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WE ARE BROOKFIELD

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Jo Gonsalves, Ed.D.

BROOKFIELD SCHOOL

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Principal Jo Gonsalves, Ed.D.

Principal

“Dr. Jo” became our school’s instructional leader in 2007. Prior to joining the Brookfield Faculty, she taught middle school and high school English and Science in Sacramento area private and parochial schools for 11 years. She also served as Assistant Principal of Academics at St. Francis High School in Sacramento for 4 years before accepting her current position to lead Brookfield School. Dr. Jo was drawn to Brookfield School because of its reputation for excellence and its commitment to serving the area’s brightest and most motivated students, a population that is grossly under-served in most schools today, but is so important to the betterment of our society’s future. If you ask Dr. Jo what she sees as her personal mission as Brookfield’s principal, she would tell you, “My purpose is to provide a safe and happy environment, combined with a rigorous and creative academic program, and emotional and social support so my bright students have the best opportunity to reach their potential. I see each of my students as a future leader.”

Dr. Jo’s Professional Credentials include:

  • BA in English from UC Davis
  • Departmental Citation for Excellence, UC Davis
  • CA Clear Single Subject Credential: English, General Science
  • CA Administrative Services Credential
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership, St. Mary’s College of California

Mrs. Afiya Moore

Vice Principal

Mrs. Afiya Moore first began her teaching career in 2002, in East Palo Alto for Ravenswood City School District. After pursuing other career endeavors, she relocated from the Bay Area to Sacramento and returned to the field of education in 2012. Mrs. Moore is stern, yet fun and loving and treats each of her students as if they were her own. She believes every child has the innate desire to learn and also craves the guidance needed to reach their fullest intellectual capacity. Mrs. Moore has taught grades K, 1, 2 and 5, and has even served as an instructional coach for other teachers. She is organized and has strong classroom management skills.

Mrs. Moore is a published children’s book author and mother of two.

Education

  • Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay
  • Bachelors in Political Science and Minor in Mathematics from Chico State
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

President John Sittner

President

Mr. John Sittner, Owner, has a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Baylor University and did graduate studies at the University of Utah. He also has a real estate broker’s license in Utah and California. A life-long entrepreneur, Mr. Sittner founded Ethos Investments in 1980 and Ancestry Inc., also known at Ancestry.com, in 1983. He and Mrs. Sittner founded Pinnacle Schools in 2003.

Mr. Sittner also provided the vision and leadership for Salt Lake City’s preparation for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics. Mr. Sittner is the Business Manager for the schools, which includes oversight of the long-term planning, financial, facility, payroll, and marketing needs of the schools. All major financial decisions rely on his approval. He is also involved in policy making for employees, students, and parents, as well as promotional activities and limited tech support.

Mrs. Kathi Sittner

Director

Mrs. Kathi Sittner, co-owner with her husband, John, acts as our curriculum coordinator and personnel manager. She received her B.A. in German, a Minor in French, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Beloit College in Wisconsin and taught German in grades 7-12. More recently, she received a national certification as a piano teacher from the American College of Musicians. She has lived in Germany and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Mrs. Sittner worked for many years as a professional genealogist and a published writer for genealogical magazines, and for the past ten years has been teaching private piano lessons. She was involved in the Utah public and private school systems for many years. She has done much research in gifted education, successful school techniques, and the best curricula in the various subjects. She believes in the wisdom of early childhood education, including instruction in languages, music, and general education. She also believes passionately in creating a superior education for her students, including making gifted teaching methodologies available to all students. Under her guidance, Brookfield’s students and teachers are truly “rising to the challenge!”

Ms. Gloria Moreno

Social Studies Specialist

Gloria Moreno joined Brookfield in the Fall of 2021 as a Social Studies Specialist. Born and
raised in Bakersfield, CA, Ms. Moreno moved to Sacramento to complete her education where
she studied social movements and race relations in America. She has experience teaching History
and English at the middle school, high school, and college levels. As a first-generation college
student, she quickly learned that education is at the root of growing as a student, worker, and
more importantly, as a person. Ms. Moreno believes that learning is a never-ending gift. With
this mindset, she teaches intersectional and multicultural history in a way that strengthens an
important life skill, empathy. She is dedicated to creating a fun, welcoming environment that
also challenges her students intellectually.

When sports fanatic Ms. Moreno is not teaching, she enjoys coaching and practicing Muay Thai,
playing softball, and making silly memories with her friends and family. She also has two fur
babies, Foxy and Cody.

  •  MA in History – California State University, Sacramento
  •  BA in History – California State University, Sacramento

Ms. Haleema Kaifi

English Teacher

Ms. Haleema Kaifi first discovered Brookfield when she was searching for the best school for her son, Zayn. She joined our English faculty in 2021, the same year Zayn registered for Pre-first. Ms. Kaifi has held several positions in her teaching career working with many different types of learners, including high school English, adult ESL classes, tutor, corporate trainer, and adjunct professor. She is adept at course design, and has developed original courses in leadership, writing, and oration.

