Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Lindo Administrative Staff

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<a href="mailto:amendez@rioschools.org">Adeline Mendez</a>

Adeline Mendez

Principal
<a href="mailto:jalvarez@rioschools.org">Juliena Alvarez</a>

Juliena Alvarez

Office Manager

I’ve worked in the Rio School District since 2004
I love working at Rio Lindo because I get to work with children every day.
I enjoy spending time with family, spiritual connections and hiking in my free time.

<a href="mailto:rcampos@rioschools.org">Rosie Campos</a>

Rosie Campos

Support Specialist

I’ve been working in the Rio School District since 2004.
I enjoy helping students and making a positive impact in their daily lives.
When I have free time, I enjoy walking on the beach and spending time with my family.

Rio Lindo Teachers

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<a href="mailto:phowell-avila@rioschools.org">Patricia Avila</a>

Patricia Avila

TK Certified Teacher

• I have been teaching since 2001
• B.A. multiple subjects, C.S.U.N.
• I believe in learning through play” to I believe play is an essential part of learning.
• PTA liaison - Get in touch with me to help out.

<a href="mailto:mlamorena@rioschools.org">Maristella LaMorena</a>

Maristella LaMorena

Kindergarten Teacher

• I have been teaching since 2003
• BS Telecommunications/Film, San Diego State
• MA Education, National University
I enjoy traveling, laughing with family and friends, Bootcamp and Zumba classes, swimming, watching movies, reading, cooking, and eating.

<a href="mailto:fwalsh@rioschools.org">Frank Walsh</a>

Frank Walsh

Kindergarten Teacher

• I have been a teacher for 15 years, all in the Rio District
• BA Political Science, BA French, University of Nevada, Reno
• M.Ed. Reading (Non-Fiction Comprehension)
• I love reading, messy art projects, and instilling a love for learning in my students!

<a href="mailto:cdowning@rioschools.org">Courtney Downing</a>

Courtney Downing

1st Grade Teacher

• I have been a teacher in Rio for 2 years.
• B.A in Liberal Studies, Spanish Minor/P.E emphasis, Cal Lutheran
• M.A. in Teaching, SDSU
• "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

<a href="mailto:aking@rioschools.org">Abby King</a>

Abby King

1st Grade Teacher

• I have been teaching since 2011
• B.A., Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Adolescent Psychology, CSUCI
• M.A., Teaching, GCU
• I love traveling to new places and spending time with my family

<a href="mailto:jlund@rioschools.org">Jeanette Lund</a>

Jeanette Lund

1st Grade Teacher

• Rio Lindo Teacher for 17 years
• B.A., Liberal Studies; CSU Chico
• M.A., Education; Azusa Pacific University
• I enjoy reading, running and traveling with my family and friends.

<a href="mailto:scontreras@rioschools.org">Sylvia Contreras</a>

Sylvia Contreras

2nd Grade Teacher

• Rio Lindo Teacher for 11 years
• B.A., Sociology, UCSB
• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
• BCLAD
• J.D., Jurisprudence, Ventura College of Law

<a href="mailto:bjaquez@rioschools.org">Brenda Jaquez</a>

Brenda Jaquez

2nd Grade Teacher

• Teaching since 2000.
• AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences, AS in Child Development, ECE Certificate from Oxnard College, BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Teaching Credential from CSUN, Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education.
• I attended Rio Lindo, Rio del Valle, and Rio Mesa.
• I love hiking, camping, gardening, reading and teaching

<a href="mailto:hwalker@rioschools.org">Heather Walker</a>

Heather Walker

2nd Grade Teacher

• 7 years teaching in Rio
• BA in Liberal Studies, CSU Northridge
• Multiple Subject Credential, CSU Channel Islands
• MA in Curriculum & Instruction (Technology), CLU

<a href="mailto:eloomis@rioschools.org">Emily Ornelaz</a>

Emily Ornelaz

3rd Grade Teacher

• Teaching since 2014
• BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara
• MA in Education from California Lutheran University

<a href="mailto:lranieri@rioschools.org">Leigh Ranieri</a>

Leigh Ranieri

3rd Grade Teacher

• Teaching at Rio Lindo since 2016
• B.A., Psychology, Clinical/Behavior Emphasis, Cal Lutheran University
• I enjoy reading, traveling, going out to eat, and I love teaching!

<a href="mailto:astehly@rioschools.org">Ann Stehly</a>

Ann Stehly

3rd Grade Teacher

• Teaching at Rio Lindo for 15 years, 5 in Van Nuys, 3 in El Salvador, and 1 in New Mexico.
• Multiple Subjects Credential - Loyola Marymount University, 1990
• Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education, 2012
• I enjoy traveling, being in nature, reading, painting, and most of all spending time with my family.

<a href="mailto:llapiad@rioschools.org">Leif Lapiad</a>

Leif Lapiad

4th Grade Teacher

• 12 years teaching
• BS Business Administration, emphasis Mgmt Information Sys, CSULB
• MA in Education, emphasis Teaching
• I enjoy traveling, exercise, camping, spending time with my family, and studying martial arts.

