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Brittan Acres Staff

Brittan Acres Elementary is proud to have an excellent team of educators. A full list of the staff and email addresses can be found on the Contact Us page.
Lisa Cesario, Interim Principal
Suzanne Fast, Principal
Dianne Mack, Secretary
  • I have been the School Secretary going on 3 years and love being at BA!
  • I have worked At Tierra Linda as a para, for 7 years. Both my kids went to BA, and I did a lot of volunteer work including running the holiday store, the lunch program, worked in classrooms and various other jobs.
  • I love to cook, travel and spend time with my family-especially my granddaughter.
Transitional Kindergarten
Kindergarten Teaching Team
Room 1
  • I’ve been teaching since 1995--20 plus years.
  • I started my teaching career at Heather. Since then I’ve taught a range of grades from 1st-4th grade. I taught in Palo Alto for a few years, but San Carlos has been my home since 2004. I’m currently teaching TK at Brittan Acres.
  • I’m happiest when I’m at the beach or lake with my kids and family. I love cooking and spending time outdoors.
Room 2
Voicemail: (650) 632-8759
  • I started teaching in 2003. Teaching is a second career for me!
  • I have always taught Kindergarten at Brittan Acres.
  • I love spending time in the mountains with my family and dogs, watching college football (Go Ducks, Go Blue, and due to the latest family connection, Go Cal!), going on dog hikes and spending time with my friends.
Room 3
Voicemail: (650) 632-8765
  • I began teaching in 2004.
  • I am addicted to Kindergarten. All my years have been in Kindergarten!
  • I love shopping, cooking, baking, drinking coffee, dancing barefoot and snuggling with my sons, spending time with friends and family, and watching the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers.
Room 4
Voicemail: (650) 632-8768
  • I have been teaching for 27 years.
  • I started my teaching career at Central Middle School working with 6th, 7th and 8th graders, co-teaching children with special needs. I have been teaching at Brittan Acres for the past 25 years. I taught first grade for 6 years and this is my 19th year teaching kindergarten.
  • I love spending time in the mountains with my family, snow skiing and hiking. I love hanging out with my adorable pets. I have 2 cats and a dog.
First Grade Teaching Team
Room 8
Voicemail: (650) 632-8752
  • I have been a teacher for 25 years.
  • I started in Daly City teaching 3rd grade. I have been in San Carlos the last 20 years.
  • I love walking and playing with my two dogs. I enjoy cooking for my two sons and watching movies together.
Room 11
Voicemail (650) 632-8764
  • I began my teaching career here in San Carlos in 1988. I took time to raise my two sons and launch a private tutoring business. I have been back in the district at Heather, then Brittan Acres since 2007.
  • I have taught 4th, Special Ed., 3rd, 2nd, and now I teach 1st grade.
  • I enjoy hiking/walking with my dog, reading, baking and doing crafts. I love spending time with my family and extended family and friends.
Room 6
  • I grew up on the S.F. Peninsula and graduated from UCLA. I later attended CSULB, where I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and got my Master's in Educational Administration at NDNU in Belmont. 
  • I have taught in public, private, and parochial schools for 17 years with the majority of my teaching career in grades K-2.  
  • I live in San Carlos with my husband, my 5-year old daughter, and my 11-year old bulldog.  
  • I'm a Michigan transplant to the Bay Area. 
  • I've taught first grade for 12 years.  I've earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degree in Elementary Education. 
  • I love teaching first grade and working with the wonderful students and families in San Carlos! 
  • I live in San Francisco and escape to the mountains every chance I get.  I enjoy cooking, gardening, traveling, yoga, skiing, and the arts.
Second Grade Teaching Team
Room 19
Voicemail: (650) 632-8771
  • I have been a teacher since 2003.
  • I taught summer school to 7th graders the summer of 2003 in Millbrae. 2003 - 2004: I taught third grade at George Hall School, San Mateo - Foster City School District. 2004 - present: Brittan Acres School, San Carlos School District. I’ve taught first grade, second grade, and a first/ second grade combo.
  • I love being outdoors! I like to read, spend time with my family/friends, take spin classes, zip line on Catalina Island, travel (especially anywhere tropical), and swim.
Room 15
Voicemail: (650) 632-8703
  • I have been teaching for 21 years, I have taught in San Carlos since 2000.
  • I started my teaching career in Pleasanton and moved to San Carlos in 2000. I taught at Arundel for 15 years before moving here. I have taught first, second, third, and fourth.
  • I love to read and travel. My husband and I live here in San Carlos with our three kids and I enjoy watching and cheering my kids on in their various sports and activities.

