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13124475_1153632911356313_6739210968120383283_nMs. Cindy : Curriculum Coordinator, Honors Math Teacher

I have been in education for over 33 years.  I earned my Bachelors of Science with a Minor in Mathematics from Stephen F Austin University In Texas  in 1981 and continued my education at Texas A&M and Rice University furthering my study in Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement, Technology, and Administrative Leadership.  Over the years I have served as a University Interscholastic League Coach, Student Council Adviser, Cheer-leading Coach, Volleyball and Track Coach,  Math Department Chair, Technology Coordinator, Title I Coordinator, District and Campus Leadership Team Member, Lead Teacher, Mentor and New Teacher Supervisor, Peer Assistance Leadership Coach, and of course my favorite a classroom teacher.  I moved to California 5 years ago and made my home here at Bridges where I have been teaching the middle school math classes.  I have watched the school grow and transition over the past 5 years. It has been a journey that has taught me so many life lessons. As a teacher my goal was to always make sure that I gave my kids just a little bit more, left them a little bit happier than they came to school, a little smarter than when they arrived. I never dreamed that in this journey that I would be the one so full of joy and so rewarded.  The students and the community here have embraced me and have taught me so much about life and about learning.  I believe all children do learn every day through what we say and do, even when we think they are not looking. I believe it is critical that we set a good example by modeling tolerance and compassion. I am so happy that I have found a home that has similar values of educating the Whole Child.

I have 5 children (a Brady Bunch kinda family), my oldest actually teaches PE here on campus – shout out to Coach Lindsay.  I have a granddaughter here at Bridges in kinder and a grandson who is 2. When I am not at school I love to travel to warm tropical sunny places to lay on a beach with a good book or scuba dive with my husband.  Most of all I love to laugh with family and friends.  My husband and I bought a Harley motorcycle last Fall.  We have been enjoying beautiful rides together over the past few months and I look forward to many more in the years to come.

For those that know me,  I will always call my students “MY KIDS” because in our year(s) together they aren’t just kids on my roster they become a part of my heart forever!

– “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”    Aristotle

 

photoMr. Jason : ELA Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is our community. You feel the positive energy the instant you walk onto campus. We are like a family here to support and help each other be our very best.

When I’m not at Bridges I’m hanging out with my family and friends, hiking in the mountains or hitting the beach!

 

 

nicoleMs. Nicole : History Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is the welcoming atmosphere by all of the students, parents, and staff.

When I am not at Bridges I am spending time with my wonderful family (husband and two boys).  We love to go to the beach, ride our bikes, and hike.

 

 

 

 laurenMs. Lauren : Science Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is how important community is to this school.
When I am not at Bridges, I act, sing, dance and choreograph for the local community theaters and use my Disneyland annual pass as often as I can.

 

 

 Ms. Sarah : Math Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is the wonderful community of staff, parents and, of course, the students!

When I’m not at Bridges I like to continue my work in theater. I also love to go on adventures, whether they be in real life, a game or a really good book.

 

Fifth Grade/Fourth Grade

Ms. Sally : Fifth Grade Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges so far is the kids. I love their enthusiasm and excitement. I also love that Bridges already feels like family!

When I am not at Bridges, I am spending time with friends, skyping with family back home, relaxing near the beach, shopping,  and watching movies.

 

veronicaMs. Veronica : Fourth Grade Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is the kids! They are creative, enthusiastic and make teaching a joy every day. Bridges embraces all the things that make each student unique and I love to watch their incredible personalities and sense of self develop from that.
When I’m not at Bridges I like to travel and adventure with my husband and 2 dogs. I also love to curl up with a good book or enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

 

 

Ms. Natalie : Fourth Grade Teacher

My favorite thing about Bridges is the community.  I have only been here a week and I can feel how committed everyone has been so welcoming and willing to help.

When I am not at Bridges I enjoy going to the movies, leading my Girl Scout troop on adventures, and playing with my two beagles, Molly and Desmond.

 

Third Grade

alyssaMs. Alyssa

My favorite thing about Bridges is… my class of 25 wonderful third graders!  We are all different puzzle pieces that fit together to create our own little community.

When I am not at Bridges… I am spending time with my friends and family!  I like to go to the beach, hike, watch movies, and travel !

