Valerie Bradd - 5th Grade Spanish

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 Andrea Casas - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Andrea Casas - 2nd Grade Spanish

My name is Andrea Casas. I am so happy to be a part of the Lakeside Union School District Family! I was born and raised in San Diego. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at San Diego State University and my Master’s degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I have worked in the field of education for over 15 years and come from a family of educators. I love spending time with my family. I enjoy traveling and adventures with my three children, Eric, Alexa, and Evan. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow with your beautiful children! 

 Lupita Castañeda - 3rd Grade Spanish

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Lupita Castañeda - 3rd Grade Spanish

My name is Lupita Castañeda.  I have taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and this year I am excited to be at Riverview Language Academy teaching 3rd grade!  I am thrilled for this new school year and for all the fun and learning activities that I'll be sharing with my students.  In addition, I feel fortunate to be in a school where synergy is evident and where being proactive is being practiced and promoted.

iBienvenidos a tercer grado!  iVamos a tener un año estupendo!  

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 Ulisses Cisneros - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Ulisses Cisneros - 2nd Grade Spanish

 
It's a pleasure to be teaching at Riverview Elementary. I believe that every student can accomplish anything with the collaborative support amongst teachers, parents and students.  Please feel free to contact me anytime.  
 Vanessa Cochran - 3rd Grade Spanish

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Vanessa Cochran - 3rd Grade Spanish

I love children and teaching!  I'm fortunate to be part of the Riverview community and family.  Not only do I teach here, but my children are students here too!  I've been teaching for 6 years and this is my 2nd year at Riverview.  I'm part of the first grade team and we all work really hard to ensure that quality teaching and learning is happening in our classrooms!
 
 Nicolette Corley - Counselor

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 Cookie Davis - Enrichment Teacher

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Cookie Davis - Enrichment Teacher

I have the best job at Riverview—teaching the Challenge Classes for high achieving 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, leading the Student Lighthouse Team. I believe in challenging my students beyond what they think is possible and though I adore tech, I also get their noses off their screens and into the three-dimensional world. I encourage my students to improve their school by creating learning opportunities like the 3rd grade museum, physical education opportunities like the kickball tournament, and community service opportunities like the kindness notes program and trash patrol. I am continuously amazed by what elementary students can accomplish!

 

 Raquel de Hoyos - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Raquel de Hoyos - 2nd Grade Spanish

I am so happy to be joining the second grade team this year.  I look forward to a wonderful year.

 Monica Farren - Home Flex Teacher

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Monica Farren - Home Flex Teacher

I am so excited to be the Lakeside Union School District’s Home School Teacher! Joining the Lakeside community this year feels like it was meant to be as my first teaching assignment was a long term substitute position in a first grade class at Riverview elementary. Since then I have spent the past twelve years teaching middle school, working as an instructional coach, collaborating to create curriculum, and supporting various student programs. If you have any questions about joining our Home School Flex program please visit https://www.lsusd.net/domain/1924 or contact me at mfarren@lsusd.net

 Marissa Frost - RSP

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 Karen Galvez - 5th Grade Spanish

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 Rosalba Herrera - 4th Grade Spanish

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Rosalba Herrera - 4th Grade Spanish

My name is Rosalba Herrera and I am so excited to be here at the Riverview school community teaching 4th grade in the Spanish program!

I am a native Spanish speaker from Los Angeles. I completed both my B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and my Masters of Education at UC San Diego. My goal as a teacher is to create a strong classroom community in which my students can flourish as learners and develop their passions for learning.

Please, feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to a great school year!

 Carolyn Hood - 3rd Grade English

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Carolyn Hood - 3rd Grade English

I am thrilled to be working with a POWERHOUSE team, in a program I am PASSIONATE about, at a school I BELIEVE in, for students who are tomorrow's GLOBAL LEADERS! As an educator since 1997, I have extensive experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, master trainer, and curriculum developer. Over the years, I've had amazing opportunities to positively impact education by working with K-8 students, teachers, and administrators up and down California and across the U.S. I am excited to be home, at the school my husband and I chose for our own two children, crafting meaningful learning opportunities. I strive to use my enthusiasm, adventurousness, know-how, and passion for lifelong learning to pioneer pathways that guide, support, and empower ALL learners.
 
Carolyn Hood, M.A., NBCT

 Adrianna Huffine - 4th Grade Spanish

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Adrianna Huffine - 4th Grade Spanish

Hello, my name is Adrianna Huffine. I am very excited to be teaching in the Lakeside Union School District.

I was born and raised in Davis, CA and I am so fortunate to have grown up in a Spanish bilingual home. Being bilingual has greatly enriched many parts of my life. I have a Bachelors degree in Biology from San Jose State and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. I taught Spanish bilingual elementary school for seven years in San Jose, CA and three years in Alpine, CA. Each day I teach is an opportunity to share what I know, and get to be amazed by the incredible talents your children possess. I am most proud of my two wonderful children. They have given me breathtaking experiences, boundless multi-tasking skills and endless love. 

 Regina Joseph - 5th Grade Spanish

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Regina Joseph - 5th Grade Spanish

 I am excited to begin a new season of my teaching career here at Lakeside Union!  I recently moved to the San Diego area, and my family and I love living down here.  I taught for 24 years at 3 elementary schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and I also served as an English Learner Program coordinator and new teacher trainer.  My passion is to prepare students to be active and impactful citizens of diverse communities, and that is also my personal goal.  I majored in Latin American history at UC San Diego and spent my junior year studying abroad in Mexico City.  After I graduated, I was a bilingual teacher in a neighborhood in Los Angeles with a large immigrant population.  I enjoy working with families to create strong partnerships to help their children succeed academically and develop lifelong habits that help them be their best selves.   I am a voracious reader, and my goal for my new 5th graders at Riverview is for them to love reading in both English AND Spanish.

