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Elementary


Mrs. Caitrin Bussart , First Grade

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! Teaching has been a passion of mine from a young age, and I am a strong believer in Catholic Education. I have been teaching at St. John’s in Napa for the past two years and couldn’t be happier to be “home” at NDS! 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!


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. Caitlin Abbate , Third 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!


Mrs. Mary Beth Thompson , Fourth Grade

Mrs. Mary Beth Thompson

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.


Ms. Linda Green , Fifth Grade

My name is Linda Green. I am originally from Oakland, California. I graduated from Piedmont High School and U. C. Berkeley, where I also received my credentials. I have been teaching for over 35 years in private, public, Catholic, and non-traditional schools. I have taught preschool through junior high students. I was also an elementary science teacher for 14 years. I was in the Bay Area Science Project through Lawrence Hall of Science. I worked at Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek. I taught in the Oakland Diocese for 9 years.

I love spending time with my family and friends. I came to Vacaville to be closer to my family. I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, traveling, crafts, gardening, and stargazing. I like doing hands-on projects. I'm excited to start the new school year at Notre Dame School. I am looking forward to meeting the students and families and being part of the NDS community.