Faculty & Staff


Transitional Kindergarten

Mrs. Wendy Beesley




Mrs. Trisha Ridens



1st Grade

Mrs. Carol Kent



2nd Grade

Mrs. Carol Keane-Stein



3rd Grade

Mrs. Rubino


4th Grade

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.


5th Grade

Mrs. Louden


6th Grade Homeroom & Jr. High Mathematics

Mr. Dave Pistone



7th Grade / Language Arts

Mrs. Gould


8th Grade

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.





TK daily schedule

K roundup

K roundup information packet

Mount St. Mary’s Academy (MSM) is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year!

Walk-in-Wednesday at Mount St Mary’s provides a convenient opportunity for parents to meet one-on-one with a member of the MSM team – no appointment necessary!  When school is in session, each Wednesday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., team members will be available to offer campus tours and talk with you about all of the wonderful opportunities that await your student at Mount St. Mary’s Academy.

2020-21 PK/TK new student registration (children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020 to be eligible for PK 2020/2021)

2020-21 K-8 new student registration

As of 8/6/2020 we are no longer taking registrations for 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th grades. If you want to be placed on the waiting list, please call the school office at 530-273-4694.


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