Bhuvana is a first year teacher, teaching fourth grade at Steindorf this year. She started her career as a software engineer in India. When Bhuvana shifted to the United States after she got married, she volunteered at an elementary school for a while and that was when she realized that teaching was her calling. Her highly paid, 50 hour/week job couldn’t even marginally match up to the satisfaction that she got from spending time with the kids.
Bhuvana received her Masters in Education and her Multiple subject teaching credential from San Jose State University. As a first time teacher, she is honored and privileged to be teaching at Steindorf.
She enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and most of all, loves a good cup of coffee!Adam GalvezAdam is a Cambrian native. He attended Farnham Elementary, Ida Price Middle School where he played basketball, and played baseball at Cambrian Park Little League. He later attended Leigh High School where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer. Finally, he attended West Valley College, graduating with an AA in Liberal Arts and Communications, and finished his undergraduate with Honors at San Jose State University earning a B.S. in Kinesiology and Single Subject Teaching Credential. He has a passion for education, healthy living, and physical activity. When he is not teaching PE, adult fitness, or coaching soccer, he is spending time with his wife Chenal and two boys, Noah and Cadan.After 20 years teaching computers, media production, language arts and social studies at Price Middle School, Rick is thrilled be part of the creative team starting Steindorf STEAM School. Rick attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his degree and teaching credential and has been a “maker” his whole life. After attending his first Maker Faire in 2007, Rick found his people - basement inventors and garage tinkerers! Soon after, his first article for Make: Magazine was published and since then he’s published dozens of articles, a book and presented at Maker Faires in the Bay Area, New York City and Detroit. In 2012, Rick kicked off Maker Camp at the New York Hall of Science on Google’s brand new (at the time) Google Plus platform. While his tinkering interests are broad, he especially loves all things that fly like rockets and drone aircraft.
Rick coordinated Make’s Young Makers programs in the South Bay and loves bringing the maker spirit to kids. He helped prototype The Tech Museum’s Just Wing It! exhibit last year and is known around The Tech simply as “Maker Rick”. He’s excited that his life as a teacher has collided with his love for making in his new position at Steindorf. Along with his wife and daughter Kelly (18) and son Micah (15) he enjoys backpacking, reading good books, NPR and traveling to exciting corners of the world like Turkey, Morocco, Vietnam, Albania and Honduras.
Chau Chieng is ecstatic to be joining our middle school team to teach halftime: 8th grade English Language Arts, US History, and the STEAM TV elective. For the past two years, Chau has served as Steindorf’s Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA), supporting our teachers in professional development with district initiatives, providing training for new teachers, and managing intervention support programs. While teaching halftime this year, Chau will continue her TOSA position to support Steindorf and Farnham elementary school.Prior to being a TOSA, Chau had the diverse experience of teaching 6th grade ELA at Price Middle School for ten years and then Transitional Kindergarten at Fammatre Elementary for two years.Being fluent in Vietnamese and conversational in Chinese, Chau has always been inquisitive about how language is acquired and developed over the years. After receiving her Bachelor's degree and Teaching Credential at UC Davis, Chau embarked on a journey to teach English in Shanghai, China for a year. There, she developed English curriculums for a Kindergarten and High School Language Program.In continuing her studies in language development, Chau returned to school to earn her Masters at SJSU and Administrative Services credential through LEAP at SCCOE. During her years teaching ELA & ELD to English Learners, she was intrigued with the BeGLAD (guided language acquisition design) strategies and trained for several years to become one of our Certified Agency Trainers in our district. During her off-season, Chau enjoys traveling with her family, reading a good book, playing her ukulele, baking goodies with her son, and of course, going to Disneyland to visit Pooh Bear! Her life goals are to build & live in a tiny house, write a novel, and visit every country in the world.Her motto is "If you can dream it, you can do it" -Walt Disney
Janelle has been a teacher in the Cambrian School District since 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree and multiple subject teaching credential from Santa Clara University and a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from CSU Fullerton.
Since 2017, Janelle has served as the district's Teacher on Special Assignment for Educational Technology to help all schools implement the safe and effective use of ed tech tools. She continues this role half-time and is ecstatic to be part of the Steindorf staff teaching 1st grade with Mrs. Fery.
