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Kathee comes to BRIDGES from Los Cerritos Middle School where she was the “front office Guru”. She oversaw the coordination of many of the school office activities. Kathee is married with 2 high school age children. She enjoys traveling , scuba diving and working with children of all ages.
RESOURCE TEACHER & READING SPECIALIST Norma Delgado
Norma loves helping people in general, but she always had a special place in her heart for children. She has worked directly with kids in many different capacities and environments. At an early age she worked at The Boys and Girls Club and ran many activities as well as coached AYSO, VYBA, high school soccer teams and club teams. After Graduating from Cal State Northridge, she pursued a career at Casa Pacific where she was able to help at risk children as a behavioral specialist, support counselor, PE Teacher and eventually a classroom teacher. Before leaving to pursue a career in the public school system, Norma was a lead teacher and respected ART trainer on campus. She helped facilitate anger replacement, moral reasoning, and social skills groups.
Norma believes that learning is more effective when students are actively engaged in the learning process and when they feel important. A teacher’s role is to guide or facilitate the learning experience and to create an excellent learning environment. She believes that teachers should share their passion of learning with their students and be sensitive to individual student needs as well as provide an environment that is safe, support’s risk-taking, and invites sharing of ideas. In her experience, student performance and behavior improves when they are participating in lessons that are meaningful, relevant, invite dialogue, or generates ideas.
After completing her credential program at Azusa Pacific University, she also earned a Masters Degree in Education. Norma has taught at both non- public and public schools, which has given her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students in different environments. Teaching is a passion that gives her the opportunity to give back to society and work with children in a positive environment. She enjoys helping children overcome obstacles and knows that every child can learn. She looks forward to working closely with both the parents and students at BRIDGES to ensure that each child has a positive educational experience.
Norma is also very proud of her daughter and the friendship they share. Her daughter shares some of the same passions with her and they like to travel, watch movies, spend time with family, and play soccer.
MUSIC/CHORUS TEACHER Bridgett Rivas
Bridgett Rivas was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Santa Clara University. Throughout middle school, high school and college, she participated in numerous choral (jazz, classical, & sacred) groups, as well as solo projects (jazz, folk, opera & musical theatre). She was assistant director of the a capella children’s choir, VOENA, which performs folk music in over 20 languages and incorporates native instruments into their songs.
After graduating college, Bridgett moved to Texas and continued her vocal studies at the University of Texas El Paso. She performed with the El Paso Opera and the Gilbert & Sullivan Company of El Paso. She also taught middle school music and choir at two schools. Bridgett enjoys performing and learning eclectic genres of music. She hopes to pass her passion for music on to a new generation!
BAND INSTRUCTOR Marissa Calille
Marissa Calille recently earned her Teaching Credential and Bachelors of Music degree from California State University, Northridge, where she completed both the Music Education and Jazz Studies programs. During her college career, she performed in various ensembles and participated in national competitions. She also had extensive field experience teaching band and strings classes at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Marissa also maintains her own private music studio, offering piano lessons to students in the greater Los Angeles area. She is also a freelance musician, playing trumpet professionally in a variety of styles across Southern California.
Marissa brings a broad musical perspective to her students, providing a well-balanced teaching approach and experience in the performance realm. She believes that effective music teaching is more than developing lessons around a particular piece of music or a theoretical concept. Effective music teaching is creating an environment where students can grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. The study of music contributes to a well-rounded education and Marissa is excited to bring this musical study to the students at Bridges.
PE TEACHER Luis Rivera
Luis Roberto Rivera Jr was born and raised in Ventura, CA, a true Ventura local. He is currently pursuing an education and career in Human Development.
From his earliest years, Luis has worked extensively with children and the elderly. From being the "number one" helper at his mother's day care, to assisting the elderly after high school at the Ventura Townehouse, much of Luis' life has been dedicated to serving others.
He enjoyed working with the elderly but knew his passion was working with kids. Eventually, Luis began working in Group Homes and Casa Pacifica as a Behavioral Specialist for severely emotionally disturbed children and youths at risk. There he taught coping skills, deescalated situations, ran physical activities, and became a mentor for many youths. Luis also brings a lot of front office experience from working at a private school in Ventura for students with special needs. There he also ran physical activities and used crisis intervention skills when needed.
Luis' interest in helping the youth has always included sports and physical activities. Growing up, Luis played all sports, with a special interest in soccer, and he currently plays on various soccer teams. He has coached soccer at different ages and levels in AYSO, Club, and High School. He also played for the Oxnard College Mens Soccer Team which won the Western State Conference Title.
Luis believes that physical education is essential to whole child education. Physical activity promotes health and fitness, which in turn allow a student to be better equipped to succeed in the classroom. He believes it helps students feel better and deal with anxiety, frustration, lack of energy, (or excessive energy), and allows them to focus in class. Luis feels that young students can establish physical fitness habits now that will help promote a balanced life style in the future.
Luis is excited to teach and learn from students, parents, and all the staff at BRIDGES Charter School. His biggest reward is seeing a student smile.
BRIDGES' Whole Child philosophy is supported campus-wide, even on the play ground. Maria and Jerri are both parents and practitioners of conflict resolution and safety compliance that is aligned with our school's commitment to constructive communication, proactive problem solving and mutual respect.