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  • Ms. Lofton, Principal

    Ms. Lofton

    Bachelors Degree Social Studies with Emphasis on History, SSU
    Teaching Credential, Single Subject Social Studies, SSU
    MA Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Emphasis "Jazz as an Instructional Tool", SSU
    Administrative Credential, SSU

    Mr. Smith, Assistant Principal
    For the past nine years (2010-2019), Mr. Smith has been the Math, Economics, and Computer Science teacher at San Antonio High School. He is a graduate of both the University of Oregon and Dominican University and is currently at Sonoma State University. You may remember him as the coach who took his Petaluma team to the televised 2012 Little League World Series! Mr. Smith created a sports program for alternative schools in Sonoma and Mendocino counties and helped with fundraising efforts to pay for jerseys, travel, and team meals - a great boost to student morale. He has two children that played sports at PHS and Casa and are now in college continuing with their sports. He lives on a ranch here in Petaluma and operates its 40 pair cow/calf beef herd. Among other things, Mr. Smith will conduct our monthly Informational Meetings.

    Ms. Leigh, Academic Counselor
    Ms. Leigh has been at PJHS for the past 5 years (2014-2019). Before that, she was at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, a charter high school in San Fernando Valley, two different high schools in Santa Barbara County, and was also a counselor for a private college. She speaks Spanish fluently and is an avid runner. Ms. Leigh is your "go-to" person for all your counseling needs: questions about your life in general - and also, of course, for things like recommendations for coursework to take, your graduation status, co-enrolling, job permits, PSAT/SAT testing, college information, college applications or other post-high school plans, scholarships, financial aid for college, and all needs specific to 7th and 8th grade counseling. Ms. Leigh has one grown son and lives with her husband, her dog, and her cat. Ms. Leigh is an avid traveler! Aside from traveling in all 50 states, she has traveled in over 50 different countries!!

    Susan Cook, VOS Secretary
    Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Susan comes from a family of educators. Choosing not to go into the education field, Susan became an attorney. After growing up in Florida, Susan eventually came to Petaluma and has lived here for the past 20 years and has raised her three sons here - all three are in Petaluma City Schools. Susan stopped practicing law to raise her children and has been very involved in volunteering with her children's schools, including the PHS Music Boosters Club treasurer and the PHS Athletic Boosters Club treasurer. She sought out a part-time job this past summer (2019) now that her sons are older. When Susan leaves at 1:00 PM, our Senior Secretary, Peggy Soares, is available in the main office next door.

    Teacher Information & Biographies

    Ms. Garcia
    Schedule: Monday through Friday 9:30 - 11:30
    Biography: Cecilia Elvira Garcia’s life is rooted in her love of the Arts. She graduated from Sonoma State with Bachelor's in Art. Recently, she graduated from New York University with a Masters in Studio Art. Cecilia’s graduate studies were international; she spent time in Venice, Italy & went on to complete her Masters in Berlin, Germany. Cecilia also had the opportunity to work as an Artist in Costa Rica for a summer. She believes in the importance of the Arts in the community. Cecilia has worked and volunteered in various Museum settings, after-school family Art programs, taught painting to families in a Cancer Center, and has also taught Art in a Family Shelter. Cecilia has her own studio space and continues to refine and grow as an Artist.  

    Ms. Halsey
    Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Lunch Schedule: M,T,Th,F 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and W 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Ms. Kesseru
    : Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lunch Schedule:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    
    Biography:  Ms. Kesseru earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Jose State University so naturally, Art is one of her main interests. Gardening is a passion - try to check out the California Native Habitat garden which her students installed on the PJHS campus. She also loves ice cream and her two cats - not necessarily in that order.

    Ms. Parker
    : Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.   
    Lunch Schedule:  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (not on campus during this time) 
    Biography:  Mrs. Parker grew up in Larkspur and Sebastopol. She was the first woman in Sonoma County to receive a nomination or a dual nomination to both the Air Force and Naval Academies in 1986. She is the first woman from Sonoma County to attend Annapolis.  She has always had a deep passion and desire to spend her life in a career where she can be of service to others. After five years of traditional teaching positions, she came to Valley Oaks in the fall of 2003, where she finds continual inspiration and delight in her meaningful interactions with Valley Oaks students and families. She taught summer school for 7 years for Santa Rosa City Schools and 2 years for Valley Oaks.  Aside from her primary goal of giving students a strong foundation in science, she encourages all students to participate in community service activities and to strive to develop their personal character.