Meet our Teachers

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade


Kindergarten Web Site

Dayna Leo

Welcome to Haynes Charter! Haynes is known as, “The Best Little School in the Valley.” It’s a special place.
Both my children attended Haynes. My son is high school graduate and heading to UC Davis this fall,  and my daughter is heading into 9th grade at Calabasas High School.  This is my 11th year at Haynes, and my 23rd year of teaching. Most of my years have been in LAUSD, either in the classroom or as an Instructional Coach in the areas of reading/writing and math. I have three CA credentials and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I’ve taught all elementary grades TK-5 throughout the district and in schools ranging from special educational facilities to high performing. I LOVE teaching kindergarten–the foundation of all the grades. I also am an active Mentor  Teacher with local student teachers seeking to fulfill their requirements to student teach.  Please contact me at And my website is . Have a great school year!

Jennifer Best

My name is Jennifer Best. I have been teaching in LAUSD for over 30 years. I have been teaching Kindergarten Kindergarten for the last 15 years. Before joining the wonderful kindergarten team, I taught 1-6th grade, managed a high school special education/work program, and worked as a teacher/director with the extension classes at UCLA. I am originally from southern Oregon. I have a background in psychology, special education, and know sign language. I have 3 grown children. My mission is to create a class of students who believe they are learners. I will provide them with guidance and support to become strong productive learners. Children will gain the skills they need to read, write, and compute as well as to be an effective communicator who can express their needs and assertively stand up for themselves. Students will learn to treat others with kindness and to believe in themselves.

Melissa Gallegos

Dear Haynes Family,

My name is Melissa Gallegos. I originally joined the Haynes family in 2014, but my teaching background involves many years of previous teaching experience in Preschool (3 & 4 year olds), Kindergarten, Fourth grade, and First grade. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in history from California State University of Northridge.

Originally from Utah, I have grown up and lived here in the San Fernando Valley for a long time. I am happily married to my husband Scott, and have been for 16 years. We have three beautiful daughters, Chloe, Tayler, and Penelope. We love spending time with each other, family and friends.

As far as my personal teaching philosophy goes, I feel that education helps to build the very foundation of the lives and community we live in and around. As your child’s teacher it is my goal to maintain a positive attitude towards education. I will demonstrate the ideas, beliefs, and characteristics of acceptance and patience for each individual. I will provide an organized classroom full of comfort, and open-mindedness. I will keep all communication open as well. I believe that communication is one of the main factors in providing student success as well as my own. I will be a nurturer as well as a disciplinarian. I will provide guidance and support for all the families and students I work with.

I want this year to be fun and memorable. A smile translates a thousand words, and I want to encourage excitement about learning. To do this I will make sure that I always have an active role in working with administration, my peers, my mentors, the students, and you the parents to make sure that we are providing the very best educational programs.

I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education, and know that our collaboration will provide your child and his/her peers with the optimum classroom environment.

1st Grade

Geri Wetanson

Hello Haynes Family,
I have been teaching at Haynes for the past 16 years. This is my second career, the first being in the restaurant business as a Pastry Chef and Food Purchaser. I have taught third grade for two years and the last fourteen years I have taught first grade. I am originally from New York and been in Sunny California for 21 years. I have two incredible daughters, Carly and Melanie.
As far as my teaching style, I allow children to explore and discover for themselves. I am a firm believer in children being developmentally ready. I treat every student as an individual and always try to reach everyone’s needs.

Looking forward to another wonderful year!


Molly Preece

Welcome to Room 8! My name is Molly Preece, and I am looking forward to a great year together.

This will be my fourth year teaching First Grade at Haynes Charter. I am extremely passionate and excited about education. Being a teacher and impacting the lives of children brings me so much joy.

I was born and raised in Calabasas, California. I attended Calabasas High school and then went on to get my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona. GO WILDCATS!

Every day will be a new adventure in Room 8. We will explore reading, writing, science, math and history. We will also be embracing physical education, the arts, computers, and much more. With your support, this will be a fabulous year and I am looking forward to watching our students shine!

Michelle Dalzell

Hello! My name is Michelle Dalzell and this is my second year at Haynes Charter.

In May of 2018, I graduated from USC (Fight On!) with my Master’s in the Art of Teaching. I continued my education after graduating from CSUN with my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies to learn even more about my passion: teaching!

Before being welcomed to teach at Haynes Charter; I had been teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Discovery School in Tarzana for five years. From my Preschool experience, I have really learned to take a humanistic approach in my teaching. I encompass whole child teaching to assure all Students’ needs are being met. Not only should students be learning their academics, but also how to be kind, caring individuals!

When I’m not teaching; I love to attend Dodger Games, watch Football (go Vikings!), relax on the beach and go on hikes!

I look forward to a fantastic second year in first grade!

2nd Grade

Allison Schneidewind

My name is Allison Schneidewind and I have been teaching for over 25 years. I have spent the last several years teaching second grade. I am married and I have two awesome children who keep me very busy outside of school. I enjoy trailer camping with my family, reading during school breaks, being involved with my church, and spending time with my dog. I look forward to many more wonderful years of teaching!

Mrs. Olivia

Hi my name is Tracy Olivia. I was born and raised in a little town in northern New Jersey. I went to college in New York and earned my master’s degree in elementary education and special education. My first teaching position was in a 4th grade class at Westchester Day School in New York. I moved out to California and I started my student teaching at Haynes in 1999. I stayed at Haynes and continued to teach 1st grade for seven years before becoming a math coach. As much as I enjoyed helping teachers, I realized that I missed being in the classroom working with the students so I went back into the classroom and taught 1st and 2nd grade for five years. There was an opportunity to teach 2nd grade at Haynes and I came back a few years ago.

