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Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten - Staff

             Judy Vergara

                                                                  Mrs. Vergara's Website





Live Oak is a great place to be and I am proud to be here.  This year will be

my third year teaching transitional kindergarten. Prior to moving to the Bay Area,

I lived in Modesto for 17 years.  I taught Kindergarten and First Grade for

Modesto City Schools.  After graduating from California State University, Stanislaus,

I taught third and fourth grade

for Manteca Unified School District.  My husband and I have two grown sons, one of

whom has special needs.  I like reading historical fiction and enjoy working in my yard. 

My favorite hobbies are sewing decorative items for my home and searching through

antiques stores for the perfect accessory or piece of furniture.   My family time is a

priority for me.  Being with my husband and sons is my favorite thing to do and I

make every effort to spend time with them.  I enjoy teaching very much and love

becoming acquainted with the families of my students.  Together, we become a team

working toward a successful school year for their children.  I am looking forward getting

to know each of you and anticipate a fabulous year filled with lots of learning and amazing

growth.  Thank you, for sharing your precious children with me this year!


Transitional Kinder (K)2



          Maritza Francisco-Choa                                  Mrs.Choa's Website










Welcome to Kindergarten at Live Oak! I have been a part of the Live Oak staff since

the school opened in 2007.  This will be my 20th year of teaching in the early elementary

grades. I have taught Kindergarten, First grade and a K/1 combination class.  I graduated

from UC Berkeley with a BA in Spanish.   I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with

a BLAC & Spanish Supplemental from Cal State Hayward.  


In my spare time I enjoy traveling, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies and

spending time with my family.


My favorite part of teaching is watching the children grow throughout the year.  One of my

goals for my students is to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.



Maritza Choa


PM Kinder K5

               Bincy Chu

                                              Mrs. Chu's Website




Hello and welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Bincy Chu and I am delighted to be your

child’s teacher this year. I have been teaching Kindergarten for 19 years. This will be my 10th year

here at Live Oak. I previously taught at Quail Run and Alta Vista Elementary (Union School District).

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz and my Multiple Subject teaching credential

from San Jose State.


In Kindergarten, I strive to provide a well-balanced program to support the whole child. I hope to instill a love

of school and a lifetime of learning in each child. I am fortunate to be working with such a compassionate

and supportive community of students, families and staff. Together, we can make the school year a successful

and meaningful experience for everyone!


When I am not at Live Oak, you may find me out in the San Ramon community with my family.

At Coyote Creek Elementary, Brandon is in the 3rd grade and Cara is in 1st grade. On the weekends,

our family loves exploring the beautiful Bay Area and participating in many of our children’s activities.


Bincy Chu

AM Kinder (K4)

      Rebecca Mathesen                                                Mrs. Mathesen's Website




Hello and welcome to Live Oak Elementary. I am so excited to be a part of the

amazing Live Oak Community! I have been at Live Oak since it opened in 2007.

I started my teaching career in the Oakley Unified Elementary School District where

I taught for 3 years in the early elementary grades. Kindergarten is a process. I love

seeing the change and growth that all students make throughout the year.  I look forward

to working with my students and parents to make this a wonderful year for all. I like to teach

all my students to be lifelong learners, because that is what I am. Let’s Go Golden Eagles!


Rebecca Mathesen

AM Kinder K3

      Jeannie Wang                                                     Mrs.Wang's Website

Welcome to Live Oak Elementary! It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated staff and
supportive community.  I have been part of the Live Oak staff since our opening in 2007. I have
taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and K-1 Combo. Previously, I taught at Quail Run Elementary
and in the Castro Valley Unified School District.  I graduated from the University of Toronto with a
B.Sc in Biology and Psychology. I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Science Supplemental
from the University of San Francisco.
I believe all children thrive in a safe, respectful and structured learning environment. I strive
to work with parents to establish a solid foundation in school and instill life-long curiosity in
each of my students. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with the children in my class.
In my spare time I enjoy travel, reading, music and spending time with my family.
Jeannie Wang

PM Kinder K4

       Linda Yan                                                              Mrs. Yan's Website


I am so proud to be a teacher at Live Oak.  This will be my 11th year of teaching,

including 3 years as a K/1 combo teacher and 8 years as a First Grade teacher. 

I love working with young children because they are so excited to learn.  When

they have those “aha” moments of decoding a word, listening to a story unravel,

or solving an every day math problem, I get really excited, too.  Being a teacher

is the best job in the world. 


My goal is to bring out the best in each child.  My expectations for my students

are high because they are always exceeding what they think they can do.    


Thank you for trusting me with your children.  By working together, I know this

will be a very successful year. 


AM Kinder E5/1st Grade