Principal BlackmanBeth Rabel Blackman is the founding principal of Heritage Elementary STEAM Magnet School. Blackman has been in education for 14 years, including eight years as an elementary teacher and five years as an elementary principal. In the course of her teaching, she taught kindergarten through sixth grades, and was a teacher-leader in the implementation of Reader’s Workshops and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) math.

In addition to being a classroom teacher, Blackman has served Tustin Unified as a teacher on special assignment for science and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), overseeing the District inquiry-based science program and supporting the growth of Tustin’s AVID program.

Prior to opening Heritage Elementary, Blackman has served as principal of Estock as the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. Blackman is a fellow in the Cotsen Principal’s Technology Network and Los Angeles/Orange County School Leader’s Network. In 2016 Blackman was selected as TUSD’s Elementary Principal of the Year and represented the District at the Orange County Administrators of the Year program, sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, Region 17.

Blackman has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in teaching from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University. She is currently attending the University of Southern California in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program. She holds a strong belief that children learn best when provided inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on authentic reading, writing, problem solving and project-based learning.

“Heritage is a model STEAM Magnet school known for building strong relationships with parents, students, staff and community partners,” Blackman said. “Providing meaningful and engaging learning experiences is be our top priority, while ensuring a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to grow and create.”

Office & Support Staff

Position Name Staff Name Contact Email
School Secretary Debbie Bailey
Office Assistant Aaron Armenta
Health Clerk Marta Maki
Nurse Tina Takahashi
Librarian Honour Del Crognale
Head Custodian Joaquin Cabrera
Night Custodian Mario Chavarria
Occupational Therapist Renee Moreno

Francesca Mattaden
Speech Language Pathologist Lori DeNoewer
Counselor Heather Luis Martinez


Alyssa Martinez

Noon Duty Supervisors

  • Lisette Jimenez
  • Stephanie Lonvera



  • Maria Aguilar 
  • Esther Carrera 
  • Tami Faulwell
  • Maya Garcia 
  • Karen Glasgow
  • Michelle Grosse 
  • Jacob Kramer
  • Liana Padilla 
  • Leticia Poe
  • Janet Zwirner





Grade Level Teacher Name  Contact Email
TK Tara Pauley
Kindergarten Leslie Johnson
  Nicole Franco
  Jennifer Gause
1st Grade Liz Holcomb
  Maureen Petta
  Katie Melcer

1st/2nd Grades Jane Lee
2nd Grade Felisa Gibbs
  Alex Posavec
  Taylor Patterson
  Carrie Bunge
3rd Grade Jennah Shmuckler
  Jessamy Tran
  Cheri Kaplan
4th Grade Susan Davidson
4th/5th Grades Susan Lindsay
5th Grade Elizabeth Catron
Resource Specialist Katie Fitch
Connect Coach Lisa Ryan