Staff & Board

Academic Staff

Bob Capune, 7th & 8th Grade History Teacher, has a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Bob worked for two decades at the Lawrence Hall of Science, a hands-on children's museum. Although he likes Science, his true passion is the Humanities. He thoroughly enjoys teaching English and History instead of quadratic equations. An avid world traveler, Mr. C has visited every continent (except Antarctica). He brings photos, stories, and artifacts from these trips to his classroom to share and enhance curriculum.

Debra Hom, 7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher, has a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics and a Master's in Education from UC Davis. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, baking, listening to music, making jewelry and crocheting. Debra wanted to work at Manzanita because of the community support and feels the small classes will let her focus on each student's needs to succeed in math. She loves when students ask for help and tell her when they don't understand a topic. Growing up in a small community, she knows that everyone is willing to help and learn together. In her classroom, she strives to make math understandable and relatable to everyday life.

Robin Rivera, 6th Grade Teacher,

Linh Tran, Special Education,

Kumar Nemani, Technology and Art Teacher, earned his Bachelor's in Electronics and Communications in India and moved to the US to pursue a Master's in Engineering Management. After developing a profound interest in information security, he returned to school and is currently completing an Executive Master's program with the University of Cumberlands. Sravan has a wide range of interests, including film making/photography. He believes in the quote, "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important." - Bill Gates

Adminstrative Staff

Angela Canham, Front office

Martin W. Coyne Jr., Director, Business Services

Jim Trombley, Executive Director

Board Members

  • Board President: Margarita Vaca
  • Board Secretary: Marisela Meza
  • Fiscal Manager: Dhirse Nungaray
  • Board Member: Tania Ramirez
  • Board Member: Porfirio Ramirez
  • Board Member: Noe Benitez