Meet our Staff
Apple Valley High School | (760) 247- 7206
Counselors, Psychologists, Speech Pathology, and Support Staff
Ms Amber Burdi
FFA Counselor, Students with last names starting with "D-K" not assigned to a program specific counselor ,A-1
Bio: Hi, I am Amber Burdi! I work with students with the Last Names D-K and all students that are in the FFA/Agriculture program. I taught Science and Agriculture for 13 years. Before coming to AVHS, I was an Elementary School Counselor for 6 years with AVUSD. I am so happy to be able to support our Sun Devil students as they pursue their educational goals. I love spending time with my family and pets.
Ms. Janena Ciancio
Early College Program, Bridge, Dual Enrollment Counselor, A-1
Bio: Hi! I am Ms. Ciancio. I work with students in our Early College Program, Seniors in our Bridge Program with VVC and support students in the Dual Enrollment process with VVC. I have worked at Apple Valley High School since 2016 and I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to support our students through their academic journeys!
Ms. Madisyn Larabell
MAHST Counselor, Students with last names starting with "B-C" not assigned to a program specific counselor, A-1
Hi! I'm Ms.Larabell. I've been a counselor at AVHS since 2021. I work with MAHST students as well as students from a portion of the alphabet. I became a school counselor because I am passionate about the conversations and connections I am able to make with students, especially at the high school level. AVHS has quickly felt like home and I look forward to being here for many years to come!
Mr. Josh McClane
Students with last names starting with "A" not assigned to a program specific counselor, A-1
Bio: Hi. I am Mr. McClane. I work with students whose last name starts with A, special education, and AVEX. I have worked at Apple Valley High School since 2001, and it is our school culture and community that makes me proud to this day to call myself a Sundevil.
Mrs. Marie Ronquillo
CAMP/Graphics Counselor, Students with last names starting with "L-N" not assigned to a program-specific counselor, A-1
Bio: Hi! I'm Mrs. Ronquillo! I'm so happy to be a part of the sundevil family! I am a former student and graduate of AVUSD. I love the work I get to do as a school counselor. I am passionate about building relationships with my students and helping them reach their goals. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, going to the mountains, and spending time with my family, friends and dogs. My door will always be open for students who need someone to talk to or seek guidance on any matter, big or small.
Ms. Erika Perrine
English Language Learners Counselor, A-1
Bio: Hi. I am Mrs. Perrine. I work with students whose first language was not English. Students in grades 9th-12th. I am also the California Seal of Biliteracy Coordinator. I have worked at Apple Valley Unified School District since 2004. I absolutely love working at Apple and love working with high school students. I love and value all of the different cultures represented by my students and I feel fortunate that I get to be part of their lives for a short time :-) One thing about me that most students don’t know is that I was born in Compton...I am “straight outta Compton” and that I love Punk Rock music. In my younger days, you could find me in a mosh pit at a punk rock show.
Mr. Phillip Wallace
AVID Counselor, Students with last names starting with "O-Z" not assigned to a program specific counselor, A-1
Bio: Hi! I am Phillip Wallace. I work with students whose last names start with P through Z and AVID students. I have been a school counselor since 2008 and have had the pleasure of serving at the best high school in the desert with my Sundevil family since 2018! I have a passion for experiencing different cultures (and food) leading to a lifelong goal to “live local” (not be a tourist) in at least one new country every year.
Ms. Darla Bell
School Psychologist- Mod/Severe, B-10
Bio: Hello! My name is Darla Bell and I am working as a school psychologist for the moderate to severe students at Apple Valley High School. I have been with Apple Valley Unified School District since 1997, where I have served as a teacher, counselor, and psychologist at different schools within the district. I am a proud graduate from Apple Valley High School, Victor Valley College, Cal State University San Bernardino, and Azusa Pacific University. I am a life-long learner and have a passion for working with students that need a voice and an advocate. I am proud of my four children and four grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them.
School Psychologist, B-10
Hi! I have been a school psychologist since 2018. I chose school psychology because I truly enjoy supporting students social and emotional wellness and academic achievement. I have lived in the high desert my entire life and it is an honor to support the students, families, and staff in the community that I live in. When I am not at AVHS, you might see me around the community enjoying our local restaurants and beautiful desert!
