The Little Things That Count. At West Valley Middle School, it all adds up.

From the academics and electives, our students and staff, to our sports and after-school fun, we are a school of great might. Not every school has what we have. Not everyschool provides the opportunity/enviroment to thrive.
They aren't Wildcats, but we are!

Administrators

Kristen Jaquet

Kristen Jaquet

Work Experience
Mrs. J started teaching at WVMS in 1998. Over the years, she has taught several different subjects and has spent four years as a teaching principal. Although Mrs. J recently transitioned to be the school's principal, her classroom is never far from her heart. She has spent many years providing educational and entertaining hands-on history lessons for our middle school students. Students believe that Mrs. J is compassionate, funny, thoughtful, and a great listener. She plans on using these traits to promote her mission beliefs in creating a safe, caring environment where students are encouraged to explore their intellectual curiosity. 

Mission Beliefs

  • All students can learn.
  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Curriculum and instructional practices should incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate difference in learning styles.
  • Assessments of student learning should provide students with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their achievements.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

Goals for the School Year
Mrs. J is dedicated to helping her staff reach a balance between the consistency of expectations, freedom of individual expression, and a variety of teaching methods to keep students interested and in a positive state of mind, allowing them to feel comfortable and confident with our staff, their peers, and academics.

Special Interests, Hobbies
Mrs. J spends her spare time with family and close friends, scrapbooking pictures of her children Xavier and Zander, and cheering for her favorite Chicago sports teams: Go Cubbies!


Darci Gruenberg

Darci Gruenberg

Work Experience
Darci is the Office Administrator for WVMS in addition to being the Althletic Director for Action Day Primary Plus & West Valley Middle Schools. Darci head-up the Silicon Valley League. Between coordinating games and events for Fearless Baseball and the Silicon Valley League, Darci also finds the time to coach Girls Basketball and Volleyball. Darci began teaching for the company in July 2004 and has been an Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach since 2000.

Goals for the School Year

  • Provide clear and effective communication between the school and parents and other outside stakeholders
  • Promote positive interactions among students and staff
  • Instill in each student a love for sports and fitness that will carry over into their adult lives
  • Interesting Fact/Hobby
    Mrs. Gruenberg became a coach because of the positive influence her coaches had in her life and wanted to give back that inspiration to future generations. She is also blessed with two beautiful daughters, Alyssa and Kayce.


Andrea Brady

Work Experience
Andrea joined the WVMS family in the Spring of 2015. She brings a dynamic and cohesive energy to the WVMS front office. Her background is in administration. In addition to running the front of the house, she also has talent in dance and performance art. Andrea will be leading our Musical Theatre class.

Interests and Hobbies
Andrea loves a good book! You’ll often find her lost behind her Kindle. Andrea is known for her competitive spirit and loves playing games of all kinds. From washers (an old family game originating from Alabama) to Sudoku, Andrea will always accept a challenge!

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Melinda Gadduang

Work experience
Melinda has over 18 years experience working in before and after-school programs. She started as an after-school aide with Alum Rock Counseling Center. Most recently, Melinda directed Merryhill School’s before and after-school program along with their winter, spring, and summer camp programs.

Goals for the School Year

Melinda is excited to assist the students in all aspects of camps and the extended day program. During the school year Melinda hopes to ensure that students will have a positive and fun experience here at WVMS. Melinda believes that every student is capable of being successful with proper guidance. She is committed to the philosophy and the goals of the school, empowered by the passion of the faculty, and inspired by the students that she has had the privilege of interacting with. Melinda is confident that together, we will make a difference empowering and enhancing every child so that they will able to realize and achieve their full potential.

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Teaching Staff

Sarah Bianchi

  • Spanish teacher - 5th-8th Grades
  • BA in Liberal Studies, Minor in Spanish; Cal Poly, SLO
  • MA in TESL, University of San Francisco
  • Email: sbianchi@wvmiddleschool.com

Work Experience
Sarah Bianchi begins her first year at WVMS as the Spanish teacher for all grades. Mrs. Bianchi has over seven years experience of teaching foreign languages, including Spanish and English. Mrs. Bianchi spent her Junior year at Cal Poly in San Sebastian, Spain where her love for Spanish developed. After graduation, she spent 5 years living in Spain and teaching English as a foreign language to a variety of language learners, from preschoolers to retirees! She also has taught Spanish locally at Notre Dame High School and tutored high school-level Spanish privately. After taking a break from teaching to work for her father's engineering firm and start her own small business, Mrs. Bianchi happily returns to the classroom where she hopes to share her love for everything español with her students.

