Staff & Faculty Directory

STEAM Academy Teachers

(Rollover an image to access their email, websites and social media.)

Nicole Quijano

Nicole Quijano

Kindergarten

• BS, Elementary Education, Marquette University
• MA, Teaching with an emphasis in PLCs, GGU
• I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, riding my bike, and going back to the Midwest to visit family.

Maisie Johnson

Maisie Johnson

Kindergarten
Rickey Koga

Rickey Koga

Kindergarten

• Teaching since 2016
• BA, Liberal Studies, CLU
• I was born and raised on the island of Maui, HI and came to California in 2008.
• In my spare time, I love surfing, hanging out at the beach, going for bike rides, playing trivia with friends, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Michelle Geair

Michelle Geair

1st Grade

• 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.

Annie Graton

Annie Graton

1st Grade

• Rio teacher since 2008
• BA, Environmental Analysis and Design with a minor in Education, UC Irvine
• MA, Teaching, UC Irvine
• I enjoy playing softball, cooking, traveling, trivia and spending time with my family

Camille Izvarin

Camille Izvarin

2nd Grade

• Teaching since 2009
• MS Education (Reading & Literacy)
CSU Fullerton
• BA Liberal Studies
CSU Northridge
• Interests: Travel with husband, music, reading
• Adjunct Professor, CSU Northridge
•"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

Meghan Lauer

Meghan Lauer

2nd 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.

Abby Shaw Linder

Abby Shaw Linder

2nd Grade

• As a lifelong learner, I love to share the joy of learning and discovery with my students. I strive to make learning fun, interesting, engaging and rigorous. I am truly grateful that I get to spend everyday doing what I love.
• In my spare time, I love to read, laugh, learn new things, play games, cook, travel and spending time with family.
• Teacher Leader, UCSB Elementary Math Project
• MA Educational Administration, CSUN
• BA Psychology, UCSC

Lianna Granado

Lianna Granado

3rd Grade

• 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.

Lawrence Kelman

Lawrence Kelman

3rd Grade

• Rio Teacher since 1998
• BA in Pyschology Central Connecticut State College
• M.S. in Education - Walden University
• I enjoy playing guitar, ukulele, and basketball. I also love boogie boarding in the ocean, hiking, and traveling.

Jo Anna Mendoza

Jo Anna Mendoza

4th Grade

• Rio teacher since 1988
• BA, Liberal Studies, CLU; MA, Curriculum and Instruction, CLU; MA, Ed. Admin., CSUN
• Faith and family are first! It is an honor to be a teacher.
• I enjoy serving through my church, volunteering, reading,
playing with my cat, listening to music, and learning right along with my students

Anthony Ostrowski

Anthony Ostrowski

4th Grade

• B.A. in Political Science - University of California, Santa Barbara
• M.A. in Political Science - California Institute of the Arts
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - California State University, Los Angeles
• I enjoy the beach, cooking, traveling, golf, and playing frisbee with my Border Collie.

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

5th Grade

• Rio teacher since 2000
• BA Art History, U C Riverside
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSCI
• M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education
• Interests: reading, surfing, traveling, music, family

David Romano

David Romano

6th Grade

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

Michelle Townsley

Michelle Townsley

6th Grade

• BA, Liberal Studies; UCSB
• MA, Curriculum & Instruction, CLU
• I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and enjoying the local wildlife. I have identified over 2,500 birds in various countries around the world & 100 or more bird species in each of California’s 58 counties