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Wendy Medina was born in Santa Rosa and attended schools in the Santa Rosa City Schools District. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Multicultural Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University.

She was an AmeriCorps member for 2 years and worked for the CalServes Tutoring Program at Bellevue Elementary. She also worked for the MiniCorps Migrant Education Program for 2 years where she worked with migrant families in providing educational support, home visits, and community resources.
Wendy is passionate about her teaching and hopes to make learning fun for her students. She loves to draw and tries to include as much Art in her classroom as possible. Art is the best way to let the students imaginations grow.



Araceli Sandoval was born in Jalisco, Mexico, but moved to this country in the year 2000 when she was 14 years old. Since then she has been living in Healdsburg.  She has two children – they keep her busy all day long.  In her free time she tries to spend it with her kids, playing with them or taking them out on family field trips.  She likes to play soccer, although she has not done it in a long time.  She enjoys working with kids at this age because of their huge imagination and the will to learn. One of her goals is to make her students succeed by instilling the love of learning in them.

She graduated from Sonoma State University majoring in Liberal Studies.  She attended the teacher credential program at SSU and student taught in 4th and 2nd grade.  Before going into the credential program she worked for JX Wilson Elementary School in Santa Rosa for almost five years in grades K, 2, and 3.  Then she worked for a Migrant Education program, MiniCorps, where she tutored students in the grades 3, 4, and 5 in Healdsburg.  Thus, she has experience working with many grade levels, but she is proud to say that teaching kindergarten his her favorite.





Sara M. Gaitan-Hernandez was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up surrounded by the Spanish language, culture and traditions.  She discovered her passion for working with young children when she was still in high school and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She graduated from DePaul University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and began teaching with the Chicago Public Schools, in a Head Start Program. After three years in Head Start, she moved onto a Kindergarten Teacher position at a bilingual school. She taught kindergarten for one year and then took over the Bilingual Preschool program for three years. It was during her time at G.D. Kanoon Magnet Elementary where she was immersed in a Bilingual School Community, gained a better understanding of Bilingual Education and a deeper appreciation of the language and culture that she had grown up with as a child. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Professions from Roosevelt University in 2008. In 2011, she left Chicago and moved to Buffalo, NY, where she taught for three years in two different preschool programs.

Sara is new to Santa Rosa and to California, having just relocated here in the summer of 2015. She has been married for ten years and has two children, a 17 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. Other members of her family include 3 dogs and 2 cats. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys reading, running, crafting, having fun with her kids and of course, teaching!


Sara M. Gaitán-Hernández nació y se crió en Chicago, Illinois. Creció rodeada del español, la cultura y las tradiciones. Descubrió su pasión de trabajar con niños cuando todavía estaba en la escuela secundaria y ahora tiene más de 10 años de experiencia en la enseñanza. Se graduó de la Universidad DePaul en 2004 con una Licenciatura en Educación Infantil y comenzó de maestra en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago en un programa de Head Start. Después de tres años en Head Start, se trasladó a una posición de maestra de Kinder en una escuela bilingüe. Despues de un año en Kinder se hizo a cargo del programa bilingüe preescolar por tres años. Fue durante su tiempo en G. D. Kanoon Imán donde se sumergió en una comunidad/escuela bilingüe, obtuvo mejor comprensión de la educación bilingüe y aumento su apreciación de la lengua y la cultura con la que había crecido. Ella obtuvo su Maestría en "Early Childhood" de la Universidad Roosevelt en 2008. En 2011, dejó Chicago y se trasladó a Buffalo, Nueva York, donde enseñó por tres años en dos diferentes programas preescolares.

Sara es nueva en Santa Rosa y California, se mudo en el verano del 2015. Ella tiene diez años de casada y tiene dos hijos; un hijo de 17 años y una hija de 7 años. Otros miembros de su familia incluyen 3 perros y 2 gatos. A ella le encantan los animales; le gusta leer, correr, se divierte con sus hijos y, por supuesto, la enseñanza!