Goals
My goals for this school year are to introduce my students to the Spanish language in a way that is both fun and engaging, as well as present the rich cultures and history that accompanies the Spanish language. I look forward to getting to know all of my students this year both in and out of the classroom and integrating into the WVMS community.

About Me
Sarah is a Bay Area native, having grown up on the peninsula and spent the last 8 years living locally. She spent her junior year of college abroad in San Sebastián, Spain where she met her husband, Jorge. After living in Spain for 4 years after getting married, she returned to the Bay Area in 2007. She lives in Los Gatos with her husband and their three children - a 5th Grader, a 2nd Grader and a 6 month old, whom they are raising bilingual. When she's not in the classroom, Mrs. Bianchi is driving her kids to soccer, dance, baseball or sewing class and helping with homework. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, skiing in the winter and spending time at the beach all year round with her family.

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Kamalika Banerjee

Kamalika Banerjee

Work Experience
Ms. Banerjee has worked for WVMS since 2012, but has taught in different capacities since 2006.

Goals for the School Year
Ms. Banerjee's goal is to help her students develop their critical thinking skills and to become creative, masterful users of the English language. Above all, it is her goal to show them that reading and writing are fun and exciting and not limited to the classroom!

Special Interests, Hobbies
Ms. Banerjee loves to read, watch movies, travel, try different kinds of foods, and spend time with her family.

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Susan Cornish

Susan Cornish

Work Experience
Mrs. Cornish began sewing as a girl. She has a passion for all-things craft, with a special emphasis in fiber arts. She owned a knitting store and taught over 400 people how to knit over the course of that time. Currently, she also co-hosts the blog "Just Crafty Enough," that features weekly challenges that others are invited to participate in. No stranger to the classroom, she has also been a professional corporate trainer.

Goals for the School Year
Mrs. Cornish has many goals for the inaugural year of the program. She hopes to offer a robust and compelling program that allows students to keep comfortable and excited about trying their hands at sewing. She wants to create a gender-neutral creative space and hopes to help the students bring their ideas to life.

Special Interests, Hobbies
Mrs. Cornish is the mother of a 5-year-old (who is beginning Kindergarten at Amber fall 2014). Her hobby and her profession are now virtually the same. She hosts and participates in a weekly contest that follows-along with the current season of "Project Runway," which she designs ensembles based upon the episodes shown on a Barbie-scale.

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Jessica Dewey-Hoffman

Jessica Dewey-Hoffman

Work Experience
Ms. Dewey-Hoffman started teaching at Action Day Primary Plus in 2008, where she has taught Algebra and Lego Robotics for several years. In addition, Ms. Dewey-Hoffman co-coches the West Valley Middle School Science Bowl Team with Mr. Mikles.

Goals for the School Year
It is my yearly goal to get students interested in Math. Math is universal, but still a hard language to learn. I do my best to assist the students so that Math can become second-nature to them. I am also excited about the prospect of utilizing iPad technology in the flipped classroom settings so that I can encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.

Field Trips

  • Each grade level in math goes on their own field trip.
  • 6th Grade: Cambrian Bowl
  • 7th Grade: Christmas Tree Farm
  • 8th Grade: Great America's Physics, Science, and Math Day

Homework Expectations and Procedures

  • Students are expected to bring the necessary supplies to class on a daily basis.
  • Students should watch instrumental videos prior to coming to class.
  • Students should take notes while watching each video. Video notes are due every Friday for the previous week's videos.
  • Students should never email an assignment unless specifically asked. To turn in assignments via iPad, students should place the completed assignment in the corrected Shared Google Drive folder.

Special Interests, Hobbies
In her spare time, Ms. Dewey-Hoffman like to swim, craft, paint ceramics at Petroglyph, play arcade and pinball machines, and go on long drives.

