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Third Grade

Michael_Bates Card IconMichael Bates

I would like to share with you a little about why I love teaching. I enjoy teaching to the point that I rarely think of it as a job. I have been teaching in one capacity or another for over twenty years. For eight winters in Winter Park Colorado I taught physically and mentally disabled children to snow ski and enjoy nature. I spent five years with United Cerebral Palsy, and three years with Sacramento Vocational Services teaching work and life skills to physically and mentally disabled young adults.Teaching disabled children and adults proved to be extremely difficult at times but the joys far out weighted the challenges. Several of the many lessons I learned working with the disabled is, first off we all can learn most when we endeavor to persevere and the best lesson I was taught is that there is a great amount of joy in our life long journey of learning if you can learn from your's and others mistakes. 

A huge learning experience for me was living and teaching in a foreign country. I spent three years teaching a business program to collage students in Main Land China. Living in a non-English speaking country taught me the challenges our English Learning students face here. However my greatest joy has been the eleven years teaching elementary students here in Twin Rivers. 

I have the highest expectations for all my students, and I will work hard to see that each one has opportunities to reach their highest potential. My goal is to help build life long learners and great problem solvers.


Stephanie_Dvorak Card IconStephanie Dvorak

Mrs. Dvorak and a Pioneer paw!
I am Mrs. Dvorak and I have taught at Pioneer for 29 years. My husband and I have been married 31 years and have two daughters, one son, two son-in-law's and two grandchildren.  We also have a happy dog and a cat that always seems annoyed.
I text my student's families almost every week with photos of activities we are doing in class.  I have started videotaping students teaching SWUN math lessons to the class.
I look forward to another amazing year!

Robin_Nahhas Card IconRobin Nahhas

Ms. Nahhas
Ms. Nahhas riding around town
Hello, I'm Robin Nahhas. I have lived in Sacramento for 28 years. I grew up in Modesto, California. I went to college at CSU Northridge in Los Angeles. This will be my 27th year teaching in the Rio Linda and Twin Rivers Unified School District. I have taught every grade from 2nd to 6th grade. This will be my 7th year teaching at Pioneer Elementary, and I am so lucky to be working at this wonderful school!
I have been married to my husband, Jay, for almost 14 years. We have 2 sweet dogs named Rocco and Murphy. I adore them, however, they are very naughty, and my students will hear a lot of stories about them throughout the year.
I have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in technology. Every student in my classroom will have their own Chromebook to use this year. We will be using a lot of technology tools in order to create 21st century learners!
I am truly looking forward to teaching all of my amazing third graders! I believe that every child can learn and has the right to a safe and caring classroom. I think this is going to be great year full of fun and learning!