Maria Arias - 1st Grade Spanish

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Maria Arias - 1st Grade Spanish

My name is Maria Arias and I graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies/BCLAD.  I am currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching Language Arts at SDSU. I have taught as a preschool teacher, Early Admission to Kindergarten, Kindergarten and currently First grade.  I look forward to teaching your child at the Winter Gardens campus.

 Ana Chan - Kindergarten Spanish

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Ana Chan - Kindergarten Spanish

 I am currently a K teacher at Wintergardens. I am Guatemalan and was raised in a Spanish speaking household. I graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies. I am certified through the State of California as a bilingual elementary educator. I look forward to working with your child.

 Annie Mulholland - 1st Grade Spanish

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Annie Mulholland - 1st Grade Spanish

¡Bienvenidos! I am so excited to be your 1st grade teacher this year! I am originally from San Diego, CA and was raised in the La Mesa area. I spent 8 years away from San Diego, however, attending Gonzaga University for my Bachelor's degree, living in San Francisco and teaching in Madrid, Spain for three years. I received my bilingual teaching credential from San Diego State University and am currently pursuing a masters in Dual Language at SDSU as well. In my class, we focus on learning and growing as leaders through the 7 Habits. I am thrilled to be teaching 1st grade at Winter Gardens Elementary again and look forward to an excellent year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have!

 Claudia Molina - RSP

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Claudia Molina - RSP

My name is Claudia Molina, I graduated from SDSU with a Liberal Arts degree/BCLAD with a minor in Spanish.  I have been working at Riverview International Academy since the language program originated.  The 2018-2019 school year is my 13th year here in Lakeside.  I have taught kinder, first grade, third grade, fourth grade - all in Spanish and now RSP in Special Education.  I am very fortunate to work with a team that is supportive, professional and devoted to each student.  Our staff is one of a kind here at RIA!  We learn along side our students every day.  

 Diego Guajardo - Kindergarten Spanish

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Diego Guajardo - Kindergarten Spanish

I am a full immersion Spanish teacher, with a BA in Art, a BCLAD teaching credential, and supplemental credentials in 2D, 3D, and digital art. 
I am a passionate teacher who believes that learning should be engaging. I believe in clear rules and expectations coupled with a firm hand for misbehavior and abundant praise for efforts made. 
I play the guitar and enjoy teaching my students traditional music. 
I look forward to working with your child.
 
 Lei Li - Kindergarten Mandarin

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Lei Li - Kindergarten Mandarin

Nihao! My name is Lei Li, my students call me Li Laoshi. I’m a native Mandarin speaker and have lived in the U.S. for 16 years. This is my 10th year teaching Mandarin. I had taught first grade Mandarin immersion program for 5 years, taught Mandarin as a second language for 3 years, and this is my second year teaching Kindergarten Mandarin. My teaching experience also extended to teaching ESL at Mesa College for 3 years and teaching in China.

 

I was born and raised in China. I came to the U.S. right after I got my B.A. in China. I got my M.A. in Education and Multiple Subject teacher credential from Cal State San Bernardino. This is my 8th year working at Riverview and witnessed the growth of the Mandarin immersion program. My first year students have been to high school this year. I am very fortunate to work at Winter Garden/Riverview and very excited to have you and your child being part of the wonderful Winter Garden/Riverview Mandarin immersion program.


At the age of kindergarten, students are like a sponge, they have no fear, no barrier to learn a new language. As a teacher, I do a lot of hands on, fun, interactive  and highly interest activities that fully engage students in learning. Everything I teach, there’s a visual. I love to act out, and I invite the kids to act out when I’m teaching. Through those multi-sensories, kids naturally acquire the language. They made tremendous progress in 3 months. students totally forget they are learning a difficult language, a different language. The immersion programs definitely provides the best opportunity for students to learn a foreign language. Because with that immersion program, we teach subject matters in Mandarin Chinese. The goal is for students to be proficient in second language,

 

Thank you for all your support. I’m thrilled to be your child’s teacher and welcome to Winter Garden Family.

 Anna Lopez-Johnson - Kindergarten Spanish

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Anna Lopez-Johnson - Kindergarten Spanish

 
¡Bienvenidos! I am excited to be a part of the Riverview International Academy staff at Winter Gardens as a Kindergarten Spanish Immersion teacher.  I am a native speaker.  I was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in Chula Vista, California in a Spanish speaking household.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Mike since 2004 and have two amazing little boys, Jake and Adan who are both part of the Riverview family.  After nearly 20 years in the corporate world as a multicultural market researcher, I decided to pursue a career in teaching.  I have been a substitute teacher since 2014 when my son Jake started kindergarten. I always knew my passion was teaching and I am so happy to have the opportunity to pursue it. I have a Bachelors degree in Spanish with a minor in Chicana/o studies from San Diego State University.  I received my bilingual teaching credential from United States University and am currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching Language Arts at SDSU as well.   I am very excited about teaching your child this year.  Welcome to Kindergarten at Winter Gardens Elementary.
 
