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UTHS Learning Specialists
AP Human Geography and Psychology
Robert Becker received his B.A. in History from Sonoma State University in California. He is currently working to complete his M.Ed. in School Counseling through Lamar University. He is the Social Studies Department Chair at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas. Throughout his 10 years in the classroom, he has taught AP Human Geography, Pre-AP World Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and World History. Mr. Becker used to perform as a full-time musician before he moved into education. He still writes music, records, and performs when time permits. He has two children and enjoys coaching soccer and basketball with his son.
Rosario Cantu received her B.A. in Spanish and English from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Cantu earned her M.Ed. from Schreiner University, and has completed post-graduate hours at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. With 42 years of teaching experience in the classroom, she has taught Spanish 1 (Regular and Honors), Spanish 2 (Regular and Honors), Spanish for Spanish Speakers (levels 1 and 2), Spanish for Medical Personnel (levels 1, 2, and 3), Spanish 3 (Regular and Honors), Spanish 3 Pre-AP, Spanish 4 AP® Language, and Spanish 5 AP® Literature. Ms. Cantu served as Department Chair of Languages for the majority of the years that she was in the classroom. She has written curriculum for Spanish courses, Spanish Credit-by-Exams for Northside ISD, and contributed to a series of Spanish texts. Presently, she is an instructor of Spanish for UTHS, a freelance translator, and provides Spanish tutorials. Ms. Cantu also completes church work, and works with the elderly nuns at Our Lady of the Lake University. She enjoys family time, travel, and when in the classroom, taking high school students to Europe, Mexico, and Africa during the summer months. Nowadays, she enjoys visiting friends and relatives throughout Europe, Mexico, and the States.
Biology, Environmental Systems
Kyle Choffin received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry in Secondary Education from Boise State University. Mr. Choffin also received his M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. With eight years as a certified science teacher, he has taught everything from AP® Environmental Science, Environmental Systems, AP® Chemistry, and Chemistry. He taught in a school in Arizona that serviced the Navajo Indian Reservation, and in the Austin area at Del Valle ISD. Mr. Choffin currently serves as an Elementary Assistant Principal in Del Valle ISD. Mr. Choffin’s interests include exploring central and southern Texas with his family, reading, and doing DIY projects around his home.
U.S. Government, World History, U.S. History
Pam Eyer received her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska in 1979. As the wife of a Navy pilot she has taught in many different states, including seven years as a Teacher and Department Chair at Carroll Sr. High School in Southlake, TX. During her eighteen-year career she has taught Advanced Placement® European History, AP® World History, AP® Government, Humanities, and U.S. History. She has also served as a reader/grader for the AP® European History exam and worked as a consultant with AP® Strategies, Inc. She currently lives in the Hill Country west of Austin with her husband, three dogs, six chickens and two mini-donkeys.
Rachel Florence-Martinez began working with UTHS in the summer of 2016. Mrs. Florence-Martinez received her B.A. at Trinity University in 2001, majoring in Comparative Religion with a double minor in English and Philosophy. She also completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005 and her M.A. in English Literature and Language at St. Mary’s University in 2010. She has been teaching English for the past 12 years. Mrs. Florence-Martinez currently teaches English at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas.
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Systems, and IPC
Lisa Gloyna has taught with UT High School since 2003. She earned a B.A. in Natural Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Biology from Texas State University-San Marcos. Ms. Gloyna holds a Texas teaching certification in the sciences, grades 6-12. Aside from teaching with UT High School, she has over 22 years teaching experience. This includes teaching in The University of Texas at Austin Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Austin Independent School District, and with the U.S. Department of Dependent Schools in Yokosuka, Japan. She has taught multiple subjects and grade levels, including 6th grade science, 9th grade general science, biology, honors biology, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, IPC and engineering graphics. Her teaching experience includes supervising students participating in the International Science and Engineering Fair with AISD and in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, while teaching in Japan. Currently, Ms. Gloyna teaches biology at Austin Community College. She enjoys reading novels, watching movies, doing hand work such as quilting and needle point and traveling.
