Christina Waters


Christina Waters, Principal


Aaron Gildengorin

Vice Principal

Aaron Gildengorin, Vice Principal


Kimberly Smith

Office Manager


Kimberly Smith, Office Manager


Laura Roberts

Math Teacher

Laura Roberts, Math Teacher

Experience: Electrical and control systems engineer for Bechtel. Teaching at Altimira since 2010.

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering and Single Subject Credential in Mathematics

Interests: Piano, travel, reading, hiking, doing things with my family


Michael Amaral

Physical Education

Michael Amaral, Physical Education

Experience: I have taught at Altimira since 2007.

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelors of Science - Kinesiology


Mike Curtin


Mike Curtin, Teacher


Pam Murray


Pam Murray, Teacher


Patrick Moore



Patrick Moore, Teacher


Cquerida Lappin


Cquerida Lappin, English

Department(s): English Language Development English Language Art Math

Experience: Teacher at Altimira since 2010

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in English and Teaching Credentials in Spanish and English


Danielle Lopez



Danielle Lopez, Teacher


Katherine Krantz


Katherine Krantz, Teacher


Luis Ayala

Math Teacher



Luis Ayala, Math Teacher


Tracy Giles

Language Teacher



Tracy Giles, Language Teacher


Elda Guerra

SPED Teacher



Elda Guerra, SPED Teacher


Ben Seelye



Ben Seelye, Teacher


Katie Gialketsis



Katie Gialketsis, Teacher


Dawn McIntyre



Dawn McIntyre, Teacher


Christina Sanders



Christina Sanders, Teacher


Bridget Paul

English, Electives


Bridget Paul, English, Electives

Department(s): English Language Art English Language Development Electives

English Language Art, English Language Development, Physical Education, Leadership, Yearbook, Dance, Speech and Debate, Study Skills

Experience: 14 years in High School; Private, Public, Charter and 5 years in public middle school

Degrees and Certifications: BA - Communications and Psychology, Single Subject Credential in English, MS - EDU in Curriculum and Instruction

Interests: Hiking, fitness, yoga, travel


Carolyn Niehaus

Band, Choir, Drama

Carolyn Niehaus, Band, Choir, Drama

Department(s): Band Choir Drama

Beginning/Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, Choir, Drama, Leadership

Experience: Music/ Leadership/ Drama Teacher, Altimira Middle School, Sonoma, CA - August 2012-Present, Department Chair for Electives, Altimira Middle School, Sonoma, CA - August 2016- Present, Sonoma County Junior High Honor Band Coordinator, Sonoma, CA August 2014-Present, Girl�s Dean at Cazadero Music Camp, Cazadero, CA - Summer 2013-Present, Music Teacher,Adele Harrison Middle Schools, Sonoma, CA - August 2012- 2015, Student Teacher, Joseph Kerr Middle School, Elk Grove, CA - January 2012-May 2012

Degrees and Certifications: University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, Stockton, CA - Bachelor of Music in Education

Interests: Teaching is the best job in the entire world; Everyday of work is so enjoyable. I also enjoy playing my Flute in Orchestra and Band settings. I love Disney! I love drinking coffee in the morning. I can�t imagine not spending my summers under the redwood forest in small town of Cazadero, CA. I believe everyone can find the sunshine in life�s lemons.


Tim Davidson

Social Studies, AVID

Tim Davidson, Social Studies, AVID

Department(s): Social Studies Physical Education AVID

Experience: Taught at Altimira since 2013

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in History


Cheryl Coldiron


Cheryl Coldiron, Teacher

Department(s): Art AVID French

Experience: Art Teacher at Altimira Middle School since 2007. Previously taught four years at Dunbar ES.

Degrees and Certifications: Credentials: Art, Multi-subject, French - Sonoma State University. Degrees: Art, French, International Business, Bachelor of Arts - CSU Sacramento and Universite de Provence, France

Interests: Paint; travel; garden; hike; read; movies; theater; concerts; walks with my dog


Carolina Pickens



Carolina Pickens, Teacher


Alicia Oxenhandler




Alicia Oxenhandler, Teacher


Suzy Murray

School Counselor

Suzy Murray, School Counselor

Experience: 7 years as a high school mental health and alcohol/drug counselor, School Counselor at Altimira since 2015

Degrees and Certifications: Bachelors of Science- Psychology, Master of Science-Student Affairs and Diversity, Master of Arts- Counseling, Credential-Pupil Personnel Services

Interests: Spending time with family, attending San Jose Sharks hockey games, jumping on the trampoline with my son and re-purposing items for home decor.


Katherine Myers

Special Ed

Katherine Myers, Special Ed

Experience: I have taught special education for over 25 years, all levels (preschool to high school)

Degrees and Certifications: BA English, Multiple Subject Credential, Learning Handicapped Credential, Resource Specialist Credential

Interests: I am interested in trail running, swimming, hiking, scuba diving, road biking, bikram yoga, photography, gardening, reptiles and travel.


Rachel Abrams

Special Ed

Rachel Abrams, Special Ed

Department(s): English Language Art Math Special Ed

Experience: Received Bachelor's Degree at University of Kansas (KU), received teaching credentials at Humboldt State University and Sonoma State University. My first year teaching was 2006-2007 at Kenilworth Middle School. For the Sonoma Valley USD, taught at Adele Harrison Middle School from 2007-2008, and have taught at Altimira Middle School since 2008.

Degrees and Certifications: BA in Liberal Arts, Level I and Level 2 in Education Specialist-Special Education Credential (received at HSU and SSU), CLAD certified; SDAE/CTEL certified, Added Autism Certification.

Interests: Reading specialist/teaching students phonics and reading comprehension; Writing/composing and editing essays and teaching students writing techniques; Personal activities include keeping in close contact with friends and family, swimming, hiking/being outdoors, visiting art museums, traveling, and seeing music live.