|José Castillo||Assistant Principalemail@example.com|
Hesby Oaks PrincipalE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Known affectionately as “Mr. T”, Movses Tarakhchyan is Hesby’s fearless leader. He thinks of Hesby as one big family, and cares deeply about every student, parent, and teacher that passes through its gates. He strives for excellence in all areas of education and is devoted to providing the best possible experience for his students.
We at Hesby are fortunate to have the best teachers, best students, and of course, the best families. Thank you for believing in public education, and thank you for trusting us with your children’s safety and education.
Hesby Oaks Assistant PrincipalE-mail: email@example.com
Greetings Huskies! My name is José Castillo and I am excited to be a part of Hesby’s wonderful community. Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working with students as a TA, 1-on-1 Behavioral Aide, Teacher, Dean of Students, Programs Coordinator, and now as an APEIS. It is my goal to encourage students to gain a lifelong love for learning so that they may achieve all their dreams.
|Parisa Collier||2nd Grade||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Suzanne Conway||3rd Grade||Room email@example.com|
|Arlet Dorian||2nd Grade||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nika Esmailizadeh||1st Grade||Room email@example.com|
|Renee Gustafson||Kindergarten||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Annie Kurkjian||5th Grade||Room email@example.com|
|Kelly MacDonald||3rd Grade||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Catareena Mazer||Kindergarten||Room email@example.com|
|Jen Preuss||1st Grade||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rachel Ritter||5th Grade||Room email@example.com|
|Stefani Romero||4th Grade||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kathie Yonemura||4th Grade||Room email@example.com|
2nd Grade, Room 4E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Computer page
Parisa Collier has been teaching in LAUSD for the past 18 years. She graduated from
California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor and Masters degree in
Administration. She is married and has two kids who also attended Hesby Oaks.
Mrs. Collier believes the classroom community is a place for students to learn
through inquiry. She strives to cultivate a classroom of independent learners that
are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and active collaborators. She is
passionate about teaching because she enjoys watching her students grow into
On her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling,
shopping, and enjoying life to the fullest.
3rd Grade, Room 7E-mail: email@example.com
This is my fourth year teaching at Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter, and I have been teaching TK and Kindergarten for over ten years. Both of my children attended Hesby. My oldest child started the first year it opened in Mrs. Preuss’s class and now attends UC Berkeley. My youngest is a senior at Notre Dame High School. I love teaching TK and Kindergarten, and enjoy cooking, reading, and hiking on the weekends.
2nd Grade, Room 3E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlet has been an LAUSD teacher since 1999 and thoroughly enjoys working with elementary school-aged children. After over 20 years of teaching, she decided to make the shift from 5th grade to 2nd! “Second graders are innocent and love learning! Everything is still so fun for them,” stated Mrs. Dorian after completing her first year as a second grade teacher. Arlet is a strong advocate for parent-teacher collaboration and believes working together nurtures a foundational love for learning in her students.
1st Grade, Room 6E-mail: email@example.com
Kindergarten, Room 2E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Renee Gustafson has been teaching since the fall of 1997. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts’ Degree in Liberal Studies. She has a multiple subject teaching credential with a supplementary authorization in Mathematics. Ms. Gustafson joined the staff at Hesby Oaks in the fall of 2011.
Ms. Gustafson believes the classroom community is a place for students to learn through inquiry and play. She strives to cultivate a classroom of independent learners that are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and active collaborators.
5th Grade, Room 17E-mail: email@example.com
Annie Kurkjian has been teaching since 2009. She has experience with grades 3-5. She believes that education is the key to success. She hopes to continue to motivate students to reach for their goals and to discover what truly inspires them.
Her aim is to always provide an environment that encourages students to be confident in order for them to realize their full potential. She looks forward to a fun and challenging school year.
3rd Grade, Room 8Class Website E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Mac is a California native that enjoys being outdoors. She is a good Samaritan and always willing to help out a complete stranger. According to her, celery juice and laughing are the best medicine. An athlete once, she now plays golf and tennis. She is an especially gifted napper, and dogs are her best cuddle buddies. Ms. Mac likes long, romantic walks down every aisle of Costco. She prefers her puns intended. And most of all, she believes that the best things in life are not things, but experiences. Let’s enjoy our time together.
Kindergarten, Room 1E-mail: email@example.com
My mission as a kindergarten teacher is to motivate, inspire, encourage, and support my students in a positive safe and caring environment where they are educated and can grow emotionally, cognitively, and socially while building a foundation for success and life-long learning.
