PK-12 Teaching and Learning TOSAs

  • We in HSD's Teaching and Learning department exists to support the work of instructional improvement in our schools.  We are here to serve!  In order for us to maximize our resources, including our people and their time in the most impactful way, please contact your principal to request TOSA support.  TOSA time will be prioritized based on SIP goals of the school and their capacity to serve needs in a timely way.  We look forward to supporting your work in effective implementation of quality instruction and building great classroom experiences for kids.

    Gabby Villamagua Beginning Teacher Mentor/TOSAGabby Villmagua, PK-12 Dual Language TOSA
    Gabby supports PK-12 Dual Language Programs, principals, and staff in the areas of Spanish Literacy, Spanish Language Development, and Spanish Foundational Skills. She also supports Professional Development and common assessments as it relates to authentic and current literacy research and best practice in order to support SIP literacy and language development goals across the district. Please contact Gabby Villamagua at villamam@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Jaime GoldsteinJaime Goldstein, Reading Intervention Compliance TOSA Jaime supports building administrators, coaches and teacher leaders in planning, modeling, teaching and leading CCSS and ELP standards for speaking, listening, reading and writing across content areas. She also helps support District priorities, professional development, and common assessments as it relates to current literacy research and best practice in order to support SIP literacy goals across the district. Please contact Jaime Goldstein at goldstej@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Teresa WirschingTeresa Wirsching, Reading Intervention TOSA
    Teresa supports building administrators, coaches and teacher leaders in planning, modeling, teaching and leading CCSS and ELP standards for speaking, listening, reading and writing across content areas. She also helps support District priorities, professional development, and common assessments as it relates to current literacy research and best practice in order to support SIP literacy goals across the district. Please contact Teresa at pieserwt@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Mandy WedelMandy Wedel, K-8 Math/STEM TOSA
    Mandy supports building administrators, instructional coaches, department heads, and teacher leaders in all elementary and middle schools with their math instruction and STEM implementation. She is available to work with school teams in implementing best practices in math and science instruction while sheltering language and scaffolding content in order to give all students access to rigorous content. Please contact Mandy Wedel at wedelm@hsd.k12.or.us
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    Xylecia Fynn Aikins

    Xylecia Fynn Aikins, Elementary Students Supports TOSA
    Xylecia supports building administrators, instructional/student success coaches, wellness center instructors, and teachers with universal student supports and systems implementation PK-6. She also helps support District priorities, professional development, and community partner groups as it relates to building positive climate and culture. Please contact fynnaikx@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Catherine JagerCatherine Jager, Secondary Humanities TOSA
    Jager supports building administrators, instructional coaches, department heads, and teacher leaders in all middle and high schools with their humanities instruction and the implementation of Tribal History/Shared History, Ethnic Studies Standards, and Holocaust and other genocides standards. Please contact Catherine Jager at jagerc@hsd.k12.or.us


    Maricruz Acuña

    Maricruz Acuña, Elementary Humanities TOSA
    Maricruz supports building administrators, coaches, and teacher leaders at the elementary level with humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies) instruction and strategies to teach all our HSD students. Primary support will be directed towards Wonders/Maravillas instruction and implementation of Ethnic Studies Standards. Maricruz will also be continuing the work alongside Catherine Jager on the District Commemorations Project to further our knowledge, reclaim a shared history and provide diverse lessons and learning opportunities to our students. You may contact Maricruz at acunam@hsd.k12.or.us

    Judy Ramer

    Judy Ramer, K-12 PLC Consultant
    Judy helps principals and their PLCs engage in the ongoing study of their data and the constant practice that characterizes a group committed to continuous improvement, a cornerstone to a well-functioning PLC.  She does this by assisting with PLC group goals, where needed, assisting with formative assessment creation to help gather data, helping in looking at the data and how to use protocols to analyze it, when data is gathered and analyzed, assisting PLC groups in knowing what to do with the data, and assisting principals with creative scheduling to allow for the maximum use of their staff and their resources. Please contact Judy at RamerJ@hsd.k12.or.us

    Carissa Fleming

    Carissa Fleming, K-12 District AVID Coach 
    Carissa is available to provide direct support to AVID Coordinators, AVID Elective Teachers, AVID Tutors, and Site Teams to improve and expand implementation of the AVID Elective.  Additionally, Carissa is available to work with Instructional Coaches and PLCs to support the implementation of AVID Schoolwide through the use of WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Read ing).  She can help plan professional development, accompanying teachers on instructional rounds, provide resources, etc.  Please contact Carissa Fleming at flemingc@hsd.k12.or.us or (503) 866-4081.

