St. John Bosco High School

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Ms. Valerie Shields
Office Hours: 7:00-7:30 a.m. by appointment and 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. daily.

Room: 242

Regina Caeli High School: Class of 1969
Degrees/ Certificates/Awards:  BA, Cal State Los Angeles; MA - Religious Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana; Institute For Black Catholic Studies; Religious
Education Certification - Archdiocese LA; Certificate - Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of LA; Youth Ministry Certification - Mount St. Mary's College & Center for Youth Ministry Development; Certificate in Liturgy & Worship - Mount St. Mary's College, LA; Certificate Grantsmanship Training Program - New Orleans, LA; Certificate; Certificate Integrating Microsoft Office and the Internet with all curricula for Technology - Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Program; Certification, Computer Troubling shooting and Networking - ITT Institute for Technology- St. Rose, LA
Awards:  Leadership & Service to Youth - Catholic Youth Community Service, LA, 1986 ; Service towards Catholic Education - Regina Caeli High School, Compton, CA , 1989; 1991; Outstanding Black Achievement Award for service to youth - Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc - LA, 1989; Sr. Thea Bowman Award National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, 1990; Outstanding Service to Youth Award - Archdiocese of LA, 1992; Appreciation Award for services to St. Mary of the Angels School - New Orleans, LA, 1994

Published Work:  Contributing author - "Naming and Claiming Our Resources: - The National Black Sisters Conference, 1989; Contributing author - Planning a Youth Ministry (step-by-step Manual - National Center for Youth Ministry - Don Bosco Multimedia 1994; Contributing author - Competency-Based Standards for Youth Ministry Resource Manual - National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry Committee on Certification and Accreditation, Washington, D.C.; Contributing author - Connections Access Guide to Youth Ministry: Spirituality Resource Review - National Federation for Catholic youth Ministry, 1992; Contributing author - Catholic Youth Bible, St. Mary's Press, 2000; Contributing author - Vibrant Worship with Youth: Resource Manual, - St. Mary's Press, 2001
Present classes/subjects: Christian Vocations, Media and the Message.
Years in Education: 39
Years Teaching at Bosco: Third year

Ms. Valerie Shields
Religious Studies
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Valerie Shields is a native of Los Angeles, California. She attended California State University of Los Angeles. She received her Master’s in Religious Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from Mount St, Mary's College in collaboration with the National Center for Youth Ministry Development. She also received Certification in Church Doctrine from The National Catholic Studies’ Program.
Valerie has 39 years of teaching experience between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Valerie taught at Our Lady of Victory, St. Albert the Great, St. Odilia, St. Raphael Catholic School and Regina Caeli High School. She worked three years as a Community Organizer for the Office of Catholic Charities and from 1987 to 1992 she work as a consultant in the Office of Youth Ministry.
In 1991 as a consultant for the Office of Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Valerie founded the African American Youth Conference and the Nia Youth Ministry Leadership Training Program in the Black perspective. She also, served as a consultant for the New Access Guide to Multi-Cultural Youth Ministry Manual published in March, 1994, sponsored by the National Center for Youth Ministry Development Office. She is contributing author of Naming and Claiming Our Resources - a Christian Education Resource Book for the African-American community, and contributing author of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Competency-Based Standards for Coordinators of Youth Ministry Resource Manual. She has written articles for the National Federation for Catholic Youth organization.
From 1987 to 1992, Valerie served on the Liturgy Committee for the Religious Education Congress, in Anaheim, held by the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, and she served as President of the National African American Catholic Youth Ministry Network from 1994 to 1996. She also served on Xavier University Institute for Black Catholic Studies Advisory Committee, and is co-founder, directed and taught in the Youth Ministry Certification program, at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies.
After moving to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana Valerie worked as Parochial Associate and Youth Ministry Coordinator for St. Mary of the Angles Church.
From August 1998 to August 2005 Valerie taught Religious studies at Holy Cross High School, where she also served as the department chair. After being misplaced during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she taught at Dominican High school and Our Lady of Academy High school. She also worked as a Computer Network Specialist for St, Mary’s Academy and Liberty Bank and Trust of New Orleans, Louisiana.
In August 1997 - 98 she served as consultant and contributing author for St. Mary’s Press in the development of the First Edition of the Catholic Youth Bible, published in the 1999, and contributing author of “Vibrant Worship with Youth” Resource book, published in 1993 by St. Mary’s Press Christian Brothers Publications.
Since her commitment, leadership and involvement to, with, by and for youth; she is the recipient of several certificates and awards. Just to name one that she is most proud of, in 1990 she was nominated and was the first recipient to receive the Sister Thea Bowman Award for exhibiting the virtues and values of Sr. Thea, given by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
Above all her certificates and awards received, Valerie cherishes mostly her vocation as a Black Catholic Lay Woman and her ministry under the motto of SANKOFA, “reaching back in the past and fiche it.” Through her music, drumming and her very personal ministry to the many programs, schools and organizations that she has developed taught and served on, young people and adults have been challenged to be proud of their heritage whoever they are.
Valerie is presently teaching in the Religious Studies’ department at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, where she is a.k.a Mama Shields, the Spiritual Mother to all the students, given by the students after her first week at SJB. She is very humbled to be given such an honor and respect. Valerie brings the richness of her African-American heritage as a gift to the whole community and has lived a life of dedication and service to youth and adults of all cultures.