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Jenifer Bertolero


more graphicsHello, my name is Jenifer Bertolero, and I’ve been teaching music in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District since 2002. Before I was a teacher here at Coyote Creek I taught vocal and classroom music at Country Club Elementary, Walt Disney Elementary and Iron Horse Middle School.   In addition to Coyote Creek, I am also the instrumental music teacher at Green Valley Elementary School.  I was educated here in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District grades K-12.  After graduating from Monte Vista High School I attended the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific where I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in flute performance. Next I went on and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music with an emphasis in flute performance at San Jose State University.  During the 2008-2009 school year I was honored to be named Country Club Elementary Teacher of the Year for the San Ramon Rotary Club.  On a lighter note, I love holidays, birthdays, animals, listening to music, gardening, watching the food network, baking and cooking, having fun with my family and going to concerts!


Stephanie Preston


computer girl garyI am very excited to work at Coyote Creek as the computer teacher. I have been with the school for almost 5 years now and love working with your children. Previously, I worked as a computer teacher and computer tech in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District at the elementary level. Prior to that, I worked in the corporate world for 20 years as a computer trainer, curriculum developer, Certified Lotus Admin and Developer. While my experience has primarily been working with adults in a tech-oriented environment, I can honestly say that working with children in the computer lab has been the highlight of my career. Children today are very comfortable using technology and I am honored to work with your children to give them the technical foundation they will need throughout their education and beyond.


Pamela Crowfoot


more graphicsI've been teaching Science at Coyote Creek since 2002.  Before that I taught in Dublin for 5 years. I also taught several years in after school science programs such as Hands on Science Outreach, After School Activities of Pleasanton, and Mad Science.  Growing up in Iowa, I was surrounded by farms and agriculture which seemed like one large science experiment. I decided to study science at Iowa State University which is where I received my degree.  Later, after my children were in school I went back and got my teaching credential from University of Phoenix. I am excited to be part of the Coyote Creek pack!  I love working with children and have always had a passion for science.  I want Science to be fun, hands-on, and connect to real-world applications.  My belief is that all children are natural scientists and my goal is to build on their curiosity and enthusiasm in the Science lab.  I am married and have 2 boys that have both pursued Science related careers-one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Physical Therapy. I am looking forward to a wonderful year and to watching your children grow throughout their years at Coyote Creek.


Mia Schmitt


I am very pleased to be embarking on another year at Coyote Creek Elementary!
I grew up in the San Ramon Valley and am delighted to be back working in a school system that served me so well.  I graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1985 and went on to complete my undergraduate degree in Psychobiology at UCLA.  Following a bit of travel, I attended PACE University in Manhattan, where I earned a Master’s in Education and, ultimately, a Doctorate in School-Clinical-Child Psychology.  After a few years of work in New York hospitals and schools, my husband and I returned to California to raise our 3 children close to family and friends.  I have been with SRVUSD since 2006.
I am, once again, looking forward to working with the Coyote Creek Community- staff, students and their families, to tackle any obstacles to a successful school year! 


Erich Ackermann


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Welcome back Coyote Creek community! I have been teaching physical education at Coyote Creek since 2006. My previous teaching experience of 8 years was in Hayward Unified School District. I feel blessed to be a part of the staff here and have enjoyed being a part of this active, supportive community.


I'm a Bay Area native who grew up in Castro Valley and attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. While receiving my Bachelors of Science in physical education from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, I competed for the cross country and track teams. My passion for running and fitness motivated me to get a single subject teaching credential in physical education from Cal State Hayward. Along the way, I coached cross country/track at the high school level, worked as a fitness/personal trainer at Clubsport in San Ramon and at the corporate level, and have continued to run competitively - now for a masters team.

My wife is also a teacher in the district, and we share a passion for teaching and working with elementary age children. Our family is involved in baseball, cub scouts, soccer, and softball to name a few activities. We love watching the Giants and 49ers, World Cup soccer  (Go Germany!) and many other sports. During our free time, we enjoy riding bikes, hiking, and so many other things the Bay Area has to offer. Teaching and living here in the San Ramon Valley.

I look forward to everything that the new school year will bring - seeing familiar faces, meeting new students and families, leading students to achieving higher levels of fitness and personal goals, exploring new skills and games, and any challenges we may encounter. Let's work, learn, and laugh together along the way!