STAFF

 

Richard S. Johnstone,

Directeur - Principal

 

Mr. Johnstone was born in Visalia and raised in Northern California. He attended San Jose State and Humboldt State Universities and earned degrees in Zoology and Wildlife Management.  He began his career as a Wildlife Biologist conducting field research on migratory birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U. S. Forest Service.  After 10 years of working in the Pacific Northwest, Richard returned to Southern Oregon State University to pursue a Master’s Degree and obtain credentials in Math and Science.  It was his dream to enter the classroom and share his vast field experience with middle school students.  His teaching career began at Jackson Street School in Yreka, California where he taught Math and Science to middle school students and created an award-winning Science Club that was partnered with the Klamath National Forest.  Teaching would eventually take Richard, his wife- Marianne, and their two children to overseas posts at international schools in Israel, Bolivia, Myanmar, and India.  Richard was instrumental in setting up science programs and special laboratory facilities in these overseas schools.  While working in Myanmar, he completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University and had the opportunity to be a Head Principal for the past few years.  Richard is excited to return to his home State and continue to share his love of science and  experience both here and abroad with his new students at SRFACS.

 

 

Office Manager: Cheryl Miller

Elementary School Technician: Angel Bigelow

 

 

Academic Staff

Categorized by home room teacher. For a comprehensive list, please refer to the Staff Roster below.

 

 

TK - Aude Paret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KA - Virginie Arnault

Mrs Virginie Arnault was born and raised in France, a town near Tours, in the Loire Valley. She studied American and British Language, Civilization and literature at the University of Tours where she obtained a Bachelor's degree. Then, she was graduating as a school teacher and taught in France before going to Egypt where she spent seven years and took part of the start of a new French school in Cairo.

She taught several grades from Kindergarten to Fifth grade and feels that teaching non-French-speaking is an exciting challenge.

Mrs Arnault creates a classroom environment which develops the autonomy and self-confidence of her students.

Her hobbies are traveling, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Christel Arthaud, Kindergarten (KB)

Mrs. Arthaud is from the French Alps, where she developed a passion for skiing.

She studied at the University of Grenoble and obtained a Masters degree in Foreign Languages Applied to Business - German and Russian (Langues Etrangeres Appliquees: LEA). She spent three years in Moscow and worked in the tourism industry before deciding to become a teacher. Her passion for travel and discovery led her to teach in a French immersion class in Louisiana for two years. Mrs. Arthaud mostly taught multi-grade classes and encourages her students to work on projects to increase their motivation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC - Bénédicte Catelin

Benedicte was born in Lyon, France, where she studied Geography at “Jean Moulin Sciences University”. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydrology Sciences. After having studied at the Institute Universitaire de Formation des Maitres in Lyon she traveled around the world during for more than one year.

 

Since 2003 she has taught multilevel classes from kindergarten to fifth grade. In 2009 she moved to the French Alps and obtained another Master’s Degree in French as Foreign Language. She likes to encourage her students to become independent and help them to experience the French culture. She is very exciting to share new projects and her dynamism with the SRFACS community.

 

In her free time, Benedicte enjoys traveling with her husband and three kids (5,8,9 years old). She loves outdoor activities including swimming, climbing, skiing and competes in long distance races. She enjoys making pottery too.

 

 

Myriam Walker, First Grade (1A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corinne Naro, First Grade (1B)

Mrs. Naro is from the Lyon region in France. She moved to the United States two years ago with her family. She has lived in Asia for 20 years before that in Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Upon arrival in the United States, she lived in Palo Alto, CA. She has taught in French schools throughout her career. Corinne loves to read, draw, and walk in the beautiful county of Sonoma. She recently  earned a Master’s Degree in French as a Foreign Language.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1C - Adela Castelain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Mooradally, Second Grade (2A)

"Nicolas was born and raised in Paris, France. His mix of culture background sparked the desire in him to travel around the world and to discover people. He studied at the University of Jussieu in Paris where he obtain a Master’s degree in literature.

