Sonoma Valley welcomes 16 new teachers
The Sonoma Valley Unified School District welcomed 16 new teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Six new teachers joined Sonoma Valley High School and the rest joined SVUSD’s various middle and elementary schools. Said SVUSD Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, “There continues to be great interest among teaching professionals in working in our school district, and we are very pleased with the caliber of new faculty joining our schools this fall. Please join me and welcoming them to your classrooms.
Janine Crowe joins the ninth grade team teaching algebra and geometry at SVHS. Previously, Crow taught in a high school continuation program in Van Nuys. Crowe received her B.S. from UCLA and her teaching credentials from CSU Northridge and from UCLA Extension.
Rachel Ricoli teaches algebra 2, geometry and bridge to geometry at SVHS. Previously, Ricoli was a student teacher of mathematics at El Molino High School in Forestville. Ricoli received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her teaching credentials from Dominican University. Ricoli is a graduate of Maria Carillo High School, ’04.
Felicia Rush teaches agriculture, earth science and biology at SVHS. Previously, Rush taught agricultural science at Everett Alvaez High School in Salinas. She received her B.S. and her teaching credentials from Chico State.
Kelly Kennedy teaches algebra I and bridge to geometry at SVHS. Previously, Kennedy did a teaching internship in algebra and geometry at Santa Rosa High School. Kennedy graduated from Dartmouth College and received her teaching credentials from Sonoma State.
Meredith Wilson teaches dance and PE at SVHS. Previously, Wilson taught sixth and seventh grade at Altimira Middle School. Wilson has a B.A. from Sonoma State, an M.A. from Dominican University and received her teaching credentials from Simpson University.
Douglas Moore teaches music at SVHS. Previously, he was a music teacher with the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. Moore studied at Pacific Union College and Grand Union University.
Andrew Losk teaches history, English, P.E. and is helping with an elective at the Gateway School. Previously, he was a student teacher of history and government at Las Plumas High School in Oroville. Losk received his B.A. and his teaching credentials from Chico State. He was born and raised in Sonoma and graduated from SVHS, ’03.
Dale Heffernan teaches math and science at the Gateway School and Creekside High School. Heffernan received his B.A. from San Diego State and will receive his teaching credentials from Dominican University.
Marion Host serves as a resource teacher at Adele Harrison Middle School. Previously, she taught English at Maria Carillo High School. Host attended UC Davis and received her B.A. from CSU, Sacramento, and her teaching credentials from Sonoma State University.
Eric Brockway teaches seventh- and ninth-grade science at Altimira Middle School and at Adele Harrison Middle School. Previously, Brockway was a chemistry and physical sciences student teacher at Maria Carillo High School. He received his B.S. from UC Davis and received his teaching credentials from USF.
Elizabeth Heffernan serves as a resource teacher at Woodland Star Charter School. She received her B.A. from University of Delaware, her M.A. in early childhood education from Sonoma State, and her teaching credentials from Dominican University.
Nora Alexander-Short teaches first grade at Sassarini Elementary School. Previously she was a second-grade aide at Lafayette Elementary School. Alexander-Short received her B.A. and her teaching credentials from Saint Mary’s College. Born and raised in Sonoma, Alexander-Short graduated from Justin-Siena,’03.
Bethany Noviello serves as a resource specialist at Dunbar Elementary School. Previously, she was in the resource specialist program at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose and served in Americorps in Santa Rosa. Noviello received her B.A. from the University of Washington and received her teaching credentials from the Oakland Practitioner Teacher Program.
Renea Magnani teaches third grade at Dunbar Elementary School. Previously, Magnani has taught at Prestwood, at Dunbar and at Philips Edison Charter School in Napa. Magnani received her B.S. from Sonoma State and received her teaching credentials from Chapman University. Born and raised in Sonoma, Magnani is a graduate of SVHS.
Karen Taggesell serves as a resource teacher at Prestwood Elementary School. Previously, Taggesell taught at the Wilson School in Petaluma. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University and her teaching credentials from Saint Mary’s College and Dominican University.
Erica Yurman teaches the third-fifth grade Special Day class at Prestwood Elementary School. Previously, Yurman taught Special Education at Wailupe Elementary School in Honolulu. Yurman received her B.A. and her teaching credentials from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and her M.S. from CSU East Bay.