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linda tMrs. Linda Togneri - PALS - Room 3


Mrs. Togneri has been teaching for over twenty-six years. She graduated from Mount St.Mary’s College with a B.A. and Master’s degree in Education, she holds both General and Special Education credentials, as well as a credential in Early Childhood Special Education.  Her special education career began after several years of teaching kindergarten and second grade. She then went onto implementing what she learned from her graduate programs when she was hired by LAUSD as a special education teacher. She was able to implement and learn even more ways of diverse teaching methodologies for an expanding array of children with special needs. Within her years of teaching Mrs.Togneri had triplets and was full-time at home mom. Years later she returned to teaching kindergarten, but then quickly went back to where she was yearning to be and that was with the preschool population with special needs. Mrs.Togneri believes that one can never give enough of oneself to educating children in all ways, especially those who are hindered with a handicap. Regardless of the challenges that are present in her classroom /home away from home, it is that which drives her passion to find, modify and adapt teaching styles for her young students in everyday learning, as well as working closely with parents to assist in ways to resolve their concerns.

Here are a few of her favorite things:

Favorite Quote: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”- Mother Teresa

Favorite Color: green

Favorite Food: homemade Canadian fruit cake and French pork potato pie

Favorite Book: How Green Was My Valley

yvonneMrs. Yvonne Galvan - PALS - Room 21


Ms. Galvan was born in California but raised in Texas where she attended school from elementary through high school.  She has been at Sharp since 1997 as a teacher assistant, special education assistant, and substitute teacher.  She is currently teaching in the Preschool For All Learners (PALS) program for the last 5 years.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Los Angeles Mission College and obtained her Early Childhood Special Education Credential and Masters Degree at CSU Northridge.

Ms. Galvan chose to work as a special education teacher because it allows her to create a unique bond with her students.  She can begin to learn their strengths, abilities, and more about them.  She gets the opportunity to help them get the services and accommodations that they need and deserve.  She gets to create an individualized and detailed educational program that improves their educations experience.  She gets to help them create goals, and most importantly, she gets to see them ACHIEVE those goals.

Favorite Quotes:

"Children with special needs can hear you." -Jenna Rae Furlong

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Color: Aquamarine

stephanieMs. Stephanie Rosas - PSC - Room 19


I was born in California. I graduated from Pierce Community College with an undergrad in Child development 2017 and earned my bachelor's in Early Childhood  Studies in 2019 at CSU Channel Islands. I started working in LAUSD as a general education teacher assistant for about 4 months and found out about special education and quickly fell in love with the profession. I have been a  special education assistant for four years and after graduating from CSU Channel Islands, as well as from the Step Up Program from LAUSD I was able to be interviewed for a preschool program PSC (preschool comprehensive). I love the idea that all children understand what is happening because they can feel emotions, all children are brilliant little humans. I became a teacher because I want to be a part of a child’s growth and help and teach them to be an advocate for themselves. 

Favorite book: The Giving Tree

Favorite Quote: "Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened" - Dr. Suess 

Favorite color: Purple.

olgaMrs. Olga Terrazas - ETK - Room 20


Mrs. Terrazas was born here in Los Angeles to immigrant parents. Growing up, she attended both a local public school and then parochial school. As a child, her mom, Lucy Guerrero, worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at Telfair Avenue. Eventually, at the encouragement of teachers she worked for, her mom returned to school to not only get her GED but her bachelor's and master's degree in education. She served as a role model not only for her children to continue their education after high school, but for other family members as well. With her mom as her biggest guide and role model, Mrs. Terrazas continued her education after high school, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Cal State Northridge. She served as a mental health counselor for a few years before realizing her real calling was in teaching and education. She returned to Cal State Northridge to complete coursework for her teaching credential. In 1998 she was hired to teach at Sharp Avenue and has been here ever since. Eventually, she returned to school once more to receive her Masters in Educational Administration. While at Sharp, she has served different roles, such as Grade Level Representative, member of both School Site Council and PTA, teacher union leader, and helped to lead a school-wide conference on School Culture. In addition, she has received numerous training sessions in all subjects to work with all learners. While she loves working with all students, her main teaching assignments have been K-2, and currently, she is teaching the ETK program. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she is extremely proud of the tone her parents set for their children in terms of education and hard work. As a result, her family includes a network of, among other careers, educational teachers and administrators, lawyers, social workers, IT specialists, and small business owners. The educational values her parents instilled in her are the same values she tries to instill in her students. Her greatest pleasure is seeing former students return to the school to drop by and let her know how they’ve been doing. Mrs. Terrazas is married and has two sons, Emilio and Adrian. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, taking drives on scenic routes, traveling, watching movies, and most importantly, spending time with her husband and sons.

claudia cMrs. Claudia Curiel - PCC - Room 20


Mrs. Curiel is a Special Education Teacher here at Sharp Elementary! She is thankful and excited to be a part of a wonderful school and district who share my love of learning and education. She began her teaching career in 2019. She has been working for LAUSD for over fifteen years as a General Education T.A., After School Coach, and Special Education T.A.  She received my bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge in 2005 in the field of Psychology.

