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This website is for the families of Ms. Cárdenas' students.

Please do not hesitate to make suggestions to make this site more useful to you and your child. You may use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Hello! ¡Hola!

Welcome to my site. I'm Ms. Cárdenas and I will be teaching 3rd grade in the Dual Language Immersion program at John Muir Language Academy. My room is H108.

I enjoy teaching students to love learning and it’s my goal to instill in them a sense of confidence that they can carry with them forever.

Our class motto is: "Always Question. Always Wonder."


The theme for this year will be Pokémon.

I would like to share with you the highlights of the journey that has brought me to Muir.


I was born and raised in the state of Michoacán in Southern Mexico. I am the 4th of 9 children and have four children of my own, all grown up! I have been married to my wonderful husband Gary Loutzenhiser for 36 years. I met him in the Navy.

I served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1991 and lived in Japan for three of those years. My daughter was born there!

Upon my return to the U.S., I obtained a Bachelor's in Accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a local aviation maintenance company for eight years.

I went back to college to earn my Master's in Education in Cross-Cultural Studies. I did my thesis on Dual Immersion Programs and graduated in 2002.

And now, here I am, finally doing what I truly wanted to do all along. I'm determined to graduate students that are not only bilingual in Spanish, but who are also truly bicultural or multicultural, to honor the diversity that exists in every group of students, and to help you raise kind and caring future leaders of our communities.

My approach is "Work Hard, Play Hard." I have high expectations for all my students and I am 100% committed to providing them with additional learning opportunities beyond the school day.

We will be using a binder and weekly paper packets again to help keep us organized. Only some of the math and writing will be done on Google Classroom. All the links to the daily reading passages and videos will be posted on the Stream section of Google Classroom as well. 


The weekly learning packets will be available on Google Classroom and also on this website ( Add a slash and the 3-digit code for the week (Example: For the first five days, add '/001' to the website's url. (Try it!)

NOTE: Every 'week' consists of 5 SCHOOL DAYS, therefore, most of them will NOT be Monday-Friday. If you wish to print the packets at home in color, let me know, otherwise, they will receive a photocopied packet from me.

I'll add more information to this page as it becomes necessary. 

I look forward to meeting your child very soon.

Much Love,

Maestra Cárdenas 

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