Saint John Vianney Welcomes New Principal and Vice Principal

Saint John Vianney Welcomes New Principal and Vice Principal

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Barbara Spencer and Laura Seminatore.

Saint John Vianney (SJV) Catholic School has welcomed Laura Seminatore as Interim Principal and Barbara Spencer as Vice Principal for the 2018-19 school year.

Mrs. Seminatore is very familiar to the St. John Vianney Community as her three children graduate.

As a parent volunteer, she enveloped the sense of community. After being a preschool teacher for many years, Mrs. Seminatore joined the SJV staff in 2001 teaching kindergarten and first grade for the next 15 years. During these years, investing her time as a parent and teacher, she modeled SJV’s mission, as well as, continuing her higher education by completing the Catholic Leadership Program and Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership at Santa Clara University.

In 2016, Mrs. Seminatore was hired at Holy Family School, San Jose, as Vice Principal before moving over to Saint John Vianney this summer.

As the spiritual leader of St. John Vianney Catholic School, her primary role is to ensure that the school maintains its rich Catholic tradition that it has cherished for the past 65 years, leading SJV families on a journey to a deeper understanding of the school’s mission that aims to develop each student through a harmonious blend of his/her spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional and physical strengths.

Mrs. Spencer is a Bay Area native who grew up in San Jose. She attended Presentation High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Combined Science, with a focus in Sociology and Psychology at Santa Clara University. After graduation, she began a floral business specializing in special events. During high school, she began dating, Mike her neighbor. “Love thy neighbor” they took it literally. They have been married for 37 years.  During high school she began attending Holy Family Church and was a part of the youth group. She was in the first RCIA class, became Catholic and became an active parishioner at Holy Family, San Jose. She served many ministries, including starting the women’s group and being the director of the Holy Family Women’s Retreat. While serving on one committee, it was decided to pursue building a Catholic School. This was the beginning of the Holy Family School.

In 1996, Barbara began her second career as a teacher. She taught at Almaden Country School before moving to Colorado. In Colorado, she taught in charter schools. Her Principal encouraged her to return to school to get her Masters. She graduated from Regis University, with a Masters in Educational Leadership.  She has taught K through 4th in private schools in California and charter schools in Colorado. She was awarded the Imagine Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Spencer has been in School Administration for many years.
Her favorite job is serving as Vice Principal and to serve the SJV community is an honor.