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Student Support Staff

Isai AguilarIsai Aguilar (Restorative Specialist)

Email: | Extension: 23155

Nancy Allsup (Elementary Counselor)


Nancy CastilloNancy Castillo (Psychologist) was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Humboldt State University, now known as Cal Poly Humboldt, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in School Psychology. Nancy began her career in education during her undergrad years where she worked for the CAL-SOAP organization through the Humboldt County Office of Education providing support and promoting higher education for middle and high school students. Through her work she hopes to create a safe space and provide support for students of all backgrounds in any way that she can. Nancy enjoys going to concerts, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and loved ones. 

Email: | Extension: 80937

Cristina CenaChristina Cena (EL TOSA) spent the first ten years of her life in Chile. It was during these formative years that a love and appreciation for the Latin language and culture was birthed. Since moving back to the U.S. Christina has lived in Southern California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nevada, and finally settled in Santa Rosa in January 2012.  Christina graduated with her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Hope International University in 2003. During her college years she spent time in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and studied abroad in England and Austria. In 2009 she received her Teaching Credential and M. Ed. Christina has a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and is thrilled about the opportunity to integrate her love of Spanish and learning into the classroom. Christina is happily married and is the proud mother of three children. She enjoys hiking, camping with the family, and experimenting with vegan friendly recipes.

Email: | Extension: 23241

Diane Gunderson

Diane Gunderson (ELL TOSA) has been teaching for twenty three years, all but two have been with Santa Rosa City Schools. Her years in the classroom were predominantly in kindergarten, but she has also taught first, second and third grade.  She has seven years of experience as support staff.  This included support for students in English language development and early literacy instruction as well as support to teachers as an instructional coach. Diane became fluent in Spanish as a part of a university student program in Oaxaca, Mexico and then later earned a degree in Spanish from Humboldt State University.  She has also traveled to El Salvador. Diane grew up in Sonoma County and still considers spending time with family and community of the utmost importance. She and her daughter love to play in local parks and explore our county regional parks. Diane is excited to continue be a part of the CCLA team to help the school and community thrive and grow.

Email: | Extension: 23241

Sandra HernandezSandra Hernandez (Middle School Counselor) lived in Mexico until age nine, and then her family moved to the Napa Valley. She graduated from Sonoma State with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters degree in school counseling. Sandra worked for the Migrant Education program as an advisor for middle schools and high schools in Sonoma county. The work she did for the Migrant Education program guided her to become a school counselor. Sandra enjoys hiking, playing with her two cats, and spending time with family and friends. 

Email: | Extension: 23115

Marlene JimenezMarlene Jimenez (Student Engagement) was born and raised in Sonoma County. She attended Sonoma State University before becoming a mother to two wonderful boys. Marlene was a parent volunteer at CCLA for 5 years, where she fell in love with the dual immersion school. In 2019, Marlene became a Bilingual Instructional Assistant for the TK classroom. As the COVID pandemic hit, she transitioned to distance learning serving students from all grade levels. She most recently worked to support English learners, before becoming the Student Engagement Activity Worker. Marlene loves being able to connect with students by creating fun activities that they can participate in. 

Email: | Extension: 23280

Alison O HerlihyAlison O'Herlihy (Nurse) was born in San Francisco, California. She attended Sonoma State University where she received her BSN and the University of San Francisco for my MSN CNL. She is new to the SRCS district as a school nurse. O'Herlihy covers CCLA, Helen Lehman and Albert Biella. She has been a nurse for the last 17 years practicing in the hospital with a focus on the heart, cardiac, stroke and education. O'Herlihy is a fourth generation San Franciscan and has lived in Sonoma County since 1989. She is enjoying becoming part of the educational community with a focus on health in school.


Eduardo OsegueraEduardo Oseguera (Elementary Counselor) was borned and raised in the Central Valley of California. He started his work as an educator after graduating from Fresno State in 2010. He went on to pursue his masters in School Counseling and graduated in 2017 from Sacramento State University. Eduardo has been an elementary school counselor since he graduated from Sac State, and previously worked at Steele Lane Elementary for 4 years. He's a very passionate counselor that loves to teach social-emotional lessons in the classroom and enjoys focusing on prevention. His creativeness and advocacy for mental health is something that he will bring into his counseling work. Outside of school, Eduardo enjoys his love for hiking, advocacy work, volunteering, reading, dancing, video editing, and listening to music.


Carolyn SmithCarolyn Smith (Resource Teacher) was born in San Diego. She moved to Sonoma County to get her B.A. in Theatre Arts at Sonoma State            University  in 1998. After college she worked for several years with teenagers who had emotional disturbance in a residential setting. She also had the pleasure of working in Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program touring schools in Northern California. During this tour she was educating kids on violence prevention and conflict resolution. In 2008 Carolyn earned her Education Specialists Credential from Sonoma State University.

 Carolyn has worked for Santa Rosa City Schools for 13 years as an Education Specialist and most recently as a Special Day Class Teacher at Lincoln Elementary.  She works with the North Coast School of Education where she mentors new Education Specialists throughout the district start their careers in special education. Carolyn’s philosophy of education is to educate the whole child. She works tirelessly to make school a place for growth and happiness for every child regardless of their abilities. In her off work hours she can be seen camping, hiking, and enjoying the bounties of  Sonoma County.

Email: | Extension: 23242

Danielle UllyottDanielle Ullyott (Speech Services) is an Irish immigrant that speaks Spanish and is very excited about being at CCLA, a Spanish-immersion school with students from so many different cultures! She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology at Bloomsburg University, before earning her Master’s in Communication Disorders at CSULB. She lived and worked as an SLP in Southern California in public schools and as a clinic supervisor at CSULB, before moving to SRCS. Danielle loves to teach kids to talk, spending time with her family, traveling, and while cooking is fun, she loves eating out: no dishes!  She was an Irish dancer for 30 years and now does CrossFit to stay healthy and happy.  Danielle likes to read, knit, draw, play games in speech therapy and at home, and dream big. She is always working on improving her listening skills and learning new languages.

Email: | Extension: 23242

Mercedes VasquezMercedes Vasquez (Restorative Specialist) was born and raised in Santa Rosa and currently resides in Windsor. She graduated from Windsor High School and went on to Santa Rosa Junior College to receive an AA in Sociology. In 2015, she transferred to California State University, Northridge located in Southern California to earn a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Before becoming a Restorative Specialist at CCLA, she worked at Santa Rosa Middle School. Connecting and supporting as well as developing relationships with the students is important to her because it strengthens the school community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, running out on trails, boating, traveling, going to football games, and being spontaneous.


Veronica VasquezVerónica Vásquez (Culture & Climate TOSA) was raised in Santa Rosa, where she attended Lawrence Cook Middle and Elsie Allen High School. She began her college career at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to UC Santa Cruz to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Evolution. She continued her studies at UC Santa Cruz to earn her teaching credential and Master’s degree in Education. Over the course of the past 13 years in her career in education, Verónica has taught science at the middle and high school level in Southwest Santa Rosa. She is proud to be back at her former middle school and hopes to continue providing meaningful experiences that honor the diverse backgrounds of our students and families at CCLA and from the larger Southwest Santa Rosa community. 

Email: | Extension: 23122