Bachrodt Charter Academy 2014-2015 Staff Directory
|Mr. Rigo Palacios||Principal|
|Dr. Joseph Heffernan||Assistant Principal|
|Mrs. Olga Garcia||School Secretary|
|Mrs. Janet Fish||Clerical Office Assistant II|
|Ms. Ann Windreich Spanko||Categorical Program Assistant|
|Mrs. Allison Catalano, RN||School Nurse|
|Ms. Alice Ledesma||Health Aide|
|Mr. Gustavo Arambula||Speech and Language Pathologist|
|Ms. Maria Arias||Psychologist|
|Mrs. Lorena Gaeta Rodríguez||English Learner Instructional Coach|
|Mr. John Gutierrez||Student Support Counselor|
|Ms. Jessica Rosenberg||Resource Specialist|
|Mr. Keith Woessner||Physical Education|
|Ms. Nydia Arauz||TWBI|
|Miss. Kinzi Blair||SEI|
|Ms. Patty Cabrera||TWBI|
|Ms. April Hawkins||SEI|
|Ms. Andrea Reyes||TWBI|
|Mrs. Rose Ries||SEI|
|Mrs. Linda Dattilo||SEI|
|Ms. Irma Hernandez||TWBI|
|Ms. Jessica Isla||SEI|
|Ms. Jessica López||SEI|
|Ms. Alma Ortiz-Agib||TWBI|
|Mr. Rene Velasco Garcia||TWBI|
|Ms. Lorena Alfaro||SEI|
|Ms. Carmen Guzmán||TWBI|
|Mrs. Sunny Kim||SEI|
|Ms. Erin McGauley Hebard||TWBI|
|Mr. Jesús Mota||TWBI|
|Mrs. Guadalupe Rojas||SEI|
|Mrs. Delia Trejo||SEI|
|Mrs. Kerry Colburn||TWBI|
|Mrs. Maribel Elisea||TWBI|
|Ms. LaDonna Martinez||SEI|
|Mrs. Martha Maurer||SEI|
|Mr. Matthew Seymour||SEI|
|Mrs. Maribel Valerio||TWBI|
|Mrs. Maria Armas-Gonzalez||SEI|
|Ms. Yaccaira De La Torre||TWBI|
|Mr. Ryan Garcia||SEI|
|Mrs. Margarita Harden||TWBI|
|Mrs. Clare Maeda||SEI|
|Mrs. Kirsten Dahl||SEI|
|Mrs. Valerie Gonzalez||SEI|
|Ms. Veronica Miranda-Pinkney||TWBI|
|Ms. Leticia Recio||TWBI|
|Mr. Richard Wren||SEI|
|Instructional Support Staff|
|Mrs. Nancy Blade||Instructional Assistant Special Education|
|Mrs. Silvia Cerda||Program Assistant Primary Language|
|Ms. Magdalena Flores||Paraprofessional|
|Mr. Mourad Marzouk||Technology Services Coordinator|
|Mrs. Olidia Muñoz||Program Assistant Primary Language|
|Mr. George Valenzuela||Custodian II|
|Mrs. Heidi Wolcott||Librarian|
|Mrs. Lydia Aviles
Mrs. Maria Luisa Carillo
Mrs. Janet Fish
Mrs. Jeannette Lampkin
Mrs. Toni Lucio
Mrs. Marta Lupercio
|Ms. Evelyn Ayala
Ms. Guadalupe Magaña
Our SJUSD Vision Statement
All San José Unified School District students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.
Our SJUSD Mission Statement
San José Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.
Other Key Visions
The Bachrodt Academy Community is for our students to acquire knowledge, skills, and values which promote success, positive self-worth, responsibility and a desire for lifelong learning in a healthy, safe, and orderly environment.
Other Key Missions
Hello Bachrodt families!
Bachrodt Charter Academy is dedicated to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, caring environment. Within our instructional program, students are taught the 21st century skills that will be necessary to compete in tomorrow’s global economy. Critical thinking, collaboration, and effective communication are just some of the skills that are taught and modeled for students on a daily basis. Through our school’s charter, we seek to incorporate these skills in a variety of settings, such as technology, creative arts, and our Two-Way Bilingual Immersion strand. These three components in addition to the focus on parent involvement are the blocks upon which our charter rests.
I look forward to working with your students this year and look forward to meeting you as we move forward on this academic journey. My goal, as well as the goal of our hard-working staff, is to help your student achieve success by meeting or exceeding district and state academic standards. Along the way, we reinforce the citizenship skills that will help us achieve new academic heights—safety, respect, responsibility, productivity, and kindness. I encourage you to partner with us as we move throughout the year and invite you to become involved at Bachrodt and help us help your student. Together, we can attain the goal of preparing all students for the demand of an ever-changing world much more easily.
Principal, Bachrodt Charter Academy
102 Sonora Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
Kinder TWBI Photos
It is my pleasure to share my daughter’s experience with the two way bilingual program at Bachrodt Academy. We are a bilingual family - I only speak Spanish to our three daughters who are 5, 3 and 1 and my husband speaks to them primarily in English.
