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The staff at Heritage Elementary is dedicated to providing a rigorous, standards-based academic program to every student. Administrators, teachers, and support staff members work together to ensure our school is a friendly and encouraging environment. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Administration

Michael Beason
Administrative Intern
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Office Staff

Mrs. Sharri Dowdy
School Secretary
(559) 685-7360
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Tina Denning
Clerk
559-685-7360
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Jennifer Flores
Licensed Vocational Nurse
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Elaine Sewell

Principal

About Me

With TCSD since: 1989

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

 Michael Beason

Michael Beason

Administrative Intern

About Me

Education:

I was born and raised in Tulare.  I attended Kohn Elementary, Cherry Avenue Middle School, and Tulare Union High School.

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Pepperdine University, and my Master's Degree from CSU, Long Beach.

Experience:

Teaching Experience:

18 years:  Grades 3 through 8

Administrative Experience:

2 years:  Middle School Assistant Principal 

2 years:  Elementary School Administrative Intern

Mrs. Sharri Dowdy

Mrs. Sharri Dowdy

School Secretary
(559) 685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: July 2007

Education:

Attended Palo Verde Elementary School from 1966 - 1975.  Kindergarten thru eighth grade.  

Attended Tulare Western High School where I graduated in 1979.

Attended COS.

Experience:

Worked at Tulare County Teachers Federal Credit Union and IRS before coming to TCSD.  I also enjoyed working one school year as a pre-school aide at Palo Verde School.  My very first job was as head cake decorator for Baskin-Robbins.  

Mrs Rasha Abdelghany

Mrs Rasha Abdelghany

School Secretary

About Me

Education:

Bachelors degree in Business Administration. University of Alexandria, Egypt

Experience:

Almost 10 years working at the World Health Organization, in the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office. I used to work as a Program Assistant in the Communicable Disease Control Division. 


Amy Allen

Nurse

About Me

With TCSD since: 1986

Education:

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno

Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix

Experience:

I have worked at numerous schools throughout the Tulare City School District since 1986 as a school nurse.


Tina Denning

Clerk
559-685-7360

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 Jennifer Flores

Jennifer Flores

Licensed Vocational Nurse

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

I graduated class of 2006 from Cesar Chavez High School in Delano CA. following graduation I began taking general education courses at COS. In 2009 I was accepted into the LVN program at Dinuba adult school. I have been a licensed nurse since 2011. 

 

Experience:

I have worked in the medical field since 2008. as a licensed nurse since 2011. prior to joining TCSD I worked in skilled nursing with geriatric patients. 

Joining the school district health team has been a rewarding experience. My priority and goals are to maintain the safety and health of our students while enriching their lives with lasting friendships and trust. 

                                    

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Third Grade

Briana Koss
Teacher
559-685-7360
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Fourth Grade

Jillian Hanson
Teacher
559-685-7360
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About Me

With TCSD since: 2001

Education:

Mrs. Murray-Raper attended the College of the Sequoias and Cal State, Bakersfield and completed her bachelor's degree at Chapman University. Mrs. Murray also holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from National University.

Experience:

Mrs. Murray-Raper feels privileged to teach with such a dedicated team of teachers whose main focus is each child's learning. She grew up in Tulare County.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

Ms. Utsler holds a master's degree in education and curriculum from Chapman University and is considered to be a highly qualified teacher by the State of California.

Experience:

Ms. Utsler loves to work with other kindergarten teachers who believe in achieving high standards through teamwork. She grew up in Tulare County and has lived here most of her adult life.

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Mrs. Katy Berbereia

Kindergarten Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2000

Education:

Master's Degree in Education Integrated Math & Science, Fresno Pacific University

Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University Fresno

Bachelor of Science Degree in Food & Nutritional Science Dietetics and Food Administrative Option, California State University Fresno

A. A. Degree in Liberal Arts, College of the Sequoias Visalia, California

Experience:

I absolutley love teaching kindergarten! Being a part of each student's learning experience is a wonderful journey every day!

