Degrees and Certifications:


Arricka Ayala, Learning Specialist

I began working at Carmel Creek Elementary School in 2016 and I began working for Solana Beach School District in 2008. My credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Multiple Subject teaching credential with an authorization to work with English Language Learners/ a Mild/Moderate teaching credential with an Autism Specialization Authorization from National University. I specialize in creating a unique learning plan for each of my students, in connection with general education teachers and specialists. I believe in a strong collaboration between the home and school site families/teams. I love your feedback. Please feel free to email me. Click here.

Teri Prindle, M.S., Learning Specialist

I have been a member of this amazing Carmel Creek team since 2012. My credentials include a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as a Mild/Moderate teaching credential, and Autism Specialization Authorization. I enjoy working in collaboration with classroom teachers and service providers to best meet the individual educational needs of my students. I believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns. Click here.

Sheridan Pearson, M.A., Learning Specialist (Moderate/Severe)

I have been working in education since 2004. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in History in 2002 and my Master’s degree in Special Education from Cal State San Marcos in 2006. I hold general education, mild/moderate special education and moderate/severe special education teaching credentials. I have a heart for kids and a nephew with special needs. At home, I have a helpful husband and two sweet children, Mitchell and Paige. I am honored to work with the dynamic students in my program. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Click here

Karras Hacker, M.A., Learning Specialist (Moderate/Severe)
I joined the Solana Beach special education staff in 2010. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, hold an Education Specialist Instruction Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and have my Masters Degree in Education. I am passionate about helping my students be successful in the school setting and try my best to ensure that each child's unique academic, social-emotional, and physical needs are being addressed.  When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, working out, and reading. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Click here.
Michelle Pulcini, Speech Therapist
I completed both my undergraduate (May 2009) and graduate degrees (May 2012) at University of Redlands. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I began working in the Solana Beach School District in January 2013. I hold a California State License, Certificate of Clinical Competence, and a Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. In addition, in May 2018, I received my second master’s degree in Educational Administration through Concordia University. I love working with children and it fills my heart watching them progress over the years. At home, I have a wonderful husband and almost 2-year old daughter, with another little girl on the way in December. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Click here.
Sara Black, School Psychologist

I have been working in education as a preschool teacher since 2018 before receiving my Bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College of California in 2020. I received my Master's degree in School Psychology from University of La Verne in 2023 and am excited to start my first year in Solana Beach School District. I have a strong passion for making sure that all students have equitable access to their education and are able to utilize their tools to succeed. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Click here