VCS Elementary School Directory

Kelly Alfieri

Assistant Athletic Director | Kelly has served as the assistant athletic director since 2011 and the CYO athletic director since 2008. She earned an athletic scholarship to Oregon State University where she competed in track for four years. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and worked in the Human Performance Laboratory for OHSU before becoming a full-time mother. She was an active volunteer parent in the Valley Catholic grade school before becoming involved in the athletic department. All six of her children have attended Valley Catholic.

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Assistant Athletic Director
Julie Canoy

Administrative Assistant | Julie Canoy joined Valley Catholic Elementary School in October of 2012 as an on-call instructional assistant. Prior to this Julie was a full-time mom who had been, along with her husband, raising their two children who currently attend Valley Catholic. In the private sector, Julie spent more than 10 years in human resources, most recently with a major medical device company in Beaverton. Julie's interests and hobbies include traveling, crafting ceramics, painting, reading, and spending time with her family: Robert, Stephanie, and Martin.

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Administrative Assistant
Tricia Croy

Third Grade Teacher | Tricia Croy has enjoyed teaching at Valley Catholic Elementary School for more than 20 years. She currently teaches third grade. Her favorite subjects to teach are math and science. Tricia received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Portland. Tricia grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She enjoys reading, hiking, cycling and spending time with her family. One of her goals is to visit all of the national parks.

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Third Grade Teacher
Caroline Custino
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant | Caroline Custino was born in Reno, Nevada, but moved to the bay area, where she lived most of her life. She attended a Catholic School from Kindergarten all the way to 12th. She later met her husband, Derrick, in the 90s. In 1999, her and her soon to be husband moved to Oregon, where they later tied the knot in 2001. They have two kids, who have also experienced a Catholic education most of their lives. Her oldest just graduated from Valley Catholic High School, and is now a freshman at George Fox University. Her youngest is a sophomore at Jesuit High School. This is her third year at Valley Catholic Elementary School. She started in the cafeteria, subbed last year, and is now full time kindergarten assistant. [email protected]  ...
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Sarah Davis

VCES Vice Principal | Sarah Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Linfield College (now Linfield University) in McMinnville, Oregon, and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sarah taught grades 1-2 in the Greater Albany Public School District 8J. She then taught children with dyslexia and language processing disorders in grades 3-12 at Park Academy in Lake Oswego. At Park Academy, she was an Assessment and Data Specialist, created a school-wide assessment protocol, served as a liaison for local public school districts, and coordinated student profiles, education mapping plans and service learning experiences. She then became a principal for hospitalized youth and children in long-term care and treatment. Sarah is thrilled to be a member of the Valley Catholic community.

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VCES Vice Principal
Erin DeClark
Reading Support Specialist | Erin DeClark is thrilled to join the Learning Support team as the Reading Specialist. Erin’s interest in reading intervention started with her mission to help her daughter who was diagnosed with dyslexia as a first grader. Erin trained as a tutor in the Barton Reading and Spelling System, and also completed the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training. With the goal of working with a greater number of students in the classroom setting, Erin obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching with a Reading Endorsement from George Fox University. She has taught kindergarten and first grade in both public and private schools. As a life-long learner, Erin received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, and she frequently attends seminars through her memberships with the International Dyslexia Association and Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. Outside of school, Erin enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and playing the daily games of the New York Times, especially Spelling Bee....
Reading Support Specialist
Sally Delplanche

Spanish Teacher | Sally (Deans) Delplanche became the Valley Catholic Elementary Spanish teacher in the fall of 2012, after 17 years of teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish Immersion in the David Douglas and Beaverton School Districts. She first joined the Valley community as a substitute teacher in 2010, and prior to that had been a Valley parent and volunteer since 2001. Sally came to Oregon from her hometown of Billings, Montana, to attend and graduate from Pacific University with both a bachelor’s degree (Spanish language and international studies) and a master’s degree in education. Sally has also studied abroad, having lived in Huancayo, Peru, and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Sally serves as a extraordinary minister in her parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Aloha. Sally is married to Dr. Remy Delplanche, O.D., and together they have four children: Remy, graduate of VCMS in 2012, and Claire, graduate of VCMS in 2013, and Olivia, graduate of VCHS in 2020, and Gabriel, a future graduate in 2025. In 2017, Sra. Delplanche was awarded the VCES Spirit award by her fellow staff, and she continues to love being a part of the VCS community.

