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Nicole Cumbra, M.ED, Principal
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Kim Casbeer, School Administrative AssistantTop of Page

Courtney Horner, Health Assistant 
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Carrie Donovan, TK/K TeacherTop of Page

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Hello, my name is Carrie Donovan and I am the TK teacher at Alta Vista Community Charter School.   Teaching TK is an absolute joy for me.  I love fostering the natural curiosity and love of learning children have at this age.  It is not a job for me but more of a passion.
I grew up in a family of teachers.  From a very young age, I’ve enjoyed working with children.  As I grew, I went from babysitting and volunteering in classrooms to working in after school care. I then attended CSU Chico and earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in early childhood education in 2002 and a Multiple Subject teaching credential a year later.  My husband and I I have have three children, two of which attend Alta Vista.  Auburn is my home town; I was raised here and I love my home and school community!

Sarah Hudspeth, Kindergarten TeacherTop of Page

Heather Rahall, First Grade TeacherTop of Page

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Hello families! My name is Heather Rahall and I am so excited to be part of the Alta Vista and community family! Some things I wholeheartedly enjoy are running, being outdoors, sunshine, warmth, the beach; I could go on and on. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from San Diego State University along with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have such a love for teaching while enriching the lives of all the wonderful children who are beginning their educational career. I cannot wait to share my love of learning with you all as we begin the next exciting school year!

Sara Liebert, Second Grade TeacherTop of Page

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 TeacherTop of Page

Cara Schwindt, Third Grade Teacher
Teaching is an absolute passion of mine, I believe I'm doing the job I was born to do! I grew up in Vacaville, California, and attended CSU-Sacramento where I earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies in 2005, followed by a teaching credential with the Bilingual Multicultural Education in 2006.  I earned a second Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University in 2013.
I moved to Washington in 2006 and taught in Vancouver for ten years. I met my husband in 2012 and we were married in 2013. A few years later, we moved back to California and I joined the Alta Vista teaching team. I’ve taught students in Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 5th Grade.  Additionally, I have been an ELL (English Language Learner) Coordinator. I  love teaching and feel so privileged to be able to do what I love each and every day. It is my mission to instill a love of learning in all my students as well as develop them into responsible and caring citizens. 

Steve Howe, Fourth Grade TeacherTop of Page

Tracy North, Fifth Grade TeacherTop of Page

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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!


Laura Kessler, Preschool RSPTop of Page

Lynnel Queen, Speech + LanguageTop of Page

Melanie Searls, District PsychologistTop of Page


Tiffany Alexander, Paraprofessional (Preschool)Top of Page

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Joanne Allender, ParaprofessionalTop of Page

Joanne Allender, Paraprofessional

Brittany Beacham, SLPATop of Page

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Sheri Bennett, ParaprofessionalTop of Page

Sheri Bennett, Paraprofessional

Rainey Hall, Paraprofessional (Preschool)Top of Page

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Kathy Jones, ParaprofessionalTop of Page

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Michael (Scott) Daly, Day CustodianTop of Page

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Christina Kay, Nutrition ClerkTop of Page

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