David Allen

David grew up in Los Angles and Orange County. His parents were both blue collar workers. His father was a machinist and his mother worked as an aid in a school. They provided a very strong, value based foundation David and always emphasized how important it was to give back to the community and find ways […]

Erica Boomer

Erica grew up on a large ranch in Winter Springs, California, which is not far from Upper Lake and she attended Upper Lake High School.  Erica always loved animals and, while in high school, she was active in 4H and other school activities and worked at the local vet clinic during high school. The family […]

Kirsten Farrell

Kirsten Farrell’s trip to adulthood included seventeen household moves, eleven cities, ten schools, six states, two countries, many teachers, and one set of parents. She is the proud daughter of an Air Force officer, whose career allowed her to develop a very unique perspective on other cultures, education, teachers, curriculum, and how it is taught in […]

Erin Graham

Erin was born in a small town in Montana and moved to southern California when she was 2 or 3 years old.  Erin’s family moved around a great deal before finally settling in Desert Hot Springs, CA.  where she attended Palm Springs High School. After graduation, Erin attended UCLA, where she majored in history and […]

Julieanne Reall

Julieanne immigrated from Taiwan with her mother and her 3 older siblings to the United Stateswhen she was 9 years old, while her father stayed behind. Like most immigrants, her parents wanted a better life for themselves and a better education for their kids than they could ever have had in Taiwan. The family ended […]

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