Welcome to Paso Verde School! I am Heather Gohn, proud principal of Paso Verde School. I have been a part of the PVS family as a classroom teacher since 2017. “I know the parents, the staff, and most importantly, the scholars. As a Proud Puma and a founding faculty member, I know where PVS has been and where we want to go,” she excitedly shared. “I want to use my gifts and knowledge to continue the work we have started while dedicating myself to evolve as a leader supporting the growth of our school community.”
Before joining the PVS family, I worked as a classroom teacher and teacher on special assignment at Bannon Creek School for five years and prior to that a teacher and director at a school in Reseda, California. Excelling in school wasn’t always the case when I was in grade school. “When I was a child, I struggled badly in school. In 6th grade, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. I continued to struggle in school until I had that one teacher who took the time to get to know me as a student and as a person. That teacher changed my trajectory. I went from doing “ok” in school to graduating with honors.” Through my experience, I learned how teachers can change a child’s life, and it became the reason why she got into education.
I was influenced by the diverse community of San Fernando Valley where I learned at an early age that people have different perspectives because of their home environment and culture. That lesson remains with me today and has contributed to my ability to be an open-minded adult.
I have a Bachelor of Science from Western Pacific in Portland, Oregon and a Masters in Teaching from National University. I was selected Teacher of the Year for the Natomas Unified School District in 2017.
I love spending time with my husband Kyle, daughter CJ, son Johnny, and my dogs, especially my puppy Dutch. Together, we experience such adventures as hiking, traveling, rafting, snowboarding, and just about any outdoor activity we can find.