First Grade

Nina Bolton and Mark Casady

Nina Bolton

​​I am thrilled to be joining the Mountain View community. I am a California native, spending my childhood in San Jose, CA and moving to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB where I received my BA and Masters in Education. I love being able to enjoy the mountains and ocean on the same day.  My husband and I are grateful to be able to live here with our children, ages 2 and 4. I began teaching in GUSD at El Camino School in 2010 and am looking forward to joining another wonderful GUSD community this year and developing a strong 1st Grade team with Mr. Casady. See you soon!

Mark Casady

My name is Mark Casady and all of my twenty-seven years of teaching have been with Goleta Union School District. I have taught kindergarten, a K/1 combo, and fourth grade. Seven years ago, I transferred from Foothill School to Mt. View to teach kindergarten again. I look forward to the opportunity to teach your first graders this year. 

I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children, playing tennis, mountain biking, reading, and activities with friends. I like teaching all subjects with my students, and also my role as a Team Technology Lead for our staff.

One of the reasons that I became a teacher was to pass the same love for school and learning that I have on to my students . I also feel that it is significant that male teachers are involved with the primary grades as elementary school is usually a female dominated area of education.

Over the past few years, I have seen Mountain View School enthusiastically adopt our state’s new Common Core standards, new mathematics and language arts curriculum, and now preparing for new science standards.

One of the most motivating parts of my teaching is being able to work collaboratively with my grade level team. Mrs. Bolton and I work very closely and purposefully to create a well-rounded and dynamic program for our students. Both academics and character development are areas of focus that we strive to continually improve upon.