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Staff Directory

 

ADMINISTRATION    
Julie Graham – Principal Click Here to Email  
Hannah Lim – Assistant Principal  Click Here to Email  

 

OFFICE STAFF    
Teri Kawaguchi – Office Manager Click Here to Email  
Anita Nicholson – Clerical Assistant Click Here to Email  
Yesenia Castro – Health Assistant Click Here to Email  
Melisa Blevins – Clerical Assistant Click Here to Email  
 
 
Sue Bergeron – Kindergarten Click Here to Email View Website

fullresstaffphotosIntroducing a kindergarten teacher who instills confidence and builds independence in her students…Mrs. Sue Bergeron! Mrs. Bergeron is in her 18th year of teaching. She has been in kindergarten at Beechwood school for nine of those years. Mrs. Bergeron received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and her teaching credential and master’s degree in Elementary Education from Biola University in 2002.  She has a multiple subject teaching credential and is GATE certified. Mrs. Bergeron loves teaching kindergarten for many reasons, but her favorite reason is that she gets to watch students transform from timid non-readers into confident fluent readers in the course of one year! She is encouraged everyday by their curiosity and enthusiasm! Mrs. Bergeron and her husband Eric have been married 29 years. They have three children, Jake, Dani and Kameryn (a former Bobcat). Their family enjoys spending time at the lake with their jet skis and best friends.

Debra Powers – Kindergarten Click Here to Email View Website

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Introducing a kindergarten teacher who enjoys learning life lessons from her students… Mrs. Debra Powers! Mrs. Powers loves the quote, “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten,” because she learns so much from her Bobkittens.  Teaching this grade level is her passion; So much so that she is working on a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Powers received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from CSUF and her teaching credential from UCLA. Sorry Trojan fans! She has also been trained and certified in GATE and IB.  Mrs. Powers is in her 23rd year of teaching and worked in the Norwalk/La Mirada school district before coming to Beechwood in 2007. Debra loves to travel and is enjoying the memories of her most recent family trip to Ireland. She lives in San Clemente with her husband Rich of 27 years, has two beautiful daughters, Alyssa and Jenna, as well as dogs Jack and Lilly, and grouchy cat Callie.

Rebecca Vaca – Kindergarten Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-18Introducing a kindergarten teacher who loves laying the academic foundation and building relationships with her students…Mrs. Rebecca Vaca! Mrs. Vaca is currently in her 12th year of teaching at Beechwood School. She has taught 5th grade, 1st grade and kindergarten, but she admits her heart belongs in kindergarten. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in history from Cal Poly Pomona, a multiple subject teaching credential from Whittier College and a master’s degree in Administration along with her administrative credential from Concordia University. She has been happily married for a little over a year to her amazing husband Andrew. Mrs. Vaca enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs and always looks forward to a trip to Kauai, her absolutely favorite spot in the world.

Michelle Ritz – 1st Grade Click Here to Email View Website

fullresstaffphotos-3Introducing a first grade teacher who just loves to see her grow and bloom in first grade, Mrs. Michelle Ritz! Mrs. Ritz obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Arizona and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Chapman University. She is in her 21st year of teaching and her 18th year here at Beechwood School. Mrs. Ritz has three children who are Beechwood Bobcats as well. In her free time, she loves to read and spend time with her children at the beach.

Joyce Hartman-Agle – 1st Grade Click Here to Email View Website

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In progress…

Joy Arnold – 1st/2nd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

fullresstaffphotos-11Introducing a teacher who is passionate about her students and teaching…Mrs. Joy Arnold! Mrs. Arnold loves teaching 1st grade at Beechwood School. She enjoys making connections with students and families, and making sure they know they are truly part of the learning community she creates in her classroom.  This is her 20th year of teaching in the Fullerton School District. Mrs. Arnold grew up in Fremont, CA. She moved to San Diego for college, attending San Diego State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After marrying her husband Erik, she moved to Fullerton where she earned her teaching credential at California State University, Fullerton. She earned her master’s degree from National University. She is currently a fellow for the Cotsen Foundation Art of Teaching program. Mrs. Arnold feels so lucky to teach 1st grade at Beechwood! She works diligently to instill a love of reading, writing, and ‘can do’ spirit in her classroom. Mrs. Arnold currently lives in Fullerton with her husband and three boys. Her oldest just graduated from Beechwood last year and is now attending Fullerton High School. Her other two boys are in 7th and 4th grades at Beechwood. In her spare time, Mrs. Arnold can usually be found on the soccer field, at a football game, reading, or spending time with her family.

