Faculty & Support Staff Biographies

Kathy Baxter

Advanced Certificate in Catechetics from the University of Sacramento. She has spent 23 years of loving St. John Notre Dame students in the 4th grade.

Danielle Brandenburg

Cesca Brown

Elementary Education and Special Education Credentials.  Graduated from the University of Nevada Reno.  This is her 23rd year as an educator.  Nine years at SJND.

Tyler Crandall

Kathy Curtis

Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Socially & Emotionally disadvantaged from Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA. 41 years of teaching experience in public and Catholic education. 33 years now at SJND.

Cheryl Garcia

Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She is a parent of three alumni. She has worked at SJND for 12 years; 11 years teaching 2nd grade Reading and 7 years teaching primary Math.

Diane George

Associate of Arts degree, Liberal Studies; Associate of Science degree and Administration of Justice degree, Sierra College. Bachelor of Science degree Criminal Justice, Youth Authority Studies, California State University Sacramento. 23 years teaching and tutoring 2nd-8th grade math; 5 years at SJNDS.

Pat George

Bachelor of Science - Organizational Behavior/Business Management from University of San Francisco and Master of Arts - Education from University of San Francisco (dual program).  State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential /Emergency Teaching Credentialing and Marriage/Family Counseling. Adjunct professor at University of California, Sacramento.

LaNette Guevara

Associate Degree in Liberal Arts; Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant Teaching Certification; ECE Teacher Certification; ECE Master Teacher Certification; 9 Years of Teaching at St John Notre Dame School

Courtney Hamilton

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Emphasis in Media, Law, and Politics from University of Southern California.  Masters in Education Administration from the University of the Pacific working towards her Administrative Credential.  She has 9 years teaching experience at the elementary and high school level in public, private, and Catholic school.

Judy Hare

Judy Hare- attended University of South Carolina, history major. Teacher aide 5 years in 2nd grade and TK.

Whitney Hunt

BA in Psychology from the UC Berkeley.  Master of Science in Psychology from CSU Sacramento.  Worked with children and families for many years.  This is her first year working as a Teacher Aide in the TK classroom, but 5th year as a part of the SJND community.

Felicia Heiler

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.  She has been at SJND for 15 years.

Kendall Horton

Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, minor in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis. Multiple Subject Clear Credential, CLAD Certificate, and State of CA Supplemental Authorization to teach Middle & High School English and Civics & Government from CSU, Sacramento. Catechesis Certification from Univ of Notre Dame. She has taught at SJND for six years.

Debbie Hurtado

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies, CSU Sacramento, Masters in Education - Curriculum Development & Instruction, University of San Diego, CA State Multiple Subject Clear Professional Credential, 23+ years teaching experience (kindergarten 😨 - college)
This is her 21st year in Catholic middle school.

Kate Jenkins

Margie Keshishian

Alix Kuzmich

Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Multiple Subject Clear Credential from CSU Sacramento. She has taught at SJNDS for 3 years.

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Katy Lynch

Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and a Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential with a special emphasis in Art from San Francisco State University. Katy has been at SJND since 1991.

Keith Martin

Bachelor of Arts degrees in Liberal Studies & Religious Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Master of Educational Leadership degree from The University of Notre Dame. He has sixteen years teaching experience in Catholic Schools.

Kelly McKelvey

Bachelor of Arts in Economics Cum Laude with a minor in Business Management from the University of California, Irvine. This is her first year working at SJND, but her fifth year as part of the SJND family. She volunteered and helped children through non-profit work for 10 years.

Deirdre O'Connor

Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master of Art in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. She has four years teaching experience in Catholic Schools.

Austin Otto

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Sacramento State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.  He has 3 years of teaching in Catholic schools and holds a CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math and Science.

Krista Pecha

Bachelor of Arts in English from the Univ. of San Francisco. Masters in Theological Studies from the JohnPaul II Institute on Marriage and Family, Washington D.C.

Sharon Penrose

Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University, Chico.  Studied Fine Arts abroad in Florence, Italy. Worked in the Advertising Industry before becoming the Art Teacher at St. John Notre Dame in 2002.

Joe Portelli

Bachelor of Arts degree in Unified Elementary/Special Education from Keuka College and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Syracuse University.  Currently holds a Special Education Teaching Credential.  He has been teaching for fourteen years and is entering his fifth year in Catholic Schools.

Rachael Quinn

Bridget Quiroz

Bachelor of Science in Geology from California State University, Sacramento.  She has been the instructional aide in 5th grade at SJND for six years.

Stephanie Shebert

Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Education from University of California, Davis.  Single Subject - English and Multi-Subject Teaching Credentials from Sacramento State University. Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development and English as a Second Language- Certificates.  Teaching experience 27 years, with 12 years in the Catholic schools.

Sonja Skupnjak

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & Liberal Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia.  Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems Management, CSUS, Sacramento.  Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University. Masters of Education from National University, Specializing in Teaching and Learning in a Global Society

Luly Smith

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Reno, Nevada.  She has been at SJND for 14 years.

Marquese Smith

Sue Styren

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara, K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters of Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University. Online and Blended Learning Teacher Certification, SCOE
19 years teaching experience.

Joe Terranova

Bachelor in Biology from Saint Joseph's University and Masters in Education from Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).  Summer research experience with the chemical engineering department at Notre Dame and certified Wilderness EMT through NOLS. He has 7 years teaching experience.

Ann Vandenberg

Basic Catechist Certification, Boston College; Bachelor of Arts degree in French Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Multiple Subject Life Credential from the University of the Pacific. Single Subject Credentials in French, Humanities, and Cultural Studies from the University of the Pacific. She has been at SJND for 30 years. 

Michelle Zalles

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SJND School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

309 Montrose Drive,

Folsom, CA  95630

Principal:  Keith Martin

Main Office:  916-985-4129

Extended Day Program:  916-985-4548

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