Ms. Kaifi has a warm smile and approachable personality. She shares that she enjoys getting to know her students. She seeks to understand how each student learns best, and tailors instruction to help each learner.

  • BA in Literature, Columbia University
  • MA in Teaching of English, Columbia University

Mrs. Lisa Cullen

2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Cullen joined the Brookfield faculty in 2012 as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Cullen taught 1st and 2nd grade for the first five years of her teaching career in private schools in Sacramento, followed by grades K through 4 in local public school districts. Throughout her 11 years of teaching, she has taught a diverse population of students, including English language learners, students with learning disabilities, and both high and low academic level students. She is adept at using a variety of teaching strategies and techniques in her classroom to address the different learning styles of her students.

Mr. Erik Boice

Operations Manager

Mr. Boice, Operations Manager, was hired in August 2014. Mr. Boice assists in the development of curriculum, oversees the financial aid program and the summer camp program, coordinates the school marketing, helps to oversee and develop the facilities, and interacts with staff and administrators concerning staffing and student issues including hiring. He also acts as the lead in communication with parents as needed and is a liaison to the Pinnacle Schools management. He has a B.A. in Theater Performance and Video Production from Pitzer College and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Sacramento State College. Before moving to California he worked for many years as a restaurant manager in Utah and Oklahoma.

Ms. Souzie Fonte

Preschool Teacher

Souzie has enjoyed working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 24 years.  She loves providing children with opportunities to grow and develop the skills that will help them become successful students, while watching their  love for learning continue to grow.  Prior to joining Brookfield, she taught 4/5yr old children for 18 years, directed an after-school program for students in grades K through 6 grade for a year, served as a preschool director for 3 years, and was the lead teacher in a 2/3’s combination class. Souzie strives to provide a classroom where children are engaged with many hands on activities, and where their creativity and independence can thrive. She enjoys developing fun art projects, and sharing fun learning games, and reading stories to her students.

When she’s not teaching, she is at home with her husband of 24 years and their three children.  The family includes  a twenty-year-old daughter, eighteen-year-old daughter, and a fifteen-year-old son. The family pets include a Pit, a Rottweiler, and a cat.  Ms. Souzie has a full, happy home!  The family enjoys camping, hiking, biking and spending time by the pool.  Additionally, Souzie enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and photography.

She is excited to be part of her students’ learning journey at Brookfield Preschool.

Mr. John Flolo

P.E. Teacher

John Flolo joined the Brookfield Staff in 2004. During his tenure, he has served as our school’s Physical Education Instructor and Health Educator for all grade levels, Pre-First through 8th grades. He also Directs and Coaches all of Brookfield’s 13 Athletic Programs. Mr. Flolo challenges all of our Brookfield Students to “Always Do Their Best”. All of our Brookfield Students participate in daily, rigorous physical education activities and are tested weekly to determine improvement within the President’s Council National Fitness Testing Standards.

Ms. Claudia Gonzalez

Preschool Teacher

My love for children lead me to pursue a career as an early childhood teacher after earning an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Sacramento City College. I’ve been teaching for three years and have learned so much about how young children learn through this experience.

I have two “fur babies,” Lex and Buddy. We love to go to grandma’s house and we especially love kayaking. I’m excited to be a part of Brookfield School and look forward to what’s in store for me.

Ms. Renee Janota

4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Renee Janota comes to Brookfield from the state of Michigan where she taught Social Studies for 18 years in private and public middle schools. She was born in Oregon, raised in Alaska, and has lived in many of the states in the U.S.A., as well as 3.5 years in Frankfurt, Germany. Ms. Janota earned her Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Technology in the Classroom through Walden University. Ms. Janota returned to the west to be a part of her three grandsons’ lives in the Sacramento area.

As a middle school teacher, she has used a variety of educational techniques to engage, educate, and empower her students to reach their full potential. Ms. Janota believes in creating a classroom community based on respect for each other, so that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow. Her warm smile, and words of encouragement have helped her connect with thousands of students in her previous classrooms.

In addition to teaching U.S. History and Government, Ancient World History, and World Geography in grades 5 – 8; Ms Janota has served as a Junior Honor Society chaperone for field trips, planned many dances, sponsored two high school classes, co-coached Mock Trial teams for three years, invited many speakers to her classroom, and planned grade level field trips. She is excited to get to know each new class and embracing our school culture.

Tatanisha Day

Preschool Director

I am the mother of four wonderful young men and the grandmother of four amazing grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter. I have a wonderful husband of 28 years.

