- School Information
The Alta Vista Team
Nicole Cumbra, M.ED, Principal
Kim Casbeer, School Administrative Assistant
Courtney Horner, Health Assistant
Carrie Donovan, TK/K Teacher
Sarah Hudspeth, Kindergarten Teacher
Heather Rahall, First Grade Teacher
Sara Liebert, Second Grade Teacher
I am happy to be a teacher here at Alta Vista Community Charter School. My two decades of teaching experience includes preschool all the way to 8th grade! Originally from Los Altos, I taught in Cupertino for 9 years. After moving to Auburn, I taught at Bowman Charter School, Green Hills in Granite Bay, Sierra Hills and Weimar in the Placer Hills School District before finding a home at Alta Vista where I've taught since the fall of 2014.
When I'm not working or hanging out with my daughter, Hannah, I enjoy the outdoors: camping, kayaking, hiking, and riding my bike. I stay active with the community through Hannah’s school, sports, dance school, Auburn Ski Club, and helping at school and community events.
I bring positive, enthusiastic and creative energy to the classroom to meet the needs of all my students. Expectations are set high, but the support and tools are provided for all my students to be successful. I believe in developing well-rounded students. This means we work on academics, responsibility, social skills, and we also have fun in and out of the classroom.
Cara Schwindt, Third Grade Teacher
Tracy North, Fifth Grade Teacher
I've been teaching since 2010 and joined Alta Vista as its third grade teacher in the fall of 2015. In 2019, I moved to the fifth grade. Teaching gives me the opportunity to facilitate learning in a student centered, project-based learning environment. I teach lessons which place strong emphasis on cross curricular learning activities. I earned a Liberal Studies Bachelor's degree from California State University, Sacramento, and have held a multiple-subject teaching credential since 2007, with supplemental authorizations in Science, English, and Social Studies. I love the small community feel of our school and community, leading me to purchase a house in Auburn. My favorite part of living in the community where I teach is running into my students and their families outside of school. See you on campus!