Kristen Bartholomew - RSP

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Mrs. Gaby Bojorquez - 2nd Grade

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Mrs. Gaby Bojorquez - 2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Gaby Bojorquez, and I am a first year 2nd grade teacher. I completed my student teaching at Lemon Crest during the 2017-2018 school year, and I am so happy to officially be a part of the LC family this school year. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology from University of North Texas, and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from National University. 

 

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in Kindergarten, and I am so excited to begin this new journey at Lemon Crest. I can’t wait to see what is store for this school year!

 Lori Brown - Kindergarten

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 Jessica Byrd - SDC/SH

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Jessica Byrd - SDC/SH

Hello! My name is Jessica Byrd and I teach a First and Second Grade Special Day Class. This will be my first year teaching and I’m very excited! 

I earned my bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Sociology from California State University San Marcos. 

I have always dreamed and wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. It’s amazing that I actually get to start this adventure that I sought out so long ago. 

I have a ton of passion, love, kindness, and drive to make this year as wonderful as possible! 

I can’t wait to see what this year has in store! 

 

Miss Byrd (Miss B)

 Arianna Casas-Lara - 3rd Grade Spanish

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Arianna Casas-Lara - 3rd Grade Spanish

Hello! I am Arianna Casas-Lara. I was born and raised in San Diego and cannot see myself anywhere else! I attended San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego. I look forward to another year at Lemon Crest.

 Mike Dawson - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Mike Dawson - 2nd Grade Spanish

Hello Lemon Crest Lions!  I look forward to this coming year teaching 2nd Grade Spanish.  The more effort we all place towards progress at home and at school, the more rewards we will reap! 

Born and raised in the Imperial Valley, I have called San Diego my home now for my whole adult life.  I love teaching, playing and learning here. I love integrating student’s interest and my own into daily instruction.  I’m a techno-geek/jock hybrid. In my class, we run, dance, play and learn together! I have a philosophy of educating the whole child and I can’t wait to continue evolving my practice with the wonderful students here at Lemon Crest.

Ms. Corie Flynn - 3rd Grade

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Ms. Corie Flynn - 3rd Grade

Class Webpage: https://www.lsusd.net/Domain/571

My name is Corie Flynn. I grew up in San Diego and can't begin to imagine leaving such a beautiful place. I received my teaching credential in 2006 and completed my Masters in Education in 2007. I have worked in the Lakeside School District for over ten years. I completed my student teaching here and was hired as a first year teacher for the 2007/2008 school year. I am thrilled to have a home here at Lemon Crest, teaching 3rd grade. I could not feel more grateful and honored to be here in Lakeside and be involved in such a wonderful and supportive district and community. Teaching has always provided me with the opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my goals as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, while I share my passion for learning with them. I look forward to a fun, exciting and successful school year.

 Gwen Fraley - 1st Grade Spanish

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 Alice Frascone - 4th Grade

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Alice Frascone - 4th Grade

I love teaching at Lemon Crest School!   My  guinea pigs love this school too.  Come by and visit in Room 15.

 Kip Frazer - 1st Grade

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Kip Frazer - 1st Grade

My name is Kip Frazer and I am very excited be teaching 1st grade at Lemon Crest this year. The past two years I have team taught 2nd grade, and before that I was an intervention teacher for several years here at Lemon Crest. I have been teaching for over 17 years and in that time I have taught every grade! I am married with two kids, Brody who attends Tierra Del Sol Middle School and Mandy who attends El Capitan High School. I love to be outside, run, hike, bike, and camp. I have a love for learning that I hope is contagious and look forward to the coming year.


Mrs. Kip Frazer
Lemon Crest Elementary
1st Grade
 Marissa Frost

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 Roxanne Givens - 4th Grade

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Roxanne Givens - 4th Grade

Hello, my name is Roxanne Givens and I am a second grade teacher.  I have been teaching over 20 years, most of those at Lemon Crest.  I have taught kindergarten through ninth grade and have enjoyed each level! 
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University, my Teaching Credential from CSU San Marcos, Master's Degree from Concordia University, and continued my education at SDSU, UCSD, USD, and the University of Virginia.  I have found it important to continue my learning not only through college courses, but also through travel.  I have lived in Mexico, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  My travels have also included Russia, Belize, Holland, Belgium, Canada, and all over the United States.  It is a dream of mine to see every continent!  I am always excited to create broader learning from my experiences to the classroom.
Second grade is a year full of challenging and exciting curriculum! I am eager to support my students in being the best they can be both academically and in life.
 Lynn Grady - RSP

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Lynn Grady - RSP

This is the start of my 33rd year here in Lakeside!!  I love teaching and I especially love RSP.  My passion is teaching reading!  It is my goal to be the bridge and the support for all students to be the best they can be. Learning is a lifelong journey that I want my students to look forward to and to get up every day and be excited about going to school.  I hope you'll drop by to say hi and stay in touch all year.  Communication is the key. Together there is no end to what we can accomplish!

