Teachers & Staff

Teachers & Staff

Catalina Edwards

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.

Rayna Velasquez

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!

Angie Cope


Angie has three children all that attend Davis Waldorf. She serves on the Executive
Board for Pleasant Valley School and is also our school Treasurer. All questions
regarding tuition, payments, etc go to her at bookkeeping@pleasantvalleyschool.org.

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