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emily_lavender@upland.k12.ca.us

Hello! My name is Ms. Lavender and I am excited to be your teacher this year! This is my 3rd year teaching TK, and my 17th year teaching elementary school. I have taught TK, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and have experience with Special Education. I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Friends University, in Kansas, before moving to sunny California.

I have a teenage daughter, and love spending time with her. I love nature, being outside, and yoga. Some of my favorite things are going on hikes, going to the beach, having traveling adventures, and teaching your wonderful kids!

 

caroline_benavidez@upland.k12.ca.us

Hi, My name is Caroline Benavidez, this is my 8th year teaching Kindergarten. I have been at Foothill Knolls for 10 years. I grew up in Upland and graduated from Upland High School. I graduated from UCR with my bachelors in Anthropology. I received my teaching credential and masters from CSUSB. 

I have been married for 12 years to my high school sweetheart. I have my own Kindergartener and a 2 year old. We love Disneyland and everything Disney. We are big LA fans, both Dodgers and Lakers. I love bows!

I am looking forward to a great year. 

 

cynthia_franco@upland.k12.ca.us

Hello! My name is Ms. Franco and I teach Kindergarten. This is my 1st year teaching Kindergarten! I taught 1st grade for 7 years. Overall, I have been working in the Upland School District for 17 years.  I received my Bachelors in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and earned my Clear Credential from UCLA.  

I have a small Yorkie and a niece and nephew that I love to spoil.  I love nature and I enjoy being outdoors. Some of my favorite things to do are going on hikes, going to the beach, swimming, going to Dodger games, and teaching all my wonderful students!

 

kcushman@upland.k12.ca.us

Hello families! My name is Miss Cushman and I teach kindergarten. This is my first year teaching kindergarten and I have now taught all grade levels kindergarten through 6th grade.I have been teaching in Upland for 19 years now! This is my first year at Foothill Knolls and I love our TK-8 school. I enjoy getting to know my students and their families because we are a community here.

I grew up in Upland and attended Sierra Vista, Upland Junior High, and Upland High School. I received my Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and I received my masters in Education Leadership and Policies from the University of Texas of Arlington.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, hanging out with family and friends, attending sports events, and going to the beach. Thank you for your support throughout the year.

Together we are a team for your child success. I look forward to a wonderful year in kindergarten.