Teachers

Our highly qualified teachers are the foundation of our academic programs at El Portal Middle School. Teachers take part in Professional Development Days and collaboration minimum day professional development activities with district staff. These meetings include grade level peers from other sites, administrators, the district coach and other experts. During the meetings, teachers examine practices, receive professional development, examine student work and assessment data from curriculum assessments, and plan collaborative projects to enhance their instructional practices.

Updated training in GLAD strategies is also a major emphasis for all teachers. Teachers have the opportunity through Professional Learning Community activities to collaborate with peers at El Portal or with other teachers in the district at least once per month with sub release, to work during the school day to develop best practices and materials for instruction. Teachers receive regular weekly feedback from the principal on their use of instructional objectives, checks for understanding, and higher order questioning strategies, areas that teachers have received professional development in to improve their use of research-based practices. Teachers are also expected to use sentence frames to encourage students to respond in complete sentences is also an emphasis.

Staff meeting time is continually allocated for sharing of strategies and resources to increase the effectiveness of teaching strategies. Currently our staff has been working together to develop questions and tasks for the different Depth of Knowledge levels. Instructional Rounds are done three times a year where a team gathers data for my teachers on Depth of Knowledge and Precision Partnering.

Teacher Roster

NameEmailClasses
Mr. Kenneth Baptista7th Grade History / 7th Grade History / 7th Grade History / 21st Century Technology / 7th Grade History / 7th Grade History
Mrs. Alison Bavaro8th Grade Math / Math 180C
Mrs. Elisa BellettoMath 180 / 8th Grade Math / 7th Grade Advanced Math
Mrs. Danielle Berchtold8th Grade iCore / 8th Grade iCore
Mr. Fred Bunnell21st Century Technology / Math Statistics / 8th Grade History / 21st Century Technology / 8th Grade History / 8th Grade History
Ms. Abigail Casteel6th Grade Math / 6th Grade Science / 6th Grade Math / 6th Grade Science
Mr. Justin Cohea8th Grade iCore / 7th Grade iCore / 8th Grade iCore / 7th Grade iCore
Ms. Jenna Crooker7th/8th Grade PE / 7th/8th Grade PE / 7th/8th Grade PE / 6th Grade PE / 7th/8th Grade PE / 6th Grade PE
Mrs. Staci Diaz7th Grade English Language Arts / 7th Grade English Language Arts
Mr. Kyle Dunn6th Grade Math / 6th Grade Math / 6th Grade Science / 6th Grade Science
Mrs. Heather Dyk7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science / 7th Grade Life Science
Ms. Molly FlamingRead 180 / SDC Math / 6th Grade Science / 6th Grade Science
Ms. Sarah Fox8th Grade Math / 7th Grade Math / 8th Grade Math / 8th Grade Math
Ms. Kaity French
Ms. Shelly Hesse8th Grade English & Language Arts / 8th Grade English & Language Arts / 8th Grade English & Language Arts / 8th Grade English & Language Arts
Ms. Kayla Jefferson6th Grade Math / Math 180 / 6th Grade Science / 6th Grade Science
Mr. Jason Jericoff8th Grade Physical Science / 8th Grade Physical Science / 8th Grade Physical Science / 8th Grade Physical Science / 8th Grade Physical Science / 6th Grade PE
Mr. Greg Largent7th/8th Grade PE
Mr. Steven Largent8th Grade History / 8th Grade History / 8th Grade History / 7th Grade History / 8th Grade History / 7th Grade History
Mr. Christian Manes7th Grade Math / 7th Grade Math / 7th Grade Math / 7th Grade Math
Ms. Kristi Michaels6th Grade / 6th Grade / 6th Grade Ancient Civilization / 6th Grade Ancient Civilization
Ms. Heather OliveiraRead 180 / Read 180 / Read 180 / 8th Grade iCore
Ms. Nicole OrtizRead 180 / Math 180 A / Math 180 B
Ms. Jillian Riesenbeck
Ms. Jennifer Rosa6th Grade English Language Arts / 6th Grade English Language Arts / 6th Grade Ancient Civilization / 6th Grade Ancient Civilization
Mr. Timothy TanisYearbook and Digital Art / Art and Design / Art and Design / Introduction to Art / Advanced Art / Art and Design
Ms. Luz Venegas
Mr. Jeremy WhiteSymphonic Band / Beginning Guitar / Wind Ensemble / Concert Band / Advanced Guitar / Concert Band
Ms. Kaitlyn Yerby
Ms. Martha YostRead 180 / Read 180 / RSP - Academic Skills / World History / World History