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 – 49ers

Favorite Drink – Diet Coke

Favorite Snack – Salted Almonds

Favorite Fruit – Oranges

Favorite Hobby – Movies

Favorite Restaurant – Red Lobster 

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target & Best Buy

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Noel Balkema
Secretary

Birthday – 9/8

Favorite Candy – Anything sour apple, Reeses PB cups, snickers

Favorite Scent – Vanilla, fruity

Favorite Sports Team – 49ers, Giants

Favorite Flower – Orchid, Carnations

Favorite Drink – iced Caramel Macciato

Favorite Snack – Jerky, fruit, meat & cheeses

Favorite Fruit – Apples & berries

Favorite Restaurant – Outback, Mikuni & Taco Bell

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Gel pens and post its

Favorite Hobby – Cooking & Baking

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Chris Bigon
Secretary

Birthday – 11/12

Favorite Candy – Take 5

Favorite Scent – Vanilla bean or lavender 

Favorite Sports Team – Raiders

Favorite Flower – Stargaer lily

Favorite Drink – Iced Tea or Black Coffee

Favorite Snack – nuts (no almonds please)

Favorite Fruit – All of them

Favorite Restaurant – La Fornaretta, Red Robin, Cattlemens

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Cute/pretty post it notes

Favorite Hobby – Reading, hiking, kayaking 

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Beth Jones
TK Teacher

Birthday – 9/5

Favorite Candy – Chocolate covered caramel with sea salt

Favorite Scent – Almond, vanilla, coconut

Favorite Flower – All

Favorite Drink – Non-fat latte

Favorite Snack – Something healthy-ish

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Hobby – Reading books, magazines, yoga & being in nature

Favorite Teacher School Supply – pretty sets of thank you note cards and Paper Mate Flair pens

Favorite Place to Eat – Noah’s & Panera

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Melissa Van Voltinburg
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 11/27

Favorite Candy – Peanut m&m’s, dark chocolate

Favorite Scent – Lavender, grapefruit..clean light scents

Favorite Flower – Succulents

Favorite Drink – Coffee with cream, ice tea, diet coke

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Snack – Trail mix or cheez-its

Favorite Fruit – Any

Favorite Restaurant – Campelli’s Pizza, Leo’s Kitchen, any small biz local type

Favorite Hobby – Gardening, camping

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair Pens

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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 – Haribo gummies…watermelon, coke bottles, lifesaver berries gummies

Favorite Scent – any 

Favorite Sports Team - 

Favorite Flower – any

Favorite Drink – Starbucks & Diet Coke

Favorite Snack – Flavored pretzels

Favorite Fruit – Tangerine

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni 

Favorite Hobby – Cooking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Becky Moore
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday – 2/14

Favorite Candy – Dark chocolate

Favorite Scent – Tropical

Favorite Fruit – Peaches

Favorite Sport’s Team – 49ers

Favorite Flower - Daffodil

Favorite Drink – Nonfat Latte’s/  Sugar Free Iced teas

Favorite Snack – Trail Mix/Flavored Almonds

Favorite Restaurant – Chef’s Table and Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Exercise and Travel

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair Pens & Expo Markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Ulta and Target

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Annelise Ely
Kindergarten Teacher

Birthday: January 13th

Favorite Candy: See’s Nuts and Chews

Favorite Scent: Sandalwood, amber, palo santo, frankincense and myrrh

Favorite Sports Team: SF Giants!

