Class Info

Welcome to 5th grade in Room 20! Please view my current class website at You'll find Classroom News and Dates to Remember for the year, as well as website links, a class wish list, and more.


In case you were wondering...

I was born here in Thousand Oaks. My family moved to Ohio when I was 4, where I lived until graduating from Wintersville High School in 1992. I returned to California to attend Pepperdine University. I graduated with a major in Accounting in 1996. I then worked for several years as a tax accountant before reentering the world of education. In 2003, I received a Masters in Education and teaching credential from Pepperdine. In 2009, I received a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from CSUN.

I've been teaching at Cypress since 2003, which makes this my 13th year here! I've enjoyed teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I've had many roles here at Cypress, including working with Student Council and organizing the Talent Show. I'm currently the GATE Facilitator and Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife, Kirsten, is a fellow educator. She's currently the principal of Acacia Elementary School in Thousand Oaks. I have two daughters, Kaitlyn, 10, and Sophie, 7, and a son, Owen, who turns 3 in September.

I'm thankful to be at such a terrific school, with such wonderful students and supportive parents. I'm looking forward to a great year in 5th grade!

Cypress Elementary School

4200 Kimber Drive, Newbury Park, CA  Principal:  Mrs. Carey Bartlow
Phone: (805) 498-6683 email:
Fax: (805) 375-5600 fax
Attendance Hotline: (805) 498-6203