Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teachers

 

Nancy Chiprich

Hello! My name is Nancy Chiprich.


I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of California Pennsylvania. I started my teaching career at Sunol Glen in 1997 and have primarily taught first grade and K/1. I am excited to take part in your child’s education. My goals are to create and provide a comfortable, safe (AND fun!) learning environment for all students that enter our classroom and instill a lifelong love of learning.

 

I love teaching kindergarten and first grade!!  I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of our new families!

nchiprich@sunol.k12.ca.us | K/1

Huong Giang

Hello, my name is Huong Giang.

I am happy to be part of our awesome K/1 team here at Sunol Glen!  I love working with children and continuing to grow and learn professionally.  I received my teaching credential from Saint Mary’s College and went to UC Davis for my undergraduate degree in History.  This is my 20th year of teaching with this being my fifth year as a K/1 teacher at Sunol. My goal is to create a learning atmosphere which celebrates honesty, mutual respect, flexibility, critical thinking, cooperation, humor, imagination, and innovation.  I am very appreciative of the tremendous support here at Sunol Glen and look forward to meeting and welcoming my new students and families into my class!  

hgiang@sunol.k12.ca.us | K/1

Melody Mayer

Hi! My name is Melody Mayer!

 

I am a Bay Area native, I grew up in San Lorenzo and went to Cal State Hayward to complete my Bachelors Degree with a minor in Sign Language. I continued to get my Multiple Subject Credential. I did an internship at a private school teaching second grade in Oakland, then returned to the San Lorenzo School District where I taught 5th grade and 3rd grade for seven years  Then I joined the Sunol Glen family in 2008 and have taught 2/3 multi-age for 10 years and currently teach in the K/1 multiage class.

My passion has always been about teaching. This began as  a teenager. I taught dance all through my high school and college years and up until after my daughter was born. I incorporate my love for dance with my students in my class as much as I can. I love the first day of school each year getting to see my new students excited and ready to learn. Most of all, I love working with these amazing kids each day. I am very lucky to work at a supportive school.

mmayer@sunol.k12.ca.us | K/1

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Lisa Sullivan

Hello Sunol Glen!

My name is Lisa Sullivan and I am so excited to be joining the Sunol Glen Community.  I grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains on 12 acres of land surrounded by chickens, goats, dogs, and cats.  I have a great love for animals and attended Cal Poly, SLO where I earned a BS in Animal Science in 2009.  I have lived in Pleasanton for the past 6 years with my 6-year-old son, Liam, and our dog, Rudy.  We enjoy staying active and spending time outdoors. 

I came into teaching in a round about way after working in the medical field for 8 years.  I was not passionate about what I was doing so began looking for a change.  After spending time volunteering for the Sierra Club on an initiative encouraging schools to implement climate education, and then working for a Middle School Science Curriculum provider, Green Ninja, I realized my passion was education and helping students realize they can be agents for change.  I recently earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU East Bay and have taught 1st and 3rd grade. 

I am looking forward to this year and helping each student find success and confidence.

lsullivan@sunol.k12.ca.us | 2/3

Katrina Figueira

Hello Sunol Glen Families! 

My name is Katrina Figueira and I am so excited to be teaching at Sunol Glen School!  I grew up in San Jose and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology.  I then pursued my teaching credential from Cal State Hayward and continued my education to obtain my Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Reading Instruction, and my Reading Specialist credential from CSUH as well.

Working with children is my passion and my calling.  I taught in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in the city of Pleasant Hill for over 20 years.  I taught 5th grade for 14 years, and then worked in a job-share in both 3rd grade and 5th grade while my children have been young.  In 2017, I joined the Sunol Glen family, teaching as a part of the wonderful 2/3 team.  I aim to make my classroom a place where all students feel important, encouraged, believed in, and respected.  I enjoy the challenge of helping every student to reach their full potential.  

My husband, David, and I live in Fremont with our two children: Caleb, who is 11, and Eliana, who is 9.  When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and enjoying our sweet dog, Kota.

I am delighted to work with your children this year!  

kfigueira@sunol.k12.ca.us | 2/3

Danielle Scroggins

Hello! My name is Ms. Danielle Cimino (formerly Scroggins)

 

The 2019-2020 school year will be 9th year working at Sunol Glen School and I am so excited to begin my 8th year as a 2/3 multi-age teacher. 

