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.

kim arnold Hi! I love teaching kindergarten here at HLA. Every day is a new gift. Singing songs, practicing manors and learning to line up are our specialties.
I have 2 kids of my own, one in college and the other here with me in third grade.
I have been teaching for eight years full time however I've been working with young kids and since I was 16.
One unique fact about me is that I have had the pleasure to have lived and worked overseas in Europe, Guam and Africa (where I adopted my son).
On the weekends you'll find me exploring somewhere new, running, cooking or watching football! I'm ALWAYS busy.
I hope to stay here at HlA and watch my kinders grow.





Maria Delamora Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary SchoolMaria Delamora has taught elementary school students for the past 8 years. She has taught kindergarten, third grade, and a first / second grade combination class. Ms. Delamora has been teaching at HLA for four years and is currently teaching a third & fourth grade combination class. 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 16 and two boys 13 and 7. She and her family moved to Sacramento five 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 a fourth grade teacher at Higher Learning Academy. I am Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning as well as HLA’s Site Sports Manager. This will be my fourth 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 have a passion and deep care for the students and families we serve. I have two children of my own (twins). They both attend Higher Learning Academy. My kids are part of the driving force that keeps me youthful and energetic to teach our 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. 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!

Amy FowlerAmy Fowler is excited for her first year at a Higher Learning Academy! She grew up in the central valley and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. After becoming a parent to her two beautiful children now ages 6 and 4; she decided to make a career change from business management to education. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, shopping for vintage finds, visiting art museums, and having a good laugh!






Geraldine RectorHi all! My family and I relocated to Northern California 5 years ago from the beautiful island of Guam where I taught grades K-5 for twelve years. I chose to become an educator because I wanted to instill in each child a love for learning. I believe that each child is unique in their individuality and my purpose is to ensure that each child acquires the necessary skills to thrive at the next grade level. I am happy to be a part of the HLA school community and I am looking forward to an exciting new school year!




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.





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.






Susan Garrison Higher Learning Academy Charter Elementary School I’m Susan Garrison and I have been teaching off and on for more than 20 years. This is my third year at HLA and my fifth 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 encourage all of my students to be college ready and have a mind-set for education beyond high school. They are the Princeton Class of 2029 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.


This is Mr. Strawn’s 15th year of teaching, and 13th teaching 6th grade. He got into teaching after trying out careers in finance, sales, and graphic design. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California in Business Administration and earned his teaching credential from the University of Phoenix. He has two adult children who are both in college, one pursuing his graduate degree at UC Santa Cruz and the other starting her second year at UCLA. Mr. Strawn loves the outdoor and is often out hiking or camping on the weekends. He also enjoys live music and goes to many concerts.

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BrandonWagner Brandon Wagner is excited to be teaching at HLA this year. He has been teaching both middle and highschool students for the last 5 years, with a focus on the social sciences. He has taught U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics, and A.P. U.S.History. Mr.Wagner has both an A.A. and B.A. in History, and is completing his teaching credential through Teachers College of San Joaquin County. Mr.Wagner considers himself a history nerd, with hobbies of his that include participating in reenactments, and collecting and shooting classic firearms. Brandon Wagner is married, has two children, and a blue nose pit bull named Tigerlily.




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 10 years. This is my second year being a part of the HLA team. Each student is important to me and I work hard to ensure that each one is 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.”