First Grade


Mrs. Janell Thomas | 1st Grade Co-Teacher

Mrs. Thomas received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Chico. After working for nearly nine years at Intel Corporation, she left upon having her first child and was blessed to be a stay-at-home mother for many years. After being a teacher’s aide in first and fourth grades here, Mrs. Thomas decided to pursue a teaching career. She has recently completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Mrs. Thomas and her husband Ed  have four children, all who attend or graduated from PBVM School and Parish.

Mrs. Cheryl Cowan | 1st Grade Co-Teacher

Mrs. Cowan has been involved at PBVM School in many forms - as a parent volunteer, a classroom aide, substitute teacher, and now half of our first grade teaching team.  She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and CLAD credential from California State University, Sacramento, and has been teaching for eight years. She has experience in both third and first grade. Mrs. Cowan and her husband,
Roy , have 4 beautiful girls who all attend PBVM Parish and School.  

Virtue Program

Passport to Sainthood

Our virtue program ties in with our classroom theme of being on an adventure/journey with Jesus and our behavior management program. As the children practice virtuous behavior, they will move their passports through the various stages of becoming a Saint (Pilgrim, Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, Saint). For each week of ending on green or higher, the children can put stamps on their charts toward Sainthood. A child may also be spontaneously awarded a stamp for exhibiting very virtuous behavior. At the end of the year, we will have a celebration, and children will be awarded certificates based on the level of sainthood they achieved (Pilgrim, Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed, Saint). The level of sainthood will be determined by the number of passport stamps a child earns over the course of the year.