Principal/Superintendent: Mindy Bolar
Mindy Bolar has worked in the field of education
for twenty-six years, serving in several roles: Classroom Teacher; Mentor; Teacher/Instructional Coach; Coordinator of Staff Development/New Teacher Program; Assistant Principal; Principal; and Director of Educational Services. Ms. Bolar taught a multi-age, multi-level classroom for five years early in her career. Her classroom served as a model that led to the development of a magnet school for inquiry-based, individualized instruction. Her training and experience in that role shaped her educational philosophy and her passion for equitable, effective instructional programs that address the development of the whole child.
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Chelsea Kamins
Chelsea Kamins earned her BA from
California State University, Bakersfield in Child, Adolescence and Family Studies with a minor in Special Education. She is working on her Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. Ms. Stillwell has over 10 years of experience teaching young children including teaching preschool, working in an after school program for students with Autism, and after school daycare.
First and Second Grades: Wendy Baumann
Wendy Baumann earned a BA in Liberal Studies
from California State University, East Bay. She holds a California Professional Clear Multiple Subject teaching credential along with a Clear Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate. She also has a Central California Reading Recovery Project Certificate from California State University, Fresno. Mrs. Baumann’s certification as a Reading Recovery teacher ensures a comprehensive, intensive and individualized approach to the important K-1 task of learning to read and write. Mrs. Baumann has 18 years of teaching experience that includes both public and private schools. She enjoys teaching science and math using engaging hands-on activities.
Third and Fourth Grades: Teena Starchman
Teena Starchman received a BA in English from California State University
Stanislaus. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Chapman University. During this time, she student taught at Mariposa Elementary School. She continued working in the Mariposa County School district for several years and has taught in a multi-level classroom. Ms. Starchman also taught at Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School in Fish Camp, where her passion for science began. She looks forward to incorporating the outdoors, music, theatre, and art into her daily lessons.
Fifth and Sixth Grades: Stephanie Clark
Stephanie Clark earned her BA in Liberal Studies
with a concentration in Art from California State University, Stanislaus. She received her Multiple Subject Credential from California State University, Stanislaus as well. Ms. Clark has prior teaching experience from Stanislaus and Merced counties in K-8 classrooms. Ms. Clark comes from a family of educators and is excited to make a difference in our students’ lives.
Seventh and Eighth Grades: Andrea Contreras
Andrea Contreras earned her BA in Anthropology
at California State University, Stanislaus. She has worked for Mariposa County Park and Rec as an Aide in its Summer Day Camp program. She has also volunteered in both kindergarten and preschool classrooms. Ms. Contreras has been with SFCS since the school first opened its doors, working as an Instructional Aide in the first and second grade classroom and also taking on PE once a week for all grade levels. She is working on obtaining her Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. Ms. Contreras enjoys working for SFCS as it gives her the opportunity to give back to the community that has been so supportive of her, and to help the community’s children become passionate about learning.
Instructional Aide: Margaret Shelton
Margaret Shelton studied Child Development
at Modesto Junior College. Ms. Shelton has over ten years experience working with elementary aged children. She has volunteered, and has been an Instructional Aide for kindergarten, a third and fourth grade class, and junior high classrooms. She has two children who attend SFCS. She is excited to be working at SFCS in the TK/K classroom.
Instructional Aide: Donna Harveston
I have been married thirty years
to my best friend. I have three beautiful daughters and seven grandkids (five boys and two girls). I love working at the school with the wonderful staff and students. I also enjoy outdoor activities and visiting the beach.
Instructional Aide: Hannah Morse
Hannah Morse has been living
in Catheys Valley since 2019 and has lifelong roots in the Central Valley. She is a current student at University of California, Merced working to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science. Since she began her position at Sierra Foothill Charter School, she has rekindled her love for teaching and will also be obtaining a Minor in Natural Science Education as well as a multi-subject teaching credential. She is happy to serve the community and students she has grown to love, and is excited to raise her young son in this beautiful part of California.
Instructional Aide: Clara Baena
Instructional Aide/After School Program Instructor: Peggy Decker
Peggy Decker has over 10 years experience working
with children as a substitute teacher and basketball coach. She also worked for a Parks and Recreation department in its Aquatics Programs and in management for 15 years. Finally, she worked at the Boys and Girls club in Oakhurst. She and her husband live in Ahwahnee and enjoy outdoors, fishing, and family who live nearby.
Long Term Independent Study (Home School) Coordinator: Stephanie Evans
Stephanie Evans earned her Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD certification from CSU Monterey Bay and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching in a variety of environments including teaching English in Japan and Mongolia, homeschooling her own children, and teaching high school and elementary grade levels in a variety of environments. Ms. Evans has been lucky enough to be working with SFCS since the planning stages and is always happy to share her experience and skill in bringing individuals and organizations together to provide the best possible educational opportunities.
Office Manager: Robin Cook
Robin Cook grew up in Catheys Valley
and attended Catheys Valley Elementary School. After graduating from high school, she joined the Air Force where she was an Information Manager and Military Training Instructor. After 20 years, Robin decided it was time to retire and move “back home”. Both of Robin’s children have attended SFCS since its first year. She is pleased to be a part of SFCS and so close to them during the work day.
Business Manager: Danielle Means
Dee Means grew up in the central valley where she enjoyed farming and homeschooling her son. She has been involved in special education, tutoring, and homeschool education for many years. Miss Means joined SFCS as an Instructional Aide and is now the Business Manager. She is excited to be part of the community.
Music and Band Instructor: Gail Vanderslik
Gail Vanderslik holds degrees from Fresno Pacific
University in secondary music education, music composition, and music in the church. She holds certificates in Kindermusik and Orff. She has taught music in preschools, elementary and middle schools and to private students ranging in age from four to adults. She is also a member of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra.
Bus Driver: Dan Croft
Dan Croft was born in Sierra Vista, Arizona,
November, 17th 1963. He went to Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Ca receiving an associate, 3 year, Degree in Theology. He then attended Fresno City College, graduating with a Police Science Degree. He has owned several Pizza Factory Restaurants in different states and the Consignment store in Mariposa. Before moving back to Mariposa, he was involved with the Fire Alarm industry for 15 years and felt it necessary to move and help his aging parents in Mariposa. Last year, he accepted an awesome position at SFCS as the bus driver, where he’ll be until retirement.
Custodian: Jon Cook
Jon Cook was born and raised in Colorado.
After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force as a Structural Craftsman, and was trained in all but not limited to, carpentry, masonry, welding, sheet metal working, roofing, door/window repair and replacement, and some lock smith capabilities. He moved here with his wife and two children after retiring from the Air Force and brings 20 years of facility maintenance experience to SFCS. Jon’s main hobby is woodworking, he loves to create things from wood. Jon is looking forward to being a part of the SFCS team.