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5th Grade Teaching Team

Ray Dawley
5th Grade
  • I am excited to be back in the classroom and working with this amazing staff and community!
  • I have been in education for over 30 years with the last 21 as a school administrator in both Redwood City and San Carlos. I have taught grades K-6 with a special love this age and grade level.
  • In my free time I love to backpack, flyfish, play music, work in the garden at home and follow our local Giants and Warriors. I have a daughter who is just finishing her Master’s work to become a therapist and a son who is in his 2nd year at Gonzaga University. My wife also works here in San Carlos as the preschool director in the district.
  • This year marks my return to the classroom, something I have been looking forward to for the past several years.
Sarah Koh
5th Grade
  • I have been teaching for 20 years and love it more than ever! I have have taught grades 3rd-8th in three different states: California, Indiana, and Massachusetts. I particularly love grades 4th & 5th! I’m very excited to join the staff at Mariposa.
  • I love spending time with my family, visiting museums and bookstores (the few that are left). I am particularly passionate about travel. Just this past summer my husband and I visited Southern France, Spain and Portugal.
Rachel Mein
5th Grade
  • I’ve been a teacher for four years. I taught at Belmont Oaks Academy in second and fifth grades, and I’m in my second year at Tierra Linda teaching fifth.
  • I love to hike, travel, and crafting. I enjoy cooking almost as much as I love eating. Reading is my passion and I hope to inspire that same passion in my students.
Heygie Mae Raquinio
5th Grade
  • I have been teaching for 7 years and I feel very proud. I started out as a PE teacher for 5th and 6th grade in Los Angeles. Then in the following years, I’ve focused in teaching 6th grade Math and Science at charter schools in Los Angeles and San Jose.
  • When I am not teaching, I help my husband take care of adults with disabilities. I am also a newbie triathlete and have joined a few sprint triathlons and runs. Swimming and jogging definitely keep me upbeat and re-energized. Finally, I love to shop. It is my primary stress reliever. 
Jason Sanchez
5th Grade
Joe Murphy
  • I’ve been teaching music for 17 years. I began teaching music as an Assistant Band Director at La Canada High/Middle School. I just completed my 12th year as the band director at Tierra Linda Middle School. I also run my own summer music camps and run a private music studio in Belmont.
  • I love competing in obstacle course races such as Spartan Races and Tough Mudders. I have recently been able to enjoy my hobby with my oldest son Dylan.
Jason Scatena
Physical Education
  • I’ve been teaching for 17 years. I’ve taught kindergarten through 12th grade on the Peninsula, in both private and public schools. With credentials in History and Physical Education, I’ve had the opportunity to work with students in multiple areas of education.
  • I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys, coaching Cross Country, and traveling.
Jennifer Xavier
  • I’ve been teaching for over 30 years (it’s hard to believe that myself, & I absolutely love it!). I started out teaching in SF when I was working towards my credential at SFSU. I taught 6th grade in Pacifica, 4th grade at Brittan Acres and I've been at Tierra Linda ever since it reopened! My extensive experience and love of art has led me to my current position as Art teacher.
  • My passions, outside of my own artistic pursuits, include being a faithful Giants’ fan, getting out to watch concerts or musicals, and cooking. I spend most of my free time looking after my elderly father, but also love to spend time with friends to enjoy nature and take in all the fun events all around SF, my home.