 Laura Grosset - 2nd Grade

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 Seth Hansen - SDS/SH

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Seth Hansen - SDS/SH

 Taira Holden - Kindergarten

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 Leah Hopkins - 5th Grade

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Leah Hopkins - 5th Grade

I have taught in kindergarten through fifth grade as an intervention teacher and show the same compassion and enthusiasm for learning with all of them. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies,and my Masters in Education (Elementary Curriculum & Instruction) from San Diego State University. Besides teaching I have also coached at local high schools and youth programs. My teaching ability and love of children has contributed to effective learning, and progression in those students with whom I have had the joy of working with. In my off time I enjoy camping, surfing and snowboarding with my fiancé.  
 
 Deann Horn - 1st Grade

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Deann Horn - 1st Grade

Hello, I am Deann Horn. This is my 16th year teaching at Lemon Crest. I have taught first grade for all 16 years! I was raised here in Lakeside and I'm so excited to be working in the same district that I went to as a child. I am married and have two daughters that attend school in this district.

 Katherine Korson - Speech/Language

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 Bree Long - Psychologist

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Bree Long - Psychologist

Mr. Jesus Ochoa - 4th Grade Spanish

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Mr. Jesus Ochoa - 4th Grade Spanish

Hello, I am Jesus Ochoa. I have been teaching in Lakeside since 2012. In those years I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grade. I graduated from UCSD with a BA in Spanish Literature and hold a MA from SDSU in Educational Technology. I also have a multiple subject teaching credential as well as a single subject teaching credential with authorizations in elementary math, Spanish, and social studies.

 Jana Paper - SDC/SH

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Jana Paper - SDC/SH

Hello! My name is Jana Paper and I teach a TK-5 grade Special Education class. This is my seventh year teaching at Lemon Crest. I received my BA at San Diego State University in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. I also received my teaching credential and Masters in Special Education at San Diego State.

I am originally from the east county and currently reside in the community of Crest with my family. I am married and have two children, a twelve year old girl and a nine year old boy. My family enjoys camping and spending time at kids sporting events.

I look forward to working with you and your children here at Lemon Crest.

 Georgina Perez - Kindergarten Spanish

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 Monique Rappleyea - APE

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Monique Rappleyea - APE

My Name is Monique Rappleyea, I am a teacher in a Special Day Class.

 Marta Rico - ELL

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Marta Rico - ELL

Mrs. Beth Sandford - 3rd Grade

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Mrs. Beth Sandford - 3rd Grade

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am so excited to be part of the Second grade team at Lemon Crest Elementary this year! I taught in Mountain Empire for nine years where I was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2014.  My family and I moved to California from New Hampshire in 2001, where I taught for ten years in a small school that was built in 1940! My husband and I live in Alpine with our two sons. Our youngest will be a Sophomore at The University of Portland & our oldest is an associate for an accounting firm in San Diego. I have my BS in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, with a Master's in Special Education. I am a Google Level 1 and 2 certified instructor as well as an EdTech Teacher Leader and I am currently one of the site learning facilitators here at Lemon Crest. I believe that learning can happen anywhere and it is in our mistakes that we learn the most. My hope is that your child will be  excited to be part of our class and through their learning discoveries realize the joy of learning and understand that their possibilities are endless! Please follow our class learning journey on Instagram @thinkwonderexplore

 Michell Seime - 3rd/4th Grade

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Michell Seime - 3rd/4th Grade

Hi I am Mrs. Seime. I have two children. My daughter is a full time student at Point Loma Nazarene College, and my son graduated from San Diego State. My husband and I enjoy camping, riding bikes at the beach, kayaking, and reading.
I have two fur babies at home. Baron, a Schnauzer,and Gil who is a 80lb. lap dog. They like to follow us around and help in the yard.
I have been teaching for twenty -two years and this is my fifteenth year at Lemon Crest. I have taught Special Education at the middle school as well as Kindergarten, Fourth Grade, and 5th grade. It is thanks to the amazing students I have had throughout the years that keep me teaching.

