Welcome to Toby Johnson!
The Aggies teachers are very excited to begin a great 2015-2016 school year with you, and we are already planning some amazing events to look forward to. See Mrs. Quan for more details...
The Aggies 7 Team will be going on their first field trip of the school year to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Sign-ups will take place during the week of October 19th.
Parents & Guardians: Would you like to chaperone the field trip?
We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our parent chaperones.
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1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/zjpUaK
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
When you come to my social science class, you come to the class of a teacher who goes to great lengths to have the information it takes to provide you with an education that goes beyond the textbooks. In fact, I’ve gone all the way to Africa, Indonesia, China, and Turkey! I can’t wait to share what I have learned with you. I have been a TJMS teacher since our school opened in 2002. Coming from elementary to middle school was a great move for me. The students’ level of critical thinking provides inspiring discourse, and the fascinating social science curriculum keeps me enthusiastic about learning along with my students. My social science credential, multiple subject credential, and Bachelor of Fine Arts were all earned through CSU Sacramento. My three daughters are young women now, so I enjoy following their life adventures and pinching the cheeks of my grandchildren. Besides travel, when not teaching I enjoy hiking, reading, and working on various technological, photographic, or video projects.
This is my ninth year teaching, my seventh year teaching at Toby Johnson, and my sixth year teaching English. I love it. In addition to my 200+ kids here at TJMS, I have three kids of my own. My son is a middle schooler, and my daughters are in fifth grade and second grade. I keep busy assistant coaching for my son’s comp. soccer team, head coaching for my fifth grade daughter’s rec. soccer team, and playing soccer on an adult team. On Sundays, I teach fifth and sixth graders at a local church, so I think I find a way to teach every day of the week. Before teaching, I worked in the business world as a software developer, mostly writing database and internet software. My first teaching jobs were at the elementary level, and included working as an intervention teacher. My wife is also a teacher, originally teaching with EGUSD at the elementary level, but now teaching transitional kindergarten at Shining Stars Preschool.
I look forward to being your child’s Bridge teacher for the upcoming year. This is my 20th year teaching, the past 13 which have been here at Toby Johnson. The previous 6 years I taught 5th and 6th grades at Florence Markofer. Teaching Bridge is perfect for me! I love both subjects and get great satisfaction out of helping students become better readers, writers, and mathematicians. I hope my energy will translate into your student having a great 7th grade year. I am a proud graduate of UC Santa Barbara and encourage prospective students to visit the campus and area. My wife and I have 2 boys, Tyson and Tanner, who keep us busy year-round. In my free time I enjoy golfing, coaching, and spending time with family and friends.
It’s great to be a teacher, especially a teacher at TJMS! This is my 21st year as a credentialed teacher, not including my 3 year stint as a substitute teacher as I was “testing the waters”. I teach the Math 7, Math 7 Accelerated, and Math 8 classes. I received my undergraduate degree from UC Davis, and my teaching credential and master’s degree from Sac State. I am the father of four fantastic children - 3 boys, 1 girl. Our family likes to go camping, fishing, kayaking, or pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. We’ve camped at Bodega Bay, Comanche Lake, and Camp Richardson. We also love exploring tide pools at the beach. I believe that perseverance is an essential part of being a successful student. Be an active participant in the process by asking questions, and answering questions. Besides, it’s more fun for me too if you ask questions! Be willing to try new things, keep an open mind, and never give up. Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. If you have any questions, please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for all of you support!
Although I was born in Sacramento, I continue to call Albuquerque, New Mexico my “home.” As a child born to an Air Force family, I spent much of my childhood traveling the country but eventually settled in NM where I attended high school. Following graduation, I moved to California to earn my BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. After completing college, I decided to pursue a career in teaching. I was hired at Toby Johnson in 2006 as a science electives teacher and have taught 7th grade life science, 8th grade physical science, Honors science 8, health, and yearbook since then. Additionally, I have also found a new passion in spreading my knowledge of science education to teachers in Northern California, acting as a teacher leader for the Sacramento Area Science Project. While not teaching, I enjoy spending my free time chasing around my two children (Gavin, 3 and Gabbi, 2), playing soccer, practicing Bikram yoga, and cooking.
My name Brent Siever and I am the Aggies 7 Physical Education teacher. I opened the school as a student-teacher back in 2002 and became a full time teacher the following year. I became interested in being a Physical Education teacher in 1996 when I set foot in a gymnasium for the first time to coach volleyball and have continued to coach both boys and girls at all ages for the past 20 years. I received my Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento in 2000 and finished my teaching credential in 2002. Currently, I am the TJMS Lady Jaguars Volleyball coach and have been so for the last three years. I have been married for thirteen years to my beautiful wife, Vickie, and have two stepsons who are recent college graduates and a 5th grade daughter, Abby. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, working on my “older” BMW, barbequing, and playing Clash of Clans!
My name is Ellie Baren and I am the Special Education Department Chair as well as the 7th grade strategies teacher. I work with the team to support the needs of our 7th graders in all core subject areas. I have taught elementary school as well as middle school for 17 years. I am credentialed to teach in both regular education and special education classes. The strategies program is dedicated to ensuring success for all students here at TJMS. Our main focus is supporting students and their families in developing and achieving individualized academic goals. We support students in goal setting, transition, and acquiring the necessary skills that will enable a student to achieve his or her personal best.
I am so excited to be working at Toby Johnson! I was born and raised in Sacramento and attended Kennedy High School. After graduation, I attended UC Santa Barbara. Prior to school counseling, I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Bay Area and Court Appointed Special Advocates in Yolo County. For the last seven years, I have worked as a high school and middle school counselor in Lodi Unified and Lincoln Unified School Districts. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, eating, playing sports, and rooting for the Sacramento Kings and Oakland A's.
Show your team spirit by wearing either the Aggies team t-shirt or blue & yellow EVERY Friday!
Team t-shirts are available at the Student Store window for $10 each.