Staff & Faculty Directory

Rio Plaza Administrative Staff

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Brenda Bravo

Brenda Bravo

Principal

- BA, Liberal Studies, CSU, Channel Islands
- BA, Spanish, CSU, Channel Islands
- MA, Educational Leadership, CSU, Channel Islands
- In education since 2010

I love spending time with my husband Walter and my three daughters, Maddy, Bella and Alice. I enjoy reading, baking and spending time at the beach.

Cynthia Rivera

Cynthia Rivera

Office Manager

I enjoy spending time with my family. I attended Oxnard College where I received my Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Science and an A.A.T. in Sociology. I have been with the Rio School District since 2015.

Brenda Castellanos

Brenda Castellanos

Student and Family Support Specialist

I have an AA Degree in Management. I have been working with the Rio School District since 2015. I always try to make a positive difference in the lives of others and enjoy working with our staff, students, and parents. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family.

Rio Plaza Teachers

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Yanixsa Galvan

Yanixsa Galvan

Dual Immersion Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

I graduated from CSUCI with my B.A in Early Childhood Studies then went on to get a BCLAD and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CLU. I started teaching in 2019, but have worked in education since 2010. I enjoy spending time with my family, going on hikes, reading and traveling.

Mairely Lopez

Mairely Lopez

Dual Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

I was born and raised in Santa Paula, CA. I love the outdoors, traveling, and going on hikes. I am a huge Dodger fan, so on my free time you can catch me at Dodger Stadium or watching the games with my family and friends. I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a bilingual authorization from CSU Channel Islands.

Teodora Juarez

Teodora Juarez

Dual Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

I enjoy a good cup of tea, reading, and hanging out at the beach with my husband Rodrigo and our golden retriever, Luna. I received my B.A. in Child Development from CSUN. I then, obtained my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual Authorization and my M.A. in Educational Leadership from CLU.

Esmeralda Rojas

Esmeralda Rojas

Dual Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

I was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. I graduated from CSU Channel Islands with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology. Following that, I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Masters of Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Aside from teaching, I love spending time with my family, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Mayra Rodriguez

Mayra Rodriguez

Dual Immersion Kindergarten Teacher

I was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, taking walks on the beach and attending concerts. I received my B.A in Liberal Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual Authorization from CSU Channel Islands.

Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia

1st Grade Teacher

I was born in Mexico. I have a BA in Liberal Arts from Cal State University Northridge and a B-Clad Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 1999.

Jacqueline Coronado

Jacqueline Coronado

1st Grade Teacher

I have been teaching since 1995 and in the Rio School District since 2000. I attended California State University Northridge where I earned my Bachelors degree in Child Development and my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my 3 boys and attending their sporting events.

Sandra VonCannon-Legaspi

Sandra VonCannon-Legaspi

1st Grade Teacher

I began my teaching career in 1996. Since then I’ve primarily taught first grade with a few 1st/2nd combos. I transferred to the Rio School District in 2001. I have a B.A. degree in Art and I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; both obtained through CSUN. When not at school I enjoy time traveling with my family. The best thing about my job is seeing first graders blossom into readers.

Beatriz Acosta

Beatriz Acosta

2nd Grade Teacher

I began my teaching career in 1985 and have been with the Rio School District since 2000. I have an A.A. from Moorpark College, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a BCLAD Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from CSUN. I enjoy music, attending concerts,spending time with my family and playing with my grandsons.

Bernadette Cisneros

Bernadette Cisneros

2nd Grade Teacher

I enjoy being with family, traveling, and landscaping. I received my BA at the University of the Pacific and my MA in Educational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2004.

Cheryl Molina

Cheryl Molina

2nd Grade Teacher

I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and spending time with my family. I attended Ventura College and graduated from CSUN. I have a B.A. in Child Development and a minor in Psychology and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I have been in the Rio School District since 2002.

Vanessa Salas

Vanessa Salas

3rd Grade Teacher

I have a Clear CLAD Teaching Credential and a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State Northridge. I have been teaching in Rio since 2002.

Erin Trujillo

Erin Trujillo

3rd Grade Teacher

- BS in Applied Developmental Psychology from California Polytechnic State University
- Minor in Early Childhood Development from California Polytechnic State University
- I have been with the Rio School District since 2003
I love to play golf, travel, teach, read, watch football, and spend time with my family

Rocio Valadez

Rocio Valadez

3rd Grade Teacher

I enjoy music, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State University Northridge, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and M.A. in Education from Cal Lutheran University. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2001.

Nancy Ramos

Nancy Ramos

4th Grade Teacher

I enjoy art and dance. I attended Cal State Channel Islands University/Northridge and received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUN. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2000.

Crystal Calafati

Crystal Calafati

4th Grade Teacher

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University Northridge and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California Lutheran University. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. Most of my free time is spent on the sidelines cheering my kids on at the soccer fields, baseball fields, and at the dance studio.

Rick Valdivia

Rick Valdivia

4th Grade Teacher

I love spending time with my wife and our boxer dog, Pinky. I love sports (especially Angels baseball), and enjoy the outdoors. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSUN and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUCI. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2004.

