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Science Department

Jessica McNiff (Department Head)

Jessica McNiffJessica McNiff was born and raised in southern California before transplanting to Sonoma County after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She went on to earn her Single Subject Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. She has taught Science and Math in the SRCS district for over 10 years, with this being her 9th year on this campus. In addition to teaching, she is also our Athletic Director, Volleyball and Track Coach, Science Challenge and Amor Para Todos Club Advisor, and regularly mentors new teacher candidates. Jessica loves teaching and giving every middle schooler the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and school community as a whole.

Email: | Extension: 23226

Gino Beccaria

Gino BeccariaGino Beccaria was born and raised on Earth, Gino Beccaria, self nicknamed “The Prodigy”, is actually a fairly average guy. Gino went to California State University Long Beach because he’s a big fan of pyramids (especially ones not made by aliens) and the Beach (shout out to Rosie’s Dog Beach which is literally the best place on Earth). While at CSULB Gino worked at In-N-Out for the free food and studied psychology, eventually earning his BA but never finding an answer to why he insists on writing biographies in third person. After college Gino worked at ANOVA as a paraprofessional while returning to school to earn his teaching credential. During this time Gino was scouted and picked up as a football and lacrosse coach for Rancho Cotate High School where he coaches to
this day. Gino now works at CCLA full time teaching 7th/8th grade science and the mysteries of being an Earthling. In his free time Gino enjoys playing video games, chillin with his cats, and being a human. 

Email: | Extension: 23225

Kelly Mackura

Kelly MackuraKelly Mackura was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but was raised in the Milpitas/San Jose area.  She attended UC Davis earning a degree in Biology and English and later attended Sonoma State University to earn her teaching credential and Masters in Education.  After a 20 year journey teaching high school science at Elsie Allen High School, Kelly began teaching 7th grade science at CCLA in 2020 where she now enjoys supporting students earlier in their educational journey.  Kelly loves being part of a community that supports equity, opportunity, collaboration, vulnerability, and human connection.  Outside of school, Kelly loves being a mom, creating spaces in her yard for hummingbirds to visit, spending time with friends, hiking, and crocheting!

Email: | Extension: 23227