In the next several weeks OC Catholic will be featuring new principals at Diocese of Orange Catholic schools.

By Gabriella Karina     8/22/2018

The Diocese of Orange is pleased to announce new principals who will be leading several Catholic schools. These educational leaders bring strong credentials and extensive expertise in education to the Diocese of Orange Catholic schools.  


Blessed Sacrament School, Westminster 

Dr. Gloria Castillo 

Dr. Castillo received her master’s degree and doctorate in Education from Azusa Pacific University.  

She comes to Blessed Sacrament School after serving as principal at St. Thomas More School in Monterey Park (Archdiocese of Los Angeles). Dr. Castillo looks forward to building a community where a sense of belonging is at the forefront. As an educator, she is inspired that she can inspire and motivate others in their spiritual and academic formation. When Dr. Castillo is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.  


St. Francis Of Assisi School, Yorba Linda 

Mrs. Jeannette C. Lambert 

Lambert loves early childhood and elementary education because she is able to journey with students for many years.  

“Catholic education gives us the opportunity to support the needs of the whole child and partners with parents for faith formation,” Lambert said. “I wanted to be a part of transformational growth in education.”  

Jeannette Lambert started her journey in Catholic education as a counselor after receiving her B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and her M.A. in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. She worked as a school counselor at La Purisima School in Orange and also St. Francis School. For the past five years, Lambert served as vice principal for the Advancement of Technology & Curriculum at St. Francis. In that role she led the 1:1 technology integration for 4th – 8th grade students, along with the infrastructure and redesign of the technology program at the school. She also started a performing arts program and the East Coast trip program for middle school students. Additionally, Lambert redesigned the school’s library and computer lab to an Innovation Center. 


St. Angela Merici School, Brea 

Mrs. Julianna Tapia 

Julianna Tapia has been working in Catholic education in the Diocese of Orange for over 10 years. She says she loves Catholic education. Her passion is sharing that love with students, teachers, and families. She has two master’s degrees – one in Cross Cultural Education and second in Educational Administration. Tapia has taught kindergarten and elementary students at St. Juliana in Fullerton. While at St. Juliana, Tapia also served as the athletic director. She comes to St. Angela Merici School after serving as a vice principal at Christ Cathedral Academy in Garden Grove. When she is not working, Tapia loves spending time with her husband and four very active sons who make her life fun and keep her busy.