I have worked with children in many aspects of the field of early childhood education for over 24 years.  I have extensive training in my field, including First Five, S.C.O.E, Preschool Bridging Model Plus, P.I.T.C, as well as training through the Sacramento Office of Education.

I believe in blending curiosity, creativity, with emergent teaching. One of the greatest rewards of teaching young children is taking a moment to pause and observe a child and seeing the world through his or her eyes. Children grow so quickly in preschool, and there is so much to learn. My goal is to help children develop an appreciation for education and reach their highest potential. I believe that each child is unique and holds the future in his or her busy, curious little hands.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to provide your child with quality care in a nurturing environment.

Ms. Day

Mrs. Michelle Schumacher

Office Manager

Mrs. Schumacher came to Brookfield in 1999 and has been the Office Manager for 13 years. She is responsible for the every day operation of the school, assisting parents, students and faculty in various ways. She is the first person you see when you come into the office and is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Ms. Erin Kahle

Kindergarten (Pre 1st)

Miss Erin Kahle has been an educator since 2003. She joined Brookfield in 2017 with experience teaching a wide range of ages, from toddlers through third grade. She most enjoys teaching Pre-k children, and prides herself in creating a classroom culture that celebrates and nurtures a child’s ability to explore, discover and learn. Erin holds a BA in Liberal Studies and a Primary level Montessori Teaching Credential. Outside of the classroom, Erin enjoys relaxing with her husband and two dogs, reading, spending time with good friends, and rooting for the Oakland Raiders.

Madame Claire Michelet

Primary Level French

Claire Michelet was born and grew up near Paris. During her high school studies, she received a solid foundation in French language and literature, which were strongly emphasized, as were classical studies such as Latin and Greek. She moved to the United States about 22 years ago, and also studied at CSU Chico, where she got her Master of Fine Arts. Claire became an American Citizen in 2000, and now resides in Sacramento, and goes to France regularly to visit. In addition to her love for literature and the arts, she enjoys teaching. She finds it a rewarding experience and takes great pleasure at the daily interaction with students, responding to their innate curiosity and monitoring their learning process. She has taught French for years, giving group and private lessons for all ages. Claire is enthusiastic about sharing with her students the French language, culture, and lifestyle which are so familiar to her.

Ms. Penny Renaud

4th Grade Teacher

Penny Renaud begin teaching second grade at Brookfield School in 2000. She taught third and fourth grades, before deciding that fourth grade was where she was meant to be! Prior to joining the Brookfield faculty, she taught sixth through eighth grade at Merryhill Preparatory School and El Dorado County Office of Education.  “My educational goal is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve to his or her maximum ability.”

Profra. Norma Faubelt

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Maestra Norma Faubert joined Brookfield in 2021 as our Middle School Spanish Teacher. She is native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Mexico City. She has worked as a Spanish teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, Preschool teacher, and currently also serves as government interpreter. She shares that “being bilingual is a talent! Strong language skills are an asset to anyone who wants to be an effective communicator.” She is excited to help shape the next generation as a teacher.

When she is not teaching or working as an interpreter, Maestra Norma is a Hockey Mom and Ultra marathon runner, so we know she is energetic, perseverant, and able to go the distance!

  • BA in Tourism Management and Development
  • Certified Preschool teacher & Spanish teacher
  • Spanish Analytic Linguist, US Govt
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Ambassador (HOKA ONE ONE)

Chris Medrano

Facilities Manager

Mr. Matthew Cobley

STEM Specialist

Mr Cobley joined Brookfield’s faculty in 2020 as a Science and Math teacher. Originally from the United Kingdom, he moved to the US to work in paleontology with the University of Utah. Prior to joining our faculty, he taught science for ten years to learners of all ages, including graduate students at the University of Utah, public presentations at the World Museum Liverpool, elementary school students with the Natural History Museum of Utah, and high school students at Judge Memorial High School (Salt Lake City, UT).

He enjoys being outside in nature, and anything to do with fixing or riding motorcycles.

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology – Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
  • Master of Science in Palaeobiology – University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr. Caesar Cabading

Math Specialist

Dr. Cabading, known to our students as “Dr. C”, first joined our school in 2019 as our middle school Math Specialist and Math Team Coach. He left for Philippines last year to be with his family during the height of the pandemic. But now, he is back again to continue the Math legacy he has started in Brookfield.

Dr. C believes that “travel is the best teacher and we must open our minds to become students of the world’. He brings with him 30 years of Math expertise having taught mathematics in all levels including Physics and Statistics, from elementary to university post graduate levels; and across the globe, from Florida to Guam and the Philippines, and now here in California. He has been a Math Coach for several years in the Philippines for Math Olympiad and the US Math Counts.

He has a close-knit family that enjoys traveling with him. His three grown children have also settled in the Sacramento region and are pursuing their careers in Software Engineering, Accounting, and Marketing.
His wife, Dr. Celine, is a Nurse-Professor and is currently pursuing a law degree.