I grew-up in Sunol and attended Sunol Glen K-8th grade myself; so this school and its traditions are near and dear to my heart. I had a great experience attending Sunol Glen and I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to me. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

After graduating from nearby Foothill High School in Pleasanton I moved to the University of California, Santa Cruz to earn my B.A. in History with a minor in Education.  While at UCSC, I spent nearly a year studying abroad at Cambridge University, UK, and then later at the Universidad de Cordóba, España. While living in Spain I developed a great empathy for EL students and learned first hand what it feels like to struggle to succeed in classes not taught in one’s native language. As a result of this experience, I recognize the importance of differentiating my instruction to meet the variety of needs of all my students, which is crucial in a multi-age program. I always want my classroom to be a safe place where students can express themselves while developing their own sense of responsibility and independence.

I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, with EL Authorization & GLAD Certification from CSU East Bay.  Later, in 2015 I completed my Masters of Science in Education, option in Reading Instruction, with an Reading and Literacy added authorization/credential. In 2016, I attended Lucy Calkins' Summer Writing Institute at Columbia; I am always looking for more training opportunities. I want my students to be lifelong learners and believe in leading by example.

When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband & family, reading, and planning adventures around the world.

dscroggins@sunol.k12.ca.us | 2/3

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4th & 5th Grade Team

 

Jamie Dorighi

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Hi!  My name is Jamie Dorighi. 

 

I have been teaching for 11 years, and I’m thrilled to be returning for my 9th year at Sunol Glen!  I grew up in Fremont, California and graduated from Mission San Jose High School.  I then obtained a degree from UC Berkeley majoring in American Studies.    I continued my education at San Jose State University where I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  In 2015, I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on teaching literacy across curriculum.  I also received my Reading Specialist Credential.  

I love teaching and working with children.  I love that each day is different and brings about new challenges and successes. Besides teaching at Sunol I have taught 2nd/3rd grade in the Cupertino Union School District at Portal Elementary. I also taught 2nd grade in the Santa Clara Unified School District at Don Callejon School.

 

I take pride in creating a classroom community where students are eager to express themselves.  I want my students to develop a sense of responsibility towards their learning and behavior while feeling comfortable and confident in their abilities.     

When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband Mark, daughter Brooke, and son Vince. 

I can’t wait to discover the gifts that each student will bring to our class.   

jdorighi@sunol.k12.ca.us | 4th

Kate Drazen

Hello! My name is Kate Drazen and I am delighted to be teaching fifth grade at Sunol Glen School this year! I earned my B.A. in psychology from Colgate University and my M.A. in curriculum and instruction from University of the Pacific. While earning my teaching credential, I was an intern at Head-Royce school in Oakland, where I taught kindergarten and fourth grade. Before coming to Sunol Glen, I taught third grade for three years at Loma Prieta Elementary School, and have taught fourth and fifth grades here at Sunol Glen.

 
I strive to create a warm classroom environment in which students feel comfortable to take risks and grow, both academically and as citizens of their communities. I hold high expectations for all my students, and enjoy working with students individually and in small groups to meet the needs of all learners.

 
When I am not teaching, you can find me trying new recipes, traveling, or reading. I love reading historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery books, and have a passion for discovering new middle grade titles. I always have a book recommendation available! 

kdrazen@sunol.k12.ca.us | 4th

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Middle School

 

Chris Wheeler

Welcome Friends:


    I’m Chris Wheeler and once again, I have the honor and privilege of teaching sixth grade. Over the years I’ve worked with a multitude of K-8 grade levels. I enjoy them all, but Sixth Grade is my favorite!  In addition to our Sixth Grade class, I teach physical education for grades 6th through 8th and each trimester I’m involved in a middle school elective class.

   After graduating from San Jose State with a degree in Business Administration, I started my working career in the print and manufacturing field.  The years went by quickly! I spent about twenty years producing everything from technical publications to wine labels in various firms throughout the Bay Area. Luckily, fate smiled, and I had the rare opportunity to switch career paths long before I retired. In 2007 I went back to school, picked up a teaching credential from Cal State East Bay; and I’ve been teaching ever since.

   Way back in time, I served with the beloved Marine Corps in Desert Storm as a machine gunner in a helicopter squadron.  After leaving the desert, I spent several months aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa. We circled the Persian Gulf as a force in readiness and eventually left the area to provide humanitarian support in the Philippines and Bangladesh.