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Spanish Teacher
Melissa Doxtator

VCES Principal | Melissa Doxtator is a K-12 alum of Valley Catholic who graduated in 2002. After graduating, she attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she earned a BA in History and Education in 2006, and began teaching at St. Anthony School. She attended Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and earned a MS in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2010. She then became an assistant principal at St. Anthony School. In 2013, her family decided to relocate back to Oregon, and she was hired at St. Joseph School in Salem as principal. After three years at St. Joseph School, a position at Valley Catholic became available and she could not pass up the opportunity. She and her husband have three children, who are all currently attending Valley Catholic and are thrilled.

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VCES Principal
Melissa Efstathiou

P.E. Instructional Assistant | Melissa Efstathiou came to Valley Catholic Elementary School from Holy Trinity Parish School in Beaverton, where she worked for 18 years as an extended care director, instructional assistant, and in library media. She also worked one year at Cathedral School. Melissa is not new to the Valley Catholic family; she was the varsity volleyball assistant coach from 1996-2011. She was the varsity volleyball assistant coach at Westview High School from 2012-2016, before returning to Valley Catholic as the head coach for JV volleyball. Melissa’s two sons graduated from Valley Catholic High School. Her youngest son is a teacher in the Valley Catholic Middle School.

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P.E. Instructional Assistant
Nancy Fallin

Third Grade Teacher | Nancy Fallin has been teaching at Valley Catholic for over 20 years. She joined the elementary school as a fourth-grade teacher and is currently teaching third grade. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a concentration in teaching students with learning challenges. Nancy earned her master’s degree in education along with a reading endorsement from Portland State University. Nancy have two boys, both engineers, who attended Valley Catholic Elementary School and Valley Catholic Middle School. Her hobbies include walking, reading, gardening, volunteering at Faith Café, and spending time with family and friends.

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Third Grade Teacher
Kelsey Griswold

Kindergarten Teacher | Kelsey Griswold joined the Valley Catholic community in August 2014 as a first-grade teacher. In 2017, she moved from first grade to Kindergarten. Kelsey grew up in Portland, attending All Saints School and Central Catholic High School. She then moved to Eugene for college where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in special education from the University of Oregon. After graduating, Kelsey remained in Eugene to earn her master's degree in elementary education with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Kelsey enjoys hiking, baking and spending time with family and friends. She has a love of children and is inspired by their curious minds and sweet hearts.

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Kindergarten Teacher
Connie Heger

Fifth Grade Teacher | Connie Heger enjoys teaching fifth grade at Valley Catholic Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University and a master's degree in teaching from Pacific University. While teaching at Valley Catholic, she was awarded “Teacher of the Week” sponsored by K103. Throughout her teaching career she has taught second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades in Minnesota, California and Oregon. Her interests and hobbies are traveling, hiking, photography, exercising, gardening, cooking, biking, arts and crafts, reading and spending time with family and friends.


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Fifth Grade Teacher
Eric Holstrom

Physical Education Teacher | Eric Holstrom has served as the elementary physical education teacher at Valley Catholic since 1986. He has been the head coach for the Valley CYO swim team for the since 1989 and also enjoys coaching cross country and track. Before coming to Valley Catholic, he worked for the Evergreen School District in Washington state as their assistant outdoor school director and as the program director for the YMCA’s Camp Collins. Eric is a runner and outdoor enthusiast. He does search and rescue as a member of the Mt. Ski Patrol’s Nordic Patrol. He has led numerous backpack and canoe trips throughout the Western United States and Canada as a Boy Scout leader. Eric holds a degree in human development and performance from the University of Oregon. Eric’s wife Ann is also a teacher.

