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  • eschlueter@petk12.org

It is a pleasure to be at McKinley Elementary this year! This is my first year as the Guidance Specialist here and it has been wonderful! Everyone has welcomed me to the McKinley family; such a heart warming feeling! I was born and raised in Sonoma County. I attended Dominican University of San Rafael for my Bachelors in Psychology. My husband and I moved to Arizona for two and a half years where I started studying for my Maters in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. I transferred back to California and completed my studies at Argosy University here. In the past four years I have expanded my knowledge by working with two different school districts and a local non-profit organization. This experience has broadened my expertise at many levels and provided me with many valuable lessons. I married my best friend six years ago and we just welcomed our son to our family this year (2014)! We enjoy being outdoors and cheering for the San Francisco Giants. I am passionate about photography and taking walks with our Queensland Heeler (Australian Cattle dog), Red. Family time is the best time and I am proud to now have an outstanding work family too! Cheers!

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  • creece@petk12.org

I  am delighted to join the staff  at McKinley and look forward to the challenges and delights of teaching the 6th grade GATE class.

I am a 3rd generation teacher and have been teaching in Sonoma County for 20 years.  I’ve been a GATE Coordinator, taught in a magnet arts program, and taught in an International

Baccalaureate School.  I’ve been lucky to have a very well rounded career.  The only grades I haven’t taught are Kindergarten and 2nd grade.   The majority of my teaching career has been spent delightfully teaching the  middle school grades. Many people question the sanity of that statement, but,  I find that middle schoolers keep me challenged and laughing everyday.

I grew up in Stockton, but have been lucky enough to have lived Corona del Mar, Long Beach, Alameda, San Rafael, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Osterholtz, Germany.

I majored in Photography and Journalism at Long Beach State and earned my teaching credential from Sonoma State University.  After college I spent a year traveling throughout Europe and settled down to work on an American army base in Germany.

Teaching is one of my main passions.  The kids keep me learning, laughing and always wanted to learn more about the world.  When I was 11 my mother ignited my love of travel by packing my little sister and me into a VW camper and spending 11 weeks exploring Europe.  After that, I’ve never stopped being a traveler and student.  I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled through 32 different countries .  Twice I’ve traveled to Ireland just to take fiddle classes during the summer.  I’m always looking for new ways to learn and expand my horizons.  I know that my time teaching at McKinley will do just that.

 

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  • mmateer@petk12.org

My name is Sandra Ginocchio, most people call me Sandi. Heres a little about me:
Born and raised in San Francisco, I moved to Novato, 38 years ago. I have 3 grown children an 4 granddaughters.I love swimming, gardening, music, decorating, crafts, watching my grandchildren sports events. I love spending lots of family time together. I have been an instructional assistant and resource assistant in both the Novato and Petaluma districts for 10 years. This is my 4th year with the Petaluma district, having worked at Mary Collins, Penngrove, McNear and now the privilege of being at McKinley. I love children and the energy they bring to the classroom each day. It amazes me each and every day. I am looking forward to this new exciting adventure at McKinley in TK class. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to becoming a part of the McKinley family.

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  • sginocchio@petk12.org

My name is Jessie Bannister and I am McKinley’s Guidance Specialist. I grew up in a great little town about an hour north of Los Angeles called Ojai. After graduating from University of California Santa Barbara I worked as a business consultant in the corporate world for several years in San Francisco. I then switched gears to work towards what I really wanted to be doing which was working in mental health. I returned to graduate school and received my M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California and am currently  working with adolescents, adults, couples and families in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties. I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and have provided services at Dominican University of California, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, Marin Behavioral Healthcare CCCYO and Petaluma Unified School District. 

I am very happy to be back at McKinley Elementary School and love the age group I get to work with here. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful school. Go Mustangs!

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  • jbannister@petk12.org

I am thrilled to be joining the staff at McKinley to teach fourth grade this school year. Having grown up in Santa Rosa, I relocated to Southern California after high school to attend The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. After receiving my B.A. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, I began teaching sixth grade at a private school in Santa Clarita. I later obtained a Master’s Degree along with an Administrative Service Credential and went on to serve as a school administrator. With ten years of educational experience, I’m excited to return to the classroom and work with the staff and students at McKinley. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and four young children, along with cheering on the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers, and Golden State Warriors.

