Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio del Valle Support Staff

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Adrienne Peralta

Adrienne Peralta

Principal
Leslie Pimentel

Leslie Pimentel

Assistant Principal
Karen Horde

Karen Horde

School Psychologist

• School Psychologist at Rio Del Valle since 2014
• BA, Psychology, National University
• MA, School Psychology, National University
• Pursing PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition and Instruction - Projected completion January 2020
• I enjoy traveling, music, food, books and spending time with my pup

Andre Vasquez

Andre Vasquez

School Counselor

• RDV for 13 years
• BA, Spanish & Chicano Studies; UCSB
• MS, School Counseling; SDSU
• I love music and staying active.

Bernice Holladay

Bernice Holladay

Librarian

• RDV for 13 years
• BA, Spanish & Chicano Studies; UCSB
• MS, School Counseling; SDSU
• I love music and staying active.

Frances Carrizales

Frances Carrizales

Office Staff
Sandra Betancourt

Sandra Betancourt

Office Staff
Vivian Saldana

Vivian Saldana

Office Staff
Mimi Anderson

Mimi Anderson

Kitchen Manager
Andrea Alfaro

Andrea Alfaro

Instructional Assistant
Jordan Duckett

Jordan Duckett

Instructional Assistant
Nicole Ruelas

Nicole Ruelas

Instructional Assistant

Rio del Valle Teachers

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Carlos Anaya

Carlos Anaya

8th Grade, Social Studies

• RDV Teacher for 13 years
• BA in History - University of Eastern New Mexico
• MA in Curriculum & Instruction - Azusa Pacific
• I enjoy jogging and working on cars

Vanessa Acosta

Vanessa Acosta

7th Grade Science

• First year at RDV
• BA, Communicative Disorders; Cal State Fullerton
• I like to go the beach and traveling.

Lorene Bacon

Lorene Bacon

6th Grade Math/Science/Elective
Christie Barnes

Christie Barnes

Technology Teacher

• RDV Teacher for 1 year
• BS in Business Education from CSUN
• Reading and being with my family

Barbara Beltran-Walker

Barbara Beltran-Walker

Pat Casiano

Pat Casiano

ELD & Drama

• RDV Teacher for 10 years
• BA, English & Spanish; UCSB
• MA, Educaiton; Pepperdine
• Teatro de las Americas, founding Member

Elizabeth Clayton-Bennett

Elizabeth Clayton-Bennett

Social Studies Teacher

• RDV Teacher for 2 years
• BA History; UC Berkeley
• BS Elementary Education; Bowling Green State University (in Ohio)
• MA Religious Studies; University of Chicago
• I enjoy knitting and walking

Sara Dowey

Sara Dowey

Science Teacher

• RDV teacher since 2015
• B.S. Biology, CSU Channel Islands
• Certified in Exotic Animal Training and Management
• Multiple Subject, General Science and Biology Credentials, CSU Channel Islands
• I LOVE spending time with my husband and children; going camping, bike riding and hiking.

Sonia Gonzalez

Sonia Gonzalez

8th Grade Math

• First year at RDV
• BA, Math; UCSB
• Minor, Education; UCSB
• Teaching Credential from CSUCI
• I enjoy doing sudoku puzzles.

Gerrit Granado

Gerrit Granado

Jackie Griffin

Jackie Griffin

Physical Education Teacher

• RDV Physical Education Teacher since 2014.
• BS in Exercise Science, CLU.
• MA in Teaching Leadership.
• Volleyball Coach.

Sonja Gustafsson

Sonja Gustafsson

7th Grade Language Arts/ ELD

• First year at RDV
• BA, English Literature; UC Santa Cruz
• MA, Education, UC Santa Cruz
• I like to spend time by the ocean and with friends and family.

Leann Guzik

Leann Guzik

Art Teacher

• RDV teacher since 2016
• BA, Social Work
• MA, Education
• "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" - Edgar Degas

Hugo Guzman

Hugo Guzman

Mathematics & Robotics

• RDV Teacher for 11 years
• BA in Education; CSUN
• MA in Education; Cal Lutheran
• I enjoy SCUBA diving & Mountain Biking

Kevin Hardy

Kevin Hardy

SPED Teacher

• RDV Teacher since 1997
• BA in Sociology; CSUN
• MA in Special Education; CLU
• I enjoy reading and golf.
• "Make each a day a masterpiece." John Wooden

Erica Landeros

Erica Landeros

6th Grade, Math, Science, ELD

• RDV Teacher for 5 years
• BA Liberal Arts; CSUN
• I love to dance

Marcy Lewis-Abriol

Marcy Lewis-Abriol

8th Grade, Language Arts, Honors

• RDV Teacher for 16 years
• BA Religion; La Sierra University
• MA Religion; La Sierra University
• I like spending time with my children

