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Cherry Avenue Middle School Teachers & Staff

The foundation of Cherry Avenue Middle School is our faculty and staff. We understand the importance of the school experience to every student and our role as educators and models. We aim to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of our ability:

  • Teach grade level skills and concepts
  • Strive to address the individual needs of your child
  • Communicate with you regarding your child’s progress
  • Provide a safe, positive, and healthy learning environment for your child
  • Communicate homework and classwork expectations

We are confident that we have the best educators in California working at Cherry Avenue Middle School, and they look forward to working with you and your child.


Administration

Tracy Bert
Vice Principal
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Office Staff

Johanna Hinojos
School Secretary
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Deanne Cardoza
School Nurse
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Shannon Harrow
Counselor
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Gina Esteves
Part Time Secretary
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 Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Principal

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

Mr. Anderson attended Tulare Union High School and later went on to study at the College of the Sequoias, Fresno State and California State University-Bakersfield.

Experience:

Mr. Anderson has 14 years of experience teaching in the classroom as well as 14 years as an administrator. He is in his fifth year as principal at Cherry Avenue and was principal at Wilson Elementary for four years. He also served three years as vice principal at Cherry Avenue and Los Tules and six years at Oak Valley.

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Tracy Bert

Vice Principal
(559) 685-7323

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

  • B.S. Liberal Studies, Cal Poly SLO
  • Master of Arts, Teaching, National University
  • Administrative Service Credential, National University

Experience:

I have taught at schools and grades across the district including: Maple Elementary, Mulcahy Middle School, Alpine Vista, Mission Valley and Cherry Avenue Middle School!


Johanna Hinojos

School Secretary
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Experience:

I have been working with TCSD at various sites through the years. 


Deanne Cardoza

School Nurse
(559) 685-7320

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 Shannon Harrow

Shannon Harrow

Counselor
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1991

Education:

 B.S. Degree ~ California Polytechnic State University, San Luis     Obispo.

CA Teaching Credential ~ California Polytechnic State University,     San Luis Obispo.
    

CA School Counselor Credential ~ Fresno Pacific University.
    

M.A. Degree ~ Fresno Pacific University, Education.

Experience:

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Shannon Hernandez Harrow and I am Cherry Avenue Middle School's Counselor.  I have had the privilege to have worked for Tulare City Schools for over twenty-five years.  As a School Counselor, it is my job to assist in creating a positive academic and social environment.  I encourage students and parents to contact me for assistance with concerns with personal, social or academic challenges. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (559) 685-7320 or at sharrow@tcsdk8.org.


Frances Greer

Health Aide

About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Experience:

I have worked for Tulare City School District as a Health Aide for 20 Years.

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Gina Esteves

Part Time Secretary
(559) 685-7320

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6th Grade

Miss Alexis Avila
6th Grade-Science and Social Studies
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Miss Rosalie Ibarra
6th Grade- Language Arts and Social Studies
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Mark Levy
6th Grade
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7th & 8th Grade

Ms. Lynn Bronzan
7th Grade Language Arts
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Krim Caetano
7th Grade Science
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Angella Chamalbide
7th/8th Grade Social Studies
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Kristine Harper
Physical Education
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Mr. Gabe Hinojos
Physical Education
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Ms. Sarah McGovern
7th/8th Math and 8th AVID
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Mrs. Catherine Mitchell
7th Grade Language Arts
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Mrs. Gina Nelson
8th Grade Social Studies
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Mr. Jeff Parish
8th Grade Science
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Ashley Parks
7th/8th Grade Science
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Mr. Michael Roberts
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies, 7th Grade Math
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Joe Rocha Jr.
8th Grade Industrial Tech
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Mrs. Stacy Trapletti
7th Grade Honors/Reg Math
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Mr. Ryan Turner
Leadership, Technology, 8th Grade ELA
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Miss Alexis Avila

6th Grade-Science and Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

*BS in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in KINE from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

*Multiple Subject Credential from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

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 Nolan Caudle

Nolan Caudle

6th Grade

About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

Mr. Caudle has a bachelor of arts degree from Fresno State University. He obtained his teaching credential from the National University of Fresno along with a master's degree in educational technology from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

Mr. Caudle began his career at the Tulare County Office of Education in the Court School System. He then taught at the Tulare County Bootcamp before he was contracted as a sub for Tulare City Schools for one year. He has been teaching sixth grade at Cherry Avenue Middle School since 1997.

