Meet the RiSE Residents

cohort 1

Cohort 1: 2015-2016

Featured (not in order pictured): Natalie Benthin, Tanner Bloom, Christa Georgeson, Hailey Maxfield-Kowalski, Jessica McCarty, Alexander Smith, Bettyjo Wright

cohort 2

Cohort 2: 2016-2017

Featured (not in order pictured): Roseanne Ayala, Emily Bladorn, Julia Bick, Charlene Brooks, Travis Chew, Jared Crowley, Hannah Dailey, Natalie DeRosa, Kendall Enns, Carlos Garcia, Haley Hansen, Hayley Holloman, Karanda Hyatt, Dana Ludington, Lucas Marshall, Sara Murphy, Abigail Ott, Ryan Rogowski, Austin Roughton, Kristin Schroer, William Smithey, Casey Van Attenhoven, David Van Buskirk, Jesse Zitrin

Cohort 3

Cohort 3: 2017-2018

Featured (not in order pictured): Carlos Corona, Emily Corona, Krystina Sandoval Garcia, Tori Goff, Jania Johnson, Tina Kumar, Tiffany Leider, Matthew McCombs, David Ramirez, Kelly Reardon, Nicholle Schmidt, Megan Smith, Katelyn Sorenson, Kevin Svahn, Sarah Wohletz, Choua, Connor O' Kelley, Jesica McLain, and Tara West.

Featured Residents

Rise Resident- english Kendall Enns

English: Kendall Enns

Cohort 2, 2016-2017 Residency: Las Plumas High School, Orland USD, Butte County

"What I love best about the RiSE Program would have to be the close relationships I've built. Our cohort is exceptional (in my opinion). The faculty members like Jen, Ann, and Maris have really been there for me. I adore my mentor teacher, our relationship, and our abilities. I really lucked out in having Celeste Dunn mentor me; she welcomed me into her classroom immediately and I feel like we work really well together! Some words of wisdom I would express to future RiSE participants would be to take everything as it comes, reach out for support, be open to the discomfort and vulnerability that comes with becoming a teacher. Let this experience humble you; set down your ego and allow for nature to organize itself. The quicker you are to realize that ego serves no one, the sooner you'll be able to put forth your best self. Know that everything will all work out the way it is supposed to. Also, and I think most importantly, learn to trust in yourself so that you can trust in the process."

Rise Resident Natalie DeRosa

Math: Natalie DeRosa

Cohort 2, 2016-2017 Hamilton High School, Hamilton USD, Glenn County

"Considering the cohort from this year, I think the RiSE program has a way of producing well-rounded teachers with strong work ethics. Despite the workload of earning a Teaching Credential and Master's Degree within the same year, I have definitely seen an improvement in my time management skills and feel more responsible than ever. This program has pushed me to evolve into the best first year teacher that I can be. Above all else, it's been great to have the encouragement and guidance from RiSE directors and advisors, who also have an abundance of support and confidence that I will be successful in all my future endeavors."

Rise Resident Carlos Corona

Science: Carlos Corona

Cohort 3, 2017-2018 Residency: Corning High School, Corning USD, Tehama County

"RiSE fuses my passion for teaching and serving a rural community. Growing up in Arbuckle, CA, a town smaller than Corning, I am able to empathize with students on small town culture and challenges. RiSE has given me the tools and strategies necessary to address these challenges and support students as they pursue their personal and academic goals. In addition, my co-teacher fosters a positive and learning environment that allows me to explore the diversity of the Next Generation Science Standards. RiSE is truly preparing me as a future rural educator as I continue to understand the educational dynamics of a rural high school and future implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards."

Jesica Mclain

Special Education: Jesica McLain

Cohort 3, 2017-2018 Residency: Hamilton High School, Hamilton USD, Glenn County

"Being involved in Cohort 3 of the RiSE program has challenged me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. In this program, I have become a better first year teacher, while acquiring a masters degree in education and an education specialist credential, all at the same time. Although the workload has felt intense, I believe that I will come out stronger and better in my practice than ever. Teaching in rural Northern California has been fulfilling and engaging. Studying how to become a teacher through action research has also been an exhilarating attribute that has lit a passion in the entire cohort. The staff, professors, and mentor teachers, whom are apart of the program, are all a tremendous and valuable asset to us, and I am so thankful for their knowledge and willingness to help us grow into the best educators that we can be."