Meet your children's Learning Specialists Thank you to all of our families for supporting Can Do with your $600 Family Giving Campaign Donation! We would not be able to do this without your support!
ART, LINSEY LARIMORE Hello! I am a firm believer in the arts being a critical part of education to allow students to better express themselves, think critically, and become creative problem solvers. It is so great to be in a school district that really appreciates the value of art education! I got my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After college, I lived in Aspen, CO where I taught for the first time and decided that education was my calling. I got my teaching credential at San Francisco State and worked for 6 years as a Spanish-bilingual teacher in the mission district of San Francisco. During that time, I also got a master’s in education with an art focus and a teaching credential in art. In 2009, I specialized in art education and even started my own art education business in 2015. On a personal level, I grew up in Santa Rosa, CA and was inspired to get into art by my grandmother and mom, who are watercolor artists. Growing up I spent most of my time involved in sports, traveling, and trying out new art forms, of which ceramics and printmaking became my favorites. In 2009, my husband Kevin and I got married and a few year later we started a family. We have 2 daughters, Zoey and Quinn, and we currently live in Petaluma.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, JIM FAGUNDES Hello, my name is Coach Jim. I am very happy to be the PE specialist here at Dixie School. I’d like to share a little background on me and how I ended up here at Dixie. I went to Archbishop Mitty High School and played football, and from there I went Santa Rosa Junior College where I studied theater arts and played football. At SRJC I was involved in starting a house with two guys with special needs where I was in charge of nutrition, activities and their overall well-being. I went back to school to finish my BA, and plan to get my Physical Education Credential. I have taught and coached in schools at all levels; including varsity basketball for over 20 years. I've been a PE teacher at Twin Hills Middle School, Hidden Valley School, St. John's School. I have been an active coach in my community as well for several years, coaching basketball camps every year. I am now the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Albany High School. I live in Sebastopol, with a son in 6th grade and a daughter in 8th at Twin Hills Middle School. My wife teaches Special Education at Twin Hills. I love teaching our students to be confident, enthusiastic and I believe everyone can learn how to be a leader. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't - you're right" , Henry Ford. I really enjoy working at Dixie School and I appreciate Can Do! supporting my wonderful teaching position. Stop by and say hello next time you are on campus!
TK-2 MUSIC AND MOVEMENT, AMANDA MORANDO Ms. Amanda teaches both TK – 2nd Music & Movement as well as Drama to 3rd – 5th grade at Dixie Elementary. She also teaches Drama at Vallecito Elementary. She has been teaching music to children in many different capacities since finishing her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from UCSB in 2010. In addition to teaching here, she teaches at weekly Acting and Broadway classes and directs children’s musicals at Rhythms Performing Arts. She enjoys seeing that spark of excitement in her students for music and singing that she had when she was there age - she remembers her elementary school music teacher fondly.
GARDEN GREEN LEADER, KALEI COLRIDGE I am very excited to be the garden specialist for Dixie Elementary School. I was born in Hawaii but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love sharing my native roots and love for gardening with your kids! I am educated in the fields of biology, botany, agriculture and teaching. My passion for gardening allows me to tap into my formal education bringing it all together to help kids make real connections between the garden and all other areas of learning they are exposed to on a daily basis (I adore poetry and throw some of that in there too). I believe that hands on learning, outdoor learning, and garden planning allow students to incorporate real world experiences into the formal learning environment, resulting in a well rounded and sensible student. In my personal life I love being with my family, my kids and our dog, cooking, running and surfing!
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