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5TH GRADE

Lori Brawner
5th Grade 
Lori Brawner
 I feel so blessed to work at Sycamore because of the great families and staff that put the needs of students first. I am in my 13th year of teaching for this great school district. While growing up in Simi Valley, I attended Atherwood, Sequoia Jr. High, and Simi Valley High School.  I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters who have also attended the Simi schools and are now in college. I enjoy playing, coaching, and watching soccer. Although I enjoy teaching all subjects, I have traveled to over 45 countries and love to teach or learn about geography. An interesting fact about me that most don’t know is that I have competed in the traditional Hawaiian dance of Hula.  

Manuel Rojas
4th/5th Grade Teacher
Manuel Rojas
Hi! My name is Manny Rojas and I am teaching the 4/5 Split this year. I moved to Simi when I was 4 and I am a proud student of SVUSD, having graduated Simi High School in 1999.  I went on to get my BA and Credential from California State University, Northridge. My family currently lives here in Simi and my daughters both attend Simi Valley Schools. My hobbies outside of teaching include playing guitar and reading. Even at my age, I still enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons with the same friends I have had since elementary school.  I am very lucky to be a teacher here at Sycamore and have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful families. The best part of my job is working with my students and helping them realize what they are capable of in a fun, relaxed environment. 

Jennifer Waer 
4th/5th Special Day Class 
Jennifer Waer
My name is Jennifer Waer. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley with my younger brother, Patrick. Most people assume that I became interested in special education because he has Down syndrome, but even before he was born when I was nine, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I got my undergraduate degree at Cal Lutheran University and my teaching credential at CSUN, during which time I worked as a paraprofessional at the fully inclusive CHIME Charter Elementary School. I completed my student teaching at Santa Su High in the spring of 2003 and started working at Sycamore the following fall. I've taught here ever since. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and photography. I'm also interested in the history of World War II, the development of different languages and accents, and I am a lifelong "Star Trek" fan. I love teaching my students because every year is different and presents new and exciting challenges and things to learn. I believe my job is to meet each student exactly where they are and move them as far forward as our combined efforts can get them.