Ms. Lofton, Principal
Degrees and Certifications:
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. Jamerson, Counselor
My name may sound familiar to some because, I am returning to the Petaluma City Schools district after being away for a year in another district as school counselor in alternative education. I previously worked at Casa Grande High School as their College and Career Specialist. I really enjoy being a counselor in alternative education. As a school counselor I aspire to be the type of counselor that I wish I had when I was in high school. I understand first hand that many students can benefit tremendously from education that is approached in a different way.
Trisha Shew, School Secretary
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
Lunch Schedule: 11:30am to 12:30pm Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and 11 - 12 on Wed. (not on campus during these times.)
Since moving here 25 years ago I not only raised my son but also worked with preschoolers in a private school and K - 6th grade students at Two Rock Elementary School. Later I worked with Special Ed students at Casa Grande High School. Another job change brought me to the Petaluma City Schools District Office and finally to Valley Oaks School. I have always enjoyed interacting with students at any grade level.
Teacher Information & Biographies:
Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 4pm.
Lunch Schedule: 12pm-1pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 1pm - 2pm on Wednesday
Schedule: Wednesday & Thursday 12-4
Lunch Schedule: 1pm-2pm on Wednesday; 12-1pm on Thursday
Schedule: 9:30 - 11:30 on Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 9:30 - 10 on Tuesdays; 9:30 - 10:30 on Wednesdays
Biography: Cecilia Elvira Garcia’s life is rooted in her love of the Arts. She graduated from Sonoma State with Bachelors 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.
Schedule: Monday 9-5, lunch 12:30-1:30; Tuesday 9-4, lunch 4-5; Wednesday 9-5, lunch 11:30-12 & 1-1:30; Thursday 9-4:30, lunch 12:30-1 & 4:30-5; Friday 8:30-4:30, lunch 12:30-1 & 4-4:30
Schedule: Mondays 9 - 2:30; 3:30 - 4 Tuesday 9 - 12; 1 - 2:30; 3:30 - 4 Wednesdays 9 - 10:30; 12 - 4 Thursdays 9 - 12; 1 - 2:30; 3:30 - 4 Fridays 9 - 12; 1 - 2; 3:30 - 4
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.
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Lunch Schedule: 4pm to 5:00pm daily (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.