1st grade teachers

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Renee Biondo, 1st Grade Lead


Hello! My name is Renee Biondo.  I am the First Grade Lead teacher, and a Math Curriculum Coordinator for primary grades at RCA.  I am so proud to be a teacher at Roosevelt because it is where I began my teaching career 17 years ago.   I love teaching first graders because they are so honest, and they say what is on their hearts and minds! They are so enthusiastic about learning, and they grow incredibly from beginning to end of year!

I am originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana.  I am married, and I have three grown children, and one mischievous Flat-coated Retriever.  We have lived in five different states, as well as overseas in Germany due to my husband’s career in the Air Force. Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, going on hikes, cooking southern foods, cheering the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers football teams, and tending my rose and flower gardens.

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Stephanie Baron, 1st Grade Teacher


Hello Roosevelt Families, my name is Stephanie Baron and I teach 1st grade. This is my 6th year as a teacher and my 5th year at RCA. I earned my education from UCCS and my degree is in biology for elementary education. Some of my hobbies include hiking and enjoying the outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I love all things that are Pusheen the Cat related. Teaching is my passion and I am excited for what this school year will bring! 

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Vanessa Montes, 1st Grade Teacher


My name is Vanessa Montes and I am very excited to be your child’s teacher this year!

I received my bachelor's and teaching certificate at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

I’m married and have two boys. In my spare time I like to hang out with my family and go on adventures together.

Your first grader will be in store for many meaningful and challenging experiences. I strongly feel that in order for the school year to be successful, it is necessary for the child, teacher, and parent(s)/guardian(s) to work closely together throughout the school year. My passion is teaching and love coming to work each day. I look forward to a great year!

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Diana Aparecio, 1st Grade Paraprofessional


Hello, my name is Ms. Diana. This is my first year as a paraprofessional here at Roosevelt. I enjoy working with children, and seeing the excitement in their faces as they learn new things! In my free time I love taking my dogs on walks, working out, and spending time with family.


Jill Cazerez, 1st Grade Paraprofessional



Mel Copeland, 1st Grade Paraprofessional