Mercy High School

Faculty

Scott Matthews

Principal

smatthews@mercy-high.org
Scott Matthews graduated from Mercy High School in 1994, then went on to get a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from UC Berkeley. He came back to Mercy and taught math and government for seventeen years. During that time, he directed a number of Mercy musicals including West Side Story, Les Miserables, and Phantom of the Opera. After spending two years at Notre Dame in Chico teaching junior high, he is back at Mercy as the Principal. He also teaches Geometry, Algebra 2, and Religion 10.

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Mrs. Anne Coelho

Athletic Director

acoelho@mercy-high.org
Anne is an alumnus from the Class of 1988. Anne joined Mercy as the Athletic Director the fall of 2019 after having spent many hours on campus filling several positions and volunteering. She holds a BS in Environmental Health Science from Fresno State University and enjoys softball, outdoor activities and volunteering. Anne and her husband HD have three daughters who have all graduated from Mercy High.

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Clayton Baumgartner

Religion teacher and Campus minister

cbaumgartner@mercy-high.org
Mr. Clayton Baumgartner is a graduate of our Diocesan Leadership Academy,and has joined the faculty at Mercy High School as a religion teacher and campus minister. A native of Chico, Mr Baumgartner offers strong qualifications for this position. He has a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Mt. Angel College and Seminary, and an MA in Divinity from St. Patrick's Seminary and University. He has completed a Spanish Language Immersion program at the University of Mexico City, and has a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Brandman University. Mr Baumgartner brings a love of teaching and zeal for Catholic education to his ministry. We are confident that he will serve our students and the entire community well.

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Mrs. Donna Lindeman

Language Arts Teacher and Instructional Coach

dlindeman@mercy-high.org
Mrs. Donna Lindeman has been working with our English and Literature program since 1989. She teaches Literature and Composition 9 and 9 Honors, Literature and Composition 11, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, and Yearbook. Mrs. Lindeman is also faculty advisor for the freshman class. Her BA in English and her credential are from California State University, Chico. She and her husband have three sons, two grandsons, one granddaughter, and two dogs.She enjoys reading, going to the movies, crocheting, and watching the San Francisco Giants play baseball.

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Mr. Jason Johnson

Plant Manager

jjohnson@mercy-high.org
Mr. Jason Johnson has lived in Red Bluff since 1987 and is a graduate of Red Bluff High School. He and wife Mindi have been married for 18 years and have two daughters. Prior to coming to Mercy in the winter of 2010, he spent 11 years in the hearth and patio industry. Jason is responsible for maintenance and the day-to-day plant operations, and is always available to lend a helping hand. Any family can contact Jason to arrange volunteer service hours at the school such as landscaping, painting, power washing and window cleaning at 527-8313 from 12:30pm-8:30 pm Monday through Friday during the school year.

Phone: 527-8313

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Mr. Merced Najera

Foreign Language and Physical Education Teacher

mnajera@mercy-high.org
Mr. Merced Najera graduated from California State University Chico. He came to Mercy High School in 1993, to teach Spanish. He took a break from teaching at Mercy in 2006 after he and his wife of 28 years had their second child. His wife Yolanda is also a teacher and teaches Spanish at Paradise High School. They have two wonderful children Olivia and David. Mr. Najera currently teaches Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 4/AP as well as Physical Education. He is happy to be at this family oriented high school and loves to teach here. Mr. Najera advises the sophomore class and is also the soccer coach.

