• 5th Grade Instructional Team

    Ms. Kris McLaughlin
    5th Grade Instructor
    (760) 745-4931
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    Degrees-  Bachelors in Liberal Studies (California State University, San Marcos), Masters in Literacy (California State University, San Marcos)

    Credential-  Multiple Subject Teaching Credential,  Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (University of Phoenix)  

    Certifications- CLAD 

    Teaching History- 4th Grade- 3 years (Temecula Valley USD), 3rd-8th Grade- 10 years (SPU)

    Classroom College Focus/Adoption- California State College System & University of California System

    Teaching Mission & Vision

    I waited many years to become a teacher and had another career.  When it became possible for me to attend college and become a teacher I was so excited.  The last 14 years have been wonderful and I am so happy to be a part of SPUS again this year.  My passions are reading and writing.  I have been a voracious reader since I could hold a book!  I believe that everyone is a reader ~ once they find that one great book that carries them away to a magical place.  I love writing, both teaching and doing.  Writing opens up so many avenues.  It is a place where we learn who we are and what place we have in this world.

    In my classroom, we read and write.  It is my goal that every student advance in their reading levels this year and also to become confident in their abilities as a writer.  I maintain a safe and exciting environment in which students can excel and experiment with the things that interest them; whether that be math, reading, art or other subject.  I want students to find their passion!  Fifth grade is a growing year~both physically and emotionally.  Let’s have a great one!

    Mrs. Nicole Zdunich
    5th Grade Instructor
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    Degrees- Bachelors in Political Science, Minor in Law and Society (University of California, San Diego), Masters in Political Science (San Diego State University) 

    Credential-  Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential ( Cal State Teach, CSU Fullerton) 

    Certifications-  ELD Instruction Certificate

    Teaching History- 5th Grade- in progress, 6th Grade- 1 year, Preschool- 3 years, College- 1 year

    Classroom College Focus/Adoption- University of California, San Diego







    Teaching Mission & Vision

    I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a safe, loving, nurturing, and stimulating environment in which to grow and develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  It is my desire as an educator to provide students with the ability to be the best self they can be and to achieve their fullest potential in each of these areas by offering a learning atmosphere that supports risk-taking, cultivates creativity, invites idea sharing, and celebrates differences.  I believe these four areas are conducive to establishing a cohesive classroom of learners where the teacher is serving as director in their educational journey, the student’s curiosity is directing their natural learning tendencies, and all children are respected and valued.


    Teaching affords the opportunity for continual growth and learning.  Even as an educator, I believe, I can still learn from my students.  It is my hope as a teacher that I can instill my love of learning in my students, as they understand that even as we grow and develop, we can all still learn from each other.  In this technological, virtual, competitive world, it is important that children have someone who is invested in their success, someone is compassionate about their problems, and someone who is dedicated to their progress.  I believe I am this person and I will strive every day to be the best educator I am capable of being.