Meet the Staff!
Jenni Allen-San Giovanni
Special Education Teacher
Inventory Account Clerk / Library Aide
Administrative Assistant / Registrar
Instructional Aide / Office Support
Instructional Aide / Office Support
Instructional Aide / Office Support
I have worked with students K-12 for many years, and have also been a part of the homeschooling community as a parent. Considering my experiences at a wide variety of traditional and alternative schools, I appreciate Alder Grove's ability to support students and families in every way, whatever their needs. I have been an artist all of my life, and enjoy bringing those skills
to life for our students!
Classes: Beginning Orchestra and Choir
School Coordinator, Academic Advisor
Classes: Science, History, Dance, Flute
I am originally from the Midwest, but moved to Humboldt in 1997. I graduated from Humboldt State with my Liberal Studies Elementary Education degree and received a minor in Psychology. I then went on to receive my Multiple Subject Teaching credential from Humboldt State, and have been teaching at Alder Grove since 2009.
I teach a few onsite classes at Alder Grove and have my own independent students that I work with as well. I also plan field trips for students K-6th grade and plan a variety of school activities from Back to School Night, Halloween Party to the Graduation ceremony and End of the Year Party. I really enjoy working with my own students, but also networking within the community. There are so many wonderful people in our community that have so much to offer the students at Alder Grove.
Famous Artists (Multimedia Art Projects Inspired by Art History)
While teaching on-site at Alder Grove, I've developed a passion for teaching art and creative writing. I'm dedicated to hanging student art around the school and in the community and also to creating books of student writing and art. A published poet and lesson plan writer, I have the pleasure and honor of teaching poetry to about 200 students per year in schools throughout the county, publishing their work in classroom and statewide anthologies, and facilitating poetry readings. When not writing comments on kids' poems, planning lessons, or cooking dinner, I like to read, write, study natural healing, hike, swim, sing, dance, and spend time with family and friends.
Classes: Language Arts
Classes: Math, Science
Classes: World Cultures, Guitar,
Drumming, Rock Band
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.
Writing Lab Teacher
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.
I have been working as a classroom teacher since 1994 and am proud to be 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.
I also enjoy working with students in grades three through 11 in our school's Writing Lab. Students that attend regularly have the satisfaction of seeing their writing skills improve! I also work with students on an individual basis as a Language Arts tutor.
In my free time I love to paint, read great stories, swim in rivers and hike in the amazing natural environment we live in!
Classes: Social Studies/Art, Math/ P.E. and Yoga
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 both the traditional setting as well as home-based educational setting. I have experience planning individualized curriculum for students as well as teaching enrichment classes in art, reading, social studies, and science. I began teaching at Alder Grove in
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 form close relationships with students and their families in our frequent 1:1 meetings. 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 individual (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 the Alder Grove community, I don't have to!
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!
Classes: Drama, Musical Theater
Classes: Norse Mythology
Classes: Science, Chemistry
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.
Classes: Investigative Science
I received my B.S. in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University in 2004 and was a professional in the community before I went back for my teaching credential in 2014. I'm so happy to be working with children and their families full time! I love having a job that allows me to teach all the grades and all the subjects. In addition to being a teacher at Alder Grove, I also enjoy coaching local youth in sports and working with 4H. When I'm not teaching or coaching, I like to spend time with my family in our backyard farm, playing soccer, riding my mountain bike, or taking a backpacking trip in the Trinity Aps.l
My husband and I started homeschooling officially in 1999 when my first son was five years old. I homeschooled our three children with support until they entered Eureka High School. Now two are in college and one is close to high school age. Our driving purpose in homeschooling was to create loving family realtionships and to grow our children's natural love of learning. We incorporated a variety of methods (Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Classical, emergent curriculum choices) leading me to label myself as an eclectic homeschooler.
For my undergraduate degree I attended Tufts University and The School for International Training to gain a BA in International Studies. In my senior year I lived in Mexico, working and studying in a community health project. I became fluent in Spanish in addition to gaining other skills. For the last 20 years I have been raising my children and being a math and Spanish tutor at Alder Grove. Recently I returned to school to earn my Multiple Subject Credential from CalStateTEACH, CSU Monterey Bay in 2015. So it is with great pleasure that I am part of the credentialed teaching staff at Alder Grove! I teach the onsite Spanish and am a CT for independent study students. I continue to tutor for math and
Spanish, among other subjects.
Brett M. Docherty