Kelsey Connors - Instructional Support Teacher
I'm currently the Instructional Support Teacher (IST) on campus. I support teachers and grade level teams with curriculum and instructional practices at De Vargas. I also previously held the Intervention Specialist position and taught 4th grade at De Vargas for 4 years.
In 2009, I received my Bachelor's Degree and Multiple Subject Credential from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. I decided to move to the Bay Area to pursue a career in teaching and also attend a Master's program at Santa Clara University. In 2012, I graduated with a Master's in Reading Instruction and obtained a Reading Specialist Credential.
When I'm not teaching and learning, I enjoy reading, cooking, watching sports and traveling.
Jennifer Larsen - Resource Specialist
I am the Resource Specialist for Devargas. I love making learning fun and exciting for all students!
Mark Loundy - Instructional Technology Specialist, CREATE Makerspace Manager
I am a former journalist, photographer, video producer and social media pioneer. As an online community manager at GeoCities at the turn of the century, I helped build the foundations of what we now call social media. I brings all of those skills to education as an innovative instructional technology specialist at De Vargas.
I founded and operate CREATE, the De Vargas makerspace (the first in the Cupertino Union School District,) and lead both the video production team and afterschool Tech Team.
Salina Nelson - Secretary
My name is Salina Nelson and I am one of the school secretaries for De Vargas Elementary School. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2007 with a BA in English. My intention was to continue in the credential program to obtain a single subject credential and one day teach either high school or middle school English. However, about halfway through the credential program, I took a job as a school secretary for a private middle school. It was then that I knew working in a school office environment was where I thrived. A few years later, I began working for De Vargas Elementary School and it has been one of the best working experiences of my career. I enjoy working with teachers and students on a daily basis. In my free time, my husband and I love going to classic car shows with his truck club. We also welcomed our first baby (a girl) in October 2017.
Nick Prychodko - Principal
I am very fortunate to be the principal of De Vargas Elementary. Prior to becoming the principal during the 2016-2017 school year I was an assistant principal at (AP) Cupertino Middle School. Before coming to CUSD I was a district administrator in the Mountain View Whisman School District, and an AP and teacher in Tucson, Arizona where I completed both my Masters (Special Education) and Bachelor (Sociology and Creative Writing) degrees.
I am originally from Philadelphia, PA and am still a big fan of everything Philly, especially the sports teams. Outside of school I very much enjoy, reading, gardening, and spending time with my wife and daughter. GO LIONS!!!
Tanya Robertson - Secretary
I'm a Northern California native with two amazing daughters. I've lived here, in the Bay Area, since my children were born and love the beautiful melting pot we call home. As a former Transitional Kindergarten and preschool teacher for the Fremont Union High School District, I understand the intricacies of schools and the importance of a quality education. I was raised by a teacher and grew up in and around schools. I love watching education take shape. I love spending quality time with my children, watching movies, listening to music, reading, and fixing or creating things. Life-long learning is my goal...It's never too late. My hope is to create a welcoming and happy environment in the front office for, both, the DeVargas staff and its community. We're all in this together.
--Accept and Respect. We are all different.--
Meghan Trutter - Intervention Specialist
My name is Meghan Trutter and I'm the Intervention Specialist at De Vargas Elementary. I joined De Vargas during the 2016-2017 school year and I'm looking forward to another great school year! I love helping students reach their learning goals, especially in reading. In my spare time I like to go hiking, READ, and cook or bake for my family and friends.
Doris Yeung - Speech-Language Pathologist
I graduated from San Diego State with a master's in speech language pathology and I enjoy working with children! In my spare time I enjoy reading biographies, hiking, and painting.