Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Real Support Staff

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Dr. Maria M. Hernandez

Dr. Maria M. Hernandez

Principal

• Rio School District 13 years
• BA Sociology, CSUN
• MA in Educational Administration, CSUN
• Ed.D. Educational Leadership, California Lutheran University
• I enjoy watching the surf, hiking, camping, reading a good book and family gatherings!

Jeannette Smith

Jeannette Smith

Assistant Principal

BS Soil Science- Cal Poly SLO
M. Ed Teacher Leadership-CSUCI
Teacher for 19 years
1 year in administration
I love to read, ride horses and spend time in nature with my husband. I love to travel.

Alejandra Serrano-Ramirez

Alejandra Serrano-Ramirez

School Psychologist
Margarita Jimenez

Margarita Jimenez

School Counselor
Maria Ramirez

Maria Ramirez

Office Manager
Araceli Lyon

Araceli Lyon

Student & Family Support Specialist
Maria Torres

Maria Torres

Student & Family Support Specialist
Elizabeth Lareva

Elizabeth Lareva

Nurse
Luisa Fernandez

Luisa Fernandez

Librarian
Leonor Pazos

Leonor Pazos

After School Program Coordinator
Ignacio Arroyo

Ignacio Arroyo

Custodian

Rio Real Teachers

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Stephanie Castro

Stephanie Castro

Kindergarten - (Rm. 5)

• Rio Real Teacher for 2 years
• BA Liberal Studies, SDSU
• Bilingual Credential, SDSU
• "So often you find that the students you’re trying to inspire are the ones that end up inspiring you. -Sean Junkins"

Rosa Navarro-Herrejon

Rosa Navarro-Herrejon

Kindergarten - (Rm. K-2)
Lourdes Sepulveda-Gallegos

Lourdes Sepulveda-Gallegos

Kindergarten- (Rm. 9)

BS Biology, CSUCI
MA in Education, Pepperdine University
Former Rio School District student
I enjoy the outdoors and staying active.
"The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example." -John Wooden

Carmen Vasquez

Carmen Vasquez

Kindergarten - (Rm. K-1)
Patricia Cabrera

Patricia Cabrera

1st Grade - (Rm. 4)
Sandra Morales

Sandra Morales

1st Grade - (Rm. 8)

• Rio Real teacher for 12 years
• BA Multiple Subjects, California State University, Northridge
• I love spending time with my family and friends!

Mariela Plascencia

Mariela Plascencia

1st Grade - (Rm. 6)

· It’s a pleasure to be back in the Rio School District as a teacher as I am a former Rio School District student.
· Rio Real Teacher for 11 years
· BA Liberal Studies; CSUN
· MS Education; Walden University
· I love to travel and spend time with my son & husband.

Yesenia Viera

Yesenia Viera

1st Grade - (Rm. 7)

• Rio Real teacher for 11 years
• BA Liberal Studies, California State University Northridge
• I enjoy exercising, especially Zumba.

Yenni Arreola

Yenni Arreola

2nd Grade - (Rm. 15)

• Rio District teacher for 15 years
• BCLAD Multiple Subjects creadential at CSUN.
• "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Irene Carranza-Chavez

Irene Carranza-Chavez

2nd Grade - (Rm. 27)
Maria Mauricio

Maria Mauricio

2nd Grade - (Rm. 28)
Patricia Ponce

Patricia Ponce

2nd Grade - (Rm. 16)

Rio Real Teacher since 2015
BA Liberal Studies - University of La Verne
MA in Education and Multiple Subject Credential -
University of La Verne
BCLAD Credential
I love listening to music, dancing, practicing Zumba, reading, and
spending time with my children and friends.
━Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use
To change the world━ Nelson Mandela

Aurora Zamudio

Aurora Zamudio

2nd Grade - (Rm. 14)
Elsa Hernandez

Elsa Hernandez

3rd Grade - (Rm. 17)

• Rio Real teacher for 13 years
• California State University Northridge: BA Child Development, Minor in Psychology. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with BCLAD.
• "If you fall, I’ll always be there."-The Floor

Heather Knauer

Heather Knauer

3rd Grade - (Rm. 19)

Rio Real Teacher since 2004
BS Liberal Studies; California Lutheran University
MS in Education
Being with my family and making memories with the people I love is what my life is all about!

