My name is Meghann Bauer and I am blessed as the first grade teacher at Notre Dame. I am a graduate of St. Basil’s Elementary School and St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. I completed my undergraduate study at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sacramento State in Child Development. I then went onto to receive my teaching credential and Masters degree in Elementary education from Chapman University. I have taught in both public and private schools in positions ranging from classroom teacher, reading specialist, mentor teacher, and Education Achievement Specialist. Outside of school I spend all my free time with my husband, Jason, and twin boys, Matthew and William. I enjoy camping, running, cooking, and reading in my spare time. I am honored to be both a parent and teacher of NDS.
My name is Katie Martinez and I am the Second Grade teacher. I have been part of the Notre Dame School for seven years with my own children. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento. I studied at National University and completed my coursework for Masters in Education. I have been in education for over ten years. I have taught Pre School, Kindergarten, Fourth and Fifth grades. Some of my hobbies I enjoy are marathon running, baking and reading. It is inspirational teaching Second Graders as they are introduced to many new and challenging concepts. Double and triple digit addition and subtraction with regrouping is just one major focus for our future budding mathematicians. I also have the honor of preparing our students to receive their First Holy Communion and Reconciliation. I feel so blessed to guide them and be involved in this joyous and memorable milestone in our Second Graders faith. I look forward to a faith filled fun year in Second Grade.
My name is Caitlin Abbate and I am excited to be the third grade teacher at Notre Dame School. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education K-6 from the University of North Florida. I went on to receive my Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. My husband is in the Air Force and my family has had the wonderful opportunity to live in many different places. I have taught in 4 different states and 2 countries. My experience includes Department of Defense Schools, international schools and Catholic schools. I am really enjoying my time here in California at Notre Dame! Third grade is a bigtransition year for students. I really enjoy teaching third grade because it is a big year for "ah ha" moments! I look forward to a great year!
My name is Mary Beth Thompson and this is my third year teaching at Notre Dame School. Previously, I taught at St. Catherine of Siena School in Vallejo for four years. I graduated from Iona College with a B.A. in Gerontology and Sociology and received my M.A. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. I have two adult daughters who reside in the Chicagoland area. My husband and I live in Vacaville and are part of the St. Joseph parish community. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy watching soccer, visiting museums, and traveling. My mission for the class is to help students grow spiritually, academically and socially in a Christ-centered classroom. Students should feel free to express themselves in an accepting and caring environment. I believe in challenging students to reach their fullest potential and strive to do their “personal best.” I want my students to enjoy their learning experiences in fourth grade. Above all, it is my objective for all students to grow in their Catholic faith and become people of good character and integrity.
My name is Emily Case and I am a product and alumni of this wonderful school. I was fortunate to attend Notre Dame as a child, graduating in 2007. After graduating Vacaville High School, I attended San Diego State University, where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Child Development and a specialized graduate certificate in Socio-Emotional Behavior Regulation and Intervention. Currently, I am working on my Masters in Education. Here at NDS, I was the 4th through 8th grade Educational Achievement Specialist teacher and Extension Director for a year before moving to 5th Grade last year. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, friends, and dog. I love sports, going camping, and anything Disney and Harry Potter!