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Fourth Grade - Staff

Robert Alvarez - C5  

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Hello Live Oak,
It is a thrill for me to be a part of the Live Oak Elementary Staff. Starting our 

eleventh year as a school and continuing our progression as a community together 

gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I am part of something special. I have dedicated 

myself to becoming a lifelong learner and it will be an honor for me to work with the students 

and staff of Live Oak Elementary to engrain that in our community as well. Before becoming a 

teacher at Live Oak, I earned my teaching credential at California State University, East Bay. 

I received my Bachelor¹s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Education at the University of California, 

Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!). I also have a Master¹s in Technology in Education from Lesley University. 

In addition to teaching, I enjoy all different types of sports. Currently I play on a softball team and basketball team. 

My wife and I have a 2 children and they are the absolute joys in our lives.  

We love going on hikes with our dog, Opie, and taking many day trips all over the bay area.  I look forward 

to getting to know you all better throughout the school year.

Robert Alvarez


Kimi Brearley - C3


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Hello!  My name is Kimi Brearley and I am honored to be a member of the fourth grade team at 

Live Oak Elementary.  This will be my fourth year at Live Oak and the community at this school feels

like home.   I have spent the majority of my teaching career in fourth grade and I LOVED every moment!  

Before becoming a teacher, I attended San Diego State University where I lived for 4.5 years.  During those years, I studied abroad in Greece, which was an absolutely amazing experience.  I would love to travel back to Europe as well as different parts of the world.  When I am not in the my classroom, I enjoy playing water polo, running, hiking, reading, and crafting.  I am a HUGE SF Giants and Golden State Warriors fan and enjoy going to games when I can.  My favorite kinds of food include sushi and sandwiches.  


My loving husband, Brian works for the marketing division at BlackHawk Network located in Pleasanton.  We have a cute hot dog shaped dog named Toku, who loves to play fetch and swim.  


I look forward to having your child in my class and helping find a passion and enthusiasm for learning.  


Kimi Brearley


Melissa Caires - B7


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Hello, my name is Melissa Caires and I am so honored to be a member of the fourth grade

team at Live Oak Elementary School!  This will be my sixth year teaching fourth grade, and my

fourth year teaching at Live Oak.  I feel privileged to be a part of such a supportive community that

values education.  I personally completed my K-12 education in the San Ramon Valley Unified

School District, and from there earned my undergraduate degree at the University of California,

Santa Barbara.  While completing my teaching credential at Brandman University, I was a student

teacher within San Ramon Valley Unified School District and am thrilled to have the opportunity to

return to this school district as a fourth grade teacher.  


I am so excited to work with your child this year and guide them in exploring and mastering the

fourth grade curriculum!  I believe the classroom should be a safe and welcoming environment

where students feel comfortable to challenge themselves.  I am a lifelong learner and hope to inspire your child's love of learning throughout the school year.              


Melissa Caires  



Amanda Howard - B8

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Hello and welcome to 4th Grade! 
A little about me: My name is Amanda Howard and I live in the North Bay Area.  I grew up in Lafayette
and then went to college at the University of San Diego where I got my Undergraduate Degree as well
as my Multiple Subjects Credential.  In the summer of 2012 I finished my Special Education Mild/Moderate
Credential from Brandman University and worked with students from many of the districts in Contra Costa County. 
I love to dance and I have taught enrichment classes in Ballroom, Latin, and Line Dancing to students in
3rd grade through Jr High.  I incorporate dance into my curriculum and this past year I taught my fourth grade
students lessons on Cotton Eyed Joe, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Merengue, and Salsa. On the weekends
I often go to dance conventions in California to compete in West Coast Swing, Night Club Two-Step, and
Country Two-Step.  When I am not dancing I enjoy spending time with my friends and snuggling on the
couch with my cats, Caddy and Wiggles.
I started teaching third grade in San Diego and then worked in Special Education in Lafayette for two years. 
I enjoy working with all students and love being in the classroom learning from my students.  One of my
favorite subjects is Science and I love teaching exploration and hands on lessons in science. 
This is my seventh year teaching 4th grade and I look forward to working with the wonderful students
and families in the Live Oak community.
Have a great year! 

Amanda Howard


Wendy Maul - C4                                          Mrs. Maul's Website




Welcome to 4th grade!  I am very excited about the upcoming school year and am thrilled to be

teaching at Live Oak for a fifth year.  I received my teaching credential from St. Mary's College

in 2009.  My number one goal as a teacher is to build a solid relationship with your student and to

help him or her feel success in the classroom. 

My husband and I live in Danville. We have two sons. Our oldest son is studying history and

secondary education at Sonoma State and our youngest son is a business major at CSU

Monterey Bay. We are huge soccer fans and season ticket holders for the San Jose

Earthquakes.  I like to read, travel, play word games and teach math!

I am looking forward to a fun and memorable year!


Wendy Maul



Sarah Wood - B6                                              Mrs. Wood's Website



Hello Live Oak Families!


My name is Sarah Wood and I am thrilled to be returning to Live Oak and

fourth grade!  I live in San Ramon with my husband, our two young sons, and our

golden retriever.  We enjoy camping, hiking and kayaking in our free time.  This will be my

fifth year in fourth grade, and my twelfth year as an educator.  I have taught kindergarten

through sixth grade, as well as special education.  I enjoy the enthusiasm and energy in

fourth grade, and find the growth that happens with my students very rewarding.  It is very

important to me to build a strong foundation with all of my students as well as their

families.  I encourage open communication between home and school in order to help our students become the very best they can be!


Have a wonderful year!

-Sarah Wood



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