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  • mjackson@petk12.org

I started working at McKinley in August, 2013. I went to the Instituto Tecnologico de Merida in Yucatan, Mexico majoring in Mathematics. McKinley is a special place for me because it gives me an important opportunity to make a valuable difference in students’ lives. I also enjoy the wonderful people I work with. I love sports and enjoy sharing the skills I’ve learned with children. Being a Dad of two energetic boys, I have developed the special ability to listen, understand their needs, and teach under various situations. The children are the future. I strongly believe that their environment at school is a significant influence to their growth and healthy development. I have lived in Petaluma for thirteen years with my wife and my two sons.

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  • cvillacis@petk12.org

I was born and raised in Petaluma. I have seen many changes over the years, but can’t think of a better place to live. I attended Petaluma High School and attended SRJC. I worked at Head Start in Marin until I had my first child. I have been involved with McKinley School since my oldest started first grade. I am an active member of PTA. I work in the TK morning daycare as well as a Playground supervisor at lunch time. I live with my four children on the west side of town. I can’t  say enough about McKinley School. Everyone is warm and friendly. It feels like HOME and it is a pleasure to come to work everyday.

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  • kbreeden@petk12.org

I was born and raised in San Francisco. I went to St. Agnes grammar school in the Haight-Ashbury, then to Star of the Sea Academy for High School. I graduated from CCSF and worked a variety of jobs all customer service orientated. I have worked off and on for Cuisinart since 1983 and work the International Housewares show every March. As much as I love the diversity of the city, I wanted to raise my children in a smaller town. My husband and I moved on my due date to Petaluma. I have 2 sons Matthew and Brandon and a beautiful grand daughter Emma. I was very fortunate to land at McKinley when my son Brandon started Kindergarten here. The people who worked here were like family. This intrigued me. I had some time off due to an injury, when Brandon was in second grade. I started volunteering. I had finally found my calling, CHILDREN! As jobs opened up, I applied, by far my favorite was working as an Instructional assistant. I enjoyed being in the classroom and working with groups of children. Due to budget cuts that job disappeared and one opened in the office. I started as a clerk typist and now I am the secretary of this amazing school. I am devoted to your children and try to treat each child as if they were my own.

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  • dcannon@petk12.org

I grew up in Honduras and this is my first year at McKinley.  I am very happy to be working at McKinley.  I enjoy working with such a friendly, hardworking staff.  I also enjoy being around such wonderful students.

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  • vvelarde@petk12.org

I have been working as Head Chef at McKinley for almost a year now. I graduated from Hueneme High in Port Hueneme, Ca.  I have been married for 25 years, with 5 amazing children and 4 beautiful grandchildren. The children at McKinley are a pleasure to be around. They are funny and always eager to help with anything I need. Some of my hobbies include cooking and trying out recipes on friends and family, and spending time with my grandchildren.

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  • eerdman@petk12.org

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and am a California girl through and through.  After graduating Heald Business College, I worked as a secretary for Chevron Corporation in San Francisco for 10 years, which is where I met my husband (Jim) of, now, 32 years!!  We moved to Petaluma from Tiburon and now have three “children” who are spread out across the country–Nathan (29 in Pennsylvania), Brian (24, USN, in Virginia Beach), and Sarah (22 attending Humboldt State).  All three of my children attended McKinley from K-6th grades, and I began working here 17 years ago.  When I am not working at McKinley, I also work at Walker Creek Ranch, an outdoor ed/conference facility run by the Marin County Office of Education. Jim and I spend part of our summers with his family on Block Island in Rhode Island; and, in my free time, I love to hang out with friends, walk the beach, or participate in a number of outdoor activities. I have been at McKinley as a parent and an employee, and it is the best school in Petaluma.

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  • rserbent@petk12.org

I was born, raised and received my education in San Francisco. That is also where I met my husband Terry of 28 years. After graduating from CCSF, where I earned my degree as a Medical Assistant, I worked for Kaiser Permanente for a number of years. My husband and I moved to Petaluma with our three children when we fell in love with the area and knew it would be a great place to raise a family. I have worked in the Petaluma City School District since 1999 and have held different positions during that time. These position have ranged from a Physical Education Instructor to working in the Primary Intervention Program. I have worked two years with the RSP students at McKinley, eight years as the Mentor Me Site Coordinator and this is my first year as the Library Coordinator. McKinley is a special place with a very dedicated staff that is a pleasure to work with each day. In my free time I enjoy reading, kayaking,hiking and spending time with our family working on projects at our cabin in Pollock Pines.

