Faculty and Staff
 

  Danielle Alexich

Language Arts

dalexich@chicousd.org

Danielle Alexich has taught in the English Department at CSUC for the past 23 years.  In addition to a wide variety of courses in writing and literature at the college level, she has taught high school English and French, worked as a poet/teacher in the public schools and Juvenile Hall, served as Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools and worked as a presenter for the Northern California Writing Project.   She has designed and directed several summer institutes for teachers and led numerous seminars and workshops for teachers and students in and out of the state.  She brings to Inspire a respect for the imagination and a love of literature, writing and teaching.

 

 

Becky Brown

Language Arts

bbrown@chicousd.org

Website - sites.google.com/site/rebekahanker/home

Becky Anker graduated from CSU, Chico with an MA degree in English and a credential in 2008. She lives in Chico with her two teenage daughters and an ill-behaved rat terrier.  Now in her second year at Inspire, she is thrilled to be teaching English 9 and 11, as well as Creative Writing and History of Rock electives.  She brings to her teaching a passion for literature, writing, and music, as well as a sense of gratitude for the privilege of working with such a committed staff, supportive parents, and sparkling kids.

 

 

Joyce Henderson

Drama / Language Arts

jhenderson2@chicousd.org

Joyce lives in Chico and is honored to serve Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.  A graduate of UC Irvine, a Master’s from CSU Chico and a Secondary Credential from Queens CUNY, her theatre training spans work with Jean Shelton, Stella Adler, Robert Cohen, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. She was co-founder and Artistic Director of Chico’s Shakespeare in the Park (1989-2005) and Chico Independent Artists (CIA) and has been honored with Chico City Arts awards for Best Actress, Best Director, Most Innovative Production, and Best Producer. Formerly she taught at a private co-educational prep school in Alameda and continued her passion for theatre in San Francisco. She was recognized with Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Female Performance. Thanks to the entire Inspire community, faculty and staff, for creating a diverse and joyful environment to teach and learn.

 

 

 

 

Theron Hopkins

Language Arts

Picture and Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Marysol de laTorre-Escobedo

Social Science

mdelatorre@chicousd.org

Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo has taught World History, U.S. History, and AVID for over 6 years.  Marysol was born in Chico and raised in Hamilton City.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley and her full Social Science Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University.  She began her teaching career as a founding member of East Palo Alto Academy High School in the bay area.  As a founding member of EPAAHS, Marysol worked closely with the Stanford University Redesign Network and their efforts in meeting the needs of all students and creating a model of school reform.  She currently teaches AVID at Pleasant Valley High School.  Marysol and her husband Marcelo welcomed their first child in November, a baby boy named Joaquin Antonio. 


 

 

Deborah Travers

Social Science

dtravers@chicousd.org

Deborah Travers has taught World History, Geography and US History at both Chico High and Pleasant Valley High Schools for 14 years which includes working closely with Stanford University and the World Affairs Council in San Francisco to pilot the Contemporary World History Project (a UN style approach to teaching World History) at Chico High.  She is also the Project Director for CUSD's federally funded Smaller Learning Communities Grant for both comprehensive high schools and an original member of the District Advisory Council.  She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand, teaching English and Agriculture in a rural community high school and has twice volunteered with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.  Deborah returned to San Francisco to work for both the Institute of International Education and with the Peace Corps again as a Recruitment Specialist for all of northern California.  Wanderlust led to a return to Asia with her husband, teaching English in Kathmandu, Nepal, and leading treks throughout the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya for three years.  With a profound desire to 'bring the world home', she received a full Social Studies Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 1996 and immediately moved to Chico.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler who lives with her husband, Bill and three sons, Jasper, Ben and Jesse, next to Bidwell Park.

  

Beth Reid

Foreign Language - Spanish

breid@chicousd.org

Website - www.srareid.weebly.com

Beth Reid has been teaching all levels of Spanish for the last 7 years, working in Colusa, Paradise, and Oroville. She earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and teaching credential at ChicoState, and has also begun her Master's there in Teaching International Languages.  She has overseen Spanish Club and MEChA and loves to get to know her students through projects in and outside the classroom. Beth is originally from Fresno but fell in love with Chico--and in Chico--while a student here. She is married to Luke and has two children, Maia (3 yrs) and Wiley (1 yr). She loves to be with people, go to local concerts, cook, and travel, especially to Mexico and Central America. She is excited about her involvement with Agros International, an organization to help the rural poor develop and own land. She also loves living downtown and being outside with her family. Beth is very excited to be a part of Inspire!
 
  
 
Antonio Isern
 
Foreign Language / Student Government

aisern@chicousd.org 

Website -  inspireisern.com

Born and raised in Seville, Spain, Antonio moved to Chico along with his family at the age of 12. Growing up in Chico, Antonio attended Bidwell Jr. High and Chico High School. At Chico State, Antonio had the opportunity to strengthen not only his native language of Spanish, but also his cultural and historical knowledge about his native country of Spain as well as all other Spanish speaking countries of central and South America. Along with a credential in Special Education, Antonio possesses an incredible understanding for all students’ needs and wants.   Antonio has been teaching Spanish for three years. Antonio brings to his classroom an environment that is energetic, passionate, fun, dynamic, diverse and rich in culture, yet professional and full of rigor. Lastly, as a second language learner himself Antonio has the ability to understand students’ progression of a new language from personal experience. Focusing on 100% target language in the classroom, Antonio is determined to make his mark on students at Inspire. Antonio is married to his lovely wife, Jessica Isern, who is currently a school counselor at Pleasant Valley High School. Antonio is a soccer coach and enjoys many outdoors activities including, hiking, snowboarding, running, camping, golf, Frisbee-golf, and white water rafting to mention a few.  Antonio also enjoys dancing and acting as he was involved in a few theatrical Spanish productions while attending Chico State.  Antonio is also very passionate about traveling and hopes to be able to bring the experience to his students at Inspire by arranging yearly trips to visit foreign countries.

  

Scott Gunderson

Science / Math

sgunderson@chicousd.org

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

molson@chicousd.org

website - www.mrsolson.com

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!
 

  Valerie Henderson
Science
 
 
 
Originally from the East Bay Area, Valerie began her undergraduate work at the University of Hawai’i and completed her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis on Science Education as well as a Science Teaching Credential at Humboldt State University. Prior to coming to Inspire, she was an Education Intern at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, a Zoo Educator at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka and participated in an internationally collaborative educational research program with University students in Switzerland. Valerie is excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and caring staff at the beginning of her teaching career and also to meet her students.  In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with friends and family while snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, camping and going on road trips.

 


  Danielle Reynolds

Math

 
  Website - www.reynoldsmath.net 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
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
 
Math
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Lou Lim
 
Vocal Music
 
 
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