Math and Science Faculty

    Scott Gunderson

Science/Math/Engineering

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Scott has been teaching math and science for nineteen years, ten in Chico schools. After getting his teaching credential from San Diego State University in physical sciences, mathematics, and computers, Scott and his wonderful and talented wife, Denise, arrived in Chico in 1991 without jobs, apartment, or contacts and $100 in the bank. They have never regretted the move. Their son, Tristan, is eagerly looking forward to being a sophomore at Inspire next year and having his dad as his teacher. Besides a diverse love of learning that allows him to play a mean game of Trivia, Scott is passionate about music. He plays bass in two local groups you have never heard nor seen and wishes he could call himself a singer. He sang barbershop for seven years and even appeared in a couple local musical productions. Scott and his family love to travel and spend a lot of vacation time at music festivals. Desperately believing that education is the key to a hopeful future for this crazy world, Scott has developed and researched a lot of ideas about quality education that he looks forward to sharing with Inspire's students. 
     
    Malina Olson
 
Science

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Malina was born and raised in Durham, a little farming town outside of Chico. If you ever make it out there be sure not to blink or you may miss it! Malina got her degree in biological Sciences with an emphasis in microbiology and biotechnology at UC Davis. She gained hands on laboratory experience working at Novazymes biotech in Davis, and RH Phillips winery in Esparto.  She knew her true passion was in teaching science, so she returned to Chico to get her teaching credential at Chico State. After receiving her credential  she taught at various schools in Butte and Glenn county,  and even taught one semester in Dublin Ireland. During that time she  earned credentials in Chemistry and Geosciences.   In addition to teaching she is also dedicated to raising her two young girls, Avery (2 ) and Sidney (3 months and growing fast).  Malina has found a wonderful home at Inspire, and is looking forward to her second year!
     

 
  Danielle Reynolds

Math

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Danielle spent several years working as a facilitator, teacher, and trainer in the Developmental Disabilities field in Sacramento, CA.  It  was during this time she realized her passion for teaching.  She moved to Chico to be closer to her soon to be husband, Joe, and pursue a Bachelor’s degree and Teaching Credential in Mathematics.  Danielle recently completed her student teaching in Oroville and is thrilled to be joining the Inspire Team where she can share her enthusiasm for Mathematics with students.  Outside the classroom, Danielle enjoys life by traveling, taking photographs, cooking, gardening, kayaking, and just about anything that gets her outside with her dog Lily and husband, Joe.
     
    Katie Raymond
 
Math
 
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Katie has been teaching Math for the past three years in the Sacramento area and in Chico. She is originally from Sacramento but found a love for Chico when she came here for school.  She earned her BS in Mathematics and teaching credential at Chico State and is currently pursuing her MS in Mathematics Education at Chico as well.  Katie is very excited to join the Inspire team and can’t wait to meet her new students! Outside of the classroom, Katie loves to spend time with friends and family, travel, bake (cupcakes especially), Giants baseball, play volleyball, go to the lake, and basically anything outdoors.
     
    Kathryn Buckles
 
Math
 
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Kathryn Buckles graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Financial Math and Statistics. Originally from Southern California Kathryn moved to Chico to housesit for a family friend. After falling in love with the community she began the single subject credential program at CSU Chico, student taught in Oroville, and completed the program in Spring 2013. She is excited for the opportunity to begin her teaching career with the dedicated and knowledgeable staff of Inspire.
     
    Alan Kauffman

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Alan Kauffman is a Chico local with a passion for teaching Math and Science in creative ways. He is excited to get the chance to work on fine-tuning the Inspire robotics/electronics program as he was planning on becoming an engineer until he switched majors in college. He earned his BS in Mathematics Education from CSU, Chico, where he also was awarded the NOYCE Scholarship. Alan has had experience teaching at Sherwood Montessori School and Pleasant Valley High School. He is honored to join the great teaching team at Inspire HS and looks forward to meeting all his future students. When not at school, Alan enjoys rock climbing, yoga, backpacking, cooking, and riding his bike all over Chico.
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