Her experience with students of all abilities has led her to here where she is meant to be, teaching. She believes in creating a learning environment in which students feel happy, comfortable, and safe, where expectations and rules are consistent and clear. She also believes that all children can and will learn. It is her goal every day to let every student know that they are unique and of value. Education is her passion and if she can be there for a child to assist and not give up, that for her is the most rewarding feeling to help and make a difference.  


vanMrs. Van Tran - Room 9


Mrs. Tran has been teaching at Sharp for over nineteen years. She is very excited to have returned to Kindergarten for this school year. She is extremely passionate about her work as a teacher and strives to always be learning as she teaches. Her classroom goal is to make sure all of her students master their grade-level standards while having fun. Mrs. Tran was born in Vietnam but grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her twins, and their dog: Jett. When she’s not in the classroom, Mrs. Tran likes to cook, hike, and travel the world. Here are some of her favorite things:

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha

Favorite Drinks: Oolong and Matcha Green Tea

kathleenMrs. Kathleen Forero - Room 19


Mrs. Forero has been teaching at Sharp Avenue Elementary school for twenty-four years. She has earned a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Forero has also attended the Universidad de San Jose, Costa Rica.

Favorite Quote: "The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ms. Chris Butler - Room 4


A California native, Ms. Butler was born in Newport Beach.  Later, her family moved to the San Fernando Valley suburbs where she graduated from LAUSD's Chatsworth High School.  She graduated from CSU Northridge with a B.A. in  Liberal Studies.  Ms. Butler completed her teaching credential from National University while working full-time as a teacher assistant at Viewpoint School in Calabasas.   She has continued to pursue professional growth opportunities through online courses from the University of San Diego and district training sessions.  Ms. Butler has been privileged to be a part of Sharp Avenue's dedicated and caring staff for 23 years.  She loves teaching because she can impact children's lives and watch them grow and learn.

Favorite Quote:  "Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them."  Lady Bird Johnson

karrieMs. Karrie Alfaro - TK & K - Room 7


Ms. Karrie Alfaro was born and raised in Panorama City. She attended Chase Street Elementary, Sepulveda Middle School and graduated from James Monroe High School in 1987. After attending Los Angeles Valley College for three years, she transferred to UCLA where she earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature and a second B.A. in Psychology. Ms. Alfaro started teaching at Sharp Avenue Elementary in 1993 and has taught grades TK to 4th grade. She enjoys reading stories daily to her students and encourages them to become life-long readers. Ms. Alfaro promotes a caring, flexible and positive environment in the classroom. Her hobbies include attending Dodger games, hiking, exercising and trying healthy new recipes.

Grade 1

Mchristianr. Christian Weissmann - Room 13


Mr. Weissmann currently teaches 1st grade. He has been teaching at Sharp Ave. Elementary School since August 2012, and he has been teaching in LAUSD since August 1992.  He believes that children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. He considers it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth. He believes each student learns in his or her own way and style. He strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is his goal to help encourage his students to look beyond the four walls of our classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. By doing this, he hopes to instill in them a desire to become lifelong learners.
He graduated from California State University of Northridge in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in History. He also graduated from National University with a Masters in Education in 2001.
Favorite quote; “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

claudia wMrs. Claudia Weissmann - K1 - Room 14


I teach a Kinder-1st combination class. I have been teaching at Sharp since August 2012 and I have enjoyed working with and serving our students. My goal is to provide a loving and positive learning environment full of memorable experiences for our students. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going to professional growth workshops and watching movies. I also love to travel to see new places and meet new people.

I graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Culture. I then received my Master of Education Degree in Spanish Literature from CSUN. I also earned my California Teaching Credential from National University in 2001. I have been teaching since February 1995 and have spent my entire teaching career in the primary grades. I also worked as an Intervention Coordinator to help struggling readers learn essential reading skills and to close the achievement gap. I believe all children are capable and desire to learn.

