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Rachele O'Loane

I can’t imagine a better career than teaching! I have loved this work for over 25 years.  After graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, I began teaching in the San Mateo, Foster City School District primarily in 2nd and 3rd grade.   In 2000, the O’Loane Family left San Francisco and moved to San Ramon.  It seemed like yesterday that we attended the grand opening celebration of Coyote Creek Elementary.  Balloons, music, stilt-walkers, BBQ, ice cream, cotton candy and visiting dignitaries made it a memorable day.  Soon after the school opened its doors (then to just over 300 students) I started substitute teaching exclusively there.  Over the years, I worked at every grade-level, served on almost every committee and have encountered the most dedicated families I have ever met.  I am very proud to be a member of this staff and to serve this community.

I am a native San Franciscan.  I am married to a great guy named Phil. We live in San Ramon with our daughters Phoebe, (18) and Eloise (16) and our dog, Minnie. 

Lisa Maldondo

Hello students and families! I am delighted to be a part of Coyote Creek, such a great community of students, parents, educators, and friends. I absolutely LOVE to teach and love to encourage my students to dream big and strive hard to reach their fullest potential through a growth mindset. I earned my undergraduate degree from SJSU and my graduate degree from UOP with a Masters in Education and Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, boating, hiking, reading, and travel. I am excited and look forward to the many great educational adventures to come this year with your awesome students!


Katie Nejedly

I joined the Coyote Creek staff in 2003 and have taught kindergarten for many years.  I received my Bachelor's Degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Social Science and got my teaching credential from Saint Mary's College in Moraga.

I have lived in the San Ramon Valley for most of my life. I currently reside in Livermore and have three adult children.

I enjoy spending time with my family, going to sporting events, golfing, shopping and spending time at our cabin in Johnsville.

Kathleen Garnett

I have been a teacher at Coyote Creek since the 2nd year it was opened.  I have taught 2nd, Kindergarten, and 1st grade.  In my spare time I teach yoga in Danville.  I live in Oakland with my husband and two wonderful kids.  I have been in the Bay Area since I graduated from UCSB in 1999.  I am originally from Southern California where my family still lives.

Valerie Yim

I am thrilled to return to Coyote Creek. Coyote Creek is a great place to learn and grow because of the dedicated staff and wonderful parent community!

I received my Bachelor's Degree and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of the Pacific. After graduating, I decided to return to the Bay Area. I taught in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for a couple of years before making the decision to come to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Teaching kids to love learning and to be kind people are my main goals as a teacher and I can't wait to work with all of my students and families towards those goals! 

Outside of teaching I can often be found rooting for the San Francisco Giants, traveling, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.