Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Vista Support Staff

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Matthew Klinefelter

Matthew Klinefelter

Principal
Adeline Mendez

Adeline Mendez

Assistant Principal

• BA History, CSUN
• MA, Educational Leadership; CSUN
• MS, Peer & Guidance Counseling; CLU
• I enjoy Softball and Reading

Steven Acosta

Steven Acosta

Noon Duty Supervisor
Simon Adame

Simon Adame

Custodian
Connie Alvarado

Connie Alvarado

Office Manager
Victor Anaya

Victor Anaya

Counselor
Veronica Barragan

Veronica Barragan

Student Family Support Specialist
Elias Batis

Elias Batis

Campus Supervisor
Juan Del Rio

Juan Del Rio

Nighttime Custodian
Karen Horde

Karen Horde

Psychologist
Ricardo Ortega

Ricardo Ortega

Campus Supervisor
Sandra Pantoja

Sandra Pantoja

Librarian
Lorena Rivera

Lorena Rivera

Family & Student Support Services
George Thompson

George Thompson

Custodian

Artist In Residence

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Diane DeLaurentis

Diane DeLaurentis

Artist in Residence - Drama

• Professional actress, acting teacher and coach
• Modeling, voice-over, commercials, theater, leading roles in film & TV
• Movies include BETTER OFF DEAD, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.
• Taught acting & improvisation to students K-12 for over 15 years.

Steve Sunnarborg

Steve Sunnarborg

Artist in Residence - Music

• BA, Music - CSUN
• Winner, Andres Segovia Scholarship
• Winner, Randy Rhoads Scholarship
• Studied with guitar greats; Christopher Parkening & Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne).
• Guitar Planet teacher & recording & performing artist
• Owner/Operator of the Ventura Guitar Academy.
• Head of the music - North Hills Prep

Rio Vista Teachers

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Louise Argend

Louise Argend

8th Grade Math

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family traveling, camping, hiking and going to the beach.

• BA - Psychology, UCLA
• Multiple Subjects Credential - Math & Science, CLU
• Master of Education - PE, Azusa Pacific

Wendy Bjork

Wendy Bjork

6th Grade ELA/SS Yearbook

I am available to assist your student every day at lunch!

• Multiple Subject Credential & English
• 8 yrs. Rio District
• 17 yrs. Oxnard High District
• 2 yrs. Lancaster - 6th grade
• 1 yr. Southern Kern Unified, 1st grade

Allison Brown

Allison Brown

7th Grade Science

I have been teaching Life Science for 7 years at Rio Vista! In my free time, I’m an avid traveler, nature lover, and beach lounger.

• B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz
• M.A. Learning Communities, Grand Canyon U

Mireya Chavez

Mireya Chavez

ELD / Spanish
Ryan Delaway

Ryan Delaway

7th Grade SS/AVID

I love my job, and I never have a day where I say to myself, "I don’t want to go to work."

• B.A. - History
• Teaching Credential - Social Sciences
• Master of Arts - Teaching, emphasis in Professional Learning Communities.

Adam Erickson

Adam Erickson

7th & 8th Grade ELA/SS/Sci

I have been teaching since the Fall of 2010. I came to Rio Vista Middle School in the Fall of 2012, and have enjoyed every minute of it! I love to incorporate technology and skill practice into my classes!

• B.A. - History & English, CLU
• M.Ed. - Teacher & Curriculum Leadership, CLU
• M.A. - History, CSUN

Kim Fairchild

Kim Fairchild

6th Grade ELA/SS/ ELD

Born and raised in Oxnard & Ventura. I love reading, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

• B.A in Political Science, CSUN
• Multiple Subjects Credential, CLU
• M.A. Education, CLU
• 14 years - Rio District

Mary Fleming

Mary Fleming

6th Grade ELA/SS

I look forward to coming to work everyday, connecting with students and helping them grow to their greatest potential.

• 3rd year at Rio Vista
• B.A. Liberal Studies: UCSB
• Multiple Subject Credential: Western Governors University

John Franckowiak

John Franckowiak

6th Grade Math/Science/Study Skills

This is my 13th year as a 6th grade teacher, and my 30th year overall as an employee in Rio. I absolutely love teaching here on the Rio Vista campus! I currently teach Math, Earth Science, and Study Skills.

