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Our Staff

 
Arroyo School is proud to have an excellent team of educators. A full list of the staff and email addresses can be found on the Contact Us page. 
Shelton

Mindy Shelton, Principal

  • I started teaching 26 years ago at the elementary school I attended as a child. I taught kindergarten for a year and then 5th grade for 12 years before becoming a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) focusing on school climate and wellness. I love helping students (and teachers!) discover new ideas that help them to be their best selves.
  • I love that 4th and 5th graders are able to think big and are beginning to understand so much more about the world around them. They really start to develop their own sense of identity and values.
  • I live with my husband and 2 sons. I love to travel and spend time with friends. I'm a huge fan of musical theater and I love to listen to audiobooks and podcasts.

 

Olzar

Tracey Olazar, Administrative Assistant

  • I have worked as a Para Educator and Administrative Assistant for the San Carlos School District for 8 years. I have worked at Arroyo, Brittan Acres, Central Middle School, and Tierra Linda.
  • In the 4th grade, we used to do a fun rainy day activity call Chicken Fat. It was a fast, fun exercise and we would all end up laughing.
  • I live with my husband, three daughters, and our favorite family member Zoey, our black lab. I love to vacation with my family and friends. I enjoy music, the beach, horseback riding, boating, and camping.
Jobak Julie Jobak, Counselor, Shared with Central
  • I have been a teacher for 20 years and I have taught 4-8th grade. I love helping people.
  • The students are so nice and cute and small.
  • I like hiking and spending time with my friends.

 

Katie Hultgren

Katie Hultgren, Librarian
  • I started as the Central/Arroyo Librarian eight years ago, when both my kids were students here.  I enjoy being a school librarian because I love children's books and I especially love getting kids excited about reading!  The part of the job I like best is making the Library a fun space that belongs to all the Arroyo and Central students.
  • My favorite thing about 4th and 5th graders is how interested all of you are in exploring the world and new ideas.  I love the Arroyo Eagles' enthusiasm for learning!
  • My husband Charlie and I are taking our younger daughter to college this Fall, so we will be "empty nesters" for the first time.  Luckily our chihuahua mix, Maysie, will still be home to keep us company!  In my free time I like to walk downtown with Maysie to pick up a coffee.  I also like to do crosswords, knit and watch old movies.

4th Grade Teachers:

 
Skinner

Jamie Skinner, 4th Grade Teacher

  • I have been teaching in the San Carlos School District since 2007 and have taught all grades 1st-5th. While I love teaching, I particularly love sharing my passion for learning with my students. We are all lifelong learners and one of my goals is to instill or grow the spark of passion for learning into every student in my class. Watching them make connections to the curriculum and then observing them putting learning into action is always exciting.
  • Fourth grade was the year I first truly realized that the world was so much larger than my little town of Steamboat Springs, CO. It was also the year I became consumed with learning everything about pioneer life and Westward Expansion. I love teaching 4th grade because I am passionate about our country's fascinating history and particularly interested in all things pioneer related. In 4th grade, students are making many cross curriculum connections and for me that is very exciting.
  • My family lives on a small ranch in Loma Mar, right next to where 5th grade goes for Outdoor Ed. It is a true treasure in the heart of the redwoods. My husband and our three daughters love taking care of our 50+ chickens, many goats, ducks, guinea fowl, and assorted cats and dogs. We have three daughters that we are very proud of. All three girls attended school in San Carlos, attending both Heather Elementary and Tierra Linda Middle School. Some of my most favorite things to do are cooking or gardening, and I especially love going on traveling adventures with my family. Together we have climbed 5 volcanoes and we are looking forward to climbing many more!
Hannah Mata

Hannah Ricci (soon to be Hannah Mata), 4th Grade Teacher

  • This year will be my fifth year of teaching! I have taught both third and fourth grade. I love teaching because I love getting to know my students and watching them grow throughout the year.
  • I love teaching fourth grade because I love the enthusiasm fourth graders have for learning and the independent way they're able to explore their thinking. Fourth grade was my favorite year in school. My teacher, Mrs. Jamison, taught me to love writing and express myself. My goal is to inspire my students to find their passion in the same way.
  • In my free time I love to play with my dog Roo, spend time with family, and be outside. I'm looking forward to attending lots of Giants games this year.
Nicole Murray

Nicole Murray, 4th Grade Teacher

  • I received my teaching credential in 2005 and have been teaching in San Carlos for 5 years. I have taught K-2 and 4-8 in varying capacities. Being a teacher has been my dream since I was a little girl, and I am lucky enough to be living it!
  • My favorite thing about 4th and 5th grade is that they are old enough to engage in higher-level thinking, but young enough to give you a hug everyday.
  • I have a husband, two children, and a dog. When I have free time, I enjoy yoga, running, weight lifting, reading, and sleeping!
T, Lamb

