Administration & Staff

Pacific Valley School boasts some of the most dedicated faculty and staff in the state. Our teachers are expert educators who work hard to make sure each student receives a truly tailored education. As a district, we make every decision with our students’ best interest in mind. We welcome you to get to know the members of our team and contact any one of them with your questions or concerns.

Meet Our Team

Administration

Debbie Gold
Superintendent / Principal
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Debbie Gold

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Office Staff

Lisa Gering
School Secretary, Instructional Aide
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Sarah Harlan
Secretary, Preschool Instructor, Instructional Aide
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Laura Zarcone
Accounts Payable
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Teachers

Karen Beecher
Grades 4-12: Language Arts, Math, CA History, Geography, Special Education
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Biography

Karen Beecher

About Karen Beecher

Karen Zinniker Beecher fell in love with Pacific Valley School while camping at Plasket Campground and vowed to teach there one day. In 1999, her dream came true. Currently, she teaches High School Honors and AP English, AP Psychology, English, and Math for grades 4 through 8. She is also the Special Education Director, Education Specialist, and Behavior Intervention Case Manager. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BA in Liberal Studies, Credential Track, received an Education Specialist Credential from Cal Poly, a K-8 Multi-subject Credential and a Masters in Science of Instructional Technology from University of California Monterey Bay, and a VSP single subject authorization for High School English. Karen lives in Cambria with her husband, Beech, and four Pomeranians. She has three children—sons Teague and Shea Uva, who are both grips living in Ventura, and daughter Blaize Uva, who is a cartographer and archeologist living in Cambria. A native of San Diego County, Karen lived in Escondido, Del Dios, Leucadia, and Australia before moving to Cambria in 1992. Karen’s previous occupations include being a naturalist for Camp KEEP Cambria Pines, an aide at Cayucos elementary, a preschool teacher, and a landscape designer. Karen’s passions include surfing, writing, reading, photography, Pomeranians, and education.
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Ellen Hall
TK-3 All Subjects
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Krutika Shah
Math
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Hilary Walters
Language Arts, History, French, Journalism
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Hilary Walters

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Support Staff

Cubby Cashen
Van/Bus Driver
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Joel DePola
Maintenance

Lily Smith
Groundskeeper & Garden Maintenance

Torri Taber
Custodian

Instructional Aides

Lisa Gering

Sarah Harlan

Torri Taber

Laura Zarcone

Food Service Assistants

Ana Vasquez Lopez