DEANs – Dads Eliminating Andersen’s Needs

RTI Teachers

DEANs – Dads Eliminating Andersen’s Needs

Meet Our RTI Teachers

“We are deeply indebted and grateful for the DEANs support of Andersen’s RTI teachers! While many are familiar faces, we are fortunate to have some new additions as well! Each bring their own personality, experiences and expertise to our program. This year the word has definitely been flexibility! Originally we had dedicated one RTI teacher to each grade level to allow teachers to utilize them in ways that made sense during our 100% online start to the year. Life has certainly thrown us a few curve balls here and we have been able to do a bit of shuffling to accommodate some new circumstances and ensure students had access to continuity of curriculum and a friendly familiar face. As we shift once again to the hybrid cohort model, we are continuing to modify as needed. RTI teachers are meeting 1:1 with our primary students in administering assessments and pulling small groups to support and enrich our upper graders! As needs change, so will our amazing RTI teachers. Know that all of our students are benefiting from this program- we are so fortunate and appreciative of the support!!! Allow me to introduce our awesome RTI staff!”

Tiffany Lewis
Roy O. Andersen Elementary School


Chelsea Pumphrey

My name is Chelsea Pumphrey and this is my 3rd year as the 1st grade RTI teacher at Andersen. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in 2nd grade. I graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Liberal Studies and received my teaching credential from Vanguard University. I love the art of teaching and hope each of my students grow to love learning as much as I do!


Kelsey Hoskinds

Hello, my name is Kelsey Hoskinds and I am the RTI teacher for sixth grade this year. This will be my third year as an upper-grade RTI teacher at Andersen. Before starting my teaching career at Andersen, I received my bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development, as well as a master’s degree in Elementary Instruction and Curriculum from Cal State Fullerton. While obtaining my degree, I realized the importance of creating instruction that inspires a love of learning in students. I am looking forward to being able to instill that love for learning with the sixth-graders this year.


Rebecca Garcia

My name is Rebecca Garcia and I will be supporting our scholars this year in 5th grade with Mrs. Nicholson. For the past 2 years, I have had the pleasure of working as an RTI teacher. Prior to my time at Andersen, I taught in Mission Viejo for close to 20 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development. Education is my passion, and I am grateful to be part of the Andersen Team. I believe every child has the ability to learn. I believe it is my job to help each individual reach their full potential to become a productive and independent scholar.


Jeff Vonnahme

My name is Jeff Vonnahme. I’ve been teaching here at Andersen for six years now and have been blessed to watch our students grow both academically and socially. I’ve also coached the Andersen robotics team and have spent recesses and lunches pitching in baseball tournaments with the kiddos. I love watching our kids become independent learners and strive to instill in them my love of education.


Elizabeth Wiley

My name is Elizabeth Wiley. I’ve been teaching in the district for 23 years. I’ve taught pre-school to 3rd grade. My emphasis was physical education. My goal has always been to teach inclusively. I attended U.C.I. as an under graduate and Concordia for my credential. (Irvine, graduated Suma Cum Laud) I love to fish, sail, cook and spend time w my family. I love to garden and plumerias are my favorite flower! I walk the beach daily. I love my job and am excited to return to see students in person!

Kira Malin

Kira Malin

My name is Kira Malin and I am working with 4th grade students this year for RTI! This will be my third year working as an upper grade RTI teacher. I received my Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies and teaching credentials from CSULB, GO BEACH! When I was a little girl I dreamed about being a teacher and played school all the time. I am so happy I am living my dream helping students learn while being a positive role model for them!


Michele Cohen

Hello, my name is Michele Cohen and this is my third school year at Andersen Elementary. I’m so happy to be returning to my favorite school! I attended Cal State Long Beach for college and Chapman University for my Credential and Masters. I worked as a second grade teacher in LAUSD for five years before returning home to Orange County. I love traveling the world, spending time with my family, and being the best mommy I can be to my adorable one year old son. I look forward to a great school year and making it a memorable one that your child will remember!


Barbi Townsend

My name is Barbi Townsend. I have been teaching in Newport Mesa for the past 19 years as an English Language Development teacher and Language Arts teacher. I am so excited to be returning to Andersen where both my boys attended! I received my bachelors at Long Beach State and my credential and ESL/Bilingual Certificate of Competency at Azusa Pacific. I also have a master degree in Educational Administration. In addition to teaching I have been involved with the PTA, the school play, been a Cub Scout leader and utilized my love for photography as the yearbook chair. I am ready for this year has to offer!

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