Robert “Buzz” Cook, MS, CAA, CIC

Physical Education Teacher
6th Grade Science Teacher
Athletic Director



BA – Human Development, Azusa Pacific University
MS – Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University
CA Single Subject Teaching Credential (K-12, Physical Education)

CAA – Certified Athletic Administrator, CIC – Certified Interscholastic Coach

I am currently in my 19th year at Holy Family School.  During my tenure as the athletic director, the program has more than doubled in size and reached new heights in success; two things that give me great pride.  Being the AD keeps me busy…and I like it that way.  I have served on the CYO of Los Angeles’ Athletic Advisory Board since 2006 and dedicate as much time as I can to help promote and improve the athletics program not only at HFS, but throughout the Archdiocese.


Tracy Merritt

6th Grade Homeroom & Social Studies Teacher
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

I have been teaching at Holy Family since 2011.  I grew up in San Diego and attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock.  After graduating from Oxy with a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs and minors in English and Political Science, I moved north to attend Stanford Law School.  I spent ten years practicing law, first as a clerk to an appellate judge, then as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and finally in private practice here in Los Angeles.  To spend more time raising my three children, I “retired” from the practice of law.  During those years at home, I rediscovered my love of literature and found that I really enjoyed helping my kids with their writing and literary analysis.  These discoveries led me to obtaining my teaching credential in order to share my love of reading and writing with young people.  At Holy Family, I have been fortunate to also use my legal training as a coach of the mock trial team.  Our 2015 championship was easily one of the highlights of my professional career!  I was also lucky enough to be selected by in 2016 by the Museum of Tolerance for an educator fellowship in Berlin focused on teaching the Holocaust, an experience I have tried to bring into my eighth-grade classroom.

    In my spare time, I love to travel, read, watch my youngest daughter play soccer, seek out new and interesting restaurants with my husband, and try to catch up with my two kids in college!

Administrative Assistant


Administrative Assistant: Marie Lopez – I have been at Holy Family School for as long as the current building has been standing!! I just celebrated my 20 year anniversary as the Administrative Assistant.  I take caring for the children of Holy Family very seriously and do my best to make the children and parents feel welcomed.  I support the students, parents and faculty/staff to the best of my ability. Holy Family School and Church are “home” to me. Prior to Holy Family, I was in a similar position at Alhambra High School for 17 years. 

I am a loving mom to four daughters (including Mrs. Nicole Smiland, 4th grade teacher) and a doting Mimi (grandmother) to 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. I also have a rescue poodle named Brigette Bardog (poodles are French, no??)

I am proud to be part of this loving community.