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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 

twelfth 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


Melissa Caires - B7




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Melissa Caires


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 seventh year teaching fourth grade, and my

fifth 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 am so excited to be at Live Oak for another

wonderful year.  I grew up in the Bay Area 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.  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 family which includes my baby boy, Kyler, and  my two cats, Caddy and Wiggles.


I started teaching third grade in San Diego and then worked in Special Education in for two years prior

to teaching 4th grade.  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 eight year teaching 4th grade and I look forward to continue working with the wonderful students and families in the Live Oak community.



Have a great year! 


Amanda Howard


Sarah Wood - B6

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Sarah Wood


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