Staff Directory

CCDS Teaching Staff

Wendy Fairon

Director of Education
Wendy Fairon

Director of Education

I joined CCDS in 2009 as the 7th and 8th grade English teacher. I had been teaching for four years prior to joining CCDS. In 2010 while I was teaching English, I had an opportunity to write a grant for some professional learning. Our team received the grant and we began learning about and implementing PBL at CCDS. In 2015, I was awarded a fellowship from the Walton Foundation to complete my Masters in School Leadership at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. After my year in San Diego at HTH, I was excited to return to CCDS in my new role as Director of Education.

My favorite teacher was definitely my 8th grade humanities teacher. He name is Ms. Bungard and the thing that still strikes me about her is her love for teaching and being a learner. She was the first teacher I had who made her own learning visible to us. She pushed us to think about history in different ways and allowed us to express ourselves in English class. She also gave us space to have fun and joke around. Her class was challenging, but it was a challenge I wanted to engage with. She was also really human with us - told us stories about her toilet exploding, her tofurkey Thanksgiving meal, and about her family in Walla Walla, Washington. I would have never guessed when I was a student in her 8th grade class that I would one day go on to teach 8th graders, but I can see her lasting influence in my own work with students.

When I graduated from Chico State, I moved to Rhode Island to attend Johnson and Wales University to study culinary arts. From there, I went on to manage several restaurants and work in the banquet department of Westin Hotels. It was a fun career, but I'm glad I made a shift to education. When I have time, I still love spending the entire day cooking, trying new recipes, and sharing good food with friends.

Claudia Trout

Director of Student Affairs
Claudia Trout

Director of Student Affairs

Nicole Nye

Transitional Kindergarten
Nicole Nye

Transitional Kindergarten

I’ve been at CCDS since the first year.  I ran the After School Program while attending college and obtaining my teaching credential.  I knew right away that this school was where I wanted to teach.  I taught a year of 3rd grade and a year of 4th grade.  Since then, I’ve taught Kindergarten and I absolutely love it!

My favorite teacher was my Kindergarten teacher.  I remember her kind smile, playing in the wooden play kitchen and eating graham crackers and milk for snack.  As an adult, I ran into her at the grocery store.  I was so excited to tell her that she inspired me to become a teacher and that I was teaching Kindergarten as well!  My favorite field trip was going to environmental camp in 6th grade.  I loved being outside enjoying nature, building forts and participating in the fun team building activities.

I was born and raised in Chico!  I love crafting, scrapbooking, and especially, spending time with my family, friends and my dog!

Anne Marie Chik

Kindergarten
Anne Marie Chik

Kindergarten

I was born and raised on Long Island, New York.  I attended Suffolk County Community College and transferred to California State University Chico.  I got my first teaching job at Los Molinos Elementary School teaching a bilingual Kindergarten/First grade class then a bilingual First grade class for a total of eight years.  I began working at Chico Country Day School when we opened in 1996 in a Kindergarten/First grade classroom my first year.  During this time, I was trained to be a Reading Recovery Teacher and tutored many students in reading and writing intervention over the years.  This is my 23rd year teaching Kindergarten at CCDS and my 31st year of teaching.

When I think of my favorite teacher, Dr. Ernst Schoen-Rene comes to mind right away.  He was my professor at CSUC for Arts and Humanities.  His energy, enthusiasm and love for life inspired me.  He was brilliant, kind, assertive and passionate about teaching.  He challenged me to be the best I could be and he did it in such a loving way.   My favorite field trip was to his home.  We all sat on his living room floor and he read poetry and stories to us.  We listened to music, talked and wrote together.  I’ll never forget that day and how he connected to us all.   You knew he genuinely cared about us.

I truly believe that LOVE is the most important concept to teach in school.  What I mean is genuinely caring for and about each other with respect and compassion.  On a sillier note, I really like dogs much more than I like chickens!  Don’t tell the kids!  The most important thing to remember is never to ask me when I’m going to retire.  My job reminds me how young I am inside and I absolutely love it!

Serena Hawkley

Kindergarten
Serena Hawkley

Kindergarten

"Aloha!  I've been teaching since 2011 when I first began teaching kindergarten in Kapaa, Kauai.  I moved back to Chico to teach kindergarten at Notre Dame and met my husband while playing for the same softball team. Fun fact: we were both in the same fifth grade class! I had a lot of favorite teachers growing up and they all had one thing in common: reminded me of Mary Poppins.  “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”

I've always wanted to have a career in education and was lucky enough to work at a wonderful school called Chico Country Day School in 2003! Yep, that’s right, I worked in the After School Program at CCDS while going to Chico State to obtain my teaching credential.  I am excited to be back with Team CCDS as a Kindergarten teacher along with my two kids. Talk about full circle!

After college I had the incredible opportunity to teach English in China.  I also published a children’s book, which helped fund more travels to Australia.  My family and I continue to have adventures in traveling.  My husband and I were able to fulfill my childhood dream of swimming with one of my favorite animals, dolphins!  (My other favorite is a platypus…haven’t had the chance to swim with one….yet.) Aside from teaching, my joys include my family, friends, running, and reading a good book with a strong, delicious cup of coffee!  I also enjoy anything that consists of lots of love, laughter and fun!"

