My name is Breena McCarthy and I am the 2nd grade teacher at Santa Sophia Academy. I grew up in a military family and I have been fortunate enough to live in San Diego for most of my life. I have three younger sisters and we are all very close. My sisters and I each played soccer and competed in Irish Dance. In my free time I enjoy hiking, visiting friends, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. My favorite color is pink.
I graduated from Cathedral Catholic high school in 2015 and chose to pursue a degree in elementary and special education from Northern Arizona University. After graduating, I joined the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) at the University of Portland. Through the PACE program, I taught special education at a Catholic school in Salt Lake City, UT while earning my MEd with an ESOL endorsement. This is my first year back in San Diego and I am very excited to be teaching 2nd grade because the students are so curious and enthusiastic.
I grew up a cradle Catholic and when I turned 12, my parents made the sacrifice to send my sisters and I to Catholic school. I attended St. Columba and Cathedral, but found that I did not truly understand the beauty of the Catholic Church until college. This is when I chose for myself to get involved in the Newman Center because I recognized how necessary it is to have a community. Through the PACE program I got to meet other young adult Catholics who have inspired me to more actively live my faith and now my goal is for my students to see my love of the sacraments and be inspired to pursue a personal relationship with Christ.