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Physical Education Teacher
Monique Ierardi

Second and Fourth Grade Instructional Assistant | Monique Ierardi came to Valley Catholic in the spring of 2012 as an instructional assistant. Prior to that she was an IA at St. Mary Catholic School in Stayton, OR. Monique completed the teacher education program and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Anselm College. After graduation, she volunteered as a youth minister in Hawthorne, CA, worked as a youth minster at St. Joseph and Queen of Peace Parishes in Salem, OR, and was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for 11 years. Monique’s husband, Doug, is the principal at Valley Catholic High School. Their three children, Allison, Matthew, and Joseph, all graduated from VCHS.

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Second and Fourth Grade Instructional Assistant
Shauna Jasperson

Library, Media Teacher | Shauna Jasperson began teaching at Valley Catholic School in September 2000. She moved into the librarian position in September 2004. She sees each of the students in kindergarten through fifth grade once a week for library class. She also collaborates with the technology specialist and classroom teachers on integrating library and technology skills into the grade level content area. Shauna grew up in the Portland area, attending Catholic schools from first through twelfth grade. She attended Oregon State University and Portland State University (PSU), graduating from PSU in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. In 2005, she returned to PSU, completed classes in the library media program, took the required state exam, and added a library media endorsement to her elementary education license. Shauna and her husband, Mike, have lived in Beaverton since 1989. They have four children, three of whom attended Valley Catholic High School.

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Library, Media Teacher
Carrie Keeler
Third Grade Instructional Assistant | Carrie was born in Rochelle, Illinois and spent most of her childhood in the Midwest. After moving to California, she married, had four children, and was fully “employed" as a stay at home mom. The family moved to Oregon in 2005 and when her nest was empty she began working for Sister Krista Von Borstel at CYO until 2019, when she joined Valley Catholic and is now working as an Instructional Assistant. Her youngest daughter attended Valley Catholic High School and her mother lives at Maryville. Carrie now has fourteen wonderful grandchildren, nine boys and five girls. They are her greatest joy. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and walking across the street when school is out to visit “mom”....
Third Grade Instructional Assistant
Christie Long

Fifth Grade Teacher |

I am excited to have the opportunity to meet and grow with students each school year.  My goal is to enhance your children’s learning experiences with rich problem solving and creative solutions to real world problems.  It has been several years now that I have had to privilege and opportunity to share with the gifted staff and students that make up our wonderful campus. I believe in the mission and focus of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and feel blessed to be one of the many excellent educators here at our school.  Thank you for your partnership with me in your child's education.

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Fifth Grade Teacher
Tom Losch

Second Grade Teacher | Originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Tom earned his bachelors degree from Penn State University where he majored in hospitality management and minored in theater arts. He earned his master of arts in teaching from the University of Portland. When he is outside of the classroom, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, cooking, road trips, theater, running, making and listening to music, gaming and movies.

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Second Grade Teacher
Akhila Madhusudan

Second Grade Instructional Assistant | Akhila Madhusudan is excited to be a part of Valley Catholic Elementary School. Prior to joining the Valley Catholic community, she gained experience working in K-5 classrooms and preschool. She loves the energy that comes with being around children. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in commerce. Prior to becoming an educator, she worked for 10 years in the banking industry. She likes the outdoors and loves the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys taking walks, biking and playing with her family. Her hobbies include yoga, music and reading.

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Second Grade Instructional Assistant
Audrey Muller

Kindergarten Teacher | Audrey Muller joined the Valley Catholic community in August 2020. Audrey grew up in Minden, Nevada and moved to Portland to attend college. She graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelors in Elementary Education, an endorsement in reading, and a minor in Spanish. Audrey had the opportunity to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador where she studied language and culture inclusivity in the classroom. Audrey enjoys hiking, camping, trips to the ocean, and spending time with friends and family. Audrey loves teaching kindergarten and watching as children grow and make new friends.

