Welcome, Mr. Olachea!

Hello Everyone!

I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve DRA as a counselor. I am a product of the Coachella Valley, having attended Coachella Valley High School. I completed my BA in Music at UC Riverside and spent the last 4 years in the Bay area, graduating from CSU East Bay in June of 2016 with my MA in Music and MS in Counseling. This year will be my first year as a doctorate student at the University of Redlands where I will be pursuing my Ed.D in Leadership for Educational Justice. 

My role at DRA will include advocating for students as a intervention counselor focusing on restorative practice and serving as the 6th grade counselor. Some of my hobbies are producing music, supporting my sport teams (Miami Dolphins, LA Dodgers, Chelsea FC), and playing video games. I am excited for this school year and look forward to connecting with students and families, as well as supporting the community. Go Diamondbacks!

Mr. Olachea's office is in room 301

Welcome, Mr. Olachea!

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Welcome, Ms. Tarango - 6th grade Math/Science

Ms. Tarango was born and raised in Southern California and loves warm beach days and all activities involving water such as snorkeling and scuba diving. 

She attended University of California, Riverside where she got her Bachelor’s in Psychology and then continued and finished her Master’s in Education at UCR in the summer of 2017. She taught 1st grade and 5th grade at Cloverdale Elementary in Moreno Valley.    
When Ms. Tarango does not spend her time at the beach, she travels to Sweden and other countries in Europe. She also enjoys watching basketball and playing volleyball.

Ms. Tarango 
6th grade math/science
Room 306

Welcome, Ms. Tarango!
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Welcome, Ms. Clarke - 7th grade ELA/Social Studies

Hello Diamondbacks! 

My name is Ms. Clarke and I am the newest member of the DRA team. I am a former DSUSD student (K-12). My higher education continued at our local community college (C.O.D.), as well as the local university (C.S.U.S.B.) where I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies. 

As a lifelong learner, I am currently working on finishing my Master's in S.T.E.M. Education at C.S.U.S.B, Palm Desert Campus. This upcoming year I will be teaching 7th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, watching and playing sports, travelling, and trying out new restaurants. My other interests include photography, literature and spending time with my family and friends.

I look forward to getting to know each of you this year!

Ms. Clarke
7th Grade ELA/SS
Room 401

Welcome, Ms. Clarke!

Welcome, Ms. Davis!

Hello all! 

Ms. Davis here and I am a new member of the DRA team. I am originally from Oklahoma, where I have been teaching the last 8 years, but this is my first year to teach here in California! I attended Cameron University where I played softball and graduated with my Masters in Secondary Education. 

This year at DRA I will be teaching 8th grade math. In my spare time enjoy hiking, biking, playing basketball, games and any new adventure I can find. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and can not wait for them to come visit and see all the great things this school and the valley have to offer. 

I look forward to getting to know everyone this school year!

Ms. Davis
8th grade math 
Room 613

Welcome, Ms. Davis! 

Welcome, Mr. Jay Harper - 8th grade Science

We are excited to announce that Mr. Harper is joining our teaching staff DRA.  Mr. Harper spent the 2016-17 school year teaching English, math, and science at La Paz Community School (IB) in Costa Rica. He will teach 8th grade science in the fall.  

Mr. Harper taught 6th grade Earth Science at John Glenn Middle School of International Studies (IB) for 16 years. He also coached multiple sports. 

Mr. Harper was raised in Seattle and was born with a passion for the outdoors and a thirst for knowledge.  He attended Western Washington University  He received his Masters Degree at Cal State San Bernardino in Curriculum and Instruction with a emphasis on GATE (Gifted And Talented Education).  

Mr Harper has two boys and a loving wife who all crave adventure. He enjoys hanging out with nature and participating in a multitude of sports, but fútbol will always be king. 

Mr. Harper
8th Grade Science
Room 609

Welcome, Mr. Harper! 

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School Information

Office Hours:  8:20 - 3:40 - Monday - Friday

Dress Code School Uniform: Polo tops in school colors only. Bottoms any color, no gym shorts allowed. Students wear lanyard/ID at all times while at DRA or on school bus.

SCHOOL COLORS: Royal Blue, Gold, Orange

MASCOT: Diamondbacks  

Bus Stops & Times  2017/18

Instructions for using StudentVue

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Coach Flores talks middle school sports

Principal Fisher's Take on First Week

The Beacon - Monthly Publication of DSUSD

The Beacon -Monthly Publication of DSUSD

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Welcome, Mr. Hu!

Jiawoei Hu
Hello, My name is Mr. Hu. I am the new 6th grade seminar and English 3D teacher for all grade levels here at DRA. I grew up between Taipei, Taiwan and Seattle, Washington, where I graduated high school in WA. I then moved to the Bay Area and lived there for the past 11 years where I studied Health Science (Community Health Education) at San Jose State University and worked in the tech industry for several years as a French language localization project coordinator. I speak Mandarin Chinese fluently and am always trying to work on my French when I have time.

I have tutored EL students for several years in the Bay Area. I am obsessed with learning new languages and world culture, as well as cooking, baking and having dinner parties. I also love to travel, and eat my way around a new country. I am planing to start my Masters in TESOL or STEM education for the next academic school year.  

I am so excited to be part of the DRA family and hope to be a great support and resource for the DRA community. 

Mr. Hu
6th Grade Seminar/ English 3D 
RM 501

Welcome, Mr. Hu! 

Welcome, Coach Ryan Flores!


My name is Ryan Flores and I am honored and excited to be joining the DRA team. I am coming from La Quinta high school where I have been coaching and teaching for the past 10 years. 

I have been the Varsity Offensive-Line coach and Girls T&F Head coach for the past 10 seasons. Currently I am going into my third season as the Head Wrestling coach and will be joining the XCP Football coaching staff. At LQHS I taught weight training as well as PE II for the last four years. 

I am a desert native who attended DSUSD schools K-12. I graduated from LQHS in 2003 and college in 2007 from McPherson College [McPherson KS] and shortly returned home to earn my teaching credential from Brandman University.

 I cannot wait for the excitement, energy and enthusiasm middle school has. My passions include athletics, competition, exercise and of course, my FAMILY [wife Megan and my kids Mason 6 Mandy 4 Madix 3]. I am ready to pass on my knowledge and excitement for fitness and athletics to every student I am fortunate to work with both in PE and after school athletics. 

The 2017-2018 school year is going to be GREAT at DRA and I cannot wait to start. See you soon Diamondbacks!!!

Welcome, Coach Flores! 
(Coach Flores & Mr. Ruben Flores, our fantastic music teacher, are brothers :) 


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