Favorite Flower: Peonies

Favorite Drink: Soy Latte or La Croix 

Favorite Snack: Cheese & crackers

Favorite Fruit: Pluots

Favorite Restaurant: Mikuni, Sellands, Paragary’s 

Favorite Hobby: Kayaking, Hiking, Painting

Favorite Teacher School Supply: Flair Pens, Planners, Expo Markers

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Melissa Grilione
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/23

Favorite Candy – M&M’s

Favorite Snack – Trail mix

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Scent – Fresh laundry

Favorite Restaurant – El Azteca 

Favorite Drink – Peach mango green tea

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Lily

Favorite Hobby – Paddleboarding

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Glue sticks

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon, Target

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Jennifer Julian
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 5/6

Favorite Candy – Starburst, Red Vines, Sour Patch Kids

Favorite Sports Team – UCLA Bruins, SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Sunflower, Gerber Daisy

Favorite Drink – Latte, Mocha, lemonade

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Snack – Chex Mix, muffins

Favorite Restaurant – Chef’s Table, Chipotle, In-N-Out

Favorite Hobby – Being outdoors with my kids, beach, going on walks

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Colored Sharpies

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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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Laurel Purcell
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/9

Favorite Candy – Kitkat

Favorite Scent - Lavender, Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Lemon

Favorite Sports Team – SF Giants

Favorite Flower – Pink roses (or ANY flower…!)

Favorite Drink – Breve (half and half) latte hot or iced!

Favorite Fruit – Granny Smith apples

Favorite Snack – Everything But the Bagel Nuts & Fritos

Favorite Restaurant – Zocalo, Smash Burger

Favorite Hobby – Shopping, decorating, spin class and traveling

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Jen Schacht
First Grade Teacher

Birthday – 4/29

Favorite Candy – Reese’s PB cups

Favorite Scent – Pine

Favorite Sports Team- 49ers

Favorite Flower – Sunflower & hydrangeas

Favorite Drink – Non fat latte-hot or iced! 

Favorite Fruit – Bananas and blackberries

Favorite Snack – Trail mix & Think! Bars

Favorite Restaurant – Zakuro, Orchid Thai, Eureka

Favorite Hobby – Being with my family, reading & hiking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Sharpies, dry erase markers, laminate sleeves

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Kristen Benato
Second 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, Mikuni
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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Diane Cutter
Second Grade Teacher

Birthday – 9/16

Favorite Candy – Reese’s and Sour Gummy Bears

Favorite Scent – Fresh/clean scent

Favorite Sports Team – A’s, Raiders

Favorite Flower – Tulip & dahlias

Favorite Drink – Royal Breakfast Tea Latte, Iced Tea Lemonade

Favorite Fruit – Grapes & apples

Favorite Snack – Popcorn

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Baking

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair pens, cute binder clips, fun color Post-it notes

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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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BJ Andrada
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 8/20

Favorite Candy – Chocolate  – snow caps

Favorite Scent – Lemon – citrus

Favorite Flower – All

Favorite Drink – Chai Tea Latte w/ cinnamon on top

Favorite Fruit – Raspberries

Favorite Snack – Popcorn / chips & salsa

Favorite Sports Team – Raiders

Favorite Restaurant – Leo’s Kitchen & Original Pete’s

Favorite Hobby – On-line shopping/ baking/ crafting

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair pens & skinny Expo Markers

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David Denney
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 1/10

Favorite Candy – Beef Jerky

Favorite Sports Team – Dallas Cowboys & SF Giants

Favorite Drink – Dark Roast, 2 real sugars, and half and half

Favorite Fruit – Blueberries

Favorite Snack – Beef Jerky

Favorite Scent – The ocean

Favorite Restaurant – High Steaks

Favorite Hobby – Golf

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Erasers of all kinds

Favorite Places to Shop – Amazon

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Kelly Harless
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 3/30

Favorite Candy – All Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cups and Hot Tamales

Favorite Scent – Clean, floral, fresh scents

Favorite Flower – I love ALL flowers!  

