Felipe Avalos, Lead Teacher


Hello I’m Mr. Avalos! I am on my second 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 CityHigh School, I attended YubaCommunity College where I received an A.A. in Liberal Arts, then on to CSU Sacramento where I received my B.A. in Government and Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, and ultimately I received my M.A. in Education and two teaching credentials at NationalUniversity. 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 make sense of it all through language is a position I am lucky to have. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling abroad with my wife to learn about other people’s cultures and traditions. I have visited about 20 countries so far and there are so many more to go! We also enjoy having our two dogs, Olive and Pickle. 

Carolyn Brosnan

035 774A0145I am so happy to be teaching second grade at COA. Second graders have such a wonderful spirit.  They are so bright and show such great effort. I grew up in the area and graduated from Oakmont High School in Roseville. I attended Humboldt State University and earned a B.A. in Social Science. I then worked towards a multiple subjects  teaching credential  and  a second teaching credential and master’s degree in Special Education from National University. I have worked with  various grades and abilities over the past several years. I have a lovely family with two amazing teenage sons. And, I am pleased to say that my husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. My role as an educator is to guide  my students toward progress on their personal academic goals and teach skills to be confident citizens in our 21st century global community.  I am lifelong learner and hope to encourage that love of learning  in my students. 

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. After graduating from Center High School, I went on to California State University, Sacramento to receive my Bachelor of Arts in History and my teaching credential in 2012. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading 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, I am Mrs. Dawson. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development at California State University Sacramento in 2012. While working on my teaching credential I worked as an Aide for English Learners and in Special Education. This is my second year teaching and I am so happy to be here at Community Outreach Academy. It is a great place to work and there is a wonderful team of second grade teachers here. I enjoy working with second graders. I love their enthusiasm and joy of learning. During breaks I enjoy reading, crocheting and spending time with my children and grandchildren. We like to visit museums, aquariums, zoos and enjoy nature together.

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. Please call me on my cell phone (530)400-5352 if you have any questions about what I do or just have a general question about second grade. I am always available.

Lyudmila Kotsura

Lyudmila Kotsura 2nd Grade Lead Teacher COA Elementary


My name is Lyudmila Kotsura. This is my 8th year of teaching. Not only is teaching my career, but it is also my calling. I love to be surrounded by and work with children. My life is filled with purpose knowing that I make a difference in a child’s life. I feel blessed to be able to come to a class full of energetic children and be able to, step by step, help each of them reach their peek of success. Not only do they need me, but I also need them in my life because they teach me how to be happy about every little thing.