The faculty at FRCS are second to none. I love the diversity in the teaching and the energy everyone puts forth... - Diana Burgon, parent of Bronte and Brighton
TK/Kindergarten - Theresa Palmarini
Ms. Palmarini is a founding teacher at FRCS. She started with a 2nd/3rd grade combo in 2008-09 then moved to kindergarten in 2009-10. She received a degree in Environmental Science Writing from CSU, Chico in 1996 and her teaching credential in 2001. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher at FRCS, Ms. Palmarini taught reading intervention and GATE. She also taught environmental education to K-12th grade students at the Chico Creek Nature Center and as an AmeriCorp member with the Nature Conservancy. Ms. Palmarini brings her training and experience in Service Learning, Watershed Education, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Read Naturally, and Highly Effective Teaching to FRCS. In her spare time, Ms. Palmarini enjoys gardening, working on the Butte Creek Canyon property she shares with her husband and two daughters, hiking, reading and knitting.
First/Second Grade - Katrina Stearns
Second/Third Grade - Kala Ulep
Fourth/Fifth Grade - Lisa Selu
Another founding faculty member, Ms. Selu taught the 4th/5th/6th combo in 2008-09. She survived with flying colors. Ms. Selu graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Applied Arts and Mathematics in 2001, receiving her teaching credential in 2002. She enjoys teaching her students to be lifelong learners and sets an example by taking part in multiple professional development opportunities. She has participated in iSTEM, HET trainings and seminars with Susan Kovalik, project WET, project WILD, Forestry Institute for Teachers, Art for educators, and other science institutes through Chico State. She has been the Lead Teacher at our school from inception. She has brought her enthusiasm of art and dance to our electives. To help families, she started, and continues to run, our after school Homework Club. She also enjoys putting on Math Days/Nights and hosting the Sock Hop. Her dedication to her students, their families, and the rest of the staff at FRCS is an asset to our school.
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Middle School Teacher - Michele Jimenez
Michele attended Chico State majoring in Liberal Studies with an area of concentration in Child Development. Her heart is devoted to her family and her students. Michele's career has been split between teaching and finance. She has taught Pre-K, First, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade. Middle school feels like her niche and where she is supposed to be at this time in her life. Michele's certifications include iSTEM, NGSS, AVID, HET with Susan Kovalik, Thinking Maps, and MTSS. She is currently the Middle School Coordinator for Forest Ranch Charter School, which includes teaching all subjects, organizing and attending overnight field trips, and supporting extracurricular activities of her students, as well as social activities for the middle school here at FRCS.