B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
M.A. Education, Stanford University
2009 Physical Science Fellow, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I like teaching at Everest because of the dedication of the people in this community to help students learn. Every day I see parents, teachers, and fellow students go out of their way and do whatever it takes to help the students at our school be successful. This community - especially the students within it - both inspires me and challenges me to be a better teacher.
What is your favorite thing about science? My favorite thing about science is the opportunity for discovery; I learn something new about how the world works every single day.
B.A. Political Science & Education, UCLA
M.A. Education, UCLA
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love teaching at Everest because I'm inspired by the diversity, positive energy, and creativity that I see in the students and faculty on a daily basis. The collaborative culture allows each community member to constantly improve!
What is your favorite thing about history? My favorite thing about history is that it shapes individuals on a small scale and the world on a large scale. I'm also inspired by courageous leaders of the past and love discussing and debating what is possible for the future.
Northwestern University, BA in Mathematics and Physics
Stanford University, MA in Mathematics Education
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I wanted to teach at Everest because I think it is a terrific opportunity to engage students in powerful learning. Having experienced several different high schools, I truly believe that Everest presents a unique educational opportunity. We have a diverse group of students and a terrific faculty team all working together towards the same goals of growing as individuals and a community. We are thoughtful about all of the decisions we make and continuously reflect on their impact so that we can keep improving.
What is your favorite thing about mathematics? I am so happy to be a mathematics teacher here to help all of our students realize they can "get math" and that the concepts and skills have direct application to their future success. I love trying to challenge all of our students and helping them accomplish tough mathematical tasks they didn't think possible.
B.A. in Sociology and History, UC Santa Barbara
M.A. in Education, Stanford University
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love teaching at Everest because I work with a group of dedicated educators who will always support any student who walks through our doors with passion and commitment. While academics are the core of what we do on a daily basis, I appreciate the fact that we all commit to teaching much more than content, and focus on developing every kid as a person each day through our mentor groups, course lessons, and daily interactions.
What is your favorite thing about history? My favorite thing about history is the lessons we can draw from it as citizens living in a democratic country, and the critical and historical thinking skills required to be a truly investigative historian. When you start studying history on a deeper level, it is always exciting to see how what seemed like a simple story turns into an incredibly complicated web of contradicting documents with different perspectives that one needs to sift through in order to find truth.
BA is Economics, Yale University
MA in Education, Stanford University
Honors: 2010 Mathematics Fellow, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Woodrow Wilson Leonore Annenberg National Teaching Fellow
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love collaborating with other teachers who are all working so hard to support our students on their way to success. It is amazing to be a member of a diverse community where people coming from very different places come together to create such a positive environment to learn and live together. One of my favorite things about teaching at Everest is being a mentor and getting to know each of my mentees individually and as a group.
What is your favorite thing about mathematics? My favorite thing about math is finding new patterns in something that I thought I already understood. What I love about teaching math is seeing someone make connections and discover many different ways of solving a problem.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, B.S. Biological Sciences
University of California Santa Cruz, M.A. Education
Honors: 2008 Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center
2009 Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) fellowship at Sandia National Labs
2009-2010 Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Science Educator
2010 Acadia Institute of Oceanography Marine Science Instructor
2010-2012 O'Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Science Instructor
2010-2012 Seymour Marine Discovery Center at the Long Marine Laboratory Docent
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love that Everest values creativity and innovation when it comes to improving our school. With such a flexible and innovative way of thinking, I feel free to be more experimental in the classroom and really push myself to find ways that students learn best.
What is your favorite thing about science? Science is simply awesome. I'm a very curious person and love asking questions about the world we live in. My favorite field of science is marine biology and I can't wait to share this passion with students. Did you know we know less about the ocean than we do about the surface of the moon? There are so many questions about the ocean that have yet to be explored!
B.A. in English and Public Health, University of Washington
M.A. Education, Stanford University
Honors/Accolades: Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color, 2011 Fellow
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love the strong sense of community among students, families, and faculty at Everest. I love that we all work towards the common goal of making sure we do what is best for all students.
What is your favorite thing about English? I love teaching English because I feel that stories are an agent for change and effective writing is a tool for empowerment.
BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, Project Pipeline graduate; credentialed in Spanish, Social Studies, with a Spanish BCLAD
Why do you like teaching at Everest? In addition to teaching my subject matter, I like working as part of a team to build community, working with students and families, and ensuring that every student is successful.
What is your favorite thing about Spanish for Native Speakers? I enjoy teaching students that are growing up bilingual and are dealing with the same language issues that I did in also growing up bilingual. I like the freedom of teaching a skills-based class and being able to adapt the curriculum to fit the needs of the students in order to teach them the language skills they need to expand their Spanish knowledge base and become fully bilingual.
B.A. English with Minor Concentration in History, Boston College
M.A. Education, Stanford University
Why do you like teaching at Everest? The job of a teacher does not end the moment the student walks out the door of the classroom, and content is far from the only thing a teacher has to offer to a student. Everest is an environment that not only recognizes those facts, but holds them up as a part of the very foundation of the school.
What is your favorite thing about English? One of the most powerful tools in the entire world is the English language. Learning how to use that tool to one’s advantage opens a great many doors both in a student’s education and beyond it. English teachers are enormously lucky in that, first, we have the opportunity to guide students in helping to build this powerful tool, and second, we have access to a wide range of brilliant literature with which to do so.
