Elementary Staff


Ms. Gustafson – Elementary Principal

Fun Fact:   Everyone knows I’m a die hard Oakland Raiders fan.

Quote:   “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford.

Ms. Simmons – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I used to host art parties all over the Chicagoland area.

Quote:   “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”


Ms. Anderson – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I am adopted and from Roswell, NM – there is a chance I am an alien.

Quote:   “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.”

Ms. Brown – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I am afraid of snakes.

Quote:   “Ms. Brown don’t play” and “Common sense is free, use it!”


Ms. Ordinola – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   My go to snack is gummy bears.

Quote:   “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

Mr. Mortero – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I am a twin.

Quote:   “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” -Robert Frost


Ms. Daforno – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I’ve participated in a Disneyland parade a dozen of times.

Quote:   “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” –Dory, Finding Nemo

Mr. Edmonds – Elementary Teacher

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Ms. Khera

Ms. Khera – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love to travel and I have been to three different continents, seven different countries, and plan to visit all of the States in America. So far, I have been to 8 states. I also have a key chain collection to show all of the different places that I have been.

Quote:   “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”-Albert Einstein. This quote describes my way of thinking.

Ms. Payne – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love the smell of the desert when it rains.

Quote:   “Work for what you want!”


Ms. Lentz – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I collect pop-up books.

Quote:   “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

Ms. Lyons – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I’m one of a long line of notorious sleepwalkers in my family.

Quote:   “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” ― B.B. King


Ms. Maahs – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have visited 9 other countries and 32 of the 50 states. 🙂

Quote:   “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”

Mr. Garson – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:    I love the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox.

Quote:    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln


Ms. Mills – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love the outdoors. Camping, hiking and fishing are some if my favorite things to do.

Quote:   “Each child is unique and should be scaffolded to embark on their own individualized lifelong quest for knowledge.”

Ms. Skordas – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love to cook and sew. In an alternate universe I would own a bakery.

Quote:   “Find joy in the journey!”


Ms. Snyder – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   My absolute favorite Disney characters are Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast.

Quote:   “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.”

Mr. Stauth – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have had two open-heart surgeries.

Quote:   “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” -Vin Scully


Ms. Werblun – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love and have fun painting and carving whimsical furniture in a way that incorporates humor as well as meaning to an individual – whether it is for myself or someone else. Including smiley faces is an extra perk I give to myself.

Quote:   “Of all the things we wear, a smile and a good humor are the most important. It’s almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside. Life may be short but a smile takes but a second, costs us nothing, and gives much.”

Mr. Williams – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   An interesting fact about me to put with the picture and quote is that I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 19,340 ft.

Quote:   “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou


Ms. Winterringer – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I met Brad Pitt when he was in Las Vegas making Ocean’s Eleven!

Quote:   “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind to someone.”

Ms. Taylor – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I worked at Sequoia National Park and mountain climbed over 11,000 ft.

Quote:   “Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”


Ms. Del-Real – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I am double jointed! And pretty flexible haha.

Quote:   “Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.” -Oprah Winfrey

Ms. Dooley – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I’ve also been a massage therapist for 14 years.

Quote:   “Life was much easier when Apple and blackberry were just fruits”


Ms. R. Vivas – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I was a Nevada state gymnastics champion 3 years in a row.

Quote:   “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing it’s stupid”

Ms. Stauth – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I hiccup when i drink sprite.

Quote:   “Always walk with respect; be proud of who you are” -Native American Proverb


Ms. Kay – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I have lived in 9 different states but spent the most time in Nevada.

Quote:   “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”

Ms. Gruger – Elementary FASA

Fun Fact:   I was chased by a herd of elephants at the Massai Mara game reserve. I have never run that fast.

Quote:   “Nothing in this life is worth more than God’s love.” King David


Mr. Watson – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin

Ms. Mata – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I’ve played the viola for 11 years.

Quote:   “When something goes wrong in life, yell ‘Plot Twist!’ and move on.”

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Ms. Martiatu – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I love the smell of paper…and I always dance when no one is watching!

Quote:   “the only universal thing in this world is a smile, everybody can understand that!”-my momma

Mr. Thompson – Elementary Paraprofessional

Fun Fact:   Maine is the only state that has a one syllable name.

Quote:   “To get what we have never had, we must do what we have never done.”