Born and raised in Lima, Peru and moved to Kansas when she was 10 years old. Katherine is a first-generation college student and earned her master's and undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. She is dedicated to serving youth and supporting them to reach their goals and dream. In the past she has served as a vice principal in a K-8th school in East Oakland and as a special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in WCCUSD. Ms. Acosta-Verprauskus values working in partnership with teachers, students, and families to maximize the learning and experience of ALL students get at Montalvin Elementary School. In her spare time she chases her boys, 3 year old and 5 year old and enjoys cooking in her Richmond home.
Jessie Welcomer is Montalvin's Vice Principal. Prior to serving in this role, she taught 5th grade and 3rd grade and was a district literacy lead teacher. She has been working at Montalvin since 2015. She is passionate about building the leadership of both students and staff and values the collaborative community at Montalvin. Ms. Welcomer received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College and her master's degree from Loyola Marymount University. She was named a WCCUSD Teaching Excellence Award winner in 2018. In her free time she loves reading, hiking, and traveling.