Gilbert Heights Elementary Staff


Meet the administrators, teachers, and support staff who make all the magic happen at Gilbert Heights!

You can also find our email directory here.


Head Custodian Steven Anderson




Steven Anderson
Head Custodian


Alisha Archer




Alisha Archer
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Maria Arneson




Maria Arneson
Head Cook


Laura Arreola



Laura Arreola
Bilingual Instructional Assistant/Spanish Interpreter

I am a, Bilingual Instructional Assistant, in house Spanish Interpreter/Translator, Cross Walk Attendant, and Sun After School Instructor.


Francesca Aultman

Francesca Aultman
5th Grade Teacher

Hi Mustangs! My name is Francesca Aultman and this is my 6th year teaching 5th grade at Gilbert Heights. I love working with 5th graders because they are independent and forming their own ideas. They are also just fun to be around! I like to focus on preparing my students for middle school while still enjoying the fun aspects of elementary school. In my classroom, I believe in high expectations and the importance of relationships and kindness. When I’m not at school, I like to explore the Pacific Northwest with my husband Ryan, who is also a 5th grade teacher. We also love playing with our two orange tabbies, Max & JoJo. My favorite places are teahouses, coffee shops, and bookstores! I look forward to working with you this year!


Teresa Azorr



Teresa Azorr
2nd Grade Teacher

I have been at Gilbert Heights teaching second grade for 17 years! Teaching is my passion and second grade has been the perfect fit for me. The students are inquisitive, motivated, and very supportive.


Principal Shane Basset




Shane Basset
Principal


Kristin Burchell


Kristin Burchell
3nd Grade Teacher

This is my twenty fourth year teaching at Gilbert Heights. My favorite thing about teaching is that moment a student realizes they can do something they used to think was hard. My favorite subjects to teach are writing and art. Outside of school I love spending time with my family, reading, and taking hikes with my husky, Lady.


Sharon Burton




Sharon Burton
Title 1 Assistant


Emily Christopherson


Emily Christopherson
4th Grade Teacher

My name is Emily Christopherson. I am from the Midwest. This is my fourth year here at Gilbert Heights. I get joy from watching students fall in love with a good book, and love seeing students realize their own potential. Outside of school, I am an avid nature/outdoor enthusiast. I love exploring Oregon with its many different landscapes and climates. My favorite activities are playing ultimate frisbee or heading to the coast for a quick surf session.


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Michelle Cook
Records Secretary
Safety Patrol Coordinator


Patty Diaz


Patty Diaz
Bilingual Teacher’s Assistant
Conference Interpreter/Spanish Translator

I enjoy working here at GH, it is a job that you teach and it teaches you as well!  I love making kids understand that there is goodness in life and how important it is to have an education.  They are the next generation that can continue to thrive and be a successful one!  Go Mustangs!


Natalie Dutko




Natalie Dutko
Bilingual Teaching Assistant
Russian Translator


Maria Eldon



Maria Eldon
Language Development Specialist

I love supporting our language development block (ELD) so that all students can improve their academic English. I work with all grades. I also love spending time with my husband and toddler, getting outside and eating good food.


Nick Erickson
Reading Specialist

My name is Nick Erickson. I am the Title 1 Reading Specialist here at Gilbert Heights.  I work with the Title 1 Assistants and teachers to help every student become a thriving reader. My goal is for each student to find success at school every single day. When I am not at Gilbert Heights, I love to cook and read. 


Amy Fennell


Amy Fennell
3rd Grade Teacher

I have worked at Gilbert Heights since 2003.  I taught many years in 5th grade, a couple in 4th and now I am blessed to work in our 3rd grade.  I love working with our kids!  It is important for me that every student feels loved and appreciated!  If you ask my students what I love – they will answer coffee, knitting, singing and Harry Potter – and they will be correct.


Haley Ferris

Haley Ferris
5th Grade Teacher

Hi, my name is Haley Ferris. I am a 5th grade teacher here at Gilbert Heights and a member of our school Equity team. This is my fifth year teaching in Elementary School. I enjoy working with my 5th graders everyday because it gives me the opportunity to show them that they are important and they have limitless potential. I value my job and feel rewarded throughout everyday. Away from school, I am busy being a mom and wife, as well as enjoying nature, drawing, and hitting the gym.


