When you come to my 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 go all the way to Indonesia and Africa! 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 and the social science curriculum is fascinating and 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 California State University, 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 photographic or video projects.
In my first career, I worked in the business world for a number of years as a software developer for companies that track legislation through our government. I found working with a team, and writing software for database and internet applications a lot of fun, but after volunteering at my wife's school in my free time for a couple of years, I followed another one of my passions, and joined my wife in the career of teaching. I went back to school at CSUS to get a degree in Humanities and Religious Studies, followed by a Multiple Subject teaching credential, and finally followed by an additional teaching credential in English.
This is my fifth year teaching as an Aggie here at Toby Johnson. Before teaching English, I taught Humanities, and before that, I taught at the elementary school level. My start in teaching was as an intervention teacher at the school that inspired me to teach. I am a dad and have a wonderful family. My wife now teaches kindergarten with Shining Stars Preschool. We have a son in fifth grade, a daughter in third grade, and a daughter in kindergarten. In addition to teaching English, I sponsor a couple of clubs on campus, and coach my older daughter's soccer team.
I look forward to being your child’s Bridge teacher for the upcoming year. This is my 18th year teaching, the past 11 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 energetic boys, Tyson and Tanner, who keep us busy year-round. In my free time I enjoy golfing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
I am extremely excited to be your child’s Mathematics teacher for the UC Davis Aggies 7th grade team. I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from UC Davis. After working in the financial services industry for many years, I decided I wanted to help young people understand mathematics and its importance in our daily lives. Therefore, I went back to school at San Francisco State to earn my teaching credential in mathematics. This is my 11th year at Toby Johnson. I am looking forward to working with your child as we learn mathematics together. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing home remodeling projects, and golfing.
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 from base to base, but eventually settled in New Mexico 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 follow a passion of mine and pursue a career in teaching. I was hired at Toby Johnson in 2006 as a science electives teacher and have taught science, health, and yearbook since then. While not teaching, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband, chasing around my two children, playing soccer, practicing Bikram yoga, and cooking.
My name is Ellie Baren and I am the Special Education Department Chair as well as the seventh grade strategies teacher. I work with the team to support the needs of our 7th graders in Math, Bridge, Science, and Physical Education. I have taught elementary school as well as middle school for 16 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.
It is a pleasure to introduce myself as the Aggies counselor. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of San Francisco. Shortly after, I attended California State University, Sacramento and received my Master of Science in Counseling. I feel fortunate to have exposure to counseling at both the primary and secondary levels. My 11 years of experience include James Rutter Middle School, Florin High School, and Sheldon High School. Outside of work, I am sure to be playing with my four year old daughter Kylie, 4-month old Zoe, and big sister Leiana. When time permits, I enjoy snowboarding, biking, shopping, playing the piano, and traveling.
4-5 Single Subject College-Ruled Spiral Notebooks (70 sheets)
2 Composition Notebooks (100 sheets)
Graphing Spiral Notebook
2 Dozen Pencils
Extra Lead if using mechanical pencils
Personal Stapler with Staples
3 Packs 3x5” Index Cards
1 Dozen Blue/Black Ballpoint Pens
Covered Pencil Sharpener (w/ container for shavings)
Metric Ruler (includes centimeters and millimeters)
2 Dry Erase Markers w/ Eraser (old sock)
6 Red Pens/Pencils
2 Packs College-Ruled Binder Paper
2 Sets of Highlighters (yellow, red/pink, and green)
1 Ream White Copy Paper
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