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Kindergarten Teacher
Eric Pennick
Honors Math and Science | Eric began teaching at Valley Catholic in 2020. After spending nearly 20 years in sales and management Eric decided to follow is his love for children and become a teacher. He received his master’s in the art of teaching form Concordia University in 2019. Eric is married and has two kids with his youngest a third grader at Valley Catholic.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, exercising, the beach, anything outdoors and coaching his daughter’s sports teams. “I feel blessed to be a part of such a great community here at Valley Catholic and look forward to working with these amazing students”....
Honors Math and Science Teacher
Emily Pockat

Music Teacher | Emily Pockat went to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated with a degree in instrumental music education. After graduating in 2007, she moved to Las Vegas where she taught for thirteen years teaching elementary general music, middle school and high school orchestra, high school band, choir, mariachi, and guitar. In 2015, Emily earned her masters in curriculum development and instruction with Walden University. She moved to Beaverton in 2019, where she accepted the position of elementary music teacher at VCES. She feels very blessed to be given the opportunity to work at this amazing school.

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Music Teacher
Charlise Powvalla

First Grade Instructional Assistant | Prior to joining Valley Catholic, Charlise graduated from Linfield College with a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing. She then went on to work with kids with disabilities for 9 years as a Behavior Specialist. Charlise has two lovely boys who also attend Valley Catholic. She loves traveling with her family, painting in acrylics and watercolors, writing poetry, cooking, and baking.

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First Grade Instructional Assistant
Deidre Pribula

First Grade Teacher | Deidre Pribula joined Valley Catholic in January 2017. She has worked for Holy Trinity in Beaverton and St. Anthony's in Tigard and has been a substitute in the Beaverton School District. She received her degree in early childhood education from Western Governors University and holds an elementary K-12 endorsement. Her favorite things are: teaching, her family and her faith. She attends Holy Trinity and believes in actively volunteering. She and her husband, Paul, have two teenage boys who attend Mountainside High School of Beaverton. When not at school she loves to garden, visit the beach and knit or crochet.

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First Grade Teacher
Jessie Rauschenburg

Fourth Grade Teacher | Jessie Rauschenburg has been an elementary teacher for 15 years. She is starting her seventh year teaching at Valley Catholic Elementary school. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught in the states of Michigan, Hawaii, and Nevada, before settling in Oregon. Born and raised in Michigan, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Jessie has two children, both attending Valley Catholic. Among other things, her favorite hobbies include running, cooking, gardening, and exploring this great state of Oregon.

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Fourth Grade Teacher
Christine Rhoney
First Grade Instructional Assistant | Christine joined Valley Catholic in January 2021 as a 1st grade Instructional Assistant.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from Kent State University. Prior to coming to Valley Catholic, Christine worked with children and families in need for 30 years providing education, mentorship, resources, and support. She is a Disaster Services volunteer with the American Red Cross and is a founding team member and volunteer with the Portland Food Project.  Christine enjoys dancing, baking, traveling, hiking, and making memories with her family....
First Grade Instructional Assistant
Kim Smith

Learning Support Specialist | Kim Smith is a learning specialist at Valley Catholic Elementary School. She joined the Valley Catholic School community in 2014 after relocating to the Portland area from Columbus, Ohio. Kim grew up in Ohio, attending Catholic schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. She comes from a long line of educators. In 2002, Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Bowling Green State University. She spent the next 10 years as a Catholic school teacher in a third-grade classroom working with students and families from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. With the desire to learn the most effective strategies to meet the needs of all learners, Kim went on to earn her master’s degree in special education from The Ohio State University in 2011. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Kim transitioned from teaching third grade to working as an intervention specialist for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students. In addition to loving her career as an educator, Kim is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Nick. They have two boys, both who attend Valley Catholic School. When not at work, you can find Kim at the ice rink where both of her boys are busy with hockey! 

