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Ms. Montoya
Hello, I'm Jenny Montoya.  It is an honor to begin my fourth year as superintendent of the Gerber Unified Elementary School District. This will be my 20th year in education. I began my journey at Gerber as a classroom teacher in 1997 and have since then worked as a Reading Specialist, Title 1 Coordinator, Assistant Principal and now Superintendent/Principal. My hat has changed throughout the years, but my dedication to the students, staff, and school has remained the same. I am truly committed to making Gerber the best school for all of our students and it is with great enthusiasm that I begin another new school year where I have the opportunity to lead and help prepare our students for their future.

Ms. Neely

My name is Megan Neely and I am the new Assistant Principal and Title 1 Coordinator.  I have a bilingual teaching credential and master’s degree in administration.  I have 15 years of experience in education. I was a classroom teacher for six years and have been a school administrator in K-8 schools for nine years.  I am excited to be joining the educational team at Gerber School and having the opportunity to meet and work with your children. I believe that all children deserve a safe engaging learning environment that supports them in developing their full potential. My personal goal is to become a resource and partner to you and the entire Gerber staff in this effort.  I look forward to meeting you at some time during the school year.   Please accept my invitation to stop by, call or email me with any questions or concerns you may have. Remember, that I am here to help in any way I can.



Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Mrs. Darst

This is my 9th year of teaching here at Gerber  School. 8 years in kindergarten, two of those years were a K/1st grade combination class.

Chico State—I chose CSU, Chico because it is where I attended and graduated from college.  I also participated in their credential program.

I chose the teaching profession because I have always loved working with children.  I am passionate about teaching science!  Science is naturally “hands-on” and the best way for students to learn.  I love being a part of their learning experience.  I find that the best learning comes from what we are naturally curious about in all areas of life.

Ms. Jasielum

My name is Carly Jasielum and I am thrilled to be the new Kindergarten teacher this year at Gerber Elementary School. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful school community! I was born and raised in Red Bluff, CA. I graduated from Sacramento State and completed my teaching credential through Chico State. This will be my third year teaching. I taught a 3/4/5 Combo class the last two years in Lewiston, CA. I absolutely love being a teacher and being a positive influence in the lives of my students. Our NEU college is the University of Alabama.

Mrs. Button

Hi!  My name is DeLana Button and I teach kindergarten here at Gerber School.  Teaching is a dream come true for me as I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember.  In 1985, I began working towards that goal by becoming a teacher’s aide, attending night school, graduating from Simpson College, and then receiving my teaching credential in 1999.  The university that my classroom represents is the University of Oregon.  My grandmother lived nearby Autzen Stadium, home of the Oregon Ducks.  As a young girl, I visited my grandmother often and was influenced by the school spirit that was greatly demonstrated in the area in which she lived.  I grew up an Oregon Duck fan and now I am excited to be passing that spirit on to my young students, as well as the knowledge  of what college has to offer.   Go Ducks!

Mr. Bateman

I have been teaching 1st grade at this wonderful school since 2003. I tell people every time they ask where I work that I love where I work. The kids are fantastic and the teachers are amazing. I have been working with kids in one way or another since I was a freshman in high school. I just simply enjoy it. I get to hang out with kids all day. How awesome is that? Teaching kids how to deal with the stuff life throws their way, and having fun, makes my job an amazing opportunity. I look forward to many more years here at Gerber School. Our classroom’s college is Michigan State. We are the Spartans! GO GREEN!

Food for Thought:
 “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I made…but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” — Forest Witcraft
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carl W. Buehner

Mrs. Wabbel


Mrs. Smith

I chose to be a teacher because I love to be around children.  My favorite part of teaching is when you are teaching something that is difficult at first and then, all of a sudden, you see a student’s face light up because they finally understand!

I chose the University of North Carolina Tarheels because I wanted to show kids that they have a lot of options.  Their mascot is also a ram, just like our school!


Mrs. Compton

I’m Mrs. Compton and I am teaching a second grade class this year. I have had the pleasure of working with Gerber students and families for 27 years with the last 18 in the primary grades. Art is a great interest for me and I love bringing that excitement into my classroom and sharing it with my students. I also like to emphasize exercise and good nutrition for  healthy minds and bodies that are ready to learn. I attended U.C.  Davis and finished with my teaching credential at Chico State. Our classroom mascot is the U.C. Davis Aggies. Go Aggies!! 

