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Leslie Loopstra

Leslie Loopstra

5th grade ELA & Social Studies

One thing to know about me is that I’m a proud elementary teacher. My profession is challenging, creative, and important. I want my classroom to reflect my belief that a school is a special place where there is time to wonder, investigate, and learn. Since 2006, I have taught fifth grade at SRACS. I feel like our school provides an opportunity for a child to take their boat out of the rushing water, come ashore and develop a little bit before getting back into the current. I am grateful to spend my days with fifth graders. I think they are smart, funny, and interesting. My family moved to Santa Rosa in 2004 from Ukiah and my daughter attended SRACS’ first fifth-grade class. I grew up in the East Bay. I got my BA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and my teaching credential from Fresno State in 1988. I taught elementary school in the Central Valley, including GATE magnet classes. For the past few years, I have worked with Santa Rosa City Schools, Curriculum and Development, writing grade-level literacy units for all fifth-grade students. I am currently working on a GATE certificate from the University of Irvine.  

Kim Walls

Kim Walls

5th grade Math & Science

I've been teaching math and science at SRACS since 2008. I taught math and programming to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Evanston, Illinois while a student at Northwestern University. In the years between, I worked in the educational technology industry as a designer and producer and got a master's degree focused on math education from Sonoma State University. I love teaching math, computational thinking, and science and learn something new every day from my students. My hobbies are trail hiking, crewing ultra-marathons, photography/video, camping, sailing, gardening, and playing the flute.

Nancy Blair

Nancy Blair

6th grade ELA & Social Studies

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Anne Phillips

Anne Phillips

6th grade Science

I have been an elementary school teacher in the Santa Rosa City Schools District for 5 years. I received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola University New Orleans and my Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from the University of San Francisco. In the classroom my goal is to sow the seeds of intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, and empowerment by facilitating a positive atmosphere in which students feel safe enough to be curious and ask questions, to collaborate, support, and learn from one another, to struggle through problems while pursuing a solution, and to think independently and creatively, with confidence. Away from school, I am an avid gardener, experiencing the diversity and wonder of nature in my own backyard. My favorite past-times are hiking, camping with my family, and caring for my many pets. The newest members of our family are chickens! 

Anna Williams

Anna Williams

6th grade Humanities

I am a proud founding teacher at SRACS. I began teaching in 1983 and received my master's degree in 1996 I have served on the board of the  California Association for the Gifted since 1998 as Parent Rep, Educator Chair, President, & CAG Political Action Chair, providing training and support for teachers in California. Currently, my job position is 60% as the Advanced Learner Plan & Services Teacher on Special Assignment and 20% as 6th-grade humanities teacher. Working with students and designing lessons, which allow for inquiry and investigation continues to be the most exciting and joyful part of my work.  

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

6th grade Math & Science

Being older and having taught for quite a while this can be an intimidating process so I decided to share with you what I think you need to know about me as a teacher. First, I love to learn new things and the lens that I look at most things from is a systems lens.  I try to think about the parts, interactions and functions of both living and non-living systems. Second, is I like to work hard in a playful way, this can be trying to see how many different ways I can solve a math problem or what I can learn about the geology of a place while I dig a post hole.  I feel I joined the team of humans and I want to do more than my fair share of being a part of the team. The last thing I will share with you is my experience as a coach.  I have coached lego robotics for over 15 years and I have learned a lot about the system of coaching.  Individuals and teams are all different but I always feel that each team I work with learns that individuals have strengths and struggles. The more they can share their strengths and struggles the better the team performs.  The lesson I try to pass on to students is that the more they are willing to be themselves the better things tend to go.  Well, I hope that gives you a little sense of me.

Brandon Binder

Brandon Binder

Exploratory Music

Music has been an important part of my life since I started playing trombone in fifth grade. I received my Bachelor's in Music Education from Sonoma State University and my Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. This year I will be teaching the Exploratory Music class. In addition to teaching at SRACS, I also teach music classes at Rincon Valley Middle School. I can't wait to share my love of music with our SRACS students. 

Matthew Bringedahl

Matthew Bringedahl

Symphonic Band

I am excited to be back and teaching band at SRACS again this year!  This will be my 7th year teaching for SRACS and 8th at my primary position at Maria Carrillo High School.  I studied Music Education in my undergraduate degree program at Sonoma State University and graduated with honors in 2012.  After teaching for a few years, I pursued and obtained a Master's Degree from Michigan State University in 2018. I am a professional reed player, focusing primarily on the clarinet and saxophone, and an avid performer within the community!  I have played in just about any type of group you can imagine; from a rock band to a jazz band, I have played in musicals as well as in professional orchestras all over California!  I am excited to get this amazing generation of students rolling in their music education.

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Jay Meyer

Physical Education

I have been teaching Physical Education since 2012 and I have loved every minute of it. I received my degree in Kinesiology as well as my teaching credential from Sonoma State University. I love physical activity and working with kids so teaching Physical Education was a no brainer for me. My wife is a teacher at Yulupa elementary school and we have two children together. In my free time, I love to rock climb, mountain bike, camp, play guitar, read, and spend time with my family. 

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Darla Tillman

Special Education

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