La Purisima has always been Mrs. Gidden's home. She graduated from La Purisima in 1986 and was followed by her brother and sister. She attended Mater Dei High School and Concordia University. She earned her Multiple Subject Credential from Cal State Fullerton. After working at Disneyland for 15 years as a tour guide and manager of the main entrance, Mrs. Gidden came back home to La Purisima to teach.
She began 12 years ago in Kindergarten and moved three years later to the junior high program where she has been the 8th grade and seventh grade homeroom teacher. She is currently the eighth grade homeroom teacher and the Director of Technology. As part of the middle school team she teaches Religion and Literature.
Mrs. Gidden is not only an alumni and teacher but has also been a parent at LP. Her daughter was a Cavalier from preschool - sixth grade and now attends Orange County School for the Arts for High School.
As the Good Witch Glinda said, “There is no place like home!”….La Purisima is truly Mrs. Gidden’s home.