Davina Martinez
3rd Grade

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Education

Saint Francis High School, Sacramento City College (Early Childhood Education), California State University – Sacramento (Liberal Studies), Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, CLAD Certification (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development)

Teaching Experience in SCUSD

Edward Kemble Elementary 1996-2002, Pony Express Elementary 2002 – present

Melanie Ota
6th Grade GATE

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Hi, I’m Melanie Ota and I’m the 6th grade GATE teacher here at Pony Express. Last year I taught 5th grade GATE and I’m excited to continue the educational journey with my students!

I feel so privileged to be here at Pony and to be teaching in the neighborhood that I grew up in. The Pocket-Greenhaven area holds a special place in my heart and it brings me such joy when I see Pony families at Bel Air or at local restaurants. I attended schools in SCUSD throughout my childhood and graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School.

October Reyes
PE Teacher

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My name is Mr. Reyes and I’m the new Physical Education teacher at Pony Express.  This will be my Fifteenth year teaching in the district with 13 of them teaching at the Middle School Level.  I spent the last year teaching a split position at both Abraham Lincoln Elementary and John Still K – 8.  Adding to the mix, I spent my first year of teaching in the Davis / Woodland School Districts as a long term substitute teacher.  

George Ribet
5th Grade

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Education

  • High School: Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
  • College: Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA BA: History       
  • CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA, Multiple Subjects credential                 
  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, CLAD credential                                  
  • University of San Diego, San Dieg

Blia Vang
3rd Grade GATE

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Hi! My name is Blia Vang and I look forward to working with you and your child this year at Pony Express Elementary School! I live, grew up, and attended school in the Sacramento area. I’m married and have four daughters. 

Education: West Campus High School; CSU Sacramento (BA in Liberal Studies & Multiple Subject Teaching Credential); BCLAD (Bilingual Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development) Certification; GATE Certification

Jani Winchester
4th Grade

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I received my credential in August of 1998, and began teaching that year in the Twin Rivers USD.  I taught there for 8 years.  For the past 5 years, I have been teaching in the Sacramento City USD.  I am really excited to be part of the SMART Riders team!

I just got a Vespa scooter for my birthday, and hope to be riding it to Pony Express soon.  I enjoy traveling, reading, sewing costumes, trips to the beach and spending time with my family.  Sacramento has been my home for the past 27 years.