New Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Paul Valmassy
SJND welcomes Mr. Paul Valmassy to our Modern Languages Department this year. Mr. V comes to SJND from Saint Patrick Saint Vincent High School in Vallejo where he taught from 2007-2016. He is SJND’s instructor for Spanish 2 Honors, Spanish 3 Honors, and AP Spanish Language & Culture and received his M.A. from San Francisco State University. His philosophy is that strong rapport and mutual respect between teachers and students is crucial for learning at any level.
The respectful and positive environment, and that students are happy to be here and are interested in learning are Paul’s favorite aspects of SJND so far. He advises students to “stay on top of upcoming assignments, never be afraid to reach out to teachers for help, and don't forget to breathe!”
Mr. Valmassy and his wife of eight years have a beautiful four-year-old daughter. When he’s not teaching, he has been known to get behind the drum kit from time to time.