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Middle school students have unique needs. As such, we have taken care to hire enthusiastic teachers and staff members who have the education and motivation to create a positive school experience for all of our learners. Our staff members understand the importance of communication between the school and home and the vital role this plays in student success; we are happy to e-mail or speak with you regarding any questions or concerns you have.


About Me

Experience:

Ms. McPhetridge is a Tulare City Schools alumnus having attended Kohn, Cherry Avenue, and Tulare Union High School. She received her bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, and masters in administration degree from Fresno State University. Her tenure with Tulare City Schools began as a 6th grade teacher at Live Oak Middle School. She then moved on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades at Roosevelt Elementary School where she also served as the head teacher. Her next position in the district was at Wilson Elementary where she was the Title I resource teacher. Most recently Ms. McPhetridge completed four year as the vice principal of Los Tules Middle School.  


Mrs. Kinelle Rodriguez

Vice Principal

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2006

Education:

Mrs. Rodriguez graduated from Norwalk High in Los Angeles County. She attended several junior colleges, before enrolling in the Liberal Studies Program at Chapman University. Mrs. Rodriguez completed all of her undergraduate and post-graduate work at Chapman/Brandman University in Visalia.

Experience:

Mrs. Rodriguez started her teaching career at Lincoln Elementary in 2006. She has since taught grades 3, 4, and 5. As an administrator she has served the communities of Mission Valley, Alpine Vista, and now Live Oak. 


Mrs. Lisa Caraveo-Montez

Secretary
559-685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

I graduated from  McFarland High School Class of 1986

I attended College of the Sequioa's and San Joaquin Valley College where I earned my Buisness Assoiciates degree in  2009

 

Experience:

I started with Tulare City Schools as a partime secretary at Mulcahy in 2006-20012, was transferred to Los Tules in 2012-2013.  In 2013 I had the honor of being offered a full time position for Live Oak  and now I am home.  smiley

 

 

About Me

With TCSD since: With TCSD since 2015

Education:

 I recieved my LVN through San Joaquin Valley College with an AS degree. This is my second school year here at Live Oak Middle School and I look forward to many more years with TCSD.


Kim Merten

Counselor
559 685 7316

About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Master of Science, School Counseling

Pupil Personnel Services Credential 

Experience:

Classroom Teacher: 9 years

School Counselor: 10 years

 

 

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Breann Sunamoto

Part Time Secretary

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Amy Allen

aallen@tcsdk8.org

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Seventh & Eighth Grade

Sharla Ashburn
8th Grade Language Arts
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Mrs. Kerry Cardoza
7th Grade Math
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Joe Costa, Jr.
7th/8th Grade Social Studies
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Tamara Dye
7th/8th Grade Physical Education
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Paul Ferreira
7th/8th Grade Art Teacher
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Joyce Gaulden
8th Grade Language Arts
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Tammy Giuliani
7th/8th Grade Science
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Melissa Gonzalez
7th Grade Language Arts
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Amy Grimmer
7th/8th Grade Social Studies
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Mr. Brandon Hanke
7th/8th Grade Social Studies
559-685-7310
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Patricia McKinzie
7th Grade Language Arts
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Mrs. Danielle Perryman
7th Grade Math Teacher
559-685-7310
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Randy Pfitzer
7th/8th Grade Physical Education
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Roque Serpa
8th Grade Science
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Sharla Ashburn

8th Grade Language Arts
My Web Site

About Me

With TCSD since: since 1983

Education:

B.A. Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Elementary and middle school education since 1983.

Live Oak Middle School since its opening in 1989.

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Mrs. Kerry Cardoza

Mrs. Kerry Cardoza

7th Grade Math
559-685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

  • Graduate of Tulare Union HS
  • B.A. from Cal State University, Bakersfield - Liberal Studies
  • National University - Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with supplemental authorizations in mathematics and English language arts
  • M.S. from National University - Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development

Experience:

  • Sundale Union - 5 years
  • TCSD - 15 years

Classroom News...