Susan Scarff – 2nd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

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Christina Gilstrap – 2nd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-17Introducing a fantastic 4th grade teacher who challenges her students to always strive for their personal best…Mrs. Christina Gilstrap! Mrs. Gilstrap has taught for 16 years, with 14 of those years in 4th grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and recently received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with her administrative credential also from CSUF. She holds certificates in Reading and Writing Workshop from the Teachers’ College at Columbia University. She has been married for 14 years and has two busy children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking. You will often see her at the soccer field or sitting center stage supporting her kids.

Jennifer Healy – 2nd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

fullresstaffphotos-9Introducing a teacher who is dedicated to the art of learning and teaching…Miss Jennifer Healy! Miss Healy has aspired to be a teacher since childhood. She was inspired by the many great teachers in her life. She has been a teacher in the Fullertn School District for 13 years. This is her fourth year at Beechwood. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and holds a multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. Miss Healy also holds a master’s degree in Reading Education as well as a reading specialist credential. Her greatest passion is working in community with others to grow and instill a life-long love for learning. When she’s not in the classroom, Miss Healy loves to read, ride her bike, play piano, and spend time with her animals, family and friends.

Tammie Lees – 2nd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

In progress…

 

Kate Paul – 3rd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-2Introducing a teacher who loves her students as her own…Mrs. Kate Paul! Mrs. Paul is very excited to be teaching 3rd grade at Beechwood School. She grew up in Fullerton, CA and attended Sunset Lane Elementary School and Parks Jr. High School before moving to Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. She moved back to Fullerton in 1988 and earned a master’s degree from National University. Mrs. Paul loves teaching and works diligently to create a classroom community that where every student feels welcome and valued. Mrs. Paul currently lives in Fullerton with her husband and two beautiful daughter, Morgan and Haley (former Beechwood Bobcats).

Christine Lee – 3rd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

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Introducing a teacher with a gift for bringing joy and laughter into her classroom…Mrs. Christine Lee! Mrs. Lee has been a teacher at Beechwood School in the Fullerton School District for 19 years. She has taught every grade level except 4th grade. She is very thankful to work in such a supportive community and enjoys seeing the growth of her students. Mrs. Lee obtained her bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Studies from California State University, Fullerton and is currently working on her master’s degree in Gifted and Talented Education. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach and spend time outdoors with her husband Peter, and four children, Josie, Evan, Seth and Una.
Blair Campbell – 3rd Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotosIntroducing a life long learner who is determined to mix learning, fun and laughter into every lesson…Mrs. Blair Campbell! Mrs. Campbell is in her 12th year of teaching. She holds a multiple subject credential, and a master’s degree in Education. She has also been trained and certified in GATE, IB, and Reader’s Workshop. Mrs. Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz, attended graduate school at Pepperdine University, and is currently a fellow for the Cotsen Foundation Art of Teaching program. She enjoys traveling the world, being near the water, and spending time with her husband and her two little boys.

Teena Keverian – 4th Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-3Introducing a 4th grade teacher who loves teaching reading and writing…Mrs. Teena Keverian! Mrs. Keverian is in her 21st year of teaching and her 11th year here at Beechwood. Mrs. Keverian holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Math from Concordia University and a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. She attained her Reading Certificate from California State University, Fullerton and has studied Readers Workshop at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mrs. Keverian considers her greatest accomplishment to be her three awesome kids. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to cook, entertain dinner guests, and try new restaurants. Mrs. Keverian is an avid reader and enjoys meeting in her book club.

Jamie McDonnell – 4th Grade Click Here to Email View Website

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In progress…

Christi Martinez – 4th Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-4Introducing a lifelong reader and lover of literature…Mrs. Christi Martinez! Mrs. Martinez has 16 years of teaching experience in the Fullerton School District. She loves 4th grade! Mrs. Martinez attended California State University, Fullerton where she attained a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a master’s degree in Reading Education. She is also GATE certified. In her spare time, Mrs. Martinez loves to read and be active. She also loves spending time with her husband Ray, sons Gabe and Ryle, and dog Shadow.