Victoria Pierson

Kindergarten
Victoria Pierson

Kindergarten

I was born in Southern California but grew up in a town called Windsor in Sonoma County. I attended Santa Rosa Junior College, then transferred to CSU Chico for my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I knew I wanted to work with kids and began working for a local preschool. I also explored my psychology interest working as a behavioral health counselor at Youth for Change. My career path eventually led me back to the teaching credential program at Chico State. My first job was teaching a Kindergarten/1st grade combo class in Thermalito. 

I’ve had many great teachers, but I loved my high school math teacher, Mrs. Vrolyks. She taught math in a way I finally understood, and her classroom always felt like a community. I love how she would always refer to her students as “friends” and that is something I have brought to my teaching practice as well. 

When I’m not teaching, I am spending time with my husband and my daughter who was just born in 2021! I love to hike and be outdoors. I also enjoy crafting and painting in my spare time. I am so excited to be joining the Chico Country Day team as a Kindergarten Teacher. I can’t wait to meet my Pandas!

Susan Efseaff

First
Susan Efseaff

First

My husband and I moved to Chico in 1994 and have 4 daughters, all of whom attended CCDS!

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Kiss, my 4th grade teacher!  Who wouldn’t love that name?  I loved that she read to our class every single day! My favorite field trip, as a student, was going to the Wonder Bread factory!  It was delicious!

I love animals, big and small!  One of my favorite experiences was swimming with Beluga Whales!

Grace Taylor

First
Grace Taylor

First

I am from Santa Cruz CA, and received my undergraduate degree as well as my Multiple Subject Credential from CSU, Chico. I’m proud to join the Chico Country Day staff, as this school represents and brings to life my personal teaching philosophy. My heart lies in first grade - it was my absolute favorite year in my own elementary school experience, and also the grade I was lucky enough to do my student teaching in. Teaching builds upon my passions of creating community, learning and helping others. I also love learning from and with young children, as they bring such a unique view to life. 

In my free time I enjoy walking, reading and spending time with the people I love. Some of my favorite things are giraffes, lattes, dancing and the color yellow. I look forward to meeting you and your children- it is going to be a very fun year!

Karin Daverson

First
Karin Daverson

First

I joined the CCDS family in 2001.  I got my BA and my teaching credential at Chico State, but I taught for 10 years on Bainbridge Island, Washington before finally coming back to Chico with my family. I love Chico and CCDS!

Mrs. Filiponi, my first grade teacher, and Ms. Rassmussen, my fourth grade teacher, were my favorite teachers growing up.  They both encouraged me to read and introduced me to great books.  I still LOVE to read!!  It’s probably not a coincidence that my favorite grades to teach have been first and fourth grade, and my favorite thing to do is read with children!  I got to grow up and be just like them!  How cool is that?

Most people I meet are surprised to find out that I have nine kids of my own, and think that is the coolest thing about me.  Believe me, I love my kids and am never bored. I can’t wait to see where life takes them all!  But… I think the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me was meeting my celebrity crush!  I met Morgan Freeman at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  He approached me! We chatted about soft pretzels, traveling alone, and summers in France. He was charming, lovely and kind. He kissed me on the cheek when he left.  I’m pretty sure we’re best friends now.

Christine Stedman

Second
Christine Stedman

Second

I am proud to say that this is my 24th year of teaching.  This is my 5th year teaching 2nd grade at CCDS and I have found that it is my favorite grade level.  I previously taught both kindergarten and first grades for 13 years at Chico Christian School.  Before that, I taught at elementary schools in the Bay Area.

My favorite teacher was my very first teacher, Mrs. Weiderhold.  She was my kindergarten teacher and her kind, fun-loving spirit is what inspired me to want to become a teacher.  I will always remember the time she came over to my house for dinner!

I love being a teacher and I feel blessed that I get to come to work and spend each day with such a dedicated staff and terrific group of students here at CCDS.  After school, I enjoy spending my free time riding my cruiser bike, doing Pilates, cooking yummy food, and going to 49er games with my family every season.

Lisa Janke

Second
Lisa Janke

Second

I am very excited to be joining the CCDS community this year!  I remember wanting to be a teacher since I was young, and have many teachers in my family. I began my teaching career in Santa Cruz, where I received my credential and Master’s in Education at UC Santa Cruz. My first eight years of teaching were at an elementary school in Watsonville. Over the last six years I’ve taught in Yuba City, Oroville, and Chico. In over 14 years of teaching I have taught students from TK to 5th, with most of that time spent in 2nd-5th grade. 

I've had many teachers inspire me while growing up in Sacramento and Truckee. One that stands out to me was my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Deason. He was kind, funny, and really shared his excitement about learning.

I love to spend time with my husband and two boys, having home dance parties, listening to music, hiking, reading, and cooking. I also love to travel around the world and learn about other cultures. So far I've traveled to 6 different countries and 11 states. At the top of my travel list is to go to Greece, as that is part of my heritage and culture.

Hillary Pierce

Second
Hillary Pierce

Second

I am new to CCDS for the 2021-2022 school year and am so excited to join this wonderful school! I have been an educator for over a decade, beginning my career as a science teacher at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. A recent transplant to Chico, I’ve taught 1st-3rd grade in a Montessori setting, followed by sixth grade in a public school, both in rural New Mexico. I’ve also lived in North Carolina and Rome, Italy. We recently moved to the area due to my husband’s work in agricultural water management. 

My favorite teacher was Ms. Telmon, who taught European history, psychology, and theory of knowledge in high school. A curious and thoughtful person, Ms.Telmon spoke several languages and exemplified the ultimate goal of any educational system- a lifelong learner. Our first class assignment was to write an essay to address the prompt, “what is the meaning of life?”. Still pondering that one. 

