Gervais High School Staff
From the Desk of the Principal
Gervais High School is a special place with a caring, well-trained staff and a student body that receives praise throughout the valley. Our community is rich in tradition, generous in its support of education and sincere in its concern for students’ educational welfare.
With an enrollment of about 300 students, we are a small school and proud of it. Students thrive under the tutelage of enthusiastic staff members with an average class size of 22. It is easy to be noticed and known in our hallways. The staff of Gervais High School provide a safe, nurturing and enriching environment in which all students have the opportunity to develop physically, emotionally and intellectually. We welcome all languages and cultures into our melting pot.
There are five standards we ask all students to seek: Be Yourself, Find Your Niche, No One Eats Alone, Post Positive, and 1% Improvement Each Day.
First, we encourage each student to “Be Yourself.” Students… you are special, one of a kind, unique. The world will never again see someone with your gifts, your skills, your experiences. Be the best version of yourself you can be and share that with the world.
Second, we encourage each student to “Find Their Niche.” Your niche is a special place that you belong to, it ‘fits’ you. This could be a group of friends or an activity, like a sport or club, that you participate in. What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to do? High school is a great time to have adventures, to try new elective courses, to find where you belong. So go exploring! Take an Art class, take an Ag class, join the Music club after school, try-out for the basketball team. Be yourself and believe in yourself. Try new things. Introduce yourself to new people. Be courageous!
We encourage all staff and students to work doubly hard to make sure that “No One Eats Alone.” Be the person that steps across the cafeteria or hallway to invite someone to have lunch with you! Break the cycle of sarcasm and criticism, break through to those who are hiding in their phone, and be a friend to someone who needs one.
We ask all students to “Post Positive.” Social media has a profoundly strong influence on all of us. Much of it is fine, but so much is not. When referring to yourself or someone else in your postings, please “post positive”.
Finally, we encourage all students to adopt the mindset of “1% Improvement Each Day.” Keep yourself moving forward. Wake up in the morning, tell yourself it is a new day and walk into it with expectation.
Our commitment to you as a new or returning member of Gervais High School is to provide you with an education that is relevant, engaging, rigorous, and prepares you for college, a trade school or employment. Each and every year, as a result of our college dual enrollment programs, GHS students earned dozens of college credits and saved tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition costs.
We are currently supporting four Career and Technical Education (CTE) strands –
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems
- Construction Technology
- Health Occupations
- Graphic Arts and Design
We also send 23 students to the new career training facility known as Willamette Career Academy.
Get involved. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Be known.
We welcome you,
From the Desk of the Assistant Principal
Assistant Principal Andrew Aman
Before working as Assistant Principal of Gervais High School, I spent 11 years as a teacher at Gervais Middle School, teaching primarily 7th grade Language Arts. It is exciting working in a capacity in the Gervais School District that allows me to provide greater opportunities for the students of Gervais.
I enjoy spending time at our home in Newberg with my wife, Fenya, and our daughter Avery, son Benjamin, and dog Scout. When we aren’t working with the students of Gervais we enjoy camping, traveling, watching movies, going to the park, and rooting on the Ducks, Seahawks and Blazers.
I grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Southridge High School in 2002. I then attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 2006 with a Major in Philosophy and Minor in English. Later, I attended Lewis & Clark College to earn my Masters in Teaching in 2008. It was then I began working in Gervais. 11 years later I obtained my Administrative License from George Fox University and began my career in administration.
Later, I attended Lewis & Clark College to earn my Masters in Teaching in 2008. It was then I began working in Gervais. 11 years later I obtained my Administrative License from George Fox University and began my career in administration.
The community of Gervais is very special to me, as this place has given me so much. We have amazing students, all of whom have the potential to be successful adults. It is one of my personal responsibilities to help them navigate their young lives so they can reach their goals. I aspire to engage with students in order to learn about them individually – every individual is different, so every student learns differently.
I strongly believe in having an “open door” policy, so feel free to stop by and talk. I welcome any and all conversation…thank you.
My Roles: Assist daily operations of the school Attendance Officer Fill in for Principal as needed
My Education Background: Southridge High School – 2002 Univ. of Oregon – 2006 Major Philosophy Minor English Lewis and Clark College – MAT George Fox Univ. – Admin License # of years with Gervais High School: 14
Responsibilities This Year: Attendance Student operations Student engagement Counseling Team Admin.
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts.” -Theodore Roosevelt
My Roles: keep the front office running smoothly communicate with parents, students and staff track all high school attendance
My Education Background: Gervais High School Graduate Chemeketa Community College Portland State University # of years with Gervais High School: 1st yr. at Gervais High School 8 yrs with GSD 20 yrs. in education.
