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Faculty & Staff

Ms. Montoya, Superintendent/PrincipalTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. MontoyaHello, I'm Jenny Montoya. It is an honor to begin my fifth year as superintendent of the Gerber Unified Elementary School District. This will be my 21st year in education. I began my journey at Gerber as a classroom teacher in 1997 and have since then worked as a Reading Specialist, Title 1 Coordinator, Assistant Principal and now Superintendent/Principal. My hat has changed throughout the years, but my dedication to the students, staff, and school has remained the same. I am truly committed to making Gerber the best school for all of our students and it is with great enthusiasm that I begin another new school year where I have the opportunity to lead and help prepare our students for their future.

Ms. Neely, Assistant Principal/Title I CoordinatorTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. NeelyMy name is Megan Neely and I am the new Assistant Principal and Title 1 Coordinator. I have a bilingual teaching credential and master’s degree in administration. I have 15 years of experience in education. I was a classroom teacher for six years and have been a school administrator in K-8 schools for nine years. I am excited to be joining the educational team at Gerber School and having the opportunity to meet and work with your children. I believe that all children deserve a safe engaging learning environment that supports them in developing their full potential. My personal goal is to become a resource and partner to you and the entire Gerber staff in this effort. I look forward to meeting you at some time during the school year. Please accept my invitation to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns you may have. Remember, that I am here to help in any way I can.
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

Mr. BatemanTop of Page

A portrait of Mr. BatemanI have been teaching 1st grade at this wonderful school since 2003. I tell people every time they ask where I work that I love where I work. The kids are fantastic and the teachers are amazing. I have been working with kids in one way or another since I was a freshman in high school. I just simply enjoy it. I get to hang out with kids all day. How awesome is that? Teaching kids how to deal with the stuff life throws their way, and having fun, makes my job an amazing opportunity. I look forward to many more years here at Gerber School. Our classroom’s college is Michigan State. We are the Spartans! GO GREEN!
Food for Thought:
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I made…but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” — Forest Witcraft

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." — Carl W. Buehner

Mrs. ButtonTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. ButtonHi! I am DeLana Button and I teach second grade here at Gerber School. Teaching is a dream come true for me as I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. In 1985, I began working towards that goal by becoming an instructional aide, attending night school, graduating from Simpson College, and then receiving my teaching credential in 1999. The university that my classroom represents, as a NEU school, is the University of Oregon. The Oregon Ducks have always had a special place in my heart, as I have family from the Eugene/Springfield area, and even lived in the area a few times as a child. I grew up a Oregon Duck fan, and now I am excited to be passing on my love for the Ducks to my students, as well as the knowledge of what college has to offer. Go Ducks!

Mr. CherryTop of Page

A portrait of Mr. CherryHi, my name is Aaron Cherry and I'll be teaching technology this year. In 2012 I graduated from Chico State with credentials in PE and Multiple Subjects. I have chosen Arizona State University as my college, because I'm a huge sports fan and they have a great athletic department which has helped produce athletes such as Barry Bonds, James Harden, Phil Mickelson, and Terrell Suggs into the stars that they are/were. I'm excited to be teaching at Gerber and I look forward to having a great year.

Ms. DavisTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. DavisHello, my name is Deanna Davis and I’ll be teaching 6th grade this year in room 35! I earned my teaching credential at Chico State University; however, I’m an Ohio native. Therefore, I choose The Ohio State University as my No Excuse University. I am excited to be a new member of the Gerber staff and I look forward to making a positive impact on each and every student that I come across!

Mrs. DyeTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. DyeHi, Welcome to Room 29. My name is Lori Dye and I currently teach 6th grade. This is my seventeenth year teaching at Gerber School, where I have taught from third through seventh grades. I feel honored to have the great responsibility of helping young students prepare for their futures. My favorite part of being a teacher is watching my students mature and master new concepts throughout the year. The University our class has adopted is Washington State University – the Cougars. I chose this College because of the amazing staff and students I met there when I had to have surgery performed on one of my camels. When we chose our college mascots, WSU was my immediate choice. I reside in Red Bluff on my small farm with my multiple species of rescue animals including my two ornery dwarf miniature horses, and my zebra named Dixie. In my free time I can usually be found outside at the farm, either digging in my flower gardens, or curled up with a critter friend.