Maria Flukinger




Maria Flukinger
Assistant Cook


Sharron Fuscaldo

Shannon Fuscaldo
5th Grade Teacher

This is my 4th year at Gilbert Heights, after a two year break while I was staying home with Tilly. In my total 11 years of teaching, I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. I really enjoy the upper elementary grades because of the independence and creative thinking of the students. I feel fortunate to spend my days with people who enjoy learning and make me laugh almost every day! When I’m not at school, I spend time with my husband, son (Jaden), and daughter (Tilly). We enjoy adventuring around Oregon and enjoying the all the beauty this state has to offer! Some of my favorite places are the Oregon coast and the Columbia River Gorge. 


Alex Gabriel




Alex Gabriel
Instructional Assistant


Jaren George




Jaren George
Sun School Manager


Jane Hays




Jane Hays
Lunch Clerk


Phill Hurley

Phill Hurley
Music Instructor

I am in my 23rd year of teaching music at Gilbert Heights and my 33rd year in the district.


Lisa Keefe




Lisa Keefe
3th Grade Teacher





Julie Keim
School Secretary

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Steve Kephart




Steve Kephart
Kindergarten Teacher


Perihan Lawrence




Perihan Lawrence
1st Grade Teacher




Rebecca Lueck
Title 1 Assistant

My role at the school is Title 1 assistant (I teach a lot of reading groups), and I’m out for all recesses. I’m also a parent and I take all the award winner photos that you see in the front hallway. I run my own family photography business on the side, and I’m always ready to give a smile or hug to anyone who needs it.





Kim Lyons
4th Grade Teacher


Katherine Macomber




Katherine Macomber
Kindergarten Teacher




Colleen McCormick
1st Grade Teacher

Hey Mustangs! I love teaching first grade at Gilbert Heights because I love watching first graders as they grow, make mistakes, and learn so much throughout the year. My students are so caring and inquisitive. When I’m not at GH you might find me going for hikes, trying new restaurants, and running in my neighborhood.


Julie Munstenteiger




Julie Munstenteiger
2nd Grade Teacher


Madeline Ragozzino

Madeline Ragozzino
1st Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Maddie Ragozzino, and this is my first year at Gilbert Heights. Teaching first grade is exciting because so much growth happens throughout the year. I love getting to know my students, and making learning an exciting and engaging event. I grew up in the suburbs of Oregon, and love all the activities this beautiful state has to offer. In my free time, I love hiking, spending time with my two cats, reading, and eating!


Wendy Reese




Wendy Reese
Title 1 Assistant


Margie Rolly




Margie Rolly
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Chad Smeltzer

Chad Smeltzer
P.E. Instructor

I love teaching Physical Education when I am not teaching I enjoy riding my bike and working in my bike shop.


Jessica Somers

Jessica Somers
3rd Grade Teacher

I have had the pleasure being part of the Gilbert Heights’ family for the past 14 years. I began my career in education as a student teacher in 2005, and spent the following 8 years teaching 1st grade. For the past 5 years, I have been teaching 3rd grade and absolutely adore this grade-level. For me, teaching is more than just a career. It’s truly my passion. The genuine relationships I build with my students are what keep me going. In my spare time, I love anything to do with water, sun and nature in general. I love music and concerts, travel and exploring the PNW as much as possible.


Elizabeth Sterry with her very cute dogs

Elizabeth Sterry
2nd Grade Teacher

I have been at Gilbert Heights since 2001. I taught 4th grade for a number of years before moving to my current position as a second grade teacher. I love to watch when students learn a concept or come up with ideas!! When I am not teaching I love to hang out with my husband, my grandson and my 4 dogs. . I spend much of my spare time training and competing in dog sports such as agility, barn hunt, herding and coursing ability.


Todd Strobel




Todd Strobel
4th Grade Teacher


Sherilee Thomas




Sherilee Thomas
Behavior Specialist


Sherilee Thomas




Heather Valadez
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


Spencer Valadez



Spencer Valadez
Computer Lab
Tech Assistant


Jeanne Walker




Jeanne Walker
Assistant Cook


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Wendy Warren
Health Assistant


Nicole Westenskow
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Nicole Westenskow
Extended Day Coordinator


Shelby Winchester


Shelby Winchester
1st Grade Teacher

Hi Mustangs! My name is Shelby Winchester. This is my 5th year teaching and my 2nd year here at Gilbert Heights. I love teaching first grade! When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 year old son, Oliver. We love exploring parks and  playing at children’s museums.


Sarah Wolfgang with her daughter




Sarah Wolfgang
Student Achievement Specialist


Mila Yurchenko




Mila Yurchenko
Assistant Cook