I love to walk long distances, read novels with my daughter, and learn new and useful skills. As an avid gardener, I’m looking forward to the possibility of four-season gardening in Chico’s mild climate!

Shannon Lawson

Third
Shannon Lawson

Third

I joined the CCDS community in 2004 as a parent. I taught fifth grade during the 2017-2018 school year and am thrilled to be teaching third grade this year.

My favorite teacher was my fourth-grade teacher, Mr. MacPherson. He had a great sense of humor and he always played dodge ball with us.

One thing you should know about me is that I love camping and hiking with my family.

Debbie Hardesty

Third
Debbie Hardesty

Third

I was lucky enough to join CCDS in 2000. Prior to that I taught for 12 years in Pleasant Hill and 4 years in Antioch. My all-time favorite teacher was Ray Schultz who was my American Studies teacher my junior year of high school. We had an exchange program where a group of small town students from Susanville stayed with us. Because of that we took them to San Francisco and Santa Cruz to experience “Big City Life” together.

One thing you should know about me is that my family just opened a business together which is a new adventure filled with fun, struggles, and community. It also completely pushes me out of my comfort zone which is good for me 🙂

Nicole Hardoy

Third
Nicole Hardoy

Third

This year I feel incredibly lucky to be joining the CCDS staff. After going to Chico State to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business, I spent a year substitute teaching around my hometown area of Lockwood, CA. I then made the decision to come back to Chico state in order to get my teaching credential. I was lucky enough to do a semester of student teaching at Durham elementary and then joined CCDS in fall of last year as a 3rd grade student teacher. I am thrilled to be joining the staff for my first year of teaching.

My favorite teacher growing up was first grade with Miss Pence. She was an innovative, kind, and caring teacher who spent her days singing through the curriculum to keep us engaged and while pushing us to be our best. She not only taught me how to read, but fostered a love a reading that I carry with me today!

I enjoy spending my time hiking, gardening, or relaxing in Bidwell Park. My family is very important to me so I spend as much time as possible with them.

Alison Zuris

Fourth
Alison Zuris

Fourth

The 2019-2020 school year was my first year teaching, and I am so happy that it was at Chico Country Day School and that I am continuing my time here as a 4th grade teacher. From the moment I stepped into the office and was given the opportunity to tour the campus I knew that this school was where I was meant to be. I have been a resident of Butte County my whole life and am a Chico State alumnus. I have known ever since I was a little kid that teaching was my passion, and I often played “school” with my sisters (usually against their will) growing up.

My favorite teacher of all time is my mom. She taught me in first grade at home, and it was the greatest gift to learn how to read from someone so special. My second favorite teacher was my highschool teacher, who is now also my mother in law! It is a small, small world out there.

My whole life has been spent in the Northern California valley, but my heart is with the ocean breezes of central coast California. Exercising and drinking coffee are my two favorite pastimes, and I love finding local coffee shops to try on all my travels. I spend my days keeping busy with school, pilates, and reading. Fun fact: my husband and I both changed our last names to Zuris-Hamilton when we got married, but in the classroom I will always be Ms. Zuris!

Denai Rubio

Fourth
Denai Rubio

Fourth

I joined the CCDS community as a parent in 2012.  My experience being in the classroom reminded me of my love for working with children and teaching.  Being a classroom parent helped motivate me to go back to school and get my teaching credential at Chico State.  This past year I taught a fifth and sixth grade combination class and I am so excited to join the 4th grade team at CCDS.

In my free time I love to be outdoors, travel, and backpack with my family.  My favorite travel experience so far has been hiking the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu with my husband. I also love spending time at the beach with my family. One thing I hope to pass on to my students is my love of reading.  There is no adventure too large to experience through the pages of a good book!

Signe Miller

Fifth
Signe Miller

Fifth

I joined the innovative staff at CCDS in 2007.  With each year at CCDS I learn new things and my teaching is transformed. A few years ago, I returned to CSU, Chico to complete a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  I continue to love working at Chico Country Day School, and I look forward to my future as a CCDS teacher and lifelong learner.

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Pintar. She was my second grade teacher, and I still remember what a caring and fun environment she created.

I love the outdoors, healthy food, and coffee.

Sarah Burgoon

Fifth
Sarah Burgoon

Fifth

I am thrilled to join the CCDS staff as a 5th grade teacher this year. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. I have spent the past 22 years teaching grades 4-8 in Cupertino, CA. My husband and I moved to Chico this summer to be closer to my sister and her family and enjoy everything Chico and the surrounding area has to offer. When given the opportunity to teach at Chico Country Day School, I couldn't pass it up.    

My favorite teacher was Mr. Geer. He was my 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher. I was new to the area and didn't know anyone in my classes, but he made learning fun with interesting projects and class activities which allowed me to make friends easily. I still remember the Lewis and Clark journal I made for his class. Fun fact: I met my best friend in Mr. Geer's class, and we have remained best friends for over 30 years!

During my free time, I enjoy working in my garden, baking and cooking for my friends and family, exploring new places, watching movies, traveling, and scuba diving. One scuba diving highlight was on the Big Island of Hawaii- a night dive with manta rays, which was amazing!