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Miss Rosalie Ibarra

6th Grade- Language Arts and Social Studies
(559) 685-7320
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About Me

Education:

Miss Ibarra recieved her Associates of Arts in Liberal Studies from College of the Sequoias and then transferred to Fresno Pacific University.  There she received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  She is currently in the process of working towards her Master's Degree in Education from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I have taught fourth grade and sixth grade.  We currently teach through a rotation schedule. I teach Language Arts and Social Studies.

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Feel free to visit the class website!  Announcements and helpful sites are linked to it!

http://ribarrala.weebly.com/




Mark Levy

6th Grade
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1997

Education:

*Graduated from California Lutheran University -  BA Liberal Arts

* Credential from California Lutheran University 

* Masters in Special Education from California Lutheran University 

 

 

 

Experience:

*2 years Kindergarten Private Church School

* 1 year Casa Pacifica non-public school for SED students

* 15 Years Tulare City School District  

  1.           Wilson 6 Years  (1SDC, 4 4th, 1 3rd)
  2.           Garden 9 Years (8 5th, 1 3rd)  
  3.           Cherry Avenue 3 Years 6th 

 

 

 

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Ms. Lynn Bronzan

7th Grade Language Arts
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, Chico State University

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Sciences, Chico State University

Master's Degree in Best Practices, National University 

Experience:

Social Studies Teacher at Tulare City School District  2005- 2016 

Language Arts/AVID Teacher 2016-2017

 

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Krim Caetano

7th Grade Science

About Me

With TCSD since: 1984

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Angella Chamalbide

7th/8th Grade Social Studies

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Marybel Garcia

ESL/Spanish

About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University. 

 

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Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. 

Email: mflores@tcsdk8.org

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Kristine Harper

Physical Education
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science- Kinesiology, California State University Fresno
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential- Physical Education, California State University Fresno
  • Education Specialist Teaching Credential- Brandman University
  • Masters of Education with Emphasis in Teaching and Learning- Brandman University

Experience:

Ms. Harper is in her fourth year teaching at Cherry Avenue.  

Classroom News...

Our focus this year is to have each student set and achieve their personal goals.

We are offering regular PE and a new program called PE Extreme.  PE Extreme focuses on strengthening functional movements, light weightlifting and teaching students the importance of fitness. 

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Mr. Gabe Hinojos

Physical Education

About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

-Bachelors Degree,California State University Fresno, Kinesiology

-Single Subject Credential,Tulare County Office of Education,Single Subject Physical Education

Experience:

Mr. Hinojos is in his second year teaching at Cherry Ave.

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Mr. John Keeter

Mr. John Keeter

8th Grade Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Graduated 1999 from Stockdale High School in Bakersfield CA

Attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Bachelors Degree and Teaching Credential awarded in 2012 Grand Canyon University

     -Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Mathematics 

Experience:

1999 - 2010 - Coached Competitive Gymnastics

2012 - Los Tules Middle School, 7th and 8th grade Math 

2013 - Cherry Ave Middle School, 7th and 8th grade Math

2014 - Cherry Ave Middle School, 7th and 8th grade Math

2015 - Cherry Ave Middle School, 8th grade Math and 8th grade Honors Math

2016 - Cherry Ave Middle School, 8th grade Math and 8th grade Honors Math

 

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Homework will be given typically Monday through Thursday, and occasionally on Fridays for classwork that was not finished in class!

