Gillian Kessler Middle School English Teacher and Advisor

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B.A. English, Santa Clara University
B.A. Theater/Dance, Santa Clara University

Gillian has two B.A. degrees from Santa Clara University in English and Theater/Dance. She has extensive teaching experience as well as international experience throughout the Spanish speaking world in Europe and the Americas. Gillian joined MIS in 2005.

Jen Gebo Middle School Math and Science Teacher and Advisor

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BS in Zoology, University of Florida

Jen joined the MIS team in 2014. She enjoys inspiring our middle school students through inquiry-based science curriculum, paying special attention to the role of science in critical thinking skills, environmental responsibility, and social justice. She is also a Middle School Advisor, sharing her experience in Responsive Classroom techniques to bring social and emotional learning into focus.

Christian Baker K-8 Physical Education Specialist and Advisor

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B.A. History, Oklahoma State University
B.S. Sociology, Oklahoma State University

Christian has a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. He received his elementary teacher’s certification in Texas. He engages students in developing a love for physical activity and cooperative games at MIS. Christian joined MIS in 2010.

Ismara Partidas Middle School Teacher and Advisor

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Teaching, Simón Rodríguez University
Civil Engineering, Venezuela Army Force University

Ismara Maidyd de la Asunción Partidas Aguilar born in Caracas, Venezuela on August 15, 1985, she graduated as an Teacher in Simón Rodríguez University and as a Civil Engineer in Venezuela Army Force University, since 2008 worked in three schools in rotating shifts public and private and in the Carlos Soublette College as Spanish’s Teacher. Ismara joined the MIS Middle School team in July of this year.

Linda Gazzola Middle School Math Teacher

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M.A. Teaching Mathematics, University of Chicago
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University

Linda has been teaching high school and middle school math since 1992. For 13 years, she worked at the Latin School of Chicago before moving to Montana in 2009. At the Latin School she taught a broad range of courses from pre Algebra to AP Computer Science as well as running the Geography Bee and coaching cross-country. Linda speaks Italian and appreciates any opportunity she has to use it. She enjoys traveling with her immediate family as well as with her large extended family. Linda joined MIS in 2015.

Jose Diaz

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MIS is excited to welcome José Manuel to its faculty for the 2017-2018 school year. José Manuel has been working with students in his native Venezuela since 2004. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was the Head of the Language Department at Colegio Fundación Carlos Delfino. A true life-long learner, José Manuel is currently finishing his Ph.D. in education to complement his dual Master’s degrees in elementary education and linguistics.

Jeff Kessler Middle School Teacher - Individuals and Societies (History)

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B.A. History, Willamette University
M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Montana

Jeff has a B.A. in History from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Jeff joined MIS in 2003 and has taught at all the grade levels from first grade to eighth grade. Prior to MIS, Jeff taught for three years in Southern California as a Teach for America Corps member.