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We are a Parents and Teachers Association for a TK-8 school in Sacramento, California. The PTA and school support neighborhood children in the Arden area and offer the only dual immersion Spanish/English program in the San Juan Unified School District. We are a diverse Title 1 school in which our students speak over 17 home languages.

Please help the PTA and the school get off to a great start this fall after 15 months of interrupted learning.


Randy Carver
Vice President
¡Hola! I’m Araceli, and have a 4 th grader at Thomas Edison this year. In addition to our 4 th grader, my husband, Luis, and I have two high school students (in 12 th & 11 th grades) that attend Mira Loma High School.

Our family moved to Sacramento in Feb 2017, and most weekends you can likely find us on a soccer field, but love all the activities the Sacramento area has to offer! I have a background in School Counseling, and love talking about education and language acquisition. I’m excited to be a part of the PTA this year, and look forward to another great year with our awesome Thomas Edison school community and events. Go Tigers!

Program and Events Chair
Diwata is a stay-at-home parent of 3 kids. She loves anything that builds school community and helps children and families connect to the school.

She enjoys podcasts, travel, and reading.

Daniel O'Connor
Daniel grew up near Modesto, CA, earned Eagle Scout in 1998, then shipped out to go to school for the US Navy in 1999.

He still serves in the Navy Reserves and is currently on Active Duty orders for planning and logistics of deploying extra-large unmanned undersea vehicles (40-80 tons) overseas.
He has two children at Thomas Edison Language Institute (TELI) in the Dual Immersion program, grades 7 and 4. They have been a member of the TELI family since the start of the 2018/19 academic year.
When not at the school, the O’Connor family is camping, participating in sports, and participating in Boy and Girl Scout events.
Daniel has been a part of the TELI PTA since 2018, serving as a member in 18/19, Vice President 19/20 & 20/21, Historian 21/22, Treasurer 22/23, and Historian again this year (23/24). He tries to help where needed!

Victoria Ciganda
Fundraising Chair
Victoria Ciganda grew up in Fairfield, California. She played basketball and earned her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and  went to law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
After graduating, Victoria moved to Sacramento to work at a small firm. She currently works as an Attorney III at the CA Department of Managed Health Care.
Victoria and her wife, Rachel Raymond, have a daughter Reese who is currently in the fifth grade at Thomas Edison Language Institute. Reese began at TELI in kindergarten. Since starting at TELI, Victoria has been an active member of the PTA serving as Vice President for two years and currently as the Fundraising Chair. Victoria is well known around campus as “The Jog-A-Thon lady” as she has been heading up the Jog-A-Thon for 3 years, growing the amount of funds raised every year. The kids love her enthusiasm! Victoria also volunteers for a number of other PTA and school events, and can usually be found on campus on her Thursdays off willing to lend a hand where needed.
Victoria encourages everyone to join the PTA and volunteer!
Heidi Garner
Principal Representative
Stephanie Jones
Teachers Representative