This is Where People Come First

The staff, students, and families at Growth Public Schools are as diverse and vibrant as the Greater Sacramento area we serve. Case in point: Our staff is made up of more than 60% people of color, and among us we speak Hmong, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Thai, and Farsi.

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Mission & Vision

GPS breaks away from a one-size-fits-all approach to education, serving students individually to truly prepare them—emotionally, socially, academically—for the changing world. We provide an educational experience that develops the whole child—their heart, their relationships, their brain—to support students as they blaze their paths and create fulfilling lives.

 

Above all else, we believe people come first. And as we strive to learn and grow as humans, we believe we will, in turn, develop a better world.

Mission

Our mission is to be a diverse, connected learner driven community that prepares students—emotionally, socially, academically—to blaze their own paths in a changing world.

Vision

We envision a school system where people come first. And as we strive to learn and grow as humans,
we believe we will, in turn, develop a better world.

 

Our Team

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Taylor Hickam

Kindergarten Teacher

Education: Fresno Pacific University and UC Davis

Specialties: Social Emotional Learning, International Studies

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

My strongest HEROIC value is: Relationships

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Jennifer Petersen

Kindergarten Teacher

Education: Sacramento State University

Specialties: Child Development, Social Justice, Literature for young learners

Language(s) spoken: English

My strongest HEROIC value is: Community

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Aliyah Blue

First Grade Teacher

Education: San Diego State University and UC Davis

Specialties: Social Emotional Learning, Science

Language(s) spoken: English

My strongest HEROIC value is: Relationships

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Paul Perkins

First Grade Teacher

Education: Azusa Pacific University, Sacramento State, University of the Pacific

Specialties: Diverse and Inclusive Teaching, Culturally Responsive Teaching

Language(s) spoken: English

My strongest HEROIC value is: Community

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Amanda Vang

2nd Grade Teacher

Education: Sacramento State and Brandman University

Specialties: Teaching and Learning Theories, Classroom Feng Shui
 

Language(s) spoken: English, Hmong
 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Optimism

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Jake Hatten

2nd Grade Teacher

Education: Sacramento State

 

Specialties: Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Special FX

Language(s) spoken: English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Optimism

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Jorge Anthony Castillo

3rd Grade Teacher

Education: CSU Stanislaus

Specialties: Educating the future minds of America, Pizza Connoisseur

Language(s) spoken: Spanish, English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Relationships

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Sable Pedro

3rd Grade Teacher

Education: University of Nevada, Reno and Humphreys College

Specialties: Elementary Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Super Mom

 

Language(s) spoken: English

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Empathy

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Bao Lor

4th Grade Teacher

Education: UC Irvine and Sacramento State

 

Specialties: International Studies, Multiple Subjects with a Social Justice Lens (K-8)

 

Language(s) spoken: Hmong, English

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is:  Hard Work

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Ely Pitcher

4th Grade Teacher

Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln

 

Specialties: Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6)

Language(s) spoken: Spanish, English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Empathy

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Emily Petersen

5th Grade Teacher

Education: California State University, Monterey Bay

 

Specialties: Teaching English as a Second Language


Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Empathy

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Ardalan Gharachorloo

Music Teacher

Education: Sacramento State


Specialties: Music, Instrumental, Choral, Music Theory and Literature


Language(s) spoken: English, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish


My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Community

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Brittany Wright

Art Teacher

Education: American River College, Sacramento State, WGU 

Specialties: Art, Community Building, Social-Emotional Learning, Forward Thinking

 

Language(s) spoken: English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Community

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David Mena

Associate Teacher - Special Education

Education: UC Davis

Specialties: Language Development and Language Preservation

Language(s) spoken: Spanish, English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Empathy

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Realyn McDaniel

K-5 Education Specialist

Education: First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

 

Specialties: Special Education, Learner Equity

 

Language(s) spoken: Tagalog, English

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Hard Work

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Yosselin Ramirez

Front Office Manager

Education: Glendale Community College

Specialties: Spanish Translation, Office Organization and Beautification 

Language(s) spoken: Spanish, English

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Hard Work

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Tim Tararug

School Support Manager

Education: De Anza College and San Jose State University

 

Specialties: Restorative Practices, Relationship Building, Facilities Upkeep, Top Chef

 

Language(s) spoken: English, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, French

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Community

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Kisha Lottie

Executive Assistant

Education: Everest College

Specialties: Art, Dance, Karaoke, Listening and Problem Solving

 

Language(s) spoken: English

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Relationships

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Shawn Gubala

IT Coordinator and Tech Teacher

Education: University of Houston and Defense Language Institute

 

Specialties: IT, Computer Science, Rock n Roll, Crime Fighting

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Optimism

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Alyssa Palermini

Assistant Principal

Education: Azusa Pacific University and Loyola Marymount University

Specialties: Conflict Resolution, Restorative Practices, Differentiation, English Language Development

 

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Relationships

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Moriah Haworth

Instructional Coach & Founding Teacher

Education: University of Louisville and Loyola Marymount University

 

Specialties: Literacy Instruction, Project Based Learning, Curriculum Development, Drama Queen

 

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Empathy

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Somer Lowery

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Education: Loyola Marymount University

Specialties: Community Engagement and Partnerships, Social-Emotional Learning, Visioneering

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Integrity

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Audria Johnson

Principal/Executive Director

Education: Oglethorpe University and Sacramento State

 

Specialties: Early Childhood

Education, English Language Arts & Literacy (K-2), Social-Emotional Learning, Emotional Intelligence, Baseball Mom

 

Language(s) spoken: English

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Integrity

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David K. Richards

Founder

Education: UC Berkeley and Stanford University

 

Specialties: Social-Emotional Learning, Leadership Coaching, Education Innovation

 

Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

 

My Strongest HEROIC Value is: Optimism

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