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Administration

Herbert W. Cooley

Herbert W. Cooley

Superintendent/Principal
(530) 822-9667, ext. 112

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Herbert W. Cooley has been teaching since 2001 and has taught middle school through high school classes in mathematics, science, English language arts, and career technical education. Along with his administrative duties, he advises the Associated Student Body, teaches the Leadership class, and co-advises the FFA and 4-H.

Mr. Cooley is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Agriculture, Agricultural Specialist Credential, and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

Dr. Joshua Chohaan

Dr. Joshua Chohaan

Vice Principal

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My name is Scott Zeuch. I am the Vice Principal at Yuba City Charter School. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ohio University. I have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I have been working in the field of education for 27 years. I have taught both in the USA, as well as overseas in Bangalore India with the International Baccalaureate curriculum at an International School. I couldn’t see myself doing anything outside of the field of education. Teaching young people is so important for the future of our world. I believe we are shaping the future one student at a time.

When I am not at school, you can find me running the streets of my neighborhood as I love jogging, and running in marathons when I am conditioned well enough. I also love riding my bike in the beautiful Buttes. My wife and I love hiking some of the beautiful nature trails around California.

Student Support Services

Dr. Joshua Chohaan

Dr. Joshua Chohaan

GATE

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Chrissy Thao

Chrissy Thao

Student Counselor

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This is my 6th year working as the school counselor at YCCS. I was born and raised in the Yuba-Sutter area. Right out of high school, I pursued higher education for my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and later my master’s degree in school counseling from Sonoma State University. As a first-generation college student, and a child of two hard working refugee parents, education have always been an aspiration of mine because it was the key to success. I hope to help all of my students recognize the importance of education and help pave their way towards creating their own success story.

Carolyn Roberts

Carolyn Roberts

Dean of Student Success/SPED

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Carolyn Roberts began working at YCCS in 2010 and has taught since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope International University, Fullerton, CA, and a teaching credential from Brandman University, Yuba City, CA.

3rd grade has a strong focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is vital for a child’s future that they spend 20 minutes per day in a session of reading. Reading builds vocabulary, fluency, knowledge, comprehension, and academic success, and studies have shown that it will also give students a significant advantage on their end-of-the-year state test scores. Students will keep a journal to practice writing complete, thoughtful sentences that catch the reader’s attention, even if that reader is themselves.

In math, students will become proficient in all multiplication and division facts. Other math-related skills include telling how much time has elapsed, place value, fractions, perimeter and area, real-life word problems, and greater than and less than values.

Parents can contact Mrs. Roberts before or after school at (530) 822-9667, ext. 109, with any questions or concerns about their child.

Potoski Kathy

Kathy Potoski

SPED Teacher

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Maria Oregel

Maria Oregel

Kindergarten

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Alyssa DeNeef

Alyssa DeNeef

1st Grade

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My name is Alyssa DeNeef. I am a first-grade teacher. I graduated Chico state with my Bachelors in Liberal studies and obtained my teaching credential in Multiple subjects through National University.

I have worked in the education field for 12 years making special education my craft. I am excited to have joined the world of general education and I am really enjoying it!

I enjoy working with children and watching them grow. The field of education runs in my family and I had always dreamed of being a teacher one day. August of 2023 marked my first official year of teaching.

When I am not in my classroom I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy going on short trips to the ocean and to the mountains. We also enjoy playing board games and watching movies.

Addie Taylor

Addie Taylor

2nd Grade

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My name is Ashley Guerra and I Teach 2nd grade.

This is my second-year teaching and I love what I do. Recently, I received my master’s degree. I enjoy traveling, walking my dog, biking, and eating new foods in my spare time.

LeeAnne Martin

3rd Grade

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Pooja is the third-grade teacher at Yuba City Charter School. Pooja believes in an equitable approach to education where every student has access to a high standard of education. Pooja holds a BA in accounting and business from New Delhi University. Her advanced studies are preparing her in the field of education as a multisubject credentialed teacher. When Pooja is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family. You can often spot her on a bike trail, a hiking trail, or enjoying a hot cup of coffee at any local café.