Jana Gomillion has 25 years teaching experience, both online and in a traditional classroom. She began her teaching career the year she graduated from St. Edwards University with a major in English and a minor in History. She has taught courses in middle school and high school, including over 17 years of teaching English courses at UTHS. She is an Austin native, proudly raising two children as Austinites. Jana enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, biking and fishing with her family.
Josh Hamilton attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he received a B.S. in Communications and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. He is also scheduled to graduate from the University of North Texas with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Literacy and Language December 2017. Mr. Hamilton has 8 years of teaching experience in Speech, Debate, and English. He currently teaches at Grapevine High School and coaches the Oral Interpretation squad. When he's not teaching, he is probably playing with his son Jackson, on a run, or reading a book.
Michelle Jaarah earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Lamar University. Certified as a Secondary Composite Science teacher, Ms. Jaarah has taught various science courses during her nine years of teaching including chemistry, physics, and biology. Currently, she teaches physics and chemistry at Lake Travis High School.
Health and PE
Dr. Fred Leider has over fifty years of teaching experience in the fields of math, science, health, and kinesiology. He attended three universities: University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, and California Coast University. He received his B.S. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Ed.D. from California Coast University. Currently, Dr. Leider teaches Health and Physical Education through correspondence and facilitating student teachers in Math and Science at The University of Texas at Austin.
Health and PE
Christian Miller is a Health and P.E. instructor at UTHS. Mr. Miller earned his B.A. from Buffalo State College in the area of health and wellness. He has eight years of experience in education with six years serving as a teacher. Currently, Mr. Miller also teaches elementary school P.E. for a charter school in Dallas, TX.
U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Economics
Wendy Moulds has a B.A. in History with a minor in Social Sciences, as well as Post Bach in Secondary Education coursework from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Ms. Moulds has a M.Ed. from Saint Joseph's College in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she holds Post Grad hours in History, Special Education, and Educational Administration. She has taught high school social studies for over twenty years. With ten years of post-secondary teaching, Ms. Moulds has taught education, special education, and U.S. History courses to future teachers and various majors. Presently, in addition to UTHS duties, Ms. Moulds teaches Government and Economics and coaches Academic Decathlon for WHS. During the summer, she teaches cooking classes for the Continuing Education Division at McLennan Community College. As a lifelong learner, she hopes to inspire that in her students! When not teaching, she may be found enjoying a good book, traveling with her husband or playing with her canine kids, rescues from Waco's Fuzzy Friends.
Elizabeth Newell received her B.A. in Chemistry and M.Ed. from The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Newell has also completed the requirements for certification in Supervision and Mid-Management. After retiring from 40 years of teaching high school science (primarily Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology), Ms. Newell currently serves as a DEC instructor and as a University Facilitator with the UTEACH program where she supervises student teachers.
Algebra I & II and Geometry
Kurt Oehler has 20 years of high school classroom teaching experience and over 10 years of experience teaching online classes. Mr. Oehler has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Rice University and a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has taught high school in Boston, Houston, Dallas, and Dripping Springs, as well as undergraduate teacher preparation courses in the UTeach program at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Oehler currently teaches math, physics, and the maker course while coaching basketball and cross country at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin. When he is not chasing his kids in his free time, he enjoys pretty much any outdoor sport or creating and solving puzzles.
Claire Olson has been teaching art for over ten years. Although she began teaching art, art history, and photography at the community college level, she has now taught art to nearly every grade level. Ms. Olson graduated with a triple B.A. in Education, Art History, and Photography from the University of Arizona. She received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art. Besides teaching Art 1A and Art 1B for UT High School, Claire teaches Kindergarten in Tucson, Arizona at Basis, a charter school. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her five grandchildren, create art, sew, read, and garden.
Algebra I, Geometry, PreCal
Molly Perkins has a B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Ms. Perkins has been teaching math for 18 years and currently teaches at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas. She has been working at UTHS for about a year and a half. Ms. Perkins and her husband enjoy many activities with their three kids, including movies, fishing, going to church, thrift shopping and traveling when possible. She loves to spend free time reading, working jigsaw puzzles, doing craft projects, and working out challenging math problems/puzzles.