Dan Liner
Room 21
Voicemail: (650) 632-8766

  • I have been an elementary school teacher for 17 years. My first two years of teaching were in San Francisco. I've spent the last 15 years teaching in San Carlos. I grew up in San Carlos and attended Brittan Acres in the mid 1970's. I never imagined I would teach at the school I went to as a child.
  • I live in San Francisco in a beautiful apartment overlooking the whole city. I love to garden, travel, and spend time with friends.
Room 10
Voicemail: (650) 632-8755
  • I have been a teacher for over a decade.
  • I’ve taught Kindergarten through 5th in the East Bay and San Mateo County areas.
  • I enjoy all forms of art, reading, exercise, animals and my pets.
Third Grade Teaching Team
Room 5
Voicemail: (650) 632-8769
  • I’ve been teaching elementary school since 2006. I’ve taught different forms of dance since 1997.
  • I’ve taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades in San Carlos and I’ve taught dance all over San Mateo County.
  • I am an artist! I love dancing, painting, crafting, going to the theater, listening to music, reading, laughing and spending time with my dog, Rainy.
Deana Hawkins
Room 13
Voicemail: (650) 632-8761
  • I started my career and taught for 12 years at Heather School. I've taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, also multiage K/1st and 1st/2nd grade. I come from a family full of educators, and I love teaching.
  • Away from school, I love to spend time with my husband and two young girls. I love to read, make things, plan parties, and spend time with friends.
  • I am happy to be joining the Brittan Acres family, and I am excited to teach collaboratively with my long-time teaching partner and teaching soulmate, Mrs. Lansing. Mrs. Lansing and I will be sharing students and sharing learning space to best support targeted small group instruction and student learning needs. I am very excited to be working with 3rd graders this year!
Voicemail: (650) 632-8758
  • I began my teaching career at Heather school and taught there for 12 years. My time at Heather included both straight grade and multi-age classrooms.
  • Deana Hawkins and I attended the credential program together and were hired at Heather at the same time. We became fast friends and teaching buddies. We have been collaborating together for 11 years and I am looking forward to taking our partnership to the next level with collaborative teaching.
  • When I have free time I love attending local Barre 3 classes and paper crafting. I also enjoy being a mom and spending time with my two young children. We like to swim, travel, and love visiting Disneyland as a family.
Special Services Team
Gina Kiyuna, TK-3 Learning Specialist
Brenda Taylor, Literacy Specialist
Diane Regonini, Speech and Language
Matt Steinborn, School Psych
Marla Mather, Occupational Therapist
Karen Ha, Library Associate
Sebastian Cisneros, Custodian
Fernando Jimenez, Custodian
Kimberly Arasato, School Counselor
  • I taught for seven years before becoming a school counselor. I have been a school counselor now for the past nineteen years. The past three have been at Brittan Acres Elementary.
  • I taught middle school math and art in Ohio. I was a middle school counselor for 13 years in Frisco, TX - part of the greater Dallas area. I have been an elementary counselor in California for the past three years.
  • I love cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Warriors, Giants, and (sorry) Dallas Cowboys!! I also enjoy oil painting, watercolors, drawing, hiking, playing with my furry babies, spending time with my family, traveling and exploring internationally and locally!