    Deborah Luther

    Deb Luther, District K-12 TAG TOSA 
    Deb supports building administrators and building TAG Coordinators to ensure that schools operate in accordance with laws, statutes, and Board policy related to the state TAG mandate.  She helps support District priorities, state and federal law; and design, deliver and coordinate professional development and assessments related to the education of the District's TAG students. Deb is also involved in coordinating TAG enrichment opportunities like TAG, You're It! and SENG, a parent group focusing on the social-emotional needs of TAG students. Please contact Deb Luther at lutherd@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Carolyn GrenzCarolyn Grenz, K-12 Title III TOSA 
    Carolyn plans, coordinates, and monitors the development and implementation of services, including extended-day programs, for English Learners (ELs) in accordance with federal and state Title III policy.  She writes our HSD Lau Plan and EL and Migrant Ed. Case Management Toolkit; collects, analyzes, and monitors EL student achievement data; provides technical school program support for principals and case managers; coordinates District EL professional development; and facilitates professional development for EL staff, such as Woodcock-Munoz, ADEPT, and QIA training. Carolyn also manages our District’s newly implemented English Learner Reclassification Portfolios. Please contact her at GrenzC@hsd.k12.or.us 

    Vanessa CeccarelliVanessa Ceccarelli, K-12 District Teacher-Librarian
    Vanessa is available to work with all district staff in support of their information literacy, research, or reading needs. She supports all district library programs, by working with library media assistants. Vanessa can help teachers create lessons or units, and specializes in technology integration, culturally responsive curriculum, digital citizenship, and research skills using the databases in OSLIS. She can co-teach, give book recommendations, put together multimedia resource lists for your units, or plan and deliver professional development at your next meeting. Please contact Vanessa at:  ceccarev@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Leona GuthrieLeona Guthrie, K-12 Migrant TOSA
    Leona assists with the coordination and implementation of the Migrant program to meet both student and community needs. She also coordinates migrant recruiters and acts as the Director of Federal Programs’ liaison with ESL/Migrant Case managers to support migrant students and families at the school level, district level and state level. Leona is a huge support for extended day and summer school opportunities for our migrant population. Please contact Leona at guthriel@hsd.k12.or.us or EX: 1564.

    Nicole Mito Ahern

    Nicole Mito Ahern, K-12 Bilingual Programs TOSA
    Nicole supports K-12 Bilingual Programs, content teachers, and building administrators. K-12 Bilingual Program includes EL Case Managers, EL Specialists, and Bilingual Assistants. She helps support all teachers to implement effective sheltered and FIELD instruction for all K-12 EL students. Nicole also supports all District priorities, ELP Standards for speaking, listening, reading and writing, professional development, and common progressing assessments as it relates to current ELPA21. Please contact Nicole Mito Ahern at mitoahen@hsd.k12.or.us. 

    Alfonso Lule

    Alfonso Lule, PK-12 DL Teacher Mentor/TOSA
    Alfonso provides districtwide support in the knowledge and delivery of effective instruction and pedagogy for beginning teachers. He also helps plan and facilitate professional development based on student data, building, and district needs for new teachers. Other responsibilities include Dual Language Program articulation and the Dual Language High School Tutoring Program, which focuses on providing experience to high school students in working with younger students. Please contact Alfonso Lule at lulejima@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Heather Fix

    Heather Fix, Student Support Systems COSA
    Heather coordinates programming and resources for planning and implementation of district-wide pro-active support systems for students who are considered to be “at-risk”. She assists buildings to use data to identify students in need and to create a predictable system of support. Climate and culture and attendance alignment.  She does this through mentoring, professional development, and professional collaboration opportunities for Administrators, Graduation Coaches, Academic Options Teachers and on-track teams. Please contact: fixh@hsd.k12.or.us