Ms. Christina Lopez
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. A-1
Bio: I have been a therapist for 5 years. I moved to Apple Valley in 2020 and I am slowly learning the ropes. I also provide therapy in Spanish! I truly enjoy helping people feel better and know themselves better. I love this community and I am passionate about being a resource when life gets hard. My door is open to all students if you ever need someone to talk to.
Ms. Jasmine Sanchez
Behavioral Intervention Counselor, A-6
Bio: Hi! I am Mrs. Sanchez, I'm the new behavioral intervention counselor on campus, dedicated to working with and supporting students. With a passion for fostering positive growth, I aim to create a welcoming environment where students have the opportunity to overcome challenges and flourish. Together, let's navigate challenges and cultivate a community of well-being.
Mrs. Rachel Woolley
Speech Pathologist, A-1
Bio: Hello! I am Rachel Woolley. I have been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2015 and have been a proud member of the AVHS Sundevil family since 2023!
Ms. Irlanda Aguirre
Bio: I teach English 1, ERWC, and Journalism.
Mrs. Chrystal Anderson
Bio: I have lived in the desert since Bear Valley Road was only two lanes and the corner of Central and Bear Valley had the Waffle Iron Restaurant. I've been teaching since 2004 - elementary, middle school, and now High school. I'm married to my high school sweetheart, and I have two sons and one cat. I enjoy reading, hiking in the mountains, and playing Homescapes.
Mrs. Lourdes Anderson
VAPA, Draw/Paint, F-8
Bio: I am the Draw-Paint teacher here at AVHS, with a bit of Theatre Design and Production included. I have had a life long love and appreciation of the arts and I have been an art educator in Apple Valley since 2008. I'm also an active participant in The California Arts Project as a teacher leader, where we create and present art based professional development for educators in the state. My background is in ceramics and art education, but have taught all forms of visual art during my career and hope to instill a life long appreciation for the arts in my students. I enjoy long walks in the desert, reading for fun, and playing with mud (clay) in my free time.
Coach Michael Arciniega
ASB Director/Math/e-Sports Coach, T-12
Bio: I’m Mr. Arciniega, or Mr. A. I’ve taught at Apple Valley High School since 2018 and am an alumni of the school. I teach Math 1 and am the current ASB Director. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, golf and watching sports. I am also the eSports Coach of Team e-Mber.
Mrs. Stephanie Arredondo
CTE, MAHST teacher, H-8
Bio: Mrs. Arredondo teaches in the MAHST Academy. She is the coordinator of the Academy and also teaches EMR. As a graduate of AVHS, 1997 specifically she enjoys working with kids, and teaching all things medical. She was a Respiratory Therapist for 12 years prior to teaching at AVHS since 2012. She is married with three children and enjoys time with family and friends.
Ms. Reyna Arvizu
Bio: I have worked in education since 2010, starting as an office assistant and now in my own classroom as an English teacher. In my English class we will work on analyzing works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as engage in discussions and develop written works in the form of essays and creative writing. I am a huge believer in classroom culture and collaborative learning. Welcome back Sundevils!
Mrs. Amy Bateman
Instructional Coach/TOA/ English Teacher, F-1, E-08
Bio: Hi. I am Mrs. Bateman.I am a SUNDEVIL for life: I have worked at Apple Valley High School since 1993, and am also an alumni.
Mrs. Sara Bisbee
Bio: I love everything about English! Reading, writing, grammar, discussion, etc., I love it all! I'm an AV alumni, and have been teaching 5 years.
Mrs. Ellen Burke
Social Science, B-21
Bio: I am an Apple Valley resident and graduate of Apple Valley High School and the University of Laverne. I am the advisor for National Honor Society and the AVHS Mock-Trial team. When I'm not teaching l enjoy traveling in search of new experiences and culture or hiking the mountains of California.
Mr. Kevinz Carpio
CTE/ MAHST Teacher, H-2
Bio: Mr. Carpio teaches in the MAHST Academy. He has been the Academy Coordinator since 2022. He started teaching at Apple Valley High School in 2021. Mr. Carpio formerly worked at various high schools as a Certified Athletic Trainer rendering medical care to all student-athletes on campus. I am excited to bring my expertise into the classroom. Go Sundevils!
Mrs. Allison Crosswhite
Bio: I am an Apple Valley High School alumni. I received my B.A. in Social Science from Cal State University, San Bernardino in 2009 and have 15 years of experience in the Food Service Industry. This led me to have my dream job helping students discover opportunities within the food service industry. In my free time, I spend time with my husband and two sons. We love to explore the outdoors, attend baseball games, read, watch movies, and of course, cook together!
