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Mrs. Amanda Caldwell , First Grade

Mrs. Amanda Caldwell

Hi! My name is Amanda Caldwell. I am so excited to be joining the Notre Dame team as the 1st grade teacher. I am looking forward to encouraging, nurturing and educating your child this year. I was born and raised as a third generation Napa native where I grew up on a dairy farm with my family. As a member of 4-H, from elementary until I was 19 years, I showed beef cows and sheep and honed my work ethic at a young age. I'm a strong believer that every child has this potential if they can discover something they love and are provided the guidance and encouragement to stay the course.

I'm a mother of two determined boys myself: Logan 11 and Hunter 8. They both keep my husband and I very busy with their sports, soccer and baseball. My husband, Mitchell, is currently Firefighter Captain for the City of Napa and has served as a firefighter for over 20 years. We live here in Vacaville on 25 acres; great for our boys to roam and for us to farm. In our spare time we enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking and riding dirt bikes. We take our beloved dogs, Olive (7 year old black lab) and Coco (1 year old rescue mutt) with us wherever we go.

I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and your child. My door is always open so feel free to pop in and say hello! Many Blessings!

Mrs. Katie Martinez , Second Grade

Mrs. Katie Martinez

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.

Mrs. Caitrin Bussart , Third grade

I am thrilled to be rejoining the Notre Dame family and teaching Third Grade this year! My name is Caitrin Bussart and I am a proud alumni of Notre Dame School. I attended Kindergarten through 8th grade. The strong foundation that I received from NDS truly set me up for success in my future endeavors. After graduating from Vacaville High School, I attended UC Davis, where I earned my B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Education; go Aggies! I continued my education by earning my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CalStateTEACH. Teaching has been a passion of mine from a young age, and I am a strong believer in Catholic Education. This is my third year teaching at NDS, but my fifth year teaching at a Catholic School. One of the best parts of this school community is that Christ is at the heart of everything that we do, say, and teach.

My husband and I spend most of our time chasing our toddler son around, as he is gaining new skills each day--most recently, running! As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors and exploring new areas. We are also big Disney fans, something our son has already inherited from us. After many years of helping other children grow, it truly is a special experience to now see my own child learning and developing.

We have wonderful students at our school and I can’t wait to get to know all of you and your families! I am so happy to be back “home” at Notre Dame!

Ms. Abby Verdon , Third grade

Hello! My name is Abby Verdon. I am super excited to begin my teaching journey with Notre Dame School. I am a third year student at Arizona State University. Outside of work and academics, I enjoy spending time with my big family! With eleven brothers and sisters, I have grown to value my family and faith most in my life. I developed a passion for teaching at my church’s Sunday school, and I am grateful for the opportunity to further that passion with the amazing staff, families, and students at Notre Dame

Mrs. Amanda Olivas , Fourth Grade

Mrs. Amanda Olivas

Hello! My name is Amanda Olivas. I am married and have two daughters who are eight and ten years old, two dogs (Pepper and Zoe), and a Leopard Gecko named Spikey! I was born in Zanesville, Ohio. My father was in the Air Force and we moved frequently when I was a child. I attended seven different schools during my childhood! I am the oldest of four siblings. I graduated from Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA in 2001. While in high school, I was in the marching band, jazz band, and school choir. I love working with children and always knew that I would become a teacher. When I was in elementary school, I used to beg my teachers for their outdated teacher’s manuals so that I could “play school” at home. I graduated with honors from Brooke Point High School in 2001. I briefly attended college at The University of Arizona before deciding to take a lengthy break to get married and start a family. I graduated from Liberty University with my B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 2018. I have taught Pre-K at a Catholic School in Utah and 4th grade at a Catholic School in Arizona. I am passionate about sharing my Catholic faith with my students and am very excited to join the Notre Dame community as the 4th grade teacher this year!

Mrs. Karen Mraz , Fifth Grade

Mrs. Karen Mraz

Hello! My name is Karen Mraz and I have been teaching at Notre Dame School since 2007. I feel truly privileged to be the Fifth Grade Teacher here at Notre Dame School. 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 attended Notre Dame from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy reading and visiting historical sites. My most recent visit was to Abraham Lincoln’s house and tomb in Springfield, Illinois. I enjoy sharing stories of these experiences to the students in the classroom.