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, UCLA
Teaching Credential California State University, Northridge.
MA in Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential, UCSB
Dear Pleasant Valley Families,
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 year Pleasant Valley is embracing the Do Good, Be Kind initiative. As a community we will discuss what it means to “be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and be kind to the world around you”. We are committed to putting our words into ACTION! We also want to ensure that EVERYONE feels that they belong and are a vital part of the vibrant PV community.
In terms of instruction, we will continue our work with Marin County’s P5 initiative, developing our Culture of Caring with a focus on Equity, and we will continue to use data analysis to move our practice forward. Our focus this year will be on math and project-based learning, integrating science, social studies and technology in our instruction. Our 4th and 5th graders are participating in the district’s 1:World initiative with chromebooks for all students. Several of our teachers are leaders and coaches in the district wide implementation of Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing programs and they are skilled in promoting outstanding readers and writers. NUSD’s Graduate Profile and the 6 C’s of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, character, conscientious learner and cultural competence are embedded into everything we do to ensure that ALL of our students develop the skills necessary to be college and career ready… There are lots of great things happening at PV!
So much of what we do at PV is supported by our powerful PTA. PTA funds essentially every aspect of our program, including Academic Specialists, technology, yard supervisors, social emotional programs, online subscriptions, Zumba in Motion, art programs, field trips and classroom materials, library and classroom books, and more! Please be sure to support their fundraising efforts with your time, talent and treasue, and become a member today!
This is my sixth year at Pleasant Valley School. I have been an educator for over 22 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.
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 and they provide a wonderful opportunity to have discussions with parents in a more informal setting. Please check the school calendar for more details and consider joining me 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.