About Us

Mrs. Richard

This is my 13th year teaching elementary school, after staying home for many years with my own children and then returning to school to get my teaching credential at CSU Dominguez Hills.  I got my undergraduate degree at U.C. San Diego in Communications/Visual Arts with a minor in Political Science, and worked for many years in the video/film business in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grade, and am very excited to be teaching fourth grade for the first time this year.  I find teaching a perfect fit and hugely rewarding for a lifelong learner like myself! My goal is always to make each day engaging, relevant, nurturing, and fun.


I have two children of my own, a daughter in college and a son just graduated.  I love to travel with my family and explore the art, culture, and history of other countries.  I revived my drawing and painting hobby this summer, and can’t wait to make art with my students.  My other love is music. I play the guitar, ukulele, and the piano, sing in trios and quartets, and try to integrate music, the arts, and environmental awareness into our curriculum wherever possible.


I’m thrilled to be teaming up with my new fourth grade partner, Ms. Ohan, and look forward to sharing an unforgettable year with all our new fourth graders! 


Ms. Ohan

Salutations! I am so excited to be joining the Haynes family! This will be my first year as a Mustang, but my 10th year teaching fabulous 4th graders. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and two teaching credentials.

I love what I do; teaching is my passion! Very few people can say that about their job. I get to hear jokes, laugh, try experiments, get messy, and be around a wonderful group of children every year. I especially love the, “Oh, I get it now!” moment.

My favorite subject to teach is science! I am a big proponent of teaching STEAM to children; and strive to teach lessons that include hands-on experimentation, that incorporates inquiry and design-based learning, and pushes children to think critically about the world around them in a profound way.

I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I hope to instill this same love of learning in my students. My daily reminder to my students is to read every day, and to never stop learning! The mind’s capacity for information is limitless, and the best part of all is that you get to keep everything you learn!

When I’m not in the classroom, or looking up Pinterest ideas for my classroom, I enjoy reading leisurely, archery (traditional longbow and recurve), traveling to new destinations, hiking, and discovering new coffee shops with friends.

I am delighted to be teaching alongside Mrs. Richard, and I’m looking forward to a new and exciting school year!