Meet the Teachers

Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 213


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Brandon Fausset

Room 13

In my free time, I surf and snowboard.  I love to learn new things!

Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 218


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Kelly MacDonald

Room 18

Phone: *805) 495-5550 x 214


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Stephanie Lopez

Room 14

In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors and being with my family.

Phone: (805) 495-5550 x 214


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Nicole Vargas

Room 14

In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and exploring interesting places with my family!

Classroom Wishlist

  • Tissues
    Paper towels
    Cleaning wipes
    Whiteboard markers
    Copy paper
    Glue sticks

All About: 3rd Grade

      3rd Grade - The SEM Way

      • English-Language Arts

        • Hyperdocs that allow building of background knowledge and exploration of related topics for further investigation
        • Making connections from stories to real-world events and application
        • Use of Mentor Sentences to improve writing by learning from master authors


        • Compacting for students who have mastered concepts quickly
        • Survey project where students apply classroom lessons to real-life situations
        • Small groups base


        • STEM challenges
        • Hands-on investigations
        • Open-ended inquiry based on NGSS standards;
        • Use of Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to guide research

        Social Studies

        • Application of concepts through hands-on Island Design Project
        • Experience life as a native Chumash; Guest Speakers from Stagecoach Inn
        • Class elections and mock local government experience; Guest Speaker from City Council

      Enrichment & Homework Ideas

      • Read 20 minutes minimum each night

        Pursue self-selected academic goals created with teacher input and guidance

        Work toward personal goals

        Research and create projects on areas of interest

        Passion Pursuit Ideas

        Beyond the Book

      Field Trips, Speakers, & Project Highlights

      • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

        Chumash Lab and Life Cycle Exploration

        New West Symphony

        Petty Ranch, Somis

        Heritage Project

        Author visit and writing/publishing class or individual novel

        EXCEL: Community Service (CRPD, Conejo Community Outreach, Action); Passion Pursuits Fair projects