Current Cal Teach Instructors

 


Larry Johnson

ljohnso9@ucsc.edu

CaT1 Science: F16

class webpage: coming soon

 

 

Larry Johnson

After Larry graduated with a B.A. in biology from UC San Diego, he taught English as a foreign language to middle and high school students in Quito, Ecuador for a year.  Back in the U.S., Larry worked as a research technician for a marine ecological consulting company in San Diego County for several years before he went back to school, earning an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii and working as a research associate at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology for another year.  Returning to California, Larry taught and directed an outdoor education program in the Santa Cruz area, for three and one half years, and he started taking classes for a teaching credential.  He first taught public high school science in southern California and completed his credential in Life Science and Physical Science through Cal State Dominguez Hills during his first year there.  After teaching middle school science in Hollister for nine years, Larry taught chemistry and other science courses at Aptos High School for 19 years, where he hosted Cal Teach interns from 2007 through 2016 and served as a UCSC cooperating teacher for four of those years.  When time allows, Larry enjoys reading up on science advances, reading other nonfiction and fiction works, swimming, surfing, camping, fishing, exploring forest service roads on small motorcycles, and learning Swedish.

 

Tammy Bye
Tammy Bye
tbye@ucsc.edu

CaT1 Science: F15, W16
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Tammy Bye

Tammy graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Zoology. After graduating, she was inspired by an educational internship at the Shedd Aquarium and pursued a career in education. Teaching for over 20 years in various environments, Tammy started in outdoor education at Queens College Center in New York and later moved to Catalina Island Marine Institute in California. At both places, she guided students to explore, make connections and experience the natural world, sometimes for the first time. Tammy then earned her teaching credential in 2001 from California State University at Monterey Bay. She was excited to incorporate hands-on constructivist learning into math and science classrooms. Starting in 2005, Tammy taught 6th and 7th grade math and science at Shoreline Middle School, where she also hosted Cal Teach interns and served as a UCSC cooperating teacher. As the Cal Teach Internship Coordinator, Tammy looks forward to inspiring STEM undergraduates to pursue teaching credentials, and to seeing the next generation of passionate math and science teachers grow.

 

 

Molly Deich
Molly Deich
mollydeich@gmail.com
CaT2 : F08, S09, S10, S11
CaT3 : W12, W13, S15
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Molly Deich

Molly Shaw Deich graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in physical geography. Her areas of focus were ethnobotany, biogeography, geology, and geomorphology. She has two teaching credentials: life science and music; a master's degree in education administration from San José State University; and a doctorate in science education from UCSC. Molly was a music teacher at New Brighton Middle School in Capitola for five years and has been teaching 6th and 7th grade science there since 2004. Molly also taught high-school biology in southern California. She has two physics majors for sons; and is a pianist, bike commuter, choir member, hiker, vegetable grower, and passionate nonfiction reader.

 

 


Victoria Ow
vow@ucsc.edu
CaT2 Math: S13, S14, S15
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Victoria Ow

Victoria Ow has been a mathematics teacher at Mission Hill Middle School since 2007. She has taught at the high school level, as well. She has hosted Cal Teach interns since her first year at Mission Hill and has also been a cooperating teacher for credential candidates multiple times. Victoria believes teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever had. She enjoys sharing her love for teaching with Cal Teach students and helping them consider a career in education.

 

Hayley Vandercook
Hayley Vandercook
hcvander@ucsc.edu
CaT1 Math:
W13, F13, W14, F14, W15, F15, W16
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Hayley Vandercook

Hayley grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Harbor High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Michigan State University where she worked as a teacher's assistant and found a love for teaching. After MSU Hayley moved to Washington, DC to join the DC Teaching Fellows and earned her Master of Arts in Secondary Math Education. While earning her Masters she taught math full time at Cardozo Senior High School. In 2008, Hayley moved back to Santa Cruz and started work as a math teacher and water polo coach at San Benito High School in Hollister. She currently teaches Geometry, Pre-Calculus Honors, and AP Statistics. Hayley hopes to inspire other math majors to become educators through the Cal Teach program. For fun Hayley likes to play water polo (she played at MSU), and enjoy the beach with her family, friends and dog Sparty.