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Ms. Sarah McGovern

7th/8th Math and 8th AVID

About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

Bachelor of Science Degree from Biola University

Associate of Arts Degree from Moorpark College

Experience:

I have been teaching for 7 years.

8th Grade Math Teacher at Earlimart Middle School from 2009-20016

8th Grade AVID Teacher at Earlimart Middle School from 2010-2016

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Mrs. Catherine Mitchell

7th Grade Language Arts
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1986

Education:

Bachelor of Arts  - Liberal Arts  

California Lutheran University

Post-graduate work  - Fresno Pacific University 

Experience:

At Cherry Ave. since 1986 - enjoyed many years in 6th grade before moving to 

7th gr. Lang. Arts in 2007.

5th - 8th grades/Multiple Subjects at St. Aloysius for 5 yrs.

Substitute teacher in Tulare Co. & Downey, CA

Traveled and worked in Europe after college

 

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Mrs. Gina Nelson

Mrs. Gina Nelson

8th Grade Social Studies
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Mrs. Nelson graduated from Mt. Whitney High School, College of the Sequoias and Chapman University where she received a BA degree in social sciences and a MA degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her credentials include K-8 Multiple Subject Clear Credential as well as a 7-12 Single Subject Social Studies credential. 

Experience:

  • Mrs. Nelson is in her 12th year teaching social studies at Cherry Avenue Middle School.
  • 2015-2016 California Council for the Social Studies Board Member
  • 2015-2016 San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies Regional Director
  • 2010-2016 Mentor for Student Teachers  (8 student teachers)
  • 2011 San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies Middle School Teacher of the Year.
  • 2008-2011 Teaching American History Grant through UC Davis 
  • Coach History Day Competition 2006-2012
  • 2009 Constitution Training through We the People, Summer Seminar
  • 2008 We the People District co-coordinator
  • 2007 Oklahoma City Memorial Teacher Fellowship
  • Coach boys and girls basketball, girls soccer, and track

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Mr. Jeff Parish

Mr. Jeff Parish

8th Grade Science
(559) 685-7320
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

Mr. Parish has a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from California State University-Fresno. He also has a master's degree in integrated math and science from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

Mr. Parish has taught middle school science during his entire career. He taught at Delano for six years before coming to the Tulare City School District.

Classroom News...

Please visit my website to see science related web links and Interactive Notebook (INB) pages.  Click the link below.

 

Parishscienceteacher.com

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Ashley Parks

7th/8th Grade Science

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Mr. Michael Roberts

7th and 8th Grade Social Studies, 7th Grade Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 1993

Education:

 

  • Tulare Union High School
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, School of Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Master of Arts Degree, Integrated Math and Science, Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

  • Conversational English, Mukai Nakano Gakuin, Morioka, Japan
  • Widening Horizons Program for At-Risk Students
  • 7th Grade Social Studies, 8th Grade Physical Science, Mulcahy Middle School
  • 5th and 6th Grade, Garden Elementary School
  • 6th Grade, 7th Grade Mathematics, 7th grade Social Studies, 8th Grade Mathematics, Cherry Avenue Middle School

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Joe Rocha Jr.

8th Grade Industrial Tech
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

Mr. Rocha has a bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts from Fresno State University. He also has a master's degree in educational technology from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

Mr. Rocha has been teaching for 21 years.

Classroom News...

This year students in shop have completed the Key holder and are working on their shelf project. Students are also beginning to use the wood lathe and make mechanical pencils and ball point pens.

In the small engine class students will be learning basic operations of small gasilone engines. Through tear down and assembly we will learn the engine systems and how they work.

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Mrs. Stacy Trapletti

7th Grade Honors/Reg Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

Mrs. Trapletti has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. She also has a master's degree in curriculum design and evaluation from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

Mrs. Trapletti taught for 4 years in Utah before returnig to California and went to work for Tulare City School District.  She has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Currently she is teaching 7th grade math.  Mrs. Trapletti has been teaching for 32 years.

Classroom News...

