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Ms. Tami Beall, Superintendent

Ms. Beall has been in education for 30 years.  She has been in administration for 8.  She has been a principal for a TK-3 grade school and at a TK-5th grade school in Humboldt County.  She previously taught 4th grade, 5th grade, and middle school math, science, and P.E.  Her favorite grade and subjects to teach were 7th grade math and science.  

She has also coached track and field, cross country, volleyball, and has coached a year round swim team for 28 years, producing 4 Olympic qualifying swimmers.  

Ms Beall’s interests are running and swimming. She is a member of the TCAM masters swim team and likes to run on the beautiful roads and trails of Tuolumne County.  

She has 3 grown children who are a policeman, a teacher, and a barista college student.  She has lived all over California including Santa Barbara, Mi Wuk Village, Canyon Country, Petaluma, Arcata, Mount Shasta, and now Sonora!

Ms Beall is honored to be a Bobcat! 

 

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Cassandra Keuning, Administrative Assistant

Cassandra is the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. She started in the District Office July 2021 and attended Sonora Elementary School as a child. She has enjoyed working as an Executive Administrative Assistant for numerous years in Tuolumne County. Her passion is to support, contribute and make a difference. When not at the school, Cassandra spends her time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

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Sandra Sturzenacker, Director of Business Services

Sandra joined Sonora Elementary as the Director of Business Services in July 2021.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and will finish the School Business Management Certificate Program through USC Rossier in June 2022. Her past work experience includes non-profit program management. She lives in Sonora with her husband and three childrenWhen not working she enjoys being outside and exploring our beautiful town.  

 

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Julie Morgan, HR/Payroll

Julie Morgan joined Sonora Elementary as the HR/Payroll Specialist in October 2021.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  Her passion is to help others and serve her community. When not working she enjoys being with her family and exploring the outdoors. 

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Shanan Gonzales, Food Service Manager

I have worked at Sonora Elementary for 6 1/2 years. Five of those years have been as the kitchen manager.
 
I love serving the children and seeing their expressions when trying new things!
 
"Serving up smiles one SPOODLE at a time"
 

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Mr. Al Villanueva, Maintenance & Operations Manager

Al has been working in education for Maintenance Operations and Transportation departments for over 12 years. He has spent the majority of his time working in Merced County School Districts in the Transportation Department as a Mechanic and also in the Maintenance and Operations Department. 
Al coached 7th and 8th grade baseball for 2 years and also coached Little League T-Ball and Baseball for 6 years. He enjoys traveling, camping and fishing. He likes riding his motorcycle. Al has two grown kids that work in education. He is proud to be a Bobcat!

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Bernice Hammond, Accounting Specialist

Bernice joined the district in 2020.  She has worked as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent and is now our Accounting Specialist.  She was born and raised in the central valley and lived abroad for 7 years.  When not paying the bills she enjoys drinking coffee with her stunning husband of 28 years, and spending time with her two adult sons and teenage daughter.  

   

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Veida Sparks, Lead Bus Driver

Veida has been driving for Sonora School District since the 2014-2015 school year. She has 9 grandchildren that she adores! Veida loves to paint. She also loves hiking and coffee.

Our Transportation Department’s motto is, “Safety First.” We care about the children of Sonora Elementary School.  We will always do our best to transport all the children to and from school safely.

 

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Cathy Crowder, Technology Support Specialist

Mrs. Crowder has worked in IT for thirty years.  The technology industry has kept her busy since personal computers became popular B.I. - before the internet.  She started with a hobby interest that included building her own computer and moved forward from there.  Her vast experience includes roles as senior systems engineer, disaster recovery, business continuity, systems programmer, network administrator, and computer security incident manager.  Mrs. Crowder has been serving as Sonora Elementary’s Technology Support Specialist since 2011.  Her depth of business experience and technical knowledge has enabled Sonora Elementary to quickly adopt new technologies for 1:1 classrooms and student assessments, and she continues to help us to shape the direction and use of technology across the campus.