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High School Workshops

Melissa Wade


I have been teaching for over 10 years.  I am currently in my 6th year of teaching at Elk Grove Charter.  I teach 9th and 12th Grade Advocacy, Honors World Geography, World Geography and Health.  I also hold a credential to teach career and technology in Sales and Marketing.  I am the Friday Night Live Club Advisor and sit on the Health Steering Committee.  I am an Elk Grove Native and love teaching at Elk Grove Charter!

James Breakfield

Breakfield, James
I’ve been a teacher at EG Charter since 2003.  I’ve taught all science courses as well as done ISP for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students.  I’ve been the EL Cordinator for 10 years.  In the past I’ve had a number of careers as a Military Police Officer, Language Interpreter (Spanish), and a Security Supervisor at a Bank.  Personally, I have two teenagers and have been married for 30 years.  My hobbies include anything computer based.  Swimming, football, and wrestling are some of the activities I’ve been associated with.  I have a BS in Computer Science, and have both a single and multiple credential.  Teaching  and seeing the Ah-hah moments with my students is one of the best rewards.

Alli Conway

Conway, Alli
Alli Conway is in her 6th year of teaching Mathematics and her second year teaching at Elk Grove Charter. She attended Sacramento State and National University earning her single subject teaching credential with a Master’s Degree in Math Education. She was inspired by all the wonderful math teachers she had to teach math and inspire other kids to enjoy math as much as she did. When she is not teaching you can find her baking/cooking or spending time with all her farm animals. 

Timothy Moore

timothy Moore
Tim Moore is a professional Math teacher at Elk Grove Charter School. He is local from the area, having attended: Florin Elementary School, Rutter Middle School, Florin High School & CSU Sacramento. Tim Moore is a certificated Math professional in his second year in the profession (out of an expected additional 18 years.) He currently teaches Math 7, Math 2 & Math 3 at EGCS. Professional accomplishments include obtaining a BA in Applied Mathematics & earning a teaching credential. His professional hobbies include Financial Literacy, Algebra, & Reading Graphs. Outside of the classroom, his family life keeps him busy with twin high school girls & a kindergartner named Seamus. He has been married for almost 20 years to another long time EGUSD employee, Natasha Moore. Natasha is much more accomplished than her husband; having taught English at Harriet Eddy Middle school for 8 years, before becoming an EL coach dedicated to Florin High School & Rutter Middle School for the past 5 years. Personal hobbies include moving heavy objects, hiking & eating hamburgers &/or tacos.

Victoria Pontes

Victoria Pontes is an ELA teacher at Elk Grove Charter School. Previously, she has taught 7th-12th grades in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and South Natomas. During her time teaching, she has specialized in new technology implementation by attending conferences, working on district-level technology teams, and achieving Level 2 Google Certification. She is driven by the opportunity to give students a voice in the classroom and help them gain ownership over their education and learning styles. Outside of work she loves to cuddle with her 3 cats, do crafty things such as scrapbooking or knitting, and read everything from comics to long novels!

Joshua Burt

Art has always been a part of my life. I took ceramics and photography classes when I was in High School. I attended Paso Robles High School and later Mendocino High School. I was very active in the ceramics community in Mendocino. I attended College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA and Eureka, CA, where I received my AA degree. I then transferred to Sacramento State to earn my degree in studio art. I worked as a studio potter through college and many years beyond, throwing pottery for Cloud's Porcelain in Folsom, and showing my own work in local galleries. I earned my teaching credential through San Francisco State in single subject art and started teaching at EG Charter in 2008. I have taught art and ISP at EG Charter for 12 years at this point. In the "before times" I taught digital art, digital photography, and general art. I now do my best to teach art through a computer screen, while not ideal, it is unavoidable at this time. 

Aida Kimes

I am Aida Martina Kimes. I was born in Peru and became an American citizen on March 17th 2001 (Saint Patrick's Day). I have studied law at San Luis Gonzaga University (Peru) and I used to work in the Family Court (Tutelar and Penal area) in Ica-Peru for 4 years. I am happily married to Robert Lee Kimes Jr. at the SOS Club in Modesto, CA on October 8th 1999. I have an AA in Liberal Studies (Sacramento City College) and I concluded my teacher preparation program at Brandman University to earn my single subject (Spanish) teaching credential in California. I am teaching Spanish for 6 years. I am a very supportive teacher and my quote is "Perseverance is the key that opens the door of success" Finally, I like to travel, read books, watch movies and spend quality of time with my beloved husband and our four beautiful dogs in our rural property.

Andy Fan

Andy Fan
Andy Fan is a Math teacher at Elk Grove Charter School. He went to UC Davis and received his single- subject teaching credential from National University. He currently teaches Math 7 and Math 1. He was inspired by the students that he tutors and enjoys helping students learn how Math can apply in their lives. He enjoys video games and swimming whenever he is not teaching.