 

Past and Future Cal Teach Instructors

 

Tom Medeiros
Tom Medeiros
tmedeiro@ucsc.edu

CaT1 Science: W15
CaT2 Science: S13

CaT3 Math & Science: S14
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Tom Medeiros

Tom Medeiros recently retired from 32 years of teaching science at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Tom's experience with Cal Teach spans many years of hosting CaT 1, 2, & 3 interns at Shoreline Middle. In addition to supporting Cal Teach interns, Tom served as a UCSC Cooperating Teacher, hosting credential candidates at both the elementary and the secondary level for over 15 years. Currently, Tom is a lecturer in the UCSC Education Department, teaching the EDUC 185C course, Introduction to Teaching in the Content Area: Science, and Cal Teach courses when he can. When Tom is not at UCSC, he can best be found hiking local trails with his wife, or paddling a kayak on the bay.

 

 

Pat Kent
Patrick Kent
pkent@ucsc.edu
CaT1 Science:
F07 - W15
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Patrick Kent

Pat was the Director of the Santa Cruz Outdoor Science School for three years. Prior to this, Pat was the PE teacher for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at three Santa Cruz elementary schools. Also, Pat is the Coordinator for CREEC (California Regional Environmental Education Community) Network for region 5 (Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties) where he works to network quality environmental-based education to K-12 classroom teachers. For fourteen years, Pat worked for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, serving two of those years as the Associate Program Director of the Sierra Program. He earned his bachelor's degree and teaching credential at Cal State University Monterey Bay and his master's degree from University of San Francisco. Pat likes animals, backpacking, and rock climbing, and often can be found baking treats. If you're lucky, he might offer you a slice of his specialty some day, a delectable Viennese Chocolate cake.

 


Judith Montgomery
judithm@ucsc.edu
CaT1 Math: F12
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Judith Montgomery

Judith is the director of the Monterey Bay Area Math Project (MBAMP) which offers professional development to math teachers in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Sen Benito counties. Judith is a credentialed math teacher, but she spends most of her time in classrooms as a coach to other teachers. Through MBAMP, Judith has mentored countless math teachers in the Monterey Bay area. In fall 2012, she taught the Cal Teach 1 Math seminar, and she continues to mentor Cal Teach undergraduates. Judith collaborates with Cal Teach on other projects, including the Graniterock Math Clubs, where Cal Teach interns work with middle school math clubs to put on Math Festivals. Cal Teach is lucky to have Judith as a collaborator and friend!

 


Lorrie Coonrad
ljcoonrad@gmail.com
CaT1 Math: F09 - W12
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Lorrie Coonrad

Lorrie has been a math teacher at Harbor High in Santa Cruz since 1994. The year before that she taught one year of middle school math. Right out of college Lorrie was a pharmaceutical sales representative for several years until she started a family. Lorrie then earned a math credential with a supplementary in biology. Sales was fun and staying home with the kids was sweet, but she has found her passion as a teacher. Lorrie has opened her classroom to many programs, including Cal Teach interns and student teachers. She has served the greater math community in multiple leadership roles as well as sometime department head. For fun she likes to garden, entertain, ride bikes around Wilder Ranch or hang out for coffee at the ABBEY. Most recently, Lorrie has been leading the math department at the new Chadwick International School Campus in Incheon, South Korea.

 

Vivian Moutafian
vivian_moutafian@yahoo.com
CaT2: S09, F09, S10, F10,
S11, F11, S12
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Vivian Moutafian

Vivian has been a mathematics teacher at Watsonville High School since 1979. She has taught 7th grade mathematics through Calculus. Vivian has hosted student interns since the inception of the Cal Teach program and has been a cooperating teacher for student teachers as well. Many of her former students have gone on to become teachers, including several who are now mathematics teachers. She says that teaching is one of the most powerful and rewarding aspects of her life. As a Cal Teach instructor, she shared her enthusiasm for the teaching profession and enjoyed supporting young people as they decided whether they, too, would find fulfillment in teaching. She stepped down from Cal Teach instruction to make more time for her first grandchild, and remains a great friend to Cal Teach.

