Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Del Sol ADMINSTRATIVE STAFF

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Dr. Ralph Cordova

Dr. Ralph Cordova

Principal
Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson

Assistant Principal

• BA - Foreign Languages and Literatures, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
• MA - Educational Administration, McKendree University
• Spanish Teacher 19 years, Alton High School
• Spanish Instructor 14 years, Lewis and Clark Community College
• Interests: Cooking, new restaurants, the beach, playing piano, spending time with my husband and pets and visiting my daughter at college.

Anna Carrillo

Anna Carrillo

Student & Family Support Specialist

Rio Del Sol Teachers

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Courtney Burke

Courtney Burke

Kindergarten

• BA, History; CLU
• MA, Education, CLU
• Working in Rio since 2014
• Living in Camarillo my entire life has helped me to feel at home in the Rio School District.
• My favorite pastimes include spending time with my family, watching my kids play soccer, and cooking.

Melinda Calderon

Melinda Calderon

Kindergarten

• Working in Rio since 2013
• Correctional Officer - 15 yrs - VC Corrections
• Attended SFU
• BS, Kinesiology - CSUN
• Multi-Subject (CLAD) - CSUN
I love spending time with family and friends and being a soccer mom of 4 amazing kids!

Leann Lang

Leann Lang

Kindergarten

• Rio teacher since 2013
• BA in Child and Adolescent Development, CSUN
• MA in Teacher Leadership/ teaching credentials, CLU
• Being with my family, spending time with my baby, running, exercising

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.

Valori Book

Valori Book

1st Grade

• BA Art - Graphic Design, CSUN
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSUCI
• Interests: Running, exploring the outdoors, reading, drawing, and spending time with the family (pets included!).

Tylere Hamm

Tylere Hamm

1st Grade

• BA - Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Special Education, CSUCI
• Outdoor Education for four years, leading students on adventure based trips. Our goal was to help students build a relationship with themselves, their peers, and their natural surroundings.
• Interests: The beach, camping, bike rides, painting, and cooking.

Annie Koga

Annie Koga

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

Abbie Shaw Linder

Abbie Shaw Linder

1st 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

Rickey Koga

Rickey Koga

2nd Grade

• 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.

Phaedra Lam

Phaedra Lam

2nd Grade

• BA- Liberal Studies, Sociology and Education, UC Riverside
• M.Ed. Teaching Emphasis and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, UC Santa Barbara
• Teaching is my favorite passion! I also am a high school basketball referee and enjoy running. I love my husband and my three Chinese born cats. My favorite book series is “Warriors” by Erin Hunter, because it’s about cats!

Amanda Balades

Amanda Balades

3rd Grade
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.

Megan Hernandez

Megan Hernandez

3rd Grade

• B.A. in History- California State University Channel Islands
M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction- Grand Canyon University
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with and authorization in the Social Sciences- California State University Channel Islands
• I have a strong passion for what I do, and look forward to seeing and guiding my students each and every day. During my personal time, I love spending time with my husband and two year old son, and experiencing something new each and every day! My hobbies include painting, reading, museum visiting, spending time in nature, shopping for school supplies, and seeking out any thrilling experience 🙂
• “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

Camille Izvarin

Camille Izvarin

3rd 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."

Lawrence Kelman

Lawrence Kelman

4th 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

Erin Sommers

Erin Sommers

4th/5th Grade

• B.A. in Psychology- UC Santa Cruz
Multiple Subject Credential with EL authorization- California Lutheran University
• Teacher since 2017
• Reading Intervention teacher for 1 year
• I love spending time with my family, traveling, playing basketball, and walking my dog!

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly

5th Grade

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

Anthony Ostrowski

Anthony Ostrowski

5th 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.

David Romano

David Romano

6th Grade

• Teaching Since 2012
• Rio Teacher Since 2014
• B.A. Liberal Studies - CLU
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - CLU
• GATE Teacher
• Have been involved in Coaching Football at the High School and College Level Since 2007.
• I enjoy bringing my passions of Video Production, 3D Design, Engineering, Tinkering, Making, and Science into the classroom.

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

Cynthia Zarate

Cynthia Zarate

6th Grade

• I’ve been teaching since 1992
• BA Liberal Studies San Diego State
• MA Education San Diego State
• I love cooking and spending time with my family!

Dani Bayer

Dani Bayer

7th Grade

• B.A. in English - Manhattanville College
• MA Early Childhood Education - Pacific Oaks College
• Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential with an authorization in English - Cal Lutheran University
• Intervention Teacher in Oxnard School District
• Taught preschool for six years
• Volunteered teaching and working in schools and street-children centers in Moshi, Tanzania
• Interests: hiking, exploring, traveling, photography, music, spending time with family and my dog

Michelle Geair

Michelle Geair

7th 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.