1st Grade, Room 5E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Preuss has been teaching elementary school since Fall of 2001. Her passion is teaching children to fall in love with reading and writing. She was part of the opening staff at Hesby in 2006!
5th Grade, Room 14E-mail: email@example.com
Rachel Ritter is a recent graduate of California State University Northridge and has been at Hesby Oaks since 2018. She loves working with children and seeing the joy they have in learning and life in general. When she is not teaching, you will find her trying new cookie recipes, relaxing at the beach, or enjoying time with friends and family.
4th Grade, Room 10E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stefani Romero has been teaching since 2016. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at California State University.
Mrs. Romero loves to sing & bring music into the classroom as often as possible. She cultivates a community of kindness & altruism in her classroom. Her goal is to empower the littles to strengthen their foundational skills & have fun along the way!
4th Grade, Room 9E-mail: email@example.com
Kathie Yonemura teaches fourth grade; she has been teaching since 1987. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and LAUSD Teacher of the Year. She loves all things California history! Her goal is to create lifelong readers, to encourage students to find the joy in learning and to develop a growth mindset!
Middle School Faculty
|Caroon Alrayes-Megrabyan||7, 8||English||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christopher Bautista||7, 8||Science||Room email@example.com|
|Michael Marcus||6||Math, Science||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Danny Pattison||7, 8||History||Room email@example.com|
|Tami Walsh||7,8||Math||Room firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Curtis Wynkoop||6||English, History||Room email@example.com|
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts
6th Grade Speech
7th and 8th Grade Science
Mr. B loves science! He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University and loves traveling the world and learning more about different people and cultures.
When he’s not in the classroom, you can find him staying physically fit and active- he loves swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities.
Above all, he values family, friends, students, religion, education, the Earth, food, and music!
6th Grade Science and Math
Michael Marcus is among the top 6th grade teachers at Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter. He enjoys all things Hesby! You can usually find him in room 18, home of the world’s best students, teaching math and science.
7th and 8th Grade History
Danny Pattison currently teaches 7th & 8th grade History and Theater. He’s been teaching at Hesby for 14 years, with experience in both elementary and middle school. His goal is to help prepare his students for the rigors of high school and college, while still having fun!
7th and 8th Grade Math
Ms. Walsh grew up in Southern California. She graduated from Newbury Park High School, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from UC Santa Barbara, and a Master’s Degree in Math Education from CSU Northridge. She has been teaching middle school math since 2001 and hopes to continue teaching at Hesby until she retires at age 103. Her hobbies include doing math for fun, traveling, exploring, skiing, hiking, cooking, playing games, and laughing!
6th Grade English and History
Curtis Wynkoop is a Co-Lead 6th grade teacher at Hesby Oaks Leadership Academy. He is grateful to work next to room 18 where the second greatest students are taught.
He enjoys teaching his students how to properly say “Ur” and “Uruk” (cities from ancient Mesopotamia) while engaging them in many kinds of reading and writing and reminding them to use punctuation and break up sentences that are far too long involving several different ideas that could and should be made into much smaller sentences so that the reader isn’t troubled by such a run-on and awkward to read and understand train wreck of writing such as the one you’re reading now.
His pet peeves include such things as misusing “there,” “they’re” and “their” as well as those writers who don’t use an Oxford comma. He has declared war against proper punctuation and has been known to say, “Someone, can be a good writer; but when, they’re writing is!… lacking-proper punctuation here and their, it really affects: there work).
Lastly, he enjoys writing about himself in third person.
Physical EducationE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Program Description
Brad has been an LAUSD Physical Education teacher for the last 25 years, the last 13 here at Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter. Since he established the Physical Education program here at Hesby in 2007-2008 school year, he has not only enjoyed implementing a rigorous curriculum that encompasses health and fitness for our Huskies, but also has the thrill of his life being a part of the Hesby family, and looks forward to seeing his students every day!
Resource Specialist, Room 15E-mail: email@example.com
Hi, my name is Ericka Ventura and I am a Resource Specialist here at Hesby. I began my career in education as an ELD paraprofessional and later as a special education assistant. I have been teaching since 2004 and have worked as both a special day class and resource teacher. I have been at Hesby since 2016. I love collaborating with such an amazing group of educators and helping my students grow and succeed.
Resource Specialist, Room 209E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Eddy Rodriguez, and I am a Resource Specialist at Hesby. I began my journey in education as a Special Education Teacher Aide. I have been teaching since 2019 and joined the Hesby Team in 2022. My main mission is to support my students so they can succeed in school and their future endeavors.