Favorite Drink – Chai Tea Latte (with soy milk) 

Favorite Fruit – I love ALL fruit – peaches, mangos, strawberries

Favorite Snack – Popcorn, chips and salsa, nuts, cookies

Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle, Sushi Mon, Leo’s Kitchen

Favorite Sport Team – I don’t like watching sports

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Lan Jackson
Third Grade Teacher

Birthday – 8/1

Favorite Candy – Peanut Butter Cups, Hot Tamales

Favorite Scent – Champagne Toast(Bath and body), citrus

Favorite Flower – Orchid and peonies

Favorite Drink – Pink Drink, Non-fat Vanilla latte

Favorite Fruit – Mangoes, peaches, apricots, fresh cherries

Favorite Snack – Spicy chips, dried mangoes, roasted nuts

Favorite Restaurant – Chipotle, Chef Table, Sushi Mon, Leo’s Kitchen

Favorite Sports Team – Oakland A’s

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Caprice Cianci
Fourth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 12/13

Favorite Candy – Sour Gummies, Red Vines, Reeses

Favorite Scent – Lemon

Favorite Sports Team – Stealers

Favorite Flower – Sunflower

Favorite Drink – Ice tea,  soda water

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Snack – Chips and Salsa, Beef Jerky, Cheese and Crackers

Favorite Restaurant – Mikuni

Favorite Hobby – Fishing, Travel, Gardening

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Expo pens

Favorite Places to Shop – Target

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Stephanie Styczynski
Fourth Grade 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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Niccole Pulis
Fourth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 3/8

Favorite Candy – Anything gummy & red licorice

Favorite Scent – Anything from Bath & Body

Favorite Flower – Orchid or hydrangea (but really anything!)

Favorite Drink – Non-fat vanilla latte (hot), Carmel Crunch (cold)

Favorite Fruit – Anything but grapefruit…

Favorite Snack – Almonds, fruit (dried or fresh) 

Favorite Restaurant – La Provance, Eureka, Camlita’s, Red Robin

Favorite Hobby – Photography

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Dawn Bews
Fourth 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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Amanda Morgan
Fifth Grade Teacher

Birthday – 11/20

Favorite Candy – Chocolate of all kinds and flavors!

Favorite Scent – Coconut or lavendar

Favorite Sports Team – Not really a sports person

Favorite Flower – Tulips

Favorite Drink – London Fog tea latte

Favorite Snack – Cheeze-Its, popcorn

Favorite Fruit – Pineapple, but I love all!

Favorite Restaurant – Yard House

Favorite Hobby – Reading

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Flair Pens

Favorite Places to Shop - Target, Bayabelle, Amazon

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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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Amanda Cory
Instructional Aide

Birthday – 11/19

Favorite Candy – Goobers

Favorite Scent – Gardina, Apple

Favorite Sports Team – 49ers, Michigan Wolverines 

Favorite Flower – Orchid

Favorite Drink – Dutch Bros

Favorite Snack – mixed nuts

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – Olive Garden

Favorite Hobby – Watching sports or watching my kids play sports

Favorite Teacher School Supply – Markers

Favorite Places to Shop – Target, Hobby Lobby, Dicks Sporting Goods

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Amy Malone
Instructional Aide

Birthday – 11/12

Favorite Candy – anything milk chocolate

Favorite Sports Team – Minnesota Vikings

Favorite Flower – Daisy

Favorite Drink – Dr. Pepper

Favorite Snack – Almonds

Favorite Fruit – Oragne

Favorite Restaurant – My Thai Kitchen

Favorite Hobby – running, napping

Favorite Teacher School Supply – smelly markers

Favorite Places to Shop -  Target

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Tristan Javier
Instructional Aide

Birthday – 9/23

Favorite Candy – Chocolate and gummy bears

Favorite Scent – Citrus, fruity, freshly baked cookies

Favorite Sports Team – none

Favorite Flower – all

Favorite Drink – Matcha Latte (hot)

Favorite Snack – Smart food white chedder popcorn

Favorite Fruit – Strawberries

Favorite Restaurant – Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks

Favorite Hobby – Walking, journaling, watching TV series

Favorite Teacher School Supply – none

Favorite Places to Shop – Cotton On, Forever 21, Target

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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