Pleasant Valley Elementary School is a vibrant learning community that promotes the development of every student’s heart, mind, and body so that all children can reach their academic, social-emotional, and physical potential. We encourage a growth mindset that fosters resilience and flexibility, and we promote NUSD’s graduate profile and the 6 C’s of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, conscientious learner, character and cultural competence. Built in 1965, Pleasant Valley has an enrollment of 461 students this year, and was named a California Distinguished School in the spring of 2002.
The Pleasant Valley curriculum follows the California Common Core State Standards, the Novato Unified School District Board Policies, and the district-adopted instructional programs. Students in TK-5 classrooms receive quality standards-based instruction in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. PV teachers are innovative leaders in instruction, and 100% of the staff have received training in project-based learning (PBL). Pleasant Valley has a very active and supportive PTA organization, and parent volunteers are involved in every aspect of our school. PTA fundraising supports innovative programs at PV, including an academic specialist, the outdoor classroom, extra yard supervisors, technology, field trips, and programs. PV is a close-knit community. Students and parents alike, find that upon leaving PV, they have a deep roots in the extended community that make them effective citizens, prepared for their next educational step.
BA in Psychology,
California State University, Northridge.
MA in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential,
Dear Pleasant Valley Families and community members,
Welcome to another great school year at Pleasant Valley. Our wonderful PV community is comprised of an incredibly talented staff, a very strong and involved PTA, and supportive families! We look forward to working together to provide an outstanding education to all of our students.
This is my fifth year at Pleasant Valley School. I have been an educator for over 20 years. Prior to PV, I served as the Lower School Principal at Ross School in Ross, CA, and before that I was Interim Principal and Assistant Principal of Peabody Charter School in Santa Barbara, CA. Before becoming an administrator, I taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and a 6th grade GATE class. I was a bilingual teacher and even did one year as the school librarian! I have three fantastic adult children and two beautiful grandchildren, and my favorite past-times are reading, hiking, yoga, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
This year Pleasant Valley is joining the P-3 county-wide initiative, and we will focus on developing a Culture of Caring, working on Equity with Dr. Nancy Dome, and using Data teams to move our practice forward. We will also continue to develop our skills in math and project-based learning, integrating science, social studies and technology. Our 4th and 5th graders are participating in the district’s 1:World initiative with chromebooks. We will continue to implement the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing programs to promote outstanding readers and writers. We are also teaching the 6 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, character, conscientious learner and cultural competence) so that all of our students develop the skills necessary to be college and career ready… Lots of great things happening at PV!
It is a gift and an honor to be a part of such a thriving, generous and loving community, and I look forward to building relationships with you and your child(ren). There will be several Principal Coffees held throughout the year. Please join me for the first one on October 17th at 9:00 AM in the library.
Pleasant Valley is known for the close community that our strong parent and faculty collaboration creates. Most of our teachers and staff reside in Novato and many are lifelong residents with strong local connections. Our students benefit greatly from the “It takes a village” mentality that is active among all the families that come to our school. At PV, we work hard to cultivate an environment of personal responsibility, inclusivity mutual respect, and empathy to ensure that every person feels welcomed, valued, and respected.