Katie Cherry – 5th Grade Click Here to Email View Website
Introducing an enthusiastic teacher who has a passion for teachinstaffphotos-19g and building relationships with her students…Miss Katie Allen! Miss Allen has a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development as well as her teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. She has her GATE certificate from Hope University. She also received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with her administrative credential from CSUF. She holds certificates in both beginning and advanced Writing Workshop from the Teachers’ College at Columbia University. She strives to create an engaging and collaborative classroom environment and foster a love for learning for all of her students. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, reading, and being outdoors!
Allison Demonteverde – 5th Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-6Introducing a teacher who takes pride in seeing her students make growth each year…Mrs. Allison Demonteverde! Mrs. Demonteverde has experience in both 4th and 5th grades. She has been in the Fullerton School District since the start of her career. Mrs. Demonteverde attended California State University, Fullerton and holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. In addition, she received a master’s degree in Education and her multiple-subject teaching credential from Whittier College. Mrs. Demonteverde has been trained and certified in GATE. Mrs. Demonteverde has a passion for teaching, especially in the upper grades and enjoys teaching all subjects with math and writing being her favorite. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys summer reading, going to the movies, UCLA football games, country concerts, hot rod shows, and baseball games. She keeps busy on the weekends spending quality time with her friends and family, but more importantly she loves making memories with her husband (who is also a teacher) and her two children.

Lorraine Gire – 5th Grade Click Here to Email View Website

staffphotos-5Introducing her students’ number one fan…Mrs. Lorraine Gire! Mrs. Gire is in her 13th year of teaching in the Fullerton School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree, multiple subject teaching credential, and master’s degree in Reading Education from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Gire is always in pursuit of ways to strengthen and deepen her teaching craft. She has trained and studied the writing workshop at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She is also a fellow for the Cotsen Foundation Art of Teaching program. Mrs. Gire has also attained her Google Educator Level 1 certificate.  Mrs. Gire loves teaching and inspiring students to maintain a growth mindset, as well as becoming a positive member of the community. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Gire enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, Chloe (current Bobkitten) and AJ.  They enjoy traveling, being near the water, playing outdoors, or just relaxing at home.

  MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Cara Baker – Math/Science (6th)staffphotos-23 Click Here to Email View Website
Carin Leavitt – Language Arts (6th) Click Here to Email View Website
Julia Barr – Math (7th/8th) Click Here to Email View Website
Sandy Bretz – Cultural Connections (6th) Click Here to Email View Website
Charles Choi – Math Academy, 7th/8th Math Click Here to Email View Website
Ruben Reed – Language Arts (7th/8th) Click Here to Email 7th Grade Site / 8th Grade Site
Anne Stenton – Science (7th/8th) Click Here to Email View Website
Marisa Sonny – Social Studies (7th/8th) Click Here to Email View Website
Janette Bustamante – Cultural Connections (7th/8th) Click Here to Email View Website
Ward Rovira – IB Prep Click Here to Email  View Website
Kurt Koerth – PE Click Here to Email  View Website
Mary Louise Uys – Instrumental Music Click Here to Email View Website
Susan Ryoo – Choir/Theater Arts Click Here to Email  

 

PRESCHOOL    
Lorena Paniagua – Lead    

 

KIDZONE    
Joni David – Child Care Lead Click Here to Email  
Tawyna Moore – Lead/AM    
Tizoc Castillo – Aide    
Kimberly Davis – Aide    
Erika Moreno – Aide    
Oscar Aranda – Aide    

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION    
Mary Membrere – Resource Specialist Click Here to Email  
Christina Beltran – Resource Specialist Click Here to Email  
Cherie Hayes – Psychologist  Click Here to Email  
Tara Peters – Speech Therapist  Click Here to Email  

 

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS    
Sandra Polendo – Instructional Assistant    
Rachel Bingham – Instructional Assistant    
Rosa Dobies – Kindergarten Aide    
Yvette Garza – Kindergarten Aide    

  

SUPPORT STAFF    
Alison Garcia – RtI Coach  Click Here to Email  
Jennifer Churchwell – Library/Media Center  Click Here to Email  
Jason Lee - Academic Counselor Click Here to Email  
Emily McDougall – Literary Specialist  Click Here to Email  
Guadalupe Aguiniga – Food Service    
Phanh Tran – Food Service    
Nancy Radar – Nurse    

 

CUSTODIAL STAFF    
Tyler Chong – Day Custodian    
Edgar Ortiz – Night Custodian