has three daughters who graduated from ICS.



Sra. Maria Amaral

Lunch Program and Custodian

Sra. Amaral is the proud mother and grandmother of two generations of ICS grads. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, as evidenced by her amazing cooking for the faculty and staff.



Sra. Natividad Villa


Dona Nati is a current ICS parent as well as a parent of two graduates.  Her son Omar was a member of the 100th graduating class of ICS and is the recipient an honors scholarship to Salesian High School.



Sr. Jesus Zavala


Sr. Zavala is the groundskeeper at ICS. He also helps in the kitchen and enjoys attending the children. Sr. Zavala is a proud father of three daughters who graduated from ICS.