The biggest strength of the CAAT program is our faculty. We are lucky to work with a talented team of dedicated professionals who consider teaching to be their passion, and who strive daily to help their students discover their own academic potential. We work hard to communicate together as a team through our departments and our grade-level teams to create the best academic experience possible for our students. At Oak View, we are all members of the Panther family, and that community starts with the faculty!
6th Grade Advanced Language Arts
My name is Maria Clay, and I am the sixth grade CAAT Language Arts teacher. I have been a part of the Oak View family since 2013, which is also when I moved to Florida. I am originally from the great state of Alabama, where I graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle!) with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Business. I also hold a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Montevallo. My hobbies include photography, reading, and watching good movies!
I have high expectations for my students, but most importantly, I ask that they come every day with an eagerness to learn and grow. Through class and independent novel studies, projects, and presentations, we will work hard towards becoming better readers, writers, and speakers. I expect a high level of engagement from my students, which requires active participation daily. Come to my class with a positive attitude and a hunger for knowledge, and we are off to a great start!
7th Grade Advanced Language Arts
My name is Grace Seiberling. I graduated from the University of Florida with both my Bachelor’s degree in English and my Master’s degree in Secondary English Education. I have been teaching since 2007 and have been at Oak View since 2016.
My expectations are straightforward: Come to class with a positive, constructive attitude, and be prepared to actively engage in learning. I firmly believe that one cannot learn through passively absorbing information, so be ready to participate daily in reading, writing, and speaking about unit texts and concepts.
8th Grade Advanced Language Arts
Greetings, I'm Lauren Marlowe. Thanks to the power of caffeine and a Master's degree in English Education from the University of Florida, I have been teaching since 2005. I started my career at Kanapaha Middle School but became an Oak View Panther in 2013 and love the fact that I get to work with teachers who, like me, are driven by curiosity, intellectualism, and humor. In 2017, I had the honor of representing Oak View and my community as the Alachua County Teacher of the Year and received the Shine Award from Governor Rick Scott. When given the opportunity for a hiatus from grading essays, I spend my time practicing Kung Fu, nerding out on a good book, gardening, and raising my two children.
8th Grade CAAT Language Arts is designed to help students matriculate into advanced English classes in high school through a rigorous study of dystopian, Romantic, and Neoclassic literature. A heavy emphasis is place on precision of language (through grammar and vocabulary studies) as well as analytical and critical thinking skills (which are fostered through essays, discussions, and debates). Because this is a blended classroom, a high degree of responsibility, maturity, and independence is expected from students as their homework is directly connected to the content and lessons in the classroom.
My name is Valissa Tombler, and I will be teaching 6th Grade CAAT Math. I graduated from Saint Leo University with a degree in Middle Grades Math and I began my teaching career here at Oak View in 2010.
As an educator, I try to create a positive learning environment where kids feel comfortable and eager to learn. Excitement is contagious; therefore I try to bring a ton of energy into every lesson and trust that the result will be actively engaged students. I believe that all students have the ability to be successful, and it is my responsibility to help each students recognize and develop that potential. I want my students to know that my door is always open, regardless of whether they need help with school or just need someone there to listen. Students need to know that we are not only there to teach a subject(s), but we are there because we care about them and want to help them be happy and successful.
6th Grade Advanced Math
My name is Rob Goddard. I will be teaching the CAAT Math 2 Advanced classes this year. I also teach robotics here at Oak View and love to see the integration of mathematics and technology.
My passion is to see students succeed and love mathematics. This course is fast paced and requires hard work, diligence, and determination as it covers all the Florida 8th grade standards and the second half of the 7th grade standards to prepare the students for the rigors of Algebra. I have full confidence that each one of my students will rise to the challenge!
7th Grade Advanced Math
I'm Phil Riley, teacher of mathematics in the CAAT program at Oak View Middle School. I have been teaching middle and high school since 2001, and have been at Oak View since 2004. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering at UCF (Go Knights!), my MA in Education at the University of St. Thomas, and completed graduate work at UF to earn my Gifted Educator Endorsement. My goal this year is to continue the success of our students in the challenging high school honors math curriculum.
6th Grade Advanced Math, 7th and 8th Grade Algebra I and Geometry
6th Grade Advanced World Cultures
My name is Kathryn Goss, and I started teaching in 2007 and within that time began teaching at Oak View in 2015. I have my Bachelors’ Degree in History from the University of West Florida as well as my ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Throughout my career I have taught World Cultures, Geography, American History, Speech and Debate, and Reading. Outside of school, I spend the majority of my time with my family. I also enjoy traveling, reading, and pretty much any outdoor activity.
World Cultures serves as a broad survey of the history of the people and cultures of the world. We start with the Paleolithic era and then study the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome to name a few. I enjoy challenging my students with various projects and simulations. Students will participate in escape rooms, reenactments, murder mysteries and class debates. They will also create moving timelines on PowerPoint, Egyptian trading cards, and electronic Facebook Pages! By the end of the year, students will learn and use significant facts of the world’s history, recognize relationships among people, ideas, and events, as well as discover just how fun history can be!
