• Welcome to the 6th Grade Department!
    Students in Sixth grade stay with their primary teacher for their four core subjects: English, Math, Science and World History. All Sixth grade students have the same Physical Education (PE) time during (4th) period. For Physical Education students have the option between Dance or General PE. For 6th period Sixth grade students have an Elective. The electives offered are Art, Associated Student Body (ASB), Band, Choir, Intro to Coding, Intro to Spanish, or Orchestra. Or for students needing additional assistance, they may have English Intervention, English Language Development (ELD), or Math Intervention.

    Students have the opportunity to participate in additional enrichment and sports through the Marshall LEARNs Afterschool program.

Marysia Katrina Narvaez - Department Chair

  • B.A. Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles; MA- Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles; Multiple Subjects Credential- Pacific Oaks, Pasadena; MA in Educational Administration & Administrative Preliminary Credential, California State University, Los Angeles (12/2019)

    Welcome to Marshall Sixth Grade!  I am excited at the opportunity to work with you!  I have taught Sixth Grade at Marshall for 20 years and am currently the Sixth Grade Department Chair.  My teaching philosophy is based on high expectations. I believe that it is important to always put forth your best effort and never allow temporary setbacks or challenges to keep you from succeeding. 

    As your instructor, my role is to guide you through this process of acquiring the skills needed in the 21st century.  Critical Thinking, collaboration, inquiry based instruction, cultural sensitivity and creativity are skills that will enhance your ability to become an informed global citizen.  I look forward to learning from my students and will support their social and academic efforts throughout the year.

Rebecca Caruso

  • B.A. in Anthropology, UMass Amherst a minor in Geography. Teaching Credential, English as a Second Language; M.A. Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.

    Hi my name is Rebecca Caruso, I graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Geography. Later, I returned to college and received a teaching credential in English as a Second Language and an MA in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. I have been teaching for 20 years (as of 2019) in grades ranging from 3rd to 8th. My teaching philosophy reflects the diverse students that I have in my classroom and is based on the idea that each student can attain the skills necessary to be successful. Those skills, including problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, are fostered in my classroom through the development and implementation of hands-on, real-life, and project-based educational activities. I am a National Board Certified Teacher and have been awarded the Pasadena Rotary Teachers of Excellence Award and the Teachers Making a Difference award at the Southern California Cherry Blossom Festival.

Sara Dickerson

  • B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); M.A. in Social Work / Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), University of Southern California (USC); M.A. in Education / Multiple Subject Teaching Credential University of Phoenix

    I started out my years as a professional in Social Work, working in voluntary adoption agency as a Birth Parent Counselor, the Development Director, and Assistant Executive Director of the agency.  After 16 years, and one child, I decided to change my career and go into teaching. So back to school I went, and eventually ended up at Don Benito teaching 6th grade. When the District removed 6th grade from elementary school, I went and taught kindergarten at Hamilton, first grade at Norma Combs, and then ended up happily at Marshall Fundamental, back in the 6th grade!   I believe the classroom should be a colorful, happy, safe place for the students, where everyone supports each other. I focus on positive reinforcement, and hold high academic expectations for all my students. School should be a fun, creative, challenging, educational and supportive experience for everyone who walks through my classroom doors!

Sarah Lazo

  • Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge, and subsequently earned my teaching credential and Masters in Education through Hope International University.

Christopher Razo

  • 6th Grade Teacher B 126

    Christopher Razo email: razo.christopher@pusd.us

     

Erick Rodriguez

  • Bachelors of Science, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

    Masters in Education, University of Lavern 

    Varsity Soccer Coach (Boys Soccer Dvision 6 CIF Southern Secion Division Champions 2019)

Veronica Serrano

  • B.A. Child Development, California State University, Los Angeles

    My name is Veronica Serrano and I am one of the 6th grade honors teachers here at Marshall. I received my BA in Child Development at California State University. I believe that all students are destined to achieve given the necessary support, instruction, and encouragement. Because I believe the growth of the whole student must be fostered, I will strive to create a learning environment that values achievement in all domains of the individual: social, academic and physical.

    My challenge is to foster a classroom climate that supports individual growth and cultivates a team dynamic. My management strategy reflects this philosophy of personal and group achievement. To promote this industrious environment I emphasize high standards for all student achievement, personal accountability, mutual respect, and active involvement.

Avetis Ter-Grigorian

  • California State University, Los Angeles: B.A-Child Development, Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential

    A proud Marshall Fundamental Alumni and PUSD Graduate. I believe that all students are capable of achieving academic success. Working independently and alongside General Education Teachers, I  design individualized education for students with different learning needs. My goal is to help all students access grade-level curriculum through quality instruction and scaffolding. Also, it is my job to create, implement, and carry out IEP's (Individualized Education Programs).

Lisa Yamanouye

  • CSULA, BA and teaching credential.  Cal Poly Pomona, MA

    Hello!  I'm Lisa Yamanouye.  Growing up, I had a very dedicated fourth grade teacher who inspired me to eventually pursue a career in teaching.  I’ve been a teacher for over 10 years. Over the years, I’ve taught grades 3, 4, 6 and 7. I received my Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and my Master’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

    Every year, I stress to my students we are like a family.  We may not always agree, but we need to be respectful of each others' thoughts and ideas and always support one another.  My teaching philosophy is that all students have unique qualities to share, enabling them to contribute to the benefit of all students. I encourage students to work to their full potential while acknowledging students will progress at different paces. 

    I give students opportunities to problem-solve to deepen their understanding of the material and to see practical applications in their daily living.  I want our students to understand that learning can be "fun" and goes well beyond the classroom. 

    I use Google Classroom,  but parents and students need to sign-in with their PUSD credentials.