Staff favorites

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Staff Favorites

Want to know what to do for teacher appreciation week? Here are some of our staff’s favorite things.

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Ryan Poulsen
Principal

Birthday – 3/20

Favorite Candy – Snickers

Favorite Scent – Pizza

Favorite Sports – A’s, 49ers

Favorite Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Snack – Skittles

Favorite Fruit – Cherry

Favorite Restaurant – Red Lobster or Togos

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Noel Balkema
Secretary

Birthday – 9/8

Favorite Candy – Hershey’s

Favorite Scent – Vanilla, fruity

Favorite Sports Team – 49ers, Giants, Kings

Favorite Flower – Orchid

Favorite Drink – Diet Cherry Pepsi or Coffee

Favorite Snack – fruit, bagels

Favorite Fruit – Apples & Strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – Outback & Taco Bell

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Different color pens

Favorite Hobby – Crochet

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Walmart

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Beth Jones
TK Teacher

Birthday – 9/5

Favorite Scent – Vanilla

Favorite Flower – All

Favorite Drink – Lattes

Favorite Snack – Chex  Mix

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Hobby – Yoga, Reading Magazines

Favorite Teacher School Supply – pretty thank you notes, seasonal foaming hand soaps from bath and body works.

Favorite Places to Shop – Nordstroms, Barnes & Noble

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Stephanie Bruins
TK Teacher

Birthday – 10/22

Favorite Candy – Butterscotch disc 

Favorite Scent – Cinnamon

Favorite Flower – Daisies

Favorite Drink – Iced latte with almond milk

Favorite Snack – Raw almonds

Favorite Restaurant – Hop House

Favorite Hobby – Running, Cycling

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Colored ball point pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Anthropologie

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Melissa Van Voltinburg
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 11/27

Favorite Candy – See’s Candy nuts and chews

Favorite Scent – Lavender or tropical

Favorite Flower – Geranium, poppy

Favorite Drink – Iced tea, diet coke, nonfat vanilla latte

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Snack – Fruit, nuts, kind bars

Favorite Restaurant – Cheesecake Factory, Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Camping, walking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Sharpies, Flair Pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Macys, Amazon

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Jill Manley
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 7/30

Favorite Candy – Reese’s, gummies

Favorite Scent – Lavender

Favorite Sport’s Team – Raiders, Kings

Favorite Flower – Hydrangea

Favorite Drink – Diet Pepsi, skinny vanilla latte

Favorite Fruit – Nectarines

Favorite Snack – chips and salsa, kind bars

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Cooking, walks

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Scented Markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Macy’s, Amazon, Target

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Kristin Evans
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 12/1

Favorite Candy – Jr. Mints

Favorite Scent – Vanilla 

Favorite Flower – Rose

Favorite Drink – Ice Tea, Mocha

Favorite Fruit – berries

Favorite Snack –  Popcorn, kind bars

Favorite Restaurant – Panera

Favorite Hobby – Reading

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Post its, stickers

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Lisa Bogert
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 2/10

Favorite Candy – gummy candy

Favorite Scent – any non-sweet

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Stargazer lilies

Favorite Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Snack – Pretzels

Favorite Fruit – Tangerine

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni or Chipotle

Favorite Hobby – Cooking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – no-leak Sharpie pen, not marker (small point)

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Nordstrom

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Barabara Dyas
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 8/30

Favorite Candy – See’s chocolate

Favorite Scent – Ocean

Favorite Sport’s Team – SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Tulips, Sunflowers

Favorite Drink – Latte

Favorite Snack – Popcorn

Favorite Restaurant – Sushi – Asian Cuisine

Favorite Hobby – Traveling

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair skinny markers, scented markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon

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Jennifer Julian
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 5/6

Favorite Candy – Reese’s peanut butter cups, red vines, sour patch watermelons

Favorite Sports Team – UCLA Bruins, SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Gerber daisy

Favorite Drink – Starbucks passion tea lemonade or mocha

Favorite Health Fruit – strawberries, pineapple

Favorite Snack – Snack mix

Favorite Restaurant – Jack’s Urban Eats, Chef’s Table

Favorite Hobby – Beach, being outdoors with my kids

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Markers (sharpies), bright colors

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Jen Schacht
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 4/29

Favorite Candy – Reese’s PB cups

Favorite Scent – Lavendar

Favorite Sports Team- 49ers, Giants

Favorite Flower – Sunflower

Favorite Drink – Non fat latte & Sparkling Water

Favorite Fruit – Blackberries, bananas, strawberries

Favorite Snack – Trail mix

Favorite Restaurant – Sushi Unlimited & Jack’s Urban Eats

Favorite Hobby – Reading, hiking, exercising, and family

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Dry Erase Markers, sharpies

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Laurel Purcell
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/9

Favorite Candy – Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Scent – Lavender

