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Our Teachers and Staff

We understand the impact a positive experience in the classroom makes. At Alpine Vista, we want every child to enjoy the benefits of great teaching, so we take utmost care to hire highly qualified and committed educators. Please let us know about any questions or concerns by contacting your child’s teacher via the e-mail addresses provided below, or call our office to schedule an appointment.



Mrs. Terri Martindale

Principal
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 1993

Education:

  • Bachelor's of Arts in liberal arts - Fresno State University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching credential - National University
  • Master's degree in reading/language arts - Fresno Pacific University
  • Reading specialist credential Clear Administrative Credential - Fresno State University
  • Currently in dissertation phase for a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management - Alliant International University in Fresno.

Experience:

I began my career teaching at Garden Elementary School where I taught for eight years in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Given the opportunity to move campuses and become head teacher, I taught sixth grade at Cherry Avenue Middle School. After serving as a head teacher at Cherry, I was given a promotion to vice principal and the opportunity to open Los Tules Middle School with the principal. From there I was asked moved to Mulcahy for a year as the vice principal. Finally, I landed my first opportunity to be a principal at Maple Elementary School and was there for four years, and after got to move back to Mulcahy Middle School serving as their principal for three years. I am happy to serve as the first principal of Alpine Vista opening its doors in 2013. 


Mr. Michael Grissom

Vice Principal
559-687-3137

About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Liberal Arts Degree-Fresno State

Clear Teaching Credential-Chapman University

Masters in Educational Administration-Fresno State

Clear Administrative Credential-Fresno State

Experience:

2003-2007 6th Grade Teacher Los Tules

2007-2010 6th Grade Head Teacher Live Oak

2010-2011 4th Grade Head Teacher Kohn

2011-2013 3rd Grade Head Teacher Pleasant

2013-2015 Vice Principal Cherry Avenue

2015-Present Vice Principal Alpine Vista


Karen Hoppert

Vice Principal
(559)687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 1995

Education:

  • Tulare Western High School, 1989
  • College of the Sequoias (A.A.), 1992
  • Fresno Pacific College (B.A.), 1994
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 1994
  • Fresno Pacific University (M.A.), 2009
  • Administrative Services Credential, 2009

Experience:

I have been extremely blessed to spend my entire career within Tulare City Schools.  During that 22 year span, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 6th grades, as well as served as Resource Teacher and Administrative Intern at Roosevelt, Wilson, Cherry Avenue, Lincoln, Los Tules, Mission Valley, Maple and now Alpine Vista.  I am proud to call Tulare my home! 


Mrs. Gail Nunes

Secretary
5596873135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2004

Education:

College of the Sequoias - AA Degree

Experience:

Worked at Tulare County Office of Education for 5 years.

Lincoln Elementary for 8 years

Alpine Vista since it opened in 2013


MaryBeth Langlie

Secretary
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Northwestern College, MN

College of the Sequoias, AA Degree

 

Experience:

Worked @ Mulcahy School 2012/13 as a Materials Manager.

Opened Alpine Vista in 2013/14 as a Clerk and have worked as a Secretary for the past 2 years.


Mr. Manuel Romeiro, Jr

Counselor
559-687-3021

About Me

With TCSD since: 1993

Education:

Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Arts Fresno State University

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential National University

Master of Arts in Educational Counseling/P.P.S. Credential National University

Administrative Credential Tier 1 Chapman University

 

Experience:

I began my career at Wilson School where I taught for 8 years in sixth and then third grades. I then taught  at Community Day School for 3 years with sixth,seventh and eighth grades.  As a head teacher I helped open Los Tules Middle School while teaching sixth grade for six years. I then moved to Heritage Elementary as a head teacher in second grade for 4 years. I'm also proud to have served as Director for Summer School and Migrant Saturday School. Starting Alpine Vista has been a great opportunity for me. I started as a teacher and now counselor.  I'm so happy to be apart of the Alpine Vista family. 


LVN Tina Cortez

LVN
(559)687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011


Amanda Sackman

LVN
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

About Me


Linda Lawrence

School Nurse

About Me

Preschool

Virgie Gomez
Preschool Teacher
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Kindergarten

Bertha Avitia
Kindergarten Teacher
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Mrs. Lolita Costa
Kindergarten Teacher
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Jaclyn Gomez
Kindergarten Teacher
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Natalie Maness
Kindergarten Teacher
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First Grade

Andrea Hernandez
First Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Kathy Jarvis
First Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Kori Machado
First Grade Teacher
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Second Grade

Kristin Avila
Second Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Kelly Hamilton
Second Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Amy Mendes
Second Grade Teacher
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Ms. Diane Ortiz
Second Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Thompson
Second Grade Teacher
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Third Grade