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Layal Fawal

Layal Fawal

Work Experience
Mrs. Fawal has been teaching for ADPP since 2007, where she has proven to be an asset as a teacher, website coordinator, and technology instructor. She is very passionate about mathematics and views it as a universal language that can be used to solve many real-world problems in a variety of fields and situations.

Goals for the School Year
Mrs. Fawal looks forward to helping students meet challenges and exceed expectations as they develop their math knowledge over the course of the year. She enjoys teaching math because she knows that there is always more than one way of solving a problem and she appreciates when students, who may not think of themselves as being good at math, gain confidence in their abilities over the course of the year. She sets high expectations for her students and encourages them to take responsbility for their own learning.

Special Interests, Hobbies
Mrs. Fawal enjoys sports (especially soccer and volleyball), spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, listening to music (especially Pink Floyd), and going on short road trips whenever possible.

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Al Grigsby

Al Grigsby

  • Physical Education - 6/7/8th Grade Teacher, Basketball & Football Coach
  • BA in History, Former Professional Basketball Player for the Japanese Basketball League
  • Email: agrigsby@wvmiddleschool.com

Work Experience
After retiring his jersey for the Cal Berkeley Bears and playing professionally for the Japanese Basketball League, Coach Al joined the staff at West Valley Middle School to provide daily, high-quality physical education to students from 6th to 8th grade. He has been teaching PE at WVMS since 2003.

Goals for the School Year
To ensure every student is in the best physical condition in hopes that this will give them confidence and a positive attitude towards life.

Special Interests, Hobbies
Coach Al loves to watch sports - especially the ones his son and daughter are active in. He loves coaching the sports teams at WVMS as well as his AAU summer basketball travel teams. Al has also never met a dessert he didn't like.

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Angelique Kile

Angelique Kile

  • Math & Fine Arts Instructor
  • BA, San Jose State University
  • MA in Teaching, Texas Women's University
  • Email: akile@wvmiddleschool.com
  • Class Site: Art

Work Experience
Ms. Kile began teaching at WVMS in the fall of 2014, where she teaches both Math and Fine Arts. She has a passion for teaching and for helping students recognize connections between math and real world application. She has been in the education field for over 14 years and has taught in multiple states.

Goals for the School Year
Ms. Kile looks forward to helping her students achieve academic success in Math and broaden their understanding of the use of math in the real world.

Special Interests, Hobbies
Ms. Kile loves to travel. SOme of her favorite places include Tokyo, Hawaii, and Germany. She was recently introduced to snowboarding by her husband and hopes to get much better at it. She also loves to study architecture, fashion, and jewelry design. Her next long-time goal is to become GIA certified. Ms. File is a foodie and enjoys cooking, baking, and trying new restaurants. SHe reads and collects recipe books for fun.

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Cristina Lee

Cristina Lee

Work Experience
Ms. Lee began working for WVMS the fall of 2013. She has professed having wonderful Math instructors throughout her own education, which inspired her love of the student. Throughout middle school and high school, she considered school as her "home away from home," because she was always there after hours working on posters and decorations for the next rally/assembly with Leadership or working on her spread for the upcoming Yearbook deadline.

Goals for the School Year
To get to know all of the students at WVMS!

Special Interests, Hobbies
When not at school, Ms. Lee enjoys spending time with her husband and pets at home, going camping or skiing, and working on her latest scrapbooking or sewing project. She and her husband are foster parents with Santa Clara County and hope to be matched for adoption in the near future.

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Chandler Mikles

Chandler Mikles

  • 6th Grade Earth Science Instructor
  • 7th Grade Life Science Instructor
  • 8th Grade Physical Science Instructor
  • Velocity Instructor
  • Wookworking Instructor
  • AA in Communications, BA in Biology, and MA in Education
  • Email: cmikles@wvmiddleschool.com
  • Class Page: All Subjects
  • Teacher Q&A

Work Experience
Mr. Mikles has known he wanted to teach since his first semester in college. To that end, he sought to make the best of his time spent at each school attended to make himself the best instructor he could be. All of his undergrand work has been with middle school students, and he has since come to love their enthusiastic nature: especially in regards to science. He has been with WVMS since 2012.

