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Leslie Bartsch

Leslie Bartsch

Position: Principal, Teacher (grades 3 & 4)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: lbartsch@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Teaching Credential (elementary and secondary: history, government, English, religion, French), California state, current
Teaching Certificate, Professional (elementary education) North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, current

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major Field: History and political science
College Where Earned: La Sierra University
Year Earned: 1995

Biography

Leslie has been teaching since 1998 and joined Chico Oaks in 2006. In her rare moments of spare time she enjoys travelling, reading and family.



JoAnn Moon

JoAnn Moon

Position: Teacher (kindergarten)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: jmoon@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Teaching Credential (elementary), California State, current
Teaching Certificate, Professional (kindergarten, elementary education), NAD, current

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major Field: Education
College Where Earned: Weimar College
Year Earned: 1988

Biography

JoAnn joined Chico Oaks in 1988 and has been teaching here ever since, except for the years her children were born and were preschool age. She fills her free time with hiking, camping, reading and being with family.



Cheryl Miceli

Cheryl Miceli

Position: Teacher (grades 1 & 2)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: cmiceli@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Teaching Credential (elementary), California State, current
Teaching Certificate, Professional (elementary education), NAD, current

Education

Highest Degree: Master of Science
Major Field: Curriculum and Instruction
College Where Earned: California State University, Bakersfield
Year Earned: 1988

Biography

Cheryl has years of experience teaching primary grades and has been with us at Chico Oaks since 2003. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their three sons.



Zachary Seifert-Ponce

Position: Teacher (grade 2) & Private Music Instructor
Email: zponce@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Conditional Teaching Certificate

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major Field: Music Performance
College Where Earned: Pacific Union College
Year Earned: 2016

Biography

Mr. Ponce is an enthusiastic and patient teacher for students of all ages. His interests include travel, literature, and world history in addition to composing and performing Classical Guitar music. Alum of Orangewood Academy in Orange County, CA, Zach is very happy to be teaching at Chico Oaks.



Benjamin Selby

Position: Teacher (grade 3)
Email: bselby@chicooaks.org

Biography

Ben has had a year of teaching experience while being a student missionary in the Marshall Islands. Ben has also spent the last 9 summers at Leoni Meadows Camp as Counselor and Director of the Wilderness program there. Ben grew up here in the Chico church going to Chico Oaks 2nd through 7th grade, graduating from Paradise Adventist Academy in 2014. At Walla Walla University he majored in Math and Secondary Education.



Rajesh Inparaj

Rajesh Inparaj

Position: Teacher (grades 5 & 6)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: rinparaj@chicooaks.org

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major Field: Psychology
College Where Earned: La Sierra University
Year Earned: 2020

Biography

Prior to joining Chico Oaks, Rajesh has been a substitute teacher for grades ranging from 2nd & 3rd grade multi-grade classrooms to single subject high school science. Outside of the classroom, he is an avid golfer, musician (trombone, piano, and a little pipe organ), and enjoys cooking and baking.



Jasmine Lauderdale

Jasmine Lauderdale

Position: Teacher (grades 7 & 8)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: jlauderdale@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Teaching Certificate, Conditional (elementary education), NAD, current

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major Field: Education Studies
College Where Earned: Grand Canyon University
Year Earned: 2019

Biography

Jasmine's own middle school experiences have influenced her desire to teach junior high students. Having grown up in Santa Barbara, she was excited to move back to California with her family in 2012 after 20 years in the Pacific Northwest.



Whitney Weems

Position: Teacher (music)
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: wweems@chicooaks.org

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Music
College Where Earned: Pacific Union College
Year Earned: 2018

Biography

Whitney is a graduate of Pacific Union College with a B.A. in Music Education, she is a passionate and highly energetic educator dedicated to cultivating contributing citizens with a joy for music and praise in her classroom through the value and practices of fine musicianship. Mrs. Weems joins Chico Oaks after serving as Music Director for College View Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska. When not playing in a duo with her husband, she can be found buying, selling, or restoring vintage instruments and classic motorcycles, or searching the hills for turquoise and gold.



Lori Phillips

Lori Phillips

Position: Teacher (art)
Phone: 530-342-5043

Certifications

Teaching Credential (multiple subjects), California State, current

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major Field: Visual Communications
College Where Earned: California State University, Chico
Year Earned: 1980

Biography

Lori began teaching art at Chico Oaks in 2010, with prior experience as a fine arts specialist for Chico Unified School District.



Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin

Position: Treasurer
Phone: 530-342-5043
Email: agriffin@chicooaks.org

Certifications

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), current

Education

Highest Degree: Masters in Taxation
College Where Earned: Bentley College
Year Earned: 1995

Biography

Amy has been our school treasurer since 2008 while also teaching full time as an accounting instructor at CSU, Chico.



Catalina Cameron

Catalina Cameron

Position: Teacher Aide
Phone: 530-342-5043

Biography

Catalina joined Chico Oaks in 2017.



Esmeralda Espinoza

Position: After School Care Coordinator

Biography

Esmperalda graduated Chico Oaks in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have three beautiful daughters, Xitlaly, Dayanara, and Xiomara. Two of her daughters currently attend Chico Oaks.



Jessa Moon

Position: Assistant Teacher
Phone: 503-342-5043

Biography

Chico Oaks alumni, kindergarten through 8th grade. Taught at a bilingual elementary school for 4 years. Jessa is currently attending Chico State University, studying Graphic Design.



Jesse Mora

Jesse Mora

Position: Teacher Aide, Custodian
Phone: 530-342-5043

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major Field: Mechanical Engineering
College Where Earned: California State University, Chico
Year Earned: 1989

Biography

Jesse joined Chico Oaks in 2013. In addition to keeping our school clean and in good repair, he is available to tutor students in math.



Maria Mora

Maria Mora

Position: Teacher Aide
Phone: 530-342-5043

Biography

Maria started volunteering at Chico Oaks in 2006 and joined as a Teacher Aide in 2010. Her spare time is spent continuing to love and take care of children.



Alyssa Price

Position: Teacher Aide

Biography

Allyssa is an alumni of Chico Oaks and graduated in 2014. She is very excited to be coming back to help Mrs. Miceli in her classroom. Alyssa is currently studying general studies at Butte College and is hoping to study Education at Chico State very soon.



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