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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6112

Email: albaghlyk@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Gilland Al-Baghly (SDC Preschool Speech & Language Pathologist)

Room 16B

Hello! I'm Kimberly and I am the preschool speech-language pathologist. I'm looking forward to working with you and your student. I work with students and their families to support and develop communication in all of its forms and enjoy inspiring students through play! Providing students and teachers with AAC and coaching on total communication is a professional passion of mine, so please ask me about it! I continue to learn and grow as an SLP to ensure I'm providing the most evidence-based and neurodiversity affirming services possible. When I'm not working, you'll find me curled up with a good book, drinking coffee, and petting my dogs (Declan and Kai) and cat (Chester). Feel free to share your book recommendations!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6204

Email: buckelewc@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Buckelew (SDC Preschool Occupational Therapist)

Room 4

Hi there, Sartorette Superstars! My name is Carolyn Buckelew. I am a long time native of San Jose who grew up during a time when the city was filled with starter homes and miles of orchards. I initially began working for schools in San Diego during the late 1980s, as a paraprofessional. When I was nearing acceptance of my B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Administration at SDSU I transferred into a direct teaching/administration position with the SDSU Preschool Program. Although I loved San Diego, I eventually returned to San Jose when I was given an opportunity to open and run my own preschool. In an interest to continue learning new things, I began to take a plethora of night and weekend courses at the local community colleges and eventually discovered the amazing field of Occupational Therapy. I quickly switched direction and jumped right in to earn a M.S. at SJSU. Shortly thereafter, in 2007, I found my wonderful home-away-from-home when I joined the Cambrian School District and I have been contracting as a therapist with Cambrian ever since. Prior to becoming a full-time working mom, I spent most of my free time traveling all around the world while jumping from planes or off bridges, diving with sharks, rafting down rivers, or sea kayaking from remote tropical island to island. Nowadays I spend my free time relaxing in a backyard hammock with a good book, working on home/yard projects, caring for my numerous pets, and most importantly cheering on my daughter as she embraces her own set of adventures. I cannot wait to challenge the Sartorette Superstars and support them on their journey to success!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6208

Email: burkhartm@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Burkhart (Resource Specialist - RSP)

Room 8

Hello! My name is Mary Burkhart and I graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Marketing, then worked in Sunnyvale and went on to have two children. When my children entered middle school, I returned to college to follow a my passion of helping students succeed. After teaching mostly third and fifth grade, I hit the books again, and earned a Special Education Credential. I love matching instruction with a student's specific needs and watching students light up and grow in confidence. I enjoy laughing with family and friends. When I can, I travel to anyplace where I can scuba dive; otherwise, I can be found hiking, reading, gabbing with my neighbors, or kicking my feet up watching a good show. 

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6214

Email: castanonj@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Castanon (Paraeducator)

Room 14

Hi! I have lived here in San Jose for 20+ years, but England will always be “home”. I love traveling with my husband and two kids; especially to visit family and friends back home, but we also have a collective interest in history and enjoy our European travels. When we have the time, we like to relax at our family cabin at Lake Tahoe, along with our dog Coco. I was happy to officially join the Cambrian School District 4 years ago as a special education instructional aide (now para-educator) after being a Cambrian parent for many years.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6201

Email:  colonk@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Colón (Kindergarten)

Room 1

Mrs. Colon's Class Website

Hello! I’m Katie Colón, and I began my teaching career in 2005. A Bay Area native, I grew up in San Martin and attended school in Morgan Hill. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2004, with both my degree in Liberal Studies and my teaching credential. I recently completed my master’s degree in Education, specializing in Reading and Mathematics, from Walden University. My family and I have called San Jose home for over 15 years. I love to learn new things about the world around me and I aim to cultivate that curiosity in my students, too! When I am not at school, I enjoy playing clarinet in the Morgan Hill Wind Symphony, volunteering at my church, and spending time with my husband and three children. We love to watch movies, visit with our extended family, and play games together. 