Janelle and her husband have 3 children: Benjamin (3), Waverly (6), and Jesella (20). They enjoy traveling and love experiencing different cultures. Janelle is happiest at the beach, and she also enjoys a good cup of coffee, solving riddles, and curling up with a good book.Stacey PatrickAs a Kindergartener, when presented with the question asking what do I want to be when I grow up, Stacey Boswell Patrick’s unequivocal response was, “a Dentist”. After years of dedication and hard work, the path to becoming a dentist led Stacey to an offer of admission at Stanford University. Before accepting, her favorite high school math teacher asked her again, what do you want to be when you grow up and this led to a revelation. During her journey, Stacey realized that more than anything she was passionate about learning and wanted to share that experience with children. And so, the story began as Stacey Patrick entered the world of education. She chose to attend Concordia University in Irvine to pursue her studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts and credential with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She then went on to earn a second credential in Early Childhood Education.
After graduation, she accepted a position teaching kindergarten in the Central Valley. Stacey is now onto her 17th year of teaching kindergarten with 12 years at Cambrian School District. Stacey is very excited to be a part of the inaugural Steindorf team. She’s looking forward to the opportunity to continue to share her passion for education in a collaborative learning environment that will offer children innovative tools and resources to help them grow intellectually and socially. Her goal is to help make Steindorf a place where children can take risks without the fear of failure knowing they have the support system that will allow them to try again because it’s all part of the learning process. She wants to help promote their natural sense of wonder through project-based learning.
Stacey loves spending time with her wonderful husband Brett and three stepchildren, Sadie, Kayla and Aaron. All three children are very musical and the family spends much of their free time on musical activities. The family shares their heart with a lovable golden retriever called Allie Bear. Many who know Stacey would tell you that her happy place is at Disneyland, where she has been annual passholder since 1999. In her spare time, you can find her with Mickey, Tinkerbell, and her favorite Winnie the Pooh at the “Happiest Place on Earth”. She also enjoys reading playing handbells with two community groups; Bell Appeal and Bay Bells, and learning the ukulele.Christine Katz has been teaching for nineteen years after receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Oregon State University. Throughout her career, she has taught kindergarten through eighth grade in Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, and California. She grew up in a family of educators and has enjoyed carrying on the tradition. Since her parents were both art teachers and her husband is a mechanical engineer, these influences have created a lifetime of crafting and creating that Christine has always brought to the classroom. After attending the STEAM Practicum with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and taking the STEAM certification training by Georgette Yakman, she is excited to bring her joy of creating and love of learning to the students at Steindorf.
In her leisure time, Christine and her husband have been restoring a classic wooden Bear sailboat, Renegade. They race the boat on San Francisco Bay as part of the Classic Boat Racing Association and the Master Mariners Benevolent Association. It was a thrill last year to get third place in the annual Master Mariners Regatta. Her children, eleven-year-old boy/girl twins have also taken an interest in sailing and are helping to restore two wooden El Toro sailboats. The family also enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and camping together, when they are not crafting, creating and building in the garage.Emily WhiteA bay area native, Emily was eager to settle back into the area to begin her family. After Los Gatos High School, Emily moved to Boulder where she not only earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology but also fine-tuned her snowboarding and skiing skills! In Los Angeles, Emily met her future husband and earned her Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She and her fiancé moved back to the bay,where she began her career as a first-grade teacher in the Los Altos School District. Eleven years, and three children later, she was ready for another move. Her children were already thriving in the Cambrian School District where they live and she wished to join them. After only one incredible year teaching kindergarten at Fammatre, the Steindorf opportunity presented itself. Emily’s creativity, passion for innovation, and willingness to push herself professionally, made her a perfect fit for the Steindorf community. When she is not helping her first graders discover their love for learning, she can be found spending time with her own three young boys and husband.Kristin FeryKristin wants to live in a world with innovative thinkers, respectful open-minded citizens, self-driving cars that can also make lattes, and a force field around her that repels student germs.
As an educator with more than 13 years of experience, she has taught for the Cambrian School District and the Foreign Service teaching grades K, 1, 2, and 5. Kristin earned her BS in Liberal Studies as well as her teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is continuing her own learning with programs like GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Project Based Learning, and National Board Certification.
When she’s not teaching or creating lessons that turn young minds into geniuses, you can find her whipping up delicious treats, working in the garden, or reading the Count of Monte Cristo for the billionth time.Matt JarrettMatt has been teaching in Cambrian for the last 13 years. With a strong belief in having fun while learning, he loves to get his students’ creative minds spinning. He uses many different methods such as movie making, creating digital books on iPads, and even tinkering with food and crafts for STEAM challenge activities. His main focus has been 2nd grade over the years in Cambrian. After getting his undergraduate degree at Cal State Stanislaus, he continued on to acquire his teaching credential and Masters in Education. During his Master’s program, he was fortunate to find a perfect fit with Cambrian. Matt joins Steindorf excited to be part of a staff dedicated to creating a community where children will thrive under a STEAM-focused education. When not involved in school activities he spends a lot of time with his wife Liz and two children Molly (10) and Max (8). They love to get outside where they can enjoy the ocean, biking, camping, or just playing a game of tag together.Sandra has been part of the Cambrian community since she was four years old. She attended Bagby Elementary, Ida Price Middle School, and Del Mar High School. She graduated from San Jose State University where she received a bachelor degree in Social Science and her teaching credential. Her positive experiences as a student in Cambrian led her to apply for a job in the district and later enroll her children in the district. Throughout her 27 years of teaching, she worked at Sartorette teaching first, third, and fourth grade. She is very excited to have this opportunity to work at Steindorf where she strives to create an environment that allows all students to have a voice in their learning as they become critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, and effective communicators.
