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Our teachers and staff are here because they love teaching and hope to make a positive impact on our students. Our highly qualified staff members are happy to provide support for our students and their families. They are here to serve you, so please call or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.


Administration

Mr. Mark Thompson
Principal
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Mr. Peter Keck
Vice Principal
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Office Staff

Angela Nunes
School Secretary
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Kathy Ruiz
School Secretary
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Suzanne Senn
Counselor
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Mr. Mark Thompson

Mr. Mark Thompson

Principal
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With TCSD since: 1998

Mr. Peter Keck

Mr. Peter Keck

Vice Principal
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

Masters in Early Reading and Literacy, Walden University, May 2005-Dec. 2007

BA Degree, Church Music/Youth Ministry, Point Loma Nazarene University, May 2002

Experience:

Head Teacher/ Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher

Live Oak Middle School

Head Teacher/ Second Grade Teacher

Heritage Elementary School

Teacher – Fourth Grade 

Maple Elementary School

TCSD- Student Teacher/ Substitute Teacher                                           

 

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With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

Graduated from the Visalia Adult School LVN Program in 2012

 Angela Nunes

Angela Nunes

School Secretary
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With TCSD since: May 2013

 Kathy Ruiz

Kathy Ruiz

School Secretary
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

Tulare Union Graduate 1999

COS 1999-2000

Experience:

17 yrs Clerical/Secretarial Experience

 

 

 Suzanne Senn

Suzanne Senn

Counselor
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1995

Education:

High School - Tulare Union High School

Undergrad - College of the Sequoias

Undergrad - UC Davis

Master's Degree - Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Classroom Teacher:  Maple Elementary, 4 years

Special Education Teacher:  Mulcahy Middle School, 2 years

School Psychologist:  Mulcahy Middle School, 2 years

School Counselor:  Los Tules, Since opening in 2003!


 

Hello families!

The counseling office at Los Tules Middle School is a safe, friendly environment where students can come if they need an adult to talk to. In here we solve problems, express emotions, and help middle school life become a little easier.  I am an advocate for the students here at LT and enjoy that position very much.

I hope to see you at Parent Conferences!

Mrs. Senn


Amy Allen

School Nurse

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Sixth Grade

Araceli Alvarado
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Stefanie Andrada
Teacher
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Teri Fuller
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Jessica Zamorano
Teacher
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Seventh & Eighth Grade

Mrs. Jaime Delgado
Science Teacher
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Aliza Ford
Physical Education
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Todd Henderson
Physical Education
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Lauren Hicks
Art
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Mr. Salvador Juarez
Mathematics
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Patrick Lindstrand
Social Studies
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Blake Maaske
Math
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Mr. Steve Marquez
7th Grade Language Arts
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David Phelps
Science
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Eva Rasmussen
Language Arts
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Christina Smith
Science
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Lindsey Vadnais
Math
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Karen Vaughn
Language Arts
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Pamela West
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
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 Araceli Alvarado

Araceli Alvarado

Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

BA Liberal Studies-Fresno Pacific University

Multiple Subject Credential-Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Prior to coming to Tulare City Schools, I worked for Burton School District in Porterville teaching 5th grade for the last 4 years

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Students are able to access their assignments on Google Classroom. Each student has been assigned a google account and can access assignments that have been uploaded on the site. 




Stefanie Andrada

Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Teaching Credential

Experience:

My first career was a store manager with a major grocery chain.  I worked hard starting from being a bagger all the way up to running my own store.  I always had a love for children and teaching them the correct path can always be achieved through hard work and dedication.  I decided to go back to school at the age of 27, while working full-time.  I graduated with my teaching credential in 2010, and have been teaching ever since.  I love what I do so much it doesn't feel like working at all.

Classroom News...

SCICON is the week of Aug 29-Sept 2!

Parent Conferences are the week of Sept 26-Sept 30th, and they are from 12:30-3:30.  The night confernces will be on Thursday Sept 29th 5-7pm.  Can't wait to meet all of you!!

