Teachers & Staff
Teachers & Staff
Lead Teacher of La Paloma Classroom
Catalina is from Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the US when she was a teen. She is a singer-songwriter and also has a theatrical background. She trained at the Musician Institute in Los Angeles, California. Her music career took her to Seattle, Miami and New York City; where she met her husband. Looking for a smaller town they moved to Davis, California. Her husband teaches at the Davis High School. Catalina previously worked at the Davis Waldorf School as After-Care Lead Teacher, Substitute Teacher in Preschool and Kindergarten and as an Assistant Teacher in Preschool. Catalina is very passionate about Waldorf education’s holistic approach, She embraces Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy and mission and is on her second year of her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy in Seattle, WA.
Catalina is thrilled to be The Lead Teacher at Pleasant Valley Preschool. She looks forward to serving the wonderful Vacaville community by incorporating her musical background and culture into the curriculum. We feel truly blessed to have such kind, warm and sweet lady to be our first Lead Teacher! We are welcoming Teacher Catalina with all our hearts!
Mandy Rios McAhren
After the birth of Mandy’s first child, she decided to take a break from working in the Early Childhood Education field and focus on raising her son, knowing the first few years are so very important. Now, she is excited to get back to work in such a rewarding field, is looking forward to being a part of your child’s early learning and building relationships with the children and families of our program.
Mandy received her Associates Degree of Science in Early Childhood Education and has a Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education Program. She currently holds a Child Development Teacher Permit from the Commission of Teacher Credentialing and working on upgrading to Master Teacher Permit.
Her professional experience includes working for the Head Start Program as Center Director and Lead Teacher, working for Solano College Children’s Programs for almost 4 years, working for a Home Childcare with children varying in age from infants to 12 years old and working as a Head Recreation Leader for the City of Fairfield with school age children 5-11 years old. With many years of experience and working with various ages and people, she has gained valuable skills and knowledge along the way.
Lead Teacher of La Mariposa Classroom
Lourdes came from Lima, Peru when she was a teenager. Her family settled in Vacaville, where she went to school, was married, and has raised a family. Lourdes has been working with young children for over 20 years and is very passionate about her work. She began her career at Solano Community College where she fell in love with the field of Early Childhood Education and received her Associates Degree. She continued her education at California State University, Sacramento, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. Her career path took her from the SCC Children’s Program to a private preschool in Dixon. After having her two sons she decided to open her own program. Lourdes established a home-based preschool and Summer Camp where she developed play-based curriculum with a focus on Arts and Sciences integration. Her passion for play-based experiences in the Arts and Nature lead Lourdes to pursue certifications as an Integrated Learning Specialist, and later as a Nature-Based Teacher. Her program was recognized by PBS and she was featured on the Child Care Provider of the Week spot on the show A Place of Our Own/Los Ninos en Su Casa. She was also chosen to be one of ten recipients in Northern California to be awarded Certificates of Recognition by the California State Senate and the California Legislature. With the goal of working with future teachers as well as children, Lourdes went to work for the Center for Child and Families Studies at UC Davis, where she was Lead Teacher in the Toddler Room and later in the preschool program. In 2020 she earned her Master of Arts degree in Child Development from the California State University of Sacramento. During her time at UC Davis, Lourdes and her husband Daniel welcomed their daughter into the world. Lourdes has worked and continues to work as an Early Learning Specialist offering workshops for teachers and Family Child Care Providers.
Lourdes started her Waldorf Journey when her two boys were attending Alice Birney K-8 Waldorf Inspired School in Sacramento. She volunteered, and taught Spanish through songs and games in the Kindergarten Classrooms.
Lourdes is very excited to grow with PVS and looks forward to providing families with a wholesome, meaningful, and magical experience.
Assistant Teacher of La Paloma Classroom
Rayna is a California native, with family roots in Tenancingo, Mexico, and rural Vacaville. Keeping in line with her family culture, she was educated in Spanish-immersion programs. In 2017 she graduated from DaVinci High School in Davis and then followed her passion for equity to the Transformative Justice in Education Center where she trained to be a restorative justice practitioner to connect justice, community, and education. Through the ECE program at Solano Community College, she felt drawn to the nature-based, holistic approach of Waldorf teaching. After a few years of childcare and nannying, she is so excited to begin her classroom career. Rayna looks forward to caring for and guiding your children to be their most genuine selves, and thanks this little community for such a warm welcome!