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286 Skillman Lane
Petaluma, CA 94952
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10/10 Highest State API Ranking Score
Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School 2014
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2012, 2013, 2014 California Business of Education Excellence
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2015-2016 Petaluma Education Foundation Major Impact Grant Award Recipient

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Amy Wegener-Taganashi
Kindergarten
Room 1

My name is Amy Wegener-Taganashi and I have spent the past sixteen years as a Spanish bilingual teacher. My career began as a classroom assistant at Migrant Head Start and it was there that I fell in love with teaching. I have worked with many different children, from two year olds to high school students, from children in wheelchairs using assistive technology to children learning to hold their first book, and still I learn. Perhaps, my favorite part of the teaching profession is this continual quest for new understanding and new ways of reaching children. I began my teaching career in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland and I have just begun my 9th year teaching at Cinnabar. I feel incredibly fortunate to work with such amazing and dedicated teachers, hardworking students and supportive families. Cinnabar is a very special place and I am honored to be a part of it.


Sheila Lukas
Kindergarten
Room 2

I was delighted to come to Cinnabar School as a parent in 1995 when my family and I moved to Petaluma from San Francisco. My husband Tony and I opened our business, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and our children Sean and MoMo attended schools here. I have proudly taught at Cinnabar since 2004. I was an Instructional Assistant and Librarian before that. I taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade combinations classes until last year when I moved to kindergarten. This year I return to combination teaching with a kindergarten-transitional kindergarten class. I am honored to team teach (with Amy Taganashi and IA Evelyn Isaak) the youngest Cinnabar Eagles! They are energetic, eager, enthusiastic learners who challenge me to be creative. When I’m not at school, I enjoy being with my family, reading, doing puzzles and exploring our beautiful Sonoma County!

 

Devika Sood
Kindergarten
Room 19

My name is Devika Sood, and I am very happy to be a part of the Cinnabar family.  I was born in India, and grew up in San Diego. I attended an international school in India for both 7th and 8th grade. These precious years gave me great perspective on the world and its diversity.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development from Sonoma State University. I continued my graduate studies at SSU to earn my Multiple Subject Credential.

As an elementary school teacher, I nurture my students' strengths, and encourage them to be confident in themselves and their abilities. I teach thematic and cross-curricular units that are engaging and relevant to my students' lives. I ask my students to think deeply and make meaningful connections to what they are learning.  It is an honor to work at Cinnabar School where families, staff, and community are passionately dedicated to the success of each of their students.


Trey Minehan Willis
Grade 1
Room 4

I grew up in Santa Rosa, California and Graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business and I received my teaching credential from Dominican University. I have been teaching for 21 years and 18 of them have been here at Cinnabar. I have taught 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th grade and this year I am trying something new...2nd grade. They are excited learners and very fun to teach. I am learning a lot! Cinnabar is very special to me because of the wonderful staff I get to work with and the amazing students and families we have here. I have a wonderful and supportive husband, Dave and one son, Kyle who is 11. Outside of school I enjoy doing things with my family like Cub Scouts, baseball, traveling, swimming, going to Disneyland. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my friends.

 

Joy Powell
Grade 1
Room 7

Hello! I hope this year finds you all in good spirits and ready for new challenges!

My name is Joy Powell, and I am the 1st grade teacher at Cinnabar Elementary and Charter School. I cannot express enough how excited I am for this year, and how much we are going to learn. It is with great joy that I am able to share in the students’ growth both educationally and in character. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and my vocation and my heart have always belonged in the classroom. I am sure we will all have a wonderful year together!

I am a 3rd generation Petaluman, and am proud to be working at the same school my husband attended as a child. I currently hold a multiple-subject teaching credential, as well as a BA in English and a MA in Education, and have experience in both TK/K combination and 4/5 combination classrooms. I also have two beautiful, full-energy and loving boys, as well as a husband who is just as deeply committed to us and the community as I am. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my children, hiking, swimming, reading, scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, and floral design.


