Pam Perkins – Principal
Welcome to Salvador! I look forward to working with you, your children and a great group of teachers and staff. The Napa community is very dear to me. I was born and raised in Napa, attended Napa schools and graduated from Vintage High School. I’ve worked as an educator in Napa for the past 30 years as a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal. Salvador is an innovative and exciting place to work with a unique Arts Integration model that focuses on creativity and critical thinking. Our theme this year is “SOAR to Greatness” – Set Goals; Overcome Obstacles, Attitude for Success, Reach One! We are going to work this year to be GREAT and have a positive influence on others.
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Martha Franco – Assistant Principal
My name is Martha Franco and I am honored to be your new Assistant Principal! I look forward to working with the staff and parents at El Centro and Salvador in building a strong academic community in which all students can thrive, both academically and socially. I have had the pleasure to serve the Napa community since 1996 as a teacher and have never left! I fell in love with the community, the educational programs offered through the district, students and their families, and my colleagues.
I began my teaching career in Napa fall of 1996 at Shearer Elementary where I worked for two years teaching within a bilingual setting to second and first grade students. I then transferred to Napa Valley Language Academy in 1998 to work with students within the dual-immersion program. Over the course of the next 18 years, I taught first, second, and fifth grades. The last four years, I have had the opportunity to step into the role of Data Teams Coach and Intervention teacher, now the Academic Specialist. As the Academic Specialist, I support administration and staff in implementing the expectations of the school and district in all instructional areas. I also work closely with teachers and instructional assistants in ensuring that the best academic practices are implemented to support student learning.
I currently reside in American Canyon with my family. We are a busy bunch! Our weekends are spent traveling long distances to baseball and soccer tournaments for both my boys, Victor age 13 and Joaquin age 10. My daughter Amanda, age 7, is just beginning her sports career playing baseball with American Canyon Little League and is currently a Rockie Giant. We are truly sport aficionados!
Michelle Thomas – Kinder Academy
I joined the Salvador team in the 2013-2014 school year! For the prior 8 years I have taught at West Park School here in Napa. For six of those years I taught K-3 Special Day Class and for the past two years I have taught Kindergarten Academy. Prior to my arrival in Napa, I lived and taught high school in my hometown of Sacramento. My love for teaching started in Sacramento at the YMCA, where I taught in preschool programs for five years. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU Sacramento and Education Specialist credential followed by a Master of Arts in Special Education from UOP. I am an active board member for CARS+, an organization committed to the unique needs of special educators. When I am not teaching I am busy chasing my three young children and spending time with my wonderful husband. I am looking forward to learning and growing with the Salvador team this year!
Diane Johnson – Kinder Academy
Hi, I’m Diane Johnson. I teach kindergartners who are enrolled in the Kindergarten Academy here at Salvador. I also sing with the general population of students, K-5, using the Education through Music philosophy. Scottsdale Community College is where my education began, later graduating from Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona with a dual bachelor’s degree in General Education K-8 and Special Education K-12. I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
My husband Mitch and I share our home with a sweet little girl dog, “Yogi” and a 15 year old cat “Mr. Bigglesworth”. We are blessed with five adult children; all who help participate in keeping our lives very busy and active.
Between the fabulous staff and arts integrated instruction, working at Salvador Elementary has provided me with some of the best teaching experiences of my life. Many days I can be seen riding my bike to school, enjoying brisk Napa mornings and balloon filled skies! Yoga, gardening, days at the beach and golf help to fill my days away from school.
Kim Floyd – Transitional Kinder
Hi, I’m Kim Floyd, the new Transitional Kinder teacher at Salvador. As a young child, I could often be found “playing school” with my stuffed animals and children’s picture encyclopedia. Today I am living my dream, having taught kindergarten for almost 30 years here in Napa.
I grew up in Southern California, received two B.A. degrees, and A.A. in early childhood education from Hope University in Fullerton, then moved to Northern California where I completed my credential at University of the Pacific in Stockton. It was while teaching for NVUSD that I met my husband (of 25 years!), and we raised our four children, (two of which are still living at home.)
