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  Beatriz Calderon Teacher
  Kenny Chung Teacher
  Lucianna Fender Teacher
  Carrie Marriott Teacher
  Stephen Seal Teacher
  Maria Smith Teacher

4th - 5th Grade Teachers

ms. calderon (5th)

  Beatriz Calderon Teacher

Hello wonderful Eshelman students and families!


I’m Ms.Calderon, this is my 16th year working for LAUSD. I began my teaching career as a teacher’s assistant at 15th St.School, in my hometown of San Pedro. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Liberal Studies, and a multi-subject Credential from California State University Dominguez Hills. In addition, using the summertime to study at El Camino College to advance in my studies.

I completed my studies with a BCLAD, which allows me to work in-depth with second language learners.I am fluent in Spanish and my minors include computer science and studio art. My student teaching was completed at Harbor City Elementary and Eshelman Avenue. 

I was hired as a kindergarten teacher at Eshelman Avenue and have taught K-5th ever since. My last 6 years have been in upper grade, 4th and 5th, which I have found rewarding, preparing students for what is to come in middle school.

My world revolves around my 3 children, who are students of Eshelman too! I’m proud to have my own kids be part of the Eshelman community and I get to be part of the parent voice in our school.

My teaching philosophy for my students has always been, do your best every day and come ready to work. I hold high expectations and motivate my students with positivity and support. I keep my students’ families as extensions of my own, keeping in touch with many of my students who now are in middle school, high school and in college. Teaching has been my career goal from the start and I’m honored to work with the great community of Lomita.

Ms. marriott (5th)

  Carrie Marriott Teacher

Hello Eshelman families! The 2020-21 school year marks my 15th year as a teacher for LAUSD. I have taught in the 4th and 5th grades for the majority of my career. I graduated from Cal State University Long Beach by completing an accelerated teaching program that helped me get my BA and Teaching Credential in four years instead of five. I have my Gifted and Talented Certification which has helped me learn how to challenge student thinking in a variety of ways.

I believe that all children can learn with the right tools. I do not believe that there is a one size fits all kind of learning, so I like to incorporate a variety of strategies to reach all learners. The strategies I use are tools that each child can use to best fit their needs. I strongly believe that learning should be fun, encouraging, engaging, and provide opportunities for each child to bloom. I believe in being consistent, firm, caring, and having high expectations for all students. I look forward to working with you and your child this year!

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Ms. link (4th)

  Erika Link Teacher

Coming soon. 

Ms. rivera (4th & 5th)

  Maria Rivera Teacher

Hi there!

My name is Ms. Rivera and I am so excited to join the 3rd grade team at Eshelman Elementary!  I graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Language and Linguistics. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I have been fortunate to experience all grade levels, from Kindergarten to 5th grade.

This 2020-2021 school year poses many challenges, but I believe given the right tools and guidance, students will learn and academically succeed! Because, “the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” - BB King

ms. smith (4th)

  Maria Smith Teacher

Hello Eshelman Family,

My name is Maria Smith and this upcoming school year marks my 20th year of teaching, all of which have been here at Eshelman.  

I received my Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Teaching Credential at CSU, Dominguez Hills.

To say I love teaching is an understatement.  Teaching children has brought an unexplainable joy and satisfaction.  In my years of teaching, I’ve had the privilege of seeing struggling readers become confident readers, kids who are intimidated with math become “little calculators”, and watch past students become responsible adults and contributors to society.

 I see education as a collaborative partnership between the teacher, student, and parents, therefore home support is not just encouraged, but highly recommended.  I have an open-door policy for all my parents and students, and can easily be reached.

I cannot wait to get this year started!  We have a lot to get done, but I’m confident we will rise above the circumstances. 

Here are a few quotes I live by:

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

                                                     -Albert Einstein

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

                                                     -Nelson Mandela

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children”

                                                     -Walter Elias Disney