Nicolas started teaching in 2009 in Paris from First to Fifth Grade with a predilection for 1st and 2nd Grade. He arrived in the Bay area in 2015 to be part of the founding team of the Francophone Charter School of Oakland where he taught 1st Grade for two years. This is now his first year at SRFACS.

Nicolas is a passionate teacher who loves to take the best of each of his students in a fun and inspiring class."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clémence Spita, Second Grade (2B)

Mrs. Spita was born in France and raised in the Poitou Charente area near La

Rochelle. She studied at the University of Poitiers were she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Mrs. Spita then relocated to California with her husband where she taught French to young children and adults for four years. She decided to pursue a career in Education and received her teaching credentials at California State University in San Diego. Mrs. Spita combines her passion for the French culture and technology to bring a dynamic approach to the French language into the classroom. Her enthusiasm, energy and excitement to teach children about French culture will greatly contribute to the success of SRFACS.

 

 

 

 

Blerta Zilji, Second Grade (2C)

Blerta Zilji was born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has learned 3 languages during her studies. She has spent three years teaching fifth and sixth grade in Lausanne. She likes sports, especially soccer, which she had played for years. She tries to travel as much as she can, likes exploring new places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Delerue, Second Grade (2D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3A - Sandra Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangéline Ruppert, Third Grade (3B)

Ms. Evangéline Ruppert was born in the Alsace region of France. She studied literature and Latin at the University of Strasbourg, and after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, attended the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres. She began her career in 2002, teaching Kindergarten for 3 years and has been teaching many other grades over the past 12 years in Alsace.  Ms. Ruppert finds teaching to be one of the most gratifying experiences ~ from the early days as children learn to read to more mature years as they learn to develop in-depth concepts. Ms. Ruppert looks forward to this next chapter in her life. She enjoys traveling, music, painting, and spends a lot of her free time volunteering at wild life rescue centers.

 

 

 

Ketsia Raufaste, Third Grade (3C)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zeynep Brockett, Third Grade (3D)

Mrs. Brockett grew up bilingual in Turkey and attended the French school of Ankara from preschool on. After graduating from the Lycée Français d’Ankara, she went to college in France and obtained her Ph.D in Economics from Université Paris-Ouest. She then taught and conducted research at Bilkent University in Ankara, Columbia University in New York City and UC Berkeley in the Bay Area. After having her children, she got involved in the education of younger children through homeschooling, designing and managing a democratic after-school program and coaching Odyssey of the Mind. She traveled extensively on four continents, speaks four languages and has a passion for mathematics and creative thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boris Catelin, Fourth Grade (4A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4B - Katherine Roederer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4C - Jean Arnaud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Teieb, Fifth Grade (5A)

I was born in North of France near the Belgium border. I studied Mathematics and economy in Université de Valenciennes then I obtained a Bachelor degree in Université de Lille. I started teaching in 2005. I especially taught fifth grade students during 8 years in the school where I were a student. I like to have the others believe that I’m strict but in fact I like to teach while having fun with my students.

I like to travel, discover new cultures, new people, and exchange with them. I also like sports: I have played soccer for 25 years in the same club then I started running and I’m very proud to have completed a marathon last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Van Prooyen, Fifth Grade (5B & 3D English)

Mrs. Van Prooyen was born in Wisconsin and has lived all over the US and in Germany.  She graduated Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German.   Mrs. Van Prooyen started her career in education teaching conversational German to adults and then earned her elementary and secondary teaching certification through post-graduate studies at Texas State University.   She has taught at the high school and elementary levels, most recently teaching 3rd grade. She relocated to Santa Rosa with her husband and three sons in 2010 to be closer to family. In her free time, Mrs. Van Prooyen loves to read, road bike and travel.  She is excited to be joining the SRFACS family and share her love of reading and science with her students.

 

 

 

Kevin McDonaldSixth Grade Math & Science (6A)

Kevin McDonald was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He attended college in Minnesota where he majored in Asian studies. After graduating Kevin spent four years in Tokyo teaching English. He then returned to California and earned his teaching credential and CLAD certificate. Kevin has spent the last 17 years teaching elementary school in the North Bay. He has received training in GATE instructional strategies and is currently working on a degree in geosciences. Kevin loves sports, especially soccer. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys attending concerts and art shows with his wife.

