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Amy De Friese » Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

Welcome to the 2021/2022 school year and my 13th year teaching for PYLUSD. Previously, I taught at Esperanza HS, Yorba Linda HS, Kraemer MS, Parkview, and Bernardo Yorba MS teaching visual and performing arts courses as well as English language arts. I've also worked for Fairmont Preparatory Academy teaching middle school leadership and assisting with high school ASB. Prior to working in education, I've held positions in the entertainment industry and mortgage industry. My primary and secondary education was also within PYLUSD as a Honeybee, Matador, and Aztec.


I hold a B.F.A. from Cal State University, Fullerton in theatre arts with a musical theatre emphasis and I earned my Single Subject Credential (English) and M.Ed. in educational technology from National University. I am an active member of CUE (Computer Using Educators), an Ambassador for Flipgrid and Wakelet, and work with several educational technology platforms. My sketchnotes and graphic designs are published in education books and recently I collaborated with the Story Seeds podcast co-authoring a chapter for the Routledge Handbook for Media Education.  


We use Google Classroom to keep track of daily classwork and the Aeries digital grade book will report mastery levels. If you wish to connect, please email me directly. 


I'm looking forward to a creatively ambitious and passionately productive school year.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Dr. Trena Salcedo-Gonzalez, Director, Student Wellness, Access, & Academic Achievement (714) 985-8685. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Dr. Andrea Norman, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8685. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101