My educational philosophy is to teach from the heart while allowing students to discover their own abilities to be a scholar and positive leader in our school community. I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. I design learning experiences to help each child grow at a rate that meets his or her needs. I use data to guide instruction and make child-centered decisions. By planning and executing, data-driven, engaging lessons, students will not only advance in their skills but be motivated learners.

Favorite Quote: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss

mirandaMrs. Miranda Donovan - Room 11


Mrs. Donovan was born in Hollywood, CA. Her parents were both born in Europe, and Mrs. Donovan was raised with a strong Lithuanian cultural background. She graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, after which she traveled throughout Europe for two years, finally settling in Lithuania as a political cartoonist for an English-language newspaper. Upon her return to the United States, she worked in advertising for various companies, including magazines and animated graphics. She even helped design the Monday Night Football introduction graphics for one year!

Mrs. Donovan began teaching at Sharp Avenue Elementary in 1998 and earned her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from CSUN shortly thereafter. Primarily a K-3 teacher, she has been specializing in the GATE program since 2004 and enjoys challenging her students to think outside the box. She always exposes her students to more than just textbooks, using interesting visuals, historical maps, and cultural songs. In her free time, Mrs. Donovan loves traveling near and far to see new and interesting things, and spending time with her family.

Favorite quote: “Don't give up! I believe in you all. A person's a person, no matter how small!” –Dr. Seuss "Horton Hears a Who"

Mrs. Mary Mask - Special Educ. - K2 - Room 2


robertMr. Robert Fuchikami - Room 10


Mr. Fuchikami was born in Lima, Peru. Both of his parents were also born in Peru. His grandparents were from Japan. He was raised in Costa Rica, where he attended elementary school and high school.  He graduated from Hope College, in Holland, Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Also, he attended Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, where he obtained his Teaching Credential. Later, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Education at California State University Northridge.

Mr. Fuchikami started teaching at Sharp Avenue in 1996. He has served as grade level representative, mentor teacher, safety committee co-chair, among other responsibilities.  He strongly believes that education will facilitate learning all through life among his students. Consequently, this process will make students achieve knowledge, values, skills, beliefs, and moral habits that will make a better society.

Favorite quote: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin

Grade 2

Mrs. Rachel Blakeslee - Room 41


Mrs. Blakeslee knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a singer and a teacher.  Her teachers were inspirational, and her parents also encouraged and nurtured my two great passions.  She was born in Boyle Heights.  The firstborn of 6 children to parents both born in the United States during the Great Depression. Her father, age 2, and his family moved from Iowa to live in Mexico. Spanish was her first language and it was always spoken at home, especially with the elders.

She began her education in LAUSD and pursued a long-life dream to become a teacher.  In 1977 while still in attending Theodore Roosevelt HS, she became a Child Care Assistant and her expectation of becoming a teacher was confirmed!  She attended CSU Los Angeles and became a Teacher Assistant in 1979.  She graduated in 1989 with a B.A. in Child Development.  In 1990, she became a teacher at Sharp Avenue Elementary.  She currently holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual. Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development in Spanish.  in 2005, she received her M.A. in Education Administration and Policy Studies from CSU Northridge.  

Working at Sharp Avenue School has given her many opportunities to participate in leadership roles from serving as a Grade Level Representative, a member of the Local School Leadership Council, and preparing the paraprofessionals in supporting the core instructional program.  Also, planning and organizing school-wide programs, sharing her knowledge and expertise with student teachers while serving as a Master Teacher.

Her ongoing goals are to continue to work collaboratively with her colleagues, engage students in a variety of Core State Standards-Based experiences, and encourage her students to follow their dreams.  And yes, include a lot of singing!

"Tell me and I'll forget;  show me and I may remember;  involve me and I'll understand."  Chinese proverb

mariaMrs. Maria Saldivar - Room 44


Mrs. Saldivar was born in Mexico. She grew up in Oxnard, California.  She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Mathematics. A few years later, she received her Teaching Credential. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education at California State University, Northridge. Also, she obtained her Gifted and Talented Education Certificate from the University of California, San Diego.

Mrs. Saldivar has been teaching at Sharp Avenue since 1991. She has taught Kindergarten to 2nd grade. She has served as a grade level representative and mentor teacher. Her strong interpersonal skills were enhanced at Sharp through various training programs, workshops, and methods presented.