Sarah Peterson Young

Sixth
Sarah Peterson Young

Sixth

I started teaching my teaching career in  fourth grade at Saint Matthew’s Catholic school in San Mateo.  I also taught in the middle school and the resource program there.  I started at CCDS in 2006 teaching sixth and seventh grade history and language arts.  I moved back to fourth grade in 2015.

My favorite teacher in elementary school was Ms. Russell.  She was my fifth grade teacher, and she helped me understand math, read aloud some great books and took us on super fun field trips!

My best times are found travelling; whether by airplane, boat, car, on foot, or through the pages of a good book!

Miranda Taylor

Sixth
Miranda Taylor

Sixth

I have always enjoyed being around children and helping them to learn and grow. When I first graduated from Chico State, I worked at a local preschool as a teacher in the infant room. I also worked as a nanny for a couple years before I decided to go back to school for my teaching credential. This will be my first year at CCDS as a teacher, though last year I was a student teacher here in sixth grade! I am thrilled to join the CCDS team as a fourth-grade teacher this year!

I have been lucky enough to have many amazing teachers that all encouraged my curiosity, showed how much they cared, and instilled a love for learning in me, so it’s hard to pick! The most impactful, however, was my Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher, Marci Cook, or Marci Dear as she had us call her. Marci Dear started my education off strong, she introduced her students to so many amazing things and was extremely innovative in her teaching methods. She taught us how to be explorers and lifelong learners. She even attended my high school graduation!

In my free time I love to go on adventures, enjoy nature and the great outdoors, cook or bake, and snuggle my doggies!

Nicholas Hunsicker

7th/8th Grade Math
Nicholas Hunsicker

7th/8th Grade Math

I joined CCDS in 2017. I have worked and taught in schools for several years and at many different levels. Most recently before CCDS I was teaching mathematics in a high school.

My favorite teacher was my 11th grade math teacher. He was very flexible in what he considered an answer to a math problem. I try and bring this flexibility to my own classroom.

I tell terrible jokes. I might be the nerdiest teacher at the school. I love being in the classroom.

Marijeanne Birchard

7th/8th Grade English
Marijeanne Birchard

7th/8th Grade English

Having graduated from Chico State with a single subject credential in English and a multiple subject credential, I began teaching at CCDS in 2006.  When I first began working here I was struck by the strong sense of community and the emphasis on educating the child as a whole person, not just academically.   These two qualities are what has kept me here for so many years. I grew up in a small community and went to school with the same students from kindergarten until I graduated from high school.  Those classmates were like family to me and I know many people feel the same way about their classmates here at Chico Country Day. I have taught 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grade during my years at CCDS and though each group is unique and different one thing remains the same: all students can be bribed with candy and they are all willing to work hard if you give them a task they care about.  

My favorite teacher in school was my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Mac.  She cared so much about her student’s lives and never made our problems feel like “just kid stuff”.  If we cared about something, she cared about it. If we were upset, she never brushed us off, but showed true concern.  She also would not put up with ANYONE being mean to someone in our class. Even outside of our room, if she heard about us teasing someone after school, on the playground, anywhere, you better believe she would call you out on it.   She was tough and had high expectations, but she was also loving and nurturing. These are the ideals I strive for now as a teacher, all these years later.

I am the mother of four amazing, active, young children and that absolutely shapes who I am as a teacher. Being a mother is a huge part of my identity and it comes out in many things I do in the classroom.  I try to treat my students how I treat my own kids, with love, tenderness and respect. I like to work hard at home and at school and don’t like dull or lazy days. I am an extreme extrovert so I have found the perfect life for me: surrounded by energetic kids at home and teaching 124 teenagers everyday at work.  

David Eubanks

7th/8th Grade Science
David Eubanks

7th/8th Grade Science

I joined CCDS for the 2016-2017 School year.  I had been teaching K-8 science at Children's Community Charter School in Paradise.

Mr. Potoroff was my favorite teacher.  He was an upper literature teacher at my high school.  The teaching style was very rigorous yet laid back at the same time.  He was musician, as well.  We’d often talk about semantics and syntax as if they were musical notes.

I love to live life, learn from life, and experience all the ups, downs, and in betweens life puts in front of us.

Kyle Norton

7th/8th Grade Social Science
Kyle Norton

7th/8th Grade Social Science

This will be my first year teaching at Chico Country Day School. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in International Relations in 2012 and moved with my wife down to Los Angeles. I worked as an EMT and Field Training Officer for four years and eventually earned my single subject credential and masters degree at National University.

My favorite teacher was my own 8th grade history teacher, Mr. Kohlmeier. He was the first history teacher I had who focused on learning the lessons of history without wasting time on the name and date memorization that frustrates so many students. In his class, American history was made relevant for us through real world applications as we learned about our local government and ways we could actually get involved.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel all over the globe as a young adult and can’t wait to continue to travel to new places, learn new things, and most importantly, eat new food! When I am not running after my two awesome kids I like to unwind by watching movies, playing baseball, and enjoying the outdoors as often as possible. I look forward to meeting all of you, and am excited to join the CCDS family!

Michael Armenta

Physical Education
Michael Armenta

Physical Education

I grew up in a in a small town in Northern California, where sports played an important part of my life. I have had many coaches and teachers in my life that have influenced me in my decision to become a teacher. Early in college, I was undecided on what I would like to major in until I had a moment of reflection which led me  to pursue a career that aims to help others. Like the coaches and teachers that have positively influenced my life, I hope to do the same for my students, paying it forward.

