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The mission of University Preparatory School is based on the belief that all students, who are willing to commit to a rigorous course of study, can be prepared for a college education. U-Prep currently has 57 staff members, including 42 teachers, 2 counselors, 2 paraprofessionals, 3 administrators, a school business manager, an administrative intern, and 6 office/support staff. Full time teachers teach 6 classes daily; most also teach Advisory and Tutorial and have an extra-curricular assignment. All faculty are credentialed by the state of California, and U-Prep has met the standards for NCLB and California Board of Education certification each year. Among the staff are several teachers, classified staff and administrators with advanced degrees, credentials or certifications. In 2013-14, sixteen members of the faculty have advanced degrees (Master’s or above), one is a National Board Certified Teacher, and faculty and administration hold 66 credentials in these areas: Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects, Pupil Personnel, and Administrative.

2013 - 2014 Educators of the Year
Ana Mello and Tad Raudman

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Teaching Staff

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams
7th Grade Core, Rota Drama, Drama 1

This year, 2013 - 2014, is Mrs. Adams’ fifth year teaching at U-Prep, and 16th year of teaching middle school. In addition to teaching Rota Drama to about 80 6th graders per year, Mrs. Adams teaches 7th Grade Core and the 7th/8th grade Drama 1 elective. She is also the Jr. High Cheer Coach. She has a Multiple Subjects degree and Computer minor from Humboldt State University, and recently completed a three week writing course at Chico State through the National Writing Project.

Mrs. Adams lives at home with her husband, Keith, along with their three beautiful, hilarious children. Payton is the oldest (14 years) and currently is in 9th grade here at U-Prep, Caden (10 years old) and is in 5th grade, and Josie (7 years old) who is in 2nd grade. They bring a lot of entertainment in the Adams household!

In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, reading, weaving, knitting and laughing with friends. The Adams’ family likes to spend time outside exploring, fishing, riding horses, or just enjoying life together. During the summer the whole family spends time on both Trinity and Shasta Lakes with friends.

Quote: Happiness depends upon ourselves. -Aristotle

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Nicole Ampi

Nicole Ampi
Spanish I and II

Nicole is a Red Bluff High School Graduate. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, with a minor in Spanish, from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, in December 2002. In 2006 she earned her Spanish major and teaching credential from Chico State. She taught Spanish at Red Bluff High School for two years and is starting her sixth year at U Prep. Nicole has studied in Spain, and has attended several language conferences that focused on comprehension based teaching methods. She is extremely passionate about the Spanish language and culture AND about teaching it!

Nicole was born and raised in Northern California, and currently lives in Red Bluff with her husband AJ, daughters Ryanne and Reese, and her three boys Jack, Jesse and Joe.

As a former high school and college athlete, Nicole enjoys athletics, physical fitness, yoga, gardening, sewing, and supporting her kids in their activities.

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Cathy Armstrong

Cathy Armstrong
AP Literature & Composition, Journalism

Cathy Armstrong teaches Advanced Placement Literature & Composition (12th grade) and Journalism. She loves being part of the U-Prep team! Growing up in the small town of Moraga, in the Bay Area, Cathy is fairly new to the area. Upon moving to Redding, Cathy earned her California Teaching Credential at Simpson University, where she continued on to graduate with her Master in Education and Administrative Credential. Cathy spent her first years of teaching in the Shasta Union High School District schools, teaching all grade levels of English Language Arts, with an emphasis on the Advanced Placement English Program. Teaching Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Mrs. Armstrong enjoys working with the U-Prep seniors. In addition to AP English, Mrs. Armstrong is taking on Journalism and is thrilled to be an Advisor to an amazing Journalism Staff. As part of the U-Prep team, she continuously looks forward to the high level of excellence and teamwork among U-Prep students and staff. Mrs. Armstrong also looks forward to bringing about a successful Mock Trial Program at U-Prep.

Mrs. Armstrong enjoys attending academic conferences to continuously challenge herself and stay current on not only academic standards, but current trends and teaching strategies. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family. In addition to her own children’s many extra-curricular activities, Cathy enjoys the many sports and activities U-Prep offers. In her spare time, Cathy loves spending time with her family, swimming, walking, writing and traveling.

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Brad Baker

Brad Baker
Physical Education

Brad Baker teaches Physical Education at University Preparatory School. Prior to U-Prep, he spent nine years at a boarding school on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, where he was a teacher, coach, and a head house parent for 40 high school boys. After graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois with a B.A. in Kinesiology, Brad earned his M.A. in Education from Stony Brook University in New York. He relocated to Redding and began teaching at U-Prep during the Fall of 2008.

When the school day ends you can find Brad coaching U-Prep's football players in the afternoon. He serves as the Head Coach for the Varsity Football team. In the off-season he is usually in the weight room challenging athletes to prepare for their upcoming season in our strength and conditioning program. During his time off Brad enjoys the strength and beauty of the outdoors. He and his wife Rebecca take pleasure in travelling with their children and experiencing new places and cultures.