Recently, I went back to school at Touro College in Vallejo, courtesy of the Napa Learns tuition assistance program, where I graduated with my Master’s in Education.
Because of my work at Touro, and with assistance from Napa Learns, I was able to pilot the first iPad program for young learners in the Napa Valley.
My recent move to join Salvador’s innovative, artful approach to education has been the result of a thoughtful choice. I believe that education should be full of hands on learning, and creative experiences. I believe that play is the work of childhood, and I am looking forward to empowering the youngest students on campus to love learning, and love school.
When I am not teaching, I’m thinking about how I can become a better teacher! I collect children’s books, and enjoy going on long walks with my dog. On weekends, I like to wander through flea markets, cook, quilt, drink coffee, and read.
Donna Boals – TK/Kinder
Hi, my name is Mrs Boals and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers at Salvador Artful Learning Magnet School. I have over 30 years of experience working with this age group.
Amanda Olson – Kindergarten
Hello! My name is Amanda Olson and I teach Kindergarten here at Salvador Elementary School. I am truly delighted to be returning to the elementary school that I attended as a child and to be a part of the unique and wonderful learning experience that takes place at Salvador! This is my second year teaching in the NVUSD, and I am overjoyed to be able to come back and teach in my hometown. With becoming a teacher as my lifelong passion and goal, I attended Sonoma State University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Human Development. I then earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Sonoma State the following year. Upon completion of the Credential Program, I became a teacher in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Unified School District, where I taught Third Grade, First Grade, as well as, Kindergarten. When I am not at school, what I enjoy most is spending time with my family. My family and I like to travel, camp, watch/attend sporting events, play games, exercise, appreciate the outdoors, laugh, and simply enjoy one another’s company. I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten once more, and look forward to the creativity, curiosity, inspiration, and growth that this school year will bring. I cannot wait for all of the magnificent experiences ahead of us! Email me
Rebecca Lacau – 1st Grade
Hi! My name is Rebecca Lacau and I teach First Grade. My favorite part about First Grade is watching my students grow and learn. Throughout the year, we will learn the joy found in a good book and the excitement found in understanding numbers. We will learn about the world around us and about the role we play through Science and Social Studies. All the while, First Graders at Salvador will shine as Artists as we learn about Visual and Performing Arts. I believe that every child is special and can shine. My job is to find what excites them and bring learning to life in the classroom. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Dan, and our puppy, Roxy. I love going for long walks with Roxy, enjoying the scenery of the Napa Valley on a run, working in the garden, cooking a good meal, getting lost in a book, and spending time with our friends and family. I look forward to a wonderful year and working with you all! Click here to email me
Kaity Hutto – 1st Grade
Hello! My name is Kaity Hutto and I am so excited to be joining Salvador Elementary this school years as a 1st grade teacher! I received my Bachelors in Liberal Studies, minor in Special Education, and my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from CSU, Chico. After receiving my credential I moved to China to start my teaching career at international schools. In China I have been teaching kindergarten and 1st grade at IB PYP schools where their philosophy focuses on inquiry. I’m very excited to be moving to the beautiful Napa Valley where I can be closer to my family and friends. I grew up in Elk Grove, California, but have spent most summer and holidays here in Napa, where most of my family lives.
First grade is such a fun grade to teach, because it is a grade where you can excite students’ curiosity and creativity. Instilling an authentic love of reading is one of my favorite parts of first grade. My personal teaching philosophy is that students learn best through a student-centered, engaging curriculum and inquiry-based learning is the best means to achieve that goal.
When I am not in school I enjoy getting outside for a walk, going for run, taking a yoga or spin class. I have a love of adventure and travel, gaining new experiences. I love spending time with my family and friends. I’m also an avid soccer fan, whether I am watching, playing, or coaching.