Favorite Quote: “Accept what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”
My Roles: Spanish Teacher Boys Soccer Coach
My Education Background: BA, Education MS EdD # of years with Gervais High School: 3 Classes that I Teach This Year: Spanish I Spanish II Spanish for Native Speakers
Responsibilities This Year: provide instruction in speaking, listening and writing in Spanish – inspire, motivate
Favorite Quote: “With education life is a lot easier.”
My Roles: Health Sciences Teacher Leadership Advisor
My Education Background: BS, Microbiology, OS (Minor in Chemistry, certificate in medical humanities) Masters in Public Health, OHSU # of years with Gervais High School: 5 Classes that I Teach and Responsibilities This Year: Health A/B Wellness Occupations Medical Skills Community Health Leadership Advisor A/V Club
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.”
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My Roles: Teach Social Studies Athletic Director
My Education Background: BS, Education, Western Oregon University # of years with Gervais High School: 26 Classes that I Teach This Year: Government Senior Survey Geography
Favorite Quote: “Reasons or results.”
My Roles: Strength and Conditioning Teacher
My Education Background: North Marion, K-12 Lower Columbia College Western Oregon University Undergrad Western Oregon University MAT # of years with Gervais High School: 6 Classes that I Teach This Year: Strength and Conditioning
Favorite Quote: “The Enemy of Great Is Good Enough”
My Role(s): FLC Special Education Teacher
My Education Background: I have a Bachelor’s Degree and 2 Masters Degrees # of years with Gervais High School: 6 years in November
Responsibilities This Year: I am the High-Needs Special Education Teacher I run the Functional Learning Center I also run the transition program for students over 21 years of age
Favorite Quote: ”You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi “Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.” -Prabakaran Thirumalai_
My Roles: Instructional Assistant Office Assistant My Education Background:
Gervais High School Medical Assistant training, Pioneer Pacific College # of years with Gervais High School: 1st
Responsibilities This Year: Assist in the front office Communicate with students, parents and staff Take care of all tracing badges
Favorite Quote: ”Sometimes you will never know the VALUE of a moment, until it becomes a MEMORY.” -Dr. Seuss
My Roles: ELD Teacher
My Education Background: BS Planning, Public Policy & Mgmt, University of Oregon 2001 MS Educational Administration, Kaplan University 2009 # of years with Gervais High School: 2 and 1/2 years Classes that I Teach This Year: ELD Academic Language
Favorite Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement” -Helen Keller
My Roles: Ag Teacher FFA Advisor
My Education Background: Crescent Valley High School BA Animal Science OSU 2010 MA Ag Education OSU 2013 # of years with Gervais High School: 5 Classes that I Teach This Year: Animal Science Intro to Ag Welding Forestry Food Science Veterinary Science
Favorite Quote: “Takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place”
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My Role(s): AVID Teacher/Coordinator Social Studies Teacher
My Education: Molalla High School, Oregon AAOT Clackamas Community College 2007 BS in History WOU 2009 MAT WOU 2011 I student taught at Gervais High School in the 2010-2011 school year. After that I subbed here and other districts until getting hired full time at GHS in 2015.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” ~Anne Frank
My Roles: Language Arts Teacher
My Education Background: Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, Moraine Valley Community College 2008 BA in English Language & Literature, Montana State University 2013 MAT Teaching English Language Arts, Lewis & Clark College 2017 # of years with Gervais High School: 3 Classes that I Teach This Year: English 10 Language, Power, and Social Justice
Favorite Quote: “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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My Roles: Assisting students with classwork Helping students with daily living skills, recycling, etc. Helping students learn appropriate social behavior
My Education Background: Chemeketa Community College I was in the USAF and trained at Fort Sam Houston Medical Training Center Concorde Career Institute, Certified Medical Assistant Jacksonville, FL # of years with Gervais High School: 10 yrs.
Responsibilities This Year: assist in the FLC classroom
Favorite Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” -Maya Angelou
My Roles: Resource Teacher
My Education Background: MA Teaching in Special Ed, Pacific University 2016 BS Public Policy and Administration, WOU 2012 Southridge High School, Washington # of years with Gervais High School: 5
Responsibilities This Year: Academic Assist Support Special education students GHS Testing Coordinator
Favorite Quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain
My Roles: assist students in fulfilling their future dreams
My Education Background: Western Oregon University, graduate # of years with Gervais High School: 1st
Responsibilities This Year: Provide information/support to students and parents regarding colleges, trade schools, the armed forces, and financial aid, Coordinate trips to colleges and trade schools Act as the GHS liaison to Willamette Career Academy
Favorite Quote: “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”
My Roles: Math Teacher NHS Advisor
My Education Background: BA – Mathematics and Education, Bethel University MN MSEd ESOL, Western Oregon University # of years with Gervais High School: 4 Classes that I Teach and Responsibilities This Year: Algebra I, AVID 9, Accelerated Algebra, Accelerated Geometry, Algebra II, NHS Advisor, Equitable Grading Team,
Favorite Quote: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle
My Roles: P.A.W.S. Credit Recovery
My Education Background: Graduated from Sherwood High School, Graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts, Graduated from George Fox University with a Masters in Teaching. # of years with Gervais High School: 1st
I grew up in a family of educators and it has always been my dream to be a teacher. I love small schools and communities. I have two children who keep me busy with all their various activities and my husband and I love going to the beach and camping. Some of my favorite things are: Snickers, reading a good book, and hanging out with our dog Bella.
