Hello! My name is Karen Mraz. I truly enjoy being the Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher. They are such a wonderful group of students. In addition to being the Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher, I am also the Social Studies and Religion Teacher for the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades. In Sixth Grade we focus on Ancient Civilizations, move to Medivial History in Seventh Grade and finish out Eighth Grade with U.S. History. I especially enjoy helping our young people understand the Catholic faith. In Seventh Grade we prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
I earned my Bachelors of Arts Degree at California State University, Sacramento and went on to receive my California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Chapman University. I have always enjoyed working with children and have been doing so since I started teaching Catechism Classes at St. Mary’s Parish as a teenager.
I grew up in Vacaville and have been a member of Saint Mary's Parish for well over 30 years. The Notre Dame community is very important to me. All three of my children have attended Notre Dame from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
My name is Tracy Roberts and I am the Seventh Grade Homeroom teacher along with being the Middle School Science and Math teacher. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with my Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. After several years of working in the computer industry, I decided to be a stay at home mom for my six wonderful, faith-filled boys. After my last son started Kindergarten and decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. I gradated from University of LaVerne with my teaching credential in Math and Masters in Education.
I am very excited to be here at Notre Dame School. We are blessed with an outstanding science lab and I am looking forward to conducting many labs to help the students have hands-on, real-life experiences with science. In 6th grade we focus on Earth Science, 7th grade we explore Biology, and in 8th grade we focus on Physical Science. In middle school math I partner with Mr. Pawley to prepare our NDS students for high school math. My ultimate goal is guiding our wonderful 7th graders as prepare for 8th grade and then matriculate to high school.
I am happy to be beginning my 15th year in Catholic education. It is my joy to see students grow and learn in all areas, especially in their Catholic faith. I have a B.S. from SUNY College at Oneonta, a teaching credential through Chapman University, and a M.S. in Educational Administration through National University. My husband John and I have three daughters who are alumna of Notre Dame School. John and I are members of St. Joseph Church. When home, I'm chatting with family and friends, keeping busy with pets, working in the yard, and keeping active.
I grew up in New Jersey. After high school, I went to culinary school and earned my degree in culinary arts. I moved to California in 1977 to go to college. I earned my BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of San Francisco. I began teaching at Holy Spirit Fairfield in 1984 and have been at Notre Dame Vacaville since 1992. I also own and operate Math Masters Learning Centers.
Welcome to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Mathematics! I enjoy teaching Math very much. My first priority is for you to enjoy my class. It goes by so fast, just ask anyone at school. I start class every day with a riddle or thinking skill designed to be fun! Your job is to be an aggressive learner. Make me work too!! Yes, I get to work with you for three years in a row. I find it very rewarding to take you from Basic Math through Algebra (Math 1). We will both work together, just like a coach, to prepare you for High School!
My name is Maureen Jackson and I have been teaching at Notre Dame since 2009. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year. A little bit about me: I received my Bachelor’s degree from CSU Sacramento. My Bachelor’s is in Business with a concentration in Accounting. Then I decided to go back to school and earn my Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University. I decided to continue my education by completing my Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction to better serve my students. I truly enjoy teaching and learning.
I taught 4th grade for many years here at Notre Dame and now I am teaching grade level math for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. I am very excited to join the middle school team and teach math. As a teacher, I try very hard to help each student reach his or her full potential. I want each one of them to do their best and take pride in their learning. I am very passionate about lifelong learning, and I strive to model and instill that passion in my students. I encourage my students to be lifelong learners and embrace their education because I am always learning from them.
When not teaching here at Notre Dame School I enjoy spending time with my family and with our horses here in Vacaville. My family and I attend St. Mary’s Church where we have been long-time parishioners. It’s such a privilege and a joy to work here. God Bless!!