Goals for the School Year
For students to learn material that is surpassing the state standards while learning good critical thinking and group skills. So much of the world after school is dominated by the need for these two skills that I would be failing the students by not providing them with these skills early.

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Sally Sanford

Sally Sanford

Work Experience
Mrs. Sanford has taught for Action Day Primary Plus Schools for over 20 years, and have been with WVMS since 2007.

Homework Expectations and Procedures
There will be nightly homework assignments to review the lessons taught in class. Students are expected to complete a Science Fair Project and State Report. No homework will be assigned on the weekends.

Field Trips

  • Walden West Science Camp
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Walk Through the American Revolution

Special Interests, Hobbies
Mrs. Sanford lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She loves to travel, garden, and read. Mrs. Sanford and her husband Don have been married for 36 years and have two children, Sarah and Sean, and a grandson named Sawyer.

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Christopher Schoppet

Christopher Schoppet

  • 8th Grade U.S. History Instructor
  • 7th Grade World History Instructor
  • 6th Grade Ancient History Instructor
  • High School Prep Co-Instructor
  • BA in English with an emphasis in Literature and Creative Writing, minor in Bible and Theology
  • Email: cschoppet@wvmiddleschool.com
  • Class Page: All Subjects


Work Experience
Mr. Schoppet began teaching at WVMS in 2013.

Goals for the School Year
To inspire a spirit of creativity and curiosity that fuels students for years to come to learn not only important subjects but who they are. Mr. Schoppet likes to think of History as the grand narrative that informs us all of who we are, just like all stories do.

Field Trips

  • 6th Grade - Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
  • 7th Grade - Hakone Gardens and Estate (Japanese Garden/Tea Company)
  • 8th Grade - 1776, the Musical and Washington D.C./New York City

Special Interests, Hobbies
Mr. Schoppet is a PC gamer and has built his own gaming computer. He is also a self-professed Comic Book Nerd and has a vast collection of comic books ranging from D.C., Marvel, Dark House, and some Independents. He is still a huge Disney fan and amateur author, with a collection of short stories and he is currently writing and would like to publish someday.

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Ethyn Frugoli

  • Language Arts Honors
  • BA in English Literature with an emphasis on Medieval Literature from Cal State Long Beach
  • Single Subject Credential in English from Cal State Long Beach


Work Experience
Ethyn taught at WVMS from 2010-2012 and left to have her daughter and eventually her son. While at WV, she was the 8th grade Washington DC Trip organizer and main chaperone, and high school prep advisor. For the last two years Ethyn has also been working for the Migrant Education program through the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Goals for the School Year
Mrs. Frugoli's looks forward to getting to know all of her new students and their families and reconnecting with those from her early years at WV! She wants her students to develop a love for reading, both inside and outside of the classroom, and to acquire the skills and passion of lifelong learners. Ethyn hopes to have a very dynamic and engaging classroom through the use of technology such as iPads, apps, and digital media. Finally, it is Mrs. Frugoli's goal to have the best 8th grade Washington DC Trip that West Valley has ever seen!

Special Interests
Ethyn loves having fun with her goofy kids and husband whether it be going on weekend trips, family parties, or amusement parks; reading books; pinning things on Pinterest she'll never look at again; and spending time with my large, extended family.

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Kioni Williams

Kioni Williams

  • Student Council Advisor
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • BS in African American Studies, Minor in Child Pyschology
  • Email: kwilliams@wvmiddleschool.com

Work Experience
Ms. Williams has worked for Action Day Primary Plus since 2006. She comes to us from a family with over four generations of educators, and has aspired to be a teacher since she was in primary school. In 2009, she became an aid for Primary Plus Elementary School's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Teachers. Her passion and dedication allowed for the seamless transition to WVMS in 2011, where she enjoys taking an active part of the students' enjoyment in education by coordinating all student activities. Ms. Williams is also the Life Skills Instructor at WVMS.

Goals for the School Year

To prepare our youth to be self-aware, develop interpersonal skills, indulge in decision-making, and to assist the students in being positive and to strive for excellence. Students, as the next generation of future leaders, must be prepared for successful living.

Special Interests & Hobbies
Ms. Williams loves to read, watch documentaries, go to jazz concerts, perform traditional African dance, and trying multicultural foods.

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