Favorite Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
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My Roles: Teacher, Junior Class Advisor, Chess Club Advisor.
My Education Background: Mt Hood Community College (AS), Portland State University (BS), Portland State University (Med). # of years with Gervais High School: 6 Classes that I Teach This Year: STEM, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science.
Favorite Quote: ”Be the change you want to see in the world”
My Roles: Credit Recovery and P.A.W.S., support for students
My Education Background: Marshall High School, Portland # of years with Gervais High School: 4
Responsibilities This Year: assist all credit recovery students assist all P.A.W.S. students
Favorite Quote: “Be an active participant in your own rescue.” – River Raft Guide
My Roles: Math Teacher
My Education Background: Cerritos HS, California UC, Irvine BA in Psychology, Minor in Biology, 1984 Concordia University, Portland, Master’s in Education, Curriculum & Instruction, 2016
Years with Gervais High School: 3
Classes that I Teach This Year: Geometry Pre-Algebra Advisory – 11th Grade Advanced Topics in Algebra & Geometry
Favorite Quote: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My Roles: CTE Teacher Department Head
My Education Background: Bachelors of Arts in Physical Education Western Oregon University, Masters of Arts in Teaching Western Oregon University. # of years with Gervais High School: 16 Classes that I Teach This Year: Woods 1, Woods 2, Construction 1, Architecture & Engineering.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, you gotta be ready to hit the curve.” -Jaja Q
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I am a Gervais High School graduate- Go Cougars! I began coaching high school Volleyball in 1999 and started working full time in the GHS office in 2003. My fondest memories will forever be my own experiences on the athletic court/field and my time coaching some pretty wonderful ladies- who became part of my family. I live on a small farm outside of town with my husband and our 3 very busy boys. Our lives are consumed with their sporting events and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
“See a Need, Fill a Need”
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My Roles: Helping Students in the classroom Helping where I am needed
My Education Background: Graduated from Gervais Union HS # of years with Gervais High School: 12 yrs.
Responsibilities This Year: Supervision duties Helping in the classes assigned.
Favorite Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and the shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman
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My Roles: Teacher
My Education Background: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Social Science # of years with Gervais High School: 26
Classes that I Teach This Year: World Geography, World History.
Favorite Quote: “If not, why not?”
My Roles: to support all students in feeling empowered to shape their future academic goals, cultivate their personal/social & mental health, and develop and work towards their career aspirations.
My Education Background: Bachelors of Social Science with a Minor in Spanish at Western Oregon Univ. Masters of Education in School Counseling. # of years with Gervais High School: 1st
Favorite Quote: “The opposite of success is not failure…it’s being stuck. You have a unique gift that’s meant to be shared. When fully aligned with this everlasting GIFT, an unshakeable confidence becomes REAL!” -Jennifer Villarreal
My Roles: Classroom Teacher, Sophomore Class Advisor
My Education Background: BA in Art: Art History – Portland State University, MAT – Concordia University # of years with Gervais High School: 5 Classes that I Teach This Year: Intro to Art & Design, Photography I & II, Graphic Design I & II, Print Production & Design.
Favorite Quote: ”Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep” -Scott Adams
My Roles: English/AVID Teacher, Drama Club Co-Advisor, GSA Advisor, (9-12) OBOB Coach
My Education Background: Tacoma School of the Arts (HS), 2011, Linfield College (BA), 2015 Currently attending George Fox (MEd). # of years with Gervais High School: 3 Classes that I Teach This Year: English 12, AVID 12, Theater
Favorite Quote: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” -Kahlil Gibran
My Role(s): Instructional Assistant,
My education: Tigard High School and Portland Community College
Years in Education: I started in education in 2003, and have worked at Gervais High School since October 2019. I provide instructional and behavioral support for students. I look forward to getting to know new students each year and building stronger relationships with students that are coming back. I enjoy going to sporting and community events, and seeing my students’ there.
