The Tam News

New Staff Profiles

New Staff Profiles

By Tam News Staff

October 11, 2016

Special Education Department: Molly Fries  by Ryan Leake Tam’s newest member of the Special Education Department, Molly Fries, claims she is “not actually a teacher.” Fries spends her time in the classroom as a paraeducator, which she defines as extra support staff. Fries describes her role ...

New Teachers Hired at Tam

New Teachers Hired at Tam

By Danielle Egan

September 21, 2015

This year brings 17 new staff members to Tam: 15 teachers, a new counselor, and a new college and career specialist. This influx of staff has diversified Tam’s community. “We are growing, we’re getting better and better,” Principal Julie Synyard said. A large freshman class and seven teach...

New College and Career Center Counselor Hired

New College and Career Center Counselor Hired

By Marina Furbush

October 24, 2014

Tam has filled the vacant college and career counselor position, according to an email sent by the administration to parents on October 8. New counselor Leslie Roberts will take on the role of college and career counselor on October 21. Assistant Principal Brian Lynch said that Roberts brings with...

New Counselor Wendy Wishart Hired

New Counselor Wendy Wishart Hired

By Holly Parkin

October 24, 2014

In addition to the multitude of new staff members that joined Tam’s faculty this year, new counselor Wendy Wishart arrived at Tam on September 29. Wishart has been hard at work getting to know Tam’s students, particularly the freshman class of 2018, who she will be working with in the coming months....

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...

Jose Anchordoqui Shares His Passion for Language

Jose Anchordoqui Shares His Passion for Language

By Holly Parkin

September 12, 2014

This year, Tam welcomes new Spanish teacher Jose Anchordoqui. Working at Tam will be Anchordoqui’s second job as a paid teacher, following his job as a student teacher at Drake and a full time teaching position at White Hill Middle School during the 2013-14 school year. “There were a few openings in...

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 ...

Angela Gruwell Is Ready To Help Students

Angela Gruwell Is Ready To Help Students

By James Finn

September 11, 2014

New special education teacher Angela Gruwell accumulated a wealth of teaching experience prior to arriving to Tam, including time teaching at Jefferson High School in Daly City and Leadership-Charter High School in San Francisco. Gruwell hopes to draw on her experience to help push her students in ...

Eric Best Appreciates the Diversity at Tam

Eric Best Appreciates the Diversity at Tam

By Jordan Blackburn

September 11, 2014

Eric Best was hired as a teacher for the Tam math department for the 2014-15 school year. “I teach algebra and advanced algebra and I have an academic workshop [class],” Best said. Best taught math at Drake High School the year before and taught math at South City High School in the San Francisco are...

Melissa Newcomb Encourages Student Success

Melissa Newcomb Encourages Student Success

By Jordan Blackburn

September 11, 2014

Math teacher Melissa Newcomb was hired as an Algebra and Geometry teacher for the Tam math department for the 2014-15 school year. Newcomb previously taught at Jesse Bethel School in Vallejo for eight years. “I taught at Bethel for eight years, it was time for me to try something different,” Newco...

From Guest Artist to Teacher: Heather Basarab

From Guest Artist to Teacher: Heather Basarab

By Marina Furbush

September 11, 2014

Heather Basarab was hired as a teacher in Tam’s drama department this year after working for eight years as a guest artist at Tam. Before being hired, she worked as a professor in the theater department at Sonoma State University. “I wanted to work at Tam for a couple reasons,” Basarab said. ...

Melissa Bowman Brings People and Information Together

Melissa Bowman Brings People and Information Together

By Sammy Herdman

September 11, 2014

Melissa Bowman is Tam High’s new librarian after Mary Crowe retired last year. Bowman worked at Martin Luther King Jr. middle school in San Francisco for a year before transferring to Tam. Before that, Bowman worked as a school librarian in Texas for a decade. “I love bringing people and info...