Teacher & Staff Bio


Mrs. Valerie Petty



I have been teaching at Newhart for the last 20 years and I love what I do! 

I grew up in a musical family as my dad was also a middle school music teacher. I started playing the French Horn in 3rd grade which was fun, exciting, thrilling, hard-work and friend making. I have also played flute, trumpet in the jazz bands and sung in choirs. I went to U.S.C. (fight on) with almost a full ride for my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and teaching credential where I learned to play a lot more instruments, including piano and strings. I have also played in many bands and orchestras throughout the years including the the All American College Band at Disneyland and the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra. 

I have 2 wonderful daughters, a wonderfully supportive husband and I try to carve away a little time to play my horn from time to time. My daughters go to schools in C.U.S.D. and are starting Tesoro H.S. (9th) and Las Flores M.S. (6th). They love playing soccer, creating art, cooking/baking, going to the beach and being musicians themselves. I also work out at Orange Theory, am team manager for my youngest's soccer team, and participate in National Charity League with my oldest. We live in Wagon Wheel and have 2 rescue puppies (chi-weenies), Oreo and Paisley. 

My goal for every student is to enjoy music, gain a greater love for music now and in their future, learn more than they thought they ever knew they could, to work as a positive member of their musical team to make amazing music and most importantly to have fun! One of my favorite music quotes is "music can change the world because it can change people." Bono


* Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in May 1997

* K -12 Grade Single Subject Music Credential from USC in May 1997

* Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from CSUF in May 2010

* Administration Credential from CSUF in May 2010

* Band & Orchestra Teacher at Newhart M.S. from 1997 - Current

* Band & Orchestra Teacher at Newhart M.S. in 1997 and from 2012 - 2017

* Student Teacher in Arcadia USD at Arcadia HS and Foothills MS in Spring 1997

* Manager of District Honor Groups for 5 Seasons (various years)

* Technology Lead Teacher for CUSD from 2000 - Current

* Elective Department Chair from 2005 - 2009

* High School Graduate from Troy High School, Fullerton

* Currently, a local freelance french horn player playing in various local groups.

* Growing up she played in many performing groups including: OCYSO, Santa Ana Winds Marching Band, Tournament of Roses Honor Band, All CA State & All Southern CA Honor Bands & Orchestras, National Orchestral Institute, Henry Mancini Institute, Debut Chamber Orchestra and in the All American College Band at Disneyland.




Michael Ellerby - Percussion Coach

Alex Forester - Flute Coach


Nancy Davis- Violin Coach

Christine Allen - String Bass Coach

Erin Esses - Cello Coach

Ann Ludwig - Double Reed Coach