I am currently teaching fourth graders at Pioneer Elementary. I have been teaching for the past 18 years in this district. For the past tenyears, I have taught 4th grade. I love teaching, and one of my greatest joys is seeing my students succeed and watching them develop a love of learning.
I have been married for 16 years and I have a seven-year-old son, Garrett. My husband is a 7th grade teacher at Pioneer also. He teaches math and science. I have three nephews, Dominic, Dylan, and Leo and a niece, Norah. My mom and brother live in Mississippi and my stepmother lives in Virginia. At home, we have a tabby kitty named Stinky and a boxer/bull mastiff named Scooterpie.
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I moved to San Diego and got my teaching credential from San Marcos State University. After meeting my future husband, we moved to the Sacramento area and I worked to get my Special Education Credential. I taught special education for four years.
My family loves to spend time in Tahoe riding bikes, playing in the snow, going for walks, and reading. We also love to travel whenever we can. We have a travel trailer and like to go camping in the summer. In addition, I enjoy hanging out with my girlfriends, taking Scooterpie for walks, hanging out at a pool in the summer, watching movies, and eating out. My favorite color is blue and my favorite number is eight. I like sushi from Mikuni’s and the French toast that they serve at the Tower Café.
I love working at Pioneer school. We get to teach kindness, growth mindset, and art in addition to core subjects. It is my job to teach kids how to be better people and to believe in themselves. I think I have the best job there is. I sometimes feel like pinching myself because I cannot believe how lucky I am.
Hi, my name is Alicia Todd and this is my 22nd year of teaching. This is my eighth year at Pioneer and I absolutely love teaching here. I enjoy the relationships that I have started building with the students and families here at Pioneer. I have taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and now Fourth grade. I have been married for 19 years and have two beautiful daughters. Isabella is 18 yrs old and Jillian is 14. I love teaching, but when I am not, I LOVE to read, cook, travel, and spend time with my family. It is my goal as your child's teacher to inspire him/her to extraordinary achievement every day and help them become the best at what they do both socially and academically.
Hello! My name is Mrs. Kelsey Costello. I look forward to being your child’s teacher for 5th grade. I hope to make a lasting impression on your child like my 5th grade teacher did to me (I still talk to her!). Let’s make learning fun and memorable!
Hello. My name is Steve Ganzer. I've been teaching since 2003 and have taught 2nd through 6th grade during that time. I live close to Pioneer with my 11 year old daughter, Daphne. I look forward to working with your child this year at Pioneer Elementary!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Gross. I am excited to be a Panther and teaching at Pioneer School. I began my teaching career in 2006 and have taught both 5th and 6th grades. I love teaching and helping students learn new things each day. My goal as a teacher is to help my students achieve success academically while also building good character and working to become a productive and respectful member of society.
When I am not in my classroom working with students you can find me relaxing at home or doing things with my family and friends. I am married to my wonderful husband who stands by my side every step of the way. I love being outdoors and being active any time of year. A few activities that I enjoy include camping, spending time on our boat/kayaks, cruising our classic car, taking day trips and admiring the beautiful sights all around me.
I believe in the power of a strong and positive role model and strive each day to be the best human I can be.
My door is always open to students and families past, present or future!
Helllo! My name is Mrs. Rodgers. I am excited to be teaching 6th grade at Pioneer! I grew up in this area and attended Pioneer myself! I loved Pioneer when I was a kid and am happy to be back!
I have over 20 years of teaching experience that ranges from kindergarten through eighth grade. I have taught 6th grade for the past 7 years and enjoy working with this age group. My goal is to create a positive learning environment where every student is engaged and takes pride in their own learning and accomplishments!
When I’m not in the classroom I am usually busy taking care of my own family. I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 25 years. We have a daughter, Samantha, who is 22 years old and a son, Tyler, who is 19 years old. As a family we enjoy boating, camping, sports, and going on vacation!
I hope to make this a memorable year for every student and am looking forward to the upcoming school year!
My name is Mrs. Christensen or Mrs. C if you prefer. I joined the Twin Rivers family in 2014 and teach 5th and 6th grade. I have my Master’s degree in Special Education, love Disney, and you can often find me reading when I have a little time to myself.