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Sunflowers, peonies

Favorite Drink – Starbucks breve latte, Hint Green Apple Water

Favorite Fruit – green apples

Favorite Snack – salted almonds, kind bars

Favorite Restaurant – Boundin, Zocalo, Jacks

Favorite Hobby – Spin, shopping, barre, traveling

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Target, Lakeshore

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Carla Finn
First/Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – December 21

Favorite Candy – Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Scent – Lavender

Favorite Sports Team – Giants and 49ers

Favorite Flower – Tulips

Favorite Drink – Coffee

Favorite Fruit – Apples and Bananas

Favorite Restaurant – Il Fornaio, Chipotle 

Favorite Hobby – Yoga and Reading

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Colored Sharpies

Favorite Places to Shop – Everywhere

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Wendy Johnson
Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – 6/19

Favorite Candy – Swedish fish, junior mints

Favorite Scent – Coconut

Favorite Flower – Tulips

Favorite Drink – Chai Tea Latte or white mocha (hot or iced)

Favorite Snack – Chocolate chip cookies, goldfish crackers

Favorite Fruit – Apples, strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – Cheesecake Factory, Blaze Pizza, Chipotle, Rubios

Favorite Hobby – Hiking, travel, photography

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Post Its

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Macys

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Laura Marcoux
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 3/29

Favorite Candy – anything milk chocolate

Favorite Scent – clean/lemon

Favorite Sports Team – Angels

Favorite Flower – Peonie

Favorite Drink – Chai lattes

Favorite Fruit – Apples

Favorite Snack – Snyders mustard pretzels, crackers

Favorite Restaurant – Islands, BJs

Favorite Hobby – Running

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Mr. Sketch scented markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon and Nordstrom

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Diane Cutter
Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/16

Favorite Candy – Reese’s, peanut butter M&M’s

Favorite Scent – Fresh/clean scent

Favorite Sports Team – A’s, Raiders

Favorite Flower – Tulip

Favorite Drink – Coke Zero, Izze

Favorite Fruit – Mandarin oranges, clementines

Favorite Snack – Popcorn, pistachios

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni, La Provence, Yard House

Favorite Hobby – Baking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Papermate flair pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Macy’s, Target

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Kali Richard
Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/5

Favorite Candy – Starbursts

Favorite Scent – Vanilla

Favorite Sports Team – Dodgers

Favorite Flower – Orchid

Favorite Drink – Synergy,Body Armor, La Croix

Favorite Snack – Kind Bars or almonds

Favorite Fruit – Cuties

Favorite Restaurant – The Yard House

Favorite Hobby – Yoga

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Papermate flair pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Macy’s

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Jessica Schwartz
Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – 6/12

Favorite Candy – Twix

Favorite Scent – Strawberry

Favorite Sports Team – Kings and SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Sunflowers

Favorite Drink – Mochas

Favorite Fruit – Clementines

Favorite Snack – Cookies

Favorite Restaurant – Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Hobby – Reading 

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Colorful whiteboard markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Barnes & Noble

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David Denney
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 1/10

Favorite Candy – Beef Jerky

Favorite Sports Team – Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Drink – Dark roast coffee with cream and real sugar

Favorite Fruit – Bananas

Favorite Snack – Beef Jerky

Favorite Restaurant – Yard House and Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Golf

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Pencils and erasers

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon

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Danielle Schmidt
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 12/1

Favorite Candy – Chocolate

Favorite Scent – Fresh Linen, Lemon

Favorite Flower – Peony, Orchid

Favorite Drink – Diet Coke, Sparkling Water

Favorite Snack – Chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, anything salty and sweet

Favorite Fruit – Grapes, mangoes 

Favorite Restaurant – BJ’s, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle 

Favorite Hobby – Watching movies

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Thin colored sharpies, colored pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon, Target, Trader Joes

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Kelly Harless
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 3/30

Favorite Candy – Reese’s peanut butter cups, See’s Nuts and Chews, Hot Tamales

Favorite Scent – Clean scents, flowers and lavender 

Favorite Flower – I love flowers of all varieties

Favorite Drink – Soy Chai  Latte (hot or cold), iced tea, sparkling water

Favorite Fruit – Any and all – peaches, apples, plums, mandarins

Favorite Snack – Popcorn, chips and salsa, chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle, Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Hobby – Reading and movies

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Lan Jackson
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 8/1

Favorite Candy – Dark chocolate

Favorite Scent – Anything fruity

Favorite Flower – Orchid

Favorite Coffee or Tea – Vanilla latte

Favorite Fruit – Mango

Favorite Snack – Anything

Favorite Restaurant – Chef’s Table

Favorite Hobby – Reading

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Expo markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Charming Charlie, H&M, Amazon

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Niccole Pulis
Fourth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 3/8

Favorite Candy – Sour gummies, red vines

Favorite Scent – Anything from Bath & Body

Favorite Flower – Orchid or gerber daisy

Favorite Drink – Coke, Starbucks vanilla latte

Favorite Fruit – Fuji apple, strawberries

Favorite Snack – Almonds, popcorn

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Photography

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Colored pens or Mr. Sketch markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Marshalls