Anne Vonder Kuhlen
Grade 2
Room 5

Anne Vonder Kuhlen teaches first grade at Cinnabar School. She is better known as Mrs. Anne. Her classroom environment is safe and comfortable so that her students have the freedom and courage to take risks to become successful learners. She believes that a meaningful, hands-on approach is the most effective and enjoyable way to learn. She teaches to the standards, and she provides a strong foundation in both reading and in math, as well as in all other content areas. She utilizes an integrated, thematic approach to teaching that promotes the interconnectedness of all the subjects, and she believes that thematic units get children excited about learning. She has three wonderful children of her own, and a loving husband. Mrs. Anne's daughter is even in her class this year because she knows Cinnabar School is the right place for her to grow and learn! Mrs. Anne loves to do art, dance, travel and play as often as she can with her family!


Catherine Esquibel
Grade 3
Room 6

Hello, my name is Catherine Esquibel and I am thrilled to be the new third grade teacher at Cinnabar.  I am a Petaluma native and delighted to be working in my local community.  I grew up on the east side and attended McDowell Elementary School, Kenilworth Junior High, and Casa Grande High School.  After graduating from Santa Rosa Junior College with a focus on Early Childhood Education, I continued to Sonoma State University to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and my Multiple Subject and Spanish Credentials.  

I have been an active professional in Sonoma and Marin County for fifteen years.  I began my career at Little Oaks Montessori Preschool; assisting as a Montessori Teacher’s Aide as well as creating a Spanish program for children between the ages of three and five years.  Next, I worked privately as a play facilitator through the SonRise Program for Children with Autism.  I was a bilingual instructional aide at Laguna Elementary School where I also taught an after school Spanish program.  I then headed farther south to Miller Creek Middle School to teach Spanish 1 for nine years.  My path has brought me to Cinnabar, where I plan to spend many years nurturing the minds and hearts of our local little ones.

Jamie Azevedo
Grade 4
Room 15

Hello, my name is Jamie Azevedo. Cinnabar Elementary School is very special to me. I am a second-generation graduate of Cinnabar School. I attended kindergarten through sixth-grade, as did my father. During high school, I volunteered in the classrooms at Cinnabar, taught an after school program, and attended Walker Creek as a cabin leader. During college, I continued to volunteer in the classrooms as well as work at the Cinnabar Child Care Center. After graduating from Dominican University with my multiple subject teaching credential and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, I started my teaching career at Cinnabar. I currently teach first and second grade. In year’s past, I have taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

When I am not at Cinnabar you can catch me at the gym doing Zumba, tap dancing, reading great novels, walking the various trails in Sonoma County, attending concerts, or simply enjoying my time with friends and family. I absolutely love Cinnabar School, and I am happy to call Cinnabar my second home on the hill.

Lucienne Wurr
Grade 5
Room 14

I earned my Bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University, and a Multiple Subject Credential with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State University.  

I started teaching at Cinnabar in 1992.  I taught kindergarten for the majority of the time, but I have also taught first grade, K/1 combos and now third grade. I love teaching at Cinnabar because we have the most wonderful students and families, and I work with an outstanding staff of classroom teachers who are dedicated, supportive and fun. I was born in England, but spent most of my childhood in Sunnyvale, California.  My five brothers and sisters and I lived with our parents in an Eichler home in what is now Silicon Valley.  I moved to San Francisco for college, and enjoyed living there for almost ten years.  I continued my northern journey and settled in Petaluma almost thirty years ago.  My son was born in Petaluma, graduated from Petaluma High School and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

I  love to spend time with my friends and family; play Scrabble, card games and Rummikub; read books, travel, and explore Sonoma County.


Deborah Waggoner
Intervention Teacher and Instructional Coach
Room 13

I first became part of the Cinnabar family in 1990 as a sixth grade teacher after teaching for three years in Vacaville.  My parents moved to Petaluma when I was in 3rd grade.  I grew up on the eastside of town and graduated from Casa Grande High School.  I attended San Francisco State University and majored in Business Administration.  I earned a Multiple Subject teaching credential from Sonoma State University in 1985.  Over the years at Cinnabar I have taught many different grades and have learned so much from my students.  Every day is a great adventure at Cinnabar School!  The students and adults are a joy to work with.   I am fortunate to be part of this amazing community of learners.

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, going to movies downtown, cooking, traveling, and swimming.

Catherine Janes
Middle School
Room 8

I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community and school. When I was young, I attended a small K-8 school and received wonderful support, guidance, and a quality education that I am excited to be able to pass those onto my students in this similar environment. I come to this school from Hidden Valley Elementary School in San Anselmo where I taught 5th grade. Before that, I taught 6th grade math at a large middle school. After earning my B.A. in Mathematics from Scripps College, I obtained my Multiple Subject (K-5) and Single Subject (Math) Credentials from Dominican University.