Ben Cooper
Third Grade Head Teacher
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John Lacy
Third Grade Teacher
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Robin Silva
Third Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Amy Smith
Third Grade Art Teacher
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Bret Williams
Third Grade Teacher
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Fourth Grade

Benicia Cisneros
Fourth Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Janeen Goree
Fourth Grade Teacher
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Mrs. Megan Wininger
Fourth Grade Teacher
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Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Melinda DeCoito
Sixth Grade Teacher
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Cynthia Trujillo
Sixth Grade Teacher
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Seventh/Eighth Grade

Ayonna Bailey
Seventh Grade Science
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Jana Boatman
Eighth Grade Social Studies
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Sarah Burns
Seventh/Eighth Grade PE
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Kaela Coday
8th Science, 8th AVID
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Jaime Crook
7th/8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Core Teacher
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Marybel Garcia
Seventh/Eighth Grade ESL/Spanish
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Mr. Jordan Harrill
Seventh Grade Social Studies
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Mrs. Julie Marvin
7th Grade Science/Math - Study Skills
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Noah Moore
Seventh/Eighth Grade PE
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Jenna Porchia
Seventh Grade Language Arts
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Ms. Harmony Scott
Seventh/Eighth Grade Art, Advanced Art and Yearbook
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Brooke Shuman
Eighth Grade Language Arts
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Jenna Studinger
Seventh/Eighth Grade Math/Science/Computer
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Virgie Gomez

Preschool Teacher

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Bertha Avitia

Kindergarten Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1990

Education:

Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies with Emphasis on Bilingual/Multicultural Education-UC Santa Cruz

Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with BCLAD-UC Santa Cruz

M.S. in Education-Elementary Reading and Mathematics- Walden University

 

Experience:

1985- 1990 -  John J. Doyle School in Porterville - Third Grade

1990 - 1994 - Maple School - Second Grade

1994 - 1998 -  Maple School - Third, Fourth, Fifth- ELL Newcomers Classroom

1998 - 2013 - Maple School - Kindergarten

2013 -  present - Alpine Vista School - Kindergarten

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Mrs. Lolita Costa

Kindergarten Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

-Fresno City College (under graduate work)

-Fresno State ( Post graduate, credential)

-Walden Universtiy (Masters)

Experience:

I had the pleasure of teaching first grade for ten years for Tulare City Schools. I am now going into my third year of teaching kindergarten and I love it!

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Mrs. Michelle Freitas

Kindergarten Teacher
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

 California State University, Fresno

       Bachelor of Arts Degree, Liberal Studies, 2004

       Mulitple Subject Teaching Credential, 2004

National University, San Diego

        Master's Degree, Education, 2010

Experience:

Roosevelt Elementary - 2005-2013

           1st and 2nd Grade

Alpine Vista School - 2013-present

            Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 5th Grade

Classroom News...

We are having a wonderful school year!

The students are all eager to learn, grow, explore, and have FUN all at the same time!

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Jaclyn Gomez

Kindergarten Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Early Childhood Development Certificate-COS

Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies-Fresno State

Multiple Subject Teaching Credintial-Fresno State

Master's Degree in Reading and language arts-Walden University.

Experience:

1997-2005 - Maple Elementary School - Migrant Aide

2005-2013 - Cypress Elementary School - Kindergarten Teacher

2013-Present - Alpine Vista Ementary School - Kindergarten Teacher

 

Classroom News...


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Natalie Maness

Kindergarten Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

Fresno Pacific Univeristy- B.A in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Kinesiology 2007.

Fresno Pacific University- Multiple Subject  Teaching Credential 2008

National University- In Master's program for the Art of teaching 2016-2017

 

Experience:

2009-2010 Kindergarten Teacher- Cutler Elementary- Cutler-Orosi Unified School District

2010-2011 1st Grade Teacher- Waukena Elementary School- Waukena Joint Union Elementary School District

2011-2015 Kindergarten/TK Teacher- Waukena Elementary School- Waukena Joint Union Elementary School District

2011-2015 Pre-School Teacher- Waukena Elementary School- Waukena Joint Union Elementary School District 

2015+ Kindergarten Teacher- Alpine Vista- Tulare City School District 

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Andrea Hernandez

First Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

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Mrs. Kathy Jarvis

First Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts and California State Teaching Credential - California State University Fresno
  • Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in math and science - Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

First Grade - Kohn Elementary School - 2002 - 2013

First Grade - Alpine Vista School - 2013 -present

 

 

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Mrs. Kori Machado

Mrs. Kori Machado

First Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

Bachelor's Degree CSUFresno -1988  

Multiple Subject Teaching credential- CSUFresno- 1989

Experience:

