Kinder Department

The Kindergaten Department consists of 2 classrooms of kindergarten students. 

  Jennifer Dill  

My name is Jennifer Dill and I’ve been teaching in Fremont Open Plan since 2008. Many years ago, my husband and I chose this school for our children and fell in love with the community and learning environment it provided for our children. Therefore, when a classroom position became available in Fremont Open Plan, I was able to bring my fifteen years’ teaching experience to this community where I have continued to learn and grow as a professional and found great joy bonding with the families in our program. The comradery that exists among staff is also special here in Open Plan. We work hard to learn and grow professionally, having had many trainings in common, and strive to uphold the tenets of our open education philosophy. I believe strongly that education should have children at the heart of all decisions. Children’s paths look different as they learn, grow and find their passions and those are very exciting journeys to witness!

  Sarah Lepe  

I joined the Fremont Open Plan community as a kindergarten teacher in 2008. I have a background in early childhood education and have taught preschool - 2nd grade. I was looking for a school that would allow me to teach the whole child as well as to teach children at their own individual rate of learning.  I have been an avid reader since I was a child and love to inspire and develop an enthusiasm for reading in my students. Being a child’s first teacher is one of the most amazing privileges and my hope is to instill a love for learning and curiosity in my students.

Primary Department

FOP’s Primary Department consists of our 1st & 2nd graders and they are divided between three homerooms. However, they rotate between all three teachers for various activities. Our Primary Department staff includes:

  Carrie Fabela  

Hello, I am teacher Carrie. My 18 years of experience with Modesto City Schools includes being a primary grade teacher (K-3) as well as a literacy coach. Open Plan drew me here eight years ago as a teacher and a parent because of its philosophy of the whole child approach. My passions include early literacy acquisition, including sign language into routine learning activities, and embracing community within the classroom. Open Plan is special because it fosters a community that provides opportunities for teachers and parents to be active members in a child’s daily learning environment.

  Leticia Vidabel  
  Erin Young  

Hello! I am so happy to be at FOP. This is my 14th year teaching. In my previous teaching life I taught 2nd and 3rd grade as well as Read 180.  As a young child I knew  I wanted to be a teacher when my grandmother would teach me Spanish and I would teach her English. I have always loved learning and loved being at school. My passion is that all students have access to collaborative education in a safe classroom where teachers provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.

Hi!  My name is Erin Young and I am so happy to join FOP!  This will be my fourth year teaching and I look forward to all of the fun and exciting things that 2019/2020 has in store for us.  Previously I taught 1st and 2nd grade at a charter school in Modesto.  Prior to entering the teaching program, I was a paraprofessional working as a one-on-one for students with a variety of special needs.  I firmly believe in working with the child and finding ways to teach to them and their unique needs.  In my free time I enjoy creative writing (I’m working on a novel) and I LOVE reading! I am so excited to work with you and your kiddos!

Middle Department

Fremont Open Plan’s Middle Department consists of our 3rd & 4th Graders. They are assigned a homeroom, but rotate between the two teachers for various studies. Our Middle Department staff includes:

  Laura McClenaghan  

Hello, I'm Laura.  I have been teaching at FOP since 2003.  Prior to that, I taught fifth and sixth grade.  Back then, I was passionate about building communities of readers and writers and providing students with hands-on experiences that would support them in constructing abstract concepts.  But when I came to FOP, I really came home.  I love that Open Education provides a setting for multi-age groups of learners to explore the world and build meaning together.  I love collaborating with my colleagues and with parents, and I love coming alongside students, watching them support each other, and seeing them grow into life-long learners.  When I’m not busy extending my own learning, I enjoy walking my dog in the sunshine, going to my son’s college baseball games, and FaceTiming with my daughter in NYC.

  Danita Thomson  

I am married with 2 children. I joined the Open Plan family as a parent in 2004. My son and daughter spent all of their elementary years here and I believe they have blossomed into the amazing young people they are today, because of the foundation of education and social skills they received in FOP. After several years volunteering in FOP classrooms as a parent, and being a stay at home Mom,  I went back to school for a second career and received my Masters in Education and a teaching credential from UOP. I was so lucky at that time to be hired as a middle department teacher.  Throughout my education I was amazed to learn how much the Open Plan way of teaching is so beneficial for children and understood why it aligns so perfectly with my teaching philosophies.

Upper Department

Fremont Open Plan’s Upper Department consists of our 5th & 6th Graders. They are assigned a homeroom, but rotate between the two teachers for ELA, math, art and other studies. Check out our Upper Department Website for department wide updates.

Our Upper Department staff includes:

  Dorene Arnold  

Hello,  I'm Teacher Dorene and I love that I landed teaching at our amazing school, F.O.P.  I have been teaching for 24 years now, with 14 of those years being here at our school.  I have a special ed. minor and credential from San Jose State University.  Also, I am very passionate about being a life-long learner.  So, I further my knowledge with regular trainings as a coach in STEM education, Project-based learning, design thinking, technology and the arts.  Open Plan has a special place in my heart, for not only what it has offered my own son, Noah; but also for the thematic approach that allows for learning to come alive for kids.  I enjoy watching our Upper Dept. students strive for their learning goals and grow into kids that project confidence.  Guiding all students to find what they love in reading and learning is especially important to me.  What makes F.O.P.  a special community  is that it has a network of parents that partner with us to help all students achieve.  It is a place like no other.  

  Levi Hanzel-Sello  

Hi, I'm Levi, and all of my best jobs have included children, from camp counseling to soccer coaching.  Before teaching at FOP I taught 1st grade in Hayward, Kinder in Richmond, English in Moldova and Autism Preschool class.  I love that we are process and development oriented. Working with parents have allowed our classes to accomplish some amazing projects.  I love helping with student council as well as reducing single-use plastic in our community. My passions include being outdoors hiking, playing soccer, cycling, and playing tag.