Our Amazing Garden Staff Members

The staff at Garden School strives to make a difference in the lives of all the children we serve so they will become successful, lifelong learners. Garden School serves over 700 kindergarten through sixth grade students in the Tulare City School District.


Administration

Mrs. Portillo
Principal
(559) 685-7330
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Mrs. Lauren Ferreira
Administrative Intern
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Office Staff

Ms. Domingos
Administrative Assistant
(559) 685-7330
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Mrs. Jacque Gomes
Part Time Secretary
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Mrs. Torres
Clerk
(559) 685-7330
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 Mrs. Portillo

Mrs. Portillo

Principal
(559) 685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 1990

Education:

  • Garden Elementary School
  • Cherry Avenue Middle School
  • Tulare Union High School
  • College Of Sequoias
  • National University (BA in liberal studies)
  • National University Teaching Credential
  • Fresno Pacific University Administrative Credential

Experience:

  • 19 years in the classroom - 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th grades at Lincoln and Mulcahy
  • 2 years peer coach grades K-6
  • 3 years resource teacher at Mulcahy and Lincoln
  • 3 years vice principal at Cherry Avenue

 

Mrs. Lauren Ferreira

Mrs. Lauren Ferreira

Administrative Intern

About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University.

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration with a Administrative Services Credential from University of California, Fresno.       

Experience:

  • Taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade at Mission Valley Elementary

  • Taught 6th grade at Los Tules Middle School

  • Head teacher at Mission Valley & Los Tules Middle School

  • Director of Summer School in 2014

  • Administrative Intern at Heritage/Pleasant/Roosevelt Elementary in 2016/2017

  • Currently Administrative Intern at Garden/Kohn/Maple Elementary


Ms. Domingos

Administrative Assistant
(559) 685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 7


Mrs. Jacque Gomes

Part Time Secretary

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011


Gina Deniz

Health Aide

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Mrs. Torres

Clerk
(559) 685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 7


Kary Allen

Health Aide

About Me


Deanne Cardoza

School Nurse

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Preschool


Mrs. Alavezos

Teacher (P.M.)

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Mrs. Silveira

Teacher (A.M.)

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About Me

With TCSD since: Many!

Education:

I graduated from Loyola Marymount University In Los Angeles with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies, and a Minor in Spanish.  I received my  Lifetime Teaching Credential from California State University at Long Beach. 

 

Experience:

I have had many experiences in education in  both private and public schools. Kindergarten is my favorite grade to teach, and I am very happy to be here at Garden School!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2007

Education:

I received my BA in liberal arts, my teaching credential from Fresno State University with an emphasis in early childhood, and my master’s degree through National University.

Experience:

I have been teaching since 2007. I taught 3rd grade my first two years, one year in first grade, and kindergarten the other years. I've been lucky enough to teach at Garden Elementary all of these years.  Every year is an adventure, I love what I do!

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Mrs. Johnson & I are team teaching this year so that we are able to stay home with our own little ones part time, while still doing what we love.  

Mrs. Johnson is here on Mondays and Tuesdays, I am here on Thursdays and Fridays, and we switch off every other Wednesday.  Wednesdays are early release days, the students get out at 1:30 rather than the normal 2:30.



About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2007

Education:

I have my Bachelor of Art's Degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Fresno. I also have a Master's Degree in Teaching with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

Experience:

I have taught one year of fifth grade, one year of second grade, and the rest have all been in kindergarten. I have had the pleasure of teaching at Garden Elementary School, Alpine Vista School, and Roosevelt Elementary School. I attended Garden as a student from kindergarten through sixth grade so I am proud to be a Gopher

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Mrs. Johnson

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

I have a Bachelors Degree from Fresno State. I have been teaching since 2009. I started in 5th grade and am currently teaching Kindergarten.

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Ms. Silva

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2017

Education:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University 
  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Education - Communication Option from Fresno State 
  • Mission Oak High School
  • Sundale Elementary School

Experience:

  • Student Teacher at Garden Elementary School - first grade
  • Student Teacher at Wilson Elementary School - fourth grade 
  • Substitute Teacher 

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Mrs. Gilbert

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1993

Education:

I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies in 1992 from Fresno State. I received my teaching credential from National University in 1993 and did my student teaching at Roosevelt and Cypress. I received my Master's in Language Arts and also received a Reading Specialist Credential from Fresno Pacific University in 2000.

Experience:

I have been teaching at Garden School for many years. I've taught 4th grade, 2nd grade, and 1st grade. I absolutely love being at Garden School. Garden Gophers Rock!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I have had the pleasure of teaching for the past 16 years at Garden School.  I've taught 5th grade, 4th grade and 1st grade. 

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Mrs. Price

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

I am currently a 1st grade teacher at Garden School.  I have been teaching since 1999.  I have a current California Teaching Credential and a Master's Degree in Education.  Teaching has always been my passion.    

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Mrs. Stelter

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1988

Education:

I completed my bachelor of science degree in child development and received my teaching credential in 1987 from San Diego State. I did my student teaching in kindergarten and in a 3-4 combination grade.