Mrs. FarrellTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. FarrellHello there! My name is Jenna Farrell and I teach kindergarten. I feel very fortunate be a part of such a great community here at Gerber. Beginning when I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I was in love with the diversity of cultures, languages, families, and people to which I was exposed from a very young age and through my life. I have been working with children in many facets for as long as I can remember. In 2005, I graduated from CSU, Chico with my bilingual teaching credential in Spanish. I have had many opportunities to teach children of all ages and look forward to extending my knowledge into the 8th grade year. This school year is going to be an excellent continuation of last year's, focusing on life skills, learning, STEM, and so much more! Sonoma State University is our classroom college, and we are the Seawolves!

Mrs. FletcherTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. FletcherMy name is Renee Fletcher. I have taught at Gerber Elementary School for seven years now. My first year of teaching I taught third grade and for the past 6 years I have been the RTI Teacher, which I enjoy immensely. The University I have chosen to adopt my class is the University of Hawaii. I chose the University of Hawaii because I have had the opportunity to visit there with my family.

One of the greatest rewards of being a teacher is to see the progress the students have made through hard work and seeing the pride on my students’ faces when they have accomplished their goals.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein
I look forward to a great year! Go Rams!

Mr. GomesTop of Page

A portrait of Mr. GomesHi, I’m Alfred (AL) Gomes and I am excited to be the new Behavior Intervention Coordinator here at Gerber School. Go Rams!!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Chico State from the School of Social Work. I have been working with children, youth and families for the past 10+ years in a variety of settings, including: juvenile hall, child protective services, county outpatient, youth centers, elementary, middle, and high schools. I believe in positive change and providing opportunities for personal growth, skill development, and creating quality relationships with others.
I chose this career path due to my strong passion for helping children, youth and families not only enhance the quality of their relationships but to also increase quality of life, in-general. I believe this is possible through gaining insight into one’s own strengths, capacities, and abilities. I am strength-based, positive and enjoy SMART goal setting and problem-solving. I hope to be a valuable asset to the great team here at Gerber School by providing additional behavioral supports to faculty, staff, students, and families.
My NEU is University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Go Rebels!

Ms. JasielumTop of Page

A portrait of  Ms. JasielumMy name is Carly Jasielum and I am thrilled to be the new Kindergarten teacher this year at Gerber Elementary School. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful school community! I was born and raised in Red Bluff, CA. I graduated from Sacramento State and completed my teaching credential through Chico State. This will be my third year teaching. I taught a 3/4/5 Combo class the last two years in Lewiston, CA. I absolutely love being a teacher and being a positive influence in the lives of my students. Our NEU college is the University of Alabama.

Ms. KehoeTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. KehoeMy name is Trysha Kehoe and I am teaching a 4th/5th grade combo class this year at Gerber School. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I am so excited to be working with the students and families at Gerber School. I have been in education for many years. I spent 10 years here at Gerber School as an instructional aide, 3 years as a substitute teacher,  1 year as a teacher in an intervention program, and now I’m back at Gerber for my 4th year teaching. The university that I have chosen is University of Arizona because my oldest son attended there for 4 years. Our mascot is the Wildcats and our colors are red and blue. I look forward to a great year. Go Wildcats!!!

Mr. MitchellTop of Page

A portrait of Mr. MitchellMy name is Cort Mitchell. I’m an eighth grade homeroom teacher. I’ve been teaching for 24 years, all right here at Gerber School. I attended Chico State University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1989. I received my teaching credential in the fall of 1990, also from CSUC.

