Staff

Office Staff

Samuel Pacheco

Principal

spacheco@briggsesd.org

Hello Briggs Panthers! My name is Sam Pacheco, I am the Principal at Briggs Elementary School. This is my 7th year with the Briggs School District. I have a total of 14 years of administrative experience overall. I am looking forward to working with the students and parents of Briggs School. We are going to have a great year! The staff at Briggs School is committed to the safety and academic achievement of your child. We will be working hard to prepare your children for the future. We welcome you to take an active role in the education of your child. Together we can make a difference! If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at (805) 525-5171. Thank you, Mr. Pacheco Principal Briggs School

Marivel Acosta

School Secretary

macosta@briggsesd.org

Cecilia Leon

Office Clerk/Noon Aide

cleon@briggsesd.org

Teachers

Keri Collier

5th Grade

kcollier@briggsesd.org 

Hello Briggs Families and Students – I’m Keri Collier. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Briggs students in grades 5 – 8 since 1999. I grew up with my brothers and sister in Orange and Mendocino counties, and moved to Camarillo in high school. (Go Scorpions!) I transferred from Ventura College to Pepperdine University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree. A variety of life experiences led me to realize teaching is my life’s work, so I pursued a teaching credential at CSUN (where I also met Miss Brown and Mrs. Rohr!). Prior to finding my happy teaching place here at Briggs, I was a flight attendant in Detroit, an English teacher in Japan, a cook on a ranch in Colorado, and a volunteer on a Youth With A Mission ship in Michoacan, Mexico. I live in east Ventura with my husband Tom, 16 year old daughter Katie, and furry dog Jessie. We love camping and hiking, going to the beach, cooking (especially tacos and pozole), reading, and learning and laughing together. I appreciate all the friends and families who make Briggs such a wonderful place to teach!

Debra Rohr

5th Grade

drohr@briggsesd.org

Hello, I’m Debi Rohr and I’ve been teaching at Briggs School for a very long time!! I’m excited to teach 5th grade and looking forward to seeing students and parents. I love to garden, read, crochet and do lots of art!

Dayna Arevalo

6th Grade

darevalo@briggsesd.org

Hi, My name is Dayna Arevalo. I grew in Camarillo and graduated from CSU Channel Islands. This is my third year teaching. I have a dog named Cooper and a snake named Derek. I love spending time outdoors and with my family!

Mireya Lemus

8th grade Science

mlemus@briggsesd.org

Hello Briggs Families! My name is Mireya Lemus and I currently teach 8th grade Science at Briggs School as a first year teacher. While I currently walk the Briggs School halls as a teacher, I once walked them as a student as well. The most rewarding part during this difficult year has been serving students and families from my own community. When I am not working, I enjoy reading outside in the fresh air and spending time at the beach. I love nature and find any opportunity I can to surround myself by it. I love Marvel superheroes and my favorite tv show is The Office… my students know how obsessed I am with it!

Fabiola De La Torre

6th Grade

fdelatorre@briggsesd.org

Hello everyone my name is Ms. De La Torre and I am a teacher. I have taught many grades from Transitional Kindergarten to 6th grade. I have been teaching for 7 years, I also have 3 years of working with special needs children in their homes. I love to spend time with my family and exploring museums. I am a mother of 3 and a wife. I love to read anything but I really like the horror genre. I love to anything Mexican but I especially love burritos!

Chelsea Hassen

Math

chassen@briggsesd.org

Hello parents, students and general public! My name is Chelsea Hassen, Miss Hassen for the students, and this year (2020-2021) is my 4th year teaching math. I also taught English in Mexico for a year which was a great experience and how I learned to speak Spanish. I am not as fluent as I would like but feel comfortable with most conversational Spanish. I am a big animal lover, especially cats, as I’m sure my students will tell you. I also enjoy traveling when I am able. Interesting fact about me… I have been to all 7 continents!

Aaron Neidiffer

Language Arts

aneidiffer@briggsesd.org

Hello Everyone 🙂 My name is Aaron Neidiffer, and I am happy to be an English/Language Arts teacher here at Briggs. I am from the Imperial Valley, moved to Ventura after completing my BA at Arizona State University, and have taught for four years. My interests are learning, exercising, finding delicious food, and enjoying nature. I have faith that we can work as a community to make a better world for everybody.

Javier Mena

Math

jmena@briggsesd.org

My name is Mr. Mena and I have been teaching for 13 years. I teach robotics and 7th and 8th grade math. The best part of teaching is getting to know my students and their interests. Another aspect of my job that I enjoy is taking the Briggs’ robotics team to compete against other schools in California. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, and traveling to new areas. I also enjoy watching movies and playing video games.