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Karen Bird

Karen Bird
Math 6, Math 6 Honors, Math Lab

Mrs. Bird grew up in the Redding area. She graduated summa cum laude from The Master's College in Santa Clarita and received her multiple subject teaching credential from Simpson University in 2001. Mrs. Bird then earned her Education Specialist teaching credential from Chico State University in 2004. After teaching special education for 9 years she moved into the classroom to teach 8th graders her favorite subjects, math and science. Last year was Mrs. Bird's first year teaching 6th grade math and science and her first year here at U-Prep. It was a wonderful year!

When not at school Mrs. Bird can be found running the trails or working in her yard. Mrs. Bird also enjoys spending time with her boys: Luke (6), Samuel (newborn) and her husband Mr. Bird, who teaches 11th grade English here at U-Prep.

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Sean Bird

Sean Bird
AP Language & Composition, Yearbook, Video Production

Although Sean has lived in many places throughout California, it wasn't until he moved to Redding in 1991 that he felt he had found his true home. Between the biking trails, lakes, and mountains, Sean finds plenty to love in the North State. Before teaching, Mr. Bird was a professional musician; however, his love for working with students eventually pulled him off the road and into the classroom. To this aim, Sean finished his Bachelor's degree in English at Simpson University, and his Master's degree through National University.

In the classroom, students often comment that Mr. Bird's love for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings is almost as legendary as his infamously bad jokes. When not in the classroom, Sean makes spending time with his sons and his beautiful wife a priority. Mr. Bird is very proud to be a part of the greatest staff at the greatest school in California, and can't wait to see you in his class. Go Panthers!

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Corinne Bourne

Corinne Bourne
French & Russian

Corinne Bourne leads the World Languages Department as a language connoisseur. She teaches French and Russian levels one through Honors IV. Sixth graders can also get a taste of language learning in her Russian ROTA class. In addition, Mrs. Bourne teaches 11th grade advisory. Mrs. Bourne’s goal is to coach students to understand and be understood proficiently in their chosen world language. Their success reaching these goals is due largely to the brain-friendly Comprehensible Input based methods used in Mrs. Bourne’s classes.

Mrs. Bourne initially trained in translation, graduating from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland with honors in French and Russian Interpreting and Translating. Semesters in interpreting schools in Moscow and Geneva heightened her language skills. She moved to the US in 2003, earned her California Teaching Credential at CSU Chico, and joined the fabulous University Prep team in 2005.

A regular attendee at foreign language conferences, Mrs. Bourne has presented workshops at the Alaskans for Language Acquisition’s conference in 2008 and the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America 2009 conference. She also teaches French and Russian, and coaches TEFL trainees at the Global Connections Language Institute, Redding. She is also proud to be advisor of the long-running World Languages Club, which successfully organizes an annual event with an international flavor.

Outside of class, Mrs. Bourne loves the company of her family both sides of the “pond”. She also spends time relaxing with her two dogs, preparing healthy food and jogging round the Redding trail network.

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Shannon Bright

Shannon Bright
Junior High Core & Prep Latin

Shannon Bright was born and raised in Northern California. She is a third generation Humboldt State graduate. She graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts with a Multiple Subjects degree, supplement in English. She received her credential through Humboldt the following year. Mrs. Bright spent the first eleven years of her career teaching middle school in the Bay Area. In 2007 the Brights began a search for a town where the kids can ride their bikes out front. They found that here in Redding and now can’t imagine living anywhere else. Outside of school you can find her cruising around her neighborhood after her two sons, Simon and Jackson. Mrs. Bright is part of the junior high core team.

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John Cabral

John Cabral
Economics /American Government / Drafting

John Cabral has lived in the Redding area all of his life. Prior to his teaching career, he worked in industry for 13 years as a mechanical designer. Mr. Cabral enjoys spending time with his two kids, Dylan 12 and Kaitlyn 8, and wife Monica. He is an avid snowboarder and enjoys playing golf and watching the Raiders and Dodgers.

Mr. Cabral graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Social Science in 2004 and received his teaching credential in 2005. At U-Prep he is the Senior Class Advisor.

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Biao Cheng

Biao Cheng
Chinese I-IV, Web Design & Computer Applications

Mr. Cheng has never left schools. He received his bachelor degree in English language and literature in China. After he had taught at the same university for several years, Mr. Cheng came to the United States and earned his Master degree and a Ph.D in Education, both from Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, UT.

Mr. Cheng began teaching at University Preparatory School in 2006. Currently he is teaching Chinese I-IV, an introductory course in web design and two courses in Computer Applications. In the past seven years, Mr. Cheng attended many national, state and regional academic conferences and networked with teachers from all over the nation. He organized trips to China and enjoyed seeing his students experience Chinese culture with their own eyes. Mr. Cheng also helped his students visit China under the sponsorship of various organiztions.

