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Middle School Workshops

David Benitez

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David Benitez
English/ Advocacy & ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51026

James Breakfield

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James Breakfield
Science Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51037

I’ve been a teacher at EG Charter since 2003.  I’ve taught all science courses as well as 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.

Joshua Burt

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Josh Burt
Art/ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51027
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. 

Tristan Church

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Tristan Church
History/Advocacy & ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51022
I'm Tristan Church, History/Social Science teacher at Elk Grove Charter School. I have experience teaching 7th-12th grades. When I'm not in the classroom, I'm reading, gardening, cooking, or playing video games.

Alli Conway

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Alli Conway
Math/ Advocacy & ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51025
Alli Conway is in her 8th year of teaching Mathematics and her 4th 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. 

Andy Fan

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Andy Fan
Math/Advocacy Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51028
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. 

Carol Goodbrake

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Carol Goodbrake
Advocacy/ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51033

I am Carol Goodbrake, teacher of “All Things” at the Elk Grove Charter School. I address whatever subject the student may need. I even have a tee-shirt that says, “Teacher of All Things.” On the front are Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. I teach “all things” to “All Things.” I grew up in the Greenhaven area of Sacramento, near the Sacramento River which I loved. My mom was a teacher. But I ... I was a swimmer. Who needs a career? Who needs teaching? I swam for John F. Kennedy High School, the Greenhaven Swim Team, and eventually I was recruited to swim for the local college, and so felt obligated to attend two years, grunting out lap after lap in the musty indoor pool facility where I turned my head each third stroke, glimpsed gray concrete walls, and gulped down another breath of everyone else’s effluent. Here I proved my potential as a swimmer: I was about as mediocre as any random swimmer plucked from any random team: better than average, but not noteworthy. During this somewhat accidental phase of my life, I was somewhat accidentally hired by my college as a tutor within the English department and a swim instructor’s aide within the P.E. department. I alternately taught students how to form a workable thesis and then how to execute the perfect flip-turn for competition. In the midst of it all, not realizing I was being groomed to become a teacher, I earned my Associate’s Degree in Humanities and was accepted into UC Davis. Three years later, I emerged with little apparent damage, a couple Bachelor's degrees, and a couple teaching credentials. I was hired to teach English at Joseph Kerr Middle School. While living my life and experiencing all of the above, I married and began my collection of things in three’s. I acquired a husband and two sons, three cats and three dogs. I have now taught at three schools: Joseph Kerr, Harriet Eddy, and am delighted to be embarking upon my thirteenth year at Elk Grove Charter, the school closest to my heart and the school with the kids who prove to me every day that going into teaching was indeed the right path for me. 

Chin Son Kim

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Chin Son Kim
English/ISP Teacher
916-714-1653 x51024

Melissa Wade

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Melissa Wade
ISP Teacher
916- 714-1653 x51023
I have been teaching for 13 years and have been at Elk Grove Charter for 8 years. I teach 9th grade Health and Focus on College and Career. I also teach 10th grade College and Career Seminar and 11th and 12th grade Independent Study. I enjoy spending time with my family. I have 3 kids, a son and two daughters.