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Darlene Corter

Kindergarten Teacher
685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: 1988

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Experience:

Mrs. Corter believes that the children are the future. Her goal is for every child to learn the necessary organizational skills to be better prepared for the future.  Good communication among teachers, staff, and parents can create a great place for children to learn.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

Mrs. Medeiros taught 6th grade for six years at Los Tules and has been at Heritage ever since. She and her team believe in working together as educators to help their students succeed.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2005

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

Mrs. Jorge's heart is in first grade, where children build a strong foundation for reading success.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

Mrs. Herrera has spent all of her years in Tulare at Heritage and most of them in first grade.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2015

Education:

I attended Biola University in Southern California where I received a BA in liberal studies and a multiple subject teaching credential. 

Experience:

I have spent my entire career with Tulare City Schools. I've had the privilege of teaching 4th, 1st and team teaching a 5th/6th Special day class.

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I am excited to spend the year with your child! Go Hawks!!!



About Me

With TCSD since: 1996

Education:

Mrs. Cabello earned her bachelor's degree and teaching credentials from California State University, Fresno, and a master's degree in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University. She has been a BTSA support provider; as well as, a master teacher for several student teachers.

Experience:

 “I have taught 2nd grade at Heritage since it opened its doors for the first time in 1997. Prior to that, I worked at the Tulare City School District Business Office for 13 years. I was born and raised in Tulare with 10 siblings. I attended Roosevelt Elementary, Mulcahy Jr. High, and Tulare Western High School. Teaching is my passion. It is a blessing to be a member of the teaching profession.” 

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1998

Education:

Master's Degree

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David Perez

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 1997

Education:

Master's Degree

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1999

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

Mrs. Van Sickel believes success starts with good communication among teachers, students, and parents.

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Briana Koss

Teacher
559-685-7360

About Me

Education:

-Bachelor's Degree (Fresno Pacific University)

-Master's Degree (American College of Education)

Experience: I have been at Heritage Elementary since 2012. I love working here and being a part of the Heritage community. The staff, students, and families here at Heritage are amazing. I am blessed to be a part of this school.

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

Associates of Arts (Bakersfield College), Bachelors of Arts (California State University Bakersfield), Master's Degree in Reading (Walden University), CLAD Certified

Experience:

Mrs. Pearson has worked for Tulare City School District since 2002. She has taught both fifth and third grades.

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Kara Cardoza

Teacher

About Me

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Experience:

With TCSD since 2014.

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Jillian Hanson

Teacher
559-685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: 2008

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree (California State University, Chico)
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California State University, Chico)
  • Master's Degree in Curriculum and Teaching (Fresno Pacific University)

Experience:

  • 12 years teaching (1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades)
  • 7 years teaching in Tulare City Schools (4th and 6th grades)
  • 3 years teaching at Heritage Elementary (4th grade)

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Karina Serrano-Hernandez

Teacher
559-685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: 2016

Education:

  • Bachelors of Arts degree from Fresno Pacific University, 2015
    • Liberal Studies
    • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Teaching Credential from Fresno Pacific University, 2016
    • Multiple Subject
    • Added Authorization in Spanish

Experience:

This is my first year at Heritage and I am very excited to be here! Prior to being at Heritage, I taught 6th grade at Mulcahy Middle School and briefly taught 2nd grade. 

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About Me

With TCSD since: 1988

Education:

Master's Degree

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About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

Master's Degree

Experience:

I have been teaching fifth grade at Heritage Elementary since 2009. In addition to teaching at Heritage, I help plan assemblies, run the school talent show, direct the school play and help with parent events. I firmly believe that fifth grade is the best grade and I absolutely love my fifth grade students!

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Jorge Rincon

Teacher

About Me

With TCSD since: 2009

Education:

Bachelors Degree (UCLA 2006)

Masters Degree (National University 2012)

Experience:

I started teaching 5th grade at Heritage Elementary in 2009. I love this school, this grade level, and this profession. I was once a student in this district as well. I attended Kohn, Live Oak, Mulcahy, and graduated from Tulare Western. I graduated from UCLA in 2006 and obtained my Credential from Fresno State. Now my permanent home is Heritage Elementary. Home of the Hawks!

