Our Mission: The Novato Unified School District is an innovative and effective education system that provides diverse academic experiences to meet individual student needs, and challenges students to realize their educational potential.
Our Vision: The Novato Unified School District is committed to providing an educational experience that will: · ensure students possess academic and technical knowledge to enter successful careers and post-secondary experiences. · prepare all students to be successful, responsible, and productive citizens and leaders in a diverse and global society · encourage students to embrace a variety of learning opportunities throughout their lifetime · provide students with tools to unlock their full potential The Novato Unified School District will exemplify excellence in education by ensuring high quality, innovative instruction and equitable access to learning opportunities that inspire and prepare students to reach their utmost success
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.
Set in the rolling hills of Novato, Pleasant Valley Elementary boasts a beautiful campus with spectacular views of nature, a vibrant campus, and welcoming staff. We hope you’ll take the time to visit our community and see everything that Pleasant Valley Elementary has to offer!