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Caprice Cianci
Fourth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 12/13

Favorite Candy – Gummies (sour), Peanut Butter Cups, Peppermint Patties

Favorite Scent – Lemon

Favorite Sports Team – Stealers, 49ers, OU

Favorite Flower – Sunflower, succulents

Favorite Drink – Ice tea, flavored soda water

Favorite Fruit – Watermelon, cherries, apples

Favorite Snack – Beef Jerky, Kettle chips, nuts

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni, Zocolo, Jim Boys

Favorite Hobby – Fishing, board games, cooking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Expo pens, glue sticks

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Kristen Benato
Fourth Grade Teacher

Birthday – October 14
Favorite Candy – Anything
Favorite Scent – Vanilla
Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants
Favorite Flower – Orchids
Favorite Drink – Skinny Caramel Macchiato
Favorite Snack – Sweet and Salty treats.  Trail Mix/Chex Mix
Favorite Fruit – Grapes and berries
Favorite Restaurant – Jack’s Urban Eats, Mikunki
Favorite Hobby – Cooking, reading, anything to do with my little boys
Favorite Teacher School Supply – New books for the classroom library
Favorite Places to Shop – Target & Nordstrom

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Dawn Bews
Fifth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 4/5

Favorite Candy – Red Vines, anything with nuts

Favorite Scent – Fresh Scents, floral

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants, Kings

Favorite Flower – Lilies, daisys

Favorite Drink – Vanilla latte or Sparkling Water

Favorite Fruit – Any

Favorite Snack – Nuts, popcorn

Favorite Restaurant – BJ’s, Krush Burger, In & Out

Favorite Hobby – Softball, baseball

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, DSW

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Jennifer Williams
Fifth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 6/30

Favorite Candy – See’s chocolate (no peanuts)

Favorite Scent – Beach scents

Favorite Sports Team – Giants

Favorite Flower – Tulips

Favorite Drink – Vanilla latte

Favorite Snack – Nacho doritos

Favorite Fruit – Apples

Favorite Restaurant – Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Hobby – Going to the movies

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Lakeshore

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Rachael Enos
Librarian

Birthday – 6/23

Favorite Candy – Skittles

Favorite Flower – All of them

Favorite Drink – Decaf iced tea

Favorite Snack – Gluten free pretzels

Favorite Fruit – Pineapple

Favorite Restaurant – Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory

Favorite Hobby – Paddle boarding

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Post it notes

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Lori Burkhead
P.E. Teacher

Birthday – 6/30

Favorite Candy – Caramel, chocolate, 100 Grand

Favorite Scent – Lemon, cinnamon

Favorite Sports Team – Dodgers

Favorite Flower – Tulips, daffodils

Favorite Drink – Mocha

Favorite Snack – Cheese, crackers, chips

Favorite Fruit – All

Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle

Favorite Hobby – Pickleball, traveling, hiking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Pencils, Sharpies

Favorite Places to Shop – Unique odds & ends type stores

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Michelle Derryberry
Speech Teacher

Birthday – 11/28

Favorite Candy – Snickers & hot tamales

Favorite Scent – Lavender

Favorite Flower – Tulips

Favorite Drink – Coffee with half & half, La Croix (cherry limeade)

Favorite Snack – Pretzel crisps & hummus

Favorite Fruit – Cherries, seedless grapes

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Cooking, crafting

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Super Duper Inc, Speech Corner

Favorite Places to Shop – Macy’s, Home Goods

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Brienne Reid
RSP Teacher

Birthday – 8/10

Favorite Candy – Reese’s PB cups

Favorite Scent – Vanilla

Favorite Sports Team – Giants

Favorite Flower – Lily

Favorite Drink – Coffee

Favorite Snack – Lara Bars

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Dry erase markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Athleta

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Kim Gilley
Instructional Aide

Birthday – 5/27

Favorite Candy – Chocolate

Favorite Scent – Clean

Favorite Sports Team – Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Flower – Orchid

Favorite Drink – Iced Chai Tea

Favorite Snack – Chocolate, salty snacks

Favorite Fruit – Strawberry, grapes

Favorite Restaurant – Yard House

Favorite Hobby – Spending time with my kids

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Pens, markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Macy’s, Target

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Kerri Hall
P.E. Aide

Birthday – 10/27

Favorite Sports Team – Yankees

Favorite Drink – Water

Favorite Snack – Lara Bar

Favorite Fruit – Grapes

Favorite Restaurant – My Thai Kitchen

Favorite Hobby – Hiking, climbing mountains

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Sneakers

Favorite Places to Shop – American Eagle

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Jill Brown
Meal Duty Supervisor

Birthday – 7/22

Favorite Candy – Gummy anything

Favorite Scent – Lavender

Favorite Sports Team – Cubs

Favorite Flower – Daisy

Favorite Drink – Lemonade

Favorite Snack – Popcorn

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – On the Border

Favorite Hobby – Sewing

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Sur la Table