Lu Kenmonth – 1st/2nd Grade
Hello! My name is Lori Kenmonth, but my friends and family have called me Lu for most of my life. I’ve been teaching in NVUSD since 2000 after graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I love teaching 1st and 2nd grades because it’s the best time to teach the love of books and reading.
When I’m not in the classroom, you can usually find me at one of the local theaters in town working on a set, designing stage lights or stage managing a show. I love to sew art quilts and work in the garden with my dog Daisey. Every June when school is out, I go home to Hawaii to visit my parents.
I come from an extended family of thespians and musicians. You might have seen my youngest son Nolan on the stage at the college. He played the big blue Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, and Horton the elephant in Seussicial. Or perhaps you saw my husband, Kevin Barney, as the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, or heard both of them singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony when the college opened their new performing arts building. If you listen carefully, you can hear my oldest son, Nick, running the sound system and cues at Dreamweaver’s Theater.
I look forward to a terrific school year! Click here to email me
Ed Peck – 2nd grade
Kelly Brochard –3rd Grade
Hi, I’m Kelly Brochard and I’m thrilled to be a part of the creative learning community here at Salvador. I’ve been teaching in Napa for 19 years, first at Capell Elementary, then at Pueblo Vista Alternative School/ Vista 360 at Pueblo Vista. Third grade is an exciting year. We work in an environment of wonder and perseverance. Each day third graders bring creativity and personal connection to their education. During the year, their understanding of self within a community blooms. I teach to inspire them and share in their victories.
When I’m not at school, I can be found with my family whenever possible. My two oldest children are currently in medical school and college. My youngest son is our athlete, running and studying Tae-Kwon-Do. I enjoy boating, reading, drawing and sewing. I’m excited to begin a new year of curiosity and learning with amazing little people.
Shannon Hattyar – 3rd/4th Grade
Hi! My name is Shannon Hattyar and I teach the Fourth Grade here at Salvador Elementary! As a Napa native, I attended NVUSD schools for my Preschool through 12th Grade Education. The Visual and Performing Arts have been a big part of my life ever since I could grasp a pencil and twirl in a tutu. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego as well as a minor in Dance. After receiving my teaching credential, I continued my studies at Sonoma State University to receive a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration on Reading and Language. My thesis project, entitled, “Arts Integration into Language Arts,” focused on the benefits of integrating the visual and performing arts into elementary education. I am thrilled to continue to work and grow with my team here at Salvador to inspire the learning of all disciplines through the arts and guide our students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.
I have been working with Napa Unified School District for over eleven years. I became a teacher because I enjoy helping others find their passions and success. In my classroom, I place an importance on the fact that all students should be provided with an educational experience that nurtures their individual strengths and needs. I want my students to be exposed to learning events that are meaningful, motivating, and inspirational. I believe that this can be accomplished through the use of hands-on activities, cooperative learning, an integrated curriculum, the inclusion of arts, and technology.
When I am not at school, I like to spend time pursuing my love for art, performance, and learning. I enjoy creating (painting and drawing), dancing, visiting museums, hiking, traveling, attending live concerts, watching baseball, and reading in my backyard. My love for hiking has taken me to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and through the Narrows in Zion National Park. I welcome new challenges and adventures and bring enthusiasm and passion into all that I do.
Here’s to a wonderful school year!
