Religious Studies Faculty
M.B.A., University of Phoenix (in progress)
B.S. Public Policy and Management, University of Southern California
Ms. Danielle Arzaga grew up in Diamond Bar, a city on the far eastern edge of Los Angeles County. She graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School. During high school, Ms. Arzaga volunteered as a catechist assistant in the religious education program at St. Lorenzo Ruiz in Walnut. She received her bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California. She was also a tuba player in the greatest marching band in the history of the universe the Spirit of Troy. Fight On! Ms. Arzaga was actively involved in student programming as the director of public relations and executive director of USC's Latinx Student Assembly.
After graduation, Ms. Arzaga worked towards a master's in gerontology at the USC. At this time she was pondering a career as a researcher or professor but realized this was not the path for her. After leaving the program, Ms. Arzaga held a wide variety of positions within the healthcare industry working for Healthcare Partners Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente and Cardinal Health while volunteering at St. Lorenzo Ruiz. In her 5th year of teaching, Ms. Arzaga has presented at multiple conferences in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles including the C3 Technology Conference and Academic Excellence Summits. Ms. Arzaga presents on such diverse topics as Experience Based Learning in Religious Studies; Prayer life? What prayer life? Sharing and exploring forms of prayer with your students; Using Spotify and Soundcloud to Connect with Teenagers; and Writing in Theology integrating what students are learning in their English class into religion classes.
Ms. Arzaga is member of St. Denis Catholic Community in Diamond Bar. She made her Cursillo weekend in 2019. De Colores! This past year, she rediscovered her love for crocheting and sewing. She started quilting and masking masks for family and friends. Ms. Arzaga loves to listen to true crime podcasts as she crafts. Ms. Arzaga unwinds by taking her dogs Ghost and Oso to dog parks and beaches around Southern California. She wants all students to open their hearts and minds to experience the love of God.
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