Outside of school, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband, Cliff, and three beautiful children; Kristin (24), Brandon (22), and Morgan (20). If the weather is nice you will find her, running, hiking, playing bocce ball, skiing, paddle boarding on a quiet lake, or reading a book in her backyard. She also enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams; SF Giants, 49ers, and SJ Sharks. She wants all her students to remember if they are determined to learn no one will stop them.Kate Moody started with Cambrian in 1998 and has taught TK through fourth, but not, until this coming year, second. She received her Bachelor of Science at UC Davis and credential at Sac State, moved to Texas to teach, but returned to CA in 1998. In 2013 she received the Cambrian Teacher Of The Year award, a special recognition by colleagues, making it truly meaningful. This past year Kate was part of the inaugural STEAM practicum with Santa Clara County Office of Education which had, as it’s focus, project-based learning. Technology and math have always been a passion of Kate’s, so the STEAM focus at Steindorf seems a perfect fit. She is excited for the challenge of a new grade level, new curriculum, and colleagues also passionate about collaboration and project-based learning.
Outside of school Kate likes to hike while listening to podcasts of “This American Life” and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” her favorite NPR programs. She also loves to travel and enjoys backpacking in the Sierras in the summer. Travel highlights, so far, have been Italy, France, the UK, and Sweden. The newest interest, however, is driving around in a 20-year-old Miata convertible.Sarah Ou (on leave)Sarah’s career in education began ten years ago when she made the commitment to be a part of the National Service Movement. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, she made the move to California to explore public service and education with City Year, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a lasting impact on students and communities across the country. In the course of running service-learning programs, leading curriculum development, mentoring youth, and completing over 3,700 hours of full-time service, she discovered her true passion of teaching. Since then, Sarah received her teaching credential from San Jose State University and has spent the last five years working in Cambrian School District doing what she loves every day. She is committed to creating an environment that fosters critical thinking, self-confidence, community, and creativity. Sarah is passionate about Project Based Learning and is excited to start the next chapter in her career alongside the first team of Steindorf educators.
In addition to teaching, Sarah finds fulfillment taking road-trips, marathon podcast listening, playing disc golf, noodling on her guitar, drinking lattes, approaching the world record for beating Super Mario Brothers, and exploring National Parks.I have taught in the Cambrian School District for ten years as a fifth and sixth-grade teacher. Prior to Cambrian, I taught kindergarten, second, and fourth grade at a private school in San Jose. I am looking forward to starting my 23rd year of teaching at our new school, Steindorf. The idea of integrated instruction, helping to solve problems, collaborating on projects in a warm, safe environment, and challenging oneself in areas that need challenging, is what intrigues me the most about this amazing opportunity. I spent the past two years working toward the completion of a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and graduated from Concordia Irvine on May 7, 2016.
I have a fabulous 17-year old daughter and a fabulous 25-year old son. I adore them both for exactly who they are, each unique in their own ways. I love spending time with both of them because no matter what we do or where we go, we seem to laugh until it hurts; which is my absolute favorite thing to do!
