Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Wendy Beesley
Hi! My name is Megan Hood, and I am so excited to be joining the MSM community!
I was born and raised in Grass Valley. After high school I moved to the Bay area where I attend Saint Mary’s College of CA in Moraga and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and then went on to get my teaching credential and was fortunate enough to teach second grade in the Yuba City Unified School District until having my first child!
My husband and I live in Nevada City with our two children, Jordan who is 13, and Nola who is 10.
I’m thrilled to be returning to the classroom, and am energized about teaching kindergarten, one of my favorite ages, as well as being able to incorporate faith into the curriculum.
Mrs. Carol Kent
Mrs. Carol Keane-Stein
Mrs. Tania McDaniel
My name is Tania McDaniel and I’ve been teaching 4th grade at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy since the 2016/2017 school year. I’m a 16-year product of the Catholic School system, having attended Catholic primary, middle and high schools in the greater Los Angeles area and then obtaining a double major in English and Psychology from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. I began classroom teaching in the 2004/2005 school year and have worked in grades 1 through 4 since that time. I am also a Catechist of the Good Shepherd, which helps young children in TK through 3rd grade develop an appreciation for, and relationship with, God and the Catholic Faith. I am a mother of two children, who have attended Mount St. Mary’s Academy since they were in TK. My children are now in 5th and 3rd grade. They altar serve and sing at the Holy Mass, in part because of the faith they explored while in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd here at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy.
My name is Courtney Hoskin, and I am very excited to join the Mount Saint Mary’s staff as the
new fifth-grade teacher. I was born and raised in Grass Valley, and I attended Bell Hill, Scotten,
Lyman Gilmore, and Nevada Union High School. I was very involved in theater, volleyball,
softball, and FFA. I loved raising animals for the fair and competing in sporting events. After I
graduated High School, I moved to Idaho, where I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary
Education. After I graduated, I moved to Utah, where I taught third grade for two years. I started
my master’s program last year, and I will be graduating in December with a master’s in
psychology. My hobbies include riding horses, hiking, reading, and playing board games with
my family. After a long time away, I decided it was time to come back home. I feel very blessed
to work with the wonderful students and staff at Mt. St. Mary’s Academy.
6th Grade Homeroom & Jr. High Mathematics
Mr. Dave Pistone
7th Grade / Language Arts
Ms. Makenzie Hayes
Mrs. Kathy Valentine
Mrs. Linda Marshall
Mrs. Leslie Lawton
Mrs. Claudia Ingalls
Music and Choraleers
Mrs. Colleen Deneen
St. Patrick Parish Pastor
Father Alex Estrella
After School Care / Extension Program
Mrs. Marion Ripley
I was born in Houston, Texas. My brother lives in Austin.
After graduating from Texas Christian University, I married my college sweetheart. He was commissioned into the Air Force and we spent the next five years moving from Texas, to California, to New Jersey. We finally settled in San Diego, Calif.
I have three children. My son, a graduate of the University of Pacific, lives in Meridian, Idaho. My oldest daughter, a graduate of U.C, Davis and Boise State, also lives in Idaho. My youngest daughter, a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz, lives in Nevada City. I have seven grandchildren.
Moving to Grass Valley four years ago has been a wonderful blessing.
Although I entered the teaching profession later in life, I enjoy it very much. I taught Culinary Arts at San Dieguito Academy, in Encinitas, Calif., for four years. In addition, I have also worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12, in California and Texas.