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SWSD Welcomes New Teachers

South Whittier School District proudly welcomes new teachers to our SWSD community! 


At South Whittier we believe all students can learn and we believe they learn best when they are engaged in challenging and appropriate learning focused on the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies integrated with physical education and the fine arts. We also believe quality teachers are the single greatest predictor of student success. Quality education improves the quality of life for students, their families, and the community now and in the future.


We are excited to see the positive impact these teachers will have on our students and community. Welcome!


Soo Won

SDC Pre-School Teacher

Lake Marie Elementary 


Soo Won is a multi-faceted educator who has a Preliminary Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Special Education. Won holds degrees from Purdue University and Cal State University, Fullerton. Won is dedicated to helping students develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually.


Samantha Torres

Part-Time Interventionist

Howard J. McKibben Elementary


Samantha Torres is passionate about creating a space where all students can be successful and cultivating a classroom community that allows students to thrive. Torres holds a degree and credential from UCLA and Cal State University, East Bay.


Tess Roberts

4th & 5th Combo Teacher

Monte Vista Elementary


Tess Roberts is enthusiastic about creating a welcoming and interactive environment for students. She holds multiple degrees and a credential from Cal State University, Fullerton.


Michael Manzanilla

Social Science Teacher

Richard L. Graves Middle School


Michael Manzanilla thrives on creating an exciting and safe environment for students to learn, strive for greatness and reach their full potential. Manzanilla holds degrees and a credential from Cal State University, Fullerton and Cal State University, Long Beach.


Nicole Rabago

6th Grade Teacher

Howard J. McKibben Elementary 


Nicole Rabago was a business professional that followed her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. She is excited to create an inviting classroom environment where her students are pushed to their greatest potential while finding joy in learning.


Karina Hartl


Carmela Elementary


Karina Hartl was a Special Projects Coordinator from Whittier City School District. Hartl holds degrees, credentials, and certifications from Azusa pacific University, Concordia University Irvine, and Cal State University, Fullerton.


Tom Lux

7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher

Richard L. Graves Middle School


Tom Lux is a teacher coming from Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District. Lux holds a degree and credential from Cal State University, Fullerton.


Adrian Garcia

7th & 8th Grade Spanish Teacher

Richard L. Graves Middle School


Adrian Garcia was a Spanish teacher at St. Mary’s Academy for nine years. Garcia holds degrees and a credential from Rio Hondo College, Cal State University, Long Beach, and Loyola Marymount University.


Veronica Alvarez

6th Grade Teacher

Carmela Elementary


Veronica Alvarez is an elementary school teacher who is dedicated to the development and educational needs of her students. Alvarez holds a degree and credential from Cal State University, Long Beach.


Anna Manzanares

RSP Specialist

Monte Vista Elementary


Anna Manzanares has 17 years of teaching experience and holds multiple degrees and credentials from Cal State University, Northridge, Bradman University, and Cal State University, Los Angeles.


JayJeon Ghil

Part-Time Hourly Teacher

Monte Vista Elementary


Jay Ghil believes in leaving an impact on students so that they can develop into responsible leaders and role models. Ghil also holds a multiple subject teaching credential and is a Biola University graduate.