Please contact me with any questions/concerns!

sandrada@tcsdk8.org




Teri Fuller

Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

  • Mt. Whitney H.S. - Class of 1995
  • Fresno Pacific - B.A. in Liberal Arts - 2012
  • Fresno Pacific - Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - 2014
  • Fresno Pacific - M.A. Educational Technology - 2017

Experience:

This is my 3rd year teaching 6th Grade at Los Tules!

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 Jessica Zamorano

Jessica Zamorano

Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

BA Liberal Studies- Fresno State University

Multiple Subject Credential- CalState Teach Fresno State University

Experience:

Prior to working for TCSD, I worked for Pixley Union School District for 3 years.

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 Juan De Santiago

Juan De Santiago

Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

  • B.A. - History - University of California Los Angeles
  • M.A. - History - California State University Fresno

Experience:

  • This is my 14th year of teaching 7th grade social studies at Los Tules Middle School
  • I taught two years of 4th grade at Pleasant Elemetary
  • I taught two years of 6th grade at Pleasant Elementary.

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Mrs. Jaime Delgado

Mrs. Jaime Delgado

Science Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Mrs. Delgado earned her bachelor of science degree in food science and technolgy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1999.  

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I am excited to spend the year with fellow Los Tules tigers. We will learn about how science impacts the world around us!  I want students to leave my class with a great foundation of science that will prepare them for their high school career and beyond.

Should you want to get a hold of me please call the school at (559) 687-3156 or email me at jdelgado@tcsdk8.org.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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 Eric Espinola

Eric Espinola

Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 1995

Education:

CSUF - BA History 

Experience:

3 Years Orosi High School

9 Years Cherry Ave Middle School

14 Years Los Tules Middle School

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 Aliza Ford

Aliza Ford

Physical Education

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

I attended Fresno Pacific University where I recieved a BA in Kinesiology emphesis in secondary teaching with a minor in coaching.  I also recieved my single subject teaching credential from Fresno Pacific Universtiy.  

Experience:

Before coming to TCSD, I taught 2 years of K-8 Physical Education at ETAA charter school in Madera, CA. 

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Girls Physical Education

Course Information

Introduction:

Welcome to Girl’s Physical Education. This course is designed to introduce students to the importance of Physical Education and how it can be utilized in their everyday life so that they may lead a healthy an active lifestyle.  The students will experience various types of physical and cardio activities through exercise, fundamental development, sports and games.  In this course we will:

  • Perform Pre & Post Physical Fitness Testing
  • Be introduced to Plyo-Metric Training and Cross Training Exercises
  • Participate in Individual & Co-Ed Square Dancing
  • Participate in Cooperative and Leisure Board Games
  • Introduced to Family Life & Health Education
  • Participate in the following Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Paddle Tennis, Track & Field and Softball

 

Required Materials:

It is an expectation that all students dress out for Physical Education classes, therefore each student is expected to purchase or have a PE uniform that consists of a grey shirt and black shorts. We sell the uniforms at Los Tules for a reasonable price. Grey shirt with logo and black short with logo for $10.00 each item, $20.00 for the set.  Tennis shoes with laces are required and must be tied during all activities. Each student will be issued a school locker and a combination lock in which to keep their PE clothes, Deodorant, shoes and any other items that may be needed for this class. Note: If a lock is lost, there is $6.00 fee to replace it.

 

Medical Excuses:

Students who have a medical excuse from a physician or a parent are still required to dress out, unless injury or excuse prevents student from dressing. Parental excuses are good for a maximum of three days. After three days, a note from a physician is required. Students who are excused from PE for an extended period of time will be required to complete an alternative assignment.

 

Grading Policy:

Grades will be based on a cumulative grading system. Students will have an opportunity to earn 6 points daily based on attendance, dressing out for class and participating with effort during activities. Unit Tests and Classroom Assignments will be added to the cumulative point value. Note: Students who are absent will not receive their 6 daily points; however, students will have an opportunity to make-up their points by completing an alternate assignment.

