Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Real Support Staff

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Dr. Maria M. Hernandez

Dr. Maria M. Hernandez

Principal

• Rio School District 15 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

- B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice (double major) from California State University of Bakersfield
- M.S. in School Psychology from National University
- Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Course work from Florida Institute of Technology
- 10 Years in the field
- In my spare time I enjoy traveling, trying different cuisines, training for half/full marathons, spin, yoga, etc.
- I love spending time with my husband and 2-year old daughter (Malayna Addison)

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
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.

Candee Terranova

Candee Terranova

Resource Specialist

• BA in Spanish with a minor in Nutrition
• Mild/moderate Education Specialist Credential with Bilingual authorization from CSUCI
• My hobbies include going to the beach, DIY projects and spending time with friends and family

Elizabeth Lareva

Elizabeth Lareva

Nurse

• RSD since 2016
• Bachelor of Science Nursing from CSU Channel Islands
• Registered Nurse License and a Public Health Nurse License from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
• I love to cook and spend most of my weekends spending time with my husband
• I have a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles for children

Luisa Fernandez

Luisa Fernandez

Librarian
Leonor Pazos

Leonor Pazos

After School Program Coordinator
Olga Velasco

Olga Velasco

Kindergarten Support Teacher

I have been teaching at Rio Real for 6 years.
I have a BA in liberal studies with an emphasis in bilingual studies: Spanish/English CSUCI
Multiple subject Teaching credential w/BCLAD CSUCI

I enjoy hiking, yoga, and spending time with my family.

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)

Carmen Vásquez is a dual immersion kindergarten teacher. She‘s taught for 30 years with 18 years in Rio. She earned a BA in liberal studies from California State University Northridge, California. She was a founding teacher in the district’s dual immersion magnet program.

She believes that every child can love learning and that a global education truly prepares students for the 21st century.

In her spare time she likes to sew and craft.

Quote:
Be the change you want to see in the world.
-Mahatma Gandhi

Patricia Cabrera

Patricia Cabrera

1st Grade - (Rm. 4)

Rio School District 11 years
BA in Liberal Studies, Supplementary Authorization in English
Bilingual Credential, CSUN
I enjoy spending time with family, reading and running.
My favorite quote is, "We must let go of the life we have
planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
by Joseph Campbell
Be happy and enjoy those beautiful moments of life!

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.

Maria Mauricio

Maria Mauricio

2nd Grade - (Rm. 28)
Aurora Zamudio

Aurora Zamudio

2nd Grade - (Rm. 14)
Yenni Luna

Yenni Luna

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

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

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

Jacqueline Leal

Jacqueline Leal

3rd Grade - (Rm. 27)

• 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"

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!

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.

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.

Cynthia Zarate

Cynthia Zarate

4th 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!

Irene Carranza-Chavez

Irene Carranza-Chavez

5th Grade - (Rm. 23)

12 years in the Rio School District
BA Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
California Teaching Credential, Cal Lutheran University
MA in Education, Cal Lutheran University
I love to spend time with my two children and husband. I am passionate about teaching, interior design, and personal development.
“There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing YET.” - Sheila Tobias

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez

5th Grade - (Rm. 34)

Mark Jester

Mark Jester

5th Grade - (Rm. 25)

I have taught in Rio for 17 years.
BA in Psychology from UCSB
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUN
I like to hike, play board and card games with friends, read, discuss politics, and stay informed about the world.

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

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.

Kimberly Landberg

Kimberly Landberg

Middle School - (Rm. 32)

Rio School District since 2016
BA Geography, UC Santa Barbara
MS Environmental Science, CSU Fullerton
Teaching Credential, Cal Lutheran University
I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and exploring nature with my family.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir

Margarita Mosqueda

Margarita Mosqueda

Middle School - (Rm. 33)

21 Yrs. Educator
BA, Chicano Studies, UCSB
BA Spanish, UCSB
MA in Education, UCSB
BCLAD Credential, UCSB
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy CLU
I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning. I stand by the belief that every student has the potential to succeed and that it is the duty of the educator to help them achieve those goals and retain the mindset that everything is possible.

Marcela Ortiz

Marcela Ortiz

Middle School - (Rm. 38)

• First year at Rio Real
• BA, Liberal Studies; Northridge
• Single Subject Spanish; National University
• I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and traveling.

Diana Barrera

Diana Barrera

Middle School - (Rm. 37)
Lionel Carrizales

Lionel Carrizales

Middle School PE - (Field)
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