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Jeannatte Rivera

6th Grade Teacher


I was born in Los Angeles, California, but I moved to Michoacán, Mexico at the age of five. In Mexico, I went to a tiny, little school next to a scary cemetery, but when I returned at 11 years old, I moved back to Los Angeles where I attended a HUGE school where I was the only one who spoke Spanish. I didn’t know any English!

I graduated from California State University – Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. I became a teacher because I want to help children believe in themselves and realize that they can achieve all of their goals.

I am excited to begin my 22nd year working with children! I was a teacher assistant for 10 years at Weigand Avenue Elementary School and this is my 12th year  teaching! I’ve taught grades 4th-8th. Even though I have been teaching for 21 years, every year I have learned or have gotten better at something I needed to work on. This is why I all the students I teach! ©

I spend a lot of time with my family doing different activities. For example, we love visiting national parks. I’ve hiked through the middle of a river, to a waterfall (during a crazy lightning storm), and up a mountain that looked across an entire valley in northern California.  I’ve also travelled to 18 different states (sorry California, but Colorado is my favorite). I want to one day see all 50 states!

We also like eating good food! One of my favorite dishes are hamburgers and enchiladas, so if you know any good restaurants, let me know! You will probably see me eat coffee and cookies around Tate, those are my favorite snacks. Even though these are my favorite foods, I am always open to trying new ones. For those who are brave, I am always happy to try the foods your parents may cook at home.