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  • kosullivan@petk12.org

I was born in Southern California but mainly grew up in New York and Italy, as my family followed my father’s career moves. After high school in Italy, I went to University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley for my BA, and, after raising our four children, returned to school for two Masters degrees: Marriage and Family Therapy, and Pupil Personnel Service. I have been working in the Petaluma City Schools guidance program since 2005. For the past several years, I have worked at McKinley (as well as McDowell and Valley Vista). McKinley has a wonderful spirit of fun and cooperation, along with high academic standards – a great place to work. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, trying to figure out the names of the birds that flock to our feeders, and hanging out with my family and friends. I am a very happy Mustang!

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  • sfleming@petk12.org

I am the Grand Mother of the group and have been a RN since 1966.  I received a BS in Nursing from Chico State University in 1969, a school nurse credential from Sacramento State in 1971, and a Master’s in Health Services from UC Davis in 1975.  I am a retired Family Nurse Practitioner and have worked part time as a School Nurse since 1990.  I have worked for Petaluma City Schools since 2001 and now work FT and travel between 6 elementary schools.  I have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

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  • dchandler@petk12.org

I grew up in the foothills of southern California.  When I graduated from high school, I earned a full-ride volleyball scholarship to play division one volleyball at Stetson University, located in central.  I played for four years and graduated with my BS in Rehabilitative Studies.  From there I moved to San Rafael to get my masters degree in occupational therapy.  I graduated in May 2013 (woohoo!) and started working as a full-time therapist in August.  When I am not working with kiddos in Petaluma and Santa Rosa (I work at seven different schools) I am a volleyball coach with Marin Juniors volleyball club and coach the 11 and under girls team.  I love being outside, hiking and climbing trees.

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  • lschulz@petk12.org

I grew up in snowy Denver, Colorado. I attended Humboldt State University and University of Colorado for my B.S and San Francisco State for my masters degree in Communication Disorders. It has been very rewarding being a Speech Language Therapist since 1987 and working at McKinley for 13 years. I really enjoy and think highly of the students and staff at McKinley and love our “can do” attitude. During my free time, I  enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and kitties, reading, playing games, and doing outdoor activities. Mustangs are awesome!

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  • amckay@petk12.org

Originally from Newtown Square, Pa., (outside of Phila.), I made my way west after graduating from college in Maryland with a B. A. in Elementary Education.  While still residing in the east, I taught 7th and 8th grade English.  After having served in the Navy for 5 years (in San Diego and Hawaii…tough duty!), I received my Masters in Multicultural Education from Pepperdine University.  With a keen desire to help struggling readers, and being an avid reader myself, I also pursued a Reading Specialist  credential at Fresno Pacific University where my husband and I were  living at the time.  I have published several articles on Reading and Writing and made many presentations at  Reading Association Professional Conferences.  I taught at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa for 13 years and have been fortunate to be part of the awesome McKinley staff since 2003.  And I do not say the word “awesome” lightly.   I am so proud to teach with these very talented teachers!   My husband, John Seil, coordinates the Homework Club and I have two wonderful grown children, Kara and Ryan.  In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, of course, and traveling, practicing Yoga and Pilates and playing with our dog, Chewy!

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  • aseil@petk12.org

I have been the Special Day Classroom teacher here at McKinley since the year 2000 and love my work very much. Of all the schools in this town I truly believe McKinley has the best teachers and sweetest children.I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the Mckinley community.Prior to living and working in the lovely town of Petaluma, San Francisco was my home and where I first began my teaching career. I met my husband Ted there. We have been married almost 30 years and have been blessed with two wonderful children. They attend Casa Grande High School. I am an avid reader and love to cook and bake. My favorite way to spend some free time is to hike in the woods.

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  • lweber@petk12.org

Born in San Francisco and raised  in San Rafael, I have not strayed far from the north Bay Area. I have been a resident of Petaluma for thirty-five years and raised my son, Justin (35), here.  After earning my BA in English from Sonoma State University, I was married and started my family.  When my son was ten, I returned to SSU and earned  multiple-subject  and special education teaching credentials.  I earned my Resource Specialist Certification through Marin County Office of Education.  After two part-time jobs at Petaluma Junior High School and Casa Grande High School, I found my niche at McKinley Elementary and have been here for twenty years. This has always been a special place to work, and I have felt so privileged to work with the lively children and with the amazingly dedicated and talented teaching and support staffs who have graced the halls of this school. Working with the students who just need a little extra support and then watching them take off is an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding life’s work. When I am not at work, I putter in my garden, take long walks with my dog and friends, read, or spend time with family.  My next trip is always on my mind.

