Learn more about our VCS Elementary school staff.
Assistant Athletic Director | Kelly Alfieri has served as Valley Catholic’s assistant athletic director since 2011 and CYO director since 2008. Kelly was a three-sport athlete at Hillsboro High School, running cross country and track and playing basketball. She was All-State in track and still holds school records in the 400m and 300m hurdles. In her senior year Kelly was named Hillsboro High’s Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete. She received an athletic scholarship to Oregon State University, focusing on the 400m hurdles. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and worked for OHSU’s Human Performance Laboratory before becoming a full-time mother. All six of her children have attended Valley Catholic.
Kindergarten 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.
Third Grade | Tricia Croy has taught at Valley Catholic Elementary School since 1997. She currently teaches third grade. Her favorite subjects to teach are math and science. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Portland. Tricia grew up in Oregon, and she enjoys reading, hiking, cycling and spending time with her family. One of her goals is to visit all of the national parks.
Spanish | 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.
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.
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.
Third Grade | 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 and her husband John 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.
Technology Specialist | Christina Flint is a technology specialist at Valley Catholic Elementary School. Prior to being a technology specialist, she taught fourth grade at VCES for 11 years. Christina grew up in Tigard, Oregon and attended St. Anthony Catholic School. In 2007, Christina graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in education and an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. She then went on to earn a master's degree in education: curriculum and instruction and a reading endorsement in 2009. She and her husband, Jacob, have two children. Both of their children attend Valley Catholic Early Learning School. Christina enjoys baking, reading, golfing, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. She feels blessed to be part of the Valley Catholic Community.
Fifth Grade Instructional Assistant | Heather Gentry has been assisting at Valley Catholic since 2013. She works in both the second- and fifth- grade classrooms, helping students and teachers. Heather attended the University of Puget Sound and earned her degree in business and marketing. Heather and her husband have lived in Beaverton for 18 years, raising their three children who attended St. Cecilia, Jesuit and Valley Catholic. They attend St. Cecilia Church and are very involved in CYO Sports as well as their school communities.
Kindergarten | 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.
Fifth Grade | 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.
Physical Education Specialist | 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.
Third Grade Instructional Assistant | Monique Ierardi came to Valley Catholic in the spring of 2012 as an instructional assistant. Before coming to Valley Catholic, she was an instructional assistant at St. Mary Catholic School in Stayton, Oregon. Monique has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from college, she volunteered as a youth minister in Hawthorne, California, worked as a youth minster at St. Joseph and Queen of Peace Parishes in Salem, Oregon, 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 daughter Allison and their son Matthew were members of the VCHS class of 2016 and 2018 respectively. Their son will graduate from VCHS in 2021.
Library, Media Specialist | 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.
Honors Math, Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Science | Christie Long is a fourth- and fifth-grade science and honors math specialist. This is her second year at Valley Catholic. She has previously worked in the Hillsboro School District for five years. She lives with her family in Hillsboro. Christie enjoys yoga and light jogging and occasional cycling with her husband. She noted: "I am happy to become a part of such a talented and helpful staff. I look forward to working with both the elementary and middle school educators to better our students' educational and personal growth." She added, "My goal is to enhance your children's learning experiences with rich problem solving and creative solutions to real world problems.
| 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.
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.
Kindergarten | Bio coming soon....
Vice Principal | Carol Pausz has taught at Valley Catholic Elementary School for more than 25 years. She graduated in 1990 from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in education and added a reading endorsement later that year. During her time at Valley Catholic, Carol has taught as a classroom teacher in fourth, fifth and sixth grade. She was previously a math specialist providing math support for students in first through third grade and teaching accelerated math for fourth and fifth grade. Carol likes to spend quality time with her family and friends, hike, read, and exercise.
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.
First Grade | 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.
Second Grade | Jessie Rauschenburg has been an elementary teacher for 12 years. She is starting her fourth year teaching second grade at Valley Catholic Elementary school. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade throughout 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 and her husband have two children, both attending Valley Catholic. Among other things, her favorite hobbies include running, cooking, gardening, and exploring this great state of Oregon.
Learning 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 Elementary School. Kim and her family are thrilled to be Oregonians, and they enjoy exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Second Grade | Megan Smith joined the Valley Catholic Community in 2014. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended Concordia University where she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2011. This summer she received her master's in curriculum and instruction at Concordia University, too. Megan currently lives in North Portland and enjoys reading, cooking, the blazers, cruises, going to Bend, and spending time with friends and family.
First Grade | 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.
First Grade 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.
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.
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.
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.