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Non Classroom Instructors

I am very excited and privileged to start my 3rd year at Live Oak.  I have 10+ years of experience teaching art at various after school programs around Windemere.  Teaching art to young kids is my passion. I am creative, energetic and enjoy working with kids. One of the most satisfying parts of teaching is to watch my students explore and discover their own artistic abilities, ideas and talent. I love to show my students how to bring out the best in themselves and believe in themselves. I have displayed my artworks in various galleries in and around San Ramon.

I live in San Ramon with my husband and 2 kids.

Looking forward for an ARTISTIC year at Live Oak!!!

Mrs. LeGate

Mrs. LeGate

Library - Mimi LeGate

All About Me
Name: Mimi LeGate
Things that fill my heart with joy: My daughter Miranda and my dog Wilma
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite book: I love Agatha Christie
Favorite song: I've been listening to a lot of Home Free (vocal band)
My passions include storytelling of all kinds. 

I enjoy books, movies, music, art, dance, and crafts
I enjoy taking photographs
and food
and adventures

My tech firsts
First email address: age 18 while in college at UC Santa Barbara
First computer: age 25 while living in Seattle performing Shakespeare in the Park
First cell phone: age 30 while touring nationally with Children's Theater

Fun Facts:
I was born a few months after Commander Neil Armstrong walked on the moon

Prior to becoming Mrs. LeGate, I was Miss Hamilton
as a Great, Great, Great (maybe a few more greats) Granddaughter of
Alexander and Elisa Hamilton
I am Young, Scrappy, and Hungry
and the one Who Tells the Story

Ms. Balleza

Speech and Language - Lori Balleza

Ms. Balleza

I have been a speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Live Oak Elementary since Fall 2010.  I provide speech and language assessment and services to children who are in preschool through fifth grade. Prior to becoming an SLP, I had a different career in software development and support at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. Being an SLP is my passion and I love being a golden eagle. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running, playing soccer, watching the Golden State Warriors, and watching my high school boys play sports.

Ms. O'Neal

School Psychologist - Shani O'Neal

Ms. O Neal


Hello students and families!  I am very happy to be joining the Live Oak Community.  I provide psycho-educational assessments, counseling, and consultation services.  I have been working as a school psychologist for 15 years and enjoy being a part of school teams that help students soar.  I have had extensive experience working in a counseling enriched program that focused on enhancing student emotional health.  When I am not keeping busy with supporting school communities, I enjoy reading, camping, singing, swimming, watching documentaries, and spending time with family and friends.  


Resource Specialist - Michelle Guidi

Mrs. Guidi

Mrs. Guidi's Website

I am excited to be a part of the Live Oak Team!  This is the start of my third school year with SRVUSD.  I have been in teaching since 1993 and have taught everything from Resource, SDC, to regular education and even homeschooled for a few years.  My husband, three children and I moved to California in 2009 from New Jersey.  When I am not in the classroom I can be found poolside officiating either a High School or USA Swim Meet.  I also volunteer with my local Girl Scout Service Unit  as a troop leader and I am the Head Cook for a volunteer run Girl Scout resident summer camp.  I love to read a good book, enjoy a good meal with friends and family, and also love a good Netflix binge.


EL Instructional Assistant - Shannon White

EL Instructor

Hello Golden Eagles, this is my sixth year at Live Oak and twelfth year in our school district. I love working with the students, and when I’m not in school I like to cook, listen to music, and host parties for my friends. I’m excited to start a brand new school year and feel honored to be part of such a passionate and dedicated community!










I am privileged to be starting my third year with Live Oak Elementary.  In my first year I worked as a T/K para and will be starting my second year in supporting students in English Language Development.  I love giving support and resources for our students and watching them succeed in school. I have 3 daughters, 2 in college and a soon to be a high schooler.  Outside of work I love to travel with my family and friends.