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  • dbrutcher@petk12.org

Born and raised in Minnesota, I came to California with a backpack and a dream to housesit for a friend in San Francisco, and decided to stay! After meeting my husband Burton, 13 years ago, and helping him raise his amazing son Zephyr, I decided to return to school. I had been teaching gardening classes for 7 years at a K-8 school, and wanted to increase my teaching skills. I graduated with a BA in Environmental Education from Sonoma State University, and stayed on to obtain my teaching credential. I also chose to elevate my career with a bilingual credential in Spanish, and am delighted to be putting it to use working with the McKinley community. McKinley inspires me due to its obviously genuine, dedicated and caring staff, and amazing students and parents. When I’m not teaching Spanish-immersion Social Studies to TK, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, I can be found mountain biking throughout Marin and Sonoma counties, playing my baritone ukulele, or singing and dancing to my favorite reggae tune!

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  • jeubank@petk12.org

I am very excited to be back at McKinley after a four year hiatus. I love working at McKinley because of the energetic and diverse students and staff. It is a place where innovation is part of the school culture. I have been an Elementary Music Specialist in the Petaluma City Schools District since 2006. Since 2009, I have been the Choral Director at Petaluma High School. I hold a BMus in Music Education from San Francisco State University, a Single Subject Credential in Music from Notre Dame de Namur University, and a MMus in Music Education from Boston University. I have also completed graduate studies in Music Education and Arts Administration at Indiana University, Bloomington.  As of May 2013, I have a Certificate of Eligibility for an Administrative Credential from Sonoma State University. My particular professional interests include integrating the arts with the Common Core State Standards, visual and performing arts leadership, and vocal technique for young voices. I am proud to live in Petaluma with my husband, Jacob, and our son, Andrew. In my free time, I am an avid reader, foodie, and a developing photographer.

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  • erobertson@petk12.org

I am a native of Indiana, but grew up and lived for many years in South Florida. I relocated to California in 1996 and have not regretted my choice for a moment. I also chose to make a career change. After enjoying many years as an electrical engineer, I decided to pursue an even more fulfilling career. I went back to school and got a B.A. in environmental studies and a teaching credential from Sonoma State in 2000. I’m a millennial teacher having taught since 2000. All my years teaching have been at McKinley and McDowell, where I have taught fifth and sixth grades. Working with the students at these two schools is a pleasure and I enjoy seeing them when they come back to visit. Being part of a staff that helps guide these young people to greater heights is an honor and a responsibility I cherish. I live in Santa Rosa, where I spend my free time hiking, playing basketball, reading, and just enjoying the wonderful life available here in northern California.

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  • mmortensen@petk12.org

I was born and raised in Visalia, CA, then moved to Davis where I earned my B.S. in psychology, MA in education, and elementary teaching credential at UC Davis. After graduating, I taught first-graders in a small town called Arbuckle, a short commute north of Davis. During this time, I met my soul mate, got married, and moved to Petaluma. This will be my sixth year teaching sixth grade at McKinley Elementary, and every year is its own adventure! I am currently job-sharing so that I can better balance my time between work and my two daughters, Madison (3 years old) and Peyton (1 year old).

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  • kparnow@petk12.org

I am very excited to be back at McKinley Elementary for my second year in 6th grade. Teaching 6th grade is a great adventure, I love every moment of it! I moved to Sonoma County, from the East Bay, in 2000, to attend Sonoma State University; where I received my B.A. in American Multicultural Studies. I also completed my teaching credential in 2005 and my M.A. in 2009 in Education, specializing in Reading and Language Arts. I have been teaching for eight years throughout Sonoma County. My husband is a high school teacher in Santa Rosa and we have Dominic (3) who attends pre-school right around the corner. In my spare time, I love to travel, cheer for the Giants, arts and crafts and spending time with my family.

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  • adelao@petk12.org

I am originally from Sonoma County and found myself returning to this wonderful part of the world after many years away.  I originally left to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for a degree in Social Sciences.  While I was there, I was an avid cyclist and competed in numerous races throughout the state.  I then moved to Portland, Oregon and decided to become a  teacher.  I received a Masters in Education from Lewis and Clark College, then moved back to California after missing the sunshine.  After teaching in San Diego and Salt Lake City, I moved back to Sonoma County in 2008.  McKinley is truly a great place where I have had the privilege to teach.  It is because  of the wonderful staff and students that I enjoy coming to work everyday!  Go Mustangs!