Experience:

I have worked at Garden school for over 25 years. I have taught 2nd grade, pre-first, and 1st grade. I absolutely love being a Garden Gopher!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005, 12 years

Education:

Received a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University in 1999.

Graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  

Graduated from College of the Seqouias in 1995.

 Graduated from Mt. Whitney High School in 1992

Experience:

Nineteen years of teaching experience.

Drivers instructor.

Coached high school diving and golf.

Coached junior high flag football, softball, and volleyball.

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Mrs.  Coday

Mrs. Coday

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1985

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree and Credential from CSU, Chico

Experience:

I have been teaching with Tulare City Schools since 1985. I have taught middle school math, sixth grade, fourth grade, and second grade. 

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Parents, please remember to sign planners nightly.

Please BE involved and participate in PTO. 

For safety reasons, please have your student wear appropriate shoes for PE activities or if you have an old pair that still fit leave they can leave them in the classroom for PE.

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Mr. James Lee

Mr. James Lee

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 1998

Education:

I have valued higher education since I was a young child. My father instilled in me an understanding that higher education would take my life places I may not have dreamed. I have a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington in geography and urban planning.  After this, I went to National University in Fresno to recieve my teaching credential. Many years later, I went back to school (online) to recieve master's degree in reading and math from Walden University. All of these steps in my life were challenging, but worth the effort. I made many friends and learned more about the world than I could possibly imagine. 

Experience:

I have been teaching in Tulare since 1998. I worked as a substitute teacher my first year. It was an amazing experience. The following year, Tulare City Schools hired me as a long term substitute. I was able to work for longer periods with individual classes, acquiring much of the knowledge I still use today. Ruben Canales hired me as a second grade teacher in 2000. I worked teaching second grade for 7 years. Eventually I started teaching teaching third grade for another 5 years, and then 5th grade for 3 years. Barbara Xavier hired me to come to Garden school the following year. I have been at Garden School for 7 wonderful years teaching both 5th grade and recently 2nd grade. Go Gophers!

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About Me

With TCSD since: since 1993

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts; Multiple Subject teaching credential; CLAD certificated (for language acquisition development).

Experience:

I have been extremely happy teaching with Tulare City Schools since 1993. I began teaching at Maple School, then transferred to Roosevelt School in 1997. Garden School became my home in 2007 and I'm a proud "Gopher" to this day!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2011-Present

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Chico and Multiple Subjects Credential from Fresno Pacific University.

 

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Be sure to visit our class website for more information.  Click My Website to the right to get there!

 




Mrs. Dias

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: since 2001

Education:

I attended College of Sequoias to earn my AA degree.  Then received my BA in Liberal Studies from Fresno State.  I finished the credential program with Chapman.  Recently, I have earned a Masters Degree in Early Education.

Experience:

I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Third Grade.

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Our Daily Schedule 

8:20-Attendance

8:30-Spelling

9:00-PE

9:30 Walk to Intervention

10:00 Recess

10:15-11:45-Math

12:00-12:45-Lunch

11:45-2:00-Language Arts

2:00-Social Studies/Science


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Ms. Jacobsen

Teacher
559-685-7330

About Me

Education:

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts 

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Supplemental Authorization in English

Master of Arts Degree specializing in Early Childhood Education

CLEAR Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD emphasis

Experience:

Educator: 1999-Present

Second & Third Grade Combination Class, 1999

First Grade, 2000-2013

Third Grade, 2014-Present

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Mr. Mazon

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001-Present

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree from Chapman University and Multiple Subjects Credential from Fresno State University

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                                Homework Policy                                    

To help your child achieve grade level standards, daily reading homework is expected.  Students will be required to spend a minimum of 20 minutes per night reading.

Please be sure your child returns any reading book they have taken home to be able to read them in class.

Spelling words will be given out in planners on Monday and there will be a test on Friday.  Words will follow a pattern and the test will be given to assess that students understand the pattern.

 

Classroom Rules

1. Listen

2. Be Prepared

3. Raise Your Hand

4. Respect Others

5. Work Hard

6. Have Fun

 

 

 




Mrs. Borges

Teacher
5596857330

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2009

Education:

Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential from Fresno State

Master's Degree from National University

Experience:

2009/2010 - 5th grade

2010/2011 - 6th grade

2011-2017 - 5th grade

2017-2018 - 4th grade

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Upcoming Field Trips:

Oct. 5 - Tulare Public Library

Oct. 20 - Enchanted Playhouse

May 11 - Ag Ventures

* Mission Trip - date has not been selected yet




Mrs. Clyborne

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2007

Education:

Bachelor's Degree and Credential from California State University Fresno

Master's from National University

Experience:

Taught 4th grade from 2007-2016

Third grade from 2016-Present

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Mr. Graff

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000-Present

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree. I was educated at Sacramento City College and Chico State University.

Experience:

I have been in education since 1984. I have taught second, third, fourth, and sixth grades. For eight years I was the administrator at Tulare Christian School.