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Dr. Michael Figueroa

Science, Math, and Engineering Teacher

mfigueroa@mercy-high.org
After 25 years in the medical practice of Oncology/Hematology, Dr. Figueroa retired and has joined the faculty at Mercy High School. He has special interest in math and science, and is teaching AP Biology, Physics, Introduction to Engineering, and Algebra. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Figueroa has earned a Masters of Science Degree in the field of Cytogenetics. He completed his training at Valley Medical Center, UCSF, 1986-1989 and a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation 1989-1992. Dr. Figueroa has multiple publications in the Journal of Cancer and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been awarded the Mayor’s Certificate of Recognition, Shasta County Board of Supervisors Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the Virgil Covington Award of Shasta County 28 August, 2009. He has also received the Health Care Hero Award, 2011, 2012 and the Founder Award, Think Pink, 2011. Public Services include: University of California, Breast Cancer Research Council, 2002-2005, the Breast Cancer Treatment Fund, Member of the Treatment Fund Advisory Committee, 1996-2002, the Mercy Medical Center, Redding California Chairman Medical Ethics Committee, 2004-2009, the Emmerson Oncology Research Board, Chairman, 2002-2011 and the Co-founder of “Think Pink”, Breast Cancer Awareness Founded 1998- 2015. Parish Counsel Member, St. Joseph Church, Redding, California, 2014-present.

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Robert Richardson

Social Studies and Physical Education and Junior High Coordinator

rrichardson@mercy-high.org
Mr. Robert Richardson has been teaching for three years. He teaches Social Science and P.E. He studied at California State University, Chico, then finished his credential at Simpson University. He and his wife have three sons. He enjoys hiking, biking, camping with his family and playing sports.

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Robert Taylor

Math and Social Studies Teacher

rtaylor@mercy-high.org
Mr. Robert Taylor was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Red Bluff, California with his family when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 2004, and then went on to get a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Mathematics-Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Creighton University. Mr. Taylor is a licensed attorney and has been practicing law here in the North State for over six years. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Taylor has taught economics and business courses at UC Davis and CSU Chico. He is now teaching here at Mercy full-time! He teaches Introduction to Civil Law, Economics, Government, AP Government, AP US History, Precalculus, and AP Calculus.

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Hung Vu

Yearbook and Digital Photography Teacher

hvu@mercy-high.org
Hung Vu is the founder-photographer of Ht. Vu Photography. He is an award winning photographer with 18 years of experience as a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune. His work has appeared on the front page, Metro and Sports sections of the paper, and have also been carried by the Associated Press. Most recently, he has provided photography services to schools throughout Shasta County, Mercy High School to support their sporting, performing arts, he has also provided photography services & videography services to showcase community events in Shasta County. He holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in Photography and Visual Arts Communications. He retired from the Chicago Tribune in August 2008. Since then he has been an active freelancer, providing images for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Orange County Register, the LA Times, The Chico Enterprise-Record, and Redding Record Searchlight.

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Domingo Aguilar

Transportation Director

Domingo Aguilar is the Transportation Director for Mercy High School. He has been working at Mercy since 2012. Although a resident of Corning, he grew up in the Salinas Valley and enjoys reading books written by another Salinas resident, John Steinbeck. He is married and has one adult child, who is an alumnus of Mercy High School. Mr. Aguilar is a graduate of Park College, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology and a graduate of Golden Gate University where he received a Masters of Public Administration. Additionally, Mr. Aguilar is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served with distinction earning the Air Force Commendation Medal for his innovative ability to work with budgets. He reduced the Nellis Air Force Base Vehicle Budget from $1 million to $ 500,000. Mr. Aguilar is looking forward to working with the students and their families to assist with their transportation needs.

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Allison Lindeman

Counselor

Mrs. Allison Lindeman earned her BSW and MSW degrees from Chico State University. She worked with children and families in social services agencies in the north state for over 10 years before joining Mercy High School as the Counselor in 2019. She is excited to help the students at Mercy achieve their college and career goals. Mrs. Lindeman and her husband (who is Donna Lindeman’s son) have two sons. She enjoys camping, gardening, attending her son’s sporting events and reading in her spare time.

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James Sutton

Agriculture, Science and Math Teacher and FFA Coordinator

Mr. Sutton graduated from Central Valley High School in 2000 and joined the United States Marine Corp. He and His wife Rebecca have been married 17 years and have two daughters named Alexandria and Victoria. Mr. Sutton has worked with teens for the last 11 years via youth group, sports and teaching. He also has been a coach for the last 10 years for football, wrestling and track, which has given him a true passion for leading kids with their amazing talents they have. Mr. Sutton is a fourth year Agriculture/FFA Teacher. He enjoys working with all species of animals in FFA. Mr. Sutton also enjoys racing and has been building cars for over twenty-five years.

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