• SMUSD Welcomes Fourteen New Educators


    photo-5by Mitch Lehman

    As if we needed more reminders that summer was hurtling to a close, the San Marino Unified School District hosted a work session for fourteen new employees this past Tuesday, which included a luncheon at The Huntington Library.

    Jenna Brunner will be an English teacher at Huntington Middle School. Before coming to HMS, she taught at Brea Junior High in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District, where she was honored with Teacher of the Year. She earned her B.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton and her M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University.

    Olivia Tiet will be an ELD teacher at Huntington Middle School. She graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s in Communications, minoring in Economics. Ms. Tiet decided to pursue a career in teaching and earned her teaching credential and Master’s in Education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

    Ms. Bolajoko Adesina will serve in Specialized Academic Instruction at San Marino High School as a long -term Sub for Kara Huang. Ms. Adesina has 25 years of experience as a Special Education and English teacher. She obtained a Master of Special Education with Distinction from the University of Sydney.

    Druann Crouch will be a 2nd grade teacher at Carver Elementary. Mrs. Crouch has taught in the San Marino Unified School District for 14 years, serving as science lab director/instructor at Carver since 2000. Mrs. Crouch earned her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly Pomona, and her teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University.

    Sonia D’Souza will teach Geometry and Algebra at San Marino High School. Ms. D’Souza received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego. She received her teaching credential in Mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona and is a year away from completing her Masters in Applied Mathematics there.

    Omer Hendler will be a specialized academic instructor at Huntington Middle School. Mr. Hendler decided to pursue a career in special education. Receiving his B.A. from the University of California at Irvine and his teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Hendler is currently working on acquiring his M.A as well as his B.C.B.A from Azusa Pacific University.

    Joseph Penafuerte will teach math at San Marino High School. Mr. Peñafuerte was born and raised in Duarte  as the youngest of five children. He is a proud graduate of San Diego State University, where he majored in Statistics. He then went on to earn his teaching credential in Mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona. Mr. Penafuerte previously taught at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge.

    Tammi Alderman is the new choir teacher at San Marino High School. Tammi has been a high school choral teacher since 2000 and is also an adjunct professor of music education at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University.  In May, she completed her final year of doctoral coursework at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

    Mary Huschitt is a new School Psychologist and Mental Health Provider. Before joining the San Marino Unified School District she was a resident of Chicago during her program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she worked with school-aged children to enhance social-emotional, behavioral and academic functioning.

    Linda Kuchmecki is the new Elementary Counselor at Carver and Valentine Elementary Schools. Mrs. Kuchmecki has 12 years of experience as an Elementary School Teacher and 5 years of experience as a School Counselor. She received her B.A. Degree and Teaching Credential at California State University Northridge and also earned her M.A. Degree and P.P.S. credential at LMU.

    Catherine Santillana will be a Specialized Academic Instructor at San Marino High School. Catherine received her Bachelor of Science at University of Oregon with a major in elementary education.  Thereafter she attended Western Oregon and Cal State Fullerton. She has worked for Los Angeles County Office of Education SELPA Division for 33 years.

    Suzanne Hobbie wil teach Biology at SMHS. Mrs. Hobbie has a wide range of teaching experience in the sciences having taught Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Science, and Earth Science. Mrs. Hobbie is a fan of San Marino Football where her husband, Mike, is the head coach and her son Matt is the quarterbacks coach.

    Jennifer Murphy will teach Kindergarten at Valentine. Jennifer received her bachelor’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in early childhood from Northern Arizona University. She taught kindergarten in Flagstaff and has a total of seven years of teaching experience.

    Michelle Pauline Bradshaw will teach Art at SMHS. Michelle Pauline is over the moon with excitement to be the new Visual Arts teacher at San Marino High School. Ms. Pauline received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at CSU, Chico and also received her Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. While in graduate school she did an internship with the Armory Center for the Arts, which focused on training teaching artists.

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