Meet Our Teachers

Pleasant Grove School has eight fully credentialed classroom teachers. Their years of experience range from four years to 30 years. Our teachers have, on average, 13 years of experience.

Our teachers are committed to refining their teaching skills and routinely attend classes and workshops on weekends and during the summer.  Many teachers have attended Saturday and summer writing classes sponsored by the Area 3 Writing Project, math classes sponsored by CSUS, and classes sponsored by Sutter County Office of Education.

We offer ongoing, on-site training throughout the year to our teachers.  Each Monday is a minimum day for students allowing staff to meet to discuss school goals and other professional development topics.  Recent goals include improving student achievement in reading fluency and mathematics.  Our staff development time is also spent working in grade level teams to analyze student data and instructional programs to improve student learning.  We provide opportunities for teachers to observe in other classes. These observations, along with in-class coaching, provide additional means of professional development.

Our beginning teachers receive support through Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA). They are assigned a support provider who meets with them weekly. In addition, the beginning teacher and support provider attends monthly meetings provided by the Tri-County BTSA office.

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I am Andrea Tudor, Pleasant Grove School's Kindergarten teacher.  I am proud to be a 5th generation Pleasant Grove resident, honored to teach here at the same elementary school that I attended, and so fortunate that my own children were able to go to school here too!
 My degree is a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from UC Davis, and I hold a teaching credential from Cal State TEACH.  I have been teaching at Pleasant Grove School since 2003 (for two years in 4th grade, the rest in Kindergarten).  Because so much of my undergraduate education focused on the development of young children, I am truly excited to put that knowledge to work, integrating sound developmentally appropriate practices with the California academic standards.  I LOVE teaching kindergarten because every day is a new adventure … plus, I get the joy of watching children learn to read!!  Every single year I am amazed by how much they learn (and how much they teach me!)

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I am beyond excited to be teaching first grade at Pleasant Grove School. In first grade every day will bring new experiences and new learning.  Firsties are such adventurous sponges soaking up everything and I love being a part of the process. I received my Bachelors of Science from U.C. Davis in Agricultural Science and Management/Animal Science. My teaching credential is from San Jose State University. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades as well as worked one on one with special education students at a variety of schools from inner city schools to big suburban schools to small rural schools such as this in Gilroy, California. I live in Roseville with my husband, four kids, two dogs, and two cats. In my spare time I like to read, scrapbook, hike, camp, garden, play floor hockey, and watch my children's athletic events. I really feel like I have found my home here at Pleasant Grove.  It is such a supportive and nurturing place to teach and learn.  We're off on another adventure… 

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As a teacher, I bring over twenty years of teaching experience to Pleasant Grove School. While continuing to stay ever current in new educational practices I have attained a Masters Degree in Education from University of California, Chico, earned my teaching credential from University California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Arts from California State University Fullerton.
 
I believe in creating an educational environment in which I can meet the academic and democratic needs of all students. I want to instill self confidence, and create intrinsic motivators that empower themselves for success. My goal is to foster students who will respect their community and embrace learning as a means of becoming better citizens, and life long learners.  Teaching dance and drama are some of the activities beyond the classroom that I feel contribute in defining and developing self confident and responsible students.
 
I am married, a resident of Roseville with three college age children. My oldest son is an Alumni of UC Davis. My second son presently attends Cal State University, Chico and my youngest is on her way to Cal State University, San Jose.
 

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As a 3rd generation resident of Pleasant Grove, I am excited to return to Pleasant Grove Elementary as the 7th grade teacher. This school holds a special place in my heart as it was the   teachers I had here that inspired me to become an educator. Previously, I taught 7th and 8th grade at a small rural school. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Education as well as my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. I am married and the proud mother of 2 daughters, one of which is a student here at Pleasant Grove Elementary. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, adventuring outdoors, scrapbooking, reading, gardening, and pretty much anything to do with sports.    

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I am so excited to be a part of the Pleasant Grove School community. I am from Lincoln and come from a ranching family. Being out here feels very much like being home. This community is near and dear to my heart.

I received a Bachelor's of Arts from Chico State University and a multiple subject credential from William Jessup University in Rocklin. I have spent time in grades ranging from kindergarten to sixth. I have found joy in every room I have set foot in and absolutely love being an educator.

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I am extremely excited to begin my career in education at Pleasant Grove Elementary teaching 6th grade. I received my Bachelors in Engineering at Humboldt State and recently received my Master's in Education. I grew up in Greenwood, CA and attended a K-8 school allowing me to experience the unique and nurturing atmosphere and appreciate the opportunity to educate others in the same environment. Teaching runs in my family with my Mom, Uncle and Grandmother and my extensive background in math makes 6th grade the perfect place for me.

I live in Roseville, CA with my wife and 4 year old son. I also have a 19 year old stepdaughter who also lives in Roseville. In my free time I like to take ride bikes with my family, golf, go to the beach and watch 49ers and the Giants games. I look forward to an amazing year and look forward to building relationships with the students, staff and the community.
6th Grade- Mr. Beilby's Webpage
Nathanb@sutter.k12.ca.us

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"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life." -- Source Unknown
 
It is my job to teach them both. I am Rebecca Gillespie and I have been teaching at Pleasant Grove for over 13 years and still love every minute of it. I currently teach 8th grade. I love learning new things to improve my teaching. I received my Master's degree in Education from CSU Chico in 2011and am currently finishing my Administrative Credential. I am married and am a member of the Pleasant Grove community. My two children keep me busy and in my spare time, I scrapbook and read, and really feel there are not enough books in the world. I love art and music, as well as science and math, and hope that I instill an appreciation of them to the students.