 


Bill Zahner
wzahner@ucsc.edu
CaT3: W11
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Bill Zahner

Bill Zahner was a doctoral candidate at UC Santa Cruz where he researched the development of students’ algebraic reasoning in the setting of small group discussions. Mr. Zahner was a fellow of the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) for four years and a Spencer Dissertation Fellow. Prior to his graduate studies at UC Santa Cruz, Mr. Zahner studied mathematics and computer science at Boston College, and he taught mathematics for six years—three years in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia and three years in San Jose, California. Most recently Dr. Zahner is on the faculty of the School of Education at Boston University.

 


Amy Stucky
apstucky@ucsc.edu
CaT3: W08, W09, W10
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Amy Stucky

Amy graduated from University of Evansville with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She went on to graduate school at University of Kansas to study Chemistry with concentrations in Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Education. During graduate school, she spent time teaching in an urban Kansas City high school to provide inquiry-based learning units to students in biology, chemistry and physical science courses as well as to provide teacher training in educational technology and inquiry-based teaching strategies. Amy worked as the Director of the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) and Girls in Engineering programs at UCSC. Prior to joining UC Santa Cruz, Amy worked as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company and she has returned to industry. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, playing board games, traveling, and painting.

 

Cara Aguirre


Cara Aguirre
cara@ucsc.edu
CaT1 Math: F07 - W09
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Cara Aguirre

Cara has been a middle school math teacher and a science teacher, both in California and Texas. She completed a B.S. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a mathematics teaching credential. As the Cal Teach mathematics internship coordinator, Cara worked with local schools, teachers, and Cal Teach math interns to ensure that all had a successful internship experience. Cara also taught the Cal Teach 1 math seminar that accompanies the first Cal Teach internship from fall 2007 through winter 2009. Recently, Cara has focused on parenting three cute kids as her husband climbs the student affairs career ladder in one university after another.

 


Sherri Kilkenny
skilkenny@sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us
CaT2: W07, S07, F07, S08
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Sherri Kilkenny

Sherri was born and raised in Santa Cruz County and has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Humboldt State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  She has been a middle school science teacher since 2000 and holds a Masters and Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.  Currently Sherri teaches science and serves as the Science Department chair at Mission Hill Middle School where she has been a host teacher for many UCSC students from various programs, including Cal Teach.  Her most significant teaching experience- being a parent!

 


Barbara Sorensen
bjsoren@ucsc.edu
CaT1 & CaT2: S06, W07, S07, F07, S08

 

 

Barbara Sorensen

Barbara has over 26 years of experience in teaching mathematics, most recently at Watsonville High School where she held many leadership roles, including Mathematics Department Chair. Throughout her teaching career, Barbara served as a mentor teacher to many prospective teachers, some of whom now teach in the area and participate with Cal Teach as host teachers. In 2002, Barbara began her work here at UCSC, serving as the Coordinator for UCSC’s California Math and Science Teacher program. This successful program has since merged with Cal Teach, and Barbara served as the Cal Teach Mathematics Placement Coordinator in addition to teaching the Cal Teach math seminar courses. Before retiring to be a full-time grandma.

 


Skye Leone
sleone@cruzio.com
CaT1 Science: S06, W07

 

 

Skye Leone

 

 


Joyce Hill
farmhill07@sbcglobal.net
CaT1 Science: S06, W07

 

Joyce Hill

 

Sarah Baumgart
Sarah Baumgart
sbaumgar@ucsc.edu
CaT1 Science: F10, W11
CaT2: S12, F12, W14, S14,W15, S15, W16
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Sarah Baumgart

Sarah Baumgart began teaching in 1992 with Teach for America in the Los Angeles area where she taught science in both middle and high school. Sarah moved to Santa Cruz in 1999 and is currently teaching Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology at Watsonville High School. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received her teaching credential from California State University – Dominguez Hills. When not teaching, Sarah spends time out of doors, hiking and camping with friends and her daughter and walking two large dogs through the woods of Bonny Doon.