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TEACHERS & TEACHER'S AIDES

Monique Aquino: Teacher's Assistant

Monigue Imagemonique_aquino@nvusd.org

Hi! My name is Monique Aquino and I am a Teacher's Assistant at Bel Aire. I have been working at this school for almost a year. I have worked hard to get where I am because I strongly believe in making sure all students succeed in life and believe in themselves. For children to make a change in this world, it requires us as educators to show them the path by creating an environment that is fun, and safe, in order for them to learn and grow.

 

  • Early Childhood Education AS-T Degree, College of The Desert, Palm Desert CA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, California State University, Sacramento CA

 

Tava Barber: ESL, Spanish GED, & high school equivalency Teacher          

Tava Imagetava_barber@nvusd.org

Tava is a Napa native with nearly a decade of teaching experience ranging from K-12 to Adult Education. She began studying languages at a young age, and later pursued advanced studies in Spanish, French and English linguistics both in the US and France. She enjoys traveling (40 countries and counting!) and working with students from all cultures.

 

  • M.A. TESOL, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

 

Madri Bienenfeld: adults supporting k-12 students & First Step Teacher

Madri Imagembienenfeld@nvusd.org

I have worked for NVAE for over 20 years teaching parenting classes, acting as Lead Teacher for ASK12, and was formerly a Coordinator for the Older Adults and Community Education programs. I am currently co-coordinator of the First Step summer pre-kindergarten program and Lead Teacher for ASK12. I worked for 23 years at Vintage High School as a counselor in the Peer Support Program.

 

  • BA. Psychology, California State University, Northridge
  • M.P.H. Behavioral Sciences, UCLA
  • PhD. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda, CA

 

Sue Bohannan: English as a Second Language Teacher

Sue Bohannonsbohannan@nvusd.org

I am a teacher dedicated to life-long learning. I love teaching my 4th and 5th grade students and adults. I started out as a Licensed Physical Therapist working with children. I then raised my family while working as a school librarian. I came to teaching later in my life, but have always been passionate about supporting others in their pursuit of education, regardless of age. I adore teaching and hope to do it for many more years to come!

 

  • B.S., Boston University
  • Teaching Credential, Touro University, Vallejo

 

Amy Collins: Instructional Assistant

Amy Collins Imageamy_collins@nvusd.org

After successfully completing the NVAE CNA course, Amy decided to support others going through the program. She enjoys teaching and helping others gain new skills or a better understanding of what they are learning or experiencing.

In her spare time, you can find Amy coaching CrossFit, on a trail hiking or with her mountain bike, planning trips in her camper Myrtle, or hanging out with her super-senior Miniature Schnauzer Uschi.

  • BA, Briercrest College

 


Maria Dowd: English as a Second Language Teacher

Maria Dowd Imagemdowd@nvusd.org

Maria was raised in Dublin, Ireland. She has been an ESL teacher at NVAE since 2014. She enjoys learning about different cultures and has travelled extensively throughout South East Asia and Europe. She thoroughly enjoys working with adult learners and strives to make learning fun and interactive in the classroom.

 

 

  • B.A. Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Adult Teaching Credential, UC Berkeley

 

Chef Paul Fields: Culinary Training Teacher

Paul Imagepaul_fields@nvusd.org

I graduated from Diablo Valley College with my certificate in culinary arts. I have worked in the industry for nearly 20 yrs and I'm currently the Chef/Director of the Salvation Army Culinary training academy. I have my teaching credential and I over-see our entire program. We have partnered with Napa Valley Adult Education to bring some structure and teacher support to the program. We are currently in our 5th year of the Culinary Program.

 

Culinary graduate, CTE certified


 

Wayne Gilbert: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Teacher

Wayne Imagewgilbert@nvusd.org

I have taught English at Napa High School for the last 25 plus years. I have taught English Learners throughout my career. I live in Napa with my wife and two daughters. I have been a staff member at Adult Education for the past three years and enjoy working with the adult English Learners in our community.

 

 

  • BA English, University Of California, Davis
  • Teaching Credential Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA

 

Kathryn Gooch: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Teacher

Gooch Imagekathryn_gooch@nvusd.org

Kathryn has lived and traveled in many different places in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has taught all levels of ESL in San Francisco, her native Napa, and Dallas, Texas. She loves to learn about cultures through language, food, and traditions. Her interests include theatre, British history, and cooking. Her goal is to make the classroom a fun and safe community of discovery for everyone.