BS, Mathematics, Stanford University
MA, Education, Stanford University
ESL teaching certification, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Why Everest? In the words of one of my mentees at the end of her freshman year, "This school is an amazing place for students to grow." I couldn't have said it better myself. In addition, I love Everest because I love my mentees. They are a group of quirky, friendly individuals with bright futures ahead of them.
What is your favorite thing about mathematics? Math is fascinating because it uses concrete numbers, symbols and equations to represent abstract ideas. Math develops your thinking and reasoning skills in a way that no other subject does. My favorite concept to ponder is the notion of infinity. We easily accept the idea that a quantity can be "never ending," but in reality this is mind boggling. I love that the more I learn about math, the more I don't understand. Perhaps math is an infinite subject.
B.A. English, UC Los Angeles
M.A. Ed, Pepperdine
Honors: hired at Everest PHS, January, 2009.
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love the relationships and openness between the faculty as well as the awesome students. As in everything, it is relationships that bring meaning, and the people here, both staff and students, are wonderful.
What is your favorite thing about Spanish? My favorite thing about Spanish is the tremendous growth, freedom, and adventure that multilingualism offers, as a philosophy and as a practice. The amazing food and culture is not a small side benefit, too.
BA, English and German Literatures, Whitman College
MA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College
MaT, Education, Stanford University
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love the sense of community that permeates every interaction I have, all day long. I love that I can teach at a place where I know students on a deeper level - not just as names in a grade book. I love that I can work with colleagues who are also friends.
What is your favorite thing about English? I love that English, at its heart, is about true communication. It is about listening to someone else's thoughts, ideas, and emotions, and then responding with your own thoughts, ideas, and emotions. We're always honing the skills to make sure that we're having a true, meaningful exchange. And it doesn't matter if whomever you're communicating with lived 500 years ago, because through reading and writing you can still talk with them. That is absolutely magic to me.
BA in History, Education from UCLA
M.A.Ed. from Stanford
What is your favorite thing about history? My favorite thing about science is the opportunity for discovery; I learn something new about how the world works every single day.
B.S. Social Studies Secondary Education Indiana University
M.A. Education/Philosophy Indiana University
Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity and Renewal Fellowship Grant Recipient 2003/2004
AERA Symposium Presenter 2007
NCSS Member 2001-Present
Why do you like teaching at Everest?That it’s my first year, and I will be teaching the first graduating class, the class of 2013.
What is your favorite thing about history? Agency and voice! Understanding our government and its varied complexities allows us to be citizen actors. I love that in United States Government and Politics you are able to grapple with current real-world problems. We have the opportunity to dissect the current state of affairs, see what created it, what is currently being done to address it, and how we as individuals and community members can advocate for change. .
B.A. in French, minor in Earth Science from Tulane University
Ed. M. in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Certified in 2010, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Adult/Young Adult Mathematics
Trained hundreds of new teachers in Classroom Culture at Teach For America's summer Institute in Los Angeles.
Has taught every grade from 6-12 and the following subjects: Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geology, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus.
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I'm excited to teach at Everest because I believe that all students should have the opportunity to go to the college of their choice. I also recognize that a college education is not enough; we need our young people to be responsible community members if we are to work together to improve our world..
What is your favorite thing about math? I love that math is more than just a subject area- it is also a way of thinking. I appreciate the deductive logic used in problem-solving and the inductive reasoning used in extrapolating patterns. I also know that a lot of students are anxious about math, and I like the idea of making my class a place where all students can feel successful and have fun!
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
M.A. Education, Stanford University
What is your favorite thing about math? Mathematical skills like problem solving and reasoning are essential not only for emerging technology careers, but they also cultivate critical thinking skills and systematic approaches that are relevant to everyday life.
B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University
M.A. Science Education, University of California–Berkeley
2012 Alpha Delta Kappa “Excellence in Student Teaching” Award
2011 Biological Science Fellow, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
2010 California Flanders Fellowship, University of California–Berkeley
2004 Howard Hughes Memorial Research Grant, Stanford University
Why do you like teaching at Everest?I love working with other passionate, committed educators to create a positive environment in which to teach and learn. One of my favorite aspects of teaching is working with students and their families to individualize their education and to get to know students over multiple years. I appreciate that these mentoring relationships are a core piece of my work at Everest.
What is your favorite thing about environmental science? I love how Environmental Science bridges the natural and social sciences. It is exciting to teach because there are so many ways for students to forge personal connections to the subject and consider how student’s own experiences are tied to larger systems.
BA in Spanish Literature and Language from North Carolina State University.
I LOVE that at Everest, I am given the opportunity to be a teacher, a leader, and a mentor. I am able to genuinely connect with all students and maintain a relationship with them, even those whom I will never teach.
What is your favorite thing about spanish?I LOVE that I can open the door into language and culture and give my students the opportunity to have an open mind and expand their knowledge of other traditions and cultures while realizing the importance of their own. I have the chance to open my student's eyes to the importance of having a second or third language and what possibilities are out there for them whether it be in a professional or personal setting.
B.A. Spanish and English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Education, University of New Mexico
Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key Honor Society, UW-Madison Department of English Highest Excellence Award, 2008; UNM Distinction in Education Award, 2012
Why do you like teaching at Everest? I love being in such a wacky, accepting place that knows its kids can succeed. The students, teachers, and staff here are awesome! .
What is your favorite thing about spanish?along with the ability to understand, read, write, and speak well in Spanish, learning language offers the opportunity to experience entire worlds that would be closed otherwise. The more you understand, the more the world opens up; all of a sudden, everything from Spanish-language literature to Latin music to movies and shows -- even the announcers at World Cup soccer games! -- are accessible.