Community welcomes new teachers
August 19, 2021 | View PDF
The Shafter Kiwanis Club welcomed
the new teachers in Shafter schools with
its annual New Teachers Luncheon Friday,
August 13 at the Shafter Veterans Hall.
Each year, the organization hosts the
local schools and their new teachers, introducing
them to the community.
Several council members were on hand,
as well as local business owners and community
Kiwanis President Phillip Jimenez introduced
the administrators of each school
district, allowing them to speak on each of
the new employees.
Diane Barnett, principal at Golden Oak
Elementary, introduced her new teachers,
who were very excited to begin their school
years in Shafter.
Barnett welcomed Jose Montelongo,
who is the new vice principal at Golden
Oak. She also introduced two new second
grade teachers, Ashley Mireles and Cecilia
Arellano. Arellano is the new Dual Immersion
teacher. Vanessa Martinez is Golden
Oak’s newest fifth grade teacher. Martinez
attended Shafter schools throughout growing
up. She is excited to be giving back to
Sinay Serrano was introduced as a Special
Education teacher. Golden Oak also
has a new Preschool Special Education