In 2013, UPREP's Chinese program was selected to be one of the 400 Confucius Classrooms around the world. The establishment of the Confucius Classroom (sponsored by the Confucius Institute) will immensely enhance our Chinese program through the annual funding and give students bountiful opportunities to learn and experience the culture, and enjoy the language that will benefit their life in the future.

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Romney Clement

Romney Clements
8th Grade English and History

Romney Clements grew up in Redding and graced the halls of "Nova" in 1981. After high school Miss Clements moved to Chico where she attended CSUC as a Vocal Performance major. With a close circle of friends she founded Chico City Light Opera at the Eaton Road Opera House in Chico. She was lucky enough to be a part of more than fifty shows with CCLO, including: “Into the Woods”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Hair”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Grease”.

After moving to New York, where she lived for two years, Ms Clements moved back to Redding to finish school at Simpson College. Ms Clements is thrilled to be a part of the U-Prep family, and to give students the opportunity to perform on the same stage she first performed on.

Over the past 9 years at U Prep she has directed 9 successful musicals including, “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and last year’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. She has currently looking forward to this year’s musical, “Bye Bye Birdie”. In 2007 Ms Clements added a spring play to the U Prep drama schedule. In 2007 she was the U Prep Junior High Educator of the Year nominee. Ms Clements teaches 8th grade English and History. In her spare time, Ms. Clements enjoys spending time with her family and her miniature poodle, Cruz.

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Mike Dean

Mike Dean
Latin, English

Mr. Dean is teaching two subjects in his third year at U-Prep: Latin, and English. He was born and raised in the area graduating from Central Valley High School, and like other U-Prep staff is returning to the campus as a Nova alumnus. Michael earned his Baccalaureate from UC Davis with a major in English Literature and a minor in Latin.

Michael spends his free time playing and coaching as many sports as he can. He especially enjoys exploring the backcountry with his two young boys and wife.

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Rochelle Deter

Rochelle Deter
Mathematics

Rochelle Deter is a Redding native who graduated from Anderson High School in 1994 and began teaching at U-Prep in 2004. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Simpson College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003. Subsequently, Rochelle received her teaching credential through Simpson University and received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in August 2010.

This year, Mrs. Deter will be teaching Math 8 Honors and Algebra II. Mrs. Deter also coordinates the yearly Sophomore Class Trip and is the high school adviser for the California Scholarship Federation.

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Amanda Elliott

Amanda Elliott
AP World History

Amanda Elliott graduated from West Valley High School and moved from Redding. After many years away, she returned to the area to pursue her dream of teaching and to be close to the numerous outdoor activities that she enjoys. Amanda received her Social Science degree and teaching credential from Chico State University where she is currently pursing her Masters degree in the same area. Amanda participates annually in the North State History Social Science project through CSU, Chico and has been a member of the Contemporary World History Project through UOP. She has been an advisor for the Mock Trial club and been involved in Model United Nations. Amanda loves to travel and spends time touring the US, Europe and, recently, she accompanied the Cultural Connection club on a community service trip to Thailand. In the spring, she serves as the Junior High Softball coach at U Prep. Also, Amanda enhances her AP knowledge every year by serving as an AP Reader.

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Brad Fowers

Brad Fowers
Music (Bands, Choirs)

Mr. Fowers has been teaching music at University Preparatory School since 2004 where he has continued to expand both instrumental and choral components of the music department. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Brigham Young University and Boston University, and looks to continue his educational and musical growth in the future. On a personal note, Mr. Fowers would like acknowledge the existence of his beautiful wife and editor, Betsy. Along with their wonderful children (Dawson, Jane, and Emerson), the Fowers family is happy to be a part of the U-Prep family and Redding community.

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Jaspal Gaddy

Jaspal Gaddy
6th Grade Core & Junior High Student Government

Jaspal Gaddy is a 6th grade Language Arts/History Core teacher, the Junior High Student Government Advisor, the Junior High Cross Country Coach, and Core Department Chair at U-Prep.

Mrs. Gaddy was born and raised in the small town of Gridley, CA. She went on to California State University, Chico where she earned her BA and teaching credential in Liberal Studies in 2000. She has been teaching ever since. She taught four years in Oroville before moving to her husband's hometown of Redding, where she has been teaching since 2004. Jaspal has been married to Nathan, an amazing husband and father since 2001. They have two adorable daughters, Grace and Emma, and a little boy, Noah. One of her favorite past times is watching her children’s many sporting adventures! Whether it’s soccer, basketball, or cross country, you can find her rooting on her kids and their teammates.

She also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, running (you can always find her training for one race or another), hiking, biking, traveling, taking pictures, scrap booking, and above all spending time with her family. Mrs. Gaddy loves teaching at U-Prep and enjoys all the excitement and energy that go along with junior high!

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Christi Isheim

Christi Isheim
6th Grade Core & Prep Latin

Christi Isheim grew up in Sacramento, California. She graduated from St. Leo University and earned her teaching credential from California State University of Chico in 2009 with a multiple subject credential. She began her teaching career in Shasta Lake, California where she taught 5th grade. She is excited to join U-Prep teaching 6th Grade Core and Prep Latin.