 

 

alannaMs. Alanna 

What do you love about Bridges …. I love the fact that I get to be a whole child educator and that we get to create hands-on, meaningful projects, take exciting and adventurous field trips, and more importantly that we get to be ourselves!
What do you like to do when you are not at work…. Hobbies interest passion I have 2 children, ages 9 and 15, so I enjoy spending my precious time with them. We enjoy theme park thrills, surfing, hiking, biking, camping, paddle-boarding, time with friends, playing good old-fashion card and board games, baking yummy treats together and so much more! One thing I enjoy for “me” time is practicing my Ukelele, reading (not all of it’s curriculum!), creative writing, and going to a Yoga class:)

 

Second Grade

Ms. Jessilynn

My favorite thing about Bridges is how welcoming the Bridges community has been and the collaboration amongst the teachers and other staff members.

When I am not at Bridges,  I love cooking big meals and hiking with my dog, Atticus.

 

Ms. Stacy

My favorite thing about Bridges is the feeling of community and the creative and passionate teachers and students.

When I am not at Bridges I am spending time with my husband and friends, cooking and watching HGTV!

 

 

First Grade

Ms. Meghan

Ms. Marsi

My favorite thing(s) about Bridges… Getting to spend my days with interesting, creative, fun kids and their families.  Each year I am always amazed at how we really do become a family. I appreciate that I can be myself and celebrate all of the crazy holidays that bring so much fun, excitement and laughter.

When I am not at Bridges, I like to spend time with my family, cook, bake, read, hang out at the beach and laugh.

 

Kindergarten

toriMs. Tori

My favorite thing about Bridges is that students are free to express themselves in many ways. I am blessed to be able to be creative in my lesson planning and teach my students in a way that is meaningful for them. I really enjoy that we have a universal language of conflict resolution across the grades so that students are empowered to solve conflicts on their own.

When I’m not at Bridges, I like to watch sports. Particularly football and baseball but I enjoy watching all if them. I especially find joy in watching my own children play football, basketball, baseball, cheer, and dance.

 

tinaMs. Tina

My favorite thing about Bridges is…Bridges is my home and no other school would provide the community, compassion, and creativity to nurture my passion—educating Kindergarteners and their parents! Bridges has allowed me to develop a child centered, whole child program that involves parents in the process, to allow for unmatched Science experiments, art from all mediums, dramatic play, a unique journal writing program, differentiated small group reading and math instruction and 10+ amazing field trips a year!

When I am not at Bridges I am spending time outdoors hiking or at the beach.  And going on adventures with my husband and if I’m lucky my 2 grown sons.

 

 

Specialists

Ms. Norma : Resource Specialist
My favorite thing about Bridges is the inclusiveness of our school community and the open communication between all stake holders.  Our school community feels like a family,  and I appreciate working in partnership with students, parents, and coworkers.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing soccer, and traveling.
Ms. Jessie : Speech and Language

My favorite thing about Bridges Charter school is the feeling of community.

When I am not at school ,  I love to spend time with my husband and two children playing in our backyard or going on an adventure.

Mr. Richard: School Psychologist

 

lauraMs. Laura : Art

My favorite thing about Bridges Charter school is duh, the students! I enjoy the energetic, creative, sweet personalities of my students. And of course the parents  and my fellow staff members come in at a very close second because I love the community here.

When I am not at school I am enjoying my family including my dog Snowy. I love to work on my art, read, and travel whenever possible.

 

lindseyMs. Lindsay:  Physical Education

My favorite thing about Bridges is…The students. I am one of the few that gets to work with every student on campus. Whether it’s on the playground, in P.E. class or simply in the hallway, the students are definitely my favorite part. They greet me every morning with smiles and hugs. They are always laughing, giggling, or sharing stories with me. The students make everyday worth it, even on hard days. They are all so different but touch my heart in all the same way. That’s probably my favorite thing of all.

When I am not at Bridges…I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, hanging at the beach or anything that involves the outdoors!!

Ms. Dee:  Physical Education

My favorite thing about Bridges is the community and that everyone tries to work together!

When I’m not at Bridges I wonder what better place in Ventura County is there that makes a true effort to understand and support children?

Ms. Debbie : Music

My favorite thing about Bridges is the creative approach to education and learning.

When I am not at Bridges I am the mother of 5 sons, a graduate student at CSUN working towards my doctorate in Music Therapy, and a private music educator for typical and special needs children.  My hobbies are music, art, cooking, photography, hiking, and spending time with my children.

 

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