Amanda DesForges -Fourth
Hi! My name is Amanda DesForges and I teach fourth grade here at Salvador Elementary. I have lived in northern California for 9 years, but grew up in a very small town in Indiana. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, with a minor in Art History, from Indiana University. A few short years later, I made my way out to the west coast, where I quickly fell in love with Napa Valley. While earning my teaching credential through CalState TEACH, I had the opportunity to perform all of my student teaching here at Salvador Elementary. I was immediately drawn to the unique Artful Learning programs this school has to offer, and I am so excited to continue teaching here this fall. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our beautiful baby girl, and our two dogs. I also enjoy gardening and landscaping. Click here to email me
Michael Crandell – 5th Grade
My name is Michael Crandell and I am the 5th grade teacher at Salvador. I am also a member of the Varsity Baseball coaching staff at Napa High School. I am a through and through product of the NVUSD. I attended Mt.George, Silverado as well as Napa High. I received my undergraduate degree from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. I received a degree in Communications emphasis on sports journalism/photography and broadcasting. A big part of my life has been baseball. I played 4 years in high school as well as 4 years in college (I was a catcher). I have a great passion for the game and enjoy every aspect of it. I enjoy being outdoors and being active, from hiking to snowboarding, hunting, fishing and everything else. I truly love to cook and spend time with my family. Movies and music have always been on the top of my list of what makes me well me.. I guess you could call me a movie buff and a music lover. I am very excited to be a part of the Salvador team. I love working with kids and helping them further their life in education. I really look forward to this school year and making great memories along the way! E-mail me
Karea Simpson – Functional Skills, Intermediate
Sally Costello – Special Ed Resource Specialist
Hi, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Nancy and I am a highly trained dog! I’ve been trained since the day I was born to work with children. I was trained in Santa Rosa, CA at Canine Companions for Independence. I am a certified Facility Dog and have my Public Access Certification through International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. Public Access Certification allows me to go where pet dogs cannot. I have impeccable manners!
You will see me around Salvador campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with my human and best friend, Sally Costello. Sally Costello is the Resource Teacher at Salvador. Some of the things I’m good at, are helping students with skills they have learned in the classroom by playing games with them that reinforce those skills , reading with students, helping to teach our District Wide “Best “rules of being Safe, Respectful and Responsible. I love to encourage and motivate students to do their best and my all-time favorite thing is cuddling and loving everyone.
No child will be forced to interact with me if they do not feel comfortable. Some students have allergies. Know that Sally takes such good care of me. She gives me a bath and clips my nails once a week. I am brushed every day and get my teeth brushed too!
Sally is an experienced dog handler and has been using dogs to assist students learning for over 12 years. Kids love animals! Students will often work harder to get a chance to “play” academic games that reinforce what has been taught in the classroom. Sally has seen kids blossom when working with a dog.
If you would like to come and meet Sally and I, we are in room 6. Sally would be very happy to answer any questions and show you some of what I can do.
Nancy & Sally
Barbara Noll – Functional Skills Primary
Welcome to Room 1. I am Barbara Noll and this is my home away from home. I am blessed to be the Special Day Class teacher for K-2nd graders. The children and I enjoy the warm family environment here. This is my 14th year teaching Special Education at Salvador. Before this I taught at Pueblo Vista for 7 years. I chose to go into Special Education after teaching Montessori Ed. The 2 styles of Education blended naturally for me. When I am not at school, you can find me outdoors. I spend much of my free time hiking, gardening, and photographing what I see. Click here to email me
Brenna Curtis – Academic Specialist
Hi, I’m Brenna Curtis, and I am deeply excited to be a part of the Salvador adventure. Happily, this is my 22nd year teaching elementary school for NVUSD. I used to play at Salvador with my best buddies as a kid, now to work here is like I have walked into a fun dream. I’ve taught many grades all the way through 6th,with focus on 4th and 5th, and even taught for a few years at California State University, Sacramento. I am a national Key Trainer for Project GLAD, a teacher training model in best practices that weaves language, brain, cultural, and reading/writing research together. It is my passion to teach teachers as well as students! I believe in teaching the whole child: In all we do we will be artistically empowered, focused on the love of reading, logic and mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, physical education based on teamwork, and the love and skill of writing! My favorite subject is CURIOSITY and my favorite sport is Rugby, but Oh I love soccer, football and baseball, too! I love to ask questions, collect weird and intriguing marbles, drink Peet’s coffee (or Starbucks), read books, especially if I’m traveling around the world, and explore how poetry is not what we think! I love the books: Love that Dog, The Little Prince, Bloomability, Riding Freedom and A Long Way from Chicago. What do you love to do or think about? Contact me by e-mail.
Marisol Angel – Parent Liason
Dee Dee Lowery – Office Manager