Christi moved to Redding in 2004 with her husband, Loren (who is often found on the U-Prep Varsity Baseball field) and her three children Bond, Alex, and Sami. Bond graduated from U-Prep in 2013, while Alex is currently in her sophomore year and Sami is a 7th grader also here at U-Prep. In Christi’s free time she enjoys traveling to new places, reading, visiting Bond at UC Davis and watching her girls play sports.

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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson
Music

Elizabeth Johnson is UPrep’s strings, drum corps and guitar teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Fresno State University and her Single Subject Music Credential from National University. Her extensive musical background includes classical violin, fiddle, marching band and choir.

Mrs. Johnson taught with Redding School District’s string program for seven years before coming to UPrep in 2006 to start the strings program. In addition to developing a program that gives students the opportunity to begin a strings career from scratch and grow musically through their entire high school experience, she founded UPrep’s Drum Corps in 2008. In 2013, Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Fowers established UPrep’s full Symphonic Orchestra.

Starting this school year, Mrs. Johnson brings her extensive experience from her outside hobby of theatrical production to the spring drama at UPrep where she will serve as director. The winner of Riverfront Playhouse’s Director of the Year for 2012 (To Kill a Mockingbird) and 2013 (The Women of Lockerbie), she has acted, produced and directed in shows at Riverfront Playhouse, Shasta College and The Root Theater for the last nine years and founded her own theatrical production company, Hub Productions.

Through music, theater and all things art, Mrs. Johnson seeks to enrich the lives and experiences of students and bring to them a heightened awareness of their world.

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Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson
Earth Science, Biology, Anatomy/Physiology

Gina Johnson began her teaching career in 2008 at a small charter school in Red Bluff. She joined the wonderful U-Prep team in 2009 and currently teaches 6th grade Earth Science, Freshmen Biology, and Anatomy/Physiology. She also coaches Junior High Girls’ Soccer.

Mrs. Johnson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and her teaching credential through National University. Before her teaching career began, Mrs. Johnson worked as a chemist for six years at a Redding analytical laboratory. Desiring to find a more rewarding and community-minded career, she decided to enter into education.

Mrs. Johnson has spent most of her life in the North State and loves the area for its outdoor recreation, beauty, and dramatic geological history. Here, she met her husband, Jake, during middle school and the two married in 2005. Mrs. Johnson loves spending time with Jake and their many pets. Her favorite pastimes include snow skiing, wakeboarding, photography, golf, gardening, camping, reading, rock collecting, and stargazing.

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Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson
Fitness for Life, 6-12th grades PE

Michelle Johnson moved from Connecticut to the Bay Area when she was three years old. Mrs. Johnson graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's in Science: Kinesiology with a Minor in Health and Wellness. Mrs. Johnson moved back to the Bay Area after graduation where she met her husband. They have two daughters. She received her teaching credentials in Physical Education and Health Science as well as her Master's degree in Education from National University.

Mrs. Johnson took on the junior high track team in the spring of 2008. She is the assistant coach for the high school swim team, as that was her sport. She is the new Department Chair and is also the co-leader of the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

In March 2013, Mrs. Johnson attended the CAHPERD conference for the third time, where she acquired new games and received the current practices and trends in Physical Education. She is hoping to attend this conference again next year. Mrs. Johnson will be starting her 9th year at University Preparatory School.

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Paul Kaukonen

Paul Kaukonen
Honors English II, Guitar II

Paul grew up in the Redding area. After attending Liberty Christian High School, he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at The Master’s College. Mr. Kaukonen then earned a California Teaching Credential at Simpson University. Mr. Kaukonen, delighted to be part of U-Prep for the last eight years, has taught Honors English II and Prep Latin for most of that time. This year, anticipating much hearing loss, Mr. K will be teaching Guitar II—an introduction to the electric guitar. While wearing OSHA approved hearing protection, Mr. K plans to teach a new generation the always annoying, yet slightly inspiring guitar store anthems: Iron Man, Smoke on the Water, and Stairway to Heaven. When not in the classroom, Coach Kaukonen can be found on the west side of campus in the athletic contest training center. Coaching has combined two of Mr. K’s great loves: preparing athletes for difficult challenges and using a whistle.

Paul and Sarah, married for nearly a decade, are responsible for the care and management of two children and a cat (and not necessarily in that order). The Kaukonen family, led by the imaginations of their boys Jakob and Micah, spends their free-time searching for hidden treasure, sailing for adventure on the deep blue sea, and encouraging wayward pirates to make a choice between entering a twelve-step rehabilitation program or walking the plank.

