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  • eschlueter@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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  • kjaton@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

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
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  • eerdman@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 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 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.

Click here to go to my class web site 

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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

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