Señorita Emelyn Diaz
World Languages/Spanish, C-30
Bio: Welcome to Spanish! My name is Señorita Díaz, I look forward to working with one of your children, we are ready to have a fun year in Spanish!
Mrs. Laura Elmer
Science/ Biology, B-13
Bio: Hello! This is my 12th year teaching science, and my 5th at Apple. I find biology so fascinating and feel fortunate to get to teach something that is interesting and relevant to our daily lives.
Mr. Aldemar Escobar
World & US History/ AVID, C-22
Bio: I have worked as a teacher since 2021. I like to watch football and rugby. I enjoy traveling with my wife, dogs, and having positive conversations.
Mr. Peter Fitzpatrick
Bio: I have been teaching for 8 years and am very excited to be back in front of students. I have lived in the High Desert most of my life, and attended both VVC and Cal State San Bernardino, where I studied both English and Theatre Arts. I am teaching both 9th grade and 10th grade English with my awesome co-teacher, Mr. Stephenson.
Mrs. Elizabeth Garcia
Science/ Chemistry, B-6
Bio: I am Mrs. Garcia, a chemistry teacher here at AVHS. This is my first year with AVHS! I am coming from Cal Poly Pomona, teaching chemistry for eight years there, and before that a research chemist. My passion for working with people and teaching drove me out of the lab and into education, and I never regrated it. I am ready and excited for this new school year and to be welcomed as a Sundevil!
Mrs. Krista Gates
I've been teaching since 2010, In my English classes we will work on improving writing and reading skills, along with a focus on enhancing student responsibility and maturity through the use of life lessons in different literature and thematic units. I am a proud Sundevil Alumni c/0 2000. Remember Sundevil Pride is Contagious!
Coach Donald Hedges
SAI/ Social Science/ Biology/JV Freshman Baseball, B-7
Bio: I am a 1996 graduate & alumni of AVHS, and I have been teaching at AVHS since 2018. I also Coach JV & Freshman Baseball at AVHS. I am blessed to be married to my amazing wife, and together we have two sons that make me proud each day. Go Devils!!!
Ms. Louise Herington
Bio: I graduated from AVHS and got hired by the district a few weeks later when Steve Wozniak donated a bunch of Apple IIes. My job was to unpack those boxes and plug our new computers in to see what they could do. I was around kids all day and soon was hooked on becoming a teacher. It is the best job ever!
Mr. David Hernandez
Math III & Prob/Stats, C-14
Bio: I have been a math teacher since 2011 and have been at Apple since 2019. It is an honor teaching in the district where my kids are growing up in. I am married and have 3 children, enjoy playing chess, am an avid blood donor (almost 6 gallons), volunteer weekly at a local church, and enjoy hiking.
Mr. William Hoegerman
CTE/ Precision Machining, C-3
Bio: AVEX Engineering and Manufacturing- We teach CAD, Manual Machining, CNC Machining, Engineering, and Problem Solving. State Champions for Skills USA multiple years in a row, and National Medalists Multiple Years. We are building a better future and teaching kids to think!
Miss. Carlee Johnson
CTE/ Sports Therapy, E-7
Bio: Hi! I'm Ms.C and I have been with AVHS since the spring of 2022. I am the Sports Therapy teacher and Athletic Trainer for all sports on campus. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from San Jose State University in 2020. I have also earned my Master’s Degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Interscholastic Athletic Administration. I have experience working with a variety of sports at many different levels including high school, college and professional settings. Go Sundevils!
Mrs. Hannah Justice
Special Education, T-27
Bio: I have worked as a SPED teacher in AVHS since 2019. I teach 18-22 year-old students with moderate-severe needs. The Adult Transition Program (ATP) is focused on helping students learn basic life skills and employment skills that will benefit them for life. I have a BA in Accountancy, BA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, and a Master's in Education: Learning and Technology.
Mrs. Susan Karlgren
Special Education, B-20
Bio: I have worked at Apple Valley HS since 1998. I have taught Moderate- Severe Students basic skills in all subject areas. I have and continue to work with the state of California in creating common core connectors, as well as test questions for students that take the California Alternative Assessment.
Mr. Dennis Killion
WIOA/Special Education, T-28
Bio: I have been a Special Education Teacher since 1990 at Apple Valley High School. Since 2008, I have taught the Work Studies Transition Program. Here we support students who are deficient in credits, need more than 4 years to graduate and are interested in gaining paid work experience. In addition, I coordinate the ELOP Student Worker Program for those high school students interested in working as mentors at our district's elementary sites.