I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from Humboldt State, and earned my Multiple Subjects credential from Sonoma State. My first teaching job was a second grade teacher in San Francisco. After a year of teaching second grade I found a job teaching Physical Education in a large public charter school, also in San Francisco. After my first year, I knew this was going to be “my thing”. Like most inner-city schools Thomas Edison Charter was a rewarding and challenging place to work. I worked there for 13 years, and built an athletic program that offered volleyball, basketball and soccer. Soccer was my favorite to coach.

I am so happy to move to Chico and be part of the CCDS community. I feel blessed every day that I get to work with such great teachers and students that will help me grow as an educator as well as a person.

Judie Hall

Art
Judie Hall

Art

This will be my first year teaching at Chico Country Day School. I graduated from Chico State with a BA in Art, received single subject, multiple subject and administrative services credentials. I also earned an MA in Art Education. I began my career in Paradise Unified as a Kindergarten teacher and have taught grades one, five, and seven through twelve. I have also been an elementary principal, county office administrator and administrator at the California Department of Education in Sacramento.

I have two favorite teachers. Mrs. Penny Parkinson who was my art teacher in junior high school and Mr. Lodyga who was my biology teacher in high school. Both teachers were really engaging and authentic.

I grew up in Anaheim and moved to Paradise with my husband in 1976. We raised our daughter in Paradise and now we live in Chico. My daughter teaches in Corning Union High School District.
I have traveled to Europe a couple of times and my favorite country is Italy. I enjoy experimenting with new art techniques, gardening, walking, swimming, and preparing new recipes.

Cindy Towner

STEM

Britta Goldmann

Spanish
Britta Goldmann

Spanish

My mom is a teacher and my dad, an artist, so it is no surprise then that my love for teaching art comes “naturally.”  I thoroughly enjoyed working towards my BFA in Fine Arts Painting and dual major in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Diverse teaching experiences in Chile, Spain to Italy and Portland, Oregon, confirmed my passion for interacting with students in the classroom and I returned “home” to obtain my teaching credential from Chico State University. I also love teaching languages and created a Handbook of Language Learning Strategies as my Masters in Bilingual Education Culminating Project.

My favorite teacher was of course my elementary Art Teacher, Wendy! She was like a saint or magical fairy that enchanted all of the class with her kindness and enthusiasm for Art.

I have lived in five different countries, have traveled to countless places and speak both Spanish and Portuguese fluently. I love to play a type of Brazilian Martial Arts called “capoeira,” dance and do yoga!

Stacey Owen

Independent Study
Stacey Owen

Independent Study

I graduated from Chico State with my teaching credential in 1998. I moved to Napa a year later where I taught for three years before my husband and I moved back to Chico to start a family. I substituted on and off in Chico Unified while raising our two boys until my older son started Kindergarten at CCDS in 2008. That year I began volunteering in the classroom and chairing different Parent/Teacher Partnership events. In 2011, I also returned to substituting since my younger son started school. In 2014, I began coordinating the Independent Study program and teaching the Home School students, Advisory and an elective class. Currently, I continue as the Independent Study Coordinator as well as substitute teaching on a regular basis.

I remember Mrs. Weston, my sophomore English teacher distinctly! I can still picture her in my head and hear her South African accent like it was yesterday. English was never my best or favorite subject, but while Mrs. Weston had high expectations of her students, her great sense of humor made the class enjoyable for me and lessened my fear of participating. With her guidance and love of teaching, I lived up to her expectations (at least most of them)!

Since elementary school, I have been lucky enough to have traveled to over ten different countries around the world and experience amazing adventures in each one! When students meet with me for Independent Study, I am always excited to hear about where their travels will take them. It brings back fond memories for me, and I enjoy pinning their travel destinations on my world map for all to see!

Teddy Greenfield

Band
Teddy Greenfield

Band

Ruth Greenfield

Music, Choir & Theater
Ruth Greenfield

Music, Choir & Theater

I joined the CCDS community as a parent in 2001, (teaching music and voice lessons in a studio when the kids were at school), started up the choir and theater programs in 2007, and then joined the staff as the full-time music teacher in 2013. I also direct community choirs, record and perform locally, but I am most thankful that I can remain a part of the CCDS family even after my kids are grown.

Corbin Scott, my 4th grade teacher at Citrus Elementary, was doing project based learning with us when the other teachers were still running dittos. We turned our cloak room into Stellar Cartography (yes, like in Star Trek), we climbed through all the Native American caves he could find in the park and Butte Meadows, we caught our own insect collections at the river with nets we built ourselves, and we sang Beatles and Elvis songs every Friday. Somehow, he also had us convinced that he was not really human, but a being from a planet circling Alpha Centauri….

Did you know…? Uncle Rocco (our All School Sing eagle mascot) is named after the post-punk-indie-rock band I sang in (well, screamed) for four years with my husband: Uncle Rosco.

Sal Hernandez-Campos

Elective Teacher
Sal Hernandez-Campos

Elective Teacher

I joined the CCDS family in 2015. I come from teaching Computer and Electrical Engineering at CSU, Chico. I also teach computer programming at CARD (Chico Area Recreation and park District).

My favorite field trip was in first grade. We went to the public library and this is where I saw my first personal computer. They only had four of them, so I did not get a chance to use one. However, I was so impressed that I started to save up all my money. Every day for the next four years, I was counting my change …. Yes, now I have multiple systems.

