• Ms. Ramos

    Ms. Ramos

    Ms. Ramos became a teacher because she thought it was the most exciting profession. She gets to be creative, while at the same time working with kids and being part of a community. She especially loves when kids have an “Aha!” moment and step into their powers.

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  •  Ms. Guerrero

    Ms. Guerrero

    Ms. Guerrero got into teaching because she loves languages, loves to communicate with people, wants to interact with people, and wanted to travel more. She used to teach Spanish to heritage speakers at another school, but wanted to move on and teach Spanish to English speakers.

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  •  Mx. J

    Mx. J!

    Mx. J became a teacher because they believe that education is an important path to social and economic justice, and young people inspire them. They teach history because it shapes all of our stories, and SYL is an opportunity for them to learn from students.

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  • Ms. Williams

    Ms. Williams

    Ms. Williams became a teacher because she wants to make a difference, inspire and be inspired, and influence the next generation. She chose to teachEnglish because she has always loved reading and writing. Reading allows an escape from reality. 

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  • Mr. Behar

    Mr. Behar

    Mr. Behar became a teacher because he enjoys beingaround young people and loves watching themunderstand what they’re learning.

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  •  Ms. Ranahan

    Ms. Ranahan

    She likes to teach math, because it pushes you to have critical thinking. Her overall goals for her students are for them to persist and work together.

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  • Mr. Lau

    Mr. Lau

    His goal for teaching is to bring more modern technology into classrooms and teach world
    history using modern teaching forms.

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  • Ms. Riback

    Ms. Riback

    Ms. Riback is proud to be a Toro. She loves her community, inspires kids, and kids inspire her.

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  • Mr. Ford

    Mr. Ford

    “Separate man from ball.”

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  • Mr. Pettingill

    Mr. Pettingill

    He wanted to be a teacher because he believes education is the number one tool for people to improve their lives, especially financially. He likes to teach English as he believes that language is the most powerful tool that us people have. As for teaching history, it is a subject that interests him.

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  • Ms. Jackson

    Ms. Jackson

    Starting her teaching career, she wanted to teach in order to make a difference and help others learn. Despite being a math and science teacher now, she had a hard time in school; although science was one of the things that she excelled at.

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  • Maggie Rogers

    Maggie Rogers

    Her love of books and middle school students led her to become first a school volunteer, and then a librarian.

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  • Mr. Smith

    Mr. Smith

    Coach grades 6-8 sports. Security guard since 2015 and a teacher/coach since 2019.

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  • Mr. Avent

    Mr. Avent

    Montera’s principal, grades 6-8. Assistant principal since 2009 and principal since 2013.

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