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Laura Miner, Principal

Laura Miner

My name is Laura Miner and I am a lifelong resident in Simi Valley. In fact, I was born in Simi Valley Hospital. I attended Simi Schools and graduated from Simi High in 1992. I support all of our students in all our high schools, but I am a true Pioneer and bleed Maroon and Gold. I have three children, Hayden, Carson, and Savannah, who attend or have attended Simi Valley Schools. My Husband, Robert, is a Ventura County Fire Captain, and is a Royal High alum. You can see our love for this community runs deep.

After graduating from California Lutheran University, I immediately began my teaching career here in Simi Valley in 1997. I have worked at Crestview Elementary School, Vista Elementary School, Santa Susana Elementary School, and now here at Sycamore Elementary School. I have taught grades 2 through 6 and Kindergarten. When I was in each grade or assignment I thought that grade or assignment was my favorite, and each holds a special place in my heart. After I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, I served as a Literacy Coach at Santa Susana Elementary School. I am now very proud to be the Principal of Sycamore, which is a great school. 

In my free time I like to be outdoors with my family. We enjoy camping, days at the lake, and taking our Jeep out for a spin. I am also a lover of all music, and incorporate it into my daily life in one way or another. On any given day you can find me singing with a microphone in my hand. I love this position and this is much more than a job to me. I have a passion for education, teaching and leading.

Kathy Hinkle, Office Manager

I am a California transplant, having been born and raised in New Jersey. I moved to California in 1997 and enjoy the California sunshine with my husband, two children, two dogs and two cats.

As Office Manager, I have the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the campus to ensure and maintain a safe and positive environment for our staff and Sycamore families. My duties include a wide range of tasks as they relate to maintaining policies and procedures, providing support to our Principal, staff, teachers, students and parents. I am always available to help when needed.

I love the family atmosphere we create at Sycamore, and love the positive learning environment that I provide for our students.

Bryan Bloomfield, Custodian

I was born and raised in Altadena, CA. I came to Sycamore Elementary School five years ago and am proud to have the distinction of keeping our campus beautiful. Being in charge of our campus needs both inside and outside of the classroom definitely keeps me busy!

My daughter, Nyla, attends Sycamore, and there is no other place that I would want her to be. She has grown up being part of the Skyhawk family and enjoys every minute of her time here.

Karen Russell, Campus Supervisor

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Aracely Cortez, Campus Supervisor

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Jill Hartfield, Campus Supervisor

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Amy Whittaker, Campus Supervisor

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