Kindergarten & First grade teacher at Kohn School- 1989-2013

Kindergarten & First grade teacher at Alpine Vista- 2013-present

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Katrina Nunez

First Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

California Sate University, Fresno

     Bachelors Degree, 2003

     Mulitple Subject Teaching Credential, 2005

Walden University

     Master's Degree, Reading and Mathematics, 2010

Experience:

Maple Elementary- 2005-2014

      Kindergarten

Alpine Vista- 2014-Present

      First Grade

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Miss Angela Plascencia

First Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

Fresno Pacific University, Fresno

     Bachelors of Arts Degree, Liberal Studies, 2013

     Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 2015

 

Experience:

Alpine Vista School, 2015- Present

     First Grade Teacher

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Kristin Avila

Second Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

I began teaching with Tulare City School District in 2000. I taught 6th grade and 3rd grade at Pleasant Elementary for 9 years. Then I taught 6th grade at Live Oak Middle school for 4 years. I have been at Alpine Vista since it opened.

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Mrs. Kelly Hamilton

Mrs. Kelly Hamilton

Second Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1992

Education:

  • Bachelor's of Arts in Communicative Disorders
  • Clear Multiple Subject Crediential

Experience:

I have a background in special education with an emphasis in deaf education and have been teaching Second Grade for Twenty-four of my Twenty-six years teaching experience.

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Amy Mendes

Second Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

 

Experience:

I have been a classroom teacher for 8 years. I taught 4 years in 5th grade, 2 years in 4th grade and this is my 2nd year in 2nd grade. I love working with children and encouraging them to be and give their best! I am excited to watch kids learn and grow this year! 

#KidsandKindnessmatter

#Onceamendesalwaysamendes

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Ms. Diane Ortiz

Ms. Diane Ortiz

Second Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

AA Degree

Bachelors Degree

Masters  Degree

 

 

Experience:

I've  taught for over 20 years at Tulare City Schools!  I was a student in Tulare and now proudly teach alongside  some of the greats that taught me as a child.  Tulare City Schools is  where educating the whole child is always a priority!  My teaching experience is  in k-8th, but most of my teaching years of expertise is in 1st-3rd grades.  Currently teaching 2nd grade at Alpine Vista where we are becoming the worlds' future leaders!

Alpine Vista is in it's 5th year of greatness and I'm proud to say I've been apart of the team since opening day!

Go Eagles!!!

Classroom News...

I'd like to welcome my new Eagles to the 2nd grade nest!  I can't wait to meet you and your family!  I'm so excited to be your teacher!  We are going to learn so many new things this year.  We will become even better leaders this year!.....See you soonsmiley




Mrs. Thompson

Second Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

Master's Degree

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Stephanie Ayon

Teacher
687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

San Francisco State University; B.A. Psychology

San Diego State University; Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials

Classroom News...

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 Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Third Grade Head Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2004

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential - Fresno State University
  • Master's degree in Educational Administration - Fresno Pacific

Experience:

I started teaching fourth grade at Kohn Elementary School and took the position of head teacher. I later moved to Wilson Elementary where I taught a behavioral support class serving students from second grade to sixth grade in one classroom. Two years later I moved to Garden Elementary as the third grade head teacher then to Los Tules Middle School as the sixth grade head teacher. I also worked as an administrative intern at Mission Valley and CDS before moving here to Alpine Vista to teach third grade as the head teacher.

Classroom News...

We are working on Multiplication and Division, Area, and Perimeter in Math.

We are learning about Biomes in Science.

We are learning about different Indians and the regions of California they call home.

We are reading various books in the classroom.  

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John Lacy

Third Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

Master's Degree in teaching from Chapman University

Experience:

2 years as a substitute teacher in TCSD and surrounding area schools

14 years teaching 4th grade at Pleasant Elementary

3 years teaching 3rd grade at Alpine Vista

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 Robin Silva

Robin Silva

Third Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

Bachelor's Degree and Cleared Teaching Credential from Chapman University

Experience:

7 yrs-St. Aloysius School-Computer Science Teacher

2 yrs-Garden School-6th Grade

4 yrs-Garden School-3rd Grade

3nd yr-Alpine Vista School-3rd Grade

Classroom News...

Coming Soon...

Folk Tale Ball

Math- Place Value and Multiplication/Division-Word Problems

Language Arts-Reading Comprehension Strategies and Fluency

Grammar/Spelling/Phonics

Science-Forces, Biomes

Social Studies-Culture

Writing-Narrative-Topic Sentence and supporting details

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Mrs. Amy Smith

Third Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Character Education - Santa Clara University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Saint Mary's College of California
  • Art Minor - Saint Mary's College of California

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Cupertino's Sedgwick Elementary School in Silicon Valley.  I taught third, fourth and fifth grades before moving home to the Central Valley and accepting a teaching position with Tulare City School District.  I worked at Cypress Elementary beginning in 2006 and taught first, second, and third grades.