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Ruppert, Sixth Grade (6B)

Virginia was born in Strasbourg, Alsace. After her baccalaureat she obtained a Masters in comparative literature at the University of Strasbourg. She worked as an attendant for junior high schools and was a substitute teacher in other colleges so she could get a better base for her career teaching.  After passing her teaching exams from the French Educational Ministry she went on to work as a English teacher for eight years in Alsace and two additional years in the suburbs of Paris in a professional high school. She returned to Strasbourg to teach in a private high school as a French teacher for four years.

 

Virginia likes to take on new challenges while integrating herself to new structures that give her the opportunity to evaluate new ways of teaching and evaluating students.  She always tries to stay current and to find modern and playful methods to make my classes fun and less daunting.

She is always in a good mood; likes to travel, read, draw, and enjoys photography.

 

Pascale Bon, TOSA

Ms. Bon was born in the south of France where she obtained two Masters degrees, one in chemistry and one in didactics of literature. While teaching for twenty years but also in academic training of future teachers, she led many interdisciplinary projects, artistic, historical, linguistic (Comenius with European partners). She is very excited and happy to continue this project by teaching students at SRFACS and sharing with them the humanist values of her country.

 

She is also delighted to share new experiences and moments of conviviality with the new educative team, teachers and parents, in a school open to the world.

 

Her hobbies are traveling, tennis, skiing, the arts and meals with friends.

 

 

English Teachers:

 

 

Dianna M. Darrow, First Grade English Language Arts

Mrs. Darrow is from the Golden State of California where she has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials with CLAD. She has taught in San Diego, CA for three years as a visiting teacher, and taught English and Science to Sixth Graders. She was part of Learning On the Go, which allowed her to fully embed technology into her classroom curriculum. Mrs. Darrow is looking forward to  to sharing her enthusiasm and passion for teaching English with the SRFACS community.

 

 

 

 

Kathie Veillette, Second Grade English Language Arts ( 2nd grade and 3A)

Ms. Veillette was born in Maine and raised in California where she earned a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing at San Francisco State University. She later attended CSU Hayward, receiving her multiple-subject teaching credential. After student teaching in Oakland, California, she was hired as a 2nd grade teacher. Ms. Veillette worked for over 2 years with Oakland’s diverse range of students with varied needs. During her teaching career, Ms. Veillette has volunteered as her school’s healthy living liaison, produce market coordinator, and also took a position as an after school program tutor in order to learn more about improving the whole child. Ms. Veillette most enjoys reading, writing, art and traveling. Her most recent visits were to Thailand and Costa Rica. She hopes to inspire SRFACS students to be lifelong explorers in and out of books.

 

 

 

Ronit Glickman, Kindergarten English Language Arts (Kinder, 3B & 3C)

Mrs. Glickman was born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in Santa Rosa, CA.  She has a B.A. in Art History and Economics and completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Sonoma State University.  Before joining SRFACS she was a Reading Specialist working with emerging readers.  She is an insightful teacher with a nurturing personality.  She is passionate about working with children and loves to integrate art, literature, and movement into her hands-on learning classroom.  In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.  Mrs. Glickman is very excited to be part of the SRFACS community!

 

 

 

 

Kristin Sullivan - 4B, 4C, 6B and 6C

Ms. Sullivan was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to the Bay Area when she was five. She earned her B.A. in psychology at CSU, Fresno and received her multiple subject CLAD teaching credential at Sonoma State University. She fondly remembers her elementary school teachers, and it was her 6th grade teacher in particular that motivated her to become an educator. She has been teaching since 1998 mostly in upper elementary and middle school. She believes in getting to know the whole child in order to find their spark of interest and use those interests to create lifelong learners. In her free time, she loves to camp and hike with her two boys, read, and scrapbook her many pictures. She is excited to be joining the staff and be a part of this dynamic school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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