Students in Math Periods 1,4,5 and 6 can use the following website to get help online for the homework in the textbook.  After you click on the link below, select the book that has BLUE on the cover and says Course 2, then find the chapter we are currently working in for the homework problems.http://homework.cpm.org

Parents.... Are you instilling a growth mindset in your child? Click on the link below to learn what a growth mindset is, why it's important, and best practices to support your child in developing this learning belief. 

https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents

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 Joe Costa, Jr.

Joe Costa, Jr.

7th/8th Grade Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

Master's Degree

Classroom News...

Welcome to Live Oak.  My name is Mr. Costa.  This will be my 21st year teaching.  We can look forward to many exciting and rewarding experiences as the year progresses.  Your interest and support at home, as well as ensuring good attendance, is important for the success of your child. 

Please review the classroom rules and procedures, discipline procedures, and grading policy.   Feel free to contact me at school, (685-7310). Email:jcosta@tcsdk8.org.

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Tamara Dye

7th/8th Grade Physical Education

About Me

With TCSD since: 2013

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

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Paul Ferreira

7th/8th Grade Art Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2012

Education:

Bachelor's Degree  from Fresno State

Teaching Credential from National University

Experience:

Started teaching for Burton School District for 3 years (Art)

I have been with TCSD here at Live Oak since 2012

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Joyce Gaulden

8th Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 1994

Education:

AA Degree from COS - Visalia

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Credential from California State University - Fresno

Master of Arts in Education - Administration and Supervision Option  from California State University - Fresno

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Tammy Giuliani

7th/8th Grade Science

About Me

With TCSD since: Since 2007

Education:

BA in Social Work 

Multiple Subject Credential

 

Experience:

I have taught k-2nd grades and 7th & 8th grade science.

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Melissa Gonzalez

7th Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

B.A. Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Over ten years teaching experience.

Classroom News...

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Amy Grimmer

7th/8th Grade Social Studies

About Me

With TCSD since: 1997

Education:

B.A. from Fresno State

Masters Degree from Fresno Pacific

Experience:

Over 20 years in education.

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Mr. Brandon Hanke

Mr. Brandon Hanke

7th/8th Grade Social Studies
559-685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

B.A. from Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Middle school education since 1998.

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 Tanya Lantrip

Tanya Lantrip

8th Grade Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 2011

Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology - University of Arizona
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - National University

Experience:

22 years as a K-8 educator.

Classroom News...

Hello ~

Lunchtime Tutoring:  I will be available during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   

Students in Math Period 1, 2,  and 5  can use the following website to get to homework help online for the homework in the textbook.  After you click on the link below, select the book that has Green on the cover and says Course 3, then find the chapter we are currently working in for the homework problems. http://homework.cpm.org

Students in Math Period 3 do not have a textbook and will be provided any homework and help in class when we have homework.

Parents.... Are you instilling a growth mindset in your child? Click on the link below to learn what a growth mindset is, why it's important, and best practices to support your child in developing this learning belief. 

https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents

I look forward to a wonderful year with your child!

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Patricia McKinzie

7th Grade Language Arts

About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

 

  • B.A. from Cal State University, Fresno - Theater Arts
  • Cal State University, Fresno  - Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with supplemental authorizations in English language arts
  • M.A. from Cal State University, Fresno - Educational Administration

Experience:

  • Corcoran Unified- 1997-1999
  • Visalia Unified- 1999-2001
  • Tulare City Schools  2001- present
  • Elementary Grade Level Taught: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th
  • Middle School Grade levels Taught;  7th Language Arts, and 7th and 8th Performing Arts

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Frances Mikasa

7th Grade Science
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About Me

With TCSD since: 1991

Education:

  • B.S. in Biochemistry and Psychology - UC Davis
  • Single Subject Clear Teaching Credential in Life Science and Chemistry - California State University, Fresno
  • M.A. in Science Education - Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

I have been teaching science for 26 years--all at Live Oak!

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Mr Don Pedersen

8th Grade Math

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

  • TWHS graduate
  • B.A. in Biology and teaching credential from Fresno State
  • M.S. in Science Education - Fresno Pacific

Experience:

  • 13 years at Mulcahy Middle School
  • 8 years at Los Tules Middle School
  • 6 years at Live Oak Middle School

 

Classroom News...

