Meet our staff!

               Nicole Menache
               C & E period

Kristen Owen

                 A & B period

            Laurie Pennington
               D period



                                                       Jessica Hexsel
         F period



                Tim Aston
                 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.

This is Tim's first year teaching FOS at Gunn, but he has been teaching freshman biology for six years. While biological science is his passion, he is also very skilled in many subject areas, including math and English. Tim is also a photographer and spends many weekends in Yosemite, perfecting his passion. Look for Tim's booth at local Art & Wine Festivals.