Ms. NolanTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. NolanThis is my 22nd year here at Gerber. I am happy to be teaching Transitional Kindergarten and supporting students with academic and social emotional growth.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  Mark Twain

Mrs. SmithTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. SmithI chose to be a teacher because I love to be around children. My favorite part of teaching is when you are teaching something that is difficult at first and then, all of a sudden, you see a student’s face light up because they finally understand!
I chose the University of North Carolina Tarheels because I wanted to show kids that they have a lot of options. Their mascot is also a ram, just like our school!

Mrs. SpencerTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. SpencerI am Mrs. Spencer and I currently teach fourth grade. I have been a teacher at Gerber School since 2002. University of Southern California is the college that inspires us in room 24. We are proud to call ourselves the USC Trojans. Fight on!!

Mrs. SpenglerTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. SpenglerMy name is Keri Spengler. I graduated from the Tri-Placement Program at CSU Chico. I have been teaching at Gerber since January of 2010 and I taught at Hayfork for 2 years prior to coming here. I have two fun, busy boys that attend Gerber also. My family enjoys all kinds of outdoor activites, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and exploring. I am also an avid reader, enjoy painting, and music. I love teaching at Gerber and am proud to be part of our caring staff here. Our class University is the University of Montana. We have a penpal named Cooper who is a Grizzly football player.

Mrs. TadeoTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. TadeoMy name is Maria Tadeo and I am the ELD teacher at Gerber School. I have worked at Gerber School for sixteen years. I was hired as a paraprofessional and through the years of working here, I attended Chico State to receive my Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential. We are an NEU school and the university that I choose to represent is University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I have been married for eighteen years and I have three wonderful children.

Mrs. TroutTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. TroutWhat an honor to work with the Gerber Rams community! My names is Claudia Trout and I am the Intervention Coordinator. I’ve been teaching for ten years and have worked with preschool-3rd and 7th grade students. I graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Spanish and Liberal Studies. I knew I wanted to be a teacher after working with Mini-Corps students in Northern California. Working with teachers, parents, and community members to support student learning brings me great joy. My favorite part of teaching is watching students make connections with the content and want to take ownership of their learning. For fun I love watching movies and going to Thunder Hill Raceway Park to drive fast! Our classroom college is Deep Springs College. At Deep Springs students learn about self-governance through labor and academics. Let’s work hard, and dream big RAMS!

Mrs. UlloaTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. UlloaI love working at Gerber School! There are so many nice students and families and staff members all over this place. I have taught 6th grade and 1st grade and now I'm happy to be teaching 4th grade. I think I could be a rock star if I had any musical talent. Since I wasn't blessed with that, I use my loud voice and happy attitude to rock the classroom instead. In my free time I do a lot of camping and swimming and traveling with my family. I love books and read at least an hour daily. It's probably hard to believe, but I was a shy little girl. My teachers always encouraged me to believe in myself and stand up for what's right. I try to pass that on to my students every day!

Mrs. WabbelTop of Page

A portrait of Mrs. WabbelMy name is Donna Wabbel. I have been teaching at Gerber School since 1996. I have taught in the second grade for 18 years and this is my fourth year teaching first grade. I have been married to my husband since 1978, we have two daughters and one grandchild. I attended CSU Chico. But, since I was born in Riverside, our class university as part of the No Excuses program is the University of California at Riverside. I love teaching and have been a teacher or an aide since 1977. My philosophy is that they are all our children here and to inspire them that they all can be life long learners

Ms. ZuehlkeTop of Page

A portrait of Ms. ZuehlkeHello! My name is Ms. Zuehlke and I am teaching 5th grade. This is my fourth-year teaching at Gerber. I graduated from the Bilingual teaching program at Chico State. I found my love for teaching when I started volunteering in a classroom 9 years ago. I grew up in Chico and love this area of California. Outside of teaching, I am an avid hiker with my Golden Retriever dog (Ellie) as my companion. I have a very close family and we spend a lot of time together. I look forward to this year and my goal for my students is to LOVE learning. Our classroom’s NEU college is San Francisco State University, GO GOLDEN GATORS!