GVCS Leadership & Support Staff

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Deanna Downs, Executive Director
Tricia Purcell, Director of Education

Tricia has been with Golden Valley Charter School for the past 10 years. She began her teaching career in a middle school classroom teaching math and science. She then served as a New Teacher Coordinator and as a Math Content Specialist.

She feels fortunate to call Golden Valley her home. She enjoys supporting our homeschool families and helping our students meet their unique and individual goals in education.

Tricia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University and her Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of California Santa Barbara. Tricia enjoys spending her free time reading, gardening, cooking, and baking.


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Monica Romero, Support & Development Coordinator

I began teaching in a general ed classroom in 2001 and have worked with children from grades K-12 throughout my teaching career. I graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and completed a K-12 teaching credential. Following that, I continued my education and earned a masters degree in educational leadership and an administrative credential. My two passions in life are my family and education! I am pleased to have worked at GVCS since 2013.

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Katie Reyes-Saucedo, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator

Katie is excited to join the Golden Valley Charter School community. Katie began her teaching career in the Bay Area teaching high school English. Over the years, Katie has taught middle and high school English and History, developed UC approved a-g courses, taught college prep and honors level courses. Katie has also worked as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal for grades 6-12.

Katie completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, and her credential program at Mills College. Katie is committed to life-long learning and has carried out a Fellowship with the Bay Area Writing Project, developed curriculum for Youth in Motion, and continues to seek out opportunities for professional development.
Katie enjoys time with her family, exploring beaches, drinking strong coffee, and reading.
Mary Deyo, Administrative Assistant
Mary has been with Golden Valley since 2015. She served 10 years in sales for a company in Michigan and relocated to California with her husband to be near their two children, four grandchildren, Mary’s two brothers and their families. She loves theater, art, music and the wonderful California weather.
Stephanie Janes, Executive Assistant

Stephanie graduated with a BS in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she took a position in the corporate world where she remained for 8 years. Seeking a better work/life balance, Stephanie joined GVCS in 2009. She lives in Ventura with her husband and two young children. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and teaching Pilates. She also loves anything related to USC football!

Lori Llorence, Office Support Coordinator

Lori has been with Golden Valley Charter School since 2005 in many different roles. She lives in sunny, small town Fillmore, CA with her husband and dog Cane. She is most happy when spending time with her son and family in Colorado, and enjoys traveling to new places in the Caribbean.

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