Greetings! I am Deborah McManus. I am Alamos Elementary School’s Library Media Technician. This is my dream job for a number of reasons. Besides my love of books and reading, I have a passion for watching young students learn to read and discover themselves through literature. I also enjoy working with families and educators in support of the success of every student, every day. I grew up in Riverside and now call Temecula my home. My hobbies include reading, music, painting, and cross-stitching/ embroidering - I now have two sweet fur babies.
I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Art History and Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and went on to earn my master’s degree in Religious Studies from California State University, Long Beach. My undergraduate studies included studying abroad for a semester in beautiful Florence, Italy; a cultural journey so rich and magnificent that I returned a few years later with my daughter. Most recently I received my certificate in Library and Information Technology from Palomar College and successfully completed the Instructions Media Resource Associate Certification course at the San Diego Office of Education.
My library background includes positions at the Riverside Community College Wilfred J. Airey Library, The Science Library at UC Riverside, and Corona Public Library's Children's Room. It was my love of children's literature and the wonderful experiences at the Corona Public Library that has resonated with me through the years and what has brought me back to what I refer to as, “My Calling.”
I believe my wide range of life experience allows me the ability to offer a unique and valuable perspective to my role as your Library Media Technician and consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the young people of Alamos Elementary School.
Hello, my name is Gabriela Piñones (Mrs. Gabby). I have enjoyed working as a Library Aide for the past three years here at the best school- Alamos Elementary! A little bit about me…
I was born and raised in San Bernardino, Ca. I graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a degree in Psychology. I have been in the valley for nearly fifteen years and have enjoyed raising my two children in a family-oriented community.
In addition to being a Library Aide, I also enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, watching my kids play sports, traveling, beach days, entertaining, and reading a good book. I look forward to another school year filled with reading and fun!
Hi, I’m Melissa Avitabile. I am so excited to be the newest library assistant at Alamos Elementary! My two older sons attended Alamos from kindergarten to 5th grade and my youngest son is currently attending, so Alamos holds a special place in my heart. I’m originally from Los Angeles and worked as a legal editor for 10 years before moving out to Murrieta in 2012 to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m a huge bookworm and working in a school library has always been a dream of mine. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the AES library team!