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The 4th Grade Teachers

Mrs. Braga




Hi, my name is Holly Braga. I am so excited to take part in another fun and exciting year in 4thGrade!  I moved to California from Montana in 1999 and have spent most of my years teaching 4th grade. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband Rey, and my 3 children, Brayden, Emma and Jax.  I love watching sports of any kind.  I also love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes.  I am excited to see what adventures unfold this year!



Ms. English




My name is Cassandra English, and I love teaching Fourth Grade! It is a year filled with discovery and growth, and I can't wait to see what this year will bring. I am a local gal and grew up nearby in the beautiful rolling hills of San Ramon Valley. I attended elementary school in this very district, graduated from San Ramon Valley High School and from the University of  California at Berkeley.  Later, I traveled to Philadelphia, India, and Indonesia to study textile design.  I completed my teaching credential at Chapman University and have been teaching since 1994. Though I have taught a variety of grades from kindergarten to middle school, I must admit that fourth grade is my favorite.  I hope that you end up feeling that this is a very special year as well.

Ms. Gallegos





Hi, my name is Melinda Gallegos. I absolutely love teaching!  I started teaching in 2011, and I must say I truly enjoy my profession.  It brings me such joy seeing my students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  I am excited about all of the amazing things we are going to do this year. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my two children, Victoria and Bianca.  I also enjoy spending time crocheting, trying new recipes, sewing, reading, and rooting for my alma mater, UC Berkeley. It is going to be an amazing year! 



Mrs. Vela


I was born on the East Coast, but grew up here in San Ramon, a place that I am proud to call home. After high school, I moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University, where I received both my Bachelor’s degree and my teaching credential. I have been teaching in the Bay Area for sixteen years.  In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and two children.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Hidden Hills community. I am honored to work with such an amazing staff, and such dedicated students and parents.
It is my belief that all students will become life long learners, equipped with the most effective skills that will enable him or her to work cooperatively and independently as the opportunities arise. I believe in providing all students with an opportunity to learn and be successful. I believe in providing all students with the opportunity to learn in an atmosphere that allows them to celebrate their unique talents, and allows them to challenge themselves and take risks in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Mrs. Fones



My name is Cristina Fones and I am proud to say that this is my ninth year teaching!  I love what I do.  Working with children and their families, making a difference in their lives, and fostering an environment that nourishes and encourages a love of learning is simply the best.  I am a Bay Area native who grew up in Walnut Creek.  I graduated from San Diego State, and after working in public relations and advertising, decided to pursue and complete my teaching credential at Cal State East Bay.  Outside of school, my family and friends are a very important part of my life.  Weekend adventures with my husband and little guy Ryan (who is almost two), reading, traveling, exercising, visiting the beach, getting crafty, gardening, and enjoying music are some of life’s pleasures that I enjoy.  I am delighted to be here at Hidden Hills.





Mrs. Phillips




My name is Jennifer Johnson-Phillips. I’m thrilled and proud to be here at Hidden Hills. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the students as they continue their education. After spending many years in the software industry, I made a career change and received a teaching credential from CSU-East Bay in 2007. The rewards from teaching have been many and has brought me great joy. Seeing students grow throughout the year and their “ah-ha” moments always warm my heart.