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Marissa Kinneavy

Marissa Kinneavy
Dance

Marissa grew up in Redding, graduating from Shasta High School in 1995. She then attended the University of California at Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Sociology. Marissa moved back to Redding and immediately began teaching dance at Redding Dance Centre and choreographing for Kids Unlimited, Shasta College, and a traveling competitive dance team. During this time, she earned a teaching credential from Simpson University. Marissa went on to teach fourth grade for 5 years at Verde Vale Elementary School in Anderson. Marissa was a part of The Dance Project for 5 years where she was a dancer, dance captain, and choreographer for the company.

Marissa is very excited to start her 7th year teaching dance at U-Prep. She enjoys choreographing U-Prep's musicals and the 2 dance shows the department puts on each year. Marissa stays current with her teaching by attending numerous workshops and conventions throughout the year. This past year, Marissa started a small competitive dance team that took part in two out of town competitions. At these competitions, the small group of 8 girls was awarded Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum awards, along with a Judge’s Choice Award. This year Marissa hopes to expand the dance team to allow for more kids to experience such a great opportunity.

Marissa spends her free time with her husband Kip, and two boys, Cayden and Colton. They enjoy riding horses together, traveling, and are big 49er fans.

Currently, there are over 115 students enrolled in the dance department at U-Prep. This year, Marissa will be teaching 7 classes of dance ranging from Dance I – Dance VI.

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Tawni Kramer

Tawni Kramer
Honors English 1

Tawni Kramer is an enthusiastic addition to the U-Prep team. She teaches Honors English 1, and previously taught 10th and 12th grade English language arts within the Shasta Union High School District.

Tawni Kramer spent her childhood years not far from Yosemite National Park, in Groveland, CA., and then in the late 90s her family relocated to Susanville, CA. Tawni attended California State University, Chico where she earned her bachelor’s degree and went on to complete Simpson University’s California teaching credential program. She is currently working toward a Master’s in Education with an Administrative Credential.

When not in her classroom, Mrs. Kramer can often be found reading novels, playing volleyball, sipping coffee and working on a new DIY project. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Bradd and their dog, Tobey.

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Alan Lefler

Alan Lefler
Special Education

Mr. Lefler is the resource teacher at University Preparatory School. He moved to Redding when he was a toddler and has lived in the area ever since, save for the time period he attended Chico State University. He graduated from CSU with a degree in Geography and received his teaching credential from Simpson University.

Mr. Lefler has officiated numerous basketball and football games over the years. In his free time, he enjoys seeing the sights that the state of California has to offer, especially backpacking throughout the Sierra Nevadas. He plays an inconsistent game of golf, likes to get outdoors to hike or run, and is an anomaly in Northern California for cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers.

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Matthew Love

Matthew Love
8th grade Physical Science

Matthew Love is a welcomed addition to U-Prep this year and will be teaching our 8th grade Physical Science students.

Matthew moved to Redding just last year, but after 32 years has finally found a place to call home. Matthew attended California State Chico graduating with a degree in Biological Science but with a passion for all sciences. He completed his student teaching at Chico Junior High where he taught both 7th grade Life Science and 8th grade Physical Science. After completing his credential program he received a teaching position at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield CA. There he spent five years teaching Integrated Science, Biology, and Environmental Science. Matthew is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who likes to get his students active in their studies with interactive lessons. He also likes to bring professional community members into the classroom, and students out into the community to learn about science.

When Matthew is not engaged with his students you might find him at Whiskeytown Lake sailing his boat or up at McCloud or Hat Creek fly fishing. Matthew has also traveled through most of the United States, as well as in England, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, and most recently Costa Rica. His future goals are to continue to travel and grow as a person and educator.

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Ana Mello

Ana Mello
Mathematics & Student Government

Ana Mello was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in New Orleans. After high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Colorado. Mrs. Mello then relocated to Texas where she earned her teaching credential in Mathematics. She taught at Ford Middle School in Allen, Texas, for two years prior to moving to California. Mrs. Mello also earned her Masters degree in Secondary Education in 2009. Over the past nine years Mrs. Mello has taught a variety of math classes ranging from Course 1 to AP Calculus. This year she is teaching AP Calculus, AP Statistics, High School Math Lab, and Student Government.

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Noah Mock

Noah Mock
6th grade Core, Music Appreciation

Noah Mock joined U-Prep in the spring of 2013 as a member of the 6th Grade Core Team. He previously taught for 5 years in Belmont, CA. Mr. Mock is excited to begin his first full year teaching at U-Prep. Along with 6th grade Core subjects, Mr. Mock will be teaching Music Appreciation and a newly designed high school elective of Intro to Music Production, Technology, and Industry.

When Noah is not busy entertaining his wife Paloma, son Landon (3), and daughter Harper (1), he can be found working in his garden or cooking in the kitchen. His greatest passion, which his wife would say borders on an unhealthy obsession, is writing and recording music. He also enjoys playing disc golf and basketball. He looks forward coming to work every day to share his love of life and learning with his students.

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Jenne Mondry

Jenne Mondry
7th grade Core, Drama

Jenne Scherer Mondry is thrilled to join the U-Prep team this year. She will be teaching 7th grade Core and two Drama classes.