Dara Stork

5th Grade/Librarian

dstork@briggsesd.org

Hello! I am Mrs. Stork. This is my 17th year in the Briggs School District. I love being a part of the Briggs family. When I’m not teaching, I spend time with my husband and two young boys. I also love reading, cooking, singing, and playing guitar. I look forward to seeing everyone in person very soon!

Erica Rosser

Language Arts

erosser@briggsesd.org

Hello! My name is Erica Rosser, and I have been teaching language arts for the upper middle school grade levels here at Briggs since 2017. I am originally from a small town in Northern California and received my bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in writing from UC Santa Barbara along with a teaching credential from CSU Channel Islands. During college, I studied abroad in India and since then have been blessed with opportunities to travel throughout much of Asia and parts of Latin America. Aside from traveling, I also love eating noodles of all kinds, attempting to grow flowers and vegetables in my garden, and spending time outdoors with my husband and our ever-increasing menagerie of furry and feathered pets. As a teacher, I use the study of literature to nurture my students’ empathy and compassion for diverse people and experiences. My goal is to help my students become happy and confident global citizens who can navigate the 21st century’s increasingly complex information landscape. In my class, students will also learn to recognize their own individual talents and harness their own unique voices to help make the world a better place.

Aurelio Melero

Music

amelero@briggsesd.org

Hello, my name is Aurelio Melero and I’m the music teacher at Briggs. I’ve been teaching instrumental music and choir for 6 years here at Briggs but have many years of experience volunteering in many schools throughout the county. I like to hike, travel, and perform with my rock band. Mexican, Italian, and Chinese foods are among my favorites. I would like to continue teaching instrumental music to beginning students to get them ready for any music programs they might pursue in high school and college.

Cheyne O’Gorman

P.E.

cogorman@briggsesd.org

Hi! I am Coach O, the Physical Education teacher at Briggs School. I am an avid sports enthusiast and strongly believe that a physically educated child is more likely to become a healthy adult who is motivated to stay healthy. In my former years, I swam and competed at the collegiate level. I have many years experience in coaching water polo and swimming at both a club, high school, and college level. In addition, I have also coached our basketball team here at Briggs. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

Zachery Geist

Science

zgeist@briggsesd.org

Hello, I’m Mr. Geist. I’ve been teaching science at Briggs for the past 3 years. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Watching my son grow-up and taking him new places and seeing him have new experiences. I also like to play board games and video games with my friends and go fishing with my dad. I hope to get back into camping once my son gets a bit older.

Cynthia Dore

History

cdore@briggsesd.org

Hello, my Name is Mrs. Dore and this is my 12th year teaching! I am excited to be your 7th or 8th grade history teacher this year. It is my philosophy that history is best learned when we study it through various perspectives. Learning should be based on an individual’s own understanding and as such, I am passionate about creativity. I enjoy teaching journalism and if you are taking an elective, you just might be in my class. Do you enjoy photography or helping others? You should consider joining Yearbook Club or United Panthers Dream both of which I am advisor of. My family is my world and we love traveling, hiking, and exploring new places.

Camille Garcia

Para Educator

cgarcia@briggsesd.org

Hello, my name is Camille Garcia and I’m a Paraeducator at Briggs. I’ve been teaching at the school district for 5 years and I feel blessed to work at a place that feels like home to me. I love working with my students and helping them succeed in school. I have a 7 year old son, Eddie, 2 Beta fish and a dog named Buddy. I enjoy baking, gardening, hiking, being outdoors, camping and spending my days at the beach. My favorite foods are tacos and pizza!

Christina Strasswyk

Resource Teacher

cstrasswyk@briggsesd.org

Hello Everyone! My name is Christina Strasswyk and I am the Resource Teacher at Briggs! I am currently an Education Specialist Intern at California State University Channel Islands. I am lucky enough to have my first year of teaching be with the wonderful Briggs School District! A little bit about me: I have a wonderful husband named Daniel, a adorable dog named Woody and a precious little hamster named MoMo. I am a HUGE Disney fan! My all time favorite food is french fries! My personality is very bubbly and happy! I look forward to working with your incrediable kiddos! 🙂

Bigi Kovoor

Speech Therapist

bkovoor@briggsesd.org

Armando Ayala

M.O.T Supervisor

aayala@briggsesd.org 

Jose Leon

Custodian

jleon@briggsesd.org