Talia Lamb, 4th Grade Teacher

  • This will be my 14th year teaching! I have taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (primarily 6th and 7th grade) at Central Middle School for the first 11 years of my teaching career. I love teaching because every day is new and exciting - there is so much to learn between students and teachers!
  • I have really great memories of my 4th and 5th grade classes, the teachers, the projects, and the books we read during the read-alouds after lunch. My parents like to remind me how I did my mission project on Mission Santa Barbara, which they believe later inspired me to go to UCSB for my degree! I'm really looking forward to teaching the 4th grade curriculum and getting to know my students across different curriculums!
  • I live locally with my husband, son and daughter. We love our weekend and summer adventures around the bay, going to the mountains or the beach, trying new restaurants, and cruising around town on our bikes.
Jacey Phipps Jacey Phipps, 4th Grade Teacher
  • This year is my first year as an official teacher, but I have been in the classroom for almost 3 years as a volunteer and as a student teacher! I volunteered in 4th grade, student taught 3rd grade, and student taught 6th grade. I love teaching because I love getting to help students grow as learners and as people. Every day students amaze me with their thinking, questions, and overall selves. 
  • I had just moved to a new school when starting fourth grade, so my favorite memory was getting to make so many new friends! I also loved my fourth grade teacher, and she was one of my inspirations to become a teacher myself!
  • A fun fact about me, I come from a family of teachers! My mom, who is the main reason I got into teaching, teaches 5th grade in WA. My older sister teaches 5th grade right across the road in Belmont. I also played softball for 16 years, all the way to playing at San Jose State for four years, where I received my degree and teaching credential. I still enjoy exercising and like to find creative ways to workout!
Sevilla

Sheila Sevilla, 4th Grade Teacher

  • I've been in the SCSD since 2001 and am starting my 26th year teaching. I've taught 4th grade, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for learning with students and helping them get excited about learning as well! I find the 4th grade curriculum very interesting and I love to share my passion for the "Story of California" with my students.
  • It's funny because honestly, my two favorite teachers were, in fact, my fourth and fifth-grade teachers! My 4th-grade teacher, Mr. Schulman told lots of corny jokes and would throw a rubber chicken in the air if someone answered a question correctly. My fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Boudett did a lot of current event competitions and if you won you could pick a prize from items that he brought in from his house! Both teachers connected with their students and left impressions on me that have influenced me as a teacher.
  • I live with my husband and two daughters, as well as our senior dog. I enjoy anything outdoors, some favorites are: trail running, hiking, and bike riding. I love spending time with my family (especially in the mountains), traveling, and reading!

5th Grade Teachers:

 
Cheatham

Marianne Cheatham, 5th Grade Teacher

  • I've been teaching on and off for 29 years. I have taught 1st thru 5th grades. I love seeing the lightbulb go on in the students minds when they understand a new concept and learning about all the different personalities in my class each year.
  • I love going to Outdoor Ed with the 5th graders. It's such fun to see the kids outside of the classroom. You really get to see their personalities shine.
  • I am married and have 3 daughters and a dog. My girls all went through the San Carlos schools (WO and Central). Outside the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love reading, listening to music, baking, and being outdoors.

Crettol

Jennifer Crettol, 5th Grade Teacher

  • I started teaching 5th grade in 2007 at Central Middle School. I taught 5th grade for nine years at Central, then transferred to Arroyo in 2016 to continue teaching 5th grade.
  • I remember going to Outdoor Ed when I was in 5th grade ~ beach day was my favorite day!
  • I am a Disney fan! I love all things Disney, especially going to Disneyland with my three children!!!
Murphy

Shelli Murphy, 5th Grade Teacher

  • I have been teaching for 23 years, 20 of which have been in San Carlos. I taught Kindergarten for one year, before finding my sweet spot teaching upper elementary students. (5th and 6th grade)
  • I moved to a new school when I was in 5th grade, and it was one of the most important moments of my life! I'll never forget how welcoming everyone was at my new school, and have tried to carry that spirit with me throughout my teaching career.
  • I'm someone who is constantly on the go, and thrive on being active. Spending time with my family fills my bucket! We have two boys. I'm a devoted hockey mom, and my husband and I love nothing more than watching our boys play.
Naughton

Angela Naughton, 5th Grade Teacher

  • My teaching career began in 2003, in Arusha, Tanzania, where I volunteered in a K-1 classroom. Since then, I have taught grades 2-8, as a classroom teacher and Resource Specialist. My favorite part of teaching is how every day is different, and brings both triumphs and challenges. Teaching also allows me to be a perpetual "student", as I am continue to learn new things every day!
  • My favorite thing about 5th grade is how it acts as a bridge to middle school. The students are learning to navigate their way to becoming young adults, and show a tremendous amount of growth as they finish their elementary school years.
  • I enjoy reading, writing, exploring new parks and trails, and spending time with my family in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.
Robinson

Michelle Robinson, 5th Grade Teacher

  • I started my teaching career in 1997.
  • I have enjoyed teaching both in the middle school and elementary level -  8th, 5th, 4th and 3rd grade.
  • Hobbies: I LOVE laughter and enjoy spending time with family and friends. My favorite place to be is the beach. When I’m not teaching, I love to read and spend time with my family.