Ms. Cory Semonsen - Speech/Language

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Ms. Cory Semonsen - Speech/Language

Welcome to Speech and Language! I am so excited to split my time between Lemon Crest and TDS again this year.  I have worked in hospitals with children with cleft palates, adults with strokes and swallowing disorders; worked in a nursing home in Louisiana; and continue to work in the home health field to keep my medical skills up.   I moved to San Diego from the Bay Area and San Luis Obispo in 2012 to be close to my sister and her family. Now my parents are here too. I live in Lakeside with my daughter. She will be going to Kindergarten at Winter Gardens this year.  I have my B.S. in Sociology, and a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology with my Clinical Competency Certification. I am beginning my education for lactation consultant with swallowing and feeding for newborns. My hope is that you and your child will be excited to participate in the speech goals this year.

 Britt Sjostrom - 3rd Grade

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Britt Sjostrom - 3rd Grade

Hello! I am Ms. Britt Sjostrom (show-strum). The 2017/18 school year will be my 5th year of teaching. I am originally from Kansas City and went to college nearby at the University of Kansas where I got my bachelor’s degree. I then moved to Boston where I completed my master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts. I taught 1st and 2nd grade while living in Boston. I also moved to Chile the year after grad school and taught English to kids and adults. Two years ago I moved from Boston to San Diego to live near my family(and to escape Boston’s horrid winters!) I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to drive into Lakeside from 67 North everyday to such warm, sunny weather and a beautiful view of the Cuyamaca Mountains. I love to travel, and even more I love to teach when I travel! Along with teaching in Chile, I also spent a summer teaching English in Mexico. I spent this last summer of 2017 providing teacher trainings in the remote mountain villages of Nepal. I learned many valuable lessons during my travels and can’t wait to share them with my students.  Teaching truly is my passion, and I strive to learn new strategies and become better at it everyday. I am fully committed to making this year an enriching, meaningful learning experience for my students. I look forward to another fantastic school year!

Mrs. Heather Taft - 5th Grade

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Mrs. Heather Taft - 5th Grade

Hello, my name is Heather Taft. I have been teaching in Lakeside for over twenty years now. . I have taught kindergarten, first, second, fourth and fifth grade. Even though each grade has its own appeal, fifth grade has a special place in my heart. I especially enjoy the science and social studies curriculum. In science, students get to learn about interesting topics such as space, cells, weather and chemistry. In social studies they will learn about the original 13 Colonies and the Revolutionary War. While the topics are interesting, the standards they are expected to meet in every subject are very rigorous. We work all year to meet those standards and celebrate our successes along the way. When students know there are high expectations set for them, they strive to meet them.

William Butler Yeats said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." It is my hope that I will help to either spark or feed that fire, that desire to learn, in the short time that I have my students. Creating lifelong learners is the end goal.

 Kelsey Thomas - 5th Grade

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Mrs. Melanie Van Oostende - 1st Grade

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Mrs. Melanie Van Oostende - 1st Grade

My name is Mrs. van Oostende. Mrs. V is fine too. I am so happy to be with your child our first grade class.. I am committed to making this school year a fantastic one for your child and the entire class. I am so excited to be part of such an amazing school. I have been a teacher for 18 years. I taught up in Fresno for 13 years and this is my 6th year teaching in San Diego. I feel very fortunate to be teaching in such a fantastic district.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno. I continued my education at California State University, Fresno to earn my teaching credential. I love teaching!

I am married to my husband Leon and we have two children, ages 13 and 10. In my free time we spend a lot of time together as a family. On the weekends, we stay busy watching our children play sports.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school office and we can set up a time to meet. You can also email me at mvanoostende@lsusd.net

Communication is very important to me. Please let me know if there is anything you need. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. van Oostende

Ms. Elisa Williams

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Ms. Elisa Williams

 

Hello!  My name is Elisa Williams and I am the new school counselor!  I am beyond excited to start my first year with Lakeside Union School District at Lemon Crest Elementary school.  This is my sixth year as a practicing professional school counselor at the elementary/middle school level. I have a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from The University of California Irvine.  I currently hold a California School Counseling License as well as PPS Credential. I am also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and have a Mental Health Counseling License in Illinois. In the past I have worked in a variety of schools with diverse student populations. My passions are anything involving restorative practices, utilizing the arts in my practice, and advocating for students and families. I specialize in classroom guidance, counseling groups, brief individual counseling, crisis management, and providing resources for families in need.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you are in need of any assistance. I can be reached via email or by phone at at Ext- 5060.

 

Email- ewilliams@lsusd.net