Second Grade Instructional Assistant | Akhila has been with Valley Catholic Elementary School for 10 years. Before joining the Valley Catholic community, she gained valuable experience working in K-5 and preschool classrooms. She loves the energy and joy that comes from being with children. She holds a master’s degree in Commerce and worked in the banking industry for 10 years before becoming an educator. Akhila volunteers extensively by providing meals to homeless shelters and family support groups. She has also coached for Portland Girls on the Run. She loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys taking walks, hiking and biking. She and her husband are parents to a son who is a software engineer and a daughter who is studying biology in college.