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Mrs. Danielle Perryman

7th Grade Math Teacher
559-685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 2007 to present

Education:

  • Tulare Union Graduate
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies, MA Curriculm & Instruction, teaching credential - California State University, Chico

Experience:

My career began soon after graduating college. My career began 21 years ago near Chico, CA and in 2007 I moved back to Tulare and have been here ever since.

 

Classroom News...

I will be available during lunch a few days a week for help; more information will be sent home when those details are finalized.  

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID): please go to http://avid.org to learn more about the AVID elective.

Students in Math Period 2 and 6 can use the following website to get to homework help online for the homework in the textbook.  After you click on the link below, select the book that has BLUE on the cover and says Course 2, then find the chapter we are currently working in for the homework problems. http://homework.cpm.org

Students in Math Period 3 do not have a textbook and will be provided any homework and help in class when we have homework.

Students in Study Skills will have help on any work from any class.  I will see they make up missing work and keep their grades up as much as I can.  I only see these students every other day because it is an elective class. 

I look forward to a wonderful year with your child!

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Randy Pfitzer

7th/8th Grade Physical Education

About Me

With TCSD since: 1987

Education:

B.S. South Dakota State Univeristy

Experience:

In education since 1976. At Tulare since 1987.

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Roque Serpa

8th Grade Science

About Me

With TCSD since: 1988

Education:

B.A. in Anthropology, MA Education Administration - California State University, Fresno

Experience:

24 Years - Tulare City School 21 Years - Live Oak Middle School

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Support Staff

Jacquelyn Buckner
Vocal Music Teacher
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Denise Cors
Occupational Therapist
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Julie Reed
RTI/Programs
559-685-7310
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Shanda Vaccaro
School Psychologist
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Beverly Yoshida
Special Ed/RSP
685-7310
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Jacquelyn Buckner

Vocal Music Teacher

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Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

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Linda Dieleman

Newcomer Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

A.A. in Liberal Studies from College of the Sequoias

B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Cross-Cultural Concentration from California State University, Stanislaus

CA Teaching Credential from California State University, Stanislaus

M.A. in English as a Second Language/Reading from Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

I have been teaching at Live Oak Middle School for 10 years.

About Me

With TCSD since: 2010

Education:

  • A.A. in Liberal Studies - College of the Sequoias
  • B.S. in Business Administration / Marketing - CSU, Fresno
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Chapman University
  • C.L.A.D. - University of San Diego
  • M.A. in Music - American Band College at Southern Oregon University

 

Experience:

  • Instrumental Music Director - Live Oak MS (2010-current)
  • Band Director - Woodlake Valley MS (1998-2010)
  • Band Director & General Music - Castle Rock Elementary School (1998-2010)


Mariselda Hazelwood

Speech Therapist

About Me

About Me

With TCSD since: 1990

Education:

High School: Monache

AA Degree: Porterville Junior College

BA in Music Education: CSU-Fresno

Single Subject Credential in Music Education: CSU-Fresno

Multiple Subject Credential: National University

Experience:

Band Director Mulcahy Middle School: 12 years

Band Director Los Tules Middle School: 8 years

Tulare City Schools Elementary Instrumental Music: 6 years


Julie Reed

RTI/Programs
559-685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 1991

Education:

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  • B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University Fresno
  • M.A. in Special Education - Fresno Pacific University

    

Experience:

Experience

25 years in Education with Tulare City Schools

4th grade classroom teacher- Kohn Elementary School

4th & 2nd grade classroom teacher- Cypress Elementary School

Resource Specialist- Live Oak Middle School

RTI/Programs Teacher- Live Oak Middle School


Shanda Vaccaro

School Psychologist

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Beverly Yoshida

Special Ed/RSP
685-7310

About Me

With TCSD since: 1985

Education:

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • B.A. (Liberal Studies)  - Fresno Pacific University
  • M.A. (Special Education) - Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

Elementary and middle school education in Tulare City School District since 1985.