Ruben Castillo

Ruben Castillo

5th Grade Teacher

I was born and raised in Oxnard. I love reading comic books and enjoy everything that has to do with Star Wars. I also bleed Dodger Blue! I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSUN and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUCI. I have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2005.

David Romano

David Romano

5th Grade Teacher

I enjoy bringing my passions of Video Production, 3D Design, Engineering, Tinkering, Making, and Science into the classroom. I love anything Sci-Fi and especially Star Wars. I have been involved in Coaching Football at the High School and Collegiate Level Since 2007. I started teaching in 2012 and have been in Rio since 2014. I earned my B.A in Liberal Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CLU. May the Force be With You!

Cynthia Zarate

Cynthia Zarate

5th Grade Teacher

I have been teaching since 1990 and have been teaching in the Rio School District since 2014. I love spending time with my family, gardening and painting. I have a B.A., Teaching Credential and M.A. from San Diego State University.

Rebecca King

Rebecca King

SAI Pre Kinder

- BA, Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
- MS, Applied Behavior Analysis, CSU Northridge
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
- I have been working with children with developmental disabilities since 2012.
I love spending time with my friends, family, and dogs. I enjoy traveling and learning.

Jillian Culver

Jillian Culver

SAI Kinder-2nd Grade Teacher
Lizette Torres

Lizette Torres

SAI 3rd-5thGrade Teacher

Rio Plaza Resource Staff

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Juan Toledo

Juan Toledo

School Counselor

I was born in Mexico and came to the USA at the age of 12. In high school I ran cross country and track and played soccer. I like to listen to music, drama/theater, run, exercise, help at my church and community and of course spend time with my family. I received a B.A. from Cal State Northridge in Psychology, and a PPS credential from University of La Verne. I have being working for Rio School District since 2003.

Arianna Lopez-Castellanos

Arianna Lopez-Castellanos

School Psychologist

- BA in Psychology and Minor in Applied Psychology, UCSB
- MS in Counseling with a Specialization in School Psychology, CSUN
- Nationally Certified School Psychologist
- I have been working as a School Psychologist since 2012 and have worked in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, hiking, and going to the beach.

Melissa Torres

Melissa Torres

Speech and Language Pathologist

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Sub-concentration in Biomedics from the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus. I also have a second Bachelors of Science in Speech and Language Therapy and a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology, from Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus. I enjoy running, biking, reading, studying, and working. I love animals and spending time with my family.

Susie Vega

Susie Vega

Speech and Language Pathologist IA
Rachel Aguilera

Rachel Aguilera

Resource Specialist

I grew up in Oxnard and attended school around the area. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from CSUCI and attended Cal Lutheran where I earned my Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Credential. I love watching students become readers and have been helping Rio students read since 2016. When I am not working I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

Lori Jones

Lori Jones

Resource Specialist IA
Michelle Royan

Michelle Royan

Intervention
Amanda Balades

Amanda Balades

Kindergarten Intervention
Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez

Intervention and PE Teacher
Julie Ellen Maria

Julie Ellen Maria

Nurse

I was born and raised in Oxnard and have lived here all my life. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at California State University at Northridge, my Associate Degree in Nursing from Ventura College, and my School Nurse Credential from California State University at Fullerton. I have played in four "Scrabble" nationals and will definitely do more. I love to read. I absolutely love going to the movies. I especially enjoy visiting with friends. Most importantly, I love school nursing and love the fact that no two days are the same.

Nataly Zamudio

Nataly Zamudio

After School Coordinator
Karin Gordon

Karin Gordon

Kindergarten IA
Danna Hernandez

Danna Hernandez

Kindergarten Intervention
Nancy Mendez

Nancy Mendez

SAI IA
Nicole Arceo

Nicole Arceo

SAI IA
Gabriela Jasso

Gabriela Jasso

SAI IA
Sandra Araujo

Sandra Araujo

SAI IA
Valeria Gonazalez

Valeria Gonazalez

SAI IA
Alexandra Silva

Alexandra Silva

SAI IA
Brandi Nakila

Brandi Nakila

SAI IA

Rio Plaza Support Staff

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Abby Oquendo

Abby Oquendo

Librarian
Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez

Custodian
Christopher Zamudio

Christopher Zamudio

Custodian
Caladaria Franco

Caladaria Franco

Cafeteria Manager

I came from Mexico to the United States in 1999, when I was 19 years old. I obtained my high school degree in Mexico for typist and office secretary. I began working for the Rio School District in 2012 as a noon duty supervisor and moved into food service. I became the kitchen Manager in Charge in 2016.

When I am not working I love to travel and cook with with my family, and dance the salsa!

Elizabeth Aguilera

Elizabeth Aguilera

Food Service Assistant
Justina Lara

Justina Lara

Food Service Assistant
Yasmin Ahmed

Yasmin Ahmed

Food Service Assistant
Monica Parks

Monica Parks

Food Service Assistant
Adriana Del Toro

Adriana Del Toro

Food Service Assistant
Bertha Lujano

Bertha Lujano

Campus Supervision Assistant
Lilly Macias

Lilly Macias

Campus Supervision Assistant
Lucila Rios

Lucila Rios

Campus Supervision Assistant
Areli Bedia

Areli Bedia

Campus Supervision Assistant
Lulu Patterson

Lulu Patterson

Campus Supervision Assistant