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Laura Farina

Mrs. Laura Farina

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and am the youngest of six kids. I am a mom of three teenagers who keep me on the go. I have been teaching primary students for more than 20 years, and received my undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge. I originally started working as a substitute for LAUSD in the San Fernando Valley. It was then that I truly fell in love with the profession and decided to go back and earn my teaching credential. I am an advocate for promoting lifelong learning and foundational academic skills while also helping to nurture students both socially and emotionally. I am currently enrolled as a graduate student and I will be receiving my Master's Degree in Educational Technology in May, 2018 from California State University, Fullerton. Some other things I enjoy doing include baking, reading, exploring and learning new things online, exercising, going for walks/hikes, taking trips, and most of all spending time with my family. 

FUN FACT: I got married two years ago and am now Mrs. Farina. I also completed grad school and received my MS in Educational Technology. Something silly to know is that I love thunderstorms and dark chocolate.

Candace TealMrs. Candace Teal

I was born and raised in Ventura County. I moved to San Diego where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, as well as my teaching credential, from San Diego State University. I returned to Ventura County to begin my teaching career in 2002. All of my teaching career has been at Santa Susana Elementary, and most of those years have been spent teaching Kindergarten. Due to my many years at this school, I am highly invested in our students and their families. I truly feel that it takes a village to raise a child. School and home partnerships are key to the success of students. In addition to teaching, I am a mom to two wonderful children. We are very busy between sports, music, scouts and family outings. I enjoy reading, cooking, and planning parties. I also love learning more about my profession and I am always looking for new ideas to use with my students.

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