Staff


Meet our staff!


               Nicole Menache
               nmenache@pausd.org
               C & E period







              
                
Kristen Owen

                 kowen@pausd.org
                 A & B period
                Coordinator








            Laurie Pennington
               lpennington@pausd.org
               D period
             


                                               
                      



            
                                                          


                                                       Jessica Hexsel
        
 jhexse
l@pausd.org 
         F period

   





                 

                Tim Aston
                 taston@pausd.org
                 G period
                                                    



               






This is Nicole Menache's sixth year teaching FOS, and she has been teaching English for seventeen years.  She has a Bachelor's degree in English, a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, a minor in Communication, and a Masters in Education Administration.  She loves working individually with students and watching them find their true passions.




Kristen has been teaching English for 15 years and teaching FOS for 6 years. She studied at UC Davis and earned a B.S. in Human Development before continuing her education at Cal Poly, where she earned her teaching credential in Language Arts. She is excited to work with students on an individual basis and to get to know them as people, not just students. This is her second year as the FOS Coordinator.






Laurie Pennington is a science co-teacher and the I.S. of the science department. This is her second year teaching Focus and she's really looking forward to working with FOS students.  Laurie is a Bay Area native. She attended Terra Nova High School, got her A.B. at UC Davis, earned her teaching credential at CSU Sacramento, taught in Hayward while living in Berkeley and then Oakland, and originally landed at Gunn in 1993. She then taught 10 years at Paly and came back to Gunn in 2007. Laurie loves co-teaching and participating in the Choir-Staff Musical every year, and enjoys spending time with her family, attending sporting events, and traveling. 




This is Jessica’s seventh year at Gunn High School. She began as an instructional aide in the Focus on Success program before completing her teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur. Jessica has been teaching Math and Computer Science for five years and this will be her third time teaching FOS. In the classroom, she combines her love of mathematics, technology, and student engagement to create an interactive learning environment for all students.