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Ken Fesperman

Teacher
732-3670

About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Experience:

I have been teaching for 24 years and I am still challenged, and motivated to become a better teacher.

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The 2017 school year is off to a great start!  Our annual Scicon trip will take place from October 30 thru November 3!



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Support Staff

Eloysa Segura
School Psychologist
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Kim Korenwinder
G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432
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Mrs. Mary Pezoldt
Response to Intervention/Programs Teacher
(559) 685-7360
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Alisha Leon
Speech Therapist
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Mrs. Staci Leal
Special Ed./RSP Teacher
(559) 685-7360
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Rebecca Avila
Vocal Music Teacher
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Amy Smith
3rd Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284
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Miss April Brooks
5th Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284
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Denise Cors
Occupational Therapist
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Eloysa Segura

School Psychologist

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Kim Korenwinder

G.A.T.E. Teacher
559-687-1432

About Me

Education:

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • Masters degree in School Counseling
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Mild-Moderate Learning Handicapped Credential

Experience:

  • 6 years:   Severely Handicapped; Tulare County Office of Education
  • 4 years:   Special Day Class; Tulare City Schools
  • 2 years:   1st grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 4 years:   2nd grade; Tulare City Schools
  • 7 years:   GATE; Tulare City Schools


Mrs. Mary Pezoldt

Response to Intervention/Programs Teacher
(559) 685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: 2014

Education:

Mrs. Pezoldt attended Maple, Mulchahy and Tulare Western High Schools.  She also attended COS, Fresno State and Fresno Pacific Universities and earned a Master's Degree in Education.  

Experience:

Mrs. Pezoldt has been with Tulare City Schools since 1987 working at Roosevelt, Pleasant, Maple and now Heritage Schools in various capacities.  


Debbie Castillo

Social Worker

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Alisha Leon

Speech Therapist

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Mrs. Staci Leal

Special Ed./RSP Teacher
(559) 685-7360

About Me

With TCSD since: 2002

Education:

Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Fresno State University

Mild/Moderate Credential from Fresno Pacific University

Masters of Arts in Special Education from Fresno Pacific University

Experience:

I have had the pleasure of working with RSP students at Cypress Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School, Mission Valley Elementary School, and Heritage Elementary School.


Rebecca Avila

Vocal Music Teacher

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Athena Jarvis

Music Teacher

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Amy Smith

3rd Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284

About Me

With TCSD since: 2006

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Character Education - Santa Clara University
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Saint Mary's College of California
  • Art Minor - Saint Mary's College of California

Experience:

I began my teaching career in 2002 at Cupertino's Sedgwick Elementary School in Silicon Valley.  I taught third, fourth and fifth grades before moving home to the Central Valley and accepting a teaching position with Tulare City School District.  I worked at Cypress Elementary beginning in 2006 and taught first, second, and third grades.

Miss April Brooks

Miss April Brooks

5th Grade Art Teacher
(559) 685-7284

About Me

With TCSD since: 2003

Education:

Miss Brooks grew up in Tulare attending Garden Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Middle School and Tulare Western High School.  Miss Brooks obtained a BA in Liberal Arts, a BA in Fine Arts, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential & a Single Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2002. Since then, Miss Brooks has attended numerous Professional Development Seminars and Conferences to further her knowledge in the fields of education, technology and art.

Experience:

Miss Brooks spent 13 years teaching 6th, 7th & 8th graders at Cherry Avenue Middle School. Subjects taught included Beginning Art, Advanced Art, Leadership, Yearbook, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and PE. Outside of the classroom, Miss Brooks spent time on projects such as painting backdrops and teaching choreography for the school plays and Encore Theatre Productions.


Jennifer Gordon

BEST Coach

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Denise Cors

Occupational Therapist

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