Secondary Staff

Ms. Perich – Secondary Principal

Fun Fact:   My dream job is to be the mascot for the Phillies, the Phillie Phanatic. After that, it’s teaching middle school!

Quote:   “So, I guess we are who we are for a lot reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” —Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Mr. Menchaca – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   Grew up in the Pacific Northwest: Washington State

Quote:    “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” B.F. Skinner

Ms. Banks – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I was a military brat and spent time over seas (England) as a young child!

Quote:   “Nothing will work unless you do!”

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Mr. Gromlich – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I really enjoy line dancing and go pretty much every week.

Quote:   “”When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Ms. Kinoshita – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I did the splits for the first time when I was 36.

Quote:   “When you connect with your breath, you connect with the present.”

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Ms. Salinas – Secondary Staff

Fun Fact:   I am actually a professional face painter on the weekends! My picture is me as a bunny at Easter time.

Quote:   “We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Ms. Kumar – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have acted in an Indian Feature film

Quote:   “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

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Ms. Labree – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I once flew in a T-38 fighter jet and broke the sound barrier flying 670 miles per hour.

Quote:   “You’re supposed to feel different from the rest because you are; and there’s nothing wrong with that!”

Ms. Lance – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I spent over a decade working as a naturalist at an area nature preserve and I can identify hundreds of species of birds and quite a few reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and plants.

Quote:   “Whatever you are, be a good one.” –attributed to Abraham Lincoln

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Mr. Lujan – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I used to have long hair as a toddler. Mom would get complements on her beautiful daughter.

Quote:   “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Ms. K. Mattson – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I am a boring person. 🙁

Quote:   “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Bodett

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Ms. McIver – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   “Besides education, my other favorite activity is working on my family’s cattle ranch.”

Quote:   “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw”

Mr. Keyer – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have coached 7 different boys & girls sports at the high school & middle school levels.

Quote:   “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

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Mr. Quinn – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love video games and playing pranks on people. I hate clean desks and books.

Quote:   “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid.”

Ms. Foy – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I studied abroad for six months in England at Oxford University, which was the most intense academic experience I ever had the privilege of going through. It was amazing to learn the Oxonian style of independent research and presentation. Also, I got to walk through Christ Church College’s dining hall every morning on my way to the library, which was the dining hall used to film the Harry Potter movies!

Quote:   “Go confidently in the direction. Life the life you imagined.”-Henry David Thoreau

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Ms. Smith – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   Science has been my favorite subject since fourth grade.

Quote:   “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” -Lloyd Alexander

Ms. Twardzik – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love art. I love traveling. Most of all, I love giggles and whimsy.

Quote:   “Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.” -Tom Robbins

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Mr. Webster – Secondary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I once trapped 6 feral cats in individual cages……Got them all spayed and neutered……Then, took care of them all until they passed ( up to about 15 years)……..They were much fun………

Quote:   “Find good in everyone!!!”

Ms. Chapman – Secondary Staff

Fun Fact:   It is a fact that I own over 40 sewing machines (most of them are operable).

Quote:   “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” -Pablo Picasso.

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Ms. Keyer – School Counselor

Fun Fact:   I have 8 siblings.

Quote:   “If you would have ran when you were talking about, you would have been back by now.”

Ms. Gilliam – Secondary Staff

Fun Fact:   I had been on maternity leave for 10 years prior to starting at EKA.

Quote:   “Make good friends and good choices!”

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Ms. Hay – Secondary Staff

Fun Fact:   I’m addicted to sweet tea!

Quote:   “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me….” -Erma Bombeck