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- First Grade - Mrs. Amanda Caldwell
- Second Grade - Mrs. Katie Martinez
- Third grade - Mrs. Ashley Pearson
- Fourth Grade - Mrs. Amanda Olivas
- Fifth Grade - Mrs. Karen Mraz
Mrs. Amanda Caldwell , First Grade
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
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. Ashley Pearson , Third grade
Hello! My name is Ashley Pearson and I blessed to be the current 3rd grade teacher here at Notre Dame. I joined this community over 10 years ago as a parent and have been actively involved ever since. I have chaired many of our fundraisers and activities throughout my time here as a parent, as well as a staff member, and have enjoyed every minute. I have been blessed with two children, Travis and Sophia, and have been married to the love of my life for the past 12 years. As a Catholic School student myself, I always found strength though the words and guidance of Mother Teresa, as I feel she demonstrated God’s love through her works and service to others. As she has been quoted, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. - Mother Teresa”
Mrs. Amanda Olivas , Fourth Grade
Hello! My name is Amanda Olivas and I have been a teacher at Notre Dame since 2020. I am married and have two daughters who are eleven and thirteen years old, two dogs (Pepper and Zoe), and a Leopard Gecko named Spikey! I was born in 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 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 (minoring in Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development) in 2018. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential through CalState. I am passionate about sharing my Catholic faith with my students and have taught at multiple grade levels in Catholic Schools in various states. However, I feel very blessed for my family to have found a wonderful school community here at Notre Dame!
Mrs. Karen Mraz , Fifth Grade
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.