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Team SLOCA Friday Faves: High School

October 20th, 2017

{staff photo by Cameron Ingalls}

Our high school teachers are the next group up! We absolutely love our high school and these teachers are a big part of the reason why. Whether you have a high school student now or will one day, we hope you enjoy getting to know this team through the photos they’ve shared. Here are a few of their favorite things, or things they use every day, or objects that represent something important to them.

While some included comments, others didn’t, so if you want the story behind any of those items you’ll have to find the teacher and ask. In most cases you can click on each photo to see a slightly larger version.

Finally, we want to remind you that although we don’t have photos of each teacher to go along with their curated “faves” photos, you can find a sketch of many (but not all) of our Team SLOCA members on the Our Staff page of our website.

Sarah Shotwell, High School History Teacher:


  • Glossier Priming Moisturizer
  • Nars Contour Palate
  • Glossier Cloud Paint 
  • Glossier Balm Dot Com
  • Sonia Kashuk Brow Pomade
  • Makeup Forever Mascara 
  • Bumble +  Bumble Dry Shampoo
  • Jo Malone Travel Perfume Blue Agave + Cacao


  • Ray-Ban Clubmasters for Day + Night
  • Asos Wool Felt Beret
  • Appetite Portland Backpack 
  • Mini Notebook for Fiction Writing
  • Pilot V5 Black Pens
  • Orthopedic teaching boots (Korkease :D) 
  • Macbook Air
  • Madewell Bandana
  • Sriracha for everything
  • Coconut La Croix


Paul McCullough, High School Literature Teacher:


Nicholas Larson, High School Spanish Teacher:

  • Journaling: poetry, song lyrics
  • Playing frisbee/being out in the elements
  • Eating ethnic food (Thai wallet)
  • Wearing cardigans
  • Avoiding proper footwear
  • Being literate (El Principito)


Paige Bartel, High School Science Teacher; High School and UMS Algebra Teacher; Science Curriculum Coordinator:

  • When I'm not at school, it's a pretty safe bet I'm wearing a hat.
  • I've read the Harry Potter series 4 times.
  • The only shoes I've worn since June.
  • My favorite way to make photo books is to have them made for me.
  • It's safe to say I'd be part of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Camping in the redwoods makes my heart feel whole.
  • And so does shopping in beatnik bookstore for off-beat poetry and art.
  • My boys are growing up to love baseball just as much as my husband and I do.
  • I like disguising my iPad so I look less like a member of GeekSquad.
  • I listen to audio books whenever I'm driving or shopping alone.
  • I never leave the house without a necklace on.
  • I prefer my glasses to have multiple mathematical operations.
  • And I firmly believe that every pen should have 4 colors. 


Sonja Bair, High School Science Teacher:

  • Kindle - Where hundreds of books live and are loved.
  • Drill - We are currently renovating our new house.
  • Running shoes - Nothing beats putting on your running shoes, listening to a fabulous podcast and escaping into a run for 30 minutes or so.
  • Two stuffed dogs - These represent my two kids, Miriam and Naomi, who love dogs and stuffies.
  • Dog Leash - We have a one year old Labradoodle, Sunny.
  • Sunglasses - I love being outside.
  • Wind-up Toy - I collect wind-up toys because they make me (and everyone else) smile.


Tony Taylor, High School and UMS Math Teacher:


Steve Rein, High School Math Teacher:

  • One green pen for grading and whatever
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (filled every morning with ice, half a can of San Pellegrino grapefruit soda and topped off with water)
  • Chopping knife for food prep
  • Computer for listening to NPR in the morning, e-mail, work and sometimes even watching football games
  • Cutting board (the background) for food prep

Sarah Weinschenk teaches Latin to our UMS and HS students – you'll find her featured with the Middle School group here.

So much fun to meet you all through your photos! Thanks for sharing with us, teachers. Next week we will feature our Lead Team, so be sure to come back for that!


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