Algebra, Geometry, PreCal
Wendi Poteet has been a math educator for about 20 years. She received her B.S. in Mathematics Education from Northwestern State University. Mrs. Poteet loves to teach math and has a hard time understanding why math is not everyone’s favorite subject! Mrs. Poteet teaches Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus for the University of Texas High School. She also teaches Algebra 1 and Geometry at a small school around Abilene. Mrs. Poteet loves teaching online classes for the University of Texas High School. Being an online teacher has made Mrs. Poteet a more proficient speaker of the foreign language of mathematics! It brightens her day to receive emails from students asking for help, giving an update on their progress, or a simple thank you for being there as a teacher. Mrs. Poteet is so fortunate to have the opportunity to make math a little less challenging and to help ease math anxiety because like it or not, math is everywhere!
Algebra I, II, PreCal
Elgin Schilhab holds a B.S. in Education with a major in mathematics and a M.A. in Mathematics Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Schilhab has served as a classroom teacher for 12 years at Austin High School, as Supervisor of Mathematics in the Austin I.S.D. junior and senior high schools mathematics programs for more than 25 years, and an adjunct Mathematics Professor at the Austin Community College for more than 35 years. For over 40 years, he has served as a mathematics instructor at UT High School and for correspondence courses at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Schilhab has experience teaching every mathematics course in eighth through twelfth grade. In addition to his current position at UTHS, he is teaching mathematics at the Austin Community College as an adjunct mathematics professor. Mr. Schilhab continues to be active in the organization, Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics (TASM) to keep abreast with new development in mathematics and the teaching of mathematics.
U.S. Government, U.S. History, World Geography, and World History
Willie Schlickeisen completed his undergraduate work at Southwestern University and his graduate work at Southwest Texas State. Mr. Schlickeisen retired from Austin ISD with 33 years teaching World History and Sociology. He currently has 36 years working for UT High School and correspondence courses at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Schlickeisen enjoys painting landscapes and still lifes in oil and acrylics. He is also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
Maria J. Thomas has a B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Thomas has 34 years of classroom experience teaching 9-12 Spanish, including Spanish I & II at Harlandale High School and Spanish I- V (including AP®) at John Marshall High School in Northside Independent School District. She was Spanish Honor Society Sponsor for over 20 years. Additionally, Ms. Thomas has written curriculum for Spanish I-V (including AP®), mentored other teachers, and presented at local and state Conferences (NISD, TSTA). She has served as a TOPT grader for State of Texas, at the University Level and an assessment writer for Santillana USA Publishing Co. (Secondary Level). Mrs. Thomas was nominated for several years, by her students, to the list of Who’s Who of American High School Teachers. During the past twenty years, she has organized and facilitated many trips to Europe, which includes countries, such as: Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, and England, with her students to enhance their cultural experiences. Ms. Thomas has taught for UT High School since 2005 and currently teaches Spanish I-III.
Daryl Wetzel has been teaching for twenty-one years with 19 years at McNeil High School in Austin, TX. Mr. Wetzel graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Economics. Later, he went on to earn a MBA from Pepperdine University. He received his teacher certification through Region XIII, in 1991, specializing in Career and Technology. He also received his Principal/Administrators Certification and worked at McNeil as an Administrative Intern. In addition to teaching Web Technology, Principles of Information Technology, Principles of Business Marketing and Finance he has taught BIM I, Introduction to Business, BIM II, Banking and Finance and Money Matters. Mr. Wetzel has been involved with the DECA Club, FBLA, and was McNeil High School’s Webmaster. He spent 25 years working in the Automotive Industry, in both the Retail and Manufacturing side of the business. During the last seven years, he worked for Ford Motor Company's Dealer Computer Services, developing and installing sales and service software programs. Mr. Wetzel has been married for 34 years and has two daughters.