Mrs. Marites Killion
Language Arts, C-32
Bio: Both my husband, Dennis, and I teach at AVHS our alma mater. I enjoy helping students grow and seek a pathway for their future: Vocational, Job or College-bound. My hobbies are tennis and vacationing with my family.
Ms. Priscilla Langarica
Adult Transition Program II, T-14
Bio: I am Ms. Langarica (like "Costa Rica") or Ms. L. I teach the second of our two adult transition program classes here at AVHS. I have my master's in special education and am grateful for my wonderful students, team of paras, sped. collaborators, and AVHS family. We'll explore life skills, social emotional regulation, hygiene, cooking, money management, and self-accountability. Our weekly community outings and job experiences encourage students to apply what we learn in class. We will persist, persevere, and prevail this school year.
Mr. Joel Lewis
Special Needs, E-6
Bio: I have been teaching at Apple Valley High School since 1993 and work in the Special Needs Department. Currently, I am the Transition Partnership Planning Coordinator, teaching US History and Vocations.
Bio: I am a National Board Certified English teacher with 21 years of experience teaching all levels of high school English, including AP Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Seminar, and International Baccalaureate English. I spent most of my career in Phoenix and Las Vegas, but moved to California and here to Apple Valley just over three years ago.
Mrs. Brooke McDaniel
Bio: Bio: Hello! My name is Mrs. McDaniel. I started teaching at AVHS in 2022 and have been teaching Math overall since 2018. I am looking forward to an incredible year! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr. Samuel McGrath
Social Sciences, B-14
Bio: My name is Samuel McGrath. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. After college, I moved to California. I have taught the last six years in San Diego and Los Angeles. I moved to the High Desert about a year and a half ago to be closer to my then fiancée (now wife). I am happy to be a member of the Sundevil Community!
Mr. Maximillan Mena
Social Sciences, B-15
Bio: I am Mr. Mena and I am an Apple Valley High School Alumni of 2006. I have been a Social Science teacher since 2015. I have coached football for 11 years and softball for 10 years. I am the Freshman football Head Coach.
Mr. Jason Moore
Social Sciences, Digital Learning Specialist, C-37
Bio: AVID, AP History, Government, Economics, MAHST Academy, Digital Learning Specialist, & CAMP Academy
Mr. Ryan Ostlie
Computer Sciences, F-5
Bio: I am the nerdiest teacher on campus and proud of it! I love to play music and keep class entertaining. Come let me prove to you that coding doesn't have to be hard or boring!
Mr. Casey Penfold
CTE/ Welding, C-9/10
Bio:I am a graduate of Apple Valley High School, class of 2002. I have been teaching the welding shop classes here at Apple Valley High School since 2008. I have also taught welding at Victor Valley College. I received my teacher training from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and I am a Certified Welding Inspector through the American Welding Society.
Mrs. Gretchen Peratt
CTE Coordinator/ Digital Learning Specialist/ TOA, F-04
Bio: I have been teaching at THE High School since 2003. I am a proud Alumni, Class of '97! I have a Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree from Cal State University, San Bernardino, and a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. I am the former CAMP Coordinator and with the help of an amazing team, built the CAMP Academy to what it is today. I am happily married to the love of my life and we are blessed to have two beautiful children. I love helping people and my job.
Dr. Lindsay Petersen
World Languages/ English/ French, C-25
Bio: Born in South Africa (B.A. in English and Psychology). Subsequent graduate degrees in French Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics and French Literature (Ph.D.) earned in Michigan, France, and New York. Married my wonderful spouse, Monica, in 1980. Blessed with 6 great children and a stunning grand-daughter. Taught/teaching at college and high school levels since the seventies: AVHS (since 2012) and VVC (since 2017).
Mr. Kendall Pontier
Bio: Graduated AVHS, Served in U.S. Coast Guard, Psychology degree at Westmont College, teaching at AVHS for 30 years. Married 32 years to wife Julie, have 3 great kids and 2 awesome grandkids. Member of High Desert Church 31 years.
Mrs. Yvette Ramirez
World Languages/ Spanish/ AVID, C-38
Bio: Hello! My name is Mrs. Ramirez. I teach Spanish and AVID. I've been teaching at AVHS since 2018. Looking forward to a fulfilling school year!
