Felipe Avalos, Lead Teacher


​Hello, I’m Mr. Avalos! I am on my seventh year as a teacher and so far I am having a great time! Growing up I always looked up to my teachers and hoped that someday I can be one. After graduating from Yuba City High School, I attended Yuba Community College, where I received an A.A. in Liberal Arts. I attended CSU Sacramento where I received a B.A. in Government, and Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and ultimately I received an M.A. in Education and two teaching credentials from National University. Now that I am a teacher, it is as great as I imagined! I can now give students the gift of learning and share with them the passion in wondering about and discovering all the curiosities of the world around us. Leading students to push themselves and discover all that learning and reading can bring to their lives and how to try to make sense of it all is a position I am lucky to have. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling abroad with my wife and son to learn about other people’s cultures and traditions. I have visited about 25 countries so far and there are so many more to go!

Alexis Brozdounoff Young

noid1y02015Hello! My name is Alexis Brozdounoff. I am a 2nd grade .teacher at Pavilion.

Yuliya Kozlov

Yuliya Kozlov 2nd Grade Teacher COA ElementaryMy name is Yuliya Kozlov. I am a mom of 4 years old boy Vitaliy Jr., and a wife of wonderful man Vitaliy. Sometimes I think that this little family of three extends to a huge family of 23. I am a teacher of twenty wonderful, happy, smart, sometimes very loud 2nd graders, which I consider part of my family. I love each one of them, and see a great potential in all of them. At the end of long and busy day, I close my eyes for a moment to dream. I see my 2nd graders, twenty years from now, becoming great contributors to society. I see them being kind, honest, educated. I am sure that some of them will become great husbands and wives, moms and dads, as well as doctors, lawyers, teachers and experts at other professions. And I will be very proud of them then, as I am now.

Amanda Tringali


Hello! My name is Amanda Tringali. I’m so excited to be here at COA working with my sweet Second Grade students! I grew up here in the Sacramento area. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History and my teaching credential from Sacramento State in 2012. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family. I’m thrilled to belong to the COA community and to work with all of our wonderful students and their families.

Shari Dawson

Shari Dawson 2nd Grade Teacher COA Elementary 2

Hello! My name is Shari Dawson. It is my privilege to be teaching here at COA since 2017. I graduated from California State University Sacramento in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a minor in Counseling.  While debating whether to become a teacher in Special or General Education, I spent a year working as a para educator in special education and then 2 years working with English Language Learners. Obviously I am here in 2nd grade and I feel like it is a perfect fit! It is exciting to work with 2nd grade students and their families. I love this team of amazing 2nd grade teachers. COA is a wonderful place to be.

Tina Neustrom

Tina Neustrom 2nd Grade Teacher COA ElementaryHi, I am Tina Neustrom. I live in Davis with my family, a son Craig and our various animals (dog, Oreo and a rabbit, Amber). I have taught second grade for the last three years and taught first grade prior to that. My teaching philosophy includes an "open door" policy and, quite often, unless I have a meeting, you will find my door open after school to both students and parents. My classroom and students are my biggest hobby, however I manage to belong to a book club and a running club and enjoy those activities in my limited spare time. 

Abigail Wash

noid1y02015Hello! My name isAbigail Wash. I am a 2nd Grade Teacher at Pavilion.

Lyudmila Kotsura

Lyudmila Kotsura 2nd Grade Lead Teacher COA Elementary

My name is Lyudmila Kotsura. I started teaching at COA in 2007.  Teaching is not only my desired profession, but it’s my big passion. I received BA, Teacher Credential, and MA at Sacramento State University of California. My goal is to use my best ability to provide students with high quality knowledge and necessary nurture to cultivate them into successful and liable adults.