Elise Curteman

Elise Curteman

4th Grade

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My name is Elise Curteman, and I am the 4th-grade teacher. I have a BS in Social Science and am currently earning my credential through the Cal State Teach program. I have 15+ years experience working with children from preschool through 6th grade in a variety of settings from afterschool programs, STEM summer camps, preschools, and teaching dance. I absolutely love working with children! I have always enjoyed watching and helping them grow as people. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, baking, and spending time with my children outdoors or doing crafts.

Jocelyn Pena

Jocelyn Pena

5th Grade Teacher

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My name is Jocelyn Pena and students call me Mrs. Pena.

I am a 5th grade teacher this year. I must say its been fun working and redirecting my students to the right direction. Also, focusing on what they need to absorb so they can be ready in middle school. I have a few things that I love doing. I love spending time with my family, going camping, fishing and exploring nature. I also love to cook different types of food and DIYs. I love refurbishing furniture and making it look brand new again. I am very hospitable and nurturing for my friends and family. The most interesting I love about my job is helping my student learn what they need to be taught to grow and improve their intellectual abilities.

Danielle Ferrari

6th Grade Teacher

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My name is Addie Taylor. I am the 6th grade teacher here at Yuba City Charter. I am elementary school teacher where I teach all subject matters. This is my second year of teaching but my first year here. I have always wanted to work with kids since I was a young girl. I love getting to watch kids be successful and have fun at the same time. Some things that I do when I’m not at the work place is I love traveling with best friend over summer, spending time with my family and little nieces and nephews, and lastly during the spring you can see me out at the softball field coaching alongside with father in at Colusa High School.

Vanessa Gandy

ELD Teacher

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Matt Coats

Matt Coats

Middle School Drama and Arts
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My name is Matt Coats, and I have been teaching at Yuba City Charter School since 2016. I have been working in the field of Education in Northern California since the mid 1990s. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English from CSU Sacramento, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from National University, and a CTE credential in Visual and Performing Arts. I currently teach Middle School English, Social Studies, and Math, as well as High School Art, Drama, and ELD at YCCS. I have always had a love of education, and feel that teaching is my true calling. When I am not at school, you can find me performing on stage with my wife at renaissance fairs and other outdoor events throughout California, as 1/2 of the Shakespearean acting troupe, “Shrewed and Knavishe.” I also am involved in various art and theatre endeavors in the Yuba-Sutter community and throughout Northern California. I am the proud father of 2 YCCS graduates, and love working at this fine school.

Magdalena Oregel

Magdalena Oregel

Spanish/ELD
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Magdalena Oregel teaches second grade. Her previous teaching experience includes working as an after-school coordinator for K-8th grade, long-term Spanish substitute, pre-K teacher, tutor, and K-12th grade substitute teacher. She graduated from Chico State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Spanish and earned her bilingual teaching credential.

Mrs. Oregel is happily married to an amazing husband. They have a four-year-old daughter. They enjoy the outdoors and spending time together as a family.

Mrs. Oregel enjoys working with children and helping them reach for their dreams through their education. She believes that every child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a child and help them positively contribute to our world.

Norman Oilar

Norman Oilar

Agriculture

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My career in Agriculture Education began @ Corning Union High School as an agriculture student & FFA member. I served as Chapter Officer for three years, serving as President my last year. I earned the American FFA degree in 1989. I earned two AA Degrees @ Shasta College,

BS @ CSU, Chico in Animal Science & two teaching credentials, & earned a MS in Ag Ed from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

I began teaching High School Agriculture in 1996. I’ve taught many different subjects within the agriculture curriculum at the high school & community college level throughout California. Agriculture is my passion.

Our family has been in California since the late 1800’s engaged in ranching & farming. My wife & I have three boys, the oldest of which recently was married. Our younger boys are involved locally in 4H & FFA. We enjoy hunting & fishing when not working & taking care of our livestock.