Erica Padilla

Erica Padilla

3rd Grade - (Rm. 18)

5 years Teaching in Dual Language
BA Liberal Studies, CSU Stanislaus
Minor in Spanish, Universidad Del País Vasco, Spain
Multiple Subjects Credential BCLAD, CSU, Stanislaus
Single Subject Spanish Credential, UC Riverside
I enjoy traveling, hiking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
My students inspire me to be the best every day.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

Megan Vargas

Megan Vargas

3rd Grade - (Rm. 30)

Teacher at Rio Real for 2 years

B.A History; Cal State Channel Islands

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with added authorization in the Social Sciences

Aside from being in my classroom with my students, I love doing anything outdoors, such as hiking, kayaking, and yoga. I enjoy spending my spare time with the people I love, and always finding an adventure to pursue

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death."
-Albert Einstein

Teresa Ivey

Teresa Ivey

4th Grade - (Rm. 29)

• 3 Yrs, Dual Immersion at Rio Real
• 8 Yrs Educator
• BA, Education, CSULA
• Credential with Spanish BCLAD, CSUN
• Chicano Studies, Santa Monica
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You‘re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Emily Ornelaz

Emily Ornelaz

4th Grade - (Rm. 40)

• Rio Real for 4 years
• BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara
• MA in Education from California Lutheran University

David Siebler

David Siebler

4th Grade - (Rm. 21)

• I’ve been teaching 32 years
• BA in Liberal Studies at Cal State Northridge
• MA in Special Education at Cal State Northridge
Multiple Subjects credential and a Communication Handicapped credential
• I enjoy gardening, books, music, and teaching.

Mayra Zavala

Mayra Zavala

4th Grade - (Rm. 22)

• I’ve been teaching for 5 years at Rio Real.
• Teaching Credential, CLU
• Emphasis in Children’s Theater and Drama, CLU
• B.A. in Liberal Studies, CLU
• Minor in Spanish, Universidad de Idiomas, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
• I love family time and exercising.

Katherine Auerbach

Katherine Auerbach

5th Grade - (Rm. 24)

• Lakeside Int’l School, Costa Rica - 1 year; Rio Real 2 years
• BA Liberal Studies; Minor in Spanish from CSUCI
• Multiple Subject, CLU
Some of my favorite hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, soccer, and painting. My favorite place to visit so far is Costa Rica. Words of wisdom I inspire to live by: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - M. Ghandi

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez

5th Grade - (Rm. 34)
Mark Jester

Mark Jester

5th Grade - (Rm. 25)
Jacqueline Leal

Jacqueline Leal

5th Grade - (Rm. 23)

• I’ve been teaching 9 years.
• BA Multiple Subjects, California State University Northridge
• MA in Education, BCLAD California Lutheran University
• I love spending time with my children and family.
• “Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz -- Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.” - Benito Juarez"

Cynthia Zarate

Cynthia Zarate

5th Grade - (Rm. 39)

• I’ve been teaching 25 years.
• BA Liberal Studies San Diego State
• MA Education San Diego State
• I love cooking and spending time with my family!

Diana Barrera

Diana Barrera

Middle School - (Rm. 37)
Lionel Carrizales

Lionel Carrizales

Middle School PE - (Field)
Kimberly Landberg

Kimberly Landberg

Middle School - (Rm. 32)
Margarita Mosqueda

Margarita Mosqueda

Middle School - (Rm. 33)
Jennifer O’Toole

Jennifer O’Toole

Middle School - (Rm. 38)

I have been teaching for 11 years, k-college
BA English with Minor in Spanish, CSUCI
MA Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Boston
MS Credential, SS English Credential, CSULA, BCLAD
TESOL certification, UC Santa Barbara
Teaching is my passion and I love learning with my students. To use not one, but two or three languages to communicate, opens students’ minds to the diverse world in which they live. “Our language is the reflection of ourselves.” - Cesar Chavez.

Joseph Stewart

Joseph Stewart

Middle School Math - (Rm. 36)

• Teacher for 4 year
• BA Multiple Subject, Fresno State University
• MA Cross Cultural Education, National University
• California Teaching Credential, National University
• In college I was a Division 1 wrestler at Fresno State.
• Now I enjoy trail running, training for marathons, and hanging out with my Wife Alicia and English Bulldog Biscuit. • I love Math and Science and will do anything I can to help my students succeed.

Leann Guzik

Leann Guzik

Art Teacher - (Rm. 20)

• Rio Real art teacher since 2015
• BA Social Work
• "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" - Edgar Degas

Saul Ulloa

Saul Ulloa

SAI - (Rm. 31)

· Rio Real Resource Specialist Since 2016

· BA in History from CSUF

· Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUF

· I enjoy learning about any subject that grabs my attention especially music, films, and cars. I love to hike, swim, ride my bike, and trail run. Above all, spending time with my loved ones is what brings me the most fulfillment.

Kathy Rydgig

Kathy Rydgig

Speech - (Rm. 3)

• Speech-Language Pathologist for 36 years, 22 in education.
• BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
• MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Additional education in Spanish and linguistics
• I love to run and hike, especially on trails in our beautiful local Santa Monica Mountains. I spent many years scuba diving. Best of all, I have 5 beautiful and talented grandchildren! I still love my profession as it enables me to help individuals of all ages improve the critical skill of communication.

Olga Velasco

Olga Velasco

Kindergarten Support Teacher