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New school year, new faces: Gabrielino welcomes 16 new teachers and staff members

   Gabrielino High School is welcoming 16 new teachers and staff for the 2023-2024 school year. New staff range from attendance clerks, to positions within administration, to teachers for new classes. 

Bobby Hundley, Drama Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: I was on the VAPA board for the school district, and JC Gafford was a friend of mine; he had a lot he wanted to do with the program, and I wanted to carry on his work for the students.
Looking forward to: Introducing Gabrielino to the drama program, and making the school feel more like a performing arts school.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “A year from now, you’ll wish you started today.” -Karen Lamb
3 words that describe you: Passionate, Fair, Chaotic

Victoria Gallegos, Dance Teacher 

Why Gabrielino?: The energy the staff and students bring is just amazing.
Looking forward to: The energy the students and staff are bringing in, and bringing the dance department alive.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.” -Confucius
3 words that describe you: Appreciative, Playful, Cheerful

Madison Spriggs, English Teacher 

Why Gabrielino?: During my interview, I immediately felt so welcomed at Gabrielino. I feel so supported as a first year teacher, and love how focused Gabrielino is on supporting the community.
Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to my students gaining more confidence in themselves.
Favorite Quote/Advice: You should always remain open to learning and seeing things from a different perspective.
3 words that describe you: Welcoming, Intentional, Interpersonal 

Jose Sanchez, Assistant Principal

Why Gabrielino?: I can impact the student population here. Being an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges that come with being an immigrant student, as is the case with 40% of the student population here.
Looking forward to: Creating a safe environment for teachers and students.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Don’t be afraid to be yourself and express who you are.
3 words that describe you: Passionate, Caring, Understanding

Rachael Maritim, ELD Teacher 

Why Gabrielino?: I got to know a couple teachers around here, and the energy on campus drew me in; it’s very welcoming and homey.
Looking forward to: Seeing the clubs flourish.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle
3 words that describe you: Adventurous, Friendly, Optimistic

Tiffany Tien, English Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: I wanted to go back to a school community. The students here work very hard, and I wanted to be around students who strive to do better constantly.
Looking forward to: Seeing my current freshman graduate.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “I hope you heal from things no one ever apologized for.” -Mrs. Tien
3 words that describe you: Loving, Gracious, Understanding

Dwayne Wright, Coach and PE Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: I wanted to be part of a community that’s used to winning. Not only academically, but also a community where I could give expertise as a coach.
Looking forward to: I look forward to coming to work every single day, and changing at least one student’s life.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Do not take everyday for granted, allow success to find you.
3 words that describe you: Patient, Vibrant, Well-Spoken

Katelyn Penuelas, Ethnic Studies Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: When I saw a position opening for an Ethnic Studies teacher, I felt like I had to try, and it all worked out.
Looking forward to: Continuing the development of my Ethnic Studies classes and what we’re doing, and also getting to know my students better.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”- Desmond Tutu
3 words that describe you: Tenacious, Responsible, Dedicated

Anne Lafferty, English and World History Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: I heard excellent things about Gabrielino, and really wanted to teach high school students.
Looking forward to: Seeing everyone’s homecoming outfits.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends.
3 words that describe you: Thoughtful, Introvert, Fun

Grace Huang, Algebra and Geometry Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: During my observation, I really liked working with the students, and felt there was a tight knit community here.
Looking forward to: Extending my time here, and watching my students grow and eventually graduate.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Asking for help is an important type of intelligence.
3 words that describe you: Open Minded, Empathetic, Humorous

Cristina Campos, Special Ed Teacher

Why Gabrielino?: I like the school’s culture and also how everyone is connected.
Looking forward to: Taking out my special Ed students to school activities.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Be kind, because you never know what someone else is going through.
3 words that describe you: Humorous, Shy, Relaxed

Leslie Soto, Clerk, Main Office

Why Gabrielino?: I joined specifically since I live in Monterey Park which is close by, and I knew the school since I used to play volleyball here.
Looking forward to: Making better relations with the teachers, other faculty, and students.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Always put in effort, no matter what.
3 words that describe you: Outgoing, Energetic, Positive

Livas Saiyasombat, District Nurse, Health Office

Why Gabrielino?- My husband and kids are also in SGUSD, and I always wanted to try school nursing.
Looking forward to: Seeing students grow, be healthy, and become more confident in themselves.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Be kind.
3 words that describe you: Approachable, Attentive, Hardworking

Tony Hernandez, CC Pathway Advisor

Why Gabrielino?- I grew up around the area, and I have worked many years in this community; I love the culture of Gabrielino.
Looking forward to: The holiday season.
Favorite Quote/Advice: “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky
3 words that describe you: Passionate, Fun, Friendly 

Maya Bellow-Hopper, Guidance Clerk

Why Gabrielino?: My mom works here, and she told me about an opening.
Looking forward to: Christmas
Favorite Quote/Advice: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” -Feminism
3 words that describe you: Creative, Hardworking, Short

Ricky Le, Attendance Clerk

Why Gabrielino?: I live really close by, and Gabrielino is one of the best schools in the area; everyone’s really encouraging.
Looking forward to: Getting to know a bit more about the students.
Favorite Quote/Advice: Don’t worry about what others think about you, just be yourself.
3 words that describe you: Awkward, Goofy, Hardworking

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Mark Chammas is a Staff Writer for the school newspaper. This is his first year on the team. Outside of his journalistic pursuits, Mark enjoys reading celebrity memoirs, listening to music, and playing video games. He joined the newspaper out of his love for writing and his appreciation for the school paper. Mark aims to cover topics of personal interest and address school-related issues he believes need more attention.
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