Friday, August 1, 2014

Meet the Staff!

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Jenni Allen-San Giovanni
Director
Email: aldergrove@sbcglobal.net

I started homeschooling as a mom in 1991 and as a charter school teacher in 1998.  I attended colleges in Delaware and Florida before settling in Humboldt County and earning my BA and teaching credential from Humboldt State.  I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Charter Schools from the University of Central Michigan and a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from CSU East Bay. I live in Eureka with my youngest child and my husband. In my spare time, I like to read and travel. I believe in the importance of personalized learning as an option for students and families. I am honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such an awesome group of teachers, students and parents.




Debbie Lammers
School Coordinator


 

Jana Kirk-Levine
Special Education Teacher


Theresa Montoya
Speech Therapist

Becca Robison
Inventory Account Clerk/Library Aide


Ruth Baker
Secretary


Jenifer Doane
Administrative Assistant/Registrar


CREDENTIALED TEACHERS:



Marian Baker

Marian Baker

Classes: Beginning Orchestra and Choir

I have lived in Eureka since I was three and am a graduate of EHS and HSU.  Being a mother has been my inspiration for being involved in the homeschooling world.  Along with teaching, I also homeschool my two daughters.  Music and language are two of my favorite interests and I am glad to share what I love with the students at Alder Grove.  If I wasn't a teacher, I might have been an author of children's books, an artist, a composer, a rock star, a missionary, or maybe the head of an orphanage.  But as it is, I get to be almost all of those things in this job. Teaching and parenting are very fulfilling.

Jennifer DeSwarte

Jennifer DeSwarte

Classes: Writing, CAHSEE ELA Preparation, Redwood Writing Project Teacher Consultant,
Leading Edge Certified Online Teacher

I am a dedicated, resourceful, innovative, and energetic teacher. I work hard to provide each of my students with guidance, opportunity and support to help reach his and her goals. As a teacher at AGCS since 2008, I have the pleasure of working closely with parents and students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. I am inspired by the development of new technology-based educational tools and provide students with frequent opportunities to apply and enhance their skills with technology.
Together, we will empower our students with experience, responsibility and capability to
communicate their dreams and ideas with the world.


 

 

Stefani Gambrel


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Randi Golat

Classes: Science/Math, P.E.,
Recorder, Dance, Discoveries in Music


I am originally from Wisconsin and Minnesota.  I moved to CA 10 years ago and attended Humboldt State where I graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology.  I then went on to receive my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Humboldt State as well.  I have worked with children for many years before coming to Alder Grove; I have been a tutor, a yard duty, a teacher's aide, an after school enrichment teacher, and a summer school Math teacher.

One of my favorite things about Alder Grove is working with students of all ages. I have a 12 year old daughter that is in the 6th grade at Jacoby Creek.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing basketball with my daughter, going for walks, cooking, reading, sewing, crafting, hanging out with friends and family,
and laughing at a funny movie.


Jeffrey Gonzalez

Jeffrey Gonzalez

Originally hailing from Santa Barbara County, Jeffrey moved to Humboldt in 1996, where he has devoted his energy to teaching students of all levels for the last decade. He received his BA in English and American Literature from UC Santa Cruz in 1993, then went on to attend Humboldt State for graduate school, earning an MA in American Literature in 2003, and then a California Teaching Credential in 2006. After a two-year stint teaching high school, he has been teaching English for College of the Redwoods in Hoopa since 2009, and he very much enjoys working with the people who live on Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Jeffrey started teaching at Alder Grove in 2012 and he loves the diverse families and perspectives who come to our school, not to mention the outstanding staff who work here. He lives in McKinleyville with his wife and family, and likes to surf, backpack, and play guitar in his precious spare time.


Julie Hochfeld

Julie Hochfeld

Classes: Creative Writing, Multi-Cultural Art & Literature


INTRODUCTION: I was born and raised in Chicago, received a B.A. in Anthropology and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then came to Humboldt County in 1988 and never turned back. I love the close-knit community and natural beauty here (though not always the fog). I received a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from HSU and also completed several years of Extended Education in Creative Writing and Children's Literature. I have taught at Alder Grove for four years and feel grateful to work with such a wonderful group of people - the staff, students, and parents. I love being able to teach students of all ages and support families in making their own educational choices.

In addition, I work as a California Poet in the Schools in the community and bring this experience to my on-site classes at Alder Grove. I have a 15-year old daughter who attended charter schools from kindergarten through 8th grade and two well-loved cats. When not writing comments on kids' poems, planning lessons, ordering curriculum, or cooking dinner, I enjoy reading novels, writing, taking long walks, swimming in rivers, dancing, and time with family and friends.


Tavia Huey



Sunshine Lee

Sunshine Lee

Classes: Language Arts

As an alumni from Humboldt State University, I have been teaching in Humboldt County since 2000.  I have been teaching at Alder Grove Charter School since 2006. I am often impressed by the individuality and richness of Alder Grove students. I appreciate the educational  freedom that our school allows both the
students and the staff. 

Sandy Lynn

 

Sandy Lynn
Math Teacher


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Tiffany Maher

Classes: Algebra, Science

I have been teaching at Alder Grove Charter School since it opened in 2006. I am a 1993 graduate of Eureka High School. I earned a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in conservation biology and zoology in 1997. In 2000, I received a secondary education science teaching credential from Humboldt State University. I am currently pursuing certification in educational leadership (administrative credential) at HSU.