Mrs. Karina Razo
Hello! My name is Mrs. Razo and I'm a Math teacher at Apple Valley High School. I've been teaching since 2021 and I'm loving every second of it! I have a wonderful husband who is a Math teacher at AHS and a beautiful cat named Meatloaf.
Mr. Joshua Rees
CTE/ Woodshop/ Graphics, C-1
Bio: I am a happily married man for over 25 years. I have 4 children who make me so proud. AVHS is my alma mater, graduating class of 1993. I have been teaching since 2005. My degree is in Industrial Technology. Topics I teach are Construction Technology and Engineering Design.
Mr. Jeff Riddell
Bio: Mr. Riddell has been fortunate enough to teach for the last twelve years, and even more fortunate to spend the last six at AVHS. He teaches English for juniors and seniors as well as AVID.
Mrs. Britta Robbins
Bio: Hello! My name is Mrs. Robbins and I teach math 2 and math 2 honors. I have been teaching since 2017 and working at Apple since 2019. I have the honor of being a teacher involved in our wonderful MAHST and CAMP academies as well as the honor of being an advisor for our amazing ASB. I am looking forward to an incredible year! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Señor Christian Ruiz
Instructional Coach/TOA/Peers, C-28, F-1
Bio: I’ve been teaching for 15 years. Love my job and love my family. I’m married and I have two beautiful children.
Coach Golden Scudder
Physical Education, GYM
Bio: My name is Golden Scudder. I have been teaching physical education since 2007 in our district. I have been at AVHS since 2014 as a PE teacher and coach for volleyball. I support our students in all their endeavors, whether it be sports or academics.
Mr. Mark Siroonian
Bio: My name is Mark Siroonian. Math and Music have always been two of my favorite subjects. I love teaching math, and playing music, mostly guitar in my free time.
Miss. Shannon Spini
Special Education, B-19
Bio: I am a proud 2005 Sundevil alumni and have been working for AVUSD since 2006. My students and I enjoy collaborating and working with the many different sports teams and departments on campus. From life skills to vocations, we cover all subjects and are involved in the amazing culture of AVHS Sundevil Country.
Mr. Tosh Stephenson
Special Education/English, T-13
Bio: I've been teaching since 2010-2011. I love what I do and I love working with our awesome staff and students here at AVHS! GO SUNDEVILS!!
Ms. Stephanie Walker
Bio: I have been teaching full-time since 2019, but I served as a substitute since 2010. My first degree was in Drama, 1995 and my second degree in Journalism, 2008. As a military spouse, we moved so many times that substitute teaching was the perfect job anywhere we went. It was during those years that I fell in love with being in the classroom. I knew that it was what I was meant to do. I am so happy to be here doing what I love to do! It's great to be a Sundevil just like my husband was!
Mrs. Marianne Watson
CTE/ Graphic Communications, F-11/12
Bio: Mrs. Watson has been teaching Graphic Communications at AVHS since 2018. She is also a proud Sundevil graduate. Mrs. Watson's goal is not only to impart technical skills but also to cultivate critical thinking, problem-solving, and a deep appreciation for aesthetics. She is dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment where experimentation is encouraged, mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth, and ideas are celebrated. Go Devils!
Mrs. Rachel Weschler
Bio: I have been teaching since 2012 and here at Apple Valley high school since 2020. I love seeing students' lightbulb moments, especially in teaching math!
Mrs. Amber Westendorf
Social Science/ History, E-03
Bio: This is my 21st year of teaching and I love my job more than ever before. I graduated high school from San Gorgonio in San Bernardino, then I received my Bachelor's at UCLA. At UCLA I found my love for kids when I was a camp counselor. Soon after graduating from college I worked towards my teaching credential and Master in Instructional Technology at Cal State San Bernardino. I have taught elsewhere, which is why I appreciate AVHS so much. It is a fantastic school and I am proud to be a Sundevil!
Mrs. Amy Young
Bio: Hello! My name is Mrs. Young. I have taught English and been involved in the CAMP academy at AVHS since 2021, although I started teaching in Ventura County in 2009. I grew up knowing I wanted to be a teacher and have many educators in my family - so I guess it's in the genes! Literature is my passion, but I find so many things interesting and love bringing science and history into my lessons. Context is everything! I am proud to be a Sundevil and love our strong campus community. I look forward to each new year and to the wonderful students, connections, and memories it brings. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.