Outside of school, I enjoy the beach and reading. I spend a lot of my summer on the beach with a good book in hand. I also enjoy watching soccer and wishing I still played. However, I do enjoy hiking and exercising regularly throughout the week. I know I am one of the lucky ones as I have chosen a career that I LOVE!Joining the teaching faculty at Steindorf STEAM is the realization of a long-term goal for Lisa Landsberg. She is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to help open a STEAM magnet school in the district that has been her home for the past twelve years. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her teaching credential from San Jose State University. Ms. Landsberg’s philosophy of teaching is in complete alignment with the mission and vision of Steindorf STEAM. She strongly believes students learn most effectively in a student-centered classroom that is inquiry-based. Through hands-on problem-solving experiences, students hone the collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills that are essential to being successful in the 21st century. This is how Lisa has organized her classroom for years, where a science-centered, integrated approach is realized through Project Based Learning. Her 5th graders have solved such real-world problems as water pollution and conservation, various problems plaguing our national parks, hunger, and even the design of the new Steindorf playground through PBLs she created. Lisa looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with, learn from and teach alongside other innovative educators who share this passion for PBL. When not in the classroom, Lisa enjoys being an auntie to her nieces and nephew, practicing yoga, and being outdoors hiking and camping.I am originally from Naperville, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. I lived in Naperville for all of my school years. When I graduated high school, I went off to Iowa State University where I planned to study dietetics to become a registered dietician. Although I enjoyed the classes, I quickly came to discover that I did not want to be a dietician after all! I had been working as a nanny for a family in town to make extra money. I loved the experience so much that I decided that I wanted to study education to become a teacher! After graduating college with my Bachelor's Degree, I decided to go straight into graduate school to get my Master's Degree, while at the same time obtaining my teaching credential. I also wanted to be closer to my sister who lived in California, so I applied to Claremont Graduate University located in Claremont, California. I taught for a few years in Southern California, but wanted to move up to the Bay Area. I heard that a great school in San Jose was hiring so I drove up to check it out. That is how I came to find Ida Price Middle School and the Cambrian School District.
Now, after 12 years teaching at Price Middle School, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the many creative and adventurous professionals who are starting Steindorf STEAM School. I am passionate about project-based learning and I look forward to working with a group of like-minded teachers and administrators. I am confident that this school will be a truly magnificent educational experience, for students and teachers alike!
I am married to a geologist and we have one daughter. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my husband, daughter, and friends. We like to watch movies, play games, go to the beach, travel and try out new restaurants. I also love to read and cook and I consider myself a cruciverbalist; give me a good riddle or puzzle and I’m as happy as a clam!Having embraced the application of both STEAM and Project Based Learning (PBL) into classroom instruction, Debbie Stein is honored to be among the dynamic Steindorf staff who collaborate to use these visionary, transformative strategies. Debbie started her career as a public relations professional and, after rewarding experiences as a guest lecturer for a UC Irvine extension course, a Brownie Girl Scout leader, and an active participant in her own three children’s early education (all of whom are graduates of Cambrian schools), her husband made the wise suggestion to transition into teaching. During her 11 years of teaching at Ida Price Middle School in the Cambrian School District, Debbie has taught social studies and drama for both 7th and 8th graders, 8th grade core, and, for the last three years, 8th grade accelerated core. Debbie’s skills and enthusiasm for being an educator have been enhanced by her affiliation with the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s STEAM: Digital Storytelling Cohort, STEAM: PBL Cohort, and as a PBL symposium presenter at the County’s STEAM Fair. Among other levels of professional involvement, Debbie has earned GATE certification and served as a teacher leader. Most importantly, Debbie’s love of the performing arts combined with her professional expertise inspire her to continue singing the praises of STEAM as a premier vehicle for students to explore disciplines, skills, and interests not commonly investigated in a traditional classroom, and for providing an added dimension of critical thinking opportunities to prepare them for life.
I am thrilled to be joining Steindorf K-8 STEAM school as our new 7th and 8th grade science teacher. I am a big believer in learning-by-doing, and I look forward to exploring the practices and concepts of science with our students as guided by the real-world, problem-solving strategies outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
I began my career in science as a bench scientist, earning my Ph.D. from Stanford in Plant Molecular Biology. My thesis work described genes in the pathway of anthocyanin pigment synthesis. Anthocyanin is the purple pigment found in corn kernel aleurone tissues as well as in many other plant tissues. From the bench, I found my way to a business career where I helped support, develop and sell software and computer systems to scientists all over the world in the early days of the Human Genome Project. Working for companies such as IntelliGenetics Inc. and Silicon Graphics, I spent many hours traveling around the world and meeting scientists who were defining the tools and practices they would use to complete the sequencing of the first human genome in the year 2000.
In 2004 I finally found my way to the career that I was always meant to have as I began teaching science in the San Jose Unified School District. From teaching high school Biology, Honors Biology, and Marine Science, to teaching integrated labs for elementary students at Booksin Elementary for more than a decade, I have learned that my deepest passion and source of creativity is in the classroom with young people,
When I am not at school, you might find me cuddling with my beloved cat, "Aiko", tramping about on our local trails, or training at an Aikido dojo where I am both a student and an instructor of the art. I have been practicing Aikido since 1988, and I currently hold the rank of 3rd degree black belt. My daughter, Annie, who has been keeping me busy with her many activities ranging from 4H to aerial arts to musical theater and acting, will begin her studies at Pratt Institute in New York in the Fall of 2017 where she will be studying to become an Art Director. I will miss her terribly and look forward to spending lots of time with my new Steindorf family in her absence!