I am a fifth generation Humboldt County native. My husband Justin and I are the parents of four children and a house full of pets. I enjoy camping, kayaking, running, and reading. My favorite thing about working at Alder Grove is the opportunity to tailor instruction and select curriculum to meet the individual needs of students.


Patty

Patty Marsh

I have worked at Alder Grove Charter School as a Credentialed Teacher since 2007. I have a Major in Wildlife and a Minor in Natural Resource Management, a certificate in Geographic Information Systems along with a Child Development Site Certification. I have also worked with the USFS in many disciplines and with PG&E as a Utility Forester and Certified Arborist. I enjoy teaching and working with students of all ages and experiences. My background in science has led me on many adventures, including diving in Mexico and off the Pemba Spice Islands in Africa. I have been on Safari in Tanzania and Kenya. I have a strong love and passion for the outdoors. I enjoy gardening, canning, water skiing, snow skiing, motorcycles, horses, hiking, kayaking, sailing, abalone diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, and hanging out on a river. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends.


Cassandra Moulton

Cassandra Moulton

Classes: Math, Science


Hilson Parker

Hilson Parker

Classes: World Cultures, Guitar,
Drumming, Rock Band

I am a credentialed teacher holding a a multiple subject credential and supplementary authorizations in music. I am a lifelong musician with a B.A. in Music Education and have worked in many local schools teaching learners of many different ages and backgrounds. I love to teach children of all ages and help them to find their natural interests while providing them a solid educational foundation for their lifelong journey of learning. I came to Alder Grove because I believe an individualized education is a great opportunity, and I feel fortunate to be able to help provide that education!



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Lorraine Parnell

: I'm one of the signers of the charter to create Alder Grove. Several years ago a group of interested parents and teachers joined together to complete the lengthy task that the State of California requires to start a charter school. All the work was well worth it because we have a unique school that serves the needs of our diverse school population.

I earned my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley many years ago. I attended the HSU teacher credential program when I was 47 years old and have been teaching in Eureka since then. I love the students, parents and staff at Alder Grove. I live in Eureka with my husband. We have two grown sons. In my spare time I like to garden, read, be politically active, walk and play with my dogs Lucky and Spike and work on rehab projects on my old house.

Laurie Richardson

After studying studio art at UC Santa Barbara, I took my undergraduate degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. I hold multiple subject and single subject (art) credentials from
Humboldt State University.

After moving to Humboldt County in 1990 I began working as a teacher in 1994. I am proud to be a part of the caring community of teachers, staff, and families at Alder Grove.

Working with high school students is especially gratifying because I get to watch them become more self-reliant, motivated and responsible for their educational experience.

In my free time I enjoy watercolor painting and
hiking throughout our beautiful Humboldt County!


Cedar Smith

Cedar Smith

I am a native of Humboldt County. I graduated from Eureka High School in 1999 and earned my BA and teaching credential at HSU in 2006. Over the years since graduation I have had the opportunity to work in Eureka City Schools in planning individualized curriculum for students as well as teach enrichment classes in art/ reading/ and science and substitute. I began teaching at
Alder Grove in November 2012.

My choice to become a teacher was in part driven by my desire to be actively involved with the community and help spark a joy of learning in children. Alder Grove allows me to know each student and parent well as we get to meet weekly (or at least monthly). I feel a sense of connection with each family that is fulfilling to me as an educator and challenging to receive in the more traditional school setting. I value the flexibility that Alder Grove offers in meeting the needs of each invdividual (students, parents and teachers). I am a mother of three beautiful children, teacher, runner, pilates instructor and dancer. My life is exciting and busy. I don't fit in a box and being a part of Alder Grove, I don't have to!


Suzanne Smith

Born in San Francisco; graduated from UC-Berkeley;
MA - Cal State Sonoma; have taught all subjects K-12.


Jacqueline Stratton


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Terri Tripp

Classes: Drama, Musical Theater

I have been teaching in Humboldt County since 1995. I have taught all grades and subjects. My specialty is drama, but I enjoy teaching all subjects and new challenges. I really like my job at Alder Grove, because I get the opportunity to work with a variety of students (K-12) and parents. There is never a dull moment! Our on-site classes are a great addition to our program, and they give teachers like me the chance to teach and design creative curriculum again. Feel free to check out my classes or introduce yourself to me, if we haven't already met.


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Tim Warner

Classes: History


Rachel Weiss


Rachel Weiss


Elizabeth Who

Elizabeth Who

I joined the team at AGCS in the fall of 2013 and plan to stay for a long time. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and still visit family and friends there. I earned a B.A. at Stanford University and a M.A. and teaching credential at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I've always worked with children, from my first job teaching an after-school enrichment singing class, to leading wilderness trips, to classroom teaching at the elementary level. Since 1996, I've lived with my husband, Fred, and dogs, cats and chickens in Arcata, where we home school our son, Humboldt. My hobbies include yoga, reading, baseball, and enjoying the outdoors. I feel fortunate to be journeying with the families and staff at
AGCS on our education paths.


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Kathy Yeager

Classes: Science, Chemistry

When I was a kid growing up, I was really fascinated by all forms of life around me, especially bugs. I could always be found sloshing through streams or turning over rocks. As I got older, people began to call this a love of "Science", so I ended up pursuing a Biology degree when I went to college.

I'd have to say that I have really loved studying this field. However, one of the things that I love about teaching at Alder Grove is that I get to enjoy all subjects with my students. I have been working at Alder Grove since 2009, and I feel so lucky to be working in a school where students and their families have such a big part in shaping their education.

On-Site Class Teachers


Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos de la Cruz
Spanish Teacher