Michelle Sales 

Michelle Sales (formerly Michelle Pastor), 5th Grade Teacher

  • I started my career in education in 2008 as a preschool teacher. I studied and moved to Italy to teach English as a Foreign Language and taught EFL for a few years. In 2013, I decided to go back to school for my Master of Arts in Education. After just a year in 4th grade, I quickly realized that 5th grade was my jam and this will be my 7th year teaching it! I love being able to guide and encourage our future change makers to be humans this world needs.
  • My favorite thing about 5h grade is how intuitive these scholars are at this age. 10-11 year olds are so observant of the world around them and what better way to discover their strength and abilities than in a community that fosters their curiosities, their identities, and their voices. 5th graders, honestly, never cease to amaze me.
  • I just got married! I’m shifting from being Ms. Pastor to Mrs. Sales, so please be patient as I adjust!  I truly believe I am solar powered and one with the ocean—I love paddle boarding, hiking along the coastline, and reading somewhere outdoors. My husband and I are also avid Disneyland attendees and can’t wait to be annual pass holders again!

Student Support Staff:

 

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Christa Boncimino, Paraeducator

I got my teaching degree and taught for a few years until leaving education to explore other career paths. I clearly missed it and am thrilled to be back working with kids.  This is  my first year as a papaprofessional. 

 

I loved teaching 5th grade. Students this age are so fun, thoughtful and interactive. 

 

My family moved to San Carlos in June of 2020 after 4 years in Singapore. We love to travel and absolutely took advantage of our time abroad.  Our first year back has been an odd one, but we continue to connect and love San Carlos. 

 

Brady

Jenny Brady, Education Specialist

  • This will be my tenth year teaching in the San Carlos School District. I taught four years at Tierra Linda Middle School and five years at Arroyo. I've had different roles in special education ranging from grades 4 through 6th.
  • My favorite thing about 5th grade is Outdoor Ed!
  • I enjoy spending time outdoors-hiking, camping and enjoying nature.
Ortiz  Annabelle Ortiz, Education Specialist
  • I have worked for the San Carlos School District since 2016, working as a paraeducator. I am now one of the Education Specialists at Arroyo Elementary School. 
  • My favorite things about 4th and 5th grade is that the students are more independent, funnier, and even more kind and thoughtful beings.
  • My favorite things to do are spending time with my family and friends, reading, and volunteering. 
Jade McMahan Jade McMahan, School Psychologist
  • I am ecstatic to say, this will be my third year working as a school psychologist. I graduated from San Francisco State University and am pleased to continue my journey with SCSD. I love helping students overcome challenges and believe in their own success while also encouraging others.
  • My favorite thing about 4th and 5th grade are the big ideas they are able to share. I love the creativity and continuous growth. When working with 4th and 5th graders I feel that every day provides a new adventure.
  • I love being near large bodies of water and using my 5 senses to be in the moment. My best friend is my dog and together we listen to audiobooks, explore, and find new things to try.
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Jose Mena, Paraeducator

 

  • I have worked as a Para Educator for the San Carlos School District for close to 2 years. I have worked at Central Middle School, and Tierra Linda. I also worked for the Sequoia School District for 3 years at Menlo Atherton and Sequoia High School.
  • I'm just honored to be helping students develop mental stability, manners and empathy.
  • I love camping in Oregon with my brothers and traveling to latin america to visit all of my extended family and babysitting my beautiful goddaughters.  

Annick Tumolo Annick Tumolo, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) 
  • I have been a Speech Language Pathologist for 19 years, including 8 years in San Carlos, where I have served preschool through 8th grade students.  I am passionate about my profession as working with kids brings me continuous joy.
  • I live in San Francisco where I met my husband playing kickball in Golden Gate Park. We have a daughter and are all obsessed with our French Bulldog, Kezar.
  • I enjoyed working as an Assistant Facilitator for Virtual Camp Shout Out for Kids Who Stutter.  Previously, I loved attending the Michigan based camp in person and now take my own daughter to Mother Daughter Camp at the YMCA every chance we get.  It’s one of our favorite activities.
Molero Rosa Molero, Para Educator
  • This will be my 5th year working at Arroyo. In the past I have taught Spanish at the corporate level and in elementary school in the Lake Oswego school district in Oregon. I love helping kids to learn and help them be confident.
  • To this day I still remember my 5th grade teacher. Her enthusiasm and love for her students had a very positive impact in me.
  • On my free time you will probably find our family enjoying the beach. I also enjoy listening to books on tape while walking.



