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Volta Elementary houses the Independent Studies program for all LBUSD students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  This free program provides an alternative to the regular education program and allows students to stay and work at home on a device (iPad or Chromebook).  Students meet with their teacher once a week for one hour. We also provide opportunities for students in the Independent Studies Program to participate in on-campus events, celebrations, and co-curricular activities like band!


Phone Number: (209)826-1006

Office Assistant: Helena Yates



Mrs. Costello

Mrs. Costello was raised in Georgia, but moved to Los Banos over 30 years ago with her husband and 3 children.  Mrs. Costello has a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Stanislaus with an emphasis in Psychology.  She also has a  Master’s Degree in Education as a Reading Specialist from Fresno State, and she recently published her first children’s book, Patti’s Predicament. Mrs. Costello has taught for over 20 years at multiple elementary schools in this district and loves every aspect of teaching. In her spare time Mrs. Costello enjoys camping, hiking, bike riding, and playing with her grandchildren. Please click here to email Mrs. Costello.


Ms. Gallichio

Ms. Gallichio grew up in Los Banos and is an alumni of Los Banos High School.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno Pacific University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, in the top 1% of her graduating class. She went on to get a Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Critical Thinking, graduating with Distinguished Honors from National University, La Jolla. Ms. Gallichio fell in love with the Social Sciences, leading  her to continue with her educational journey and earn a Credential in Social Science. She has taught Government, Economics, US History, World History and Geography at the high school level and summer school sessions for several years.  She is currently a teacher in Independent Studies. Please click here to email Ms. Gallichio.


Mrs. Machado

Mrs. Machado grew up always wanting to one day become an elementary school  teacher. She attended Merced College and then transferred to California State University, Stanislaus to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and earned her teaching credential. Mrs. Machado enjoyed teaching 6th grade at Henry Miller Elementary and 4th grade at Volta Elementary. She is now teaching for the Independent Study program, working closely with parents and students to educate and help them become successful in their academic endeavors. Please click here to email Mrs. Machado.

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