Yadira Cisneros

Carpinteria Children’s Project welcomed a new afterschool program teacher this fall, Yadira Cisneros. Cisneros said she enjoys hiking, dancing and going to the beach. “I also like learning new languages during my free time,” she said. Her favorite childhood book is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.”


Alyssa O.

Alyssa O. joined the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria staff just over a year ago. She enjoys working at Girls Inc. because it’s full of opportunities to step out of her comfort zone and to grow professionally and personally. Alyssa’s favorite book is “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks and her favorite eatery is Nutbelly.

Jenn W.

In October, Jenn W. will celebrate her one-year-anniversary as a Girls Inc. of Carpinteria counselor. Jenn has a degree in History and a passion for native plants and science. Her favorite book is “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemmison and her favorite place to eat is PeeBee & Jays. “Girls Inc. is the most supportive place I have ever worked,” Jenn said.


Celeste E.

Celeste E. started working at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria last year. She enjoys interacting with the girls and “hearing what they have to say.” She loves gems and crystals and eating at Phoevermore. Her favorite book is “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynn Jones.


Lara Lyons

This fall, The Howard School welcomed Lara Lyons to teach the first-grade classroom. Lyons is originally from Woodland Hills and enjoys going to the beach with her husband and golden retriever, Bubba. Lyons said her favorite subject to teach is math. “As a student, math was challenging for me,” she said. “However, as a teacher, I’ve learned how to communicate and break down math curriculum in a way that is fun and manageable.” Lyons has fostered over 30 kittens and has been a cat foster parent since she was 16. “I love animals and try to help cats and dogs find their forever home.”


Don Joseph Rojo

Don Joseph Rojo joined The Howard School this year as the new middle school science and physical education teacher. Rojo is from Ventura and brings with him 10 years of teaching experience. He enjoys watching soccer games and working on his 1959 Ford station wagon. A fan of John Steinbeck, Rojo said a fun fact about him is that he has over 30 soccer jerseys. 


Barbara Groves 

The Howard School’s new preschool teacher, Barbara Groves,hails from White Plains, New York. She enjoys swimming in the ocean, reading, backyard movies and practicing the ukulele. Groves’ favorite subjects to teach are art and history and her favorite author is C. S. Lewis. Something unexpected about Groves is that she has been cliff jumping in Greece. 

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