I love spending time with my husband, my daughter, and my little dog Ruby. My daughter Ashlyn is in high school and plays on the basketball team. My husband Jim and I enjoy being creative, building furniture, and remodeling our house. We also love to vacation in Lake Tahoe as a family.

Working with children, on a daily basis, is both a passion and a privilege. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing community and doing a job that I love!

Sandi Black

This will be my 33rd year of teaching! I have taught all grades 1st through 5th, but 2nd grade has a special place in my heart. It’s a year with so much growth and I love helping my students mature and thrive. I have a 28 year old son who is in the MBA program at UC Irvine. I live in beautiful Thousand Oaks where I enjoy hiking outdoors as much as possible. When I’m not at school I might be found at the Rose Bowl cheering on my UCLA Bruins football team, at Staples Center rooting for the Kings hockey team, or at Dodger Stadium celebrating a baseball win. I am an avid theater goer and enjoy all kinds of plays and musicals. My latest hobby is golf, which I find to be a great challenge and a lot of fun. I look forward to an amazing year!

3rd Grade

Mrs. Ali

Mr. Jim Lebovitz

4th Grade

Mrs. Richard

This is my 14th year teaching elementary school, after staying home for many years with my own children and then returning to school to get my teaching credential at CSU Dominguez Hills.  I got my undergraduate degree at UC San Diego in Communications/Visual Arts with a minor in Political Science and worked for many years in the video/film business in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I’ve taught almost all the elementary grades now, and I especially love teaching fourth grade with its emphasis on studying California.

I have two children of my own, a daughter in college and a son now living in Northern California. When I’m not working, I love to travel with my family and friends to explore new places.  My personal hobbies are drawing, painting, and making music.  I love to sing in the classroom with my students, accompanying them on guitar or ukulele. My other passion is the environment, and I devote much of my time outside the classroom to preserving it for our children’s future.  

I believe that my students learn best in a peaceful, friendly, and nurturing classroom community, studying content that is relevant to their lives. We use technology daily in different subjects, and I try to integrate the arts and movement into our days whenever possible. I want to help all my students discover new interests and thrive as learners and caring citizens.

Im very happy to be teaming up again with my fourth-grade partner, Ms. Ohan, and I look forward to an exciting year with all our new fourth graders!  

Ms. Ohan

Salutations! My name is Ivette Ohan and I am so excited to welcome a new set of students to my classroom. This will be my third year at Haynes and my 12th year teaching fabulous fourth graders. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and two teaching credentials. Teaching is my passion and I absolutely love what I do. Every day I have the pleasure and privilege to surround myself with an amazing group of children. We tell jokes, laugh, try experiments, get messy, and enjoy our time together. I especially love the, “Oh, I get it now!” moments. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and I hope to instill this same love of learning in my students. The mind’s capacity for information is limitless and I feel as an educator, it is my responsibility to motivate and encourage my students to reach their full potential. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy traveling to new destinations, reading, archery, and discovering new coffee shops with friends. I am delighted to be teaching alongside my fourth-grade partner, Mrs. Richard. We are so looking forward to a new and exciting school year!

5th Grade

Jessica Booth


Teaching is an absolute passion of mine. I am so excited to work with you and your parents this school year. It’s going to be a year full of fun, learning, and lots of adventures! I cannot wait to see what the year has in store for us.

I grew up in the valley attending schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District and received both my Bachelors and Credential through the Integrated Teacher Education Program at California State University, Northridge.I have a five year old daughter named Olivia who is in kindergarten at Haynes. She takes up most of my time out of school, but in my free time some of my hobbies are archery, painting, drawing, playing board games, video games and reading.

This will be my second year teaching at Haynes Elementary School, but this will be my tenth year teaching fifth grade. In previous years I taught at a charter school for entrepreneurial studies, so all my lessons make real-world connections and most incorporate technology. I love Haynes Elementary School and being part of this amazing family!

Mrs. Isensee

Hello, and welcome to 5th grade in room 22!

My name is Mrs. Isensee and I am thrilled to be teaching fifth grade at Haynes this year with Ms. Booth. I love teaching elementary school and am so very honored and excited to be a part of the Haynes CES community. My husband and I live locally in West Hills and enjoy all that this beautiful neighborhood community has to offer. We share a love of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and long walks in our neighborhood. Other activities that we enjoy include going to concerts, movies, theatrical performances, and playing cards and board games with friends. We have two lovely grown daughters who are both currently attending California universities: one is studying Marine Biology and the other is studying Communications and Environmental Studies.

I love teaching all subjects, but I especially enjoy teaching math and science. We will be fully implementing the new, NGSS Science Standards this year so be prepared to explore new 5th grade topics with hands on activities and technology.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as an Actuary using mathematics to make financial projections and evaluate the economy. I had fun solving real world math problems daily! In addition to a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University at Long Beach, I hold both an elementary multi-subject teaching credential and a secondary mathematics teaching credential from California State University at Northridge. I have been a teacher for ten years including seven years at Haynes teaching first, third, and fifth grades, and three years in middle school teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics. I really enjoy the challenge and variety of teaching multiple subjects in elementary school, and I am privileged to be doing that here at Haynes.

I feel a growing excitement and anticipation with the beginning of a new school
year and a new class of students. Fifth grade is an amazing year filled with
learning and activities: field trips, art, music, reading and writing, problem solving, exploring history and science, gardening, traveling to AstroCamp together, and learning to be leaders in our school community.

I am looking forward to sharing this year’s learning journey with all of you!