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6212

Email: craigp@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Craig (4th Grade)

Room 12

Mrs. Craig's Class Website

Returning to Sartorette School feels terrific! My name is Pamela Craig and I am a returning Sartorette teacher and parent of two Superstar alumni! A San Jose State grad and proud Cambrian teacher, I have taught kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth grades in my nearly twenty years in the classroom. I am a lifelong learner and value the importance of professional growth and collaboration.   Fourth graders are some of the most amazing people on the planet! I look forward to working with my students to build a learning environment that values each individual while growing together as a classroom community where students can take on learning challenges and trust that if mistakes are made they are opportunities to dig in, ask questions, and try again.    Personally, I toggle between coffee and tea all the while seeking the perfect cup! Photography, music, writing, and reading inspire me to seek and create! In all these things that bring me balance, sharing my favorite things with my family and friends makes life meaningful to me.  

Ms. Fernandez (School Psychologist)

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Hi there, my name is Alexandra and I also go by Alex. I’m a SoCal native, but I moved to Campbell in 2021. I enjoy watching sports, playing softball, paddle boarding, playing with my dog, and spending time with my family. I am ready and excited to start my journey with the Sartorette community!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6204

Email: fernandezc@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Fernandez (Paraeducator)

Room 4

Hello! I’m Calista and I’m a Paraeducator! I’m a San Jose native and a Cambrian School District alumni. I attended Fammatre and Ida Price years ago! I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2020 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Though I still continue to utilize my degree on the side, I quickly began to realize that my mission in life is to help others. I’ve always loved working with kids and joined the Cambrian Team as an SDC Preschool Paraeducator for the 2021-2022 school year and have been loving it since! I love finding new and innovative ways to help students succeed in education and in life, it’s truly my passion. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family and my boyfriend’s family. I’m also usually watching anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something musical related, or a sitcom! Please send me sitcom or music recommendations!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6207

Email: freimarckc@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Freimarck (1st Grade)

Room 7

My name is Christina Freimarck. I have been teaching for over 20 years! I have taught various grade levels in general education and special education. I enjoy introducing my students to new skills, experiences, and building our "classroom family" each school year.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, relaxing at the beach, shopping, eating at restaurants, going to Peet's Coffee shop A LOT , and seeing musicals. Please check out my website, Mrs. Freimarck's Firsties , for more information about what we're doing in first grade!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6202

Email: garcias@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Garcia (Paraeducator)

Room 2

Hi! I grew up in a large extended family with many children so being around kids has always come easy. Being a part of their first introduction to school and education, seeing the progress and accomplishments that they make is something that makes my heart happy.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 62213

Email: harrisd@cambriansd.com

 

Mr. Harris (3rd Grade)

Room 13

Hola! I'm David Harris. I've been teaching since last century from Mexico to San Jose, CA. My home is in Morgan Hill, California, where I coexist with my wife, two daughters, two dogs, and a cat. I often go hiking or tend my garden. Sometimes the dogs will take me for a walk. During my free time, I like to relax reading a book, running, or taking an occasional trip to the beach where I go for a brisk swim. Good strong coffee gets me going in the morning, as well as listening to my eclectic mix of music on Spotify. Of course, my family gets me going as well. I have traveled far and wide to Europe, Hawaii, and Mexico where I married and immersed myself in the language and culture. Si, hablo Español.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6205

Email: hartj@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Hart (2nd Grade)

Room 5

I'm Mrs. Hart and have had the pleasure of teaching second grade in the Cambrian District for 30 years at both Farnham and Sartorette. Having interacted with so many wonderful families, my visits to the local Target are often a trip down memory lane. I was born, educated, and married in sunny South Florida, and began my teaching career in Mr. Hart's old elementary school. Before arriving in California, I worked at Michigan State University and enjoyed teaching elementary school in both Texas and Maryland. I love to be outdoors and when given the chance, will escape to a warm clear water beach or follow Mr. Hart up a steep mountain trail in the American or Canadian West. My journey has taught me, to paraphrase Maya Angelou, that we are all far more alike than different.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6250

Email: husseinn@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Hussein (Paraeducator)