Mrs. Spengler

My name is Keri Spengler. I graduated from the Tri-Placement Program at CSU Chico. I have been teaching at Gerber since January of 2010 and I taught at Hayfork for 2 years prior to coming here.  I have two fun, busy boys that attend Gerber also.  My family enjoys all kinds of outdoor activites, such as hiking, camping, fishing and exploring.  I am also an avid reader, and enjoy painting and music.  I love teaching at Gerber and am proud to be part of our caring staff here. Our class University is the University of Montana. We have a penpal named Cooper who is a Grizzly football player.

Mrs. Ulloa

I love working at Gerber School!  There are so many nice students and families and staff members all over this place.  I have taught 6th grade and 1st grade and now I'm happy to be teaching 4th grade.  I think I could be a rock star if I had any musical talent.  Since I wasn't blessed with that, I use my loud voice and happy attitude to rock the classroom instead.  In my free time I do a lot of camping and swimming and traveling with my family.  I love books and read at least an hour daily.  It's probably hard to believe, but I was a shy little girl.  My teachers always encouraged me to believe in myself and stand up for what's right.  I try to pass that on to my students every day! 

Mrs. Spencer

I am Mrs. Spencer and I currently teach fourth grade. I have been a teacher at Gerber School since 2002. University of Southern California is the college that inspires us in room 24. We are proud to call ourselves the USC Trojans. Fight on!!

Ms. Kehoe

My name is Trysha Kehoe and I am teaching 5th grade class this year at Gerber School. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine and I am so excited to be working with the students and families at Gerber School. I have been in education for many years. I spent 10 years here at Gerber School as an instructional aide, 3 years as a substitute teacher,  1 year as a teacher in an intervention program, and now I’m back at Gerber for my 2nd year teaching.   The university that I have chosen is University of Arizona because my oldest son attended there for 4 years. Our mascot is the Wildcats and our colors are red and blue. I look forward to a great year. Go Wildcats!!!

Ms. Zuehlke

Hello! My name is Ms. Zuehlke and I am teaching 5th grade. It is my first year teaching and I am so excited to join Gerber. I graduated from the Bilingual teaching program at Chico State. I found my love for teaching when I started volunteering in a classroom 6 years ago. I grew up in Chico and love this area of California. Outside of teaching, I am an avid hiker with my Golden Retriever dog (Ellie) as my companion. Some of my other hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, going to the movies and sewing. I have a very close family and we spend a lot of time together. I hope to bring a sense of family into my classroom, so we can all become a team of learners. 

Ms. Davis

Hello, my name is Deanna Davis and I’ll be teaching 6th grade this year in room 35! I earned my teaching credential at Chico State University; however, I’m an Ohio native. Therefore, I choose The Ohio State University as my No Excuse University. I am excited to be a new member of the Gerber staff and I look forward to making a positive impact on each and every student that I come across!

Mrs. Dye

Hi, Welcome to Room 29. My name is Lori Dye and I currently teach 6th grade. This is my seventeenth year teaching at Gerber School, where I have taught from third through seventh grades. I feel honored to have the great responsibility of helping young students prepare for their futures. My favorite part of being a teacher is watching my students mature and master new concepts throughout the year. The University our class has adopted is Washington State University – the Cougars. I chose this College because of the amazing staff and students I met there when I had to have surgery performed on one of my camels. When we chose our college mascots, WSU was my immediate choice. I reside in Red Bluff on my small farm with my multiple species of rescue animals including my two ornery dwarf miniature horses, and my zebra named Dixie. In my free time I can usually be found outside at the farm, either digging in my flower gardens, or curled up with a critter friend.

Mrs. Farrell

Hello there! My name is Jenna Farrell. I teach a 7th class 30.  I  feel very fortunate be a part of such a great community here at Gerber. Beginning when I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I was in love with the diversity of cultures, languages, families, and people to which I was exposed from a very young age and through my life. I have been working with children in many facets for as long as I can remember.  In 2005, I graduated from CSU, Chico with my bilingual teaching credential in Spanish. I have had many opportunities to teach children of all ages and look forward to extending my knowledge into the 8th grade year. This school year is going to be an excellent continuation of last year's, focusing on life skills, learning, STEM, and so much more! Sonoma State University is our classroom college, and we are the Seawolves!

