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Our administration and staff are remarkable educators. We work together, both formally and informally, to make sure that our students are confident, prepared, and successful each day. We not only teach our students, but we teach and mentor one another. This collaboration is what makes our programs, strategies, and activities work effectively and efficiently. 

Everyone has an important role at school. We make sure that when you enter our doors, we greet and assist you quickly. We invite you to visit our school and classrooms often. For our students’ safety, please always check in with office personnel.


Administration

Michael Beason
Administrative Intern
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 Tara Houston

Tara Houston

Principal

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/04

Education:

  • Liberal Studies Degree from Fresno Pacific in 2002
  • Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific in 2003
  • Masters in Teaching from National University in 2012
  • Administrative Credential from Fresno State University in 2013

Experience:

  • Teaching Experience since 2003
  • Taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades
  • Resource Teacher for two years at Los Tules
  • Vice Principal at Mulcahy Middle School for three years


Michael Beason

Administrative Intern

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

I grew up in Tulare, and attended Kohn Elementary, Cherry Avenue Middle School, and Tulare Union High School.

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Pepperdine University, and my Master's Degree from CSU, Long Beach.

Experience:

  • 1.5 years Substitute Teacher: Tulare City School District
  • 1.5 years 4th/6th/6-8th PE Teacher: St. Paul's School, Visalia
  • 7.5 years 4th/4-5 combo/6-8 Teacher: Paramount Unified School District
  • 8 years 3rd/5th/6th Teacher: Tulare City School District
  • 2 years Assistant Principal: Exeter Unified School District
  • 3rd year Administrative Intern: Tulare City School District

Office Staff

Heather Enos
School Secretary
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LeAnn Williamson
School Nurse
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Heather Enos

School Secretary
559-685-7300

About Me

Experience:

This is my ninth year working at Tulare City School District.  This will be my second year as secretary here at Pleasant.  I enjoy working with the staff, parents and students here at Pleasant Elementary!


Christina Alvarez

School Secretary

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LeAnn Williamson

School Nurse
559-759-5439

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

  • Tulare Union High School- 2004
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene Univeristy- 2008
  • School Nurse Credential from California State Univeristy Sacramento-2015
  • Master of Science in Nursing from California State University Sacramento- 2016

Experience:

  • Liver and Kidney Transplant ICU at USC, Los Angeles, CA 2008-2010
  • Cardiovascular ICU at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA 2010-2012
  • Cardiovascualr ICU at St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno, CA 2012-2014
  • Endoscopy at Kaweah Delta, Visalia, CA 2014-Present
  • School Nurse at Tulare City School District 2013-Present

After being an ICU nurse for 6 years, I wanted a change and decided on being a school nurse! I love everything about this job! I am in charge of 4 schools: Pleasant, Wilson, Roosevelt and Mulcahy. I provide direct care to students, including care for injuries and acute illness for all students and long-term management of students with special health care needs. This includes assessment and treatment, referral to physicians and coordination of care. I am also in charge of completing all the state mandated screening, including hearing, vision and dental. My main goal is to keep students in school, healthy and ready to learn! If you need assistance with anything, please do not hestitate to contact me.

"Student must be Healthy to be Educated and Educated to be Healthy"

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Second Grade

Nicole Bergman
Teacher
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Krista Borba
Teacher
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Glenna Dillon
Teacher
559-685-7300
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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/11/09

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in early childhood development from Fresno Pacific University. And, my Masters of Arts degree in Reading from National University. 

Experience:

I've been teaching for Tulare City School District at Pleasant Elementary since 2009.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/04

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno. And, my Master of Arts degree in Reading from National University.

Experience:

This is my twelveth year teaching at Pleasant Elementary and for the Tulare City School District.

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Tamara Dargo

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/20/96

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal arts and education from Pepperdine University.

Experience:

This is my seventeenth year teaching at Pleasant Elementary and for Tulare City School District.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/11/09

Education:

Fresno State University of California    -   Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in liberal studies/minor in early childhood education 

National University  -    Masters in Education and Best Practices Degree

 

 

Experience:

 Pleasant Elementary School - Started in the district in 2009

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Lisa Smith

Teacher
559-685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/8/06

Education:

University of California, Irvine  Bachelor of Fine Arts degree  Dance

Walden University,  MN  Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy

Experience:

Buena Park Elementary 3rd grade 2002-2006

Pleasant Elementary Kindergarten 2006-current

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/08

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in early childhood education from California State University, Fresno. I received my master of arts degree in reading from National University.