Joga Lahel

Algebra/Calculus

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Toni Cole

Toni Cole

Social Studies
(530) 822-9667, ext. 114

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My name is Toni Cole. I love the subjects I teach: Geography, World History, US History, Government, Economics, The World Through Film, and Psychology. I currently advise CSF and am Prom Planning advisor. As an educator I can be described as intellect and character focused, as integrity and work ethic are two traits I hope to see all students graduate having learned to value. I have worked at YCCS for 11 years.

Most of my students know that in my spare time my favorite thing to do is explore the world. I try to impress upon students that there is no better way to learn about this planet- its people, cultures, history, and beauty- and there is no better way to gain new perspectives in understanding and empathy than to see it all for yourself! My travels have taken me to forty countries and as of last year, all fifty states! In this life my goals are not to buy big houses or nice cars; rather my ambitions involve adventuring to all seven continents and making memories. Apart from travel, a few of my favorite things are running, reading, writing, theater, road trips, football, whales, golden retrievers, yoga, and, of course, family.

Rene Villegas

Rene Villegas

Physical Education
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Mr. Villegas received his Bachelor of Arts at Chico State in Kinesiology with an option in Physical Education. He also has a Masters of Arts in Kinesiology with an option in Coaching. He is certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is also a certified life coach. Mr. Villegas has been active since he was a kid and played competitive soccer, which helped him develop a passion for fitness. With his athletic background and impressive education he has been a valuable asset as a head coach for the Men’s soccer team at Yuba College. Mr. Villegas is also an instructor at Yuba College. He teaches weight training, soccer, health, nutrition and does sport conditioning for the athletes.

Mireya Raya

Mireya Raya

High School English

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I’m a recent Chico State alumna and I have always wanted to be an English teacher. I’m a local to the area and I am happy to be working with YCCS the last 2 years. On my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies, traveling, trying new food and spending time with loved ones. 

James Ferreria

Culinary/AP English

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Breanna Bridge

Breanna Bridge

High School Animal Sciences

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My name is Breanna Bridge, I am an Agriculture Science Teacher and FFA Advisor. I am a new teacher here at Yuba City Charter School, however, I am not new to teaching. I took a few years off to stay home with my babies and now I am happy and excited to be back in the classroom! I have a passion for agriculture and hope to share that passion with our students and inspire them to get involved in our agriculture & FFA community. In my free time I enjoy being with my friends and family whether we are showing livestock, riding dirt bikes, or just enjoying the outdoors.

Ramiro Canto-Lugo

Ramiro Canto-Lugo

Spanish Teacher

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Music Teacher

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Autumn Downs

Autumn Downs

Substitute Teacher

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Secretarial Staff

Donna Ivie

Donna Ivie

HR/Business
(530) 822-9667, ext. 102

I was born and raised in Yuba City. I began working as the Business Manager at YCCS in 2013 and brought 25 years of administrative experience with me. It so rewarding working in the office with my work family. I am happily married to a wonderful man and I have 1 daughter, 2 step daughters and 1 step son. In my spare time I love to hunt and fish with my husband, and I make sure that I vacation with my sisters at least once a year.

Kenia Gonzalez

Kenia Gonzalez

School Attendance

Atara Adams

Atara Adams

CalPads

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I have been part of the Wildcat family since 2003 when my first child enrolled at YCCS. I currently have 2 children attending the school and I was on the YCCS School Board for 6 years before becoming an employee. I enjoy reading, camping and spending time with my family. I enjoy dedicating time to organizations in the community such as Pink October and Scouting for food.

Yuri Tapia

Yuri Tapia

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My name is Yuri Tapia, I am the SELPA Coordinator/Homeless Liaison for the Special Education Department. This is my second year working here at Yuba City Charter School. I love seeing the students grow and evolve each year. In my free time, I enjoy taking family trips, interior decorating, dancing, and trying new restaurants.

Ruby Osorio

Admin Secretary

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Dr. Harry Wander

Dr. Harry Wander

On-Site Doctor
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Laurie Jackson

Laurie Jackson

Food Services

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Dawn Downs is the food services coordinator. She has been with the school since 2006, first as a yard duty supervisor and then as a class aide. In 2016, she received her ServSafe certification and is now proud to be called the “lunch lady.” She thoroughly enjoys working with children on a daily basis and finds it can be very entertaining at times.

