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Ekstrand Welcomes 5 New Teachers Featured

Ekstrand Elementary School welcomes 5 new teachers. From left to right: Stephanie Waterman, Ronalea Freeth, Jeremy Gibbons, Brittany Adams and Kendall Kraiss. Ekstrand Elementary School welcomes 5 new teachers. From left to right: Stephanie Waterman, Ronalea Freeth, Jeremy Gibbons, Brittany Adams and Kendall Kraiss.

Jeremy Gibbons recently moved from the Bay Area, having taught for 14 years in Cupertino. He is energetic, excited to be at Ekstrand, and can't wait to get the fitness program up and running at full speed. He’s an avid tennis player, bowler, and loves spending time with his wife (also a teacher) and his two daughters, ages 5 and 2.

Brittany Adams is excited about joining the Ekstrand team and fulfilling a lifelong calling to teach. She has a Master of Arts in Digital Teaching and Learning and is passionate about students utilizing technology to create and contribute instead of to consume. She worked in the District previously as a long term substitute for fifth grade and kindergarten at a neighboring school. Brittany lives with her husband and two dogs.  

Kendall Kraiss is new to the Ekstrand team as she begins her first year teaching. She is so excited to be part of such a great school, District, and community. After growing up in Huntington Beach, she made her way to the University of La Verne where she played volleyball and track and field. She developed her love for teaching and met her fiancé there! She loves spending time outside, but most of the time you will find her in the classroom planning new and exciting lessons for her 5th graders! 

Ronalea Freeth is from San Dimas. She attended Bonita Unified schools from kindergarten to high school and is a proud Saint. She graduated from Washington State University with her bachelors in Business Administration and has since earned her Master degree in Special Education and Reading & Literacy. She loves to travel with her husband and spend time with their dogs. Ronalea is thrilled to be a part of the amazing Ekstrand team and looks forward to a wonderful year full of learning in first grade.

 

Stephanie Waterman is a teacher who is passionate about actively engaging students in the learning process.  Her first job in Bonita Unified was over twelve years ago, as a Kindergarten Instructional Aide.  It wasn’t until moving out of state with her family, to live in Alaska for six years, Then Stephanie went back to school and obtained her degree and teaching credential.  She began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and recently taught Transitional Kindergarten at Allen Avenue Elementary.  This school year, she is thrilled to be starting a new adventure teaching first grade at Ekstrand Elementary. 

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