7th Grade Advanced Civics
My name is Jennifer Hickman, and I teach CAAT Civics. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Florida - Go Gators! I have been teaching since 2008, and have been here at Oak View since 2014. My hobbies include arts and crafts, fishing, reading about science, and watching sci-fi movies.
In this class, students will learn all about citizenship, the foundations of American government, the U.S. Constitution, and the three branches of government. Students will also delve into how civics connects to topics in their science and language arts classes. Civics is a difficult curriculum with an end of course exam, but by the end of the year students will have a deep understanding of how our government works and what it means to be an active and responsible citizen in their community and country.
8th Grade Advanced American History
My name is Danielle Whiddon and I earned my Bachelors degree in History and English Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine. I have been teaching in Alachua County since 2004. I had the privilege of coming to Oak View in 2005 and have been a Panther ever since, serving as both a classroom teacher and, more recently, dean of students. My husband, Trey, is a Behavioral Resource Teacher at Archer Elementary and we have one daughter, Evie Claire.
The Eighth grade social studies curriculum consists of the following content area strands: History, Geography, Economics, and Civics. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the exploration and colonization period of the New World to the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on our world today.
My name is Liz Thompson and I teach sixth grade earth and space science at Oak View. Before settling in Florida with my family in 2006, I lived and worked in places as far away as Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia, where I grew up in the city of Perth. Along the way, I earned a BA in geography and history from the University of Western Australia, and an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. Before coming to Oak View in 2016, I took part in research at UF for six years as a geographic information scientist. When not busy working or studying, my husband, daughter and I love to spend our time together relaxing at home, cooking, reading, and listening to and playing music.
In sixth grade science, our students begin to learn more about the process of scientific inquiry, like how to ask incisive questions, design experiments, gather evidence, formulate answers, and communicate their results. These skills are built upon throughout our year-long study of Earth’s structure, history and place in the Universe. Our science curriculum focuses on drawing together skills learned in other core curriculum areas, such as using math to understand things like radioactive decay in dating fossils, honing non-fiction writing skills to create scientific reports, and incorporating new skills learned in technology, like spreadsheets and PowerPoints, to represent and explain data. Our main emphasis in sixth grade science is on developing students’ critical thinking skills and enhancing their natural curiosity about the world around them.
6th Grade Advanced Earth/Space Science
Welcome to 7th grade CAAT Life Science. My name is Eric Pérez. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Science Education. I am currently enrolled in a STEM certification program for science teachers through the University of Florida. I have been teaching at Oak View since 2007, and have been teaching Life Science since 2004. I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, cooking low-and-slow BBQ, and finding new ways to teach and learn. I am also a student of yoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I have two goals for our class this year: 1) To increase students' understanding of the language of science and 2) to help students use this knowledge to develop skills they can carry with them to high school and beyond. Our studies will include elements of Life Science (7th grade), Earth Science (6th grade), Physical Science (8th grade), math, technology, engineering and art. We will also work in collaborative groups where each student's unique interests and abilities will contribute to our success in reaching these goals. We have much to do. Every day counts.
7th Grade Advanced Life Science
Barbara Brock, super teacher, curiosity seeker, and lovely-person extraordinaire. I have been teaching science since 2002 as a high school teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I moved to middle-school (at the same time I moved to Florida) in 2009. Teaching is my second career as I worked in Washington, DC in association management for informal science education groups like science museums and zoos as well as lobbying for municipal issues like flood plain management after my initial work. I earned my Masters' degree in Education from the Grand Canyon University, but started school in geologic engineering and business at New Mexico Tech and Mary Washington College, respectively. I love rocks and music, as well as rock music. But don’t be surprised if you catch me on the many trails around Gainesville looking for birds.
The 8th grade science curriculum focuses on physical science (physics and chemistry). My approach is inquiry-based, hands-on problem solving. The first quarter the focus is on nature of science (experimental design), then chemistry, and physical science including force, motion, and energy. And although physical science is part of a STEM curriculum, the creative end of the Arts is emphasized as well and there are many STEAM projects here in the 8th grade through CAAT.
8th Grade Advanced Physical Science
6th Grade Advanced Technology
My name is Kathleen Ruby, and I have been teaching Technology at Oak View Middle School since 2015. I earned my degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida and spent the first ten years of my career working as a Programmer Analysis and then in product management and training. In 2010, my training experience led me to change careers, and I became a Technology Teacher in Martin County, Florida. When my family relocated to Gainesville, I continued my teaching career at Oak View. When I am not at school, I spend most of my time reading and writing, fishing, and playing computer games.
In Technology class we will be pursuing the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This certification includes three exams: PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. These exams are challenging, but when your student is successful, they will earn 3 hours of college credit. In addition to this certification, students will have the opportunity to explore programming in Small Basic, Scratch, and Code.org; and design using Tinker Cad, Piskel, and Pixlr. Class projects will include real-world applications and cross-curricular activities.
7th and 8th Grade Advanced Technology
My name is Jess Campbell, and I have been teaching at Oak View since 2007. I earned my Masters' degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Florida, and spent the first six years of my career teaching Reading and Language Arts. I am a self-taught technology nerd, and and constantly working to learn more about web programming and Adobe software. When I'm not at school, I spend most of my time taking care of my family. I also enjoy exercising, cooking, and reading!