When Mountain Area students returned to school on Monday, they were met with a few new faces at many area elementary schools.
Five new teachers were hired for the Bass Lake Elementary School District - two at Oakhurst Elementary, two at Oak Creek Intermediate, and one at Wasuma.
Holly Mills will teach third grade. She is a familiar face on the OES campus, having served as a guest teacher for the past few years. She and her husband moved to Oakhurst in 2002 and fell in love with the area. A graduate of Fresno State, she earned her teaching credential with National University, and completed her student teaching requirements on the OES campus several years ago. She is a parent of three children. In her spare time, she is an accomplished athlete, participating in many marathons.
Fourth grade teacher Susan Ramsey hails from the Fresno/Clovis area. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Fresno State University, and worked in Human Resources in the Bay Area for several years. But her desire to teach was palpable. Perhaps it is genetics, as her grandmother and parents were all teachers. She then returned to Fresno State and earned her teaching credential. She taught fourth grade for several years with Fresno Unified, taking a break to raise her two children. She is very athletic and participates in many sports, particularly tennis.
Oak Creek Intermediate
Jennifer Bodine is excited to join the teaching staff at Oak Creek Intermediate as one of the new special education teachers. She earned a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from CSU, Fresno and worked in the Silicon Valley before taking a break to be home with her three children. Bodine has served individuals with special needs in some capacity since she was a sign language interpreter during high school. Her call to the profession intensified when she was hired as a special education aide, which recently led her back to school at Fresno Pacific University to pursue an Education Specialist credential.
RSP teacher Tami Rose has her degree in Physical Therapy from Fresno State. She worked for several years as a PT in the Fresno and Mountain areas, before stopping to home school her two sons. Once they entered high school, she began working in special ed at the high school level, where she discovered that she enjoyed helping special needs students succeed. She is married to Bob, also a Mountain Area educator, has one son who recently graduated from UC Davis, and another who is a sophomore at UC Santa Cruz.
Nicole Star will teach a 4th/5th grade combination. She has been a substitute for the Bass Lake School District for the last eight years and was a long term substitute at Wasuma Elementary on several occasions. She and her husband, Rick, made Oakhurst their permanent home eight years ago. They have two children who will be in sixth and eighth grades at OCI. A graduate of Moorehead University in Minnesota, she earned her teaching credential through National University, and is very excited to join the Wasuma staff.
Yosemite Unified School District
Seven new elementary school teachers have been hired for the Yosemite Unified School District - four at Coarsegold Elementary, and three at Rivergold.
Hilary Campbell grew up in the foothills, attending Coarsegold Elementary. After graduating from Yosemite High and Fresno State, she earned her teaching credential at Stanislaus State. Campbell has been teaching kindergarten for 10 years, and enjoys watching her students blossom. She teaches her students to get along, speak up for themselves, and above all else, to always do their best. Campbell called it an honor to join the Coarsegold staff, and is looking forward to working with the families in the community.
Kelly Mohler has lived in the area for 29 years. She attended OES, OCI, and YHS. She and her husband of 13 years, Shane, have two children, who will be sixth and third graders this year at Coarsegold Elementary. She graduated from Fresno State in 2003, and has been teaching first grade at Coarsegold Elementary since February. She said she is very excited to return for the 2015-16 school year.
April Hill returns to the art of teaching after taking an extended break to raise her young children. She lives in Oakhurst with husband Greg and two daughters. A Mountain Area native, Hill grew up in North Fork, graduating from Sierra High School. She has previously taught third and fourth grades, Independent Study, Algebra and Beginning Spanish. With a deep passion for teaching and bringing learning to life in a fun, creative, and challenging environment, she is honored to join the staff and looks forward to an amazing year.
Stan Lawrence will split his time between Coarsegold and Rivergold elementary schools as a resource specialist. He has worked in the school district since 1999, and was a resource specialist at Yosemite High School for many years. He has also worked a couple of years in alternative ed. Lawrence, who is very excited about his new assignment, will continue to coach girls and boys tennis at YHS, a position he has held since 1999.
Sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher Alicia Meyer loves teaching and loves children. You may have seen her over the past five years in different teaching capacities - as Christian Education Director for Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, a substitute teacher at both Coarsegold and Rivergold schools, and an Education Program Director at Camp Oakhurst. She enjoys paddle boarding and reading novels on her back deck at Camp Oakhurst, where she resides with her husband and three daughters.
This is Robert Martin’s second year of teaching. He began as a biology and earth science teacher at Santa Rosa High School. What he enjoyed most during his childhood was living in Shaver and attending Clovis High. His wife, Justina, grew up in the Mountain Area. When he’s not teaching, Martin serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, and enjoys adventures with his wife. He’s excited to have the privilege to share his fascination and love of science and exploring with the Rivergold students.
Desiree Gilbreth will teach kindergarten.
North Fork Elementary
Holly Cicoletti is originally from Visalia, graduating in 1993 from UCSB with a degree in psychology. In 1995, while working as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, she met fellow naturalist David, whom she’s been married to for nearly 20 years. The two moved to North Fork in 1997. With all three of her children attending the North Fork School, she began volunteering and substitute teaching in the classrooms. More recently, she initiated a successful integrated visual arts program at the North Fork School and has completed her Multiple Subjects Teaching Certification through Cal Teach.