Jenne was born in southern California and grew up in coastal North Carolina. Jenne earned a B.A. in English from North Carolina State University, where she was a member of the Modern Dance Company. She studied abroad for a year in England, and, after working at a music magazine for a couple years in New York City, Jenne earned a Master’s in Teaching at the New School. She started her teaching career in Brooklyn, NY, and then spent the next 14 years at Exploris Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2007, Jenne earned National Board Certification and went on to mentor other teachers seeking National Boards through the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jenne lives in Redding with her husband Zack (who is a totally sweet bio-writer), young son Rafe, and an energetic collie. Jenne loves to read, write, and learn about people and the world. Being a part of students’ learning is a source of great joy for her. She also enjoys farmer’s markets, being an armchair amateur food anthropologist, reading, art, dance, modern architecture and music. Since moving to Redding, she has loved adventuring in the incredible landscapes of the west.

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Jude Morris

Jude Morris
Latin

In his third year as lead Latin teacher at U-Prep, Jude Morris comes with a diverse background in academics and teaching. He received his dual B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from San Francisco State University (2000), where as an undergraduate he also worked as a coordinator for the school’s English Tutoring Center. Jude then earned his first Master’s degree in Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder (2003), specializing in Roman Literature and Classical Art and Archaeology. While at Colorado, Mr. Morris worked first as a teaching assistant in ancient history, art, and literature courses, and then as an instructor teaching the Latin language and Greek archaeology.

After receiving his first Master’s degree, Mr. Morris began working as a college instructor teaching Latin courses at Santa Rosa Junior College (2004-2007) and Solano Community College (2004-2011). During this time he returned to his first alma mater SFSU to do work earning a certificate in teaching English Composition (2007) and a second Master’s degree in English Literature. Back at SFSU, he served as a part-time lecturer in English Composition (2007-2012), teaching various courses in grammar, literature, and writing.

Mr. Morris’s experience and expertise extend beyond classroom work and into other extracurricular, academic, and personal pursuits. As an undergraduate and then graduate student, he served in college as well as student association governments (one which he founded at Colorado) and as an editor for two journals (The Classical Journal at Colorado 2001, and Pacific Coast Philology at SFSU, PAMLA 2009). He has also published articles in a number of student journals, served as faculty advisor to the Latin Club at Solano, and volunteered for an arts outreach organization in SF. In his personal time, Mr. Morris loves to read, collect record albums, play music with his friends, catch indy films and concerts, and go hiking around California’s many wonderful trails.

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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy
Science & Mathematics

Brian Murphy has been the classroom since 1992. He has taught a variety of grade levels from middle school science to high school science and math classes. He earned his bachelor's of science from Fresno State and has his physical science credential as well as a math credential. In 1995 he was on the team that opened a new high school in Salinas which is where he was until moving to the Redding area in 2001. After moving, he worked in the environmental science field for three years but is glad to be able to return to the classroom.

He has two daughters and his wife works for the Department of Justice. They love to travel, attend concerts, the theater and to camp. Be careful asking Mr. Murphy about guitars.

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Brian Nichols

Brian Nichols
Cultural/Human Geography

Brian Nichols is an energetic young man who has spent most of his life enjoying the many benefits of being in the Redding area. A product of our local schools and sports programs he brings an understanding of what strengths and needs Redding has and how U-Prep can support both. In his 9th year of teaching and coaching at U-Prep there is little that he has not had his hand in. He has taught all of the 6th grade subjects, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra he now takes on the challenge of teaching Cultural/Human Geography to all of our 9th graders. He has coached: boys and girls Jr. High Basketball, boys and girls Jr. High Soccer, Jr. High Track, Assistant Varsity Girls basketball coach as well as Varsity Boys soccer coach. Currently he oversees all of U-Prep’s soccer teams, and Coaches Jr. High Girls basketball.

Mr. Nichols graduated from Simpson University in 2003 with degrees in both Mathematics and Social Science. He received teaching credentials in both in 2004 and upon starting work at U-Prep went back and got a multiple subjects credential in 2005.

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Michelle Oberlander

Michelle Oberlander
Mathematics

Michelle Oberlander was born and raised in Shasta County, graduating from Anderson Union High School with a healthy interest in mathematics. She moved to San Jose to work for a major transportation company. Her two sons were born while she lived in the Bay Area; they moved back to Redding in 1998. Ms. Oberlander wanted the boys to be brought up in the same environment where she was raised. She began attending Shasta College in 2001 and continued on to Simpson University where she earned her degree in Mathematics for Teachers, and her single subject teaching credential. Since graduation she has participated in the Math Project (CSU Chico), North State NSTIR (CSU Chico), and SCMP2 professional development projects as well attending conferences and TI-Nspire training.

