Community Schools Planning Committee: Washington Unified School District

Aliyah Chaudhary

“My name is Aliyah, and I am interested in building a school where every child has a chance to strive. Although I am still a student, I am willing to help my community in any way I can. I am glad to be working with all of these wonderful people to help make our new community school.”

Ashley Young

“My name is Ashley Young, I am a Senior at River City High School. I’m excited to be a part of this planning of community schools where as a student, I can voice what is needed in a high school environment. Going into this project I am eager to learn more about my community creating an impactful change.”

Dr. Jay Berns

Dr. Berns is presently serving as the Director of Special Programs & Student Services encompassing a 26-year career in public education serving in a variety of roles including teacher, vice-principal, and principal at the TK-8, elementary, middle, and high school principal levels. Additionally, Dr. Berns has a doctorate with a concentration in educational leadership.

As an instructional leader, Dr. Berns believes in the importance of building and motivating collaborative teams that are focused and committed to student achievement.

Jeff Miller

“I am the Senior Program Manager for the West Sacramento Home Run, a cradle-to-career initiative of the City of West Sacramento. I have a background in state education policy and program management, and have worked in K-12 education and youth development in California, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin since about 1990.”

June Flores

In her 12 years as an educator, June Marie Flores has been privileged to work with students and teachers in a variety of K-12 settings here in the states and abroad. She has worked as an English school owner, a Special Education classroom teacher, along with an ELD teacher. Currently, June is an Activities Director and Leadership teacher for River City High School. In her role as a culture builder, her goal is to create a community where there is a perfect balance of individualism and unity. She and her 41 Leadership students are dedicated to creating a memorable high school experience for all RAIDERS. Educational degrees include a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University.  

Karissa Cruz

“As a first year, first gen, Latina teacher, I am proud to be a part of this impactful journey. I will be the voice not only for my students, but for my students’ families as well. I graduated from CSU Sacramento with my bachelors in Kinesiology and I am currently pursuing my multiple subject credential through CSU Fresno.”

Ruth Pagano-Trn

“As an Outreach Specialist, one of my primary objectives is to ensure that all students have their needs met and appropriate resources provided to them. I feel honored and am incredibly passionate about being part of this equity-based work. Having the opportunity to help develop a ‘Community School’ is something I am eager and grateful to be included in.”

Samantha Burr

“My name is Samantha Burr and I am both a parent and a staff member of WUSD. My children have been in WUSD their entire scholastic careers but I have worked in many different districts under many titles. Currently I am one of the WUSD district school nurses and I work with Riverbank, Westmore Oaks, Westfield Village, and WUVA but I help all other sites when needed. I am excited to open our school community to the broader community and learn about what we as a district need to offer to create better outcomes for our students and their families.”

Graciela Garcia

“My name is Graciela Garcia and I am a lifelong resident of West Sacramento. My education includes a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in children and families. I am very passionate and committed to supporting all youth and their families as they navigate through the educational system. I am currently a School Social Worker and provide social and emotional support to all youth within the Washington Unified School District.”

Bianca Moreno
Brooke White
Cherie Viramontes
Cristal Godina Vargas
Doug Knepp
Eli Leon
Erica Garza
Lorena Vega Aguilar
Jeanette Ali
John Armes
Monica Valadez
Selselah Bahrami
Valentina Kryzhko