Principal Annette Bitter
Annette Bitter has been an educator for 25 years, both as an administrator and classroom teacher. She taught 7th grade English Language Arts and History for six years and spent a year as a teacher on assignment to expand technology use in the classroom. Mrs. Bitter obtained her master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Fresno while serving as assistant principal at both the elementary and middle school levels. This is her 12th year as a principal, five of them being at Main Street. Mrs. Bitter passionately believes that education changes lives and wants to help all students reach their fullest potential. When she isn’t at school, Mrs. Bitter enjoys walking on the beach, reading, music, traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Del Carlo
Laura assists students and parents in the office. She handles all of the attendance for Main Street.
Millicent Frost – Kindergarten
Millicent grew up in Cupertino over the hill and spent a lot of time in Santa Cruz during her childhood. Her mother was a high school English teacher and her father was on the Fremont Unified high School District school board for many years. It was inevitable that she would become an educator. As education was very important to her family. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO and did her graduate level education courses at UCSB. She has been teaching for 24 years mostly in Santa Monica. She really enjoys teaching Kindergarten. She is married to her husband Adam and they have two children Jonah 11 and Chloe 6. In her spare time she enjoys running, bike rides with her family, yoga, pilates and beach volleyball.
Millicent Frost Room 10
Erin Brown – Kindergarten
Ms. Brown is from Durham, California near Chico. She has 12 years experience teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades. For hobbies Ms. Brown likes hiking, camping, gardening, reading, and baking. She believes that children come to school with a lot of information and knowledge to share. She aims to build on what students know and to encourage them to develop their own unique potential. Her philosophy is child-centered and prefers to serve as a guide whenever possible as children construct their own understanding.
Jessica Parsons – Kindergarten
Jessica Parsons has been teaching primary grades for 6 years and is very excited for her first year here at Main Street Elementary! Teaching is her passion and she is excited to come into the classroom everyday to see her students growing and learning. She loves the strong bond that is created between teacher, student, families and the community. Her educational philosophy is based on helping students to reach their potential by creating a challenging, fun and nurturing classroom community. When she is not in the classroom, Jessica loves to do anything outdoors, but especially rock climbing, hiking, camping or running. She also enjoys cooking and relaxing with her friends and family.
JoAnna Race – First Grade
Mrs. Race is a Santa Cruz native who attended Soquel School District during her childhood. She enjoys teaching elementary school and guiding her students through new experiences. She has a background in ceramics and creates amazing students projects through out the year. Her classroom community is intellectually stimulating, compassionate, organized, and creative.
Laura Bender- First Grade
Aubrie Polito-First Grade
Suzanne Denham – Second Grade
Ms. Denham has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1982. For many years she taught first grade and kindergarten. Currently she is teaching second grade and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to her classroom. She has 29 years of experience as a teacher in Santa Cruz. Ms. Denham enjoys all the wonderful activities our community has to offer: dancing, running, yoga, kayaking, SUPing, weight lifting, gardening, and spin. She also experiments with cooking delicious Paleo meals and loves sampling coffee and tea from around the world. Room 26
Sara Galvan – Second Grade
Erik Foster-Second Grade
Team teacher with Mrs. Galvan
Jolee Gies – Second Grade
Portlan Beckman – Special Day Class Teacher, K-3
Donna-Renee Martin – Third Grade
After traveling up and down the east coast while Ms. Martin’s father was in the navy, her family finally settled in Santa Cruz when she started first grade. Ms. Martin has been teaching about 20 years and has been at Main Street School for 16 years. She believes students come as individuals – they come from a wide variety of family situations, having had very unique personal experiences, each on very different academic and social developmental trajectories. She tries to recognize each student as the person that he or she is. She especially loves traveling and foreign languages, and has been fortunate to have many chances to travel for work, pleasure, and citizen diplomacy. Some other hobbies she enjoys are cooking, listening to music, and taking the occasional opportunity to go kayaking, play around with martial arts, do yoga, run a 5K, or hula hoop. She is the mother of the world’s most amazing teenage son, who also enjoys traveling, music, and who is learning the skills to become a professional chef. Ms. Martin comes from a large, tightly knit extended family that is spread throughout the eastern and southern U.S. One of her favorite things in the world is to get up early and have coffee alone with her grandmother when she visits her.
Laura Johnson – Third/Fourth Grade
Ms. Johnson is from beautiful Northern California town of Arcata. She has 13 years experience and has taught grades: first, third, and fourth as well as pre-school and kindergarten. Some of her hobbies include reading, baking, gardening, exploring nature, working out in the gym, swimming, and spending time with her family. Room 39
Rick Boyce – Third Grade
Mr. Boyce was born in Maine and moved to California in 1971. He has been in Santa Cruz County since 1978 and has 23 years of teaching experience, 20 of which have been at Main Street. He has taught grades second through fifth and is the technology mentor teacher for all of the grades. His hobbies include motorcycling, camping, hiking, gardening, softball, reading, and playing the guitar. He believes that all students can learn and achieve when provided with a supportive teacher and a comfortable environment. Room 37
Elizabeth “Beth” Willen – Fourth Grade
Ms. Willen loves to teach and travel. She has 18 years teaching experience in California and abroad. Prior to working at Main Street Elementary, she worked at the American International School of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In addition to that Ms. Willen taught in Israel, China, and Japan. She enjoys camping, hiking and exploring new places with her family. Ms. Willen and Ms. Shank work together in room 34.
Katie Shank – Fourth Grade
Ann Wilson – Fourth Grade
Ms. Wilson is from Boulder Creek, California and enjoys: swimming, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She has 12 years experience and has taught grades: fourth, fifth, and sixth. She also has taught Reading Intervention.
Ilana Lowe – Fifth Grade
Ms. Lowe is from New Jersey and has been teaching for 10 years, both fourth and fifth grade. Her hobbies include camping, enjoying nature, playing guitar, spending time with family, crafting, and baking. She is passionate about working with children and creating a classroom community where students feel their voices are heard. Where they are excited to learn and where they feel confident in who they are. Room 35
Lisa Gammino – Fifth Grade
Ms. Gammino is native to Santa Cruz. She has 15 years experience and has taught both fourth and fifth grades. Some of her hobbies include going to the beach, bike riding, spending time with family, and reading. She believes it is important to set high expectations for students not only in behavior but also in education. It is the teacher’s duty to provide the tools and support to help the students to achieve these goals. Each student learns in a different way and at a different pace. The teacher, from his or her training and experiences, can provide various methods for delivering…
Heather Springe Fifth Grade Teacher
Heather Springe. Room 31
Joanne Rude Special Day Class Teacher
Ms. Rude has lived in Boulder Creek for the past 37 years. She has 24 years experience in the SUESD and has taught grades from preschool through high school, all subjects. Some of her hobbies include reading, walking, and she enjoys learning. There is always something new to learn and she can teach anyone! Room 25
Nancy Bremner Speech Teacher
Ms. Bremner has lived in Santa Cruz for 40 years. She is a speech/ language therapy teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade and has 18 years of teaching experience. Her hobbies include gardening, playing Scrabble on her iPad, and swimming. She believes all students are unique individuals. “Diversity creates dimension in our world.” Room 19
Megan McElroy Music Teacher
Samantha Lucas – Intervention Teacher
Mallory Bremner – English Language Development Teacher
Allison Lovell Resource Teacher
Melissa Volo – School Psychologist
Robin Forbes – Nurse
Sara Thompson – Library Specialist
Karen Held – Food Service
Khoeun Chea – Day Custodian
Antonio Rocha – Night Custodian