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Learning Support Specialist
Megan Smith

Second Grade Teacher | Megan Smith joined the Valley Catholic Community in 2014. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended Catholic schools from Pre-K through 12th grade. In 2011, she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University. In the summer of 2018, she returned to Concordia University to receive her master’s in curriculum and instruction in reading. Megan currently lives in North Portland and enjoys reading, boating, playing games, cooking, cruises, going to Bend, and spending time with friends and family.

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Second Grade Teacher
Anne Storm

First Grade Teacher | A native of the Portland area, Anne Storm graduated from Central Catholic High School and the University of Portland, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before coming to Valley Catholic, she worked with youth in Santiago, Chile, for a year. She also taught at St. Luke School in Woodburn and at Holy Cross Catholic School in Portland. She is married with two children. She feels very blessed to be part of the Valley Catholic community.

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First Grade Teacher
Angela Tuck

Kindergarten Instructional Assistant | Angela Tuck is in her 2nd year at Valley Catholic. She received her bachelors degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Education with a minor in business administration from Oregon State University. She has most recently worked as a preschool teacher. She and her husband Jeff have 3 daughters; one attending college in New Mexico, one a senior at Jesuit and one in 7th grade at Valley Catholic Middle School. As a family, they love sports. Angela has assisted her husband in coaching basketball and softball for many years and they enjoy watching their kids play sports.

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Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Jessica Walther

Administrative Assistant | Jessica Walther joined the front office staff at Valley Catholic Elementary School in August 2014. As a graduate of Valley Catholic High School (1998), she enjoys being back on campus and being a part of the Valley Catholic community. Prior to this, Jessica was a stay at home mom, then moved into billing for the medical field once her children entered school. Jessica’s interests include spending time at the beach and at the barn, golfing, watching her son compete in Drum Corp, her daughter compete with her equestrian team and spending time with her husband, Jason.

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Administrative Assistant
Aidan Welsh
Third and Fifth Grade Instructional Assistant | Aidan Welsh joins Valley Catholic Elementary school this year after having graduated from the University of San Diego in 2020 with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and a concentration in pre-medical studies. Aidan Grew up in Beaverton, attending Catholic school for K-8, and graduating from VCHS in 2017. He is passionate about sports and spends much of his free time working with young athletes.
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Third and Fifth Grade Instructional Assistant
Kathryn Welsh

Math Support Specialist | Kathryn Welsh joined Valley Catholic Middle School in December 2016 as a part-time math teacher. This year, Kathryn will focus on providing math support in the elementary school for first through fifth grade. Prior to this, Kathryn substituted at Valley Catholic Elementary School, taught at Mt. View Middle School and completed her master's degree in 2013 at George Fox University earning a master's degree in mathematics. Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to see two of her sons in college, attend sports events and crafting.

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Math Support Specialist
Carri-Anne Wilde
Fourth Grade Teacher | Carri-Anne Wilde joined the Valley Catholic Elementary School in 2020. She grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Westview High School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from Central Washington University, and in 2021 she earned her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Over the course of her career, Carri-Anne has taught in both private and public school settings in the areas of choral music K-12, second grade, and fourth grade. She currently lives in Beaverton with her husband and two children, who also attend Valley Catholic. In her free time, Carri-Anne enjoys spending time with her family, boating, camping, skiing,  cooking, and exploring the hidden treasures in the Northwest. Carri-Anne feels blessed to be part of the Valley Catholic community....
Fourth Grade Teacher
Sue Yockey

Counselor | Sue Yockey is the counselor at Valley Catholic Elementary School (VCES), and she also helps to coordinate enrichment activities with K-2 students. Sue received her undergraduate degree from Marian University and her master's degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She enjoys hiking, making collages, and creative writing. At VCES, our mission is to "share the mission of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, foster a faith-filled community of lifelong learners and compassionate leaders committed to living out Catholic values and following Jesus’ example through prayer, service, and love.” She sees her role at VCES as a staff member who supports all students in achieving this goal. You might find Sue working with individual students, small groups, whole classrooms, or the entire student body. She is available to assist and consult with parents and teachers. Please contact her if she can be of assistance to you or your family.

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Counselor