 

  • Bachelor of Arts (English), Sonoma State University
  • Master of Arts (TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages),California State University Sacramento

 

Robin Goodrich: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Teacher

Robin Imagergoodrich@nvusd.org

I was born and raised in the state of Maine, where I began my career teaching elementary classes ranging from Kindergarten to Third grades. My family and I moved to California for warmer and more inviting weather. I continued my career in elementary education, and retired after 20 years of teaching. However, I missed teaching so much, I returned to the profession to teach adult education.

 

  • BS Health Education, University of Maine
  • Masters, English and Language Arts Education

 

Bill Hazelton Imagebill_hazelton@nvusd.org

Having a passion for cooking as a teen I entered Culinary school two months after my high school graduation. I cooked in various restaurants in the Tampa Bay area before entering the United States Navy in 1984. I was assigned to cook for Commanding Officers, Admirals and Dignitary's. After leaving the USN in 1988 I worked various restaurants and catering companies in the San Francisco bay area. I am proud to re-enter the culinary field to teach in the much needed hospitality industry.

 

  • AA, P-Tech Culinary Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Advanced French Cooking, California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, CA
Monica Howard: CNA Teacher

Monica Photo  monica_howard@nvusd.org

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Michele Keegan: English as a Second Language Teacher

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David Kirby Imagedavid@canotarytrainingcenter.com

I'm a certified loan signing agent and have been teaching notaries public for 15 years. I've been recognized for engaging style and passion for helping students learn,and receive numerous student accolades after every course.

Setting the right environment is the key to my success. I strive to make the class environment personable and cheerful. I design courses that acknowledge the knowledge and experience that students bring with them to our course.

I demonstrate commitment to student learning by always offering personal time to further clarify and explain any materials that a student would like to later review after class.

  • M.A.
  • B.A. 

 

Robert Kirtlink,: Basic Plumbing Teacher

Robertrob@allstarnapa.com

I'm a Vintage High School graduate. After high school I applied for enrollment into the Plumber and Steamfitters Union Local 343. I was accepted and served the 4 year apprenticeship program. I graduated from apprenticeship to journeyman. 

 

 


 

Andrew Kohler: CNA Instructional Assistant

Andrew Kohler Image andrew_kohler@nvusd.org  ​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

 

  • B.S. Elementary Education

 

Kathryn Lucas: Citizenship Preparation Teacher

Lucas Imagekathryn_lucas@nvusd.org

I have worked as an educator in the classroom as well as in educational publishing. I also have a business as an artist: I am a bookbinder, paper- and print-maker, seamstress, knitter, and quilter. Other interests include yoga and music.

 

 

 

  • M.A. Latin American Studies, UCLA
  • B.A. Spanish, California State University, San Diego

 

Chef Eric Magnani: Culinary Training Teacher

Eric Imageeric_magnani@nvusd.org

Chef Eric Magnani is a graduate of the esteemed CIA in Hyde Park, NY and is a Certified Master Taster. His work history boasts a who’s who of Luxury Resorts, Restaurants, Wineries and Private Clubs. His passion for the culinary arts paired with his 30 years experience has led him to teaching. He enjoys giving back to the industry by working with students overcoming trans-formative life challenges to become aspiring cooks.

 

  • A.O.S. Restaurant Management, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington
  • A.O.S. Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York

 

Cathy Margolati: First Step Teacher

Cathy Imagecmargolati@nvusd.org

I'm a 1st grade teacher by day & during the summer/evening I enjoy switching gears to teach parents in the 1st & 2nd Step Programs. I am lucky to live locally with my family (cats and dog included!)

 

 

 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies & Minor in Spanish Cal State East Bay
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development

 

Yvonne Mariko Martin: English as a SEcond Language Teacher

Yvonne Imageymartin@nvusd.org

I have been working for NVAE for over 15 years. I taught for eight years at a residential care facility in American Canyon in the Older Adults Program. Then, I joined the ESL department to teach multi-level English classes to second language learners. Prior to NVAE, I was a substitute teacher in the Vallejo school district for junior high, high school and adult school (adult with disabilities; GED; presently in ESL classes). I am committed to my students' success daily.