    Kristin BlombergKristin Blomberg, Care Coordinator/Erin’s Law TOSA
    Kristin is coordinating the implementation of Senate Bill 856 (commonly known as “Erin’s Law”) at the high school level. This involves facilitating the selection/adaptation of curriculum, professional development for staff, and parent/community outreach. She is available to teach the mandated sexual violence prevention content at the junior and senior levels and supports all other staff members involved with its dissemination. Kristin will also be assisting with the Health curriculum adoption and is available to support health teachers/departments as requested. Please contact Kristin Blomberg at blomberk@hsd.k12.or.us

    Anya HershbergerAnya Hershberger, High School Options TOSA
    Anya coordinates and supports alternative educational options programs, including the development and implementation of the HSD Early College High School program. She works with high school counselors to identify students for options programs and facilitates communication with stakeholders. She partners with Portland Community College to increase opportunities for dual credit and early college experience. Please contact Anya Hershberger at: hershbea@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Kirstin GerberKirstin Gerber, Early Learning TOSA
    Kirstin coaches and mentors effective teaching practices based on developmentally appropriate and best practices for Preschool Learners. She facilitates professional development and collaboration for effective classroom instruction; oversees and coordinates preschool staff PLCs, and preschool assessment data; and assists Early Childhood staff in using the data to plan effective instruction. Kirstin also supports preschools undergoing or implementing licensure regulations and SPARK.  Please contact Kirstin Gerber at: gerberk@hsd.k12.or.us

    Brenda Faulder

    Brenda Faulder, Early Learning TOSA
    Brenda coaches and mentors effective teaching practices based on developmentally appropriate and best practices for Preschool Learners. She facilitates professional development and collaboration for effective classroom instruction; oversees and coordinates preschool staff PLCs, and preschool assessment data; and assists Early Childhood staff in using the data to plan effective instruction. Brenda also supports preschools with bilingualism, biliteracy and best practices in Dual Language instruction .  Please contact Brenda Faulder at faulderb@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Rachelle Mejia

    Rachelle Mejia, Early Learning Compliance TOSA
    Rachelle coaches and mentors effective teaching practices based on developmentally appropriate and best practices for preschool learners.  She collaborates with the early learning team to develop and facilitate professional development and to promote effective classroom instruction.  Rachelle supports the early childhood staff to ensure their classrooms are in compliance with state regulations and SPARK ratings.  Please contact Rachelle Mejia at mejiar@hsd.k12.or.us..

    Lana PrattLana Pratt, Elementary Music TOSA
    Lana plans and teaches the asynchronous elementary music program for the Hillsboro School District.
    Please contact Lana Pratt at prattl@hsd.k12.or.us


    Lana PrattNeill Twigg, Elementary PE TOSA (.1)
    Neill coaches and mentors effective PE teaching practices based on developmentally appropriate and best practices for PE teachers. He facilitates professional development and collaboration for effective physical education, and oversees and coordinates elementary PE teacher PLCs. Neill is also the PE teacher at Patterson elementary. Please contact Neill Twigg at twiggn@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson, Elementary PE TOSA
    Steve plans and teaches the asynchronous elementary physical education program for the Hillsboro School District. Please contact Steve Johnson at johnsost@hsd.k12.or.us


    Amanda Bethune

    Amanda Bethune, Elementary CCP TOSA
    Amanda supports implementation of Career and College Pathways (CCP) in elementary school. She leads professional development and planning for the CCP Framework implementation. She collaborates with building leadership to align CCP to core content and social emotional work, mirroring district goals and best practices. She works with the community to build CCP partnerships with the Hillsboro School District. Please contact Amanda Bethune at bethunea@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Jenny Cary

    Jenny Cary, Mental Health TOSA
    Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works with educators and district leaders to promote mental health and wellbeing in our school communities. She leads professional development around mental health awareness and promotion, the continuum of student supports, Social/Emotional health and wellness, and Trauma Informed Care. Jenny helps teams identify student needs and available supports and coordinates partnerships with community providers to ensure that, when care is requested, services are available and accessible to our students and families. Please contact Jenny Cary at caryj@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Dori Beals

