Irina Arabagi, Russian Language Lead Teacher

Irina ArabagiMy name is Irina Arabagi, and I am incredibly honored to teach at Community Outreach Academy. Prior to teaching at COA, I taught in the public setting for several years. I graduated from Kishinev State Pedagogical University in Moldova with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education. When I came in the United States eight years ago, I took university courses, passed required exams, evaluated my diploma, and finally I obtained a Multiple Subject Credential and Single Subject Credentials in math and Russian language. I love teaching because I enjoy working with children and creating a safe and respectful environment for learning. It is so exciting to see what they accomplish by the end of the school year. I strongly believe that every child is a gift and every child is gifted. That's why my desire for my students is to blossom and believe in their abilities.

Lidiya Kurganskaya, Russian Language Teacher

Lidiya Kurganskaya Russian Language Teacher COA Elementary

My name is Lidiya Kurganskaya. I teach Russian Language at Community Outreach Academy. I received my bachelor's degree in Primary Education at the University of Ukraine, Zhitomir. I taught for 20 years in Ukraine prior to my immigration to the US in 1977. My journey at COA began in 2000 and I have been teaching here ever since. I have always wanted to instill a love for learning in young children and for them to discover the beauty of knowledge. Teaching is a great opportunity to do just that. As they say, "Knowledge is power." I love my profession! I love these little people! Children make one want to start life over again! I'm very excited and glad to be teaching at such a wonderful school.

Mahmuda Nuritdinova, Russian Language Teacher

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Hello, my name is Mahmuda Nuritdinova and I am a Russian teacher at COA Elementary School.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree back in my home country in 1996. From my early childhood I dreamed of being a teacher and I didn’t even consider any other profession for myself. I love working with children and making a positive difference in their lives. I love teaching students and my passion is to see every one of them succeed in school and move on to be great citizens in our society. I am extremely happy to work at a school as great as COA! When I am not at work, I love spending time with my dear husband and three wonderful kids.

Alena Nichyparuk, Russian Language Teacher

Alena NichyparukMy name is Yelena Nichyparuk. I have 20 years of teaching experience. I love my job. I enjoy teaching and spending time with kids, that is why I have 290 of them. I come from the family of teachers. My mom, aunt and my husband are all in teaching profession

Olena Golub, Russian Language Teacher

Olena Golub Para Educator Russian Language COA Elementary

My name is Olena Golub. From my early childhood I was lucky to have very gifted and talented teachers. I was inspired by them to become as great of a teacher as they were to me. My dream came true when I graduated from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University in Ukraine with a bachelor degree in Russian Language and Literature. After graduation I taught Russian at a local college. I am very blessed to continue doing what I love, which is teaching, after coming to the United States. It is a big privilege for me to be part of a professional, talented, and friendly team at COA. I love teaching our students Russian Language and Literature and keeping them connected to their cultural roots. I believe knowing the Russian Language will help them be more successful in the future. Our students are very capable and talented, so together, with a little help from parents, we can move mountains.  

Cassandra Katz, Math Intervention Teacher / LEAD

Cassandra Katz 3rd Grade Lead Teacher COA Elementary

Hi there! My name is Cassandra Katz and I am COA’s math intervention teacher for grades 2-6.  While growing up I spent a lot of time in my mother’s classroom and taught gymnastics. At a young age I loved helping those around me become successful in school and sports. This naturally grew into a desire to become a teacher. I received my bachelors in child development and my teaching credential from Sacramento State. I have taught fourth grade, third grade, and now am happy to take on a new role in helping students do all things math. My main goal is to have students feel confident in their math abilities and to love math. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me rock climbing in Tahoe, hiking/backpacking, playing board games with friends, and spending time with my family (husband and two dogs). 

Carol Moore, Reading Specialist

Carol MooreMy name is Carol Moore.

Chue Cha, Intervention Teacher

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Nyob zoo! That means “Hello” in Hmong. I have been a teacher for 14 years and have spent 13 of those years here at COA Elementary. In the past, I taught in 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, but currently I am a Reading Intervention teacher.
I absolutely enjoy working with small groups of students in improving their reading skills. 
During their time with me, students will know that it is okay to make mistakes because they are learning. My mission is to create a safe and comforting environment for my students as they learn their letters and sounds in conjunction with developing their vocabulary and comprehension skills through motivating, engaging and supportive lessons. Students need to understand that the letters and sounds and words on the pages have meaning. I am a wife and mother of two. My children often visit me on campus and we are always out and about in Sacramento, so if you see us, please stop and say “Hi!” We love going to downtown for the museums, parks, and all the delicious food - especially for the gelato!