New class being taught this year, "Math Pinterest".

I am very excited to teach this class.  Students will have the opportunity to work with their hands creating various projects.  They will use math terms relating to the projects the are creating.  This class will "add" up to a lot of creativity, hard work, and most importantly TEAMWORK!

Be sure to come by and check out the projects they are working on.  

 



Mr. Ryan Turner

Mr. Ryan Turner

Leadership, Technology, 8th Grade ELA
(559) 685-7320
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

  • Bachelors of Arts from Pepperdine University 2002
  • Master of Arts from National University 2006

Experience:

  • 6th grade; 2003-2011
  • 8th grade Language Arts, Leadership; 2011-present

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Check out our class website!

www.rturnerenglish.weebly.com




Ricardo Zavaleta

7th/8th Grade Art

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Support Staff

Sherie Altermatt
RTI Teacher
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Denise Cors
Occupational Therapist
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Ms. Christine Cottle
6--8th Grade RSP
559-685-7320
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Mr. Kurt Espinoza
7-8 Grade RSP
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Bailey Koster
Speech Therapist
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Mr. Jordan Ray
7/8 Advanced Band/Int Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, 6th Band
(559) 685-7327
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Shanda Vaccaro
School Psychologist
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 Sherie Altermatt

Sherie Altermatt

RTI Teacher
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

BA in Liberal Studies from California State University Fresno

MA in Education in Educational Administration from California State University Bakersfield

Experience:

28 years in Education with Tulare City Schools

6th, 7th, and 8th grade classroom teacher-Live Oak Middle School

Resource Teacher-Live Oak Middle School

Head Teacher-Live Oak Middle School

RTI Teacher-Cherry Avenue and Live Oak Middle School

RTI Teacher-Cherry Avenue Middle School

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Cherry Avenue Middle School will offer three After School Intervention classes during the 2017-18  school year.  6th, 7th, and 8th grade Reading Intervention, 6th grade Math Intervention, and 7th and 8th grade Math Intervention.  All classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please contact me, Sherie Altermatt,  at 685-7320 if you are interested in enrolling your student in one of these excellent classes.




Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

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Ms. Christine Cottle

6--8th Grade RSP
559-685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 1992

Education:

-Fresno State University -- Bachelor of Arts

-Fresno Pacific University -- Master's Degree

 

 

Experience:

Wow! I cannot believe I am starting my 26th year at Cherry Avenue Middle School! The names and faces change each year, but my love for teaching remains the same.  heart

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

2012: Michigan State University- Master of Music

2010: University of California, Irvine- Bachelor of Music

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Mr. Kurt Espinoza

7-8 Grade RSP
(559) 685-7320

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanguard University.
  • Teaching credential from Cal State Fullerton.

Experience:

  • Began teaching Special Education in Costa Mesa, Ca in 2001.
  • Moved back to the Central Valley in 2005 and taught in Lindsay, Ca from 2005 - 2012.
  • I have been teaching at Cherry since 2012.  

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Graduated from Fresno State 2007

Graduated from Brandman 2012

Experience:

Taught 5th grade in Pixley 2013

Started with Tulare City Schools 2014

SDC teacher 6th-8th grade

 

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Bailey Koster

Speech Therapist

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Mr. Jordan Ray

Mr. Jordan Ray

7/8 Advanced Band/Int Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, 6th Band
(559) 685-7327
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

B.A. in Music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo 

M.M in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State

Experience:

Cherry Ave Middle School: 2015-current

College of the Sequoias: 2014-current

Mt. Whitney High School: 2007-2015

Summit Charter Academy: 2006-2007

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Please visit our website for all calenadars, classroom information, forms, and important upcoming events. 

 

www.cherryavemusic.org

 

Grading Policy:

Theory Work:            5%

 

Practice Calendar:  10%

 

Participation:           45%

 

Playing Tests:           15%

 

Performances:          25%

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Kimberly Ream

Vocal Music

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Shanda Vaccaro

School Psychologist

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