My wife loves to dance and I am not good at it. Therefore, I decided to build a robot and teach it to dance. In the process of programming the moves, I became a better dancer. However, my robot Bentley says he can dance better than I can!

Lora Adams

Cooking Elective
Lora Adams

Cooking Elective

I come to Chico Country Day School with more than 20 years of experience, including teaching, cooking, catering, and as a certified health coach. In my cooking class, students learn skills to last a lifetime. Students in this class will learn skills to last a lifetime. In addition to cooking, nutrition, etiquette and meal planning will also be discussed. I'm excited to share my love for cooking with the students at CCDS!

Student Support Services Team

Amie Parent

Director of Student Support Svcs.
Amie Parent

Director of Student Support Svcs.

I joined the CCDS team in 2010 as school psychologist and transitioned into my current role in 2016. Prior to working at CCDS, I worked as a school psychologist for 9 years and have been lucky enough to work with students from preschool through high school!

One of my favorite teachers wasn’t actually a teacher... but my high school guidance counselor, Mrs. Crichton. She was our class advisor and was a great support through the ups and downs of high school. When I started graduate school my initial plan was to become a high school counselor, like Mrs. Crichton...although my job is slightly different, I try to be supportive and encouraging like she was everyday!

I love spending time with my family in the outdoors; hiking, camping and exploring new places. I love to watch my kids participate sports and dance. I also love to bake and read!

Jenna Buhring

Education Specialist
Jenna Buhring

Education Specialist

Hello CCDS families, my name is Jenna Buhring and I am so excited to start the school year with your children. This will be my third year of teaching and I am thrilled to be the K-5 Education Specialist. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies and Special Education from Chico State, as well as my credential. I have a credential in multiple subjects’ general education and special education. I grew up in San Luis Obispo and moved to Chico for school. I have grown to love it here and call it my home. I spent a few years in between getting my degree and credential traveling the world. Everywhere I went and time I spent was with children, guiding them on their journey of life in and outside of school. I recently got married during the summer  and am looking forward to starting a family of my own. Teaching is on both side of my family and has always been a passion of mine. Whether it is teaching academic content or life skills, spending time and supporting/guiding children on their own path is what life is all about. I am very excited to spend the year teaching at CCDS and look forward to meeting you and your children!

Tyson Anderson

Education Specialist
Tyson Anderson

Education Specialist

I have had the opportunity to work at several schools around the Chico area over the past 13 years, first as a paraprofessional, then as an Intern Teacher, and most recently as an Education Specialist.

In 8th grade I was fortunate enough to be in a unique program called “Northwest 8”, which ignited my passion for teaching and helped shape my teaching philosophy. In the Northwest 8 program, progressive teachers educated students through simulations and first hand experiences.  During the program, simulations included dragging homemade wagons across miles of rugged trails in order to better understand westward expansion.  We also lined up in formation and hurled water balloons and fired squirt guns at each other to get a feel for the strategies of the Union and the Confederate army’s during the Civil War.  During these experiences I learned that education could look different.

When I’m not at CCDS I am probably spending time with my son who will be turning one in November.  Amongst other things, I love baseball, stand-up comedy, and the podcast series, This American Life.

Andi Jackson

Speech & Lang. Therapist
Andi Jackson

Speech & Lang. Therapist

I joined CCDS in 2011 (the same year my daughter entered kindergarten here). I graduated from University of the Pacific in 1997 and have been a school-based speech therapist ever since!

My favorite teacher in school was Ms. Slater, in 4th grade. She clearly loved every one of her students and connected with us on a level that went well beyond academic needs.

Speech Therapists do so much more than work on pronunciation. While articulation is about half of my job, I also work on Language, including semantics (vocabulary) syntax and morphology (grammar) and Pragmatics (social skills) as well as listening comprehension and expressive communication.

Gracie Buchanan

Speech & Lang. Assistant
Gracie Buchanan

Speech & Lang. Assistant

I grew up in Chico and attended CCDS from the 4th to the 8th grade. I graduated from Chico State with my bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently working towards getting my license as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant and I'm so fortunate to have this opportunity to do my internship here at the school I grew up in.

Christina Hudson

Social Worker
Christina Hudson

Social Worker

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Chico in the fall of 2006. I graduated Chico State with my BSW in 2010 and MSW in 2016. I started my social work career working with the Butte County Independent Living Program (ILP) as a caseworker and worked my way to the program coordinator position. I was with ILP for 12 years and worked with countless youth and their families. A large part of my work included helping youth make the transition out of foster care, and education was always a huge component of that.  I look forward to starting my new role as School Social Worker and supporting my fellow colleagues, students, and their families.  I am excited to start this journey with Chico Country Day School!

Shelly Buchanan

RTI Coordinator
Shelly Buchanan

RTI Coordinator

After high school, I attended Trinity Western University in British Columbia.  I taught preschool for a couple years before receiving my RDA licence to work in the dental field. My husband and I have 3 wonderful children, two daughters and a son.  In 2008, when our youngest was in the first grade,  I joined the CCDS team.  Currently, I am the coordinator for our RtI program and teaching intervention groups for K-3 students. The students and staff that I interact with on a daily basis bring me so much joy.

During my elementary school years, I grew up in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Looking back, I see the many opportunities I had living close to a big city. My favorite field trip memories were taking chartered bus rides to Chicago to see the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum of Natural History.

My cousin, Payne Stewart, was a 2-time US Open Golf Champion. Naturally, my son’s middle name is Payne.