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Nicole Martin

7th & 8th Grade, English

• RDV Teacher for 3 years
• BA English; UCI
• Graduate Gemologist; Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
• MA Education; UCI
• I like Reading, Gemology, Metalworking w/Copper, and Chinchillery

Max Martinez

Max Martinez

Specialized Academic Instruction Teacher

• Teaching at RDV since 2016
• B.A. Liberal Studies from CSU Channel Islands
• Enrolled in Masters of Arts in Teaching program at USC
• Love nature, the outdoors, and staying active
• Cross Country and Track Coach

Mindy Martinez

Mindy Martinez

6th Grade Language Arts, Social Studies, Art

• RDV Teacher since 2012
• BS Interior Design, CSUN
• M.Ed Teacher Leadership, CLU
• I love hanging out with my sons, dabbling in art, and nature.

Elizabeth	Montano

Elizabeth Montano

8th Grade Social Studies, ASB Advisor

• RDV Teacher for 12 years
• BA in Spanish, UCSB
• BA in Chicano Studies, UCSB
• Masters in Education, UCSB
• I like singing and running

Katy Montecino

Katy Montecino

Special Ed

• RDV Teacher for 10 years
• AA, SBCC
• BA, Deaf Studies, CSUN
• MA, Deaf Studies, CSU-CI
• I love my children (does that count?) cooking, photo book making.

Jenny Navarro

Jenny Navarro

Math Teacher

• RDV Teacher for 13 years
• BA, Mathematics; UCSB
• M.ED; UCSB
• I love cooking and spending time with my family.

Jennifer O’Toole

Jennifer O’Toole

6th Language Arts/Social Science
Michelle Oropeza

Michelle Oropeza

Math/Science/AVID

• RDV Teacher for 7 years
• BA, Sociology; UCSB
• MA, Curriculum & Instruction; Azusa Pacific
• MA, Educational Counseling; Azusa Pacific
• I love reading & jigsaw puzzles.

Heather Parks

Heather Parks

6th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies, 6th & 7th Grade Art

• RDV Teacher for 1 year
• BA, Art History; CSUN
• MA, Educational Administration; CSUN
• I love hiking & music.

Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips

6th Grade Math/Science, AVID

• RDV Teacher for 7 years
• BS, Anthropology; SDSU
• MA, Education; CLU
• I love reading & traveling.

Martha Powers

Martha Powers

Education Specialist

• RDV Teacher for 8 years
• BA, Biogeography; UCLA
• MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Science); UCLA
• I love gaming and beading.

Alejandro Sandoval

Alejandro Sandoval

Math Teacher

• RDV Teacher for 13 years
• BS, Biochemistry; Cal Poly SLO
• I love coaching and mountain biking.

Richard Soliz

Richard Soliz

PE, Football Coach, Athletic Director

• RDV Teacher for 11 years
• BA, Communications; CSLA
• MA, Education; Azusa Pacific
• I love coaching and fantasy sports.

Ken Tomimitsu

Ken Tomimitsu

PE Teacher

• RDV Teacher since 2004
• Flag Football Coach
• BS, Kinesiology Physical Education, CSUN
• MA, Instructional Technology; CSUN
• I love traveling the world and being immersed in other cultures and eating their local food.

Stefanie Terrazas

Stefanie Terrazas

Teacher

• RDV Teacher for 3 years
• BA, Sociology; UCSB
• MA, Curriculum & Instruction; University of Phoenix
• I love coaching and baking.

Erin Tillman

Erin Tillman

6th Math/Science/AVID

• Teaching since 2000
• First year at Rio Del Valle and RSD
• BS, Liberal Studies: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
• MA, Educational Leadership; Pepperdine
• I love spending time with my family, going to the beach and traveling.

Angel Velez

Angel Velez

Music Teacher
Mary Walzer

Mary Walzer

7th Grade Language Arts, Honors 8th Grade Spanish

• RDV Teacher for 5 years
• BA, English/Spanish Literature; Hunter College
• MA, education Bilingual Studies; City University of New York
• I love reading, camping and biking.

Shalen Williams

Shalen Williams

6th-8th Physical Education

• Teaching and Coaching since 2002
• BA, Communications, George Mason University
• MA, Physical Education, Azusa Pacific
• Played Division 1 College Volleyball on Full Athletic Scholarship

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Debbie Zaritzky

7th Grade, Science

• RDV Teacher since 2005
• BS Health Sciences; Cal State Northridge
• I love hanging with my children and puppies

Melinda Zeman

Melinda Zeman

6th grade Language Arts/Social Sciences and Yearbook

• RDV Teacher for 1 year
• BA, Child Development; CSU, Sacramento
• MA, English; National University
• I love traveling and gardening.