Grading Scale

A = 90 – 100%

B = 80 – 90%

C = 70 – 79%

D = 60 – 69%

F =   0 – 59%

 

Classroom Rules:

  1. No running, Scuffling, horse playing or throwing objects in the Locker Room.
  2. No one is allowed in the Locker Room or Coaches Office without permission.
  3. After dressing out, students are to sit down in Locker Room until roll call or dismissal.
  4. Disrespectful behavior and/or profane language will not be tolerated
  5. Participation in classroom and outdoor activities is mandatory.

 

Consequences:

Step #1 = Verbal Warning

Step #2 = Isolation from peers, one period or less

Step #3 = Office Referral or Parent Contact

Step #4 = Parent Contact & Elimination from activity for three days.

 

After School Sports:

Los Tules offers a competitive after school program for the following sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field. Students who tryout for the teams are selected based on ability, attitude and attendance to tryouts. Students must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to play. Practices or games are Monday thru Thursday from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. A late bus is provided to transfers students to their neighbor hood schools at the completion of practices or games.

 




Todd Henderson

Physical Education
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1993

Education:

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. BS, recreation administration; National University, Master's in Education, Best Practices.

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Boys Physical Education

Course Information

Introduction:

Welcome to Boy’s Physical Education. This course is designed to introduce students to the importance of Physical Education and how it can be utilized in their everyday life so that they may lead a healthy an active lifestyle.  The students will experience various types of physical and cardio activities through exercise, fundamental development, sports and games.  In this course we will:

  • Perform Pre & Post Physical Fitness Testing
  • Be introduced to Plyo-Metric Training
  • Participate in Individual & Co-Ed Square Dancing
  • Study “Exercise Your Options” Nutrition Program
  • Introduced to Family Life & Health Education
  • Participate in the following Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Paddle Tennis, Track & Field and Softball

 

Required Materials:

It is an expectation that all students dress out for Physical Education classes, therefore each student is expected to purchase or have a PE uniform. We sell the uniforms at Los Tules for a reasonable price. Grey shirt with logo and black short with logo for $10.00 each item, $20.00 for the set. Tennis shoes with laces are required and must be tied during all activities. Each student will be issued a school locker and a combination lock in which to keep their PE clothes, Deodorant, shoes and any other items that may be needed for this class. Note: If a lock is lost, there is $6.00 fee to replace it.

 

Medical Excuses:

Students who have a medical excuse from a physician or a parent are still required to dress out, unless injury or excuse prevents student from dressing. Parental excuses are good for a maximum of three days. After three days, a note from a physician is required. Students who are excused from PE for an extended period of time may be placed in an alternative class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grading Policy:

Grades will be based on a calmative grading system. Students will have an opportunity to earn 6 points daily based on attendance, dressing out for class and participating with effort during activities. Unit Tests and Classroom Assignments will be added to the calmative point value. Note: Students who are absent will not receive their 6 daily points; however, students will have an opportunity to make-up their points by completing an alternate assignment.

Grading Scale

A = 90 – 100%

B = 80 – 90%

C = 70 – 79%

D = 60 – 69%

F =   0 – 59%

 

Classroom Rules:

  1. No running, Scuffling, horse playing or throwing objects in the Locker Room.
  2. No one is allowed in the Locker Room or Coaches Office without permission.
  3. After dressing out, students are to sit down in Locker Room until roll call or dismissal.
  4. Disrespectful behavior and/or profane language will not be tolerated
  5. Participation in classroom and outdoor activities is mandatory.

 

Consequences:

Step #1 = Verbal Warning

Step #2 = Isolation from peers, one period or less

Step #3 = Office Referral or Parent Contact

Step #4 = Parent Contact & Elimination from activity for three days.

 

After School Sports:

Los Tules offers a competitive after school program for the following sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field. Students who tryout for the teams are selected based on ability, attitude and attendance to tryouts. Students must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to play. Practices or games are Monday thru Thursday from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. A late bus is provided to transfers students to their neighbor hood schools at the completion of practices or games.




Lauren Hicks

Art
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Art and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, Fresno

Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking and Drawing/Painting, University of California, Santa Cruz

Experience:

3rd Grade, Garden Elementary School, 2005-2007

7th/8th Grade Art and Advanced Art, Los Tules Middle School, 2007-present

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Art students will spend the year learning a variety of art skills and how to use a variety of art materials.

