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We’d like to get to know you! Our staff and administration are always available to speak with you or guide you to where you want to be.   

When visiting our school, you will notice that we have collaborative and collective methods of working together. By working as a team, rather than individually, we have found that we work more efficiently and more quickly meet the expectations and responsibilities of our roles. Most of all, our students’ learning increases. We invite you to join our team.


About Me

With TCSD since: 1990

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree and a multiple subject teaching credential from Fresno State University. I received my master of arts degree in educational administration and my clear administrative credential California State University - Bakersfield. 

Experience:

I began my teaching career at Roosevelt Elementary School where I taught 2nd and 5th grades. I then moved to Cherry Avenue Middle School to teach 6th grade for one year. After that, I moved to Mulcahy and became vice-principal for seven years. Following that assignment, I returned to Cherry Avenue Middle School as vice principal. In 2003, I had the honor and privilege of opening Los Tules Middle School. I served ten years as principal at Los Tules, prior to moving to Mission Valley Elementary. Currently, I am in my 4th year of being the principal at Mission Valley Elementary School. 

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Michael Beason

Administrative Intern

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

I grew up in Tulare, and attended Kohn Elementary, Cherry Avenue Middle School, and Tulare Union High School.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Pepperdine University, and my Master's Degree from CSU, Long Beach.

 

Experience:

Teaching Experience:

18 years:  Taught 3rd through 8th grade.

Administrative Experience:

2 years:  Middle School Assistant Principal

2 years:  Elementary School Administrative Intern

 Annabela Amaral

Annabela Amaral

School Secretary

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

Bachelor of Science Degree - Business Administration, Management (Fresno State)

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With TCSD since: Since 2004

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 Veronica Rivera

Veronica Rivera

School Secretary

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With TCSD since: 2006


Deanne Cardoza

School Nurse

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1995

Education:

Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies, (California State University Fresno)

Teaching Credential:  Multiple Subject, (California State University Fresno) CLAD, (California State University San Diego)

Master of Arts Degree: Leadership/Administration; (Chapman University)

Experience:

I currently teach Transitional Kindergarten. I have taught 3rd grade and Kindergarten as well. 

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Liberal Studies (Fresno State)

  • Teaching Credential: Multiple Subjects (Fresno State)

  • Masters of Education (National University)

Experience:

  • I began my teaching career in 2006. I am currently teaching Transitional Kindergarten. I have also taught Kindergarten.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and CLAD certification from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I began teaching in 1996 and have been with the Tulare school district since 1998. I have taught grades K-3rd and I am currently teaching First Grade. 

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 Kristin Erb

Kristin Erb

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

  • Undergraduate studies at Cal Poly: BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology.
  • Teaching Credential from Cal Poly
  • Masters of Teaching from National University

Experience:

I have been with Tulare City Schools since 2005. 

I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and currently Kindergarten.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1985

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts in liberal studies with an emphasis in elementary education.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

I received a bachelor of arts in liberal studies with an emphais in theatre arts and movement. I also received a master of arts in reading and literacy and CLAD certification.

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Rebecca Mehan

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

I graduated from California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in American Sign Language. Then, I attended Fresno State University to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. 

Experience:

This is my second year teaching first grade. I am very excited to continue my teaching career in first grade! 

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 Kimberly Palmer

Kimberly Palmer

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2004

Education:

* Bachelors of Art Degree in Education - California State University Fresno

* Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - California State University Fresno

* Masters Degree in Educational Best Practices - National University 

Experience:

I began my passion for teaching in 2004 for Tulare City School District. I started with Live Oak Middle school teaching 6th grade, AVID, and directed the school plays. I relocated to Mission Valley the first year it opened in 2007. I have enjoyed teaching 6th grade, 1st grade, and am now teaching 2nd. I also enjoy facilitating and guiding students who participate in the prose and poetry festivals held in Tulare and Fresno county.  

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Jessica Vargas

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Devolopment from Fresno Pacific University in 2008.  In 2014, I received my Master's Degree in Best Teaching Practices from National University.

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Experience:

This is my seventh year of teaching with Tulare City School District. I previously taught 4th grade at both Mission Valley and Roosevelt for a total of 5 years. This is my second year teaching 1st grade. I have enjoyed transitioning down to the younger students and enjoy the memories and experiences that each new year brings.

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Natalie van Someren

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno Pacific University in 1999.  I also received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Fresno Pacific University in 2003.  

Experience:

This is my 18th year of teaching 1st grade!  Although I have thought about teaching other grade levels, I realized that I sincerely enjoy the growth and development that takes place in first grade!   Every year is fun, challenging, memorable, and rewarding.  

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 Annette Adlard

Annette Adlard

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development from Fresno State University as well as a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration.

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 1989.  I currently teach 2nd grade.  I have also had the pleasure of teaching first and third grade.  I have been teaching with Tulare City School District since 1996.  

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Staci Barcelos

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

I received both my Bachelors of Art in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Fresno.

Experience:

I have been teaching with Tulare City Schools since 2011. 

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Heather Bothwell

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2004

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Pepperdine University in 2004 and my Master of Arts in Teaching with a reading specialization from National University in 2012.

Experience:

I have been teaching with Tulare City Schools since 2004 in first, fourth, and now second grade!

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Amanda Jensen

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Fresno State University and my Master of Arts degree in early childhood development from Walden University.

Experience:

I have been teaching with Tulare City Schools since 2005.    

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Callie Lasswell

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University, Fresno and my Master of Arts in Technology for the Classroom from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I have been teaching with Tulare City School District since 1998.