 Maria Llamas - 5th Grade Spanish

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Maria Llamas - 5th Grade Spanish

My name is Maria Llamas and I am honored to be teaching at Riverview International Academy.

Educationally, I completed my Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree with a Mathematics Concentration, Honors Program with a Senior Thesis, General Music Minor, Multiple Subject Credential, Action Research project, and Master’s in Education, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of San Diego (USD). 

Beyond my studies, I have had the privilege of growing up bilingual and working with students from varied cultural and educational backgrounds. I have worked with students ranging from pre-school to graduate-level schooling, through my service as a grader/teaching assistant of USD's Mathematics and Computer Science Department, note taker for a disability services department, teaching in a child development center, serving as a program liaison of an international exchange program hosted by the San Diego Diplomacy Council/Global Ties, tutoring, student teaching, substituting, teaching catechism, etc. 

In the classroom, I strive to expose students to curriculum through varied modalities, incorporate interdisciplinary and arts integrated lessons, address multiple learning styles, and implement differentiation and best practices. It is my hope that this will serve to support my students to continue strengthening their 21st century skill set of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Personally, I enjoy the arts, sports, and learning opportunities.

As a lifelong learner, I am excited and honored to learn alongside your child. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

 Diana Luu - 5th Grade Mandarin/English

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Diana Luu - 5th Grade Mandarin/English

I'm Diana Luu and I am excited to teach fifth grade in the Mandarin immersion program here at Riverview! I grew up in the Inland Empire, and have lived in San Diego for almost ten years now, obtaining my Master's of Education and undergraduate degrees (double major in International Studies and Chinese Studies, minor in Education Studies) from UC San Diego.
 
As a teacher, I hope to challenge and grow the minds of my students. I want to push them to become active participants of their own learning, help them discover interests, talents, natural gifts, and develop necessary skills to become self-directed adults. I want to create a safe and comfortable learning environment where my students can frequently collaborate and engage in peer interaction. 
 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about any questions, concerns, feedback, etc. 
 Marjorie Mayen - 4th Grade Spanish

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 Wendy Medina - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Wendy Medina - 2nd Grade Spanish

 Claudia Molina - RSP

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Claudia Molina - RSP

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

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 Gina Nuñez - 4th/5th Grades Spanish

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 Cecilia Ochoa - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Cecilia Ochoa - 2nd Grade Spanish

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Welcome to Room 12! I am very excited about returning to Second grade this year and anticipate a wonderful learning experience for your child. The second grade team has planned a truly remarkable year. I am looking forward to meeting all of you, clarifying any concerns, and answering your questions.

 Karen Quezada - 2nd Grade Spanish

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 Rula Raja

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 Maria Ramos - 3rd Grade Spanish

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Maria Ramos - 3rd Grade Spanish

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

 Cynthia Richardson - 2nd Grade English

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

 Zulma Santana - 3rd Grade Spanish

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Zulma Santana - 3rd Grade Spanish

I am very excited and honored to be working at Riverview School where students learn in Spanish and Mandarin. This will be my eighth year working for Lakeside Unified School District. At the University of California, San Diego, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I furthered my education and received my BCLAD/California Teaching Credential and Masters of Education specializing in cross-cultural teaching. I have been in education since I was eighteen years old. I started off as a teacher assistant and went on to various teaching positions: substitute teacher, Impact Teacher, Spanish Immersion teacher, virtual teacher and now I am excited to be your child's teacher. I was also in the Army Reserves for eight years including a one year deployment to Iraq in 2003. While deployed there I had the opportunity to open the first school for soldiers in Iraq where I taught a class that enabled them to advance in their military careers. I have had the opportunity to travel to Mexico, El Salvador, China, Denmark, France, London and various states in our nation. As a life-long learner, I am constantly attending professional development to bring the most up-to-date research into the classroom. I enjoy sharing my experiences and love of learning with my students.

 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!

 Wei-Yu Wass - 3rd Grade Mandarin

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Wei-Yu Wass - 3rd Grade Mandarin

Ni Hao! I'm Guo Lao Shi/ Mrs. Wass.   This is my second year in Riverview.  I am teaching 3rd grade Chinese immersion this year.  With my 16 years of teaching experiences, I've taught 1st, 3rd, 4th grade previously and even Kindergarten/1st grade combo.  I'd also taught middle school in Taiwan for 3 years before I decided to move to the USA.

I was born in Taiwan and grew up in the city of Tainan, which is in the south of Taiwan. The best thing about Taiwan is the food! My favorite is chicken feet--just kidding, really it’s the Taiwanese pastries!  When I came to the U.S., I enrolled at SDSU and received a Master’s Degree in Education. I then obtained my California Teaching Credential and continued my passion for teaching in a culture much different from my native Taiwan. 

 Riverview’s trilingual program is preparing our students for their part as global citizens. I'm very excited to have the honor to be part of this innovative immersion program. I believe all the students are gifted in their own way, and therefore my goal as a teacher is to help them to discover their own strengths. Most importantly, I want to promote their love of learning that they will carry with them for their whole lives. 

 I'm married and am blessed to have two wonderful children.  Both of my children are also attending a Spanish immersion school.  My kids are my joy, and I enjoy spending my free time with them. Each is so different, and just like my students, each is a gem.

 Kristin Will - 4th/5th Grades English

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 Erika Woolsey - 3rd Grade Spanish

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 Catherine Wu - 4th/5th Grades Mandarin

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Catherine Wu - 4th/5th Grades Mandarin