She extends the learning experiences above and beyond the stated curriculum, thus enriching the lives of the students. She creates, innovates, and implements, always with her students’ needs in mind.

Favorite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ - Nelson Mandela

Mrs. Diana Fuchikami - Room 43


Ms. Fuchikami was born in Lima, Peru. She graduated from the Conservatorio de Castella, in Costa Rica, where she majored in music and piano.  At the age of 18, she moved to Michigan and entered college where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature and Computer Science.  She later moved to California where she obtained her teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from California State University.  She has been a teacher since 1990.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, painting, knitting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Books:  Harry Potter series and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

Favorite Foods:  Sushi and Lomo Saltado

Favorite Drinks:  Chicha Morada and Agua de Jamaica

Favorite Quotes:  “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.  A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The greatest teacher, failure is…”  Yoda (Star Wars)

\yeseniaMrs. Yesenia Sanchez - SPEC TK-2 - Room 3


Ms. Sanchez is a first-year Special Education teacher at Sharp Ave. She was born in East Los Angeles but was raised in the San Fernando Valley before moving to Riverside/Ontario to complete her undergraduate education. She graduated from UCR with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She continued her education online, via Argosy University, and received her Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. Although her career goal was not to be a teacher, she fell in love with the position after working as a Special Education Assistant and a Behavior Therapist. She saw that she could be a positive difference in her students' lives by teaching them new skills and most importantly by making a connection. Her favorite hobbies are reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Favorite prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”

Favorite quote: “You have BRAINS in your HEAD, You have FEET in your SHOES, You can STEER yourself any DIRECTION you CHOOSE.” - Dr. Seuss

Grade 3

Mrs. Carmen Cortez - Room 23


Mrs. Cortez was born in Los Angeles, California from immigrant parents of Mexico. She is the youngest of five children and lived in Pacoima for most of her childhood life. There she attended Sharp Ave Elementary, Pacoima Jr High, and San Fernando High School and the California State University of Northridge.

She was inspired to become a teacher by her mother who was also a teacher at Sharp Avenue Elementary. As a young girl of 6, she watched her mom go to college and struggle to communicate with her professors due to her being a second language learner, taught her to never give up no matter the obstacle. Being allowed to go with her mother to college and attend her classrooms as a young girl, inspired her to continue the tradition.

Mrs. Cortez has been a teacher since 1990 and has taught grades Kgn. to 3rd grade.  She has held many positions such as Bilingual Coordinator, Title 1 Coordinator, SFA Teacher tutor, as well as Mentor teacher.  She especially enjoys working with her students and loves to make them laugh and have fun while learning.

During her free time, Mrs. Cortez loves to be in the outdoors with her family. With her husband and three children, she enjoys camping trips and mini-vacations visiting places with beautiful nature such as our State’s National parks.

Mrs. Eva Guzman - Room 24


Ms. Guzman was born in Mexico to 2 amazing, hard-working, loving parents. In the summer of 1978, her parents decided to immigrate to California in dreams of a better life for their children. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, graduated CSUN with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Then went back to obtain her Teaching Credential and has been teaching at Sharp since January 1997. Years later, she received her Master's Degree also from CSUN. She has 2 sons which both attended Sharp Elementary. She believes that getting a good education will benefit everyone: the student, the family, the community, and our society. She strives every day to give her students the best education possible and become the teacher that inspires her students to achieve great things in life!! She loves to tell and read stories to her students and to prepare them for the future! She is very active in the school community, an example of it is her being a School Site Council member for over 20 years. She loves chocolate, children's books, the color purple, and delicious foods from all cultures!

aliciaMs. Alicia Martin - Room 29


Ms. Martin has been teaching at Sharp Ave. Elementary since 1996.  She grew up in a small town in Northern California near Santa Cruz.  She attended college in San Diego for her undergraduate degree and received her teaching credential at Cal State University Northridge.  She has been a master teacher (training new teachers) and has worked with gifted and talented students, as well as a writing coach helping to support her fellow teachers.   As an active member of the school site council, she advocates for all students and the improvement of the school.  Ms. Martin enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places. 

jackieMs. Jackie Hansen - Room 25


Ms.Hansen was born in Encino, California and is a proud Cuban-American. Her family was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States. She attended private schools in the San Fernando Valley throughout elementary school, junior high, and high school. She then went on to the California State University of Northridge where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies as well as her teaching credential. 

Her love of teaching came about one day while helping some of her fellow classmates with schoolwork in her junior high class. From that moment on, she knew that this was her dream and goal in life.