Classroom News...

This year in art, students will learn about all the Elements of Design (line, shape/form, color, value, texture and space).  Each third grade classroom will receive a 90 minute lesson 5 times/year.  Students will be taught vocabulary, art history through an artist focus, and hands-on time to create a unique artistic piece.    



 Bret Williams

Bret Williams

Third Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University, Fresno. He received his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Brandman University and continued his education through Brandman University to receive his MAT in Elementary Education.

He is a lifelong Tulare resident and had the privilege of attending Garden Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School, and Tulare Western High School. 

Experience:

Mr. Williams began his career teaching first grade at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Hanford, California. He then joined TCSD and the staff of Lincoln Elementary School where he taught fourth grade. He is excited to currently be teaching third grade at Alpine Vista School. Go Eagles! 

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Miss Breanna Aguilar

Miss Breanna Aguilar

Fourth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

Sundale Mustang K-8

Tulare Union Redskin

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Brandman University

Experience:

I began working for TCSD as an RSP Aide at Alpine Vista in 2013. Then I transferred positions and became and Occupational Therapist Aide for the district from 2014-2016. This is my first year teaching.

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 Benicia Cisneros

Benicia Cisneros

Fourth Grade Teacher
(559)687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

B.A. - Liberal Arts-California State University Fresno

 

M.A.  - Math-California State Univeristy Fresno

 

 

 

Experience:

I taught 5th grade for 14 years at Pleasant Elementary, two years of 6th grade here at Alpine Vista and I currently teach 4th grade.

Classroom News...

Please make sure your student logs on to Clever to access Dreambox as often as possible. This is part of their required weekly homework and it will also benefit your student's academic success.

 

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Mrs. Janeen Goree

Fourth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a teaching credential, and my Master's in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University.

Experience:

I have had the opportunity to work at several different schools in our district and grade levels first through sixth grade for the last tenyears.  I have had the wonderful experience of being at Alpine Vista the last three years.

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Megan Wininger

Fourth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential from National University

Experience:

This is my fourth year as a fourth grade teacher and my second year at Alpine Vista.  Prior to teaching fourth grade I worked as an instructional aide for Tulare City School District. 

Classroom News...

Although our academic focus covers reading strategies, extending knowledge of place vaule, multiplication,division, ecosystems, and California's beautiful four regions; we have equal focus on building up strong leaders and learners.  Students are encouraged and given opportunities to make mindful choices to support their academic and social growth.

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Mrs. Lyndsey Ingle

Fifth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

I'm a Tulare Native! Attended Garden Elementary, Live Oak Middle School and Tulare Union High School where I graduated in 2003!

Received my Bachelors Degree from Chapman University in 2008, my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential also from Chapman in 2009 and my Masters In Teaching and Learning from Brandman University in 2014.

Experience:

Teacher  in Porterville at William R. Buckley Elementary from 2009-2015

Taught kindergarten for one year and first grade for five years.

I'm very excited to now be teaching 5th grade for the third year here at AV! I sure do love my 5th graders!!!!

Classroom News...

All of my students will be connected to our Google Classroom account for assignments, calendars and resources. This will be used many times daily! Students are responsible for checking the website on absent days and requesting anything that they missed, or asking any questions they have about a missing assignment.

Parents, I am go to keep in touch with you this year through Remind. You can always email me as well!

I look forward to this awesome year with your Eagles! Time to S.O.A.R!




Miss Jennifer Munoz

Fifth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Maple Elementary

Mulcahy Middle School

Tulare Western

BA in Liberal Studies from Fresno State

Multiple Subject Credential from Fresno State

Experience:

This is my fourth year teaching at Alpine Vista. 

Classroom News...

Join Remind to receive all important messages from our classroom. Check out our google classroom.  Ask your students how to join or check your email provided on your info card. 



Mrs. Alisa Rodrigues

Mrs. Alisa Rodrigues

Fifth Grade Teacher
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

Bachelor's Degree and Credential from Fresno State.

Master's Degree from National University.

 

Experience:

I taught at Roosevelt Elementary from January 2007-June 2014. I am currently at Alpine Vista.

Classroom News...

OUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM PAGE!

https://classroom.google.com/c/NzAxNTg0NDAzN1pa

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Mrs. Rhonda Smyres

Fifth Grade Teacher
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a literature emphasis and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Pepperdine University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - National University

Experience:

I have taught third through sixth grade since beginning my teaching career in Southern California in 1997.

Classroom News...

Trimester 1

 Welcome Eagles!!

