Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio del Norte Support Staff

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Jake Waltrip

Jake Waltrip

Principal

• 5 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education, CSU, Chico
• MA, Educational Leadership, CSU, Northridge
• I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. I also love to read and play golf.

Sandra Aragon

Sandra Aragon

Student and Family Support Specialist
Hilda Garcia-Lopez

Hilda Garcia-Lopez

Office Manager
Jorge Nápoles

Jorge Nápoles

School Counselor
Lillian Hernandez

Lillian Hernandez

School Psychologist
Pam Seligman

Pam Seligman

Librarian
Julie Ellen Maria

Julie Ellen Maria

Nurse
Kathy Velasquez

Kathy Velasquez

Cafeteria
Michelle Royan

Michelle Royan

Intervention

Rio del Norte Teachers

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Sheri Fennell

Sheri Fennell

Kindergarten

• 4 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Elementary Education and Special Education, Marymount College and East Stroudsburg University
• MA, Psychology, USM
I enjoy spending time with my family and I love to read!

Patricia Tellez

Patricia Tellez

Kindergarten

• Teaching for 18 years
• BA Liberal Studies, CSU Northridge
• I enjoy being with my boys, shopping, and I like to read

Elena Casimiro

Elena Casimiro

Kindergarten

• 5 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies, CSUN
• MA,Curriculum and Instruction, CSUCI
I enjoy Traveling, movies and cooking!

Maisie Johnson

Maisie Johnson

Kindergarten
Lucy Beckley

Lucy Beckley

Kindergarten

• 23 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Education, University of Arizona
• MA, Early childhood Education, CalSt Northridge
I enjoy reading in my spare time.

Meghan Lauer

Meghan Lauer

1st Grade

• Teaching since 2011 with experience in elementary and middle school.
• Received BA in Youth and Family Ministry
• Teaching credential and Masters in Education from California Lutheran University
• I enjoy paddle boarding, the beach, and time with my family.

Heather Knauer

Heather Knauer

1st Grade

Sonya Cathcart

Sonya Cathcart

1st Grade

• Teaching for 8 years at RDN
• BA Speech and Hearing Sciences, UCSB
• MA Educational Technology, Azusa Pacific University
• I like spending time with my family, reading, crafting, movies, traveling, learning about technology!

Michelle Geair

Michelle Geair

1st Grade

• 14 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies, CLU
• MA, Education, CLU
I love playing in the great outdoors, reading, road trips to new places (especially National Parks) and spending time with my family.

William Almstrom

William Almstrom

2nd Grade

• Teaching for 7 years at RDN
• BA Liberal Studies, CSU Northridge
• MA Educational Leadership & Policy Study, CSU Northridge
• I like fishing and watching my boys play sports

Cara Espinoza

Cara Espinoza

2nd Grade

• 15 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies, Cal State Northridge
• MA, currently working on it at Grand Canyon University will be done July 2017 and it will be in a reading specialist
I enjoy spending time with my family.

Lottie Patten

Lottie Patten

2nd Grade

• 6 Yrs at RDN
• Also Taught at Rio Lindo
• BA, Liberal Studies, with supplimental in Math & Science, CLU
I love walking at the beach with my dog, camping, gardening & reading.

Jacqueline Legaspi

Jacqueline Legaspi

2nd Grade

• Teaching for 14 years at RDN
• BA Liberal Studies, CSU Northridge
• I like cooking and baking

Lisette Garcia

Lisette Garcia

3rd Grade

• 13 yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies, CSUN
• MA, Education, CLU
I enjoy family time, traveling,& reading.

Kaitlin Peters

Kaitlin Peters

3rd Grade

• 2 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Liberal Studies, San Diego State University.

When I am not at school I enjoy hiking, cooking, spending time with my family, and traveling.

Lianna Granado

Lianna Granado

3rd Grade

• Teaching for 1 years at RDN
• BA History, UC Riverside
• MA Educational Administration, CLU
• I enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, reading, listening to music, working out, doing yoga, and learning how to be an even better teacher.

David Romano

David Romano

3rd Grade

• 2 Yrs at RDN
• BA Liberal Studies, California Lutheran University
I like coaching football and spending time with family.

Larry Kelman

Larry Kelman

4th Grade

• 9 years at RDN
• BA Psychology, Central Connecticut State University
• M.Ed, emphasis K-5 Literacy & Math, Walden University
• I like to play guitar, ukulele, basketball, boogie boarding, hiking.

Jo Anna Mendoza

Jo Anna Mendoza

4th Grade
Deborah Orosco

Deborah Orosco

4th Grade

• Teaching for 15 years
• BA Elementary Ed, BYU
• MA Reading and math, Walden
• I like reading

Ruth Araiza

Ruth Araiza

5th Grade
Darryl Lewis-Abriol

Darryl Lewis-Abriol

5th Grade

• Teaching for 13 years at RDN
• BA Liberal Studies, Fresno
• I like playing with my Jake & Sophia, Crossfit, surfing

Karen Mattson

Karen Mattson

5th Grade

• Teaching for 35 years
• BA Liberal Studies, CSU Northridge
• MA School Administration, CSU Northridge
• I like reading a good book

Catalina Villa

Catalina Villa

K/1 SDC
Lisa Visser

Lisa Visser

2nd/3rd SDC
Shannon Koenig

Shannon Koenig

4th/5th SDC

• 10 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Art Education, SUNY New Paltz, NY
• Special Education Credential, APU
• MA, Education, APU
• I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking/baking and going on bike rides and hikes with my husband.

Padmini Vasan

Padmini Vasan

RSP

• 3 Yrs at RDN
• BA, English Literature, India
• MA, Education, India
• Credential multiple and special ed, CSUN
I enjoy teaching Indian classical dance!

Wendy Doling

Wendy Doling

Speech