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  Ivy Grusky Teacher
  Janice Macaraeg Teacher
  Jessica Nisbet Teacher
  April Penitsch Sys Admin

Special Ed. and Intervention Teachers

ms. Nisbet (lower sdc)

  Jessica Nisbet Teacher

Way back in 1997, I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  I had no idea what to do with a degree in Sociology; so, I headed to Colorado to give teaching a try.  After two years of teaching at a charter school, I decided teaching was for me!  My next move involved returning to my hometown of Eugene, Oregon to earn a Masters of Arts in Special Education from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!).  After teaching for a year, I decided that I needed more sunshine in my life.  I packed up my car, drove to California, interviewed at Eshelman, and the rest is history.

It's hard to believe that I have been teaching at Eshelman Avenue since 2002!  In my classroom, we have fun while working hard.  I am continually challenged to find new ways to engage students, while not overwhelming them.  Teaching at Eshelman has been an incredible journey, both personally and professionally.  I can't wait to continue on this amazing journey with my students and colleagues for the 2020/2021 school year.  Let's make this year a fabulous year!

Ms. penitsch (RST)

  April Penitsch Sys Admin

I am starting my 16th year as an educator and can honestly say that I still love working with children. I graduated from California State University Fullerton and worked as a contract administrator until I went back to school to get my Education Specialist Instruction Credential in 2007 from the Los Angeles District Intern Program. There is no other place I'd rather be than right here at Eshelman.

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Ms. Penitsch

Ms. Grusky (Upper sdc)

  Ivy Grusky Teacher

My name is Xiaoning (Ivy) Grusky. This will be my 11th year teaching at Eshelman Avenue Elementary School. I am honored to be part of this amazing Eshelman family.

I earned my Education Specialist Instruction Credential from California State University, Northridge. I have a master’s degree from the same university as well.

As an educator, I believe that every child is an unique individual and is a gift to society. Children do not learn the same way or at the same pace. Excellent special education teachers have the ability to understand their students’ strengths and challenges at a deep level, experiment with different ways of teaching in order to help their students fulfill their goals. Over the years, I have learned to be patient, to remain positive and optimistic. It has been a great joy and pride for me to see the students grow and prosper. I am looking forward to another exciting school year!

 

Ms. macaraeg (intervention)

  Janice Macaraeg Teacher

I am starting my 30th year as an educator and I seriously don’t know where the years have gone!! I love my job and enjoy working with students and fellow colleagues. I graduated from California State University Los Angeles with my BA in Child Development and went on to receive my Masters in Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher since 2003. Eshelman Avenue Elementary is my 3rd school I’ve taught at and really love the community of Lomita!

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