• 1st Grade Instructional Team

    Mrs. Lisa Gangel
    1st Grade Instructor
    (760) 745-4931 
    SPU Website= 
    Degrees- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education ( Pittsburg State University)  

    Credential- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Pittsburg State University)

    Certifications- North County Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA), California Basic Education Skills (CBEST), California Language and Development (CLAD)

    Teaching History- Teaching History- Kindergarten-1 year/1st Grade- 15 years (SPU), Kindergarten-1 year/3rd grade- 2 years ( Del Valle ISD in Austin, Texas), 6th grade-4 years (MUSD, in Manteca, CA)

    Classroom College Focus/Adoption- Pittsburg State University (PSU) Gorillas

    Teaching Mission & Vision

    My mission as a teacher is to motivate, inspire, encourage, and support students by providing a safe, secure, and loving environment that will promote a foundation for life-long learning.

    Through the use of projects, hands-on activities, technology, cooperative learning, and collaborative teaching I will do my part to encourage and motivate each child to achieve at their highest level and develop a love for learning. 

    Mrs. Heather Johnson
    1st Grade Instructor
    (760) 745-4931 
    SPU Website= 
    Degrees- Bachelor of Arts (Grand Valley State University), Master of Education (Aquinas College)    

    Credential- Multiple Subject​ Teaching,  Reading Specialist

    Certifications-  Instructional Media Resource Assistant (IMRA), California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), American Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.)/Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Teaching History- Elementary Education-6 Years (Michigan), Intervention Instruction 5 Years (SPU), Librarian-4 Years (SPU)

    Classroom College Focus/Adoption- Grand Valley State University (Lakers), Aquinas College (Saints)

    Teaching Mission & Vision

    Every child can learn and succeed.  There is no greater accomplishment than helping a child progress through different phases of learning and watching him/her reach the pinnacle of success. Each student needs to feel he or she belongs to the classroom community.  This sense of belonging begins with a teacher who accepts each child and works to bring out his or her abilities to the fullest extent.


    I seek to create a classroom with positive attitudes that allows each student to reach his or her full potential.  


    Mrs. Amanda Grano
    1st Grade Instructor
    (760) 745-4931 
    SPU Website= 
    Degrees- Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with a Depth of Study in English Literacy (California State University, San Marcos)

    Credential- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California State University, San Marcos)

    Certifications- English Language Learner Authorization (CLAD), CELDT Training Certificate of Completion, Early Childhood Development (14 ECD units)

    Teaching History- K- 2nd Grade- six years (San Diego Unified School District),Preschool Gymnastics- 4 years (San Diego County), SeaWorld trainer and educator-15 years (San Diego)

    Classroom College Focus/Adoption- California State University, San Marcos

    Teaching Mission & Vision

    I love working with young children and encouraging a love of learning. 
    I believe that learning can be achieved by helping students create an environment 
    where they are engaged, challenged and work cooperatively with others. As a teacher I model to both families and students that with high expectations, support and caring, students can achieve many goals. 
    As a teacher I encourage young learners to be problem solvers, and good communicators. I set high expectations and encourage students to reach their goals in all areas of learning.