 

  • San Francisco State University
  • Sonoma State University
  • U.C. Berkeley Extension

 

Liz McAdams: Adults Supporting K-12 Success & Spanish teacher

Liz Imagelmcadams@nvusd.org

Liz McAdams is a native Spanish speaker who enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Liz has been teaching for 15 years for Parent Education. She was selected as Napa Valley Adult Education Teacher of the year in 2009. She also received an award in Excellence in Teaching in 2016 by the California Council for Adult Education. Her greatest pleasure is teaching. She has been doing this for 24 years.

 

  • AA Solanco Commuinty College
  • University of Guadalajara, Mexico

 

Cynthia Meza: English as a Second Language Teacher

Generic Female Image  cynthia_meza@nvusd.org

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Kerasoula Millay: Certified Nursing Assistant Teacher

Kerasoula Millay Imagekerasoula_millay@nvusd.org

 

I'm one of the instructors for the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. My nursing career has been in long term care and skilled rehab. I've worked as a wound nurse for the past 12 years, and have been with NVAE since March of 2020. I enjoy teaching and mentoring our students to become the best CNAs that they can be.

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  • A.S.N., Vocational Nursing, Napa Valley College 
Yolanda Montanez: English as a second language Tutor

Yolanda Imageyolanda_montanez@nvusd.org

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.

  • B.A. Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
  • A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences, Napa Valley College, Napa

 

Kimberly Olson: High School & Academic Skill Building Teacher

 Kimberly Imagekimberly_olson@nvusd.org

Kimberly Olson has spent a lifetime teaching and learning, but only began her career as a formal educator in 2013. She teaches Special Education, ESL, Academic Skill Building, and CTE Instructional Assistant courses. She is working on her doctoral dissertation on the topic of EMF and student behaviors, and lives in Napa with her dog, cats, chickens, bearded dragon, boa constrictor, and about 2,597 hummingbirds.

 

  • B.A. English/Creative Writing, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
  • M.S. Special Education, National University, La Jolla, CA
  • Ph.D. (ABD) General Education, Northcentral University, San Diego, CA.

 

Cynthia Ott: Office Assistant Teacher

Cynthia Imagecynthia_ott@nvusd.org

Cynthia’s career in education started at Santa Rosa Junior College teaching Office Procedures and Technologies and continued on to Empire College where she taught Office and Project Management, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and a variety of advanced digital technology courses. She received her MS in Online Learning and Teaching from Cal State East Bay and is finishing her Masters of Educational Technology as well as Technology Integration Specialist certificate this semester at Boise State.

  • BS Organizational Behavior/Business - University of San Francisco
  • MS Online Teaching and Learning - Cal State East Bay
  • Masters of Educational Technology – Boise State
Jack Paulson: Electrician Apprenticeship Training Director

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Chuck Peckinpaugh: Building & Construction Trades Teacher

 

Chuck ImageMy name is Chuck Peckinpaugh. I’ve been teaching here in Napa since 2006. I have held full time positions at NVLA, Capell Valley Elementary, Valley Oak HS and I am currently teaching Construction Technology at American Canyon HS. Helping high school students and adult education students in the completion of training that provides them with strong entry level skills for jobs in the trades is a passion of mine. I look forward to being involved in the continued growth of our construction program.

 

 

  • B.S., University of San Francisco
  • A.A., San Joaquin Delta Community College

 

Krishna Lara Nino de Rivera: Teacher's Assistant

Krishna Imagekrishna_ninoderivera@nvusd.org

I was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I practiced my career from 2012-2016 in the area of special education within regular schools, working with children, training and provided workshops for teachers and parents. In 2016, I emigrated to Napa CA where I had the opportunity to start working within the school district in June 2019 as a Teacher’s Assistant, supporting GED students in Spanish at the NVAE school.

 

  • B.A. Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, México.

 

Ellen Schwartz: English as a Second Language Teacher

Ellen Schwartz Imageeschwartz@nvusd.org

I have been teaching for about 35 years. I taught children with learning disabilities and in the regular classroom (elementary) for 7 years. I was a director/teacher of EFL in Costa Rica for 2 years. Since 1995, I have taught ESL in private language schools and adult schools in the Bay Area. I have been teaching at Napa Valley Adult since 2006. During my years at Napa I have taught classes in ESL- conversation, grammar, writing, pronunciation, and beginning computer skills for ESL students.

