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Naveen Akhtar

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Maria Aranda (Librarian)

Michaela_Buschow_(RSP) Card IconMichaela Buschow (RSP)

Ms. Buschow with former Vice Principal Dr. Conner
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Ms. Buschow with her siblings

Hi Panthers! This is my 9th year teaching and my 6th year at Pioneer as a Resource Specialist. I attended Chico State University, where I earned a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies and earned my Masters degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Before coming to Pioneer, I worked as an Academic Intervention Specialist with Charter Schools in East Oakland.

I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends. Fun fact about me, my siblings and I attended Pioneer from K-6. I feel so blessed to be back here, and working with the community that I grew up in!


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Jessica Desouza (cafeteria services Team Leader)

Danielle_DuDash_(Speech_Therapist) Card IconDanielle DuDash (Speech Therapist)

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Mr. & Mrs. DuDash

Hi My name is Danielle (Dani) DuDash! This is my fourth year as a Speech Language Pathologist and I am loving it. I received my Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Sacramento State. While studying for my degree, I started working in the special education field by providing behavior therapy to students with Autism. After graduating I began working in Twin Rivers. I have worked providing speech therapy to preschool age student all the way to high school students.

At home I enjoy cooking Peruvian dishes passed down from my grandmother, salsa dancing, and playing with my two cute kitties, Leo and Moxie. I love traveling with my husband, and relaxing on the beach with a good book. My favorite books are Carly's Voice and the Harry Potter series.

I also strongly believe that language opportunities surround us. Everyday activities and routines are wonderful times to model and practice language use. One of my favorite things to do is collect fun and engaging toys and plan new and innovate ways to incorporate and target language during play.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers


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Marie Mandoriao (ELD Support Staff)

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Victor Martinez (Head Custodian)

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Sondra McCarty (Psychologist)

I am excited to begin my 9th year as the School Psychologist at Pioneer School. I obtained my Bachelors in Communication and Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara and my Masters and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining Twin Rivers, I worked in Dixon Unified School District. I collaborate with both school staff and families in developing plans that offer educational supports and/or services necessary for students to be successful in school. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and running non-stop after my daughters.


MaryAnn_Polson_(RSP) Card IconMaryAnn Polson (RSP)

The Polson Family
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Mr & Mrs Polson with their daughter

My name is Maryann Polson and I am currently in my 18th year of teaching. I've taught full day kindergarten, 2nd grade, a 5th/6th combination class, and special education. I have been married for 21 years and have two daughters: Leah and Jessie, and a dog named Buddy Buster Posey (after our favorite Giants player).  


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The student support teacher does it all! I work with small group intervention in reading, English language support and math. 

This is my eighth year teaching at Pioneer. I work with all the grade levels, Kindergarten through 8th, in areas of need: Reading, English language arts, and math. 

I am the EL contact and in charge of the LPAC. 

I am married and have one daughter. 


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Lyubov Shtykova (ELD Support Staff)