• B.A., Liberal Studies, CSUN
• Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSUN

Augustine Garcia

Augustine Garcia

Tech

I am a husband, father with 2 children that attend a Rio school. We love family time, the outdoors and have a curiosity of the world!

• AA from Honolulu Community College
• BA & Credential CLU
• BCLAD certified
• Teaching for 19 years
• Bilingual & SEI - 17 years

Maria Gutierrez

Maria Gutierrez

7th Grade ELA/ELD

I have a love for reading and a passion for writing! I enjoy helping students become strong writers as they discover their voice and place in learning.

• B.A., Liberal Studies, CSUN
• Multiple Subject (K-12)
• CLAD and BCLAD
• South Coast Writing Fellow, UCSB, June 1997.
• Teaching for 27 years.

Lisa Herrera

Lisa Herrera

8th Grade ELA

• Employed at Rio School District for 20 years
• 12 years at Rio Del Valle JHS
• 8 years at Rio Vista MS
• B.A. English from UCSB
• Single-Subject English Credential from CSUN
• Proud graduate of the Rio School District-attended Rio Plaza, Rio Real, and Rio Del Valle

Rizza Husband

Rizza Husband

7/8th Grade ELA
Beth Lindley

Beth Lindley

6th Grade ELA/SS
Kim Lopez

Kim Lopez

Physical Education

• 9th year at Rio Vista
• B.S. Kinesiology emphasis in PE (SDSU)
• Teaching Credential: Physical Education (CSUN)
• M.S. Educational Counseling (University of La Verne)
• Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credential (University of La Verne)

Tessa Lopez

Tessa Lopez

6th/7th ELA and Math

• 2nd year at Rio Vista
• BA, Music, Minor in Spanish - UCSB
• Studied abroad in Mexico & Spain
• Taught private guitar lessons
• Teaching credential - Antioch University, SB

I enjoy art, music, golf, hiking, comedy, traveling, and cat shelter volunteer.

Pamela Maddox

Pamela Maddox

7th Grade Math

• 3rd year at Rio Vista, 5th year teaching
• BS - Electrical Engineering, BYU
• 10 Yrs - Electrical Engineer
• Credential, CSUN and CSCI
• Enjoying my "2nd career’" as a teacher!

I enjoy hiking, jogging, the beach, the mountains, and time with family & friends.

Dana Mainzer

Dana Mainzer

Art

I love art! When I was 8, my mom bought me my first watercolor paint-set that lead me to paint the wildflowers beside our house!

• BA - Art Education, CalState Long Beach
• Credential - Art
• 9 Yrs, Art Teacher South Whittier
• 4 Yrs, Taught English in Costa Rica

Melanie Martin

Melanie Martin

7th & 8th Grade ELA

• 4 Yrs at Rio Vista
• 2 Yrs - OC Private School
• 6 Yrs - CLU & community colleges
• BA English, CSULB
• MFA, Southern Illinois U

My free time is filled with reading, writing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and Spin classes.

Hernan Martinez

Hernan Martinez

Physical Education

• 6 Yrs at Rio Vista, 10 Yrs in the RSD
• BA, Liberal Studies, CSUN
• Multiple Subject, PE & History Credential, CSUN
• I am also a proud graduate of Rio Plaza & Rio Del Valle!

I enjoy coaching volleyball, riding my bike, and spending time with my family. My wife and I have a beautiful daughter and a new born son!

Gena Mathwin

Gena Mathwin

6th Grade Math/Science

• 2 Yrs at Rio Vista
• 34 Yrs in the Rio District!
• BA Liberal Studies, CSUN
• MA Educational Leadership, CSUN

In my spare time I enjoy horseback riding, water skiing, and pretty much everything about the country life. But the best of all, is spending time with my new grandson!

April McCarthy

April McCarthy

SAI

• 36 Yrs at Rio District
• 23 Yrs Special Education
• BA, Special Ed Credential, APU
• MA Special Ed, APU
• As a child I attended Rio Plaza & Rio Del Valle

I enjoy traveling anywhere in the U.S. by car. Camping is one of the most favorite things to do, and my husband and I still use a tent! My family is very important to me.

Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy

8th Grade Science & Robotics

• 13 Yrs Rio District
• Prior work - fisheries biologist, CA Dept of Fish & Game
• B.S., Environmental Biology
• M.S., Science Education

I decided to become a teacher to share my joy of science with kids! In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, gardening, and playing with my dog.

Cameron Ohl

Cameron Ohl

Physical Education

• 9 Yrs at Rio Vista
• 12 Yrs in Rio District
• B.S., PE with emphasis Athletic Coaching, Northern Arizona University
• Single Subject Credential PE, CSUN

I enjoy spending time with my family and being active in many ways.

Ronda Plomteaux

Ronda Plomteaux

6th Grade Math/Sci/ELD
TeriLynn Regalado-Yepez

TeriLynn Regalado-Yepez

Visual & Performing Arts

• 9 Yrs in Rio District
• Concert Choir, Piano/Guitar, Exploring Music & Glee Club
• B.A. & M.A. Vocal Performance/Opera & Music, SF Conservatory of Music

I am a professional singer, church choir director, and private music teacher. I want my students to embrace their love for music & performance!

Heriberto Rojas

Heriberto Rojas

6th Grade ELA/SS/ELD

• 11 Yrs in Rio District
• 6 Yrs at Rio Vista

• B.A. History & Sociology, UCSB
• Teaching Credential, CSUCI
• M.A. with School Counseling Credential, APU

My goal as an educator is not only to teach students, but more importantly, to instill in them the desire to become lifelong learners!

Cesar Ruiz

Cesar Ruiz

8th Grade Science

• 4 Yrs Teaching
• 3 Yrs at Rio Vista
• B.S. PolySci, emphasis Pre-Law
• Social & Foundational Science Credentials, CLU

I have always enjoyed science, since I was a child growing up in Nyeland Acres and winning science fair competitions at Rio Real! I enjoy hiking, the beach, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Serrano

Jessica Serrano

7th Grade Math

• 9 Yrs at Rio Vista
• B.S in Mathematics, CSUCI
• M.A., emphasis Learning Communities, Grand Canyon U

I strive everyday to meet my students where they are in their learning path and challenge them to reach their potential. In my my spare time, I enjoy dancing, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Kristin Snell

Kristin Snell

8th Grade Math

• 13 Yrs at Rio District
• BA in Liberal Studies, CSUN
• Professional Multiple Subject Credential, CLU
• Masters in Education, CLU

I love the logic and beauty of math and try to share this love with all of my students. Everyone can do math!!!!

Josh Steiner

Josh Steiner

Physical Education

• 6 Yrs at Rio Vista
• 2 Yrs at Thousand Oaks HS
• B.S. Kinesiology with emphasis in PE, CSUSD
• Masters of Education, CLU

I have a beautiful and supportive wife who teaches at Rio Rosales. Together we have two beautiful boys Noah and Ryan. I enjoy playing outside with my boys, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and coaching baseball and football.

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

8th Grade SS

• 16 Yrs in the Rio District
• 27 Yrs Teaching
• B.A. PolySci & History
• CLAD and CA Certs
• M.A. Social Science

Worked in several Performing Arts and IB schools in Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Zimbabwe. I love reading history and politics and visiting historical places. I have traveled to nearly all 50 states with my wonderful family.

Gertraud Tomlinson

Gertraud Tomlinson

Resource Specialist/SAI

• 1 Yr at Rio Vista
• 3 Yrs Intervention Specialist, Banyan Elementary
• B.A.Int’l Business - CSUF
• Ed. Specialist Credential, CSUCI

I enjoy helping students become critical thinkers, strong speakers, good readers, thoughtful writers, attentive listeners and stronger mathematicians.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and traveling.

Doug Williamson

Doug Williamson

Visual & Performing Arts - Director

• 3 Yrs at Rio Vista
• B.A. Music Performance, CSUN
• Previous: music director, Anacapa Middle School, Capitol Hill and Mary Rieke Elementary, Carpinteria Unified, Liggett Street Elementary

I help provide a rigorous instrumental program at Rio Vista by striving to reach the California VPA standards. I love teaching music and my passion for the subject is infused into my instruction.

Helen Yap

Helen Yap

7th Grade Science