I am excited for another wonderful year!  Thank you in advance for returning our Purple Information Forms as well as the required Technology Agreement. If you come to the Meet and Greet, I should have these packets available for you to take home.  If you are unable to come on Tuesday, students will have the packet for you in their backpack when they come home on Wednesday. There's always a lot of paperwork to fill out at the beginning of every year, so I like to give you a chance to start tackling it early!

Please encourage your child to join my Google Classroom as soon as possible!  We will be using our Google accounts on an almost daily basis, so be sure your child is logging in often.  I will be providing them the classroom code within the first week of school.

Username: AR#@tcsdk8.org   Password: tcsdmmdd

Dreambox Math Website: https://clever.com/in/tcsd

Educational Videos: www.brainpop.com

Lunch Menus are available online: Lunch Menus

Math

Math concepts this trimester include: Writing and interpreting numerical expressions, Order of Operations/PEMDAS, Understanding place value of whole numbers, multiplying numbers by powers of ten, multiplying whole numbers, and dividing whole numbers (single and multiple digit divisors)

Writing/Language Arts

We will be diving into a new language arts adoption this year - Benchmark Advance.  Students will be reading, writing, and speaking/presenting on a daily basis! Language Arts and Writing skills/standards will be integrated throughout our day and spiraled throughout the year so that students have repeated opportunities to show growth and achievement.  

Social Studies

We will start the study of our nation by examining the native Pre-Colombian groups that lived here prior to the Age of Exploration, the explorers that brought new people to this land, and the colonies that were established by England in a bid to take control of "The New World".  We will also be beginning our bi-weekly research topics to build our skills in citing sources, summarizing and paraphrasing key findings, and public speaking.

Literature

I am an avid reader, so I look forward to sharing many read-alouds with your students this year.  Some titles to look forward to: The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeThe Sign of the Beaver, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and Old Yeller.

~ Science

We will be transitioning this year to the Next Generation science standards which will cover topics in Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science. Our 5th grade team works together in a rotation to teach these standards, so every 6-7 weeks your students will transition to a new teacher during science time.

In addition to the Next Generation standards, students will also participate in our TCSD required Internet Safety Lessons and Too Good for Drugs decision-making curriculum. We will be taking the California State Science Test at the end of the year, which is a cumulative test of all 5th grade science standards.

Other

Please be sure you are checking in on Class DoJo to receive various announcements, updates, and reminders.  A personalized invitation for you to join this class messaging system will be coming home with your student the first day of school. It is my primary method of communicating information to my families, so please join as soon as you are able.

Please be sure that you are checking your child's binder and backpack on a regular basis to find any notes, announcement, flyers, or assignments that have come home.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to a great year with you and your students!

Go Eagles!

 

 

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Melinda DeCoito

Sixth Grade Teacher

About Me

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Mrs. Summer Frediani

Mrs. Summer Frediani

Sixth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Fresno State University: 2000-2004

University of Colorado Colorado Springs 2007-2009

National University Masters Program 2016-2017

 

Experience:

I have been teaching for the past 10 years! I spent 6 years teaching in Colorado Springs, CO and then returned back to my hometown of Tulare to continue my teaching career in 2014.  I LOVE being an EAGLE! I love teaching and developing relationships with these awesome kids...it is truly my favorite part of this job! I know this year will be amazing!

Classroom News...

GO EAGLES!!!

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Heather Sayre-Silva

Sixth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Bachelor Degree and Credential from National University

Experience:

Maple School 2012-2014

Alpine Vista 2014-Now

Classroom News...




Cynthia Trujillo

Sixth Grade Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

Los Tules Tiger 

Tulare Western Mustang 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Spanish- Fresno Pacific

Multiple Subject Credential - Fresno Pacific

Classroom News...




Ayonna Bailey

Seventh Grade Science
(559) 687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

  • Bachelor’s of Arts, Liberal Studies – Fresno State University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – Fresno State University
  • Supplementary Authorization in Science
  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction:  Best Practices – National University

 

 

Experience:

16 years teaching experience with Tulare City School District

Mulcahy Middle School - five years teaching sixth grade 

Mulcahy Middle School - eight years teaching seventh grade science with one year in conjunction of teaching mathematics

Alpine Vista K-8 Elementary - currently teaching seventh grade science

Classroom News...




Jana Boatman

Eighth Grade Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies - Fresno Pacific University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential – National University

Experience:

I started my teaching career at Cherry Avenue Middle School in sixth grade.  In 2013, I joined Alpine Vista's sixth grade team. I have taught sixth grade, seventh grade language arts, social studies, and AVID, and eighth grade social studies. 

