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3RD GRADE

Lara Davis
3rd Grade 
Lara Davis

 I have been teaching elementary school for the last 18 years. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University and my  Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from California Lutheran University. I began my teaching career in Kindergarten and have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I was hired at Sycamore the day before school started and have been lucky to be here ever since!  I have one daughter who is married and now living in North Carolina. I was born and raised in Colorado and remain a die-hard Denver Bronco fan! I am passionate about reading and traveling. I have lived in Germany two different times and love to study and learn about WWII. I absolutely love my job and feel fortunate be a part of children’s lives and their learning. Their joy and passion, as well as struggles, inspire me to work hard, stay positive and enjoy life!

 



 

Sonya Zavala
3rd Grade
Sonya Zavala

I have been in the classroom for over 20 years in some capacity. I have always loved working with kids, from toddlers to teens. I have worked in classrooms as a volunteer, substitute teacher,  and paraeducator. I have worked 7 years as a paraeducator working in ⅚ combo classrooms at Simi Elementary, Mountain View and Katherine Elementary. During this time with the encouragement of some wonderful teachers, I finished my teaching credential and completed my student teaching at Katherine Elementary and Hollow Hills. I began to substitute teach again and was fortunate enough to be hired as a long term sub for Ms. Bowman at Sycamore.
I earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree from Cal Poly, SLO (Go Mustangs!), and my MA in Education with a PPS credential in School Counseling. My husband and I have been married for 22 years and have 3 teenagers- 19, 16, and 13. We love spending time together, and supporting the various activities the kids are involved in. I especially enjoy playing board games with the family. In the summer, you can find me at the beach, or camping.

 

 

Nicole Hrach
3/4th Grade Special Day Class
Nicole Hrach

My name is Nikki Hrach, and I teach the 3rd and 4th grade Special Day Class here at Sycamore Elementary. I grew up in Ventura County, completing my K-12 education right next door in CVUSD. In college, I studied Biology and Comparative Religions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I moved back to the Conejo Valley and worked as a camp director and recreation leader. I earned my Moderate/Severe Education Specialist teaching credential at California Lutheran University, where I will soon complete my Master’s of Science in Special Education. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Sycamore Elementary community, and love the inclusive, welcoming atmosphere here! We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful, highly-trained community of dedicated teachers and staff who are dedicated to serving and working with exceptional students and their families. In our classroom, my team and I work hard to create an environment in which all students have the opportunity to learn and grow. My favorite thing about teaching is helping students develop a growth mindset. It is so rewarding to see a student try, make a mistake, and then try again until they get it right! Displaying resilience and determination is something that my students and I aim for every day. Go Skyhawks!

   Sarah and Lara

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