Teacher Bios

Christina Stefanec

Principal


Massiel Villarroel Grisin

Transitional Kindergarten


Nora Valle

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher


Brianna Craviotto

Kindergarten


Brianna Craviotto grew up in beautiful Santa Barbara County. After graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a teaching credential, she moved back home. For the past three years, she has been teaching in 6th grade at Peabody Charter School. In her free time, she can be found reading, walking on the beach, or spending time with her friends and family. She feels so blessed to have the wonderful opportunity to join the Notre Dame community as a Kindergarten teacher!

Maria Gomes

Kindergarten


Maria Gomes resides in beautiful Ventura, where the weather is amazing! She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Administration, from Ashford University. She also holds a California Child Development Teacher Permit and a certificate from the Director Mentor Institute 2014, through the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. She established a pre-kindergarten program at Holy Cross School that enriched the kindergarten through 8th grade Catholic school. In her spare time she enjoys walking, going to the bookstore, professional development, and spending time with her family.

Abby Stewart

1st Grade


Abby Stewart is new to the Santa Barbara area, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Notre Dame staff this year! Ms. Stewart recently moved to Santa Barbara from Oxford, Michigan, where she spent the past three years teaching Elementary School. Ms. Stewart received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. In her spare time, Ms. Stewart loves to exercise, cook, read, write, and spend time at the beach. She is so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community here at Notre Dame!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

Sophia Faulding

2nd Grade


Sophia Faulding is truly looking forward to teaching second grade at Notre Dame School this year. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is happy to be returning home after working as a nurse in the Bay Area and then studying Catholic education in Michigan. 2nd grade is an exciting year, filled with adventures in reading and writing, developing math facts and skills and growing deeply in love of the Lord with the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. It is an honor to walk beside the Notre Dame second graders as they grow in faith, virtue and knowledge.

Kristi Soforo-Grelier

3rd Grade


A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart and I am absolutely excited and thrilled to be able to share that experience this year for the first time at Notre Dame Catholic School. I have twelve years teaching experience and am certified and licensed in California, New Mexico, and Texas. I have been living in Santa Barbara for one year. I am married and have two children. I enjoy volunteering with SBIFF and watching foreign films. When I am not at school you can find me exploring our beautiful city, gazing at the ocean, or at the movies.
I'm excited to be at Notre Dame School teaching 3rd grade!

Justin Mack

4th Grade


Justin Mack is a proud Notre Dame parent and teacher! Mr. Mack was born in Los Angeles and raised in Santa Barbara. His wife Sarah attended Notre Dame, their oldest son Zachary attended Notre Dame School and their youngest son Elijah attends NDS. Mr. Mack attended SBCC, Westmont College (B.A. Religious Studies), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. Theology/Youth & Family Ministry) and most recently completed a second M.A. in Education. Mr. Mack is a CA credentialed teacher, speaks Spanish, has lived in South America (Ecuador) and traveled throughout Mexico and Spain. Mr. Mack served many years as an ordained protestant (Free Methodist) youth/family minister and senior chaplain before being received by the Catholic Church three years ago and returning to graduate school to fulfill his dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. His passions are his wife and two sons, reading, surfing and tacos al pastor.
His passions are his wife and two sons, reading, surfing and tacos al pastor.

Lindsay Buchanan

5th Grade


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Ernesto Rodriguez

6th-8th Grade Math & Science


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Jim Christie

7th Grade


Jim Christie received his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Education from UCSB. Jim was a member of the Student Advisory Council for the UCSB Teacher Education Program, a member of the UCSB South Coast Writing Project and holds certifications in both English Learner Instruction and Technology in the Classroom. Jim grew up in Santa Barbara and has been a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church since he was a young child. When Mr. Christie is not teaching, he is busy writing in his journal or hiking in the Santa Barbara foothills. Following graduation, Jim taught 1st grade at Peabody Charter School and then moved to CAPE Charter School to teach 8th Grade Algebra and Physics. Mr. Christie enjoys how education has the potential to develop competent, curious and morally-driven human beings. Jim hopes that his passion for education and overall excitement for life will transfer into his classroom. He is confident that given a proper approach, every student will be successful and prepared for a modern, changing world.
Education has the potential to develop competent, curious and morally-driven human beings.

Natasha Lomelí-Kauka

8th Grade/Vice Principal


Hello my name is Natasha Lomelí-Kauka and I am a Notre Dame alumnus coming back for my sixth year and teaching the 8th grade. I have 9 1/2 years of experience in the classroom, all in Santa Barbara County. I attended Santa Barbara City College and received several A.A.'s in English with Honors, Liberal Studies with Honors, Liberal Studies with a Transfer Emphasis with Honors, and a Certificate in TAP. I was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Association on campus. I transferred to UCSB and received my B.A. in English. While at UCSB, I was a member of the UCSB Women's Rugby Club on campus. Before starting a credential program, I worked at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Barbara as an Instructional Assistant for 2 1/2 years in grades ranging from K, 1st/2nd combo class, 1st, and 4th. I went on to get my Bilingual Teaching Credential from Cal Lutheran University and did my student teaching in Oxnard (1st grade dual immersion classroom) and Ventura (3rd grade). I cleared my credential with the State of California and have a Master in Education from California Lutheran University. I look forward to a fantastic year! In Christ, Natasha Lomelí-Kauka
I look forward to a fantastic year!

Thomas Salgado

Instructional Assistant and After School Care Program Director


Alexis Rogers

TK Instructional Assistant and After School Care Program


Rosa Salgado

TK Instructional Assistant


Coach Martin

PE Teacher


Pat Downey

Librarian


Joan Gilles

School Secretary


Abram Andrade

After School Care Program


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