Emily MacGibbon

RTI Coach
Emily MacGibbon

RTI Coach

I grew up in a small mountain town south of Yosemite National Park. I came to Chico to finish my undergraduate degree at CSU, Chico and fell in love with the town. I married a Chico native and have been here now for 17 years.  I stayed home to raise my two children Libby and Kate, who are now in 2nd and 4th grade at Chico Country Day School. I am so happy to be a part of this community first as a parent and now as a staff member.

Julee Williams

RTI Coach
Julee Williams

RTI Coach

Kendall Zepeda

RTI Coach
Kendall Zepeda

RTI Coach

I started working at CCDS in 2011, but have been a part of the CCDS community since 2001! I have four daughters who attended CCDS and have since graduated. I chose to stay for my love of the students and staff.

My favorite field trip was to Point Reyes in the sixth grade. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Mordock because of her passion, dedication and love for every student! She was an amazing English teacher.

Something you might no know about me is that I love to sing!

Martha Olson-Madrigal

RTI Coach
Martha Olson-Madrigal

RTI Coach

I graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by my Multiple Subject Credential. I have worked in education for many years: as a preschool teacher; a classroom teacher; a substitute teacher; and a swim instructor.  I have also worked in customer service and the airline industry.  My husband, Bob, and I have lived in four different states throughout our marriage and moved down to Chico from Oregon four years ago. We have two grown children who are still living in Oregon and we love to go up and visit them. I'm thrilled to be working at Chico Country Day School!

Jessica Wilk

Yard Duty Supervisor
Jessica Wilk

Yard Duty Supervisor

Jeff Hall

PE Aide/Yard Duty
Jeff Hall

PE Aide/Yard Duty

CCDS Main Office & Business Office Staff

Margaret Reece

Chief Business Officer
Margaret Reece

Chief Business Officer

I joined CCDS officially in 2002 but my son was in the CCDS preschool in 1999 and I was Chair of the Board beginning in 2000. I am originally from Woodland, CA, went to college in Wisconsin, and lived in Phoenix before coming to Chico. I earned a Masters in Public Administration from Chico State, and a Certificate in School Business Management from USC. I am also a Certified School Business Official with CASBO.

My favorite teacher was my 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Carter at Dingle Elementary School. He believed in all students and helped me discover my athletic abilities and develop a love of learning. He was an amazing person and is also the favorite teacher of my four brothers and sisters, which says a lot about his teaching! One thing to know about me is that I love to swim and have been swimming competitively for almost 40 years! I also love dogs and Chico Country Day Charter School!

Irene Henkens

School Communications
Irene Henkens

School Communications

I joined the CCDS team in 2018 as the middle school office manager, but this school has held a special place in my heart ever since my eldest daughter started kindergarten in 2011. I feel very lucky to work with such a strong team of educators, and to be part of a community that values each and every student who walks through our doors.

I love spending time with my husband and two daughters (and my two chocolate labs!) in the outdoors. We love hiking, boating, camping, and are currently trying to visit as many of our beautiful national parks as possible. One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa: "Do ordinary things with extraordinary love."

Natalie Wren

School Nurse
Natalie Wren

School Nurse

Pamela Wilson

Human Resources
Pamela Wilson

Human Resources

I grew up in Santa Cruz and was lucky enough to spend every day at the beach. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. I started at CCDS in August 2013, following my kids who attended CCDS at the time. Prior to working for CCDS I was a licensed insurance agent working in the claims department.

My favorite teacher was my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Cox. She was lively, showed compassion for her students and took the time for each individual student. This left a lasting impression on me and my view of school. My pride and joy are my two kids, Cheyenne and Chase. I love all of our adventures and watching their sporting events!

Stacy Ferguson

Office Mgr & Attendance
Stacy Ferguson

Office Mgr & Attendance

I am lucky enough to have worked in the preschool for 11 years at CCDS before becoming the Office Manager 5 years ago! I love getting to know the students and enjoy watching our amazing teachers make learning fun and exciting.

In my middle school, we had two history teachers - “Shults and Watson”. They were best buddies & polar opposites. With their rooms being next door, they could open the screen divider and we would have one giant History Class that left me with so many fun memories! Humor is a huge part of learning for me! I married my husband when I was 23 after we started dating in 8th grade. We are officially empty nesters but keep busy with Ace, the German Short Hair Pointer!

Lisa Hoppe

Purchasing/Accting
Lisa Hoppe

Purchasing/Accting

I joined the CCDS staff in 2012, but CCDS became an integral part of my life in 1999 when my daughters started Kindergarten and 2nd grade. They are grown now and both work in education. Back then I loved supporting the school as a volunteer and served on the Board of Directors for two years. I have loved watched CCDS grow and continue to flourish and am thrilled to be a part of the process. I have a degree in Communications and for ten years had a small internet store supporting loss and grief.

My favorite memory in school was my entire senior year in high school. I especially loved my yearbook teacher John Matthias who I had for four years. He inspired me to write, create and be a leader. One thing you might not know about me is that by the end of the school year, I usually have a bad case of wanderlust which leads to travel somewhere cool; my favorite destination so far -- South Africa!

Jamie Beauchane

Middle School Office Manager & Attendance Clerk
Jamie Beauchane

Middle School Office Manager & Attendance Clerk

I have grown-up and lived most of my life in Chico, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!  After high school (go Vikings!) I moved to Seattle to experience life in the “big city”; however, I wasn’t there for too long before Chico - and family - called me back home.  Upon my return, I took a position working as a law clerk in a local attorney's office.  I later became an office manager for a large medical software development company.