To be successful in art, you need to always do your best.  All the work you do should represent your best effort. Not all students are equally talented, but I expect each student to do their personal best.

All assignments will be based on California State Content Standards for the Visual Arts. Students will learn about various artists and styles of art from different time periods and cultures. Projects will focus on artistic perception, creative expression, and developing skills in a variety of art processes and materials.

This class is set up so that any student who completes and turns in all assignments and who puts forth their best effort on a daily basis can earn at least a B, regardless of their talent.



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Mr. Salvador Juarez

Mr. Salvador Juarez

Mathematics
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1990

Education:

Bachelor of Arts from University of California at Santa Barbara/ Single Subject Mathematics Credential from Fresno Pacific University/ Masters of Arts in Education Degree from Fresno State University

Experience:

Having 27years of experience teaching middle school mathematics.  Have served as a BTSA Support provider for first and second year mathematics teacher, have served on the committee to adopt mathematics textbooks, have worked with other mathematics teachers and District personnel to implement curriculum for intervention programs, worked with other coaches to teach and coach volleyball and soccer, collaborated with colleagues to assemble award winning Math Super Bowl Teams.

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Striving to engage students daily in mathematics and having it viewed as intriguing and useful, and is appreciated by all; where powerful mathematical thinking is an essential, universal, and desirable trait; and where people are empowered by mathematical problem-solving and reasoning to solve the world’s problems.

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Patrick Lindstrand

Social Studies
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

  • Bachelors Degreee from California State University Northridge.  GO MATADORS!!!!!!
  • Credential from Brandman University.

Experience:

Substitute Teacher with Visalia Unified School District from 2010-2016

Behavior Interventionist with Bright Future, TCOE from 2014-2015.

 

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 Blake Maaske

Blake Maaske

Math
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

BA from Vanguard University of Southern California, Single Subject Math Credential from Fresno Pacific University, Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Concorida Unitiversity, Irvine

Experience:

Mr. Maaske has been teaching at Los Tules since 2011. He has taught both 7th and 8th grade math as well as Algebra and Computer Tech. 

Classroom News...

For all information regarding Mr. Maaske's mathematics class inlcuding class syllabus, homework policies, grading policies, and much, much more please follow the link below:

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Mr. Steve Marquez

7th Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

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 David Phelps

David Phelps

Science
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1991

Education:

  • CSU Fresno – BA, Physical Education, Athletic Training emphasis, Biology minor
  • Fresno Pacific University – MA, Science Education

Experience:

  • Madera High School, 1986 - 1988 (Biology & Physical Science),
  • St. Hilary's School, 1988 - 1991, (6th, 7th, 8th grade Science, P.E., K - 8),
  • Mulcahy, Cherry Ave & Live Oak Middle Schools, 1991 - 1992 (Life & Physical Science), 
  • Exeter High School, 1992 - 1994, Biology & Physical Science,
  • Mulcahy Middle School, 1994 - 2003 (Life & Physical Science, Applied Science),
  • Los Tules Middle School, 2003 - Present, (Eighth Grade Science)

 

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In eighth grade science, we will introduce the students to physics (energy, motion and forces).  Then we will look at the Earth in the solar system and universe. We will finish the year learning about genetics, heredity and evolution.



 Eva Rasmussen

Eva Rasmussen

Language Arts
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

After graduating from high school, I attended COS and studied sports medicine. I obtained my associate of arts degree (AA) and transferred to California State University Fresno. I earned my BA degree in elementary education from Fresno State. After starting my educational career in Tulare, I went back to school and earned my masters in curriculum and education from Fresno Pacific University.  I am looking forward to having a wonderful year with all of you.

Experience:

I have taught for TCSD for over 20 years.  I began my career at Mulcahy Middle School where I taught for seven years.  I was given the opportunity to open a new middle school and have been at Los Tules ever since.