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  • jhill@petk12.org

Originally from upstate New York, I swapped grey skies for sunny ones as soon as I could, settling in Arizona and then Colorado. After studying in Mexico and Central America, I received my BA in International Relations from the State University of New York at New Paltz, intent on a career in international development.  A left turn to San Francisco and two years in classrooms as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a school improvement nonprofit, and I didn’t look back.  I received my teaching credential and bilingual authorization in Spanish (BCLAD) in 2005 from New College of California and achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy in 2011. This is my tenth year teaching, my second here at McKinley, and I couldn’t be more honored to work with such a dedicated group of colleagues, families and scholars. When I am not at school, you will find me building Lego cities or singing songs from Frozen with my two young children.

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  • mdelucia-zeltzer@petk12.org

What’s not to love about Petaluma? Having grown up in this wonderful city, I know that it has a lot to offer and McKinley is one of those hidden gems. Not only are the students fantastic, but we have one of the most amazing staffs around. I feel lucky that I get to teach with a group of people who are dedicated towards the enrichment of our community’s children.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent five years at California State University: Long Beach where I earned my B.A in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Natural Sciences as well as my multiple subject credential. The fast paced life of southern California wasn’t for me. I missed the mountains, the people, and the Niners, so I moved back up in 2007 and started teaching right away.  This is my fourth year at this school and I’m happy to call it home.

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  • mcaamano@petk12.org

Hello Everyone.  I am originally from Los Angeles, CA.  I received my Bachelors of Arts in Cinema Television and Arts at California State University of Northridge (CSUN) in 2002.  After that, I went to California Polytechnic University of Pomona to receive my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2007 and then my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum in 2008.  I was going to college during that time and teaching in Lynwood Unified for 4 years.  That was a great experience for me.  McKinley is a wonderful and special  place to work because I am able to provide motivation, guidance, and skills to help our students become well-rounded scholars.  I enjoy watching my students grow and have confidence in their learning.  This is my 4th year teaching at this marvelous school.

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  • ahonore@petk12.org

Born and raised in Sonoma County, McKinley feels like home to me! I attended the University of California, Davis, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in Education. After graduating, I moved back home and attended Sonoma State University to obtain my multiple-subject teaching credential. During my 6 years of teaching I have taught both fourth and fifth grade. This is my third year at McKinley and I am truly lucky to work at such an amazing school! I could not ask for a more dedicated group of educators and staff to work with!  When I am not at school, I can be found having a tea party or playing dress-up with my three year old daughter, Olivia.

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  • lclemmens@petk12.org

As a Sonoma County native I feel right at home at McKinley! I graduated from Chico State University with a BA in Liberal Studies in 2010, then came home to SSU to get my multiple subject teaching credential. While on breaks from college I worked with children 6 weeks- 12 years old while working for the United States Military’s Child and Youth Services Department in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and Kauai. I have always wanted to work with children, and have found McKinley to be a great place to work!  I am glad to be back for my second year teaching 4th grade. McKinley’s staff and students have created a high standard of excellence in academics as well as citizenship. In my spare time I love traveling to places as far as Russia and as close as Bodega Bay. I also love reading, cooking, baking, and seeing live music!

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  • kalton@petk12.org

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  I fell in love with teaching in 1999 after my first teaching position in South Korea. I love going to school myself (finished two master’s degrees as well as a Juris Doctorate) and I love working with students and teachers. To me, McKinley is a special place because of the truly amazing staff and families at our school and I love spending my time here where I get to learn new things every day from colleagues, parents, and students. As I enter my fourth year as principal at McKinley, I hope to further realize our potential of offering students a world-class education. When I am not at school, I can be found spending time with my wife, Elizabeth, and our three children, Siena, Chiara, and Gabriel. For fun, I enjoy playing sports, traveling, playing with my chocolate labrador Huckleberry, and reading books and exploring with my children.  Go Mustangs!

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  • mharris@petk12.org

I am a Northern California native and wouldn’t pick any other place to live!! I attended the University of Colorado, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Sonoma State. I decided to become a teacher after I took some psychology and early education classes. I knew at that moment, I wanted to work with children. After student teaching at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley, I filled a few long term sub positions in the Petaluma school district and then got hired full time! My first year at McKinley, I taught 4th grade. I was then asked to start the Petaluma City Schools Transitional Kindergarten program in spring of 2012. This is my 3rd year at McKinley, and I continue to be blessed with this amazing opportunity to teach! I have enjoyed teaching younger students and developing a successful TK program. In my spare time, I love adventures, being outdoors, traveling, cooking, football, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

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  • lmurnig@petk12.org