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Mrs. Marissa De Santiago

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

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 I am Marissa de Santiago! I received my bachelor of arts in liberal studies with an emphasis in Spanish at Cal State Long Beach. I also received my master of arts in reading and BCLAD certification at Fresno State.smiley

Experience:

I began teaching in 1999 in Long Beach. I soon joined Tulare schools in 2000.smiley  

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Mrs. Melissa Hunt

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno. Master's in "Best Practices" from National University.

Experience:

I have been teaching since 1995 and for the Tulare schools since 2000.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts in communications from University of California Santa Barbara. I also received my masters in multi-cultural education.  I have taught kindergarden and 3rd grade.

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Andrea Roberts

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About Me

With TCSD since: Since 1998

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge and my master of arts in integrated math and science from Fresno Pacific University.

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Kristen Vossler

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About Me

With TCSD since: since 1988

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and my master of arts degree in integrated math and science from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I have taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade.

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Bill Decker

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1987

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and my teaching credential from California State University, Fresno.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies:                                            California State University, Fresno 1998                                       

Teaching Credential:                                                                      California State University, Fresno 1998  

 Master of Arts in Educational Technology:                                   Fresno Pacific University, 2003

Experience:

 I began my teaching career in August 1998 where I taught 4th grade for two years, then Kindergarden for 8 years at Garden Elementary School. I am currently teaching 4th grade at Mission Valley Elementary School, home of the MV Wildcats! I love working with students and feel very blessed to be working for the Tulare City School District!

 

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno in 2005. I received my multiple subject teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University in 2007. I received my Master of Arts in reading from National University in 2012. 

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Kimberly Barnes

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno in 1989. I received my Multiple Subject teaching credential from Fresno State in 1990.

Experience:

I began my teaching career with Visalia Unified School District in 1990 and for Tulare City School District since 2001. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies  and my multiple subject preliminary teaching credential from Western Governors University.  

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With TCSD since: Started in 2016

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. I received my preliminary teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University.

 

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2016 at Mission Valley, 5th grade.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1987

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and my multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Fresno.

Experience:

I have been a teacher for Tulare City Schools since 1987.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

  • Wee Care Day Care (1982-1983)
  • Garden Elementary (1983-1989)
  • Cherry Avenue Middle School (1989-1992)
  • Tulare Union High School (1992-1996)
  • College of the Sequoias (1996-1997)
  • Bachelor's Degree: Liberal Studies (CSU Fresno)
  • Teaching Credential: Mulitiple Subject (CSU Fresno)

Experience:

Tulare City School District (2005-present)

  • Roosevelt Elementary, 5th Grade, 2005-2007
  • Garden Elementary, 5th/6th Grade, 2007-2012
  • Mission Valley Elementary, 6th Grade, 2012-present

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies, a teaching credential, and my master of arts in curriculum and teaching from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I've been teaching 6th grade since 2009.  This year I am a language arts and social studies teacher.  We will be focusing on becoming stronger readers and writers.  We will also be learning about ancient civilizations.  

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

*Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies (Santa Clara University) 

*Multiple-subject Teaching Credential (Chapman University)

*Master's Degree (Walden University)

Experience:

*2000-2007: Began teaching career at Maple Elementary School--5th Grade

*2007-2016: Mission Valley Elementary School--5th Grade

*2016-present: Mission Valley Elementary School--6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies (partnered with Mr. Hulsey--Math/Science/P.E.)

        

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Miss April Brooks

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Miss Brooks grew up in Tulare attending Garden Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School and Tulare Western High School.  Miss Brooks obtained a BA in Liberal Arts, a BA in Fine Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential & a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2002. Since then, Miss Brooks has attended numerous Professional Development Seminars and Conferences to further her knowledge in the fields of education, technology and art.

Experience:

Miss Brooks spent 13 years teaching 6th, 7th & 8th graders at Cherry Avenue Middle School. Subjects taught included Beginning Art, Advanced Art, Leadership, Yearbook, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and PE.  Outside of the classroom, Miss Brooks spent time on projects such as painting backdrops and teaching choreography for the school plays and Encore Theatre Productions.


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About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Fresno Pacific University

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Experience:

I have had the pleasure of teaching students with specials needs in 6th-8th grade Special Day Class, 3rd-6th grade Special Day Class, and RSP in numerous schools throughout Tulare City School District.


Liliete Capote

RTI/Programs Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

Master's Degree from California State University, Fresno

Experience:

I have been in education since 1998.  I have taught kindergarten and third grade.


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Jennifer Keiser

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

I attended California State University, Fresno where I obtained my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communicative Sciences and Disorders-Speech Language Pathology.

Experience:

I have been a speech language pathologist since August of 2000.  I have had the privledge of working with students ranging in age from preschool through high school.  I have worked at numerous schools throughout the Tulare City School District.


Jennifer Keiser

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Kim Korenwinder

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • Masters degree in School Counseling
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Mild-Moderate Learning Handicapped Credential

Experience:

  • 6 years:   Severely Handicapped; Tulare County Office of Education
  • 4 years:   Special Day Class; Tulare City Schools
  • 2 years:   1st grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 4 years:   2nd grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 7 years:   GATE; Tulare City Schools


Amy Smith

3rd Grade Art Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Character Education - Santa Clara University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Saint Mary's College of California
  • Art Minor - Saint Mary's College of California

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Cupertino's Sedgwick Elementary School in Silicon Valley.  I taught third, fourth and fifth grades before moving home to the Central Valley and accepting a teaching position with Tulare City School District.  I worked at Cypress Elementary beginning in 2006 and taught first, second, and third grades.


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