Room KA

Hello! I've worked at Sartorette Elementary school for almost 6 Years, and I love working with the kids. I enjoy walking every day and spending time with my three kids. While I enjoy lots of things, my favorite hobby is cooking and baking.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6214

Email: Jonesa@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Jones (SDC 1st & 2nd Grade)

Room 14

Hello! I’m Anja Jones, and I’m proud to be part of the Sartorette family. I have lived in Campbell / San Jose for over 15 years, and both of my kids completed K through 8 in the Cambrian School District. Over the years, I have come to love this community with all my heart, and my passion for teaching all students continues to grow. I was born and raised in Germany and have lived in the US since the 90s. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in psychology and received my teaching credentials in special and general education from National University where I also completed a Master’s Program in Special Education. As a lifelong learner, I am super excited to continue my educational journey with all of you. When I’m not teaching, I love to garden, camp, hike, kayak, do yoga, meditate, hang out with my family, and travel.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6221

Email: lozzioj@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Lozzio (5th Grade)

Room 21

Welcome to Sartorette! My name is Mrs. Lozzio (Ms. L.) and I have been an educator for over 20 years! I have worked with infants all the way up to high school students. I am a lifelong learner myself, receiving 4 Master's Degrees beyond graduating from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor's Degree in English. Before I became a teacher, I was a co-owner of a coffeeshop, SO I must really love coffee!! I have a daughter who is a pitcher in softball. When I'm not teaching in the classroom, I'm teaching on the softball diamond as her coach. I love being active and encouraging others to be active too. When my family is able to relax, my daughter and I compete for a spot on the couch with the two boys in the house-daddy and the cat. Go Sartorette Superstars! 

Mr. Mercado (PE Physical Education)

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6202

Email: moram@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Mora (SDC Preschool)

Room 2

Hello! I am Ms. Melissa Mora! I am a veteran skilled educator and previously supported a Special Education program and high school bringing over 10 years of experience in Special Education. I am an expert in differentiation and implementing research-based programs in the classroom. I believe in building a strong, positive classroom climate and culture through relationship building, collaboration with families, observation, and feedback. I am a strong advocate for increasing parent engagement and community partnerships and providing a high quality program for individuals with special needs. In the classroom I use differentiated instruction and evidence based approaches to support students utilizing students’ strengths and preferred learning styles. I am caring, flexible, and love animals (especially dogs). I enjoy traveling to new destinations and trying new restaurants. I am always up for an adventure! 

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6251

Email: peckhamp@cambriansd.com

 

Mrs. Peckham (Kindergarten)

Room KB

Hello, my name is Patty Peckham, my alias is Mrs.Peckham. I began my teaching career in 1983. I have lived in Santa Clara county all my life. (San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell) I played collegiate tennis at San Jose State University before graduating in Human Performance and receiving two teaching degrees; K-12 grade health and physical Education and a Multi Subject K-8. I have taught and coached high school to kindergarten students. I am happily married and have two adult sons. I like to hike, bike, swim, read, and explore new places. My happy place when I’m not with students; is being with my family preferably in the mountains; at the beach and occasionally at Disneyland.  I have been blessed to teach in Cambrian since 2002 and Sartorette since 2004. I love teaching kindergarten and k/1 students. My greatest delight is to see kids turn on to learning and also to show empathy for others. Our class mottos are: “Just keep trying, with practice you will get it!” and “Always be kind.” Click the link to access my classroom website.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6224

Email: ramosb@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Ramos (Music)

Room 24

Hi! My name is Barbara Ramos and I am the music teacher for Sartorette and Fammatre Elementary Schools. My main instruments are Voice and Piano. I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree and Credential at San Jose State University. I have Kodaly and Orff experience, and have taught Choir, Show Choir, General Music, Piano, Guitar and Ukulele for grades K-8. I enjoy singing, playing the piano, songwriting, and watching my favorite shows on TV. I love spending time with my grandchildren and my dog, Archie.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6203

Email: robertsc@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Roberts (SDC Preschool)

