The Tam News

Seven Tam Teachers Apply to Transfer to Drake

Seven Tam Teachers Apply to Transfer to Drake

By Sarah Asch, James Finn, Marina Furbush, Wanya Williams

May 18, 2015

Seven current teachers will transfer to Drake High School at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. English teacher LoRayne Ortega, social studies teacher Michael Rawlins, science teachers Erin Ashley and Cody Bartrug, physical education teacher Nate Severin, Spanish teacher Jose Anchordoqui and math...

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

Curing Our Culture: A Postmortem Analysis of New Tech at Tam

By Sarah Asch & James Finn, Additional Reporting by: Marina Furbush and Hannah Chorley

May 14, 2015

Ruby Scott Gym was packed with 200 parents on the evening of April 3, 2014. On that night, the Tam administration hosted a curriculum meeting to explain the benefits of hiring a professional development company that most people had only just heard of: New Tech Network. The atmosphere in the room grew...

Krause Leaves Mock Trial

Krause Leaves Mock Trial

By Jackson Gathard

October 2, 2014

As the mock trial team enters its season seeking a 20th consecutive county championship, the team will have new coaches for the first time in nine years. English teacher Michael Krause will not resume his previous advisorship. He will be replaced by two new advisors, English teacher LoRayne Ortega and...

New Staff Profiles

New Staff Profiles

September 12, 2014

Tam hired 11 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year. Click on the links below to read individual profiles of each new staff member. Drama From Guest Artist to Teacher: Heather Basarab Fine Arts Double Life: Gabrielle Gamboa is a Teacher by Day, Graphic Novelist by Night Languages J...

LoRayne Ortega Moves Up From MVMS

LoRayne Ortega Moves Up From MVMS

By Daniel Zwiebach

September 12, 2014

LoRayne Ortega moved from Mill Valley Middle School (MVMS) across the street to Tam this year to teach English 1/2 and AP Comp. Ortega has taught middle school and junior high for 12 years, but says that she has always wanted to teach high school level students. Ortega has a daughter at Tam, senior ...