Beyond teaching, I enjoy going on hikes, riding my bike, and visiting the beach. In my spare time, I love to paint, draw, cook, and spend time with family and friends.


Mark Ribeiro
Middle School
Room 9

I was born and raised in Petaluma.  I attended Bernard Eldridge Elementary, Kenilworth Junior High, and Casa Grande High School.  My wife went to Cinnabar, Petaluma Junior High, and Petaluma High.  My two daughters will cause a huge divide in our house when its time to choose a high school! I earned my B.A. in Communications Studies from San Jose State and Master’s and teaching credential from the University of Phoenix.  I spent the last six years teaching at Vallejo Charter School in Vallejo, but will be meeting my personal goal of teaching in the town that has given me so much.  In my spare time I enjoy playing with my daughters, playing the drums, and watching soccer.  Let’s have a great year.


Kristina Webster
Middle School
Room 17

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University in Liberal Studies with concentrations in social sciences and math. Then I continued at SSU to earn my Multiple Subject Credential.  I have spent most of my time teaching as part of community driven schools.  Briefly, I was part of small dual immersion school in Sonoma.  I spent 7 years teaching in Vallejo, 5 of those years were at Vallejo Charter, also a K-8 school. I primarily taught as a 7th grade teacher, but also taught grades 6th and 8th.  I am excited to be a part of the Cinnabar community.

Outside of school, I keep busy with my daughter and son, going camping, swimming, photography, golfing, and watching Giants baseball.


Kathryn Vanko
Middle School
Room 18

I am so fortunate to be able to join the Cinnabar Charter and Elementary School family.  Born and raised in Mammoth Lakes, California, I come from a close-knit community.  It was there that I attended a very small school, where I felt valued and received an exemplary education.  After five years of study at Sonoma State University, I earned my B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish.  I also obtained my Multiple-Subject Bilingual Credential (BCLAD) from S.S.U.  During my time at Sonoma State, I grew to love Petaluma and the North Bay. 

After college, I returned to Mammoth where I taught 6th-8th grade Language Arts, History, Creative Writing, and Spanish courses for five years at Mammoth Middle School.  I am a lifelong learner, and enjoy every day of teaching.  School is where I feel most at home, the place that brings me so much joy in life.  I look forward to continuing to guide young people as they make sense of new concepts. In our classroom, they will discover their abilities as creators, writers, readers, listeners, problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and unique individuals.  I am excited to begin a new and productive year!  In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, music, reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.


Carol Enevoldsen
EL and Intervention
Room 12

I have been teaching at Cinnabar School since 1986!  It is such a great place to work.  We are like a little family up here on the hill.  Ms. Azevedo was a second grader at Cinnabar when I came and my own three children all attended Cinnabar School.  

Besides loving teaching I love  doing things with my family.  My children are now ages 14, 20, and 23.  Even though the oldest two are  grown-ups they still like to be with us.  Last spring we all went zip-lining to celebrate my youngest son's birthday.  We all like to go to Tahoe, where my oldest son has been teaching his brother how to snowboard and where the youngest and his friend kayaked with me to Emerald Bay.  We also like to travel.  This past summer we spent a couple weeks in the mini-van  going to Zion National Park and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We have taken the children to different countries too, but we are always glad to come back to Petaluma!


Carolyn Samples
RSP
Room 13

I feel very lucky to be part of the Cinnabar Teaching Team. Cinnabar is a wonderful school with a staff that goes above and beyond to support all kinds of learners. I moved to Sonoma County in 2006 from Orland, California to attend Sonoma State. At Sonoma State, I completed a BA in English and Psychology and earned my Education Specialist Credential. This is my third year as a Resource Specialist at Cinnabar in which I support both elementary and middle school students. I am so fortunate to be able to work with so many wonderful students, supportive families, and an exceptional staff. My experience working with students began as an assistant working in different specialized programs designed to support learners with diverse needs. My very first experience was actually at Cinnabar School as a Full-Inclusion Assistant!

When I am not at Cinnabar, I spend time reading, hiking or jogging with my dog, playing board games and exploring Sonoma County.