Bridgett Locken, Reading Specialist

Bridgett Locken 2nd Grade Teacher COA Elementary 2

Hello, I am Mrs. Locken. I am so excited about teaching second grade at Community Outreach Academy! I have taught preschool through 12th grade and second grade is my favorite grade. I have a passion for learning and sharing the knowledge I have learned with others. I will challenge my students academically and creatively. I will do whatever it takes because my students are worth it! It is my goal to help each one of my students become life long learners and quality members of our community.  I believe that real hands-on experience is the best way to learn and retain the information learned. Feel free to see what my class is doing by visiting my website - http://coa-gcc-ca.schoolloop.com/mrslocken.

Behzod Nuritdinov (Mr. Beck), GATE LEAD Teacher

Behzod Nuritdinov

My name is Behzod Nuritdinov and my students call me Mr. Beck. I am a GATE teacher at COA. ‘GATE’ stands for ‘Gifted and Talented Education’. At COA we not only help struggling students, but also offer advanced classes to our brightest students. This year I will be teaching 3D Printing and Video Production classes to our GATE students. I came to USA in 2016 from Uzbekistan where I graduated from the University as a teacher of Biology and Chemistry. As I began my teaching career there, in conjunction to teaching Biology, I began to teach English language. It was then that I discovered my passion for teaching. Currently, I hold three Teaching Credentials in California: Multiple Subjects, English, and Biology. I love working at COA Elementary School, because this unique school gives many opportunities to all the students of our big and great school. I am glad to join the ranks of wonderful COA staff and say with them, “Whatever it takes, our kids are worth it!” In my free time, I love to spend time with my wonderful wife and three great kids.

Roza Kibak, ESL Teacher

Roza KibakI'm glad to have you here! I want you to learn more about your teacher. First of all, I'm a mom too. With my husband we have a great family of three wonderful kids. From the age of 23 I have been working as a teacher of English, first in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, and now in Sacramento. I've got my bachelor's and master's degrees in the English language and literature and have had over than 15 years of ESL teaching experience when I came to the United States in 2004. In the USA I continued my education taking classes in the University of San Diego and National University. As an ESL teacher, I'd like to talk about ELL approaches how to increase background knowledge in the subject areas. Our ESL program is designed as a pull out program where the students leave the classroom to meet with the ESL specialist. This type of model may allow the ESL specialist to group students across classrooms or grade levels who are at a similar level of English proficiency for ESL support. This program model is especially effective for beginning ELLs who need to develop "survival" English skills. Working with English language learners, I realize that knowledge of words and ability to use language are essential to success. Your children participate in the program called Let's Go. This program helps build the speaking and thinking skills that are needed for children to do well in school. They will learn to listen carefully, say things well, and follow directions. The most important thing you can do is to let your children know that the work in Let's Go is very important. It shows them what school learning is and gives them practice with the language of school. It's a real pleasure to work with your children. I feel myself young as I'm always among kids.

Olga Navai, ESL Teacher

Olga NavaiI started my education and carrier as a teacher in Kazakhstan, Almaty, where I received my master's and bachelor's degrees in speech therapy, special education, music and English. I've had over than 10 years of teaching experience when I came to the USA in 1999. I continued my education in America taking classes at the National University. After I received my Multiple Subjects teaching credential and Master's degree in Cross -Cultural teaching I started working in COA as an ESL teacher. Being an immigrant, I understand multiple challenges our parents and children face when they come to America. In our school we all work together to help our newcomers master the English language while support their adjustment to new country and environment.

Kate Rossle, PE LEAD Teacher

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Hello, my name is Kate Rossle and I teach Physical Education. In 2015 I graduated from Sacramento State University with Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Right after, I enrolled in the Credential program to become a teacher and had a chance to work in COA as a teacher intern. I also got a Master’s Degree in Education in 2017. Being a teacher is in my heritage because my mother and father are both teachers, as well as my grandmother and my aunt. I work in COA since 2010, and I am very pleased with our family here. I enjoy being a teacher, and I feel so lucky that I have a chance to see how students grow and how much they can learn. I believe that each student is an individual and each one of them needs special attention, and this is what I try to do in my classes. And our school credo is very suitable here “Whatever it takes – our kids are worth it.”​

Pavel Golub, PE Teacher

032 774A0133Hello there! My name is Pavel Golub.  I graduated from National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. I attained a California State, Clear Single Subject Credential from, California State University of Sacramento which allows me to teach PE in 12th grade and below. I have been teaching in Gateway Community Charters since 2004. My prior teaching experience includes High School, Middle School, and one year of Elementary.As a boy I really enjoyed sports.  In 5th grade I won my first 60-meter dash in my school, and from that point on I participated in all sorts of competitions, progressing from school competitions to national competitions. From my experiences I learned that you grow more as a person from failure than from winning. This is what I want all my students to learn from my teaching besides being healthy. When you lose you can’t just quit; you have to keep on going! I have a lovely wife and three amazing kids. My oldest daughter is currently serving and protecting this country in the Air Force. I also have a German Shepard, Rudi who loves playing, and the most handsome cat who is a Siamese Ragdoll, Toby. The whole family treasures them dearly. I believe and hope all of my students will learn to grow from their defeat and not only become physically stronger, but also mentally! Have a wonderful day and thank you for reading

Molly Gunn, PE Teacher

Picture2Hello, my name is Molly Gunn and I am excited to be teaching physical education after several years of teaching first grade here at COA. I graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and received my multiple subject teaching credential from CSU, Sacramento. Prior to teaching at COA I worked as a Student Advisor helping students decide what they want to do after high school. I am very excited to be teaching students how to play different sports and the importance of a lifetime of fitness and activity. I grew up in North Highlands and enjoyed playing sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and swimming. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time with my husband and our two children.       

