After School Classes
Mr. G. has been at Richland for 5 years. He was hand picked by Richland Staff and parents to ensure we had the right person to lead us. He has been with LAUSD for 20 years, and he began by teaching 3rd Grade. He then worked as a Coordinator at Saturn Elementary. He is fluent in 4 languages, English, French, Spanish and Basque. He loves to travel and spend time with his family.
Katie was raised in Los Angeles. She went to local schools, grew up, traveled the world, and lived in New York City for four years. She graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching, and she then received a Masters in Administration. Richland has been her second home since 2001. As for her own family, she is married to Mike and she has two kids who keep her busy with sports and activities.
Will Olliff - TK/K/1st
George H.W. Bush was in his second year in office when Mr. Olliff arrived at Richland to teach the fifth graders. Over a thirty year career, Mr. O has taught every grade level from a Special Education Preschool Class to a seventh grade math class at Bancroft Middle School.
Christy Danieri - 4th/5th
Ms. Danieri has been teaching at Richland since 2001. She has lived in Southern California for her whole life, and attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies. She loves to play the piano and is a strong believer in musical performance education that starts in elementary school.
Maryse Daitch -
French Transitional Kindergarten
Mme. Maryse is from Normandy, France. She moved to NYC to attend college where she graduated with a degree in French and Education. Maryse also has a masters degree in French. After several years of teaching High School, she became a preschool teacher. When not at school, Mme. Maryse enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Jonathan, and her teenage daughters.
Marisol Rojas -
Ms. Rojas started at Richland as a Teacher's Aide. During those early years, she went to school for her teaching credential and became a full time teacher. When the French Program opened, she jumped at the chance to join the fun. She has been teaching for over twenty years,
Elodie Moore - French Kindergarten
Mme. Elodie was born in Nancy, France, where she received her B.A. in Physical Education. After graduation, she moved to Paris and performed in shows, including Disneyland Paris, a play on French Grammar (she was the qualifying adjective), and other French educational plays. She moved to L.A. in 2010 with her husband and baby after she won the Green Card lottery. She enjoys snowboarding, surfing or skating with her husband and sons.
Matt Gaydos -
English 1st Grade
Matt has been teaching for 11 years. He has a BA from The University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from The University of San Diego. He likes video games, pizza, and Star Wars.
Clarisse Weidem - French 1st Grade
Veronica Leon -
English 2nd Grade
Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Ms. Leon received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She then received her Masters in Education from UCLA. Veronica has been teaching at Richland Avenue for three years. In her free time, Veronica loves taking her dog Maxwell to the dog park.
Mary Lee Dula -
French 2nd Grade
Mary Lee received her B.A. in Art History from NYU, followed by her M.A. from the University of St. Andrew's. After working in the art world, she decided to pursue teaching by getting an M.A. from USC. Mary Lee goes to Disneyland every chance she gets, but when not there she enjoys reading, traveling, and learning new languages.
Mari Morikawa -
English 3rd Grade
Mari received her B.A. in Education from Cal State Long Beach, followed by her M.A. in Education from UCLA, after deciding to be a teacher at the age of 4. She has been teaching for nine years, five of which have been at Richland. Mari is mother to two young children, and she is enjoying motherhood by exploring the world through the eyes of her children.
Florence Ekindi -
French 4th Grade
Mme Ekindi, was born in Cameroon (central Africa) where she spent part of her youth and the other part was spent in France. After her high school diploma, she moved to Los Angeles where she obtained a B.S in chemistry from CSUN. She loves traveling and learning about new cultures.
Rebecca Zewdu -
English 5th Grade
Ms. Zewdu was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she attended Le Lycée Français until she moved to California to continue her studies. She holds a degree in Biology from CSUN and a Masters in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Her career extends from holistic health to international development, where she worked for Save the Children and USAID projects, focusing on gender issues, refugee relief and Mother Tongue Education. After becoming a mother and raising a bilingual daughter, she is returning to her lifelong love for teaching and promoting multilingualism among young children. She was raised speaking four languages and is fluent in Amharic, Tigrinya, French and English. She is passionate about Ethiopian food and hosts cooking classes and dinner parties in her home.
Kimberly Goodman -
French 5th Grade
Ms. Goodman grew up in L.A. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in French and received her teaching credential from Los Angeles County Office of Education. She has been teaching in French immersion for the past fiv years for Fourth and Fifth grades. When she’s not in the classroom, Kimberly works with Stanford’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, researching how best to support teachers locally. In her spare time, she enjoys road trips, baking, adventure novels, and her Golden Retriever, Bella.
Keith Ceely - Preschool
Mr. Ceely grew up in West LA, attending nearby schools. He has a credential in Early Childhood Special Education and a M.A. in Special Education. Mr. Ceely began his career at the UCLA Early Intervention Program as an assistant, which inspired him to complete his studies to become a lead teacher. Mr. Ceely enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, DJ-ing, skateboarding, watching movies, and practicing Aikido.
Kaori Chandler - Preschool
Mrs. Chandler was born in Los Angeles, California. She has her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education. She speaks fluent Japanese and conversational Spanish. She enjoys reading, camping, traveling, hanging out with her husband and children, and brunching with her friends.
Elizabeth DeFazio - Resource Program
Ms. Defazio grew up in Orange County. SHe has worked at Richland for 6 years, and has many hobbies including gardening.
Gisela Gutierrez - Preschool
Ms. Gutierrez has been teaching Preschool at Richland for over twenty years.