Meet the Team


Cathy Davis


Cathy Davis has been our Director since 1993 and brings over 20 years of active teaching experience to MVNS. Cathy is particularly well qualified to teach at the Mill Valley Nursery School.

As a child, she herself attended the San Mateo cooperative nursery school. From age 5, Cathy attended the Mill Valley public school system and she is a graduate from Tamalpais High School. She performed her student practicum at the Mill Valley Nursery School, and has been an assistant teacher at Old Mill, and Park Schools in Mill Valley. Until recently, Cathy had been a long term Mill Valley resident. Before being asked by the membership to assume the position of Director of the Mill Valley Nursery School, she was director of another pre-school.

Cathy holds a Multiple Subject Credential from Sonoma State University with an emphasis on early childhood education, and has acquired numerous post graduate credentials.


Julissa Guadamuz

Lead Teacher

Julissa Guadamuz joined MVNS in 2020. Originally from Nicaragua she studied Architecture at the National University of Engineering and worked for six years at City Hall of Managua as an urban planner. At the same time, she worked as a designer for private projects, but the political situation in Nicaragua forced her and many others to leave.


Since moving to California in 2006 Julissa has completed over 40 units of ECE as well as many English classes at College of Marin.


Despite initially wanting to focus on teaching and helping others to learn to love math she soon found that working with younger children felt more like the path to take.


She has a passion for writing, singing, art and dance and would love to someday publish her own poems and short stories.


"I feel that the more I work with kids, the more I learn about life. It is such a blessing to work and share time with them"              -Julissa Guadamuz


Maggie Spillane



Erica Setness


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Marianna Toma

Vice President


Tim Bishop



Bridget Curley



Lauren Palmer


The Board