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Geoff Kida

Social Studies & PE Teacher

Currently, Mr. Kida teaches two sections of U.S. History, and one section of: American Government, Economics, World History and PE. He has been teaching high school in Santa Paula, both at SPHS and RHS, for 14 years. He is passionate about teaching, and truly enjoys working in a continuation school environment.

In his spare time, Mr. Kida enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, and their three children: Parker, Summer and Tallulah. He is an avid hiker, surfer, tennis player, and golfer. While studying at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Mr. Kida earned a Minor in Music, and continues to perform, and play various instruments.

Education:

  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, B.A. History, 2003. Minor in Music—Piano Performance

  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California Teaching Credential, Social Sciences (2005) & English (2010)

  • California State University Northridge, M.A. History, 2011. Areas of Focus: Modern U.S. History, Environmental History  

     

Favorite Quote:

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country."

- John F. Kennedy

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Gabrielle Geraldizo

English Teacher

This is my second year at Renaissance High, and my second year of teaching! I am very excited to continue working at this wonderful small school and continue growing as an educator. I currently teach two sections of ERWC (English 12), two sections of ELA 11, and one section of ELA 10 and ELA 9. 

I am originally from Napa, which is about an hour north of San Francisco. My husband and I moved to Ventura County in 2018 after I finished my degrees and have enjoyed our decision ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing video games, watching Netflix, and petting our new cat.

Education:

  • B.A. English Creative Writing, Humboldt State University, 2017.
  • Single Subject Credential: English w/ BCLAD Authorization, 2018.
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of San Diego, 2018.

Favorite Quote:

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

- Arthur Ashe

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Melinda shattuck

Math Teacher

This will be my first year teaching here at Renaissance High School. I will be teaching Math 1, Math 2, and Financial Math this year. I completed my teaching credential at Cal Poly SLO in June of 2022 after teaching Geometry and Stats at a high school in Santa Maria. Over the summer, I was also an instructor for the Summer Algebra Institute in Santa Maria where I worked with a class of 7th grade students working to improve their math skills and develop a growth mindset. 

I am originally from San Jose, California. My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August. My husband is a middle school science teacher in Camarillo. We have a 6-year-old chocolate lab named Sebastian. When I am not at school I love to craft, bake, and play video games. 

Education:

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, B.S. Physics, 2020

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Single Subject Teaching Credential, Mathematics w/ English Learner Authorization, 2022

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Claudia pardo

CTE Teacher

This is my second year at Renaissance HS. I am the Arts & Media teacher and teach the following courses: Introduction to Graphic Design, Game Design, Digital Media; Visual & Commercial Arts and Media, Arts & Design. 

I was born and raised in Lima, Peru and have been living in California for 20 years. I currently live in Ventura. My professional experience expands across multiple disciplines including education, the arts, and writing. I taught at Oxnard College and California State University, Channel Islands for many years before deciding to teach at K-12. I enjoy being part of the RHS tribe and recently received my CTE Credential from the Ventura County Office of Education. 

When not in the classroom, you will usually find me spending time with my family at the beach, on a hike, or traveling. I also enjoy spending time in my art studio creating art.

Education:

  • M.A. California State University, Northridge
  • CTE Credential in Arts, Media & Entertainment - Ventura County Office of Education
  • B.A. California State University, Northridge

Favorite Quote:

“To live is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

-Hans Christian Anderson

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crystal juarez

Math Teacher

I have worked at Renaissance High School since 2022. I currently teach two periods of Biology, two of Global Science, and one period of Health. 

I have lived in Ventura County almost my entire life and am happy to work so close to home. My spare time is spent with my 7-year-old and husband relaxing at home or visiting our families.

Education:

  • California State University Channel Islands, B.A. Chemistry, 2017

  • California State University, Single Subject Teaching Credential, Science: Chemistry w/ BCLAD Authorization, 2019

  • Grand Canyon University, M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, 2022

Favorite Quote:

“Just because you fail once, it doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything. keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself because if you don't, then who will?”

- Marilyn Monroe

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