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Sarah Burns

Seventh/Eighth Grade PE
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

I graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelors in Science, Kiniseology emphasis teaching and coaching. After graduation I attended Chapman University in Visalia, Ca to obtain my teaching credential. Most recently I attended National University and recevied a Masters in Education. 

Experience:

I have worked for Tulare City Schools for 15 years. I have taught Physical Education and coached volleyball, basketball, soccer and track. I love my job and love what I do. I get to work with students every day and show them something new that they may have never otherwise known they loved or were really great at:) 

Classroom News...

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Kaela Coday

8th Science, 8th AVID

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

I received my BA in Liberal Students with a minor in History and a concentration in Science from CSU Sacramento.  I also received my teaching credential from CSU Sacramento as well.  In May of 2017 I recieved my Masters in Best Practices in a Classroom from National University.

Experience:

5 years of teaching:

  • McFarland Unified School District
    • 1 year- 7th and 8th Grade Science, 8th Grade History
  • TCSD
    • 1 year 7th grade Science, Alpine Vista and Mulcahy Middle School
    • 3 years 8th Grade Science and 8th Grade AVID

Classroom News...

Please email me at kcoday@tcsdk8.org

 

  • All classroom information can be found at: classroom.google.com
    • Your student knows their username and password.  If they can't remember please contact me.
  • Classroom Rules-
    • To follow all Lab Safety Rules and Classroom Rules listed in the Lab Safety Contract and Syllabus
    • My Syllabus can be found on their classroom.google. accounts
  • Homework Policy-
    • Putting vocabulary words in their glossary
    • Finishing any assignment that we completed in class that they need extra time to do.  It is usually due at least 3 days after the lab.
  • Grading Policy-
    • My grading scale is based off of the TCSD policy.
    • I accept late work up to 2 weeks after it is due.  However, the will lose 20% of the points for it being late.
    • Most test and quizzes can be retaken with a parent signature on the first assessment.

If you have any questions please email me or call me.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.




Jaime Crook

7th/8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies Core Teacher
559-687-3135 ex.1305

About Me

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Marybel Garcia

Seventh/Eighth Grade ESL/Spanish

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Mr. Jordan Harrill

Mr. Jordan Harrill

Seventh Grade Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

BA History, Minor Philosophy- Fresno State 2008

Single Subject Credential Social Science- Fresno State 2010

MA Curriculum and Instruction: Best Practices- National University 2014

Experience:

2011-2014:7/8 Social Studies, Cherry Ave./Los Tules Middle School

2014-present: 7th Social Studies, Alpine Vista 

In addition. I also coach many sports after school including: football, boys and girls basketball, and track and field. I also offer tutoring before school. 

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Julie Marvin

Mrs. Julie Marvin

7th Grade Science/Math - Study Skills
(559) 685-7200

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

K-5: Kohn Cobra

6-8: Live Oak Grizzly

9-12: Tulare Union Redskin

BA Liberal Studies: Fresno State Bulldog

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Social Studies/English-Language Arts Authorization and Masters in Teaching: Champman University College
 

 

 

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher. In 2011 I began my career with Tulare City School District as a fourth grade teacher. Now I am teaching 7th grade Science, Math, and Study Skills

2010-2011 – Tipton Tiger

2011-2014 – Maple Colt

Currently – Alpine Vista EAGLE

Classroom News...

  • All classroom information can be found at: classroom.google.com
    • Your student knows their username and password.  If they can't remember please contact me.
  • Classroom Rules-
    • To follow all Lab Safety Rules and Classroom Rules listed in the Lab Safety Contract and Syllabus
    • My Syllabus can be found on their classroom.google. accounts
  • Homework Policy-
    • Finishing any assignment that we completed in class that they need extra time to do.  It is usually due at least 3 days after the lab.
    • Dreambox Lessons (Math)
  • Grading Policy-
    • My grading scale is based off of the TCSD policy.
    • I accept late work up to 2 weeks after it is due.  However, the will lose 20% of the points for it being late.
    • Most test and quizzes can be retaken with a parent signature on the first assessment.

If you have any questions please email me or call me.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Mrs. Virginia Miller

Eighth Grade Math
(559)687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2008

Education:

I graduated from Occidental College, received my teaching credential from Chapman University, and my Masters in Education from National University.

Experience:

I have taught kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and eighth grade math.

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 Noah Moore

Noah Moore

Seventh/Eighth Grade PE

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

San Diego State University

BS Kineseology (P.E.)

Experience:

This will begin my 4th year as a Physical Education Teacher at Alpine Vista. I enojy showing students the variety of physical activity there is available out there. I try to push students to attain higher mental levels through tough physical activity. I look forward to helping ALL our middle schoolers develop a love for physical activity and a sense of pride in who they are. By the end of each student's 2 year experience with me, I truly consider them my own children. Welcome to the family!

