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 Lopez

Hilda 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

Rio del Norte Teachers

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Maria Carranza-Casimiro

Maria Carranza-Casimiro

Kindergarten

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

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!

Meghan Lauer

Meghan Lauer

Kindergarten
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

Lucia Beckley

Lucia Beckley

1st Grade

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

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.

Maisie Johnson

Maisie Johnson

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.

Kaitlin Peters

Kaitlin Peters

1st 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.

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/3rd 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.

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.

Lawrence Kelman

Lawrence 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
Kari Ibarra

Kari Ibarra

2nd/3rd SDC

• 3 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Human Resource Management, Cal Poly Pomona B.S.
• MA, Leadership and Management, University of LaVerne MBA
• I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband and children

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!

Maria Morrison

Maria Morrison

Speech

• 1 Yrs at RDN
• BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Worcester State University
• MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Montevallo
• I like bicycle touring, traveling, reading, playing with my dog, hiking, and hitting the beach.