“Find your strength in flexibility”
-Maureen Joyce Connolly, Little Lovely Things
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My Roles: Athletics 6-12, Custodial/Maintenance Support, Attendance K-12 I've worked for 10 years with Gervais School District. My Responsibilities This Year: Assisting our AD with coaching staff, scheduling, and student eligibilities, Assisting head of maintenance with scheduling of projects, AP, and custodial support, Working with the secretaries in the district bringing attendance together. Favorite Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein
My Roles: Science Teacher, Advisory Teacher
My Education Background: University of Wyoming, B.S. Nutrition, George Fox University – MAT. # of years with Gervais High School: 1st Classes that I Teach This Year: STEM, Forensics,
Favorite Quote: “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” -Theodore Roosevelt
My Roles: Choir Teacher, Music Club Advisor.
My Education Background: Rancho Cucamonga HS – Rancho Cucamonga, CA (also home of the Cougars 🙂 ) University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA (BM Vocal Performance, 2010) Portland State University – Portland, OR (MM Conducting, 2016 & MEd Education, 2017) # of years with Gervais High School: 1st Classes that I Teach This Year: GHS Choir
Favorite Quote: “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” -Ella Fitzgerald
My Roles: High School Math Teacher
My Education Background: Oregon State University–2018, Western Oregon University–Current. # of years with Gervais High School: 2 Classes that I Teach This Year: Algebra 1, Intro to Sustainability, Financial Algebra.
Favorite Quote: “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary new material, but the warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” -Carl Jung
My Roles: IA, Boys basketball coach, Read the morning announcements
My Education Background: AA, Chemeketa Community College, BA, Western Oregon University. # of years with Gervais High School: 6
Responsibilities This Year: FLC PE, FLC Science.
Favorite Quote: “Remember the past, prepare for the future, live for today.”
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My Roles: Teacher Basketball coach
My Education Background: BA: Business Economics – Willamette University Teacher License – California State University, Long Beach MS Mathematics – Portland State University # of years with Gervais High School: 22
Classes that I Teach and Responsibilities This Year: Introduction to Business PreCalculus Financial Algebra Calculus Assistant Basketball Coach
Favorite Quote: ”Mathematics is the language in which God wrote the universe.” -Galileo
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“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Married with six kids, 5 of whom have graduated from Gervais HS. I taught in Pittsburg, CA. for nine years before moving to Oregon. I’ve been in the Gervais SD since 1989. I’ve taught Science, Math, and Driver Training at Gervais HS. I’ve also coached baseball, been a vice-principal and been the Athletic Director. In addition to teaching I currently work as a Data Specialist for the district.
My hobbies include most outdoor activities (gardening, sports). Aha moment in education: When former students come back to tell you that what you taught them was worthwhile, then you know you’re on the right track.
My Roles: GHS Principal District Testing Coordinator District CTE Coordinator
My Education Background: BS, Biology, Stanford University Teaching credential, University of California, Los Angeles MS, Portland State University Admin. Credential, George Fox University # of years with Gervais High School: 32
Responsibilities This Year: Ensure student safety and health Oversee implementation of all curricula, instruction and assessment Oversee extracurricular activities
Favorite Quote: “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” -Dr. Martin Luther King
My Roles: AVID 11, American Literature.
My Education Background: AAS in Horse Management from Linn Benton Community College, B.S. in Speech Communication from Oregon State University Currently in MAT Program at George Fox University. # of years with Gervais High School: 2 Classes that I Teach This Year: AVID 11, American Literature.
Favorite Quote: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou
My Roles: Assisting our newcomer students and monitoring our ELD students
My Education Background: Associates in Human Services, ECE Certificate. # of years with Gervais High School: 4.
Responsibilities This Year: Helping our students achieve their academic goals.
Favorite Quote: “When you get tired learn to rest not quit.”
My Roles: Helping students meet their goals.
My Education Background: GHS Alumni Class of ‘03, BA Interdisciplinary Studies – WOU ‘08. # of years with Gervais High School: I’ve worked at GHS since 2020, GES since 2015, and a variety of positions with the district since 2001.
Favorite Quote: “I never lose, I either win or learn.” -Nelson Mandela “Do or Do Not, There is No Try.” -Yoda
My Roles: English Teacher
My Education Background: Bachelor of Science in English, Western Oregon University, Master of Arts in Teaching, George Fox University. # of years with Gervais High School: 14. Classes that I Teach This Year: English 9, Language Arts, Language, Power, and Social Justice.
Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill
My Role(s): Library Assistant.
My Education: John F Kennedy High School, Oregon, BS Business administration w/option in Marketing 1998, I have been with the Gervais School District since 2016.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~AESOP
My Roles: GHS BASE Coordinator, Offer social/emotional support to GMS/GHS, 1:1 counseling/mediation with students.
My Education Background: B.A., Psychology, B.A, Spanish, Masters in Social Work. # of years with Gervais High School: 1st
Responsibilities This Year: Oversight of BASE curriculum, Counseling (6th – 12th), Monthly Celebrations.
Favorite Quote: “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” -Chinese Proverb