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 Christina Smith

Christina Smith

Science
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About Me

Education:

Associate of Math and Science from College of the Sequoias

Bachelor of Animal Science from California State University, Fresno

Master of Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University

Experience:

I have had the pleasure of teaching seventh and eighth grade Language Arts and Social Studies, seventh grade Science, and fifth grade. I have also been the yearbook advisor and Science Olympiad coach.

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The course syllabus outlines classroom behavior expectations, grading policy, 7th grade science topics, science technology expectations, absence policy, tardy policy, and science safety rules (student/parent signed contract included). 

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About Me

With TCSD since: July 2014

Education:

I attended college at Fresno State.  Go Bulldogs! I received my degrees in math and dance as well as a single subject credential in math.  I am currently taking courses for my master's degree in coaching and athletic administration. 

Experience:

I have been teaching since 2008.  Prior to teaching at Los Tules, I taught at El Diamante High School.  During my 6 years at El Diamante, I taught Algebra 1, Integrated Math, Pre-Calculus and Introduction to Dance.  I was the JV cheer coach for 3 years until I was promote to varsity head coach and co-advisor.  I was also the club advisor for 4 years for the hip hop dance club, Urban Arts.  I have been teaching at Los Tules since 2014 and am very excited to be starting the first dance class in the district!!  

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For the Elective Math and Dance syllabus that explains classroom expectations, procedures and grading, please visit my website.  Also available on the website are the class calendars and class resources. 

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Lindsey Vadnais

Math
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2010

Education:

Bachelor's of Arts Degree Mass Communication and Journalism CSU Fresno

 

Single Subject Math Credential from National University

Single Subject Social Science Credential from National University

Masters of Education Specializing in Best Practices from National University

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The class syllabus has been attached if you have any questions.

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 Karen Vaughn

Karen Vaughn

Language Arts
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Education from Fresno State University

Single Subject credential in English

Experience:

I have taught 8th grade English-Language Arts for the past 12 years.  I have also been the WEB Leadership Coordinator since 2010.

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Pamela West

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Stacy Afsahi

Special Ed/RSP Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

B.A. Communication Studies, California State University at Sacramento

Fresno Pacific University Level I Education Specialist Credential 

National University Level II Education Specialist Credential 

San Joaquin County Office of Education Autism Authorization 

 

Experience:

I began teaching in 2007 as a Special Day Class teacher at Roosevelt.  I taught there for seven years.  During that time, I taught grade levels first through fourth.  In 2014, I moved to Los Tules to teach seventh grade English Langauge Arts and sixth grade RSP.  

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Rebecca Avila

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 Christy Bonds

Christy Bonds

RTI/Programs Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1995

Education:

  • California Polytechnic State University - Bachelor of Science Psychology
  • National University - Master of Science Educational Counseling
  • National University - Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • Chapman University - Multiple Subjects Credential

Experience:

  • RTI/Programs Teacher
  • Middle School Counselor
  • 7th Grade Honors Language Arts Teacher
  • AVID Coordinator/Teacher
  • Self-Contained Teacher - 4-6 Grades
  • Leadership Teacher
  • RSP Teacher
  • Auxiliary Advisor
  • SSC Member/PTO Secretary
  • Drama Coach

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Selenia Boyer

SDC Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Liberal Arts Bachelor Degree at Fresno Pacific University, Mild/Moderate Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential at Brandman University and Masters in Teaching at Brandman University.

Experience:

Visalia Unified School District and Tulare City School District Special Education Aide 2006-2014

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Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

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 Susan Feijo

Susan Feijo

RSP Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • College of the Sequoias - AA Degree
  • California State University, Fresno - BA Degree
  • Tulare County Impact Program - Teaching Credential in Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Grand Canyon University - Masters in Special Education

Experience:

  • 2006-2008: RSP teacher at Heritage, 3-6 grade
  • 2008-2010: RSP teacher at Cypress/Cherry, 4-6 grade
  • 2010-present: RSP teacher at Los Tules

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Alisha Leon

Speech Therapist

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Mike Reynolds

Music Teacher

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Robert Trujillo

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Tessa Wilson

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