Thought-walking down my life’s pathway gives me a chance to revisit the many blessings I have received. Some of the packages containing those blessings came wrapped in ugly, torn and wrinkled brown paper. On the other hand, some packaging has been light filled, glittery and encouraging. I thank God for the graces of the past assortments and look forward to the benedictions contained in the future gifts. Vacaville is my hometown. My parents moved here; found a little farmhouse with a barn, a well, and acreage that allowed them to raise six girls, many animals and big summer vegetable gardens! Growing up on the farm there were always tasks to keep us girls busy and out of mischief! We fulfilled by father’s dream of a Catholic education by attending St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo where we were mainly taught by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. After high school I entered the Community of the San Rafael Dominicans, which decidedly added to my life blessings and experiences. I graduated from Dominican University and was sent to St. Dominic’s School in Benicia where I taught the first grade. God called me to life outside the convent and thus began another saga in my life’s journey. Pacific Bell Telephone Company gave me a job outside of teaching. After a year I realized that education/teaching was “in my blood.” I taught middle school in San Francisco, met my future husband, married and moved to Missouri where my husband and I had the wonderful experience of the birth of our daughter. We returned to California where I continued teaching, now in high school, contributing to our daughter’s growth and development, and added two more degrees to my educational history. Our daughter graduated college and continued on in her career with a move to Southern California where she married and has a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. My teaching sojourn at Notre Dame began in 1994 when Sister Joan Kowalski hired me to teach the First Grade, which lasted for ten years. The opportunity to teach in the town where I live was presented to me and so I moved to St. Patrick School. However, an opportunity to return to Notre Dame presented itself and thus I find myself blessed with a return to my hometown and my favorite school, Notre Dame. Participating in the learning process, the educare and educere (Latin for molding and leading forth.) of students is one of God’s greatest gifts to me.
Hello, I’m Joseph Marcano and teach P.E. , I also serve as the schools Athletic Director. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Business Degree but the Lord had other plans for me. I have since went back to the University of Phoenix and completed my masters coursework in Education. I started working with the youth at an after school program through the City of Fairfield in 2002. I have also volunteered as a basketball, football and baseball coach in Solano County for the past 8 years. From 2013 - 2016 I was able to go back to the school I graduated from (Armijo) serving as the head JV girls basketball coach and trainer for the Varsity Girls and JV boys teams. Sports have always been a outlet and have taught me many life lessons that I hope to pass on to the students here at Notre Dame. Aside from sports I enjoy spending time with my family and friends , listening to music, being near the ocean and helping others.