During the last six years at U-Prep, Ms. Oberlander has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Trig/Precalculus, Math Lab and Computer Applications as well as advised the Robotics and MATHCOUNTS clubs. In 2009 the Robotics club team became a finalist (in top 8 of 27 teams) at the Botball competition and earned the KISS award. The 2009, 2010, and 2013 MATHCOUNTS teams won first place and had the opportunity to participate in the state competitions held at University of the Pacific and Stanford (respectively). During the 2013-14 school year she will be teaching Integrated Math 1 and Algebra II.

The best way to contact Ms. Oberlander is by e-mail at moberlander@suhsd.net.

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Morgan Peck

Morgan Peck
Earth Science, Conceptual Physics

Mr. Peck was raised and educated in San Jose, CA. He has a B.S. in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz, and an M.A. in Education from the University of Phoenix. He has taught at a variety of schools in Northern California from the Bay Area to Redding. His work experience includes 9th grade Earth Science in Brentwood, CA, Santa Clara, CA and Hayward, CA (2 years), 7th and 8th grade Science in San Jose, CA and Magalia, CA (1 year), and 6th grade Earth Science in Concord, CA (1 semester). Mr. Peck’s primary field is Geology, but he has a passion for all of the physical science, and especially their applications in the real world.

This is Mr. Peck’s first year at U-Prep. He is very excited to be working at such a great school with such an exceptional student population. He knows that this year will truly be special.

Mr. Peck is currently living in Corning, CA.

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Cindy Pion

Cindy Pion
Special Education Paraprofessional

Mrs. Pion graduated from Shasta High school in 1971. In 1974, she graduated from Shasta College with a degree in Nursing. She worked in the operating room for many years, and also as a Dialysis nurse. She joined the field of education in 1996, working as a Paraprofessional for both the Enterprise and the Redding School districts, before becoming a staff member of University Preparatory. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and most snow sports.

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Cory Poole

Cory Poole
Mathematics & Physics

Cory Poole grew up in Oak Run, California and went to Foothill High School when it was housed in U-Prep's current building. He attended Shasta College, and earned a B.S. from California State University, Chico with a double major in Physics and Applied Mathematics. After graduating from Chico State, he moved to Maryland to attend the University of Maryland College Park, where he received his Master of Science in Physics. While at UMD, Cory conducted research in non-linear dynamics and chaos, with a specific focus on biophysics and cellular motility, as a member of the UMD Chaos Group. He also taught discussion and laboratory physics sections, which led to an interest in teaching. Cory taught Mathematics in Baltimore for two years, and was very happy to be able to come home to Shasta County to teach at UPrep. He currently teaches Geometry, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.

When not at school, Cory spends time on several hobbies and interests, including photography, astronomy, woodworking, reading, playing video and computer games, and creating geometric origami and math-based art. Cory and his wife Liz live in Redding with their one-year-old son Micah and their dog, a Basset hound mix named Elvis.

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Tad Raudman

Tad Raudman
HS Biology, AP Biology and AP Environmental Science

Mr. Raudman is an Enterprise High School graduate and earned his Bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz in 1996. After working in the private sector for 4 years, he decided to pursue his passion for education and earned teaching and administrative credentials while attending Simpson and National Universities in Redding. Mr. Raudman is thrilled to be in the classroom teaching local area students introductory Life Science and AP Biology. He focuses on teaching students the amazing ways all living things are interconnected in our world. In addition, Mr. Raudman loves challenging students to understand the profound way science and technology are changing the society we live in.

Mr. Raudman is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys mountain bike riding, football, gardening, kayaking, camping and spending time with his wife, two children and friends.

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Cory Reagan

Cory Reagan
7th Grade Core, 6th Grade Geography

Cory Reagan started his teaching career in 1999 at Vista Middle School in Red Bluff, CA. His move to U-Prep in 2006, where he teaches 7th grade core and geography, has brought back to the same halls he roamed while in ninth grade at Nova High School in 1988. Cory graduated from Chico State, University in 1998 with a Multiple Subjects credential and CLAD (Crosscultural, Language AND Academic Development) certification. As a member of U-Prep’s core department, he teaches in a system that is not only rigorous and rewarding, but also engaging. The curriculum, based on California State Standards, builds better readers, writers, and speakers.

When not in the classroom you can find Cory coaching either on the baseball or football field. In his spare time, Cory’s love of the great outdoors takes him on many great adventures all across Northern California. Whether it is swimming, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, or hunting, Cory is most at home anywhere you can find mother nature. As a lifetime Redding resident, Cory lives with his lovely wife Kristen, his four year old daughter, Mackenzie, one year old son, Andrew, and their aptly named dog, Rookie. Whether inside or out, they can always be found rooting for the San Francisco Giants and USC Trojans Football.

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David Rickey

David Rickey
Life Science

David Rickey has taught at University Preparatory School since 2004. He teaches 7th grade life science. In the past, he has taught freshman biology, and anatomy and physiology to juniors and seniors. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico and his teaching credential at Simpson University. Prior to coming to U-Prep Mr. Rickey taught for four years at Cascade School, a college prep boarding school in Whitmore, CA, where he also coached boys soccer, girls volleyball, and boy's baseball. He is currently the the head JV volleyball coach. His favorite sports are tennis, soccer, and baseball. He is also one of the principle staff members in charge of the freshman trip to Patrick’s Point State Park. His hobbies include birding and camping at the ocean.