I was raised in a bilingual home and have realized the benefit of speaking more than one language throughout my life. Prior to having our own kids, my husband and I agreed that this was what we wanted for our children. Our daughter is in kindergarten and was fortunate enough to begin her formal education in a bilingual program. Prior to enrolling her at Bachrodt Academy, we really did our homework! We researched all of the bilingual programs in the area, attended the information sessions, orientations and meetings and followed all of the registration processes for each school. In doing so, we were able to compare each of the programs and assess which program would be best for our daughter and our family.
In the end, we chose Bachrodt Academy and it is proving to be the best decision we ever made. Our daughter is thriving at Bachrodt. It brings us such joy to see her so happy in school. Her Spanish language skills continue to improve each and every day and she is now reading and writing in Spanish. In addition, she is excelling in Math, Art and English. We are witnessing her academic, social and emotionally growth and development on a daily basis.
It is an understatement to say that we have been impressed by the teachers and staff at Bachrodt. It is incredible to volunteer in the classroom and watch the learning that is taking place. It is easy to see that children at this age can learn quite easily in two languages and that they are so capable of processing and speaking both Spanish and English. The dedicated teachers are enthusiastic and passionate about the program and are completely devoted to each student’s success.
What we have found to be one of the best and most positive outcomes of this program is that our daughter is in a very diverse environment. She plays, learns and sings in Spanish and English with children from different backgrounds. This is not something that can be taught in the classroom; it is something that can only be learned from exposure and experience. For us, this is what sets Bachrodt Academy apart from many other programs of its kind. Most importantly, it is shaping and preparing our daughter for her many life experiences.
We are so happy to be a part of the Bachrodt family and we look forward to welcoming you to our community!
Heidi & Greg Wolcott
There are not enough words – in English or Spanish – to express my satisfaction with the Two Way bilingual immersion program at Bachrodt Elementary school. My son is from a biracial, bicultural family. Without a command of the English language he could not communicate with my parents; without command of the Spanish language he could not communicate with his fathers’ parents in México. He has only been in kindergarten for four months and already he is able to read words and put together sentences in English and in Spanish.
My son is acutely aware of the differences in sentence structure in English and Spanish and he is also able to differentiate between sounds that only exist in Spanish (rr, for example, or ñ) and sounds that only exist in English (hard z, for example). Most importantly, he looks forward to going to school and takes great pride in learning new skills each day. Each time he is confident he has learned something new his exuberance is unparalleled to any emotion he has expressed prior to kindergarten.
The level of parent involvement is extremely high as parents who speak English or Spanish are an asset to the program. With parents engaged in the program, school reaches beyond the confines of the classroom and becomes a bicultural community and an extended support network. I enjoy dropping my son off at school because I get to see the other parents who I now have the honor of calling my friends.
And finally, the best part of the Bachrodt Two Way bilingual immersion program is the teachers. The level of dedication and skill that the Two Way team has is absolutely amazing. Their commitment and enthusiasm to stellar academics and their superb classroom management create an atmosphere of high (but achievable) expectations. Their love for teaching and their faith in the students make this program an educational, fun and ideal kindergarten experience.
Can I tell you how much I love Bachrodt Academy? Let me try..
For 2 years prior to my oldest daughter entering Kindergarten, I have been researching dual immersion elementary schools. I have been to EVERY dual immersion school orientation in Santa Clara County starting from the east side, going all the way to Mountain View. Orientations, school visits, Principal visits, you name it, we were determined to find a perfect fit for our daughters.
Since we live in SJ Unified School District, our first choice should have been the “premiere DI school” waiting list. I am not a “wait-er”—I need answers now and the uncertainty of where she would go to school was not something that I was too fond of. Diversity played a lot into our choice too. As I was looking at the other school that offered a DI program, I was really struck by the lack of diversity. My oldest would have been fine, the younger would have been another story. As I was at the orientation for school #2, they told me about the program at Bachrodt Academy.
I found the orientation date for Bachrodt and immediately started doing research: website, test scores, consulting with SJ Unified friends & acquaintances. We were prepared for this orientation. I met Mrs. Miranda-Pinkney and Mrs. Mendoza-Ramirez at the orientation, along with the familiar face of Maria Alzugaray from the district office. She has been at several orientations that I had previously attended. We went through the “basics” of the DI program and the uniqueness of the Charter Status that the school has obtained (truthfully, I wasn’t really impressed with the school on paper). I was able to ask questions of the group and hold conversations with them about what I was looking for in a school for my children. The charter status of keeping the class ration 20:1 was a big selling point for us. Mrs. Miranda-Pickney then took me on a tour of the school. Since there wasn’t a “DI” program in place, we toured the ALA classes and I was able to see the teachers and the children in the classrooms. The computer lab was impressive and the technology charter was only going to make it better. It was after seeing the kids in the classrooms and the teacher interaction that I started thinking “this is where my girls are going to school.” The other additions in the Charter and the dedication of the ENTIRE staff make this school the up and coming place to be!
As we have been here for 5 months now, I cannot be more thrilled to be a part of this school. Our PTA is steadily growing and becoming more involved and is able to give back to the students and staff. The Principal, teachers and staff are always accessible and open to communication with parents. The School Site Council is actively pursuing optimal educational programs for an environment in which our children can thrive in.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The teachers of Bachrodt Academy have chosen to be at this school and have made the commitment and dedication to the standard of excellence that we ask as for as parents.
Mike and Kari Barton