 

  • International Certificate in TESL/TEFL, St Giles College, SF, CA
  • M.Ed.Elementary and Special Education, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A. Psychology, Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Jeff Scott: Adult Secondary Education Teacher

Jeffrey Imagejscott@nvusd.org

I have taught at NVAE since 2015 in the evening Adult Secondary Education Program. I also work for Napa COE teaching in the Court Community School Program teaching Napa County's most at-risk youth. I am a World Traveler and golfer.

 

 

 

  • B.S. Political Science/German Studies, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential,  Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

 

Claudette Shatto: CTE Teacher

Claudette Shatto Imageclaudette_shatto@nvusd.org

Claudette Shatto is a tenured professor and has taught Business and Marketing courses at Napa Valley College since 2015. Previously, she worked at V. Sattui Winery from 2000 to 2016. She served in a variety of roles at V. Sattui Winery, including Vice President of Marketing and Sales, from 2007 to 2016.

 

 

  • Masters of Business Administration

Sam Shweiky: High School Diploma & GED Teacher

Sam Imagesam_shweiky@nvusd.org

I'm a proud Napa native who enjoyed working in the wine industry before being inspired to go back to graduate school to become a teacher. It was a great decision! I love watching and playing sports with my son, especially when followed by post-game burgers.

 

 

  • Multiple Subject Credential, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
  • Education Specialist Credential, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
  • MBA, Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA
  • B.S. Management, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA

 

Carolyn Staats: Certified Nursing Assistant Program Teacher

Carolyn Imagecarolyn_staats@nvusd.org

After retiring from Nursing from the State of CA for 34 years, I have the honor of being at NVAE. I have been teaching the CNA Program for 20 years, 4 years at NVAE. I also enjoy traveling, being with family, tandem skydiving and playing bassoon in the orchestra.

 

 

 

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Public Health Nurse, University of Phoenix, 2014
  • Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential, Sacramento State University, 2005
  • ADN Napa Valley College, 1989
  • Psychiatric Technician Napa Valley College, 1981

 

Alejandra Soto: INstructional Assistant

Ale Imageale_soto@nvusd.org

I am currently an Instructional Assistant at Bel-Aire Park Elementary School and a Tutor for the ESL department at NVAE. I am passionate about teaching and supporting our students’ education. I have a bilingual Spanish/English educational background from Napa Valley College and Sonoma State University. I am obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Spanish and currently pursuing a Bilingual Teaching Credential. I am happy to support our NVAE ESL students and teachers.

 

  • B.A. Spanish, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

 

Robin Thompson: First Step Teacher


Robin Imagerthompson@nvusd.org

I have been educating young children and creating curriculum for 25 years. I love the energy, curiosity, and joy little ones bring to the learning environment. It is truly inspiring to witness the laughter and the freedom young children find through play as they advance toward autonomy and learn to make sense of the world around them.

 

 

  • Bachelor of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento
  • Multiple Subject Credential, California State University, Sacramento

 

Eric Treskon: CNA Instructional Support

Generic Male Image  eric_treskon@nvusd.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sergio Valenzuela: Construction, Welding, and Tiling Instructor

Generic Male Imagesergio_valenzuela@nvusd.org

I have been working in industrial construction for over 30 years.

  • Solano County Office of Education ROP Program Instructor

 

 

 


 

Zahid Vargas: Adults Supporting K-12 Instructor

Zahid Imagezvargas@nvusd.org

When I attended Napa Valley Community college I was part of different student organization. I was a Math volunteer tutor and always felt the passion of supporting students.That was my open door to start my career in teaching and supporting adult students. Previous to star working in Napa Valley Adult Education I worked in K-12 education for seven years. I am really happy to teach and be part of the Adult education.

 

  • B.A Spanish, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
  • M.A TESOL in progress, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

 

Evelyn Wilson: Office Assistant Program Teacher

Evelyn Wilson ImageEvelyn_Wilson@nvusd.org

Most recently an Instructor at Empire Business College, teaching everything from basic skills to Law, Ms. Wilson has worked for many years in education. She has taught students from preschoolers to adults, in several subject areas, and has a variety of education management and administrative experience. She has worked as an entrepreneur in family businesses, as a volunteer in community organizations, professionally as an editor and manager in legal publishing, and practicing business law.

  • J.D. UC Hastings, B.A
  • Business Administration & B.A. History, University of Washington

 

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