Ms.Hansen has been teaching at Sharp Ave since 1990. She has been at Sharp her entire teaching career.

She enjoys teaching her students and loves it when "the little lightbulbs turn on" so to speak, and sees how much her students are learning. Ms.Hansen is the proud mother of 1 son. During her free time, she enjoys music, dancing, going to concerts, traveling, and going to the beach.

Grade 4

Mrs. Patty VanSciver - Room 32


Mrs. VanSciver has been teaching since 1994. She graduated from CSUN.

Mr. Victor Ledezma - Room 33


Mrs. Patti McFerren - Room 34


Mr. Tom VanSciver - Special Education - Room 31


Grade 5

loisMrs. Lois Scott-Vogel - Room 27


Mrs. Scott-Vogel was born in the Panama Canal Zone and was raised in Panama City, Panama.    After completing high school with a Baccalaureate in Business, she moved to the United States to pursue her college education.  She obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University Northridge.  In 1997, after a successful career as a business owner and manager in corporate America, she left the business world to become a classroom teacher. She obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge.  She has served the students and parents of Sharp Avenue Elementary in various capacities including Master Teacher, Grade Level Representative, Targeted Student Programs Advisor, School Site Council President, Student Council Teacher, PTA Treasurer, and PTA Secretary. Currently, she co-coordinates, along with Mrs. Shanks, the Gifted and Talented Programs and is the webmaster for the school's website. Always an avant-garde educator, Mrs. Scott-Vogel is always implementing new technologies and cutting-edge educational practices to ensure student success.

Favorite Quote: "It doesn't matter if we teach them how to read and write if we lose them as basic human beings." - Leo Buscaglia

Mrs. Shea Shanks - Room 28


carminaMrs. Carmina Gil - Room 5


Mrs. Gil was born in East Los Angeles, California, and is proud of her Mexican descent. Both of her parents are from a small town in Arteaga, Michoacán, Mexico. She attended public school in the San Fernando Valley and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. However, since she was in kindergarten, she was inspired by the patience, kindness, and acceptance of her teacher and vowed to become a teacher herself. After an internship at a news station, her heart was not content, and she knew teaching was the way she would be fulfilled. She went back for her teaching credential at CSU, Northridge, and started teaching at Sharp Elementary in 1997.  Mrs. Gil strives to give her students the confidence and determination to succeed in reaching their dreams!  Her greatest passions are inspiring students to be life-long learners, spending time with family, exploring new places, and being of service to others.

Favorite Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!” - Dr. Seuss

Favorite Color: Purple 

Favorite Food: Thai 

Favorite Drinks: Café /Agua 

Favorite Book: “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros 

Favorite Hobby: Photography 

Favorite Activities: Road Trips and going to Disneyland!!

tiffanyMrs. Tiffany Watkins-Glover - Special Education - Room 18


Mrs. Glover is a first-year teacher who has been at Sharp Avenue since Spring 2019. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley before moving to Santa Clarita in elementary school. She attended college at Northern Arizona University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in special and elementary education. Mrs.Glover is always looking for ways to ensure her students are gaining a proper education that addresses all of their needs.  She believes that all students are capable of amazing things as long as they have a solid unified support system that holds them to high expectations. Mrs.Glover understands that students who know that they are important, that they matter, and that they are loved will continue to work hard not only for their teacher but for themselves.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and family, as well as serving her community as a youth cheer coach.
Favorite Quote: ”My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou

stevenMr. Steven Kosoy (4th & 5th) - Room 30


Mr. Kosoy is a complicated man.  He has been teaching for more than 20 years.  After receiving his bachelor's degree from CSU Northridge, he spent several years as a reporter, writing for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  There he honed his writing skills, covering the crime beat, as well as general assignment reporting, and covering the cities of San Dimas, Industry, and Hacienda Heights.

He lives in a crowded home filled with his lovely wife, three children of his own, a couple of foreign exchange students, four cats, two dogs, and one poodle.  He enjoys travel, spending time with his dogs, and his family, Star Wars, Star Trek, Disneyland, and other cool stuff.

Mr. Kosoy taught at four different schools in his teaching career, but Sharp is by far, the best!  He wants more than anything to see his students learn and grow.  He hopes that if he works really hard, then someday he may become a real boy!

Favorite movie: Star Wars (all, but mostly Episode 4)

Favorite writer: Ray Bradbury

Favorite musical: Les Miserables

Favorite Disney attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite food: Steak