I am currently teaching fourth graders at Pioneer Elementary. I have been teaching for the past 15 years in this district. For the past seven years, 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 13 years and I have a five-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 dad 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 are planning a trip to New Zealand and Canada. We also have a new 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 just discovered Dutch Brother’s coffee and I am now a regular.
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.
I am Mrs. Dvorak and I have taught at Pioneer for 26 years. My husband and I have been married 28 years and have three wonderful daughters, 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.