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OFFICE STAFF

Alice Calipes, Administrative clerk

Alice Imagealice_calipes@nvusd.org

707-253-3417

Upon completing the Administrative Office Assistant program here at Napa Valley Adult Education (NVAE), I have been working at NVAE as an Administrative Clerk Senior and assist with various office duties for the Career Training Education (CTE) programs. Having a background as a Registered Nurse, I primarily assist in registering and processing paperwork for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. I started working at NVAE on January of 2017 and I feel very blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people.


 

Maureen Eckert, Outreach and Workplace Training Institute Lead

Maureen Imagemeckert@nvusd.org

707-265-2397

Maureen holds a B.S. Degree in Recreation Administration along with a Minor in Business from California State University, East Bay as well as a Training and Human Resource Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has a Full-Time Adult School Teaching Credential. She has worked at Napa Valley Adult Education for over fifteen years coordinating the Workplace Training Institute Program. Maureen loves working with students, staff and local businesses to ensure Napa Valley Adult Education provides continuing education to all. Feel free to contact her with your business training needs.


 

Judith Flores, Assistant Principal

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judith_flores@nvusd.org

(707) 253-3902

 

 

 

 

Educational Background:

  • M.S., Educational Leadership California State University, East Bay
  • Graduate Studies, Bilingual Multi Cultural Education, San Jose State University
  • B.A., Fine Arts, San Jose State University

Credentials:

  • California Administrative Services  Credential
  • California Standard Secondary Teaching  Credential
  • CASAS Implementation Coordinator
  • Pearson-Vue, GED Chief Examiner Certified

Professional Background:

  • ESL Teacher on Special Assignment, 1992-2016
  • ABE/ASE  Instructional Leader, Oakland 2006-2009
  • Principal Edward Shands Adult School, Oakland 2005-2006
  • ESL Teacher Peralta Community College Dist. 1980-1987
  • ESL/VESL Teacher, Oakland Adult Education

Awards:

  • CCAE Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
  • Oakland Unified School District, School Site Services Excellence Award, 2012

 

Ana Gonzalez, School Administrative Secretary

Ana Imageagonzalez@nvusd.org

707-253-3582

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

 

Suzi Grandfield Imagesgrandfield@nvusd.org

(707)259-8853

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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rick_jordan@nvusd.org

707-253-3828

 

 

 

 

Education Background:

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

Credentials:

  • 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

 

Tyler Kyle, Data and Assessment coordinator

Tyler Imagetyler_kyle2@nvusd.org

707-253-8508

Tyler Kyle is dedicated to education and to supporting students in reaching their academic goals. In addition to her data and assessment role at Napa Valley Adult Education, she's a Spanish instructor, wine educator and translator. She teaches at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley College, as well as wineries and cooperages in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Tyler also teaches yoga and meditation in the Napa Valley and online in Spanish.


 

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

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lleonard@nvusd.org

(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

Credentials:

  • 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

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khaugen@nvusd.org

707-253-3916

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

Yolanda Montanez Imageyolanda_montanez@nvusd.org

(707)253-3866

 

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 Imageaneal@nvusd.org

707-259-8416

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

Nieves Ochoa Imagenochoa@nvusd.org

707-259-8584

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, Front Desk Administrative Clerk

Maria Imagemaria_ortiz@nvusd.org

707-259-8882

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.


 

Ivetter Picos: Administrative Senior Clerk

Ivette Picos Imageivette_picos@nvusd.org

(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.


 

Peggy Squires, CTE Coordinator

Peggy Imagepsquires@nvusd.org

707-253-3917

Peggy Squires has worked for Napa Valley Adult Education as an ESL teacher since 2004. She holds a Multiple Subject CLAD teaching credential from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelors Degree from Sonoma State University Hutchins School, Liberal Studies, an Associate of Arts in, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, from Napa Valley College. She is currently a CTE Coordinator.


 

Beth Thorpe, OFfice Manager

Beth Imagebeth_thorpe@nvusd.org

707-253-3402

Beth Thorpe currently serves as Napa Valley Adult Education’s Office Manager and is the Secretary to the Principal. She also studied both English and Film Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she developed her passion for storytelling. After a decade in construction administration, Beth spent many years homeschooling her son and creating an online presence as both a knowledgeable and published California travel writer and as a Disney guru specializing in Disneyland. She proudly joined the NVAE team in 2018.


 

Dolores Torres: Custodian

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Lety Vazquez, Assessment & Accountability Assistant

Lety Imagelvazquez@nvusd.org

707-253-3595

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 LEAD

Kristen Waters Imagekristen_waters@nvusd.org

707-259-8259

I was raised in a family of teachers and always knew I would become a teacher! I have been educating Kinder-12 th graders and adult learners for nearly 20 years! I taught ESL at NVAE for 3 years and now am the Lead Teacher of HSD/GED! I have been a part of 2 graduations now at NVAE and it is a very inspiring and exciting position to hold. I am a very caring and motivating teacher! NVAE is a wonderful place to learn and I am thrilled to have you join our school!


 

Evelyn Yee, Budget Assistant

Eveyln Imageeyee@nvusd.org

707-259-8466

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.