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 Jenna Porchia

Jenna Porchia

Seventh Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English, and my Single Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Go Mustangs! I am currently completing my Master's in English through Arizona State University. 

 

Experience:

I have been with TCSD since 2013. I taught 7th grade Language Arts at Live Oak for one year before moving over to Alpine Vista to teach 7th grade Language Arts. Feel free to email me at any time with questions, concerns, or general comments. I would love to hear from you. Let's have a great year!

Classroom News...

Grading Policy:

Homework/AR =10%

Classwork/Assessments/Projects=80%

Behavior/Participation=10%

Late work will not be accepted after 2 weeks

Our Class Rules:

Be Respectful

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Raise your hand.

Be Responsible

Clean up after yourself.

Come to class prepared.

Follow directions.

Speaking & Listening

Speak at appropriate times with appropriate voices.

Listen quietly while others are speaking.

When We Make Poor Choices:

1.Documentation. Teacher Warning.

2. Documentation. Parent Contact.

3.Documentation. Parent Contact.

4. Office referral. 

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Mr. Nathan Richmond

Seventh Grade Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 2008

Education:

Graduated from Fresno State with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.

Received teaching credential from Fresno State.

 

Experience:

4 years teaching 5th grade with the Farmersville Unified School District

9th year teaching 7th grade math with the Tulare City Schools District

Classroom News...

Currently we are reviewing operations with fractions and beginning a group project involving the stock market.

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Homework Policy: Download File
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Ms. Harmony Scott

Seventh/Eighth Grade Art, Advanced Art and Yearbook

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Experience:

I taught at Paramount Academy in Delano, California teaching Art to 6th through 8th graders and Art History/appreciation to 8th graders.  After leaving Paramount Academy I taught at Orosi High schoool teaching 2-D and 3-D Art and Photography.  

Classroom News...

Buy a yearbook here!




Brooke Shuman

Eighth Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

K-5 Kohn Elementary

6-8 Live Oak Middle School

9-12 Tulare Union

I began my college career at College of the Sequoias and then transferred to Fresno State where I earned my B.A. Next I attended National University where I completed my Teaching Credential, English Language Arts Authorization, and Masters in Best Teaching Practices.

Experience:

2009-2013 Maple Elementary, 4th Grade

2013-2015 Alpine Vista, 4th Grade

2015-Current Alpine Vista, 8th Grade Language Arts

Classroom News...

You can find most information in the class syllabus. However, if you ever have any questions please email me and remember you can stay current with your child's grade through your Aeries Portal. I look forward to having a great year!

Our Classroom Rules:

  1. Be Respectful (Treat others the way you want to be treated)
  2. Be Responsible (Follow school rules, clean up after yourself, follow directions)
  3. Be Ready (Come to class prepared and ready to participate)

Consequences:

      1: Verbal Warning

      2: Loss of Break or other teacher chosen activity

      3: Parent Contact

      4: Referral to Principal, afterschool detention, depending on severity of behavior

          Major disobedience will lead to immediate office referral.

Grading Policy:

Grading Scale                             Grading Categories

100%-90% = A                           Homework: 30 minutes of reading and Book Talks = 10%

89%-80% = B                             Participation = 10%

79%-70% = C                             Classwork/Assessments/Projects = 80%

69%-60% = D

59%-Below = F

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Jenna Studinger

Seventh/Eighth Grade Math/Science/Computer

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

I attended CSU Long Beach and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Credential.

Experience:

I have been with Tulare City School District since 2011! I taught 6th grade for 5 years and am currently teaching 7th and 8th Grade. at Alpine Vista. This is my sixth year teaching and I enjoy working will all the wonderful students and staff we have at our school!

Classroom News...

With teachers, parents, and students all working together, we can promote a supportive learning environment for all students. 

 

Classroom Online Resources

1. DreamBox: https://clever.com/in/tcsd

Classroom Rules: Download File

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RTI/Programs Teacher
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Miss April Brooks
Fifth Grade Art Teacher
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Susan Contreras
School Social Worker
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Denise Cors
Occupational Therapist
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Susan Escobar-Green
Special Education/RSP Teacher
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Kandice Hanke
Special Education / RSP
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Mrs. Amy Smith
Third Grade Art Teacher
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Angela Bettencourt

RTI/Programs Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

  • Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Communications - Fresno State University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching credential - Chapman University
  • Master's degree in reading/language arts - Fresno Pacific University
  • Reading specialist credential 

Experience:

I began my career teaching at Cypress Elementary School where I taught for five years in fourth grade. Given the opportunity to move campuses, I taught seventh grade Language Arts at Los Tules Middle School. Three of those years, I also taught eighth grade Language Arts.   Finally, I landed an opportunity I have dreamed of as the Response to Intervention/Programs Teacher at Alpine Vista opening in 2014. 