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Mrs. Wilson

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University.

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2010.  I taught one year of 3rd grade in Lindsay before coming to the Tulare City School District in 2011.

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Mr. Medeiros

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

Graduate in 1997 from Fresno State with a BA in Liberal Studies

Experience:

I have been teaching since 2000. This is my 18  year teaching at Garden School.

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 Mr. Philpot

Mr. Philpot

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2007

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies in 2006 from Fresno State. I received my teaching credential from Fresno Pacific in 2008 and did my student teaching at Roosevelt. I'm currently teaching great 5th graders at Garden and advisor for Student Leadership and Student  Council.

Experience:

I worked as an RSP Instructional Aide for TCSD for two years before teaching. I have been teaching at Garden School since 2007 and wouldn't have it any other way! Garden Gophers Rock! Can You Dig It?

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Mr. Estes

Teacher

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Mrs. Hodge

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree through Western Governor's University

Experience:

Taught 4th grade at Garden 4 two years

This is my third year as a 6th grade teacher at Garden

 

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Ms. Loya

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Chico
  • Multiple Subject Credential from National University

Experience:

  • 8 years primary teacher grades 1 and 3 for Morongo Unified School District
  • 11 years intermediate teacher grade 6 for Tulare City School District - 2 years with a concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies
  • 1 year middle school Language Arts teacher grade 8 for Tulare City school District

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Ms. Taylor

Teacher

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Support Staff

Miss April Brooks
5th Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284 x389
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Susan Contreras
School Social Worker
(559) 685-7235
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David Daniels
Instrumental Music Teacher
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Victoria Delgado
School Psychologist
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Jennifer Gordon
Behavior Environment Support Team Coach
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Mrs. Michele Hulsey
Response to Intervention / Programs Teacher
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Kim Korenwinder
G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432
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Casey Lewis
Occupational Therapist
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Esther Ortega
Newcomer Teacher
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Kimberly Ream
Vocal Music Teacher
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Amy Smith
3rd Grade Art Teacher
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Miss April Brooks

Miss April Brooks

5th Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284 x389

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.

Classroom News...

This year in art, students will learn about all the Elements of Design (line, shape/form, color, value, texture and space).  Each 5th grade classroom will receive a 90 minute lesson 6 times/year.  Each lesson will be unique, fun, kinesthetic and memorable!




Susan Contreras

School Social Worker
(559) 685-7235

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David Daniels

Instrumental Music Teacher

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Victoria Delgado

School Psychologist

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Jennifer Gordon

Behavior Environment Support Team Coach

About Me

With TCSD since: 2008

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

I have been working in the field of special education for 11 years.  I have worked with high school aged students, middle school and elementary students.  

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Claudia Gordon

Speech Therapist

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Mrs. Michele Hulsey

Response to Intervention / Programs Teacher
(559) 685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2007

Education:

Master's Degree: National University

Bachelor's Degree / Teaching Credential: Fresno State University

Experience:

Response to Intervention Teacher:Garden

2nd Grade: Pleasant Elementary

6th Grade: Garden Elementary

1st/2nd Combination Class: Royal Oaks in Visalia

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My role as an RTI teacher allows me to work with students from different grades and classes within Garden Elementary School. I coordinate intervention classes and tutoring programs. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.




Makeila Kalama

SDC Teacher

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 Kim Korenwinder

Kim Korenwinder

G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432

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   

 

Classroom News...

GATE will start August 21, 2017.  There are some exciting changes ahead for GATE students so check back soon for more details!




Casey Lewis

Occupational Therapist

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Mrs. Kathleen McMaster

RSP
(559) 685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 30

Education:

*Graduated from CSU Northridge

*Multiple Subjects Credential at CSU Northridge

*Special Education Credential at Fresno Pacific

Experience:

I am priveleged to have taught in Special Education since 1989.  I have spent all those years here at Garden School.  

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Esther Ortega

Newcomer Teacher
559-685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 27 years

Education:

I graduated and received my teaching credential from Fresno Pacific College.  I love my job!  I love Garden School!  I love my students!  This school year is going to ROCK! 

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Kimberly Ream

Vocal Music Teacher

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Amy Smith

3rd Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284

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.

Classroom News...

This year in art, students will learn about all the Elements of Design (line, shape/form, color, value, texture and space).  Each third grade classroom will receive a 90 minute lesson 5 times/year.  Students will be taught vocabulary, art history through an artist focus, and hands-on time to create a unique artistic piece.    




Mrs. Cassandra Smith

SDC Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2

Education:

California State University, Stanislaus

B.A. in Psychology

Teachers College of San Joaquin County

Mild to Moderate Educational Specialist Credential

Experience:

I have worked in Special Education since 2010. I have been teaching since 2014. 

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Special Education Teacher Amanda Willis

SDC Teacher
559-685-7330

About Me

With TCSD since: 1

Education:

Bachlor's of Science Degree from Fresno State University. Special Education credential from Fresno Pacific University.

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