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Ely Aguayo, Office Manager, Secretary to the Principal

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707-253-3402 ext. 4011

Ely Aguayo has been our Office Manager since 2022. Ely has developed a strong sense of devotion to students in public education. Napa Valley Adult Education provides our community by educating and supporting adult learners to advance in their education and careers. Ely enjoys oil painting, traveling, and exploring nature.

Ana Gonzalez, School Administrative Secretary



Ana Gonzalez, School Administrative Secretary, is secretary to the Assistant Principal and the support go-to person for the various adult programs: ESL, Citizenship, and Adults Supporting K-12 Student Success. She also manages ordering for the school, and other large NVAE projects and events to include: Employee Handbook, The NVAE Safety Manual and oversight of Celebrating Student Success events promoting ESL students to higher levels twice a year. Ana has worked at Napa Valley Adult Education for the past 17 years. She graduated from Vintage High School with an ROP Certificate of Completion in Banking and Finance. Soon after she attended NVAE in both the ESL and CTE programs. After achieving English language proficiency she enrolled in the Administrative Office Assistant program where she gained the work skills necessary to work for NVAE. She was selected as NVAE Staff Member of the Year in 2019. Ana is a true representation of Napa Valley Adult Education success!


Suzi Grandfield, Senior Administrative Secretary


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I have worked for Napa Valley Unified School District since 1997. I began my career in Special Education at one of the local High Schools. In 2015, I transferred over to Napa Valley Adult Education and became their Sr. Administrative Secretary. I am responsible for NVAE’s online registration and attendance system called ASAP. I send out class reminders, orientation updates, exciting new class information, “May we be of assistance?” emails and respond to the questions from Contact Us on the ASAP Registration Page. Chances are you have heard from me often. If you are having difficulty registering, you forgot the email you used, or your password, I will help you access your account and send a link so you can reset your password. In addition to maintaining and updating our registration and attendance system, I am also responsible for the reporting and data that ASAP contains. I am responsible for the configuration of our Registration and Attendance system. I create the courses, classes, calendar, class rosters etc. All of our student information, data, attendance, transcripts, grades, reporting and more is managed through ASAP. I love working with our student population, especially when I am able to help them find the class they were looking for, or get them the information they need to get started on their journey. I look forward to our next interaction!


Rick Jordan, Principal

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Education Background:

  • Masters of Public Administration, Capella University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Humboldt State University


  • Administrative Credential, Washington State University
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential, Humboldt State University

Professional Background:

  • Director, College of the Redwoods Adult Education, Eureka, CA, 2015-2018
  • Principal, Eureka High School, Eureka, CA, 2009-2015      
  • PrincipalBaechtel Grove Middle School, Willits, CA, 2002-2009
  • Principal and Assistant Principal, Lompoc High School, Lompoc, CA, 1998-2002
  • English Teacher, Glover Middle School, Spokane, WA, 1994-1998           
  • English Teacher, Gonzales High School, Gonzales, CA, 1991-1994


Laurel Leonard-Brol, Supervisor of Programs, Career and Technical Education

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(707) 259-8568





Educational Background:

  • M.A., in Education: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • B. A., Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 
  • Concentration: Second Language Acquisition in English


  • Multiple Subject Clear Credential
  • Designated Subjects Credential, Supervision & Coordination Credential
  • Administrative Services Credential

Professional Background:

  • Career & Technical Education Supervisor since 2009
  • ESL Supervisor 2005-2009
  • ESL teacher 1997-2005
  • Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 2009 - present
  • Trainer for California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) 2003 - present 

Professional Presentations:

  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
  • California Council for Adult Education (CCAE)
  • California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)
  • California Career Pathways Consortia 


Kathleen Haugen, Communications Specialist



I love my job here at Napa Valley Adult Education. I’m always learning and enjoy the creativity that comes with designing and creating our catalog, ads, flyers, website, and much more. It’s my job to get your attention and show you all the amazing things that our school and its programs have to offer you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and find the information you need to begin your learning journey.


Yolanda Montanez, Assessment Assistant

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I was born in St.Helena, and raised in Napa. I graduated from NVC with an AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Transferred to Sonoma State University and graduated with a BA degree in Liberal Studies. I’ve worked at NVAE since 10/2018 as a tutor and as an Assessment Assistant since 01/2019. I love working at NVAE because I have the opportunity to work directly with our students, help them in their education, and see their progress. I also enjoy working with such wonderful staff at NVAE.


Andy Neal, Technology Coordinator



Andy takes care of all the technology on the NVAE campus and in the off-site Childcare classrooms and volunteers as our campus Safety Coordinator. Andy started with the NVUSD Technology Department in 2011 working at American Canyon High School, and was promoted to Adult Education in 2014. Andy discovered the fun and challenge of computers in college which ultimately led him to a career in IT. Andy enjoys solving technical problems, planning hardware deployment and practical safety trainings.


Nieves Ochoa, English as a Second Language Coordinator

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Nieves discovered her love for teaching as a tutor in the ESL Program. She has over 10 years of teaching experience. As Program Coordinator, Nieves is empathetic to the needs of the immigrant community and is humbled by the opportunity to help build a program that not only enables students to become proficient in English, but that also sets a foundation for ESL students to realize their educational and career goals.


Maria Ortiz, Registration & Student Data Specialist



My Name is Maria Ortiz. I was born and raised in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. I have been living in Napa Valley for 20 years. I graduated from Napa High School and have been working at Adult Education for almost 2 years. I really enjoy helping our students. It's very rewarding seeing someone achieve their education and learn a new language. I am currently attending Napa Valley College.


Ivette Picos: School Administrative Secretary

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(707) 253-3594

After completing the Administrative Office Assistant Program here at NVAE in 2018, I was hired as a bilingual Senior Administrative Clerk. I love the environment here at Napa Valley Adult Education! I enjoy being able to help new and returning students, assisting with various office duties and providing support to the amazing staff of this school. Currently, I am attending Napa Valley College to obtain a degree in Human Services so I can continue to help the community of this beautiful valley.


Dolores Torres: Custodian

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Lety Vazquez, Assessment & Accountability Assistant



I like working at NVAE because it gives me the opportunity to contribute to the studies and learning of many students. I also have the opportunity to meet students from different countries. I was born in Mexico. I came to this beautiful city in 1982 and since then I have lived here in Napa. I am bilingual and I love helping our Spanish speaking students. I like to go for a walk and knit. In my spare time I like to help my husband feed our goats, rabbits and chickens.


Kristen Ward: High School Diploma & Equivalency Coordinator

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I was raised in a family of teachers and always knew I would become a teacher! I have been educating Kinder-12th graders and adult learners for 22 years! I taught ESL at NVAE for 3 years and this is currently my third year leading the teachers & students in HSD/GED! I have been a part of 5 graduations now at NVAE and it is a very inspiring and exciting position to hold. I am a very caring and motivating educator! NVAE is a wonderful place to learn and I am thrilled to have you join our school!


Evelyn Yee, Budget Assistant



Evelyn Yee has been a Budget Assistant since 2013. Evelyn has over 15 years of Accounting experience. She provides support to the budget development process with data compilation. When not dealing with numbers, she enjoys traveling, biking and hiking with her husband.