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Get to Know U - Susan Jones--Szabo

I am a second generation teacher here in Alameda. I moved a lot as a kid (Navy kid), often landing in Alameda, so I went to Porter school, Haight, Washington and Alameda High. I earned my B.S. at UC Davis, my teaching credential at St. Mary's and my Masters at Azusa.  While I started out in the business world I found little job satisfactions and I have since been a teacher in this district for over 28 years and have had the pleasure of teaching as a substitute and a classroom teacher, pre-K through high school. I started as a librarian when Ruby Bridges opened and love how I get to meet and teach every student in the school.

Get to know us - Abbie Rockwell

Abbie Rockwell started her professional life as a flutist and discovered her love of teaching when, after graduating from Bard college, she volunteered to help an elementary music teacher in Los Angeles several days of week. She was an elementary music aide while working on her credential and then was a traveling instrumental music teacher for 2 years in South-Central Los Angeles and then became the music teacher at Miramonte Elementary, also in south-central L.A., teaching band, orchestra, two choirs, and classroom music, for seven years. During this time she attended the University of Southern California and received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. She then taught for two years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, three years in Canberra, Australia, eighteen years in Livermore and 3 years in Pleasanton before coming to Ruby Bridges. 2017-8 is her 3rd year at Ruby Bridges. Abbie has attended World Music Drumming workshops the last two summers and is implementing a World Music Drumming curriculum at Ruby Bridges for the upper grades, as well as teaching the elements of music: beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expressive elements, to all grade levels. Study of the recorder starts in third grade and continues through the end of fifth grade.

Get to know us - Marie Ratto

Physical Education- Marie Ratto

Hello!!!  My name is Marie Ratto and I have been teaching Physical Education for 26 years in Alameda.  I was born and raised in Alameda, attended Lum Elementary, Wood Middle and Alameda High School.   I graduated from California State University Hayward (now East Bay) in 1989 with a BS in Physical Education.  I received my Teaching Credential in 1990.  I played varsity volleyball, basketball and softball at Alameda High and one year of softball at Cal State Hayward.  I worked for the Alameda Recreation and Park Department as a Recreation Leader while attending college.  I taught Physical Education at Wood Middle School for 11 years and then move to the Elementary level working at various sites across the District.  I also coached basketball and softball in the District.

 I currently live in San Leandro with my husband and son.  I enjoy taking care of my roses in my yard, swimming, going for long walks, playing golf, family gatherings and being a positive role model for our students. 

Marie Ratto