 

Daniel Bubela, PE Para

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Hello my name is Daniel Bubela. I am currently a student at Sacramento State University. I am pursing my Bachelor of Arts in English. I began at COA as an After School Para-educator, and now I am a day-time P.E. Para-educator. I enjoy my job, and the positive and healthy influence that I may have on the students at COA. For the past three years I have been the COA Sports Coordinator, and in this position I organize our COA teams to travel and compete in various sports. Some of the sports we are involved in is: GCC soccer league, TRUSD soccer league, GCC basketball league, GCC volleyball league, and the GCC Olympics. Overall, I am proud to be a part of a professional and healthy work environment here at COA.

Timothy J. Strauch II, Technology Teacher

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Tim Strauch, II is starting his 15th year at our school and is currently COA’s Technology Teacher, Morning Message announcer, and Student Leadership Advisor. 

Tim began his teaching career in 1997 teaching 7th through 12th graders before becoming a founding teacher of the Achievement Academy, which serviced retained 8th graders.  While working at the Achievement Academy, Tim went back to school to earn his multiple subject teaching credential and Masters of Education degree from National University.  In 2004, Tim was hired by Grant Community Outreach Academy (before it became Gateway Community Outreach Academy).  At COA, Tim taught 4th grade for seven years, was a Curriculum Technology Coach at the elementary site and part time vice principal at COA Middle School for two years, taught 6th grade for four years, and is now the Technology Teacher for the entire student body of COA.

In December of 2010, Tim was selected as KXTV News 10’s Teacher of the Month and was showcased on their channel throughout the month of January 2011.  He was also a candidate for News 10’s Teacher of the Year.  In 2012, NFL Films featured Tim in their “A Football Life” program honoring the life of its co-founder and president, Mr. Steve Sabol.  The show continues to be re-broadcast on the NFL Network.  In 2014, Tim was featured on FOX 40 News’s “Salute to Service” for his creativity and inspiration for his students.

Tim comes from a long line of educators in the Strauch family, as the Strauch’s were one of the first families to settle in Elverta, CA.  The David Strauch family donated land for one of the first schools in that area to be built.   Hazel Strauch School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District is named after Tim’s great-great aunt.   Tim’s father taught in the Grant High School District for 38 years.  He also has cousins that are teachers and one is even a professor at Whitworth College in Washington.

Before teaching, Tim has been involved in the entertainment industry working with his father (who was known as Timo the Clown) at many state and county fairs throughout California and Nevada.  Tim has performed at Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain theme parks as world famous characters.  He was also the mascot for the 4 time Pacific Coast League Champion AAA Baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats where he earned TWO championship rings!

Tim is happily married to his wife Susan and together they enjoy traveling and working on home improvement projects.

Laura Bennett, RSP Teacher

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Hello, my name is Laura Bennett. Beginning in the fourth grade I knew I wanted to teach. My mother and grandmother were teachers and my grandfather was a college math professor. At Napa Valley College I received my Associate Degree in Arts and Humanities. At University of California, Davis, I received my Bachelor of Arts. In 2006, I graduated with my Education Specialist Instruction Credential and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with added Authorization in Art. Since August 2007, I have taught as a Resource Specialist at schools in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. My journey at COA began in 2013. My role is to provide individualized plans for students with mild disabilities, while finding the bridge that will help each of them make academic progress and feel more successful at school.   I thoroughly enjoy this challenge. Getting to know these students has been a wonderful privilege. Teaching and being a new mom at home has filled my life with happiness!

 

Marina Kopytsya, RSP Teacher

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Hello, my name is Marina Kopytsya. Growing up, I enjoyed school and dreamed of someday becoming a teacher who could make school enjoyable for my students. My dream came true in December 2016, when after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State University, I graduated with my Education Specialist Instruction Credential. Beginning in January 2017, I have taught as a Resource Specialist at schools in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. My role is to provide individualized education plans for students with mild disabilities, so that they could reach their academic goals and feel more successful in school. I enjoy teaching and spending time with children and when I am not working, I spend most of my winter and summer breaks in camps for orphans in Ukraine. It is a great privilege for me to take part in a child’s education and I strive to positively influence each of my students to reach their highest potential in education and life in general.

Alesia Ryazantseva, Technology Para

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