I am Suzie Acheatel and I was born and raised in Westlake Village. When I am not teaching, I am busy with my own kids; Davis who is 17 and an avid basketball player, Mason who is 15 and a technology wizard, and my twin step-daughters, Aly and Aubrey, who are 12 and the most amazing artists. Between hectic school and sport schedules we are a very busy family, but we wouldn't have it any other way. I have lived in Newbury Park for over 20 years and feel extremely fortunate to be able to raise my children in such a beautiful and safe community. Although this is only my second year at Cypress it will be my 20th year teaching elementary school. I have spent the last 12 years teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade at Sycamore Canyon and also 6 years at Campus Canyon in the Moorpark Unified School District where I taught Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Prior to teaching I earned my B.A. degree in Television Production where I worked in the show business industry for several years only to decide that my calling was in the classroom. One thing you'd be surprised to know about me is that I am a 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soc Do, a Korean-style martial arts. I trained for many years as a child and earned my 1st degree black belt at the age of 12. I then went back as an adult tci earn 2 more black belts while my family trained alongside me. Both, Davis and Mason, are black belts as well. My husband, Rob, and I were married in Maui 2 years ago but have known each other since we both attended middle and high school together 30+ years ago! Rob is a pilot for United Airlines so we are a family who loves to travel the world.