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First Grade

Sara Hackett
Ms. Hackett

This will be my 14th year teaching and my second year in Santa Clara Unified. Previously, I have taught Kindergarten and First grade and served as a site Literacy Coach at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto, CA. I received my Bachelors degree in Social Science, Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Reading Specialist Credential from San Jose State University. I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to earn my Multiple Subjects teaching credential. In my spare time I enjoy riding my scooter, reading, listening to music, hiking and travelling. 

 

Heather Stephens
Ms. Stephens
Dana LoVecchio
Ms. LoVecchio

I have been working at Montague Elementary as a first grade teacher for the past 7 years. I have two daughters and I enjoy spending time with them and my husband. As a family we love to go camping and we have recently enjoyed going on cruises. Montague Elementary is an amazing place to work and I love how supportive all the families are of their students and of us teachers!

 

 

I received my BA in Communication from California State University East Bay in 2002. After that I spent a decade at Playworks, a non-profit focused on play and implementing youth development strategies throughout the school day. While there, I was the Director of Training and developed and implemented training programs across the country. I worked for them in the Oakland, New York City, and Chicago. In 2006, I took a year off and taught high school in Southern California. In 2013 I went back to graduate school and got my credential and masters in curriculum development. During that time I taught 4th grade in San Francisco. After that I taught second grade for three years in Fremont. The 2020-21 school year will be my third year in first grade at Montague. I am an advocate for social justice and am on the union's Equity and Human Rights Committee. I believe it is imperative to help youth appreciate and celebrate not only their identity, but also the identities of others. When they can do that, they can begin to develop empathy for others in our diverse society which will help them find their voice in helping others. I am also a believer that school needs to be fun. Students need to be laughing, playing, and experiencing joy, along with focusing on academics. When I'm not teaching, you can find me reading a mystery book, listening to a comedy or true crime podcast, watering my garden, or on the sofa with The Golden Girls.