Lydia Collins

Principal; 8 Science

University/Degree(s): University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, BS in Biology

Marymount University, Arlington, VA, Masters in Education, Administration and Supervision 

Credential: Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


Why Catholic Education: I have been in Catholic education for over 30 years. It has always seemed more complete to me to have a spiritual dimension to education rather than just academics. My faith has grown as I have taught students in high school and middle school. The children have taught me so much about God's presence and love in our lives.

Why Saint Raphael School Over 18 years ago Saint Raphael School needed a math and science teacher in middle school. I came to teach with my youngest daughter entering Kindergarten at the same time. Saint Raphael School is my heart and soul. There is no other school that has felt more like home and where God wants me to be. I love the students here as if each were my daughter or my son. The love that fills this building makes Saint Raphael School a unique place for children to learn.

Your office in one word: Welcoming!

Favorite Book: Many! Some favorites are Molokai, by Alan Brennert: The Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott: and mysteries!!

What year did you start at SRS: 2002

Hobbies/favorite activities: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Puzzles!