Ms. Greenberg

Hi I’m Sarah Greenberg and I teach a 7th/8th grade combo class. I am so excited to start my career here at Gerber Elementary! I attended college at Savannah College of Art and Design where I got my B.F.A in graphic design. I then went on to get my teaching credential at Chico State. Although it’s my first year teaching I have been working with kids at summer camps and in aquatic programs for years. I am excited for this transition. I believe technology is the future of education and is will be an extremely essential tool in our student’s future careers. I am looking forward to helping Gerber students learn through the integration of technology!

Mr. Mitchell

My name is Cort Mitchell. I’m an eighth grade homeroom teacher. I’ve been teaching for 24 years, all right here at Gerber School. I attended Chico State University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1989. I received my teaching credential in the fall of 1990, also from CSUC.

Mrs. Ramirez - Carrillo

Hello, my name is Guadalupe Ramirez-Carrillo. This year I have a dual teaching role of English Language Development and Resource teacher. I am currently pursuing my Education Specialist Credential from California State University, Chico where I have also earned my first and second degrees in Journalism with an option in Public Relations and a Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential. I am honored to be a part of a great group of caring and supportive educators with a mission to serve the learning community of Gerber. I am passionate about supporting and empowering our students and their families to be the best that they can be. Family is extremely important to me, and I see our students as family. My wonderful husband of 25 years and I were blessed with four fantastic and loving children. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you.



Hola, mi nombre es Guadalupe Ramirez-Carrillo. Este año tengo a mi cargo dos puestos de trabajo. Uno es de maestra del desarrollo del Inglés y el otro de maestra de recursos especiales. Actualmente estoy cursando mi credencial de especialista de Educación en recursos especiales en la Universidad Estatal de California en Chico, de donde también me recibí con mi primera y segunda carrera en periodismo con una opción en relaciones públicas y una credencial bilingüe de sujeto múltiple. Me siento honrada de ser parte de un gran grupo de educadores atentos y con la misión de servir a la comunidad de aprendizaje de Gerber. Mi gran pasión es de apoyar y empoderar a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias para quesean lo mejor que puedan ser. La familia es muy importante para mí, y veo a nuestros estudiantes como familia. Mi esposo maravilloso de 25 años y yo fuimos bendecidos con cuatro hijos fantásticos y cariñosos. Espero la oportunidad de conocerles.

Mrs. Tadeo

My name is Maria Tadeo and I am the ELD teacher at Gerber School. I have worked at Gerber School for sixteen years. I was hired as a paraprofessional and through the years of working here, I attended Chico State to receive my Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential. We are an NEU school and the university that I choose to represent is University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I have been married for eighteen years and I have three wonderful children.

Mrs. Fletcher

My name is Renee Fletcher.  I have taught at Gerber Elementary School for six years now.  My first year of teaching I taught third grade and for the past 5 years I have been the RTI Teacher, which I enjoy immensely.  The University I have chosen to adopt my class is the University of Hawaii.  I chose the University of Hawaii because I have had the opportunity to visit there with my family.

One of the greatest rewards of being a teacher is to see the progress the students have made through hard work and seeing the pride on my students’ faces when they have accomplished their goals.

 “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

 -Albert Einstein

I look forward to a great year! Go Rams!

Mrs. Trout

What an honor to work with the Gerber Rams community! My names is Claudia Trout and I teach an amazing group of 7th graders. I’ve been teaching for seven years and have worked with preschool-3rd grade students. I graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Spanish and Liberal Studies. I knew I wanted to be a teacher after working with Mini-Corps students in Northern California. Working with teachers, parents, and community members to support student learning brings me great joy. My favorite part of teaching is watching students make connections with the content and want to take ownership of their learning. For fun I love watching movies and going to Thunder Hill Raceway Park to drive fast! Our classroom college is Deep Springs College. At Deep Springs students learn about self-governance through labor and academics. Let’s work hard, and dream big RAMS! 

Ms. Proctor

This is the start of my seventh year teaching in special education!  My teaching career thus far has included working with elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Teaching has been a dream of mine since the very first time I was asked, “What do you want to be when you get older?” From that day on I strived to make that dream a reality by earning my BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus of Special Education from CSU Chico. As a teacher, my goal is to help my students discover and celebrate their own unique capabilities, and I take pride in being a positive role model for them as they prepare for a successful future in the “real world.” In addition to my passion of teaching, I enjoy playing soccer, running, watching Giants baseball and Raiders football, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.  I am excited to come on board and join the Gerber team, and am looking forward to a great school year with you all!  “No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”

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