He is a patient, kind-hearted, and encouraging person who inspires students to do their
best and helps them build confidence and self-efficacy in Math. He has successfully
prepared Brookfield students to successfully matriculate to Algebra II or the equivalent
their freshman year of high school.

  • PhD (Educational Leadership) University of Immaculate Conception
  • MA in Educational Management
  • BS in Mathematics
  • BA in Secondary Education with Math and General Science emphasis

Ms. Amber Moore

Theatre Teacher

Ms. Mai Xiong

1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Mai was born in Fresno, but spent most of her life in Sacramento. She is the 4th oldest child of a family with ten siblings! Ms. Mai has a BA in Child Development with a concentration in Early Development Education and Care from CSU Sacramento. She worked in the field of Child Development for more than six years before joining the Brookfield Preschool faculty, and she loves everything about it. Mai enjoys spending time to engage with her students, and finds that every day is an amazing day with many different things to learn and to teach. She enjoys spending personal time cooking, playing with her son, singing, and visiting farms with her parents, She also enjoys going on walks and traveling with her husband and her son. She hopes to hopefully, extend her family, so her son will have siblings!

Ms. Tatyana Cortes

PK Teacher

Ms. Taty comes from a BIG family.  She is the eldest of eight siblings, so she was well-trained to handle kids long before she became a teacher!  She joined Brookfield PK in 2022 with six years previous experience teaching 2-5 year-old children.  Ms. Taty loves Jurassic Park Movies, strawberries, the Dodgers, and Halloween.  She is also very artistic and enjoys sharing this skill with her students.

Ms. Patricia Chavez

PK Teacher

I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico.

I’m a proud mother of two  beautiful teenage girls.
I have been a preschool teacher for 24 years, and at Brookfield School for
the past three years. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, painting, and watching movies. 

I’m very passionate about teaching and will do my best to make every day fun!

Ms. Destiny Brewer

Preschool Teacher

Hi Friends! 

My name is Ms. Destiny. I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and I have been a preschool teacher for 4 years, and volunteering with children since I was 16. I grew up with four brothers, and was raised by both my mom and my dad. I love to travel, spend time with my family, read new books, dabble in photography, and fitness. I have always had a great passion for working with children, and taking care of my younger brothers. My interest was sparked following my youngest brother’s diagnosis of autism, which changed the dynamics of my entire household. I wanted to understand him and others like him, so I began volunteering in special needs classes at local public schools, assisted living homes, and Easter Seals. My passion begins with the success of the children, and their comfortability within the environment in which I create. I am very happy to be a part of the Brookfield Community to provide an understanding, warm, and loving learning experience.

Ms. Jou Vang

Preschool Teacher

Hello, my name is Jou Vang. I was born and raised in Modesto, CA and relocated to the Sacramento area when I got married in 2013. I have a wonderful husband of nearly 10 years and we’re finally expecting our fir child. We are ecstatic and cannot wait to become parents. This is my second year at Brookfield Preschool and I love it here. Teaching is a passion of mine and I love to see my children succeed and grow throughout the year(s).

Mr. Domenic Dalpez

Music Specialist

Mr. Dom Dalpez joined the faculty as our Music Specialist in 2022.
His specialty is the saxophone, but he is a multi-dimensional instrumentalist who plays clarinet, flute, piano, guitar, and ukulele.  
 
Mr. Dalpez started learning clarinet in elementary school and moved to saxophone in high school.  His love for music led to majoring in Saxophone Performance in college and eventually obtaining his Masters of Music Performance with a Jazz emphasis from CSU Sacramento.  He was the recipient of the Evelyne Day Music Scholarship Fall 2016-Spring 2017.
 
Mr. Dalpez has been teaching private music lessons throughout his career, but is also an active professional musician who has performed throughout the greater Sacramento and Bay Area since 2015. Notable performances and collaborations include local Grammy award winning trombonist Jamie Dubberly and percussionist Carlos Caro, as well as trombonist Abel Figueroa of Santana, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos, and Steve Turre of Saturday Night Live.  He also had the privilege of being invited to play at the San Diego Jazz Educator’s Network (JEN conference).  Currently, Mr. Dalpez performs professionally as lead alto/clarinet with 1920s/1930s jazz big band Symphonia Phonotone and wedding/cover band Popular Demand (HIP Entertainment)
 
“Mr. Dom”, as our students know him, is a familiar face at Brookfield, having worked as our Assistant Facilities Manager, Social Media Manager, and Summer Camp Director.   He is well-versed in technology and enjoys working with our students, sharing his love and expertise in music, and all that Jazz…

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Location: 6115 Riverside Blvd,
Sacramento, CA 95831

Telephone: 877-567-8478

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