Trish Antilla - Room 3
Trisha is a 1993 graduate of The Ohio State University. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology, with a specialization in Child Development, she began teaching at Head Start working with Homeless children. She worked there for a year before going back to school to receive an Elementary Teaching Credential. After the birth of her first daughter, in 1996, she moved to California and began teaching Kindergarten at Primary Plus, in 1997. She taught there for 5 years before moving to Pleasanton with her husband and 2 daughters. Shortly after moving she received a teaching position at Carden West, where she taught Kindergarten for four years before joining LVCS. While working at LVCS, Trisha went back to school to clear her California Teaching Credential, and to receive a supplement in Computer Concepts and Applications. This will be her 4th year teaching Kindergarten at LVCS.
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Stephanie Baxter - Room 4
Stephanie Baxter graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Child Development and a minor in History. She received her CTEL multi-subject teaching credential from California State University at Monterey Bay and her clear credential through University of California at San Diego. Mrs. Baxter began teaching Kindergarten in 1996, for a private elementary school in San Jose. After 5 years, she and her family moved to Pleasanton where she taught two years of Kindergarten and two years of First grade. Mrs. Baxter joined LVCS in 2006 as a First grade teacher and then moved to Kindergarten in 2007. This will be her 5th year as a member of the LVCS Kindergarten team and her 15th year teaching. Mrs. Baxter lives in Pleasanton with her husband and two children.
Irma De Leon - Room 10
Irma de Leon has a passion for teaching children. In 1988, after graduating from CSU, Stanislaus, she began her teaching career in Stevinson California, a small rural town on the outskirts of Turlock. It was here, after 10 years of educating first grade children, that she acquired specialized training as a Reading Recovery teacher. In 1998 Irma made her bravest career move of all. She left her beloved teaching position to become a fulltime mom. Along the way she found time to, work as an advisory teacher for Hart-Ransom Charter School, earn her CLAD certificate, and volunteer as a Booklegger for the Fremont Public Library. In 2005, when her daughter was ready for kindergarten, Irma decided to resume her passion for teaching and join the innovative staff of Livermore’s new charter school. Irma has been happily teaching kindergarten at LVCS since its inception. Currently, Irma is a graduate student at St. Mary’s working towards her M.A. with a Reading Specialist Credential. Irma loves to garden, read, quilt, and spend time with her daughter Addy and husband Joe.
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Karen Duncan - Room 2
Karen began her teaching career when her own children started school.? Karen and her son, Andrew, both attended a Montessori Teacher Training School; she worked as a student teacher while he performed the role of preschooler. When Andrew went to first grade, Karen returned to school and to science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science with a minor in Geology at the University of Colorado and San Jose State in 1990. She completed her multiple subject clear credential with science supplementals in 1991 and received a Language Development Specialist Certificate in 1993. She has experience teaching science to students from kindergarten through sixth grade.? In 1997 she made the switch to a full time self contained kindergarten program. When asked how she could go from teaching science seven periods a day to teaching Kindergarten, Karen responded that she found both disciplines were quite similar... both were messy, noisy, hands on, non-stop and filled with wonderful surprises! Karen has received numerous accolades for her teaching and guidance over the years. (Teacher of the Year: Zanker Elementary, Carl Melius Science Award, Prudential Teaching Award, BTSA -Beginning Teacher Support Provider, Master Teacher, NOAA Teacher at Sea.) Her most treasured accolades, however, are those smiles given to her by her eager young students.
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Audrey Zika - Room 1
Audrey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from CSU, Chico in 1990. After graduating, Audrey enrolled in the teaching program at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA and received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 1991. Since earning her credential Audrey has held positions in education, training, and curriculum writing. She has taught third, fourth, and fifth grades, as well as having a background in computer software training. Audrey was a substitute teacher at LVCS before joining the staff. She is also a parent at LVCS.
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