Teachers

I have been serving HLA students and families since 2008. I endeavor to provide academic interventions to students struggling with Reading or Math. While collaborating with your child’s teacher and principal, we identify a student’s needs and match them with the right strategy or resource to help them excel in school. I make it my priority to address the immediate needs of our students and their families. HLA is my home and it is a privilege to serve the wonderful students and families of HLA.

Originally from southern California, I began my teaching career in 2006 with a focus in serving students with diverse needs in Torrance, CA. My roots are grounded in faith, family and wellness. I believe in living a balanced and healthy life style with my husband and child. I’m feel so honored to work with your child. Please come by and visit me in the Library Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Alyssa Sughrue Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolHello there! I am excited for my first year here at HLA. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Sacramento State in 2012 and received my Teaching Credentials from William Jessup University in Rocklin May of 2016. I have a passion for teaching especially younger students. It is my goal to give each student the tools they need to be successful not just in their education, but in their lives as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Oliver Iraci Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolJanice Oliver-Iraci (Mrs. Oi) is enjoying her fourth year at Higher Learning Academy. She enjoys working in this community very much, and feels she has been able to be of service through her daily teaching of the Lavender Garden Kindergarten Class. Additionally, Mrs. Oi has led an after school choir, directed a musical, had a faculty role of the Parent Faculty Organization, directed recruitment efforts for new students, and performed outreach at community events. Mrs. Oi is currently pursuing a Master's degree in education, to help her in her efforts to bring more understanding about mental illness/health in an elementary school environment. Though not yet a grandmother, Mrs. Oi has 5 grown children, a couple dogs, a cat, and a guinea pig!

 

 

 

 

Maria Delamora Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolMaria Delamora has taught elementary school students for the past 7 years. She has taught kindergarten, third grade, and a first / second grade combination class. Ms. Delamora is currently teaching first grade. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on physical education. Soon after, she received her California multiple subject teaching credential along with a supplemental credential in English. Ms. Delamora is the mother of three children; a daughter who is 15 and two boys 12 and 6. She and her family moved to Sacramento three years ago and love exploring the outdoors. She has a passion for fitness and enjoys volunteering at kid’s fitness camps over the summer. She has also been involved with the arts since she was a child and enjoys teaching kids theater and dance.

 

 

 

Michaela Thomas Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolMy name is Michaela Thomas. I am one of the first grade teachers at Higher Learning Academy. I also coordinate sports and coach basketball as well. This will be my third year teaching at HLA. Prior to teaching, I was the After School Program Supervisor. I have been working with children in several different capacities over the last 10 years including, after school mentor/teacher, nutrition/fitness coach, cognitive intern tutor, and a classroom aide. I recently completed my credential and graduated with my master's degree in education.

I absolutely love working with children. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I have two children of my own (twins). They both attend Higher Learning Academy. They are part of my driving force that keeps me young and energetic to be able to captivate my young first grade scholars.

What inspires me about education is the fact that just a little motivation and a lot of encouragement enables students to become life long learners! I believe education is the highest form of self-sufficiency and independence. It is true that knowledge is power that no one can take from you. I strive for equity and efficacy in my classroom. I create an environment in which every child can reach their full potential. I can't wait to make it another great year of learning at HLA!! Go Eagles!

Jennifer Logan Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolI am excited to be a member of the HLA family. My passion for education was inherited from my father who taught high school math and science for 30 years, and coached football. I earned my teaching credential at California State University, Sacramento and taught for 7 years in the San Juan School District in the Citrus Heights/Carmichael area. With three children of my own, I took a break from teaching to raise them. After becoming a single mom and working in the corporate environment, my love for children and desire to return to my first passion – teaching - brought me to HLA. I post a quote where I can see it every day: “What is taught to our children will later define our culture.” Let us teach them well.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Douglass Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolHello, my name is Lisa Douglass and this is my first year at Higher Learning Academy. I started my teaching career 15 years ago out in Soledad, CA, where I taught kindergarten for 3 years. I took time off to raise my 2 wonderful children, Hayden 15 and Lauren 13. When they started school, I returned as a parent volunteer, than was hired on as a teacher’s aide. During that time I went back to school to complete my teaching credential. I am very excited to be here at HLA and I look forward to many more years!

 

 

 

 

 

Gurpreet Kaur Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolIt is my pleasure to introduce myself to you. My name is Gurpreet Kaur and I am excited and honored to be a third grade teacher at Higher Learning Academy. I acquired a B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2006. Thereafter, I received M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University in 2009. I love my job for it allows me to facilitate learning that open possibilities for students to explore their abilities and strengths that already exist within them. I have high expectations of all my students and love to challenge them to do and be their very best.

 

 

 

 

 

Hart ChiodoTheresa Hart-Chiodo has been in education since 1996. First as a para professional and then as a credentialed teacher. She has taught kindergarten, first, second and fifth grade. This is Mrs. Hart-Chiodo’s 3rd year teaching fourth grade here at HLA. She graduated from Californian State University Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. Next, she received her California multiple subject teaching credential from Chapman University, Roseville. Both her and her husband, Enrico are natives of Sacramento and have raised their children Karen, Kyle and Bryce in our community. She and her family enjoy trout fishing, camping, exploring coastal regions and spending time in Mount Shasta, CA.

 

 

 

Susan Garrison Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolI’m Susan Garrison and I have been teaching off and on for more than 20 years. This is my second year at HLA and my fourth consecutive year teaching fifth grade. I have degrees in Liberal Studies, Animal Behavior and Human Behavior, and am very much a lifelong learner who never stops being inquisitive. My favorite things about students this age are their curiosity and individuality. Their unique gifts, talents and interests really start to become evident and it is fun to help them realize that who they are makes a difference and to help them envision how that they will impact the world in their lifetime. They are each a distinctive possibility!

Any one of my students would be able to tell you after just a few days in my class that I am crazy about animals and that I love books! We make it a point to read a lot of great literature in my class and I have an extensive lending library for the scholars to use. There is a strong correlation between access to books and the likelihood of college graduation and I am encourage all of my students to be college ready and have a mindset for education beyond high school. They are the Princeton Class of 2028 because that is the year that they will graduate from a four-year university. I hope they will invite me to the ceremony!

I pray that someday I will be blessed with children of my own, but for now I can proudly say that I am owned by my dog, The One and Only Kona. When I have time away from school I enjoy going to my hometown of San Diego to visit my family and swimming with wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii. I can’t wait to go back to Australia, to travel in Europe and to take an African Safari someday. I am the possibility of a world that is safe for children, women and animals and where education and opportunity are available equally to all the world’s citizens.

Brandon Bagozzi Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolMy name is Brandon Bagozzi. I teach Middle School Mathematics and Science. I have been teaching for over 8 years and am excited to be a part of the HLA team. Each student is important to me and I work hard to ensure they are cared for and educated at a high level. Things that bring me happiness are my family, teaching, learning new things and running long distances. A motto for life I follow is, “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Turner Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolJulie Turner is excited to join the Higher Learning Academy this year! She is the 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher for the 2011-2012 school year. She obtained her Professional Clear Teaching Credential by graduating from The Master's College with a B.A. in Education, completing CSU Bakersfield's Credentialing Program, and the CA State's BTSA program. Miss Turner comes to HLA with 7 years teaching experience; 5 years as a Jr. High Social Science/Language Arts Teacher and 2 years at the Elementary level. After recently relocating to Sacramento from So. Calif., she looks forward to a wonderful year working with students and fellow staff members to improve academic achievement at HLA.