 Cecilia Martinez - 1st Grade Spanish

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Cecilia Martinez - 1st Grade Spanish

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Greetings from Ms. Martinez! I will be your First Grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Winter Gardens. This is my sixth year teaching in Lakeside. I am extremely excited about being a part of your child’s education! 

I am a native Spanish speaker. I was born in Sinaloa, México. When I was 10 yrs. old my parents moved to Tijuana. I graduated in 1996 from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California with a B.S. in Communications and a minor in Humanities. I moved to San Diego in 2003, and I been living in Chula Vista ever since with my amazing husband Luis and my two beautiful boys Luis and Diego. I love to travel, go to the movies, gardening , and reading.

In May 2006, I received my California Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. In December 2012, I received my Masters in Education with a Specialization on Bilingual Spanish Education through NOVA Southeast University. This is my sixth year in the Lakeside Union School District and my fourth year at Winter Gardens. This is a fantastic school and community to be part of, and teaching your child is a privilege!

 Frances Mendoza - 1st Grade Spanish

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Frances Mendoza - 1st Grade Spanish

¡Bienvenidos a salón 4!  My name is Frances Mendoza.  This is my 9th year in the Spanish Immersion Program.  I am very excited about teaching your child this year.  Welcome to Kindergarten at Winter Gardens School.

 Fabiola Mendoza - 1st Grade Spanish

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Fabiola Mendoza - 1st Grade Spanish

It is a pleasure to be your child's teacher at Winter Gardens.  I look forward to a great year.  Please feel free to contact me any time.

 Miriam Mitlich - Kindergarten Spanish

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Miriam Mitlich - Kindergarten Spanish

I am excited to be a part of Lakeside Union School District at Winter Gardens as a Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Teacher.  I graduated from Azusa Pacific University. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development, a Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching credential and a Preschool Teacher Permit. I have been in the education field since 2002. I love teaching! My educational philosophy is that I believe all students are capable of learning; they just need the support of the teacher and higher expectations. Teachers should help students develop as critical thinkers and life-long learners.  My hobbies are reading, swimming and sewing. I am a nurturing and caring teacher who is committed to help students succeed.

 Rula Raja

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 Rocio Rocho - Kindergarten Spanish

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Rocio Rocho - Kindergarten Spanish

 Melody Sather - Kindergarten English

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Melody Sather - Kindergarten English

Mrs. Sather lives in Lakeside with her family and 2 dogs.  She has her undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene and she obtained her teaching credential through San Diego Christian College.  She has been teaching children for over a decade, with the previous two years as an elementary teacher in east county.  Mrs Sather loves to travel with her family, read, take naps, and get involved with her church community.   She has a passion for kids and considers it a great gift to be working in the teaching field!

 Kristin Smith - Kindergarten Spanish

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Kristin Smith - Kindergarten Spanish

I have been teaching since 2011 and employed at Riverview Elementary since 2012.   I lived in Mexico for two years during which time I became fluent in Spanish.  I hold an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University as well as a graduate degree.  I am certified through the State of California as a bilingual elementary educator and am currently a Kindergarten teacher at the Winter Gardens campus.  I look forward to teaching your child. 

 Claudia Soto - 1st Grade Spanish

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Claudia Soto - 1st Grade Spanish

It is a pleasure to be your child's teacher at Wintergardens.  I look forward to a great school year.  Please feel free to contact me any time. 

 Jodi Stein - 1st Grade English

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Jodi Stein - 1st Grade English

Hello. My name is Jodi Stein.  I have been married to a wonderfully supportive man named Marc for 20 years.  We have an 18 year old son, Cade, and a 14 year old son, Garrett.  They are very active in sports and keep us busy. 

I am originally from Upland California where I began my teaching career as a sixth grade teacher.  I have been an educator for 19 years and have had the opportunity to teach second and third grades in both Illinois and Nevada.  Since relocating to San Diego 14 years ago, I have been a teacher in Lakeside.   For the past seven years I have taught Kindergarten and now first grade in the Mandarin Program.  I am passionate about teaching students and helping them succeed.  

 Fonda Tripp - Speech Therapist

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Fonda Tripp - Speech Therapist

I graduated from the University of Texas - El Paso with a B.S. in Speech, Hearing and Language Disorders in 1989 and completed my Masters of Health Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. I worked for 2 years in the public schools in Missouri while working on my Master's degree. Following that I worked in skilled nursing facilities and the hospital setting until I came back to the schools in 2007. I enjoy working with both children and adults. For fun, I enjoy hanging out with my husband and kids, golfing, skiing and going to Disneyland!

 Ishuan Wu - 1st Grade Mandarin

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Ishuan Wu - 1st Grade Mandarin

It is a pleasure to be your child's teacher at Wintergardens.  I look forward to a great school year.  Please feel free to contact me any time.