Experience:

I was hired by Tulare City School District in 2008. I have spent my entire teaching career at Pleasant Elementay teaching 1st grade, which I LOVE!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/8/06

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in early childhood education from California State University, Fresno.

Experience:

This is my eighth year teaching at Pleasant Elementary and my twentieth year teaching for Tulare City School District.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/15/03

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Communication Studies-Speech Writing from the University of San Diego and my Master of Arts degree with a Major in Cross-Cultural Curriculum from National University.

Experience:

I started working in the school district in 2003.  I have taught 6th grade and 1st.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/10/15

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Biola University in 2014, and earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential the same year from Biola University as well.

Experience:

I have been teaching since 2015. I taught fifth grade for the 2015-2016 school year and moved to first grade in 2016.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/22/94

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno. I received my master of arts degree with a major in curriculum and education from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

Tulare City School District hired me in 1994 to teach 1st grade at Pleasant Elementary.  Thus far, my entire career has been at Pleasant in 1st grade.  Go Bears!

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Nicole Bergman

Teacher
559-685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

I graduated from Fresno State in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and received a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in 2013 from Fresno State as well. In January of 2017, I received my Masters in Teaching degree with a Specialization in Best Practices from National University and plan to use my knowledge gained to better my teaching for the benefit of my students!

Experience:

I've been teaching since 2013. I taught one year in Kindergarten and have been teaching 2nd grade here in Tulare for the past four years.

Classroom News...

I am now using ClassDojo! If you would like to get connected to your child's profile and receive classroom news, please call or email me and I will send you your parent connect code to get you started.

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Krista Borba

Teacher
(559) 685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

In May 2011, I graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies. I then received a multiple subject teaching credential from Fresno State in 2012. I am currently enrolled at National University and pursuing a "Master's in Teaching" with a specialization in "Best Practices". My degree will be completed in Spring 2017!

 

Experience:

This is my fourth year teaching in Tulare City School District. 

Classroom News...

If you want to keep up-to-date with what is happening in our class, feel free to visit our class website!

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Want to see how your child is doing in class? Check up on their behavior by using the free app Class Dojo! Please feel free to call me at school or stop by if you still need help setting up an account. Thank you for all of your support!

We are great in Room 208!

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Glenna Dillon

Teacher
559-685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/8/07

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno.

Experience:

This is my eighth year teaching at Pleasant Elementary and for Tulare City School District.

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Amy Duffy

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/04

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento in 1994 and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from National University in 1996.

Experience:

I began teaching in 1996 for the San Juan Unified School District, where I taught second grade until 2003. I started with Tulare City Schools in 2004, and have enjoyed teaching both sixth and second grade.

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Tim Ginn

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/7/12

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno. I am currently working on my masters degree in Reading Instruction.

Experience:

I have been teaching in Tulare City School District since 2012. I taught 4th grade for two years and then moved to 3rd grade. I love teaching and learning. Being a teacher is one of the best jobs in the world!

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/9/11

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from Fresno Pacific University.  I then moved on to obtain my teaching credential from National University and finally I earned my Master's degree from National University with a focus in Best Practices.

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Rebecca Ray

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/04

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  In 2013 I received my master of arts degree in Teaching Best Practices from National University.

Experience:

I have been teaching for Tulare City School District since 2004.

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Rhonda Sousa

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Science in Business-Marketing from California State University, Chico.  I received my teaching credential and Master's in Educational Best Practices from National University.

Experience:

I started with Tulare City School District in 2012.

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Alice Usher

Teacher
5596857300

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/23/88

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree, my teaching credential, and my master's degree in Linguistics from Fresno State University.  

Experience:

I have been at Pleasant Elementary throughout my career in Tulare, but I started teaching at Slater Elementary in Fresno. 

 

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About Me

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno in 2006.

Experience:

In 2006, I started as a 2nd grade teacher at Buena Vista Elementary.  In 2014, I moved to Tulare City School District and began teaching 2nd grade at Pleasant Elementary.

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Melody Kelley

Teacher
(559) 685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/16/2000

Education:

I received my Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies at Fresno Pacific University.  I also received my Master's degree at National University with a focus in Best Practices.

Experience:

All my years of teaching have been at Pleasant Elementary School.  I taught kindergarten for 6 years, second grade for 4 years, and I've been teaching fourth grade for the past 5 years.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

I recieved my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies, as well as my teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. 

