Introducing Kristofer Orre
I consider myself a jack of all trades, a problem solver, hard worker, and an innovator. I think that is why this job is the perfect role for me. Being a TOSA requires a great deal of versatility and problem solving. I believe that like our students, all teachers are at different places in their growth, learning, and need for support. I hope to bring a level of differentiation in support and professional development for our staff that I have strived to give to my students. I want to meet people where they are at, and help them with what they need.
I have ten years of teaching experience, first at Gilroy High School and then, beginning in 2013, at Saratoga High School. As a teacher, my teaching practices are always designed to maximize student engagement and learning through innovative techniques that employ technology, inquiry, dialogue and hands on experience, including the implementation of a blended classroom utilizing Canvas and differentiating instructional practices in a Co-Lab Special Education classroom. I have taken a leadership role in the district’s SEL (Social Emotional Learning) team and the development and implementation of professional development events. I have also served as a Canvas Master Teacher and early Chromebook cart adopter. I am also a Google Certified Teacher. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolution and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Introducing Steph Rothstein
Blog: TOSA Takeaways
This year, I wear many hats: TOSA, Department Chair, Yearbook Adviser, and English Teacher. While this might sound crazy, I have actually found that it has provided me with a new lens- an understanding for the real work we all are doing. When I am checking in with you, it is to genuinely to be able to help and to learn how we can make our systems better for all. Whether it is through Google/Canvas support, an article on Twitter, a listening ear, a screencast, in person mentorship or group dialogues, please know my goal is to meet you where you are and support your growth.
This is my 17th year of teaching. My first six years I taught in South San Francisco at El Camino High School where I helped launch their AVID program, chaired the English Department, and taught Yearbook, English, ELD, and Speech. In my ten years at LGHS, I have been lucky enough to be part of many departments. I am the Co-Department Chair of New Tech and am in both English and Electives (Yearbook). I find a collaborative model to be inspiring and it pushes me to grow and be my best self as an Educator and Professional. I am happy to support others in planning PD opportunities and get inspired by the many options available to us. I love all things tech and digital publishing and can support with applications in the Adobe Suite and Google. I have served on our Google Masters group and am a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and passed the Trainer Test and class. I hold a BA in American Studies (Ethnic Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Women's Studies) from the University of California at Berkeley and MA in Secondary Education from San Francisco State.