Karina Gonzalez

5th Grade

I feel very blessed and excited to start my teaching career here at Manzanita Public Charter School! My name is Karina Gonzalez and I will be a fifth grade teacher this upcoming school year 2019-2020. I look forward to watching my scholars learn, grow, and thrive in my classroom.


I was born and raised in Lompoc, CA. After graduating from Cabrillo High School, I headed off to CSU Channel Islands where I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Bilingual Authorization. I obtained my teaching credential at California Lutheran University and I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership.


I want to make this year an amazing experience for all of my scholars! I believe that every child brings an abundance of knowledge and should share their unique gifts with the world. As scholars walk through my classroom doors, I want them to feel empowered, confident, and cared for. My goal this year is for my scholars to become mindful of their choices, of their goals, and who they are.


I’m very excited to work with my students and provide them with support to prepare them for sixth grade. I believe a student’s support team is made up of the scholar, the parents/family, and the teacher. Parents, family members, or guardians, please feel free to email me with any questions (English or Spanish). If there is anything I can do to help your student in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me!


To my fifth graders:

  1. I believe in you.

  2. You are listened to.

  3. You are cared for.

  4. You are important.

  5. You will succeed.


Best wishes,


Miss Gonzalez