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Steven Schuster

Steven Schuster
Physical Education

Steven Schuster is entering his third year as part of the U-Prep community and will continue to teach Jr. High Physical Education. In addition to his teaching duties, Steven will be the Jr. High Flag Football Coach and continue to serve as the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Head Coach. Before joining U-Prep Steven spent five years working at La Mirada High School, working as a substitute teacher while also working with the Boys Varsity Basketball Program as an Assistant Coach from 2006-2010 before being promoted to Head Coach for the 2010-2011 season.

Steven graduated from Foothill High School in 2002. After attending Shasta College for two years, he transferred to Biola University where he earned a degree in Physical Education. Steven is currently working towards a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, wakeboarding, and traveling.

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Debbie Shipman

Debbie Shipman
Spanish

Debbie Shipman, a graduate of Shasta High School, Shasta College and CSU, Chico, joined the staff at U-Prep in 2004. In addition Mrs. Shipman earned a master's degree from the University of San Francisco. She taught for 16 years at Quincy High School in Quincy, California. A California mentor teacher for three years, Mrs. Shipman was also a PAR Consulting Teacher and a BTSA Coach. She was an instructor at Feather River College, creating the texts for her Spanish classes. At the inception of U Prep’s World Languages Department Mrs. Shipman was instrumental in establishing comprehensible input as the key curriculum component for all language teaching. At U Prep Mrs. Shipman teaches several levels of advanced Spanish.

In 2009 Mrs. Shipman founded the Global Connections Language Institute in Redding. She is the director of this adult language school which offers a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language as well as classes in beginning and intermediate Spanish, and mini-courses in Russian, French, Norwegian, Arabic, and Portuguese.

Mrs. Shipman and her husband, Mike, enjoy traveling throughout the Spanish-speaking world when schedules permit. Her lifetime goal is to travel to every Spanish-speaking nation (including the one in Africa)! To date Mrs. Shipman has lived in and/or traveled to Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Spain.

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Bobby Shufelberger

Bobby Shufelberger
AP U.S. History, Human Georgraphy, Gardening

Bobby Shufelberger teaches 11th grade AP U.S. History as well as a Sustainable Living course. Mr. Shufelberger began teaching in 2001 and came to U-Prep in 2004. Mr. Shufelberger enjoys attending AP United States History conferences, as he just returned from another one at Sacramento State University in 2013 in anticipation of the major changes coming to AP U.S. History in 2014. In 2000, he earned his B.A. degree from California State University, Chico. You can always find Mr. Shufelberger cheering on the 49ers and Giants!

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Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor
7th Grade Math and 7th Math Honors

Lisa Taylor is joining the U-Prep community this year and will be teaching all of the 7th Grade Math and 7th Math Honors Courses.

Ms. Taylor is a local graduate of Shasta High School. She attended Shasta College where she played Women’s Basketball for two years. Lisa earned her BS in Mathematics from Chico State. While earning her degree, she was selected to take part in a special program which allowed her to co-teach a math course to college freshman.

Lisa recently lived in Germany and traveled around Europe as part of an internship program. She was able to visit nine different European countries. It was a life changing experience and something she will never forget. Back in Redding, she enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and playing softball. This year she will be assisting the U-Prep Girls Varsity Basketball Team and is happy to be sharing her love of basketball. Ms. Taylor is looking forward to a great year at U-Prep, GO PANTHERS!

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Lura Wilhelm

Lura Wilhelm
Art

Ms. Lura Wilhelm is the Art teacher at University Preparatory School. It is her philosophy that Art is a subject that allows students to innovatively explore artistic perception and creative expression. She believes through Art, students are able to use creative tools to explore solutions to a wide variety of challenges. And, students can then use these tools to develop better understanding and knowledge in other curriculum. She feels Art helps allow an individual to explore the world as a life-long learner.

In May of 2014, Ms. Wilhelm received her MA in Art Education for Boston University. Prior to her MA, Ms. Wilhelm received her BA degree in Art Education with an emphasis in Studio Practice and her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She began her career in education teaching part time as a K-12 traveling Art teacher. In 2009 she began teaching art full time at Del Mar High School in San Jose. There she taught high school art for 2 years. Currently Ms. Wilhelm is teaching her 4th year of art at University Preparatory School. Ms. Wilhelm teaches 6th grade Art, Art 1-4, Honors art and Advanced Placement Studio Art. She also advises the U-Prep Art Club meeting on Thursdays after school.

Some of her favorite pastimes include drawing, painting, swimming, running, biking and hiking. Ms. Wilhelm still actively paints on her free time (mostly commissioned work). Her medium of choice is watercolor, but uses a wide variety of other mediums as well.

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