<a href="mailto:alorenzana@rioschools.org">Annette Lorenzana</a>

Annette Lorenzana

4th Grade Teacher

• 10 Yrs Teaching
BA, Psychology, CSUN
MA, Teaching, emphasis in Professional Learning Communities, GCU
I love working out, hiking, going to the beach, traveling to new places, and spending time with family.

<a href="mailto:crosales@rioschools.org">Cesar Rosales</a>

Cesar Rosales

4th Grade Teacher

• 12 years teaching in the Rio District
• 2000-B.A. Social Ecology-Criminology Law and Society from University of California Irvine
• 2003-Multiple Subjects Credential-CSUN
• "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up" -Thomas Wayne

<a href="mailto:jjones@rioschools.org">Jacqueline Jones</a>

Jacqueline Jones

5th Grade Teacher

• I have been teaching since 2000.
• B.A. Child Development, Cal State Northridge
• M.A. Educational Leadership, Cal State Northridge
• I enjoy shopping, reading, traveling and spending time with my family.

<a href="mailto:rvaneyk@rioschools.org">Robin Van Eyk</a>

Robin Van Eyk

5th Grade Teacher

• Teaching at Rio Lindo for 15 years.
• B.A. History CSUN 1997, Teaching credential CSUN 1999, Masters in Educational Technology, American College of Education 2012
• I love to go surfing, riding bikes and motorcycles, playing guitar, skiiing, and hiking with my black lab. I study Aikido and Iaido (the Japanese samarai art of drawing the sword) and I am currently a second degree black belt.

<a href="mailto:avansomeren@rioschools.org">Andrea Van Someren</a>

Andrea Van Someren

5th Grade Teacher

• Rio teacher since 2015
• BA Liberal Studies, CSUCI
• Teaching Credential and M.Ed (Specialization in Teaching & Learning - Global Society), National University
• When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my kids.

Rio Lindo Resource Staff

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<a href="mailto:cvilla@rioschools.org">Carolina Villa</a>

Carolina Villa

School Counselor

• Rio Lindo since 2018
• BA, Spanish & Chicano Studies and a minor in Applied Psychology; UCSB
• MS, School Counseling with Child Welfare & Attendance specialization; CLU
• I love music , reading and the beach. I like spending quality time with my family and friends.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

School Psychologist

• Rio Lindo since 2016
• BA, Psychology, Minor in Management, Cal Poly, Pomona
• MA, Education, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Azusa Pacific University
• American Board of School Neuropsychology, Texas Woman’s University
• Licensed Educational Psychologist
• Board member of the Ventura County Association of School Psychologists
• I enjoy traveling and scuba diving with my husband and two daughters and love to cook for family and friends.

Stephena Held

Stephena Held

Speech
Julie Maria

Julie Maria

Nurse
Robert J. Guynn

Robert J. Guynn

Resource Specialist

• Teaching at Rio Lindo 2017
• BS, Criminal Justice; Walden University
• MA, Elementary Education; Alliant University
• I like backpacking, hiking and riding my Harley Davidson.

Sarah Hardwich

Sarah Hardwich

Intervention
Laura Chiriboga

Laura Chiriboga

Intervention
Marissa Ruelas

Marissa Ruelas

Instructional Assistant
Sammy Paz

Sammy Paz

Instructional Assistant

Rio Lindo Support Staff

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Emily Ramsey

Emily Ramsey

Librarian

• I’ve worked in the Rio School District for 8 years
• B.A. History, CSUCI
• Our daughter graduated from Rio del Norte and Rio Vista.
• I love reading and spending time with my family.
• I want to help your students develop a life long love of reading!

Cruz Sanchez

Cruz Sanchez

Custodian
Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

Custodian
Candelaria Mendez

Candelaria Mendez

Food Service Worker
Noelia Perez

Noelia Perez

Food Service Worker
Veronica Martinez

Veronica Martinez

Food Service Worker
Maria Solorzano

Maria Solorzano

Campus Supervision Assiistant
Leticia Carrizales

Leticia Carrizales

Campus Supervision Assiistant
Sylvia Espinoza

Sylvia Espinoza

Campus Supervision Assiistant
Cesar Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez

Campus Supervision Assiistant
Teresa Ramos

Teresa Ramos

Campus Supervision Assiistant
Maria Serratos

Maria Serratos

Campus Supervision Assiistant
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

Steve Sunnarborg graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steve was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steve has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steve is recording and performing with the Rivera-Sunnarborg Guitar-Violin duo and the Steve Sunnarborg Project. In addition to performing, Steve is an artist in residence for the Rio School District in Oxnard, CA. He also teaches at Guitar Planet and is the Owner/Operator of the Ventura Guitar Academy. Steve was also the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and has taught guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

Nee Sackey

Nee Sackey

Artist in Residence - Music