Then, my dream job came along: being “mom” to my two amazing kids. As a mom, you wear many hats and fill many roles. Of these various positions, one of my favorites was time spent at my children’s school: working in the classroom, running the school lunch program, and organizing fundraising events.  I think fondly upon my time with all the kids and getting to watch that entire student body grow up before my eyes.

I want to bring to CCDS that same energy and joy I found working at Notre Dame.  Watching kids of all ages develop into young citizens always makes me smile.  I am so excited to be joining the CCDS family, where every day seems like an episode of “America’s Got Talent!” – what amazing gift will your child be sharing today?  I can’t wait to find out!

Theresa Magallanez

Data & Enrollment
Theresa Magallanez

Data & Enrollment

I am new to the CCDS team this year, but I’ve worked in a school environment for over 20 years. I married my high school sweetheart 30 years ago. I have two adult sons, one graduated from St. Mary’s college in 2015 and the other will graduate from Sacramento State College this year.  I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog, Zeus. I love listening to music and swimming. I'm excited to be part of the CCDS team and look forward to an awesome year!

Valerie Long

Health Aide
Valerie Long

Health Aide

I was born and raised here in Chico. I love being close to family and appreciate all the natural beauty and fun this area provides. I enjoyed a career in the medical field and also in retail and management. I feel fortunate to have been a stay at home parent as well. I joined the CCDS community as a parent in 2018 and have two children who currently attend. We have two pets, our dog “Iggy” and a hamster named “Cheddar Cheese Wedge” aka “Wedgie”. I like to exercise, golf, bake and spend time with loved ones. I am excited to serve and work with our amazing staff and students!

Dakota Trees

IT Technician
Dakota Trees

IT Technician

Stuart Langford

School Facilities Manager
Stuart Langford

School Facilities Manager

I joined CCDS in July 2012 as the School Facilities Manager. Prior to that I was self-employed as a mason.

My favorite memory of school growing up in England was when we went on a weeklong adventure with the school in Wales, where we canoed, windsurfed, we repelled over a cliff, and went horseback riding, among many other things. The purpose of the trip was to almost end our time in school and it was so much fun full of adventures.

What you should know about me is that I was born and raised in England and my parents and sister still live there. I love to go back and visit. My hometown is where Winnie the Pooh was written and there is such as thing as the 100 Acre Wood and Pooh Bridge.

Eric Thao

Custodian
Eric Thao

Custodian

Paul Crosbie

Custodian
Paul Crosbie

Custodian

CCDS Middle School Athletics Staff

Mike O’Connor

Athletic Director
Mike O’Connor

Athletic Director

Chris Nixon

Basketball Coach
Chris Nixon

Basketball Coach

Jordan Williams

Basketball Coach
Jordan Williams

Basketball Coach

Jason Pezzetti

Basketball Coach
Jason Pezzetti

Basketball Coach

After School Program Staff

Angela Cherry

ASP Director
Angela Cherry

ASP Director

I first joined CCDS in 2009 as a preschool parent. Both of my kids went to the CCDS preschool for two years and we were so lucky to make it in during the lottery. When my youngest started kindergarten, I started substitute teaching at CCDS. Eventually I fell into my position as the After School Program Director and love it! I love working with students and being surrounded by such an amazing staff. I really enjoy being a life-long learner and this is the perfect environment for that!

My favorite teacher was my high school algebra teacher Ms. Fae. Math was not my favorite subject and I would rather have spent my time reading. Ms. Fae was a great role model to break the “girls aren’t as good at math as boys” mentality that was considered fact when I was in high school. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to laugh, cook, read, travel and hang with my family! What people might be surprised to know is that I would love to write a children’s book someday.

CCDS Preschool Staff

Kerri Cooley

Preschool Director
Kerri Cooley

Preschool Director

I joined CCDS in August 2003 and this is my 15th year teaching. Both of my boys went through the preschool program and both graduated from 8th grade at CCDS!! I feel blessed that I worked at the same school my boys were at and what a great experience it was for all of us.

I grew up in Mount Shasta and married my high school sweetheart. My favorite field trip was to Patrick’s Point for field biology in high school. I absolutely love my job and feel lucky everyday to get to work with such amazing kids families and co-workers!  

The one thing you should know about me is that I’m a huge sports mom and wife! Go Vikings! Go Dodgers! Go Raiders!

Katlin Redding

Preschool Teacher
Katlin Redding

Preschool Teacher

I joined CCDS 10 years ago. I was previously working in Durham at their elementary school doing the kindercare program.

My favorite field trip was our 7th grade DC trip. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and exploring! The one thing I’m sure no one would know about me is that I love to go hunting and be in the outdoors!

Patty Currie

Preschool Teacher
Patty Currie

Preschool Teacher

I joined the preschool team 8 years ago! Both of my boys (LIam and ROnan) came through the program and I was lucky enough to not only be a parent of preschoolers but now a teacher!

I was born and raised right in San Francisco! I grew up in the Sunset District near Ocean Beach. My favorite field trip was in 4th grade when we were learning about the Civil War and we were able to spend the night at Fort Point! The one thing you should know about me is that I love my job and would not trade it for anything in the world. Not many people can say they love coming to work each day but I can! My sweet preschoolers and their families make each day exciting and rewarding!