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Penny Appleford graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks with a B.A. in Marketing and Advertising. Following her graduation she worked as a fragrance buyer and financial planner for the South West Region for Nordstrom. After realizing her dream of being a buyer she wanted to fulfill her second dream of being a teacher. She continued her education at CSUN receiving her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After receiving her credential she was the Reading and Math Specialist at Meadows Elementary for two years. Then she moved on, to Pinecrest School in Thousand Oaks and taught fifth grade for the next two years. Currently she is at MATES, where she has taught kindergarten and is currently teaching second grade. Penny lives with her family in Thousand Oaks. She has three children and they have all attended Meadows Elementary and now MATES. Her passions are her family, art, children and exercise. She earned her Masters Degree in Education in 2012.

Recent Posts

Economics Commercials Posted

Hello everyone,
In case you did not get a chance to view your child's commercial during
Open House, I have posted the commercials on my web page.
Thank you!!!
Mrs. Dingman

Field Trip Channel Islands Drivers

Hello Parents,
I just want to confirm the drivers that have volunteered for the field trip. 
Please check the list to make sure it is correct. If I need to make a change please send an email to me. We have a lot of drivers, thank you, if any of you would like to ride with another parent I can make sure your children are with you so we don't have so many vehicles going.
Thank you,
Mrs. Dingman

QR code app for phone

Hello Parents,
You will need an app that reads QR codes for Open House tonight. Your child is very excited to show you what they have been doing in class. Thank you for all of your support!
Mrs. Dingman

Here is a photo of the students with their Mr. Softee ice cream cone.  What a great experience for the students. They loved the story of how he started his business.  If you are ever in Old Town Camarillo visit Mr. Softee's ice cream shop.

Mr. Softee at school tomorrow

Hello Parents,
We are nearing the end of our Economics unit. During this unit the students have created their own business, filmed a commercial, created a prototype, logo, slogan, business cards, an ad, products and posters. It has been wonderful and the students have had so much fun. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Mr. Softee, an icecream food truck, will be coming to see our second graders and talk about his business. Also, the students will receive a small soft serve ice cream cone (no money needed from students). Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would rather your child not have the ice cream because of allergies.
Thank you,
Mrs. Dingman