Yoko always wanted to be a teacher because she has a great passion for helping people. As an immigrant from Japan, Yoko struggled to speak English at first. There were many kind teachers that supported her along the way, which influenced her to pursue a career in teaching.
Yoko grew up attending schools at CUSD and FUHSD. She also went to Japanese school on Saturdays to maintain her Japanese language and culture. After attending Lynbrook High School, Yoko left the Bay Area to pursue her teaching career at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo where she earned her B.S. in Liberal Studies with a minor in Linguistics and a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Yoko came back to the Bay Area because she wanted to work with Emergent Bilingual students with diverse backgrounds. She attended Santa Clara University while student teaching at Steindorf STEAM School, and received her M.A. in Teaching and California Teaching Credential. Yoko is thrilled to be able to continue working with the Steindorf team!
Joining us from Price Middle School where she taught 6th grade math and science, Erica Pon is thrilled to join the dynamic and ambitious community of parents, students, and teachers at Steindorf.
She had previously taught 4th and 6th grade in Los Altos School District, another Bay Area K-8 district, where she was able to develop a passion for innovation and STEAM curriculum. Her foundation was laid at UC Davis where she earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology, a MA in Education and her Multi-Subject Teaching Credential... Go Ags!
When not in the classroom she can be found on a pool deck coaching or playing water polo, at the beach, camping, or traveling with her husband and two sons.
Sarah Wilson is thrilled to be joining the creative and dynamic team at Steindorf this year! This will be Sarah’s sixth year in education. After teaching lower elementary students for 4 years, she made the transition to middle school last year teaching at Price Middle School. This year, Sarah is excited to be teaching social studies, language arts and digital journalism.
Sarah attended California State University, Chico where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
When not on campus, Sarah spends her time kayaking, hiking and enjoying life outdoors with family. This summer she spent two months visiting medieval castles, enjoying food and wandering around Europe. Make sure to ask who I found in the Leicester car park!
Corinne PanchotI will be starting my 12th year of teaching special education this year. I have 5 years teaching experience teaching a behavior and mental health SDC class in Washington State and 6 years as a resource specialist teacher between Washington State and California. I have lived in California for one year. I originally grew up in Oregon State; where my parents and two sisters currently live.I finished both my undergraduate (psychology) and masters degree (special education) at the University of Oregon, with an area of emphasis in Positive Behavior Support. I completed my National Board Certification in special education in 2012 and became a board certified autism specialist in 2016. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership through the University of Oregon. In addition to teaching, I have two other side businesses- one of which is doing coaching and consulting work with teachers and the other is essential oils. I am super passionate about helping others find natural health solutions!In my free time (hahaha) I love to go hiking, camping, going to paint nights, attending arts events, yoga, jogging or pretty much any other outdoor activity.
Brittany is excited to join the Steindorf team! She recently moved to San Jose from Southern California, where she was born and raised. After working with children and realizing she had a passion for teaching, Brittany attended Pepperdine University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She has been an educator for the past 10 years and has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.
As a lifelong learner, Brittany enjoys attending trainings that allow her to provide exceptional instruction. Some of her additional certifications include GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition and Design), Thinking Maps, and Gate Icons for Depth and Complexity. Brittany is looking forward to having her students collaborate, communicate, and think critically through their project based learning assignments. She teaches her students that with a positive attitude and perseverance, they can achieve their academic goals!
When she is not teaching, Brittany can be found outdoors skiing down Mammoth (her favorite mountain), rafting through whitewater rapids, or hiking with her fiancé JP and their dog Dodge.Dan is excited and honored to be teaching math to 7th and 8th grade students here at Steindorf. The previous 12 years he had been a teacher at Price Middle School teaching math, social studies, and science to primarily 6th grade students. Dan, a San Jose native, graduated college with a finance degree and an eye toward corporate accounting. After 5 years of accounting, the family moved to North Carolina where Dan had a chance to be a stay-at-home dad for 3 years. Upon the family's return to California, it became almost immediately clear to Dan that accounting was not where he wanted to be. Upon reflection, he decided to get his teaching credential as he realized that teaching and coaching had always been where his heart had been.Dan and his wife, Amy, are the parents of 3 boys who, as of 2017, are in 6th grade (Robby), sophomore in high school (Aidan), and a senior in high school (Jake). All 3 boys are products of the Cambrian school district. It was with no small amount of thought and research that the Winsors bought a home in this district. They wanted to live, work, educate, and play in this wonderful little neighborhood.