Car­dozo, RHS Cam­puses Wel­come New Teach­ers

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

The River­bank Uni­fied School Dis­trict 2018-19 school year has be­gun and not only is it a new school year, with new goals, new classes and new clothes, but also new teach­ing staff. Car­dozo Mid­dle School has five new teach­ers on the ros­ter in­clud­ing James Christie, Les­lie Castillo, Anne Rud­holm, Jen­nifer Hen­der­son, and Kevin Smith. River­bank High School has two new teach­ers, Galen West and Ash­ley Es­taque with two po­si­tions wait­ing to be filled in­clud­ing the Ag Teacher and the NJROTC in­struc­tor af­ter Master Chief Fos­ter re­tired at the end of last year.

The News re­cently did a ‘Q&A’ with the new staff mem­bers to help in­tro­duce them to the com­mu­nity.

Galen West, River­bank High School

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach? A: Earth Science all day with fresh­men.

Where are you from? Born in Stock­ton and lived in Modesto for the last 30 years.

How long have you been teach­ing?

This will be my 24th year.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

Two years at Lin­den High School (be­fore Aaron Judge), two years at Wil­liams Mid­dle School in Tracy, 18 years at Pat­ter­son High, re­tired; hated sub­bing, went back to teach­ing at Downey High, hated it, came to River­bank and lik­ing it a lot more.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

Poke­mon Go, I love this game.

Ash­ley Es­taque, RHS

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A; I teach art, specif­i­cally AP Stu­dio Art, Draw­ing, and Ceram­ics.

Where are you from? Orig­i­nally, I’m from South Carolina, but I’ve lived in Sacra­mento for the past 15 years.

How long have you been teach­ing?

This is my first year of teach­ing in a for­mal class­room set­ting.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

I worked in non­prof­its for over a decade do­ing event plan­ning and cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

I love to spend my free time with my two kids – Eve, 10 and Theo, 7.

James Christie, Car­dozo

Mid­dle School Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A; I teach sixth grade math and science.

Where are you from? I am orig­i­nally from Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia.

How long have you been teach­ing?

The 2018-19 school year will be my eighth year as a class­room teacher.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

In the past, I have also taught mid­dle school lan- guage arts, third and fourth grade, coached a va­ri­ety of sports and tu­tored.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

On my free time I like to en­joy the out­doors – fish­ing is my fa­vorite.

Les­lie Castillo, CMS

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A: I am teach­ing sixth grade English Lan­guage Arts and So­cial Stud­ies.

Where are you from? I am from Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia.

How long have you been teach­ing?

I have been teach­ing for six months.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

My prior teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was in Kinder­garten.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

One thing I like to do on my time off is read­ing.

Jen­nifer Hen­der­son, CMS

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A: I teach in­ter­ven­tion for both sev­enth and eighth grade math at Car­dozo Mid­dle School.

Where are you from? I was born in Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia and lived in the same house un­til I left to at­tend col­lege.

How long have you been teach­ing?

This is my first year teach­ing and I am lov­ing ev­ery minute of it.

What other teach­ing expe- ri­ence have you had?

I was an in­struc­tional aide in a read­ing in­ter­ven­tion class for a year and a half prior to be­ing hired as a math teacher in River­bank.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

I re­ally en­joy go­ing to the beach and play­ing with my kids and dogs on my time off.

Anne Rud­holm, CMS

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A: I teach English, So­cial Stud­ies, ELD, Speech and Drama.

How long have you been teach­ing?

I have been teach­ing for around 12 years.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

I have taught in many coun­tries such as Pak­istan, South Korea and China.

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

I love to read! It is hard for me to put a book down.

Kevin Smith, CMS

Q: What sub­ject(s) do you teach?

A: Math.

Where are you from? East Bay (Pitts­burg).

How long have you been teach­ing?

19 years.

What other teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence have you had?

Mul­ti­ple sub­jects (six years).

What is one thing you like to do on your time off?

Camp­ing with fam­ily.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

Teach­ing Earth Science at River­bank High School this year is Galen West.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

River­bank High School has a new art teacher on staff this year, Ash­ley Es­taque.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Shown, from left, new teach­ers at Car­dozo Mid­dle School in­clude Jen­nifer Hen­der­son, James Christie, Kevin Smith, Les­lie Castillo, and Anne Rud­holm, join­ing the staff for the 2018-19 school year.

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