    Dori Beals, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, COSA
    Dori works with Counselors, Administrators and Teachers to assist with care coordination; providing the integration of social/emotional supports, including addiction and/or mental health services and wrap around support. She is a liaison for enrolling students in appropriate academic options, school programs and postsecondary planning. And assists teachers and caseload counselors in planning and conducting conferences with parents and community agencies. Please contact Dori at: bealsd@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Melissa Pendergrass

    Melissa Pendergrass, Dual Credit and Career & College Pathways Coach TOSA
    Melissa supports secondary schools by collaborating with teachers and post-secondary partners to ensure Dual Credit opportunities are offered and accessible for all secondary students. She supports buildings in identifying dual credit opportunities and supports teachers through the application process, curriculum alignment with post-secondary institutions, and ensures that teachers are able to maintain their dual credit offerings.  Melissa also supports the implementation and expansion of Career and College Pathways in secondary schools through a partnership with NWRESD where she serves as the Career & College Pathways Coordinator. In this work, Melissa supports high schools in our region working to develop or expand their college and career pathway opportunities for students. Please contact Melissa at pendergm@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Angela Adzima

    Angela Adzima, Elementary Digital Curriculum TOSA
    Along with the Tech Teach Grow Team, Angela coaches and mentors educators in the effective use of technology for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences accessible for all students. Responsibilities include supporting the HSD bond tech enhanced classroom, K-12 1:1 device initiative, elementary school adopted digital curriculum, digital citizenship and supporting the active use of technology tools across all subjects (Google Workspace for Education, Pear Deck, Kami, EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Formative, Remind). Please contact Angela Adzima at adzimaa@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Barb Francom

    Barb Francom, Elementary Digital Curriculum TOSA
    Along with the Tech Teach Grow Team, Barb coaches and mentors educators in the effective use of technology for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences accessible for all students. Responsibilities include supporting the HSD bond tech enhanced classroom, K-12 1:1 device initiative, elementary school adopted digital curriculum, digital citizenship and supporting the active use of technology tools across all subjects (Google Workspace for Education, Pear Deck, Kami, EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Formative, Remind). Please contact Barb Francom at francomb@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Jenae Gregory

    Jenae Gregory, Secondary Digital Curriculum TOSA
    Along with the Tech Teach Grow Team, Jenae coaches and mentors educators in the effective use of technology for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences accessible for all students. Responsibilities include supporting the HSD bond tech enhanced classroom, K-12 1:1 device initiative, secondary school adopted digital curriculum, digital citizenship and supporting the active use of technology tools across all subjects (Google Workspace for Education, Pear Deck, Kami, EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Formative, Remind). Please contact Jenae Gregory at gregoryj@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Jess Nies

    Jess Nies, Secondary Digital Curriculum TOSA
    Along with the Tech Teach Grow Team, Jess coaches and mentors educators in the effective use of technology for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences accessible for all students. Responsibilities include supporting the HSD bond tech enhanced classroom, K-12 1:1 device initiative, secondary school adopted digital curriculum, digital citizenship and supporting the active use of technology tools across all subjects (Google Workspace for Education, Pear Deck, Kami, EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Formative, Remind). Please contact Jess Nies at niesj@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Odelsa Taylor

    Odelsa Taylor, Inclusion TOSA
    Odelsa is supporting teachers in creating spaces of belonging for ALL students. She works closely with Student Services and the Equity Department to ensure that our schools have a Culture and System of Care at the forefront of all our educational practices. As the Inclusion TOSA, Odelsa’s main focus is solidarity with teachers and students and the impact that inclusionary practices have on a student’s ability to feel safe and thrive in an academic environment. Please contact Odelsa Taylor at Tayloro@hsd.k12.or.us.

    Yessica Hardin MercadoYessica Hardin Mercado, Equity, Access, Engagement TOSA
    Yessica is collaborating with all to ensure a Culture and System of Care through all things Equity, Access, & Engagement within all (Foundations), for all (Connections), and through all (Supports). Yessica is available to collaborate with co-planning & co-facilitation, to ensure implementation of professional development and affinity groups while supporting SIP and department equity goals. Please contact Yessica Hardin Mercado at hardinmy@hsd.k12.or.us