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Face the facts: New teachers share details about themselves in mix-and-match quiz for students

Joel-Nicole Reid

#1: Guidance

I like to binge watch shows on Netflix.
My favorite shows are Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
My favorite quote is, “Be you, love you, all ways, always.”

Jon Fidani


#2: Guidance
I have been to every major league baseball park in America and have seen all 32 teams play.
I have two sons, age four and two.
I love to bike and explore the area.

Laurel Howard


#3: Social Studies
I went on a high school choir trip to Estonia.
I got taken across campus in a wheelchair after spraining my ankle before a Law Mock Trial.
I listen to a lot of Disney songs.

Marcus Jamison


#4: Math
I come from a family of educators, starting from my great-grandmother.
I have been up close and personal with a shark, when I swam in a shark cage in South Africa.
I have eaten rattlesnake before and it tastes like chicken.

Joel Cordero

#5: Special Education
I caught a 22-inch fish once on a shingtrip.
I used to box.
I have gone skydiving before.

Shannon Flaskerud


#6: Guidance
I love to ski and have been skiing for 15 years. I skied in Tahoe, Australia and New Zealand.
I worked at jails and prisons with clients who were incarcerated and battling addiction, and I helped them reintegrate into society after they are released from prison.
I have a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Wembley.

Mark Grieb


#7: Science
I like all kinds of music, especially rock and roll.
I love Jack Johnson; I have seen him twice, once in the Berkeley Greek Theater and once at the Fox theater in Oakland.

Cathy Cohn


#8: Science
I was a naval officer and served in the Navy for five years before deciding to become a teacher.
I was a division officer for the Main Propulsion division for a little more than a year; my nickname was “Turbo,” short for “turbine officer” due to the gas turbine engines on the ship.

Takeshi Kaneko


#9: Math
I have been a teacher for 11 years.
I once ate live squid.
I went on a 11-month trip around the world.

David Bisbee


#10: Social Studies
I enjoy playing video games and sports with my two kids.
I like to listen to metal and gangster rap; my favorite artist is Tupac.
I owned three muscle cars: a Dodge Challenger SRT and two Mustang GT 5.0s.

Marjorie Paronable


#11: English
I used to write fanfictions.
I read the first “Twilight” book in eight hours.
I wanted to be a journalist before becoming a teacher.

Grace Ho


#12: English
I used to play the Rubix Cube.
I love fantasy series—anything with dragons and castles.
I want to write a fantasy novel.

Carlos Martinez


#13: Math
I once ate grilled grasshoppers and they tasted very cheesy and salty.
I once stood a foot away from Miley Cyrus and didn’t recognize her.
I like to do yoga, swim and rock climb in my spare time.

Sandra Conklin


#14: Special Education
I was born in Japan and lived there for six months.
I wakeboard and paddleboard.
I like to use almond milk for anything that would need milk.

Karen Saxena


#15: Math
I tried an Ironman triathlon (swim 24 miles, bike 112 miles, 26.2 mile run marathon).
I coached cross country, basketball and track at Terman Middle School.
I compete internationally in duathlons with my husband.

Daissy Tabares


#16: World Languages
I am really into the World Cup and watched almost every single game of the World Cup last year.
I was going to be a graphic designer before I got into teaching.

Anna Ward


#17: Social Studies

I went to law school before I decided to teach history.
I have an 18-month-old daughter.
I enjoy watching old musicals and trashy TV shows.

Andrew Hedge


#18: Visual and Performing Arts
I learned how to develop video games through YouTube tutorials and other internet resources over the summer.
I was part of a ska band in college that opened for Streetlight Manifesto.

Emily Pinkston


#19: Math
I studied abroad in Buenos Aires.
I fenced growing up.
I know how to swing dance.

Tara Firenzi


#20: Social Studies
I won a car on “The Price is Right” when I was 18.
I choreograph musicals .
I do improv tap-dancing with jazz bands.

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