Classroom News...



About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

Bachelors of Music - California State University Northridge

Teaching Credential - Fresno Pacific University

Master of Music - University of North Texas

Experience:

Tulare City Schools 2016-17

Exeter Public Schools 2005-16

College of the Sequoias 2010-11

Lemoore Elementary 1998-02

Hanford Elementary 1995-1998

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Miss April Brooks

Miss April Brooks

Fifth Grade Art Teacher
559) 685-7284

About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Miss Brooks grew up in Tulare attending Garden Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School and Tulare Western High School.  Miss Brooks obtained a BA in Liberal Arts, a BA in Fine Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential & a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2002. Since then, Miss Brooks has attended numerous Professional Development Seminars and Conferences to further her knowledge in the fields of education, technology and art.

Experience:

Miss Brooks spent 13 years teaching 6th, 7th & 8th graders at Cherry Avenue Middle School. Subjects taught included Beginning Art, Advanced Art, Leadership, Yearbook, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and PE.  Outside of the classroom, Miss Brooks spent time on projects such as painting backdrops and teaching choreography for the school plays and Encore Theatre Productions.

Classroom News...

This year in art, students will learn about all the Elements of Design (line, shape/form, color, value, texture and space).  Each 5th grade classroom will receive a 90 minute lesson 6 times/year.  Each lesson will be unique, fun, kinesthetic and memorable!




Susan Contreras

School Social Worker
(559) 685-7235

About Me

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Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

About Me

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Susan Escobar-Green

Special Education/RSP Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Classroom News...




William Farrenkopf

Instrumental Music
687-3024

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/18/1997

Education:

Mr. Farrenkopf earned is MA in Music and BA in Music from California State University Fresno. He is a graduate of Northgate High School.  His teachers include professor emeritus Dr. Ritchie Clendenin and Dr. Lawrence R Sutherland of CSU, Fresno. His High School Music Teacher was the late H.T. Payne and his first private music teacher was Mr. Norm Dea.

Experience:

TCSD Instrumental Music from 8/18/1997 - present

VUSD Instrumental Music from 12/01/1996 - 7/1/1997

Tulare Adult School - Tule British Brass Band - 2005 - present

 

Classroom News...

Alpine VIsta Jazz Band  - CMEA April 22 - Hanford

Alpine Vista Orchestra - Porterville - April 2

Alpine Vista Jazz Bands - East Bay Trip - May 11 



 Kandice Hanke

Kandice Hanke

Special Education / RSP
559-687-3135

About Me

With TCSD since: 2008

Education:

  • B.A. (Liberal Studies)- Fresno Pacific University
  • M.A. (Special Education)- Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

I have been working in the field of special education for the last 15 years.  I have worked with high school students, elementary age students and middle school students. 

Classroom News...

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Jennifer Harlan

Psychologist

About Me

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Mariselda Hazelwood

Speech Therapist
687-3135 ext 213

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

I have a Master's Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and am a licensed credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist through the state of California, and have a certificate of clinical competence through the  American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Experience:

I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 12 years. Before coming to Tulare City Schools, I worked for Children's Hospital Central California's outpatient Speech and Language Department. I have worked with students with speech and language impairments ranging from preschool to High School aged students. 

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Kimberlina Herrera

Vocal Music Teacher

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 Kim Korenwinder

Kim Korenwinder

G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

  • 6 years:   Severely Handicapped; Tulare County Office of Education
  • 4 years:   Special Day Class; Tulare City Schools
  • 2 years:   1st grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 4 years:   2nd grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 7 years:   GATE; Tulare City Schools

Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • Masters degree in School Counseling
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Mild-Moderate Learning Handicapped Credential

Classroom News...

GATE will start August 21, 2017.  There are some exciting changes ahead for GATE students so check back soon for more details!




Amber Monteiro

B.E.S.T. Coach

About Me

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Mrs. Amy Smith

Third Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Character Education - Santa Clara University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Saint Mary's College of California
  • Art Minor - Saint Mary's College of California

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Cupertino's Sedgwick Elementary School in Silicon Valley.  I taught third, fourth and fifth grades before moving home to the Central Valley and accepting a teaching position with Tulare City School District.  I worked at Cypress Elementary beginning in 2006 and taught first, second, and third grades.

Classroom News...

This year in art, students will learn about all the Elements of Design (line, shape/form, color, value, texture and space).  Each third grade classroom will receive a 90 minute lesson 5 times/year.  Students will be taught vocabulary, art history through an artist focus, and hands-on time to create a unique artistic piece.    



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