Titans! Go: introducing the new team of staff on campus


Ann Lorey:

  • This is her 16th year teaching.
  • She also teaches at Jane Lathrop Stanford (JLS)
  • Middle School.
  • She used to be a DJ in college.
  • She really, really likes root beer floats.
  • “I would love to be able to snap my fingers to stop time…and I think it would be pretty awesome to be She-Ra.

Erin Reyes:

  • Her favorite ice cream flavors are chocolate malt crunch and mint chocolate chip.
  • She has met former president Obama.
  • “[I want] the ability to eat whatever I want without health consequences.”

Jennifer Ellington:

  • She has a goal to run a half-marathon on every continent. She has completed two continents: North America and Europe. She will be run- ning in Antarctica in March.
  • She enjoys equestrian vaulting (running and jumping on the horse while it’s running, while doing somersaults, handstands, etc.).
  • She has been teaching for 22 years.
  • “Being a teacher, we’re all superheroes…I guess my power is to teach kids and experience their challenges and also their successes.”

Harvey Newland:

  • His uncle and father are Olympic silver-medalists in water polo.
  • He received a My Little Pony lunchbox filled with candy from a former student.
  • He started an administrative program at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • His dream superpowers are Aquaman’s powers.
  • “You might catch me skate- boarding around campus… I have my old skateboard from eighth grade that I made in woodshop.”

Betty Chen:

  • She worked at a middle school for a year and then worked with high school students in San Jose.
  • Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate.
  • She has a two-year-old son.
  • Her mom is her superhero.
  • “I wish I could have the power to go back to the past… not necessarily change things but to revisit old memories.”

Margaret Reynolds:

  • She has previously worked as a director, administrator, in- structional coach, professional development coordinator, mentor and English teacher.
  • Her favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Cara- mel Fudge.
  • “If I were a superhero, I would want the power to teleport because I love to travel. It would be great to be able to get off of work and be in Kauai for a wonderful meal and relaxing sunset.”

Michael Gordon:

  • He used to teach in Greece.
  • He was the Dean of Students at Newark Memorial High School.
  • His favorite ice cream flavor is anything with peanut butter.
  • His favorite superhero is Batman.
  • “I have nine toes. When I was five years old I rode my bicycle without shoes so that’s a lesson learned.”

Jorge Chavez

  • He prefers frozen yogurt and gelato over ice cream.
  • He loves being in the water, but doesn’t know how to swim.
  • “If I were a superhero, I’d want to be able to fly. I live in San Jose so the traffic can be heavy at times. [It would be awe- some] to be able to help people…and to be able to fly and get home at a reason- able time.”

Ethan Halter:

  • He previously taught at Gunn.
  • He received a Master’s degree in Shake- speare Studies at King’s College Lon- don, and visited the Globe Theatrewhile he was away.
  • He moved to Uganda for a year and lived in Kampala. He taught at an international school.
  • He has been to the Nile in three countries: the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, the White Nile in Uganda and the Egyptian Nile.
  • His wife is expecting a child in January.
  • “[If I could be any superhero, I would be] Prospero from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” because he gives up his superpowers. I wouldn’t want any [superpowers].”

Catherine Schwenkler:

  • She grew up in a family of five children.
  • She lived abroad in Chile in college.
  • She lived in Peru for a year where she completed the Inca Trail, a mountain hike over four days that ends at Machu Picchu.
  • She speaks to her toddler only in Spanish.
  • “I have a bad habit of breaking or losing phones. Last one was probably the fourth one in the past two years.”