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Lauren Martinho

Teacher
559-685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Development from Fresno Pacific University in 2012. I also received my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University in 2013.

Experience:

I have been teaching 4th grade at Pleasant Elementary since 2014. Fourth grade is a fun, challenging, and memorable year to watch students grow and mature academically!

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Joshua LaBelle

Head Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/08

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in classical civilization from the University of California, Irvine. I moved on to Fresno Pacific University to earn my teaching credential, and finally earned my Master's degree in Teaching from National University.

Experience:

I began teaching fifth grade for Tulare City School District in 2008.

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Mr. Roderick Moore

Teacher
559-685-7300

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/21/89

Education:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University Fresno in 1988, earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential that same year. I received my Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from National University in 1992.  In 2013, I recieved a supplemental certification in Introductory Mathematics.

 

Experience:

I began teaching for Tulare City School District in 1989.  I have been teaching at Pleasant Elementary since 1993.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/27/91

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies from California State University, Fresno. I received my master of arts degree with a major in integrated math and science from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I started working for Tulare City School District in 1991.  I taught at Roosevelt my first year and have been at Pleasant since 1992.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 8/12/04

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in education from California State University, Chico. I received my master of arts degree with a major in math and science education from Fresno Pacific University.

Experience:

I have been teaching in Tulare City Schools since 2004.  

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Support Staff

Rebecca Avila
Vocal Music Teacher
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Marvin Brock
RSP/Special Ed Teacher
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Miss April Brooks
5th Grade Art Teacher
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Denise Cors
Occupational Therapist
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Laura Gunning
RTI/Programs Teacher
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Kim Korenwinder
G.A.T.E. Teacher
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Alisha Leon
Speech Therapist
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Eloysa Segura
School Psychologist
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Amy Smith
3rd Grade Art Teacher
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Rebecca Avila

Vocal Music Teacher

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With TCSD since: 8/27/91


Marvin Brock

RSP/Special Ed Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 8/16/99

Education:

I am a graduate of Redwood High School (1987) and California State Universtity, Fresno (1993).  I have a Liberal Studies Degree, Learning Handicap Certificate, Resource Specialist Certificate, and a Masters in Special Education.

Experience:

In 1993, I began my teaching career at Princeton Street School in Delano, CA, as a Special Day Class Teacher.  Since 1999, I have been a Resource Specialist for TCSD.  I am working at my fifth school in Tulare, Pleasant Elementary.  Go Bears!!!  

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Miss April Brooks

5th Grade Art Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Miss Brooks grew up in Tulare attending Garden Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School and Tulare Western High School.  Miss Brooks obtained a BA in Liberal Arts, a BA in Fine Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential & a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2002. Since then, Miss Brooks has attended numerous Professional Development Seminars and Conferences to further her knowledge in the fields of education, technology and art.

Experience:

Miss Brooks spent 13 years teaching 6th, 7th & 8th graders at Cherry Avenue Middle School. Subjects taught included Beginning Art, Advanced Art, Leadership, Yearbook, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and PE.  Outside of the classroom, Miss Brooks spent time on projects such as painting backdrops and teaching choreography for the school plays and Encore Theatre Productions.


Debbie Castillo

Social Worker

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Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

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Laura Gunning

RTI/Programs Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

I received my bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies and my multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Fresno.

Experience:

I was a classroom teacher for ten years. I taught 5th grade and 2nd grade. I am currently a RTI/Programs Teacher.

 Kim Korenwinder

Kim Korenwinder

G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • Masters degree in School Counseling
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Mild-Moderate Learning Handicapped Credential

Experience:

  • 6 years:   Severely Handicapped; Tulare County Office of Education
  • 4 years:   Special Day Class; Tulare City Schools
  • 2 years:   1st grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 4 years:   2nd grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 7 years:   GATE; Tulare City Schools


Alisha Leon

Speech Therapist

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Amber Monteiro

BEST Coach

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Eloysa Segura

School Psychologist

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Amy Smith

3rd Grade Art Teacher
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Character Education - Santa Clara University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Saint Mary's College of California
  • Art Minor - Saint Mary's College of California

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Cupertino's Sedgwick Elementary School in Silicon Valley.  I taught third, fourth and fifth grades before moving home to the Central Valley and accepting a teaching position with Tulare City School District.  I worked at Cypress Elementary beginning in 2006 and taught first, second, and third grades.