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Fourth Grade Teachers

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Raquel Figueroa - Spanish Teacher


Raquel Figueroa is a Sonoma County native. As a young girl, Raquel attended Cali Calmecac Language Academy and Ursuline High School. She then moved to San Francisco for 5 years where she completed her college career at the University of San Francisco. There she earned a bachelor's degree in History, with a double emphasis on US and Latin American History, a Master's in Education in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD certification. While at USF, she was chosen to be a part of the San Francisco Teacher Residency program, which allowed her to serve full time as a student teacher in a fourth grade dual-immersion classroom under the guidance of a mentor teacher for an entire school year. After graduation, Raquel returned home to Sonoma County where she began her career in Santa Rosa City Schools, teaching fourth grade for two years at Brook Hill Elementary before making the move to Cesar Chavez. She has always dreamed of the day she would return to a dual-immersion classroom. Raquel loves to hang out with her family and friends, loves soccer, ballet folklorico, the Golden State Warriors, trying out new restaurants and food, and loves to travel and explore new places. She is very excited to join the CCLA family and can't wait to witness the growth her students make this year!



Michelle Carano - English Teacher


Michelle Carano was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley. She attended Manhattan College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2011. Ms. Carano minored in Spanish and had a concentration in English and Psychology. After college, she began her teaching career in Boston, Massachusetts where she taught for two years in an Inclusion classroom. She then moved back to New York City and taught in the South Bronx for three years. In her last school, she taught in a 3rd grade Inclusion class as the Special Education teacher and then she taught as a 2nd grade General Education teacher. Ms. Carano also enjoyed being a lead teacher of the 2nd grade team and coaching soccer through a program supported by NYCFC. Throughout her life, she has pursued singing, dancing, acting, and playing the violin. She loves learning new things and is currently learning to play the ukulele. She also enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and traveling all over the world. She is very excited to now be living in California. Although she is not bilingual, it has always been her dream to be. She appreciates the beauty of the language and Spanish culture. Ms. Carano looks forward to becoming a part of the CCLA family and feels extremely grateful to have the opportunity to teach and learn at CCLA.