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Kindergarten Teachers



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.



            Juliana Mendez was born and raised in Windsor where she attended its local dual immersion school, Cali Calmecac. She                was also very fortunate to have student taught at Cali Calmecac. Julianna is the youngest of three children. Her father                      is from the state of Mexico, and was raised in San Diego. Her mother was born in Chicago, but her roots are Mexican as                  well. Julianna is very proud of her culture and holds both the Mexican and American cultures dear to her heart. She                          graduated from Dominican University with her BA in Liberal Studies and also completed their credential program. She                    feels so fortunate to be apart of CCLA’s team. She believes in a hands on learning approach. She is enthusiastic and her                  goal is to inspire her students to have a love for learning, be caring, compassionate and accepting members of the global                community.