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Diane Gunderson - Reading Support Teacher

The 2017-2018 school year marks the 20th year in Diane Gunderson’s teaching career, eighteen of which have been with Santa Rosa City Schools. Her fifteen years in the classroom were predominantly in kindergarten, but she has also taught first, second and third grade.  She has five years of experience as support staff.  This included support for students in English language development and early literacy instruction as well as support to teachers as an instructional coach.

Diane became fluent in Spanish as a part of a university student program in Oaxaca, Mexico and then later earned a degree in Spanish from Humboldt State University.  She has also traveled to El Salvador.

Diane grew up in Sonoma County and still considers spending time with family and community of the utmost importance.  She and her daughter love to play in local parks and explore our county regional parks.  Diane is excited to be a part of the CCLA team to help the school and community thrive and grow.








Katia Palacios - Art Teacher

Katia Palacios was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Koreatown surrounded by different cultures and languages as well as delicious food. She attended public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and knows first hand the struggle of being the child of a family whose first language is not English. Her family migrated to the United States from El Salvador in 1982. She enjoys drawing in her sketchbook as well as painting on large canvases. In her free time she enjoys listening to oldies, reading a good book accompanied with a delicious cup of coffee, and watching Korean dramas. 

Katia received her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from California State University, Chico and her Single Subject Credential from Sonoma State University. 

Last year she taught at a local middle school in the Santa Rosa City School District. 

Katia is passionate about teaching her students the art of self-expression through the usage of their creativity and imagination. Most importantly, she desires to teach her students the value of believing in themselves and their abilities.