Nikki Cabral is a resident teacher co-teaching in a kindergarten dual immersion class at Alicante Avenue Elementary School in Lamont School District. The Kern Rural Teacher Residency had provided her with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of what it means to work in a rural community. She hopes to support her students in a way that challenges them to pursue their passions and to integrate those passions into their learning experiences.
Austen Hibler is a Kern Rural Teacher Resident co-teaching in a 3rd grade classroom at Buttonwillow Elementary. He loves having the opportunity to positively impact students in a rural community. After earning his credential and Master's in Education from CSUB, he plans to teach math and science at a rural school in Kern County. He hopes to instill a love for the math and sciences by using his engineering background from Cal Poly SLO and teacher education background from CSUB.
Vanessa Medina is placed in a Kindergarten class at Buttonwillow Union School District. The Kern Rural Teacher Residency has offered her the opportunity to further her education and experience her career first hand at the same time. Growing up in a rural school district, she understands how little opportunities these kids have. Her goal is to complete the program and work to give every child she encounters a chance to succeed.
Amy Ricciardi is a Kern Rural Teacher Resident at Buttonwillow Elementary School. She currently teaches TK/Kindergarten and loves the impact she gets to make on the students in this rural community. She is in the program to learn effective ways to encourage all students to embrace challenges and implement engaging activities that promote all students to love learning. She hopes to instill in each of her students that they can accomplish anything with hard work and a positive attitude.
Bridgette Duval is a student resident in the Kern Rural Teacher Residency. She is currently co-teaching a 6th grade classroom at Alicante School located in Lamont, CA. Bridgette is committed to teaching students located in Rural School Districts. She loves teaching students and is looking forward to all of the opportunities offered to her by Kern RTR.
Kimberly Hill is a resident teacher candidate in a third grade GATE class at Alicante Avenue Elementary School in Lamont, CA. She has a deep passion for learning and hopes to instill this value in each of her students. Being an educator in a rural/high needs area has opened her eyes to the impact teachers have on the students and the community they serve. She is committed to enhancing the lives of her students by encouraging them to become lifelong learners on their paths to becoming successful and productive members of society.
Megan Reimer is a student resident in the Kern Rural teacher residency program at CSUB. She is co-teaching this year at Semitropic Elementary School, a small farm school on the outskirts of Wasco, CA. Megan was placed in her first choice grade level, TK/ Kindergarten, for the residency program. She is learning firsthand how to be a well prepared teacher. Megan has learned that working for a small school district is extremely rewarding. She loves working with young children and watching their growth from the beginning of the year to the end.
Jessica Torres is a student resident in the Kern Rural Teaching Residency. She is co-teaching a third grade class at Semitropic Elementary School, in Wasco, CA. She has always had her heart set in becoming a teacher. The program has helped further her education and career. Being in the classroom has been the most invaluable and rewarding experience. As rewarding as the experience is to her, she hopes to instill in her students a growth-mindset and the desire to pursue their dreams.
U.S. Department of Education | Teacher Quality Partnership | Grant # U336S140047 | Funded 2014-2019