   I live in Brentwood with my wife, Sandy, and my youngest son, Kyle. My daughter, Christina, lives in San Diego. So, we make the trip down south often. When I have the time, I try to get outdoors as much as possible. I am an incessant reader, an avid scuba diver, an occasional backpacker, and despite some inconvenient setbacks, I still love to ride bikes and motorcycles.

cwheeler@sunol.k12.ca.us | 6th Grade Teacher

Suzette Takei

My name is Suzette Takei and I have been teaching at Sunol Glen since 2008. My husband, Jon, and I have four children: Kaela, Malia, Garrett, and Noelani. All four are proud Sunol Glen Eagle graduates. Sunol Glen is forever a part of us!

I have always wanted to be a math teacher. When I was in Kindergarden I wrote, "When I grow up I want to be a teacher and a nun." (I went to Catholic School). I completed by BA in 1996, my MA in 1999, and have worked for Fremont Unified School District, East Whittier Unified School District, and Ohlone College as an adjunct professor of Child Development.

I have taught everything from preschool through Junior College, BUT Middle School is my passion and love! Working at Sunol Glen is amazing! The staff, creativity, multi-age and looping classes, and the ability, as a teacher, to design and implement new strategies and technology is phenomenal. I am so excited to be in my 14th year here; working to strengthen and expand our math & science programs, help students find themselves to be capable and confident, develop and implement new "best practices" using technology & the common core standards, and to work with a suburb staff as partners and collaborators.   

stakei@sunol.k12.ca.us | 7th Grade Teacher

Karen Jeffries

My name is Karen Jeffries; I am the 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts & History teacher as well as Student Council teacher. I have been a teacher at Sunol Glen since 2004. I’ve taught first, second, and third grade before moving to the middle school program. Before coming to Sunol Glen I taught for one year in special education.

I grew up in Pleasanton and graduated from Foothill High School. I played a lot of sports while going through school. After graduating, I went to Sonoma State where I majored in Business and minored in English. Once I completed college, I worked as a media buyer and started pursuing my MBA at Saint Mary’s. I started going to school to be a teacher in 2001. I completed my program in 2003 and received a Teaching Credential as well as my Masters in Education.

I met my husband Johnnie, in 1999 and we got married in 2002. We enjoy traveling, going camping, and playing sports such as softball and golf. We live in Pleasanton with our son, Cody, dog, Ginger, and cat, Beanie.

kjeffries@sunol.k12.ca.us | 8th Grade Teacher

Colleen Nelson

I am so excited to be working at Sunol Glen Elementary School! I love working with children and have known since I was a child that I wanted to be a teacher.  I grew up going to school with my dad, who was a high school math teacher, and I loved listening to him talk about his students. I always looked up to my father and strive to be an amazing teacher like he was.  I took an ROP student teaching class in high school, worked in school-age daycares throughout college, and then became a preschool teacher, where I developed a modified kindergarten curriculum for 4 and 5 year olds.  Since receiving my credential, I was a substitute teacher for a year, then I took a long term substitute position here at Sunol Glen, and now am a member of the middle school math team.

 

As a child, I went to school in San Leandro until  we moved to Pleasanton the summer before I went into third grade.  I attended Fairlands, Harvest Park and then graduated from Amador High School.  For college, I decided to stay local and attended Cal State Hayward, like my dad did.  After I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an option in Early Childhood education, I went back and got my multiple-subject and foundational math credentials.  I would like to eventually go back to school and get my master in technology.    

 

When I am not teaching, I love to be outside, go to the movies with friends, and I love to dance.   I also enjoy exploring new places and restaurants in the Bay Area and going to sporting events. During this coming fall break, I will be getting married! Shane and I are very excited to start this new adventure together.

cnelson@sunol.k12.ca.us | 5th - 8th Mathematics Teacher

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Elective Teachers

Maretha Davel

mdavel@sunol.k12.ca.us | Music Teacher

Morgan Mitchell

mmitchell@sunol.k12.ca.us | Art Teacher

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11601 Main Street

Sunol, CA  94586

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Cindy Grant

Secretary

cgrant@sunol.k12.ca.us
Tel: (925) 862-2026
Fax: (925) 862-0127

Kirsten Collier

Preschool/Eagle's Nest Director

kcollier@sunol.k12.ca.us
Tel: (925) 580-9306
Fax: (925) 862-0127