Cyndi Balderas

Cyndi Balderas

Kindergarten Assistant
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Hello I’m Cindy Balderas, Kindergarten Aide, I have been working with Kindergarteners for 16 years. I enjoy watching the kindergarteners learn so much from the beginning to the end of the school year. I am married, have three sons ages 45,35, and 26. I also have 3 granddaughters ages 24, 4, 1 and one more on the way in December this year.

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews

Student Support

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I help students, one on one, who need extra help with reading. They are from 1st grade to 3rd grade.

I live in Yuba City. I am married, and we have 3 grandchildren. We have a Jack Russell, who loves to go for walks.

I love what I do, at YCCS.

Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson

Classroom Aide

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My name is Helen Jackson, I was born and raised in Yuba City. I started my career here 3 years ago and fell in love with working in the elementary grades. In my spare time I like to read, bake, and spend time with my animals.

I worked in management at Target for 35 years. After retiring, I wanted to give back, and what better way than to work with children. This is more than a school; it’s a large family. I’ve been at YCCS for 2 years, and I love the atmosphere of this close-knit school. In my spare time, I like to cook, camp, and spend time with family and friends.

Ouida Wakefield

Public Relations
Marketing Specialist

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Hi!

My name is Ouida. I teach Rosetta Stone, and I’m the Marketing Specialist here at YCCS. You will also see me at the gate in the morning to greet students or answer any questions the parents may have.

I have lived in the Yuba-Sutter area for 40 years and have one daughter.

I have worked with children for 20 years and I enjoy my job, especially here at YCCS.

I enjoy traveling, walking, swimming, & cooking!

Laura Burroughs

Laura Burroughs

Voco Vision

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My name is Laura Burroughs. I am the Vocovision Coordinator at YCCS.

I assist in providing services for our students both in and out of the classroom.

In my spare time I enjoy puzzles, watching movies, and cooking.

Jude Guerrero

Jude Guerrero

Elementary P.E.

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Aloha, I am the elementary P.E. teacher for grades K through 6. I’ve been proudly working at YCCS for two years and enjoy making exercise fun for the kids. In my spare time, I love to play basketball and spend time with my family.

Amy Keng

Amy Keng

Student Opportunity

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My name is Amy Keng and I work in the Opportunity Class. I have been a teacher’s aide in the YCCS special education class for five years and I enjoy supporting students. I have more than 30 years of business and operations managerial experience in Taiwan; three of those years were in China. Outside of work, health is of great importance to me. Therefore, I like to exercise, cook, and travel around the world to expand my knowledge.

Rafael Barajas

Rafael Barajas

Maintenance

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Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen

Student Opportunity

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My name is Jenny Chen and this is my first year working as a teacher’s aide. I have over 15 years of office administration work ranging from daily business operations, providing personnel support, all the way to out-of-state travel budget. During my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Julieanna Martinez

SPED Aide

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Hello, my name is Katelyn Eyeler and I am a paraeducator for the support program. I’ve always enjoyed psychology and had an interest in working with children. For this reason, I chose to get a Bachelors in Psychology and then got a positon working with children in the support program. I look forward to helping students meet academic challenges and reach a point where they feel comfortable about their performance and happy in their school environment. When I am not working I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, reading, and cuddling with my cat.

Elena Guerrero

Elena Guerrero

Food Services

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I have in Yuba Sutter for 23 years. I’ve been w/the school for 1yr I love my job working with the kids. Health aid/ campus monitor all around team player.

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Independent Studies

Lynn Arp

Lynn Arp

Independent Teacher
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Mrs. Arp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus. She went on to earn her Single Subject Credential in English from Chapman University. Mrs. Arp taught English at Yuba City High School for fifteen years. Since 2010 she has been enjoying giving individualized instruction through independent study and home hospital programs. Mrs. Arp joined the Yuba City Charter team in 2015 where she has worked diligently to improve our Independent Study program.