Room 3

Hi there! My name is Courtney Roberts. I am so excited to be teaching preschool at Satorette this year! I am a Cambrian School District Alumni and I attended Bagby Elementary school and Ida Price Middle school. I am so thrilled to be back in the district I grew up in! I attended Branham high school and then went to Chico State for my undergraduate degree. I moved back to the area and attended San Jose State University where I received my Master’s degree in Education and my moderate to severe special education credential in 2019. I taught a moderate to severe TK-1st grade SDC class for a few years and really found my passion for teaching pre-academics, communication and school readiness skills. I participated in a program through San Diego State to earn my Early Childhood Special Education Authorization add on. I am very passionate about finding ways for my students to communicate and fostering their overall independence. In my spare time I love to go for walks and say hello to every dog I pass along the way. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and sharing a meal together.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6215

Email: portere@cambriansd.com

 

Mr. Porter (2nd & 3rd Grades)

Room 15

Hello! I am Erick Porter, a 3rd grade teacher, and often a combination grade teacher.  I am a Bay Area native, San Francisco - then San Jose. Schools include Oak Grove High - Go Eagles!  West Valley College - Go Vikings! And San Jose State University - Environmental Science BA / Graduate Work - Cal Teaching Credential.    Go Spartans! I like enjoying Bay Area weather with my family by bike, car, kayak, and from our back yard most of the time. But we also love traveling to mountains, beaches, towns, and villages all over California and the West.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6250

Email: tavakolk@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Tavakol (TK)

Room KA

Hi I’m Kendall Ann Tavakol, and I began my dream job growing as a professional educator in 2017. I grew up in the town of Los Gatos and always loved school. I received my Bachelors, teaching credential and Masters all from San Jose State University. While attending SJSU, I worked as a lead preschool teacher, and directed a summer camp program called Camp Jelly Bean. Most recently I've been a part of a professional growth learning experience, working with the Tech Museum. I've been diving into the mechanical engineering design process, particularly focused on bringing STEAM to the classroom! I attain my STEAM Leadership certificate and can't wait to bring my learning back to the classroom encouraging my students to explore real world problems, make predictions and solve problems together, On my free time I love to spend time with my husband Mr. T (a first grade teacher) and my three baby girls Nova Adalynn, Sierra Ann and Winter. We love gardening, painting and finding new projects to build. Whatever gets us outdoors exploring new hikes, parks and simply our own backyard spending time with our fur babies (dogs), chickens and honey bees.

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6204

Email: trana@cambriansd.com

 

Ms. Tran (MOT, OTR/L)

Room 4

Hello, my name is Ana Tran and I am the occupational therapist supporting Sartorette Elementary School. I am ecstatic to return this year to work with my lovely students. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where I received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Chicago State University in 2015. Since then, I have predominantly worked with the pediatric population. In January of 2020, I decided to move to California to become a traveling OT. During my leisure time, I like to go hiking, relax with my 14 year old morkie name Kailee, and explore new restaurants. I truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and will be looking forward to working with my students to uplift and support their daily growth. 

Phone: (408) 264-4380 x6222

Email: vanderweys@cambriansd.com

Ms. Van Der Wey (Intervention Specialist)

Room 22

I began teaching at Sartorette over 14 years ago. I grew up in Vancouver, Canada. I attended college and graduate school in Colorado where I met my husband. We eventually moved to San Jose. I love to go hiking around the Bay Area every weekend. I also enjoy biking, traveling and of course, reading books!

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Phone: (408) 264-4380 x 6219

Email: wickemeyern@cambriansd.com

Ms. Wickemeyer (5th Grade)

Room 19

My name is Miss Wickemeyer, and this is my fourth year teaching in Cambrian! I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in my time in Cambrian. I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life. I went to schools in the Union School District and attended Leigh High School. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in education from San Jose State University, and got my Masters in Teaching and credential from Santa Clara University. In my spare time, I like to read, walk or hike, spend time with my friends and family, and root for the A's, Sharks, Warriors, and Niners!