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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.
 
Jessica Blumen, Principal
  • I began my career in education in 1999. I was a teacher and an administrator in Houston, Texas before moving back to my hometown, San Carlos, in 2009. Since then, I have been fortunate to enjoy roles as a teacher and an administrator here in California.
  • As a student, I attended Brittan Acres K-5 and Central Middle School 6-8. I truly LOVE the San Carlos School District!
  • I enjoy spending time with my family and my adorable dogs! I am also a huge sports fan. Having grown up here in the Bay Area, I am a faithful fan of the Giants, the Warriors, the 49ers, and Stanford women's basketball! I thoroughly enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, golfing and running.
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 Teaching Team
Leah Erwig
  • 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.
Kindergarten Teaching Team
Pam Edgington
  • 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.
Christie Lee
  • 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.
Laurie Mecchi
  • 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.
Kinder/First Grade Teaching Team
Lisa Berriatua
  • 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.
First Grade Teaching Team
 
 
Audrey Chan
  • 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.
 
 
 
 
Brittany Dunham
  • I have been a teacher for 5 years. I taught for 4 years in New Jersey and this is my first year in San Carlos.
  • I have taught Special Education and 2nd grade. I now teach Kindergarten at Brittan Acres.
  • I enjoy snowboarding, kayaking, scuba diving, traveling, reading, and cooking.
Nancy Layten
  • 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.
Second Grade Teaching Team
Eve Mencher
  • 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.
Marcy Corea
  • 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

  • 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.
Second/Third Grade Teaching Team
Jenna Adler
  • I have been teaching elementary since 2011, but knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was about 5!
  • I have jumped around a bit in grades and places. I taught 3rd grade in Southern California for one year then moved back to the bay where I taught 2nd grade for three years at Coleman Elementary in San Rafael. I then spent the last two years teaching 4th grade at Springhill Elementary in Lafayette. I am so excited to be a part of the Brittan Acres community this year!
  • When I'm not teaching school I love to work out and teach Pure Barre classes. I love the beach or lake (just being by water), hiking, trying new restaurants, and seeing movies. I love my dog, Percy, and anything that involves laughing with family and friends!
Third Grade Teaching Team
Jessica Melton
  • 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
  • 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!
Alison Lansing
  • I began my teaching career at Heather school and taught there for 12 years. My time at Heather included both straight grade and multiage 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
Liz Green, K-3 Learning Specialists
  • I have been a special education teacher for 15 years.
  • I taught special education at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School in Pacifica for five years. I began teaching special education at Brittan Acres in 2007.
  • I love spending time with my family and friends. I love spending time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and camping. I also love to read a good book when I have the chance.
 
Melissa Juliano, K-3 Learning Specialists
  • I have been a special education teacher for 22 years. I taught for the San Mateo County Office of Education for 10 years before coming to the San Carlos School District in 2004.
  • When I was working with the County Office of Education I worked on school sites in San Mateo, Redwood City, Portola Valley and then came to San Carlos School District. I have worked with grades Preschool-5th.
  • I enjoy staying busy which is easy to do with my 3 boys at home! I enjoy playing soccer, water skiing and snow skiing. Most of all, though, I love my annual Girls’ Weekends!
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!
Jennifer Spotorno, Literacy Specialists
  • I’ve taught for 30 years.
  • I’ve taught in Redwood City, Menlo Park, and the last 13 years in San Carlos, teaching Preschool to 5th as well as EL Learners. The majority of those years (23) have been in First and Second Grades. Currently I feel lucky to be working part-time doing Literacy at Brittan Acres!
  • I love to swim, sit in a hot tub solving any and everything with friends, read, cook, and help take care of my parents. They are amazing at 90 and 93.
Stephany Sedlmayer, Speech Therapist
 
Marla Mather, Occupational Therapist
 
Tech/Maker Associate
 
Maria Del Rio, School Psychologist
 
Joyce Strauss, Literacy Specialists
 
Denise Drach, Library Associate
 
Sergio Criollo, Custodian