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Fifth & Sixth Grade Teachers

Professeurs de CM2 et de 6ème


Lisa Van Prooyen, 5th Grade English & Science

Mrs. Van Prooyen was born in Wisconsin and has lived all over the US and in Germany.  She graduated Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German.   Mrs. Van Prooyen started her career in education teaching conversational German to adults and then earned her elementary and secondary teaching certification through post-graduate studies at Texas State University.   She has taught at the high school and elementary levels, most recently teaching 3rd grade. She relocated to Santa Rosa with her husband and three sons in 2010 to be closer to family. In her free time, Mrs. Van Prooyen loves to read, road bike and travel.  She is excited to be joining the SRFACS family and share her love of reading and science with her students.





Kevin McDonald, Sixth Grade Math & Science


Kevin McDonald was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He attended college in Minnesota and majored in Asian studies. After graduating he moved to Tokyo, where he spent four years teaching English. Kevin then returned to California and earned his teaching credential and CLAD certificate. Kevin has spent the last 17 years teaching elementary school in the North Bay. He has received training in GATE instructional strategies and is currently working on a degree in geosciences. In his spare time Kevin enjoys attending concerts and art shows with his wife.




Virginia Ruppert, Sixth Grade French Teacher

Virginia was born in Strasbourg, Alsace. After her baccalaureate, she obtained a Masters in comparative literature at the University of Strasbourg. She worked as an attendant for junior high schools and was a substitute teacher in other colleges so she could get a better base for her career teaching.  After passing her teaching exams from the French Educational Ministry she went on to work as an English teacher for eight years in Alsace and two additional years in the suburbs of Paris in a professional high school. She returned to Strasbourg to teach in a private high school as a French teacher for four years.


Virginia likes to take on new challenges while integrating herself into new structures that give her the opportunity to evaluate new ways of teaching and evaluating students.  She always tries to stay current and to find modern and playful methods to make my classes fun and less daunting.

She is always in a good mood; likes to travel, read, draw, and enjoys photography.




Marianne Johnstone, Sixth Grade

Mrs. Johnstone was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a third-generation California native. Her grandmother lived in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake!


Mrs. Johnstone has a K-8 Multi-Subject California Credential, as well as a Certification in Library.  Her experience in the field of education, for the past 23 years, has been both in the classroom and as a librarian.  Much of her past 21 years has been spent working at International Schools in Israel, Bolivia, India and Myanmar.  She has been a head librarian in both secondary and elementary libraries and has taught grades 6-8 Language Arts and Social Studies. Mrs. Johnstone’s ELA classroom is structured on the Reading and Writing Workshop model.  Within this structure, students have the guidance and space to grow exponentially as both readers and writers.  She stresses independence and responsibility.  It is her hope that each student will be successful in their learning, and feel pride in doing their best.