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Minty Mangat

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Minty


My name is Sanmeet (Minty) Mangat.  My early life was spent in the state of Punjab in Northern India. While still a small girl, my parents moved the family to California in search of a better life, including better educational opportunities for my siblings and I.

 

From early on I have been interested in the educational process and in particular different learning techniques. I chose to take a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in child development studies at the California State University, Stanislaus.  I knew I wanted to work with children and explored different paths to attain my goal.  I received my Multiple Subject Credential shortly after, but wasn’t able to obtain a teaching position due to the state budget crisis.  This resulted in me looking for different but related work. I began working for Ruby's place - a shelter for homeless and domestically abused women and children, where I was promoted to assistant director.  Although I learned a lot I didn’t find joy in being an administrator and instead chose to become a case manager where I provided transitional housing in Alameda County.  My role was to support qualified families to receive rental subsidies for up to 18 months, while they worked or received vocational training.  This program enabled families to achieve self-sufficiency.  After the birth of my daughter, Arya, I realized I wanted to go back to working in the school setting.  I enrolled with National University where I received my Moderate to Severe Special Education Teaching Credential along with a Master’s Degree in Cross-cultural Education.  During this time, I realized in order to become a better special education teacher I needed to work in a special education class, which is what I did.  I resigned from my position with Ruby’s Place and simultaneously worked as a paraprofessional while being enrolled in school for my Special Education Teaching Credential. 

 

Working as a paraprofessional at the Dublin Unified School District taught me what attributes are important to be a good and caring teacher. Working with qualified special education teachers allowed me to receive feedback and learn from each opportunity that presented itself.  To study and work while having a little one at home was tough, but I knew what I had to achieve in order to be a successful teacher.

 

Being offered a job as a Special Education Teacher was an amazing opportunity for me.  I could not have asked for a better position.  I look forward to working with each of my students to see them grow to their fullest potential.

 

I enjoy outdoor adventures, spending time with my daughter, hiking and most of all traveling the world.

Lynne Palumbo

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Lynne

Greetings!  I am originally from the East Coast where I received my BS in Elementary Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.  I taught in a variety of settings before moving to California with my husband in 1989.  (Ask me about driving a school bus adapted to be a classroom!)  Once out West, I received my California Teaching Credential and taught for three more years.  I put my career on hold and became quite busy raising our four children while keeping active in education by doing some private tutoring and providing childcare in my home.  When my youngest was in second grade, I began working in SRVUSD as a Music Teacher at Rancho Romero.   Next, I began working full time as a Special Education Paraprofessional.  For the next ten years I worked in middle school, high school and Transition Special Day classrooms. The next step for me was to go back to school and work on my Masters in Special Education.   Now that my youngest child is off to college, I am excited to become a classroom teacher again. 

carey shaw

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Patty Sherve

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Patty

My name is Patty Sherve.  I grew up in Northridge, California after my family moved from Canada for my father’s career. I live in Danville with my husband, David and have two daughters; Morgan and McKenna, who both graduated from the SRVUSD. I earned BAs in both English and Education with a minor in Special Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. I then earned my MSEd from the University of Southern California. I hold California Teaching credentials in both regular and special education. I have taught in LAUSD, BUSD, SFUSD, MDUSD and have spent the last six years in various teaching capacities in the SRVUSD. Now that my children are out of the house, I have time to return to the classroom. My favorite teaching assignment has been that of teaching life skills to adults to enlarge their world, gain insights and awareness of their abilities and to grow their independence. I enjoy bike riding, hiking, being by the ocean and watching the wildlife roaming the hills of my back yard. Books are my way of escaping and I always have a few going simultaneously.
 

I was excited when the opportunity opened up to teach at Del Amigo in the Transition program and join the dedicated and talented group of staff. The small campus, ease of accessing the trail, public transportation and the close proximity of local stores is an added bonus for building independence with the students.

Jon Wieland

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Jon

Hi, I am Mr. Wieland. I am pleased and excited to be your student’s teacher and part of the Del Amigo High School Transition Program team! 

 

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at San Jose State, a Certificate in Computer Systems Analysis at UC Berkeley, and my Teaching Credential at Brandman University. I recently earned my Master’s degree in Instructional Technology at Brandman University.

 

I taught a middle school Moderate/Severe Special Day Class in Livermore for 3 years as well as a Counseling Enriched class for one year. I completed my student teaching in Mr. Blake’s SRVHS class 5 years ago. I know and worked with many of the students on my current case load.

Prior to teaching, I spent 29 years in the retail field, both at the store and corporate level (I started working at 17…).

 

My philosophy: Appropriate accommodations and modifications help set students up for success. My job is to help students achieve their goals using accommodations and modifications that are tailored to their specific abilities.

 

I look forward to partnering with you throughout the year. You can get a hold of me by emailing me or calling the school. While I may not always be available to take your call immediately, I do promise to return all messages promptly. I encourage you to contact me anytime you have questions or concerns regarding your child. I look forward to working with you this year!

eva whyte

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