Gotelli

Katie Gotelli, Para Educator

  • I have worked in education for over 12 years. This will be my third year as a Para Educator at Arroyo. My first two years at Arroyo were spent teaching Makerspace.
  • 4th and 5th grade is such a unique time. I’m glad our students have a special school catered just for them.
  • I have two sons. My boys love to play baseball and we love to go to baseball games together.

 

Brooke Sibley

Brooke Sibley, Reading Specialist

 

  • This is my fourth year working for SCSD as a Reading Specialist. Before moving to San Carlos, I was a classroom teacher in grades K-2 for 10 years. I come from a family of teachers and feel a tremendous sense of pride when I help a student develop a love for reading.
  • My favorite memory from 5th grade was our year-long study of world geography. We carefully followed current events from around the globe and took turns presenting weekly reports to the class. I am so grateful to my teacher for helping us broaden our sense of empathy and compassion.
  • In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading and exploring our beautiful state with my husband and two sons. 

Elective & PE Staff:

 
James Bruzzone

James Bruzzone, Theater Teacher

  • I have been working in schools for over 10 years now. I was a substitute teacher working in all grade levels before becoming a full time teacher.
  • I enjoy teaching because I love working with children and families in the community around me. A special memory I have from 5th grade was doing a school trip and camping in Sacramento by the American River.
  • I have a Pug, named Vienna, that I will talk about during class and all the wild silly things she gets herself into.

 

Fischer

Colyn Fischer, Orchestra and Music Fundamentals

  • I've been teaching music since 2005, starting in my native Pennsylvania and since 2008 here in San Carlos. Before that I was a professional violinist in Pittsburgh and Chicago.
  • I've been playing violin since 1980 and after school I put my musician cape on and try to make the world a little more awesome with my fiddle!
  • I have a cat named "Petunia" with lots of whiskers and personality who likes to sing at night.
  • Hobbies: Hiking, camping, travel, reading, writing, listening to good music and making art!!!
Moulder
 

Sarah Moulder, Director of Bands

  • I have been teaching middle school band and orchestra for twelve years. I love this age group. Students at this age group are excited, eager to learn, and full of curiosity. Nothing is better than those light bulb moments!
  • I love to play in pit orchestras for musical theater and to spend time with family and loved ones.
Staci K

Staci Kavanagh, Art Teacher

  • I have taught high school students art for over 12 years. I love guiding the students through the creative process and helping them create something that they are proud of.
  • My favorite thing about teaching 5th graders art is that they do not have the self doubt of older children. They believe that they can do anything and their creativity is boundless.
  • I have two boys. We like to do art projects and bake together but most of my time is spent taking them to sports and piano practices and coaching sports teams. I have coached my son's baseball team since he was in kindergarten.
Layla Bagheroghli

Layla Bagheroghli, PE Teacher (new bio)

  • I am a brand new teacher! I feel very lucky to start my teaching career in the San Carlos School District and to be able to teach 4th-8th graders!
  • 4th and 5th graders are great because they are at the age where they can start to have their own thoughts and ideas about how life works. Having conversations with this age group is so enjoyable!
  • At the moment I am living back home with my parents, brother, two dogs, and our chicken. I enjoy hiking, working out, binge watching shows on Hulu or Netflix, and hanging out with my family! 

 

Christi McGuirk

Christi McGuirk, PE Teacher

  • This will be my 11th year of teaching. I taught 3 years of high school in Alabama and taught elementary for the past seven years in San Lorenzo. I love teaching PE because it helps kids learn how to be healthy, provides focus, and helps increase academic achievement. It also teaches students about teamwork, sportsmanship, and it increases attention and brain function through regular exercise.
  • 4th and 5th graders really start to understand how exercise and sports can help them lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • In my free time I enjoy exercising, playing sports and spending time with my family and our dog, Eli. 

 

Custodians:

 

Romero

Gustavo Romero, Head Custodian

  • I have been working for SCSD for 6 years.
  • In 4th/5th grade, I enjoyed recess, especially playing football on the blacktop.
  • I have a daughter and a son.

 

 

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Arnoldo Rodriguez,  Custodian

Mural

Photo Background is our beautiful Arroyo mural, courtesy of Florence deBretagne, artist.