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.





Steven Anderson
Head Custodian





Alisha Archer
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant





Maria Arneson
Head Cook




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
5th Grade Teacher

Hi Mustangs! My name is Francesca Aultman and this is my 5th 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 eat, drink and explore my way through the Pacific Northwest with my husband Ryan, who is also a 5th grade teacher. My favorite places are teahouses, coffee shops, and bookstores! I look forward to working with you this year!




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.





Shane Basset
Principal




Amber Black
2nd Grade Teacher





Elizabeth Bockstahler
Speech Specialist





Deanon Bradley
Instructional Assistant



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
Title 1 Assistant





Vincent Chirimwami
ERC Teacher



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.





Michelle Cook
Records Secretary
Safety Patrol Coordinator




Sarah Crabtree
Library/Media Assistant

I love books and love working in the Gilbert Heights Library. Helping students find their new favorite book is so much fun!



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!


Raluca Dinca
1st Grade Teacher

Welcome to Gilbert Heights! My name is Raluca Dinca Hollingshed. This is my 6th year teaching at GH, and I absolutely love teaching 1st grade! First grade is such an exciting year of growth academically, socially and emotionally. It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students. When I’m not teaching, I’m with my husband, Odie, who is a high school PE teacher, and our 2 year old son, Wesley. My hobbies include: baking, hiking, and playing volleyball. I also coach volleyball at David Douglas High School. Go Mustangs!





Natalie Dutko
Bilingual Teaching Assistant
Russian Translator




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.




Sody Fearn
Title 1 Reading Specialist

I love my job! Watching kids meet their goals, gives me so much joy! Outside school, I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking new recipes, and reading.



Amy Fennell
3rd Grade Teacher

Amy declined to send in a blurb for herself, but the administrator of this website happens to know she’s a SUPER AWESOME person who gives the bestest hugs. Also candy.

She also loves Harry Potter.


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
Assistant Cook


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
Instructional Assistant





Jaren George
Sun School Manager



Nicholas Hagemann
5th Grade Teacher

My name is Nicholas Hagemann and I am excited to begin my fifth year here at Gilbert Heights Elementary.  I am in my 13th or 18th year of teaching depending on how you measure my past adventures.  I graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.  I then worked for NAU for six years as the manager of the NAU Challenge Course developing experiential learning opportunities for schools, teams and organizations.  When I completed a Masters degree in Educational Technology at NAU, I moved to Riverton, WY.  I taught a year of 3rd grade and a year of 4th grade in Riverton with a bit of European travel in between.





Pam Hardy
Title 1 & ELD Assistant





Jane Hays
Lunch Clerk


Susan Hughes
School Counselor

My name is Susan Hughes and I have been at  Gilbert Heights for 23 years. I am the mom of one amazing son and like to spend my free time walking on beaches and playing with my poodles. At school I LOVE teaching your kids how to solve problems peacefully, have healthy friendships  and  be resilient and kind people. This will be my last year at Gilbert Heights. Being a part of this community for so many years has been an honor and a pleasure.


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
3th Grade Teacher





Julie Keim
School Secretary





Steve Kephart
Kindergarten Teacher





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
Kindergarten Teacher





Christine McNeil
Kindergarten Teacher





Julie Munstenteiger
2nd Grade





Jennifer Ponce
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant


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
Title 1 Assistant





Margie Rolly
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant





Martha Sandstead
Language Development Specialist


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
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
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
4th Grade Teacher



Ali Syed
Technology Assistant

I help run the GH computer lab and teach kids about technology and the cool things it can do. I’m also an accomplished musician, electronic music producer, and model.





Sherilee Thomas
Behavior Specialist





Heather Valadez
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant





Jeanne Walker
Assistant Cook





Wendy Warren
Health Assistant




Nicole Westenskow
Extended Day Coordinator



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
Student Achievement Specialist





Mila Yurchenko
Assistant Cook