Jeff Hudson

Jeff Hudson

7th Grade

• Since 1996, I have taught English in and around Alton, Illinois - the St. Louis Metro-East. In those years I have co-directed a National Writing Project Site. Through the National Writing Project and The Cultural Landscapes Collaboratory I have worked to support literacy instruction across the curriculum throughout the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and University of Missouri St. Louis service areas.
• While at Alton High School I co-founded the InnoLab, a PLC underpinned by a theory of action - Responsive Design. The Innolab saw hundreds of IMPs enacted by teachers from across the curriculum and across the district.
• My recent visit to the IBID summer institute inspired a dream to come to California and join the Rio family. I couldn’t be more excited.

Rizza Husband

Rizza Husband

7th Grade

• Rio Teacher since 2016
• Teaching since 2004 (previously in Long Beach, CA and Tucson, AZ)
• B.A. in English - CSU Long Beach
• M.Ed. and Teaching Credentials - UC Santa Barbara
• When I am not at RDS, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, cooking, running, and all things Disney.

Chad Farewell

Chad Farewell

PE Coach
Janine Mallet

Janine Mallet

Art Teacher
Melissa Wantz

Melissa Wantz

ELA TOSA

• Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for English Language Arts
• B.A. in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
• M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing, California State University, Northridge
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, Northridge
• I enjoy ceramics, photography, reading, time with family and walks on the beach

Rio Del Sol Resource Staff

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Ignacio Mendoza III

Ignacio Mendoza III

Counselor

• With Rio since 2015
• BA in Chicano Studies & Sport Management, UCSB
• MA Educational Counseling & Educational Leadership, (1st) University of La Verne & (2nd) California Lutheran University
• I enjoy attending sporting events with my family.

Lillian Hernandez

Lillian Hernandez

School Psychologist
Tania Andrade

Tania Andrade

Librarian

I received my B.A. in Sociology from CSU San Bernardino and have been working in the education field for 12 years. My husband and I moved to Ventura in 2009 and I have been working for the Rio School District since 2012. I love watching all my students grow and succeed in their reading goals. I enjoy spending time with my family, scrap-booking (when my son allows it!) and finding new creative ways to decorate my library. I love turtles, I have two Russian Tortoises at home. I enjoy visiting new places and hope to do more traveling in the future.

Neesha Aziz

Neesha Aziz

Resource Specialist

• Teaching at Rio School District since 2016
• BA, Liberal Studies, CSUCI
• Teaching Credential, CSUCI
• In my free time I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, and hiking.

Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas

Resource Specialist

• B.A., Religious Studies, California Lutheran University
• M.A., Education, University of Phoenix
Multiple & Single Subject Teaching Credentials (English)
• Teaching since 2003, Worked for Rio District since: 2019
• Currently attending National University
In my free time, I love having “movie and popcorn” time with my husband and 2 daughters. I also enjoy taking my dogs for a walk around my neighborhood.

Daisy Sanders Nevarez

Daisy Sanders Nevarez

Speech and Language Pathologist

• Working in Rio since 2019
• BS Speech Language Assistant- Turabo University, Puerto Rico
• MS Speech Language Pathologist- Carlos Albizu University, Puerto Rico
• Doctoral Candidate in Special Ed- Nova Southeastern University, Florida
• I enjoy travel and spend time with my family.

Antonia Houston

Antonia Houston

Intervention

• Intervention Teacher-Rio School District since 2018
• Early childhood educator since 2002
BA, Child Development, CSUN
• Multiple subject credential, CSUCI.
• In my free time, I like going to the beach, hiking, and going on family trips with my husband, son, and daughter
• I enjoy instilling a lifelong love of learning and reading and creating a learning environment that is positive, engaging, and fun!
• "Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate." -Anonymous

Erin Calisto

Erin Calisto

Intervention

• Intervention Teacher at Rio School District since 2018
• Taught high school English for five years
• BA, English, CSUCI
• Single Subject Teaching Credential, English, University of La Verne
• I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and three children, being outdoors and drinking tea.

Kathy Navarro

Kathy Navarro

Intervention

• B.S in Kinesiology- California State University Northridge
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential- University of La Verne
• My free time is usually spent with my fiance and our two boys. I love playing soccer, I have been playing for over 20 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love watching sports, especially football.

Rio Del Sol Support Staff

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Ignacio Arroyo

Ignacio Arroyo

Custodian
Manny Diaz

Manny Diaz

Custodian
Maria Alfaro

Maria Alfaro

Kitchern Manager
Rocio Gomez

Rocio Gomez

Kitchern Assistant
Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez

Kitchern Assistant
Maria Chavez

Maria Chavez

Campus Supervision Assistant
Stephen Daugherty

Stephen Daugherty

Campus Supervision Assistant
Laura Erhardt

Laura Erhardt

Campus Supervision Assistant
Brenda Munoz

Brenda Munoz

Campus Supervision Assistant
Theodore Ngo

Theodore Ngo

Campus Supervision Assistant
Patricia Sanchez

Patricia Sanchez

Campus Supervision Assistant