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About the Teachers

David Slater ( I am returning for my eight year teaching ELA at Pine after more than fifteen years teaching middle and high school in Portland, Oregon. These past five years have been among the most rewarding of my career, and I’m eager to get started again! For details on my 7th & 8th grade ELA classes, see 

Kristen Harris ( I am thrilled to begin my eighth year in the Pine GT program! This year I’ll be teaching 8th grade Social Studies, which will cover U.S. History from about 1860-1950. I will also teach an 8th grade Current Events elective. I look forward to meeting my students, and sharing my love of history and current events with them.  

Kathleen Marshall ( I am delighted to be returning for my sixth year with the Pine GT program and my sixteenth year in Washoe County. This year, I’m excited to be teaching 6thgrade Science, World History, English, Math and Art. In my classes, we take a BIG cross-curricular look  at the world and the history of human ideas. What I Love about teaching all 6th grade core classes is the opportunity to make connections to the big picture of life. It’s a joy and a privilege to be a part of the GT community at Pine.  

Nathan Cadwell: ( I’m happy to return for my second year teaching at Pine GT. I’ll be teaching 7th and 8th grade mathematics. Looking forward to a great year!

Stephanie McMurtry: (semcmurtry@washoeschools.netI previously taught science at Pine for five years. My son went through the Pine GT program, so I am thrilled to be joining the PGT team.

Jeff Tilley: ( 6th grade Math, Science and elective  Hi, there! I’m excited to be here at Pine GT teaching 6th Grade GT math and science as a long-term sub. Prior to my moving into K-12 teaching, I worked for 28 years as an Earth Science (Meteorology and Climatology focus) professor/instructor and researcher at various universities and research centers, including DRI here in Nevada. I am in the process of getting full teaching certification but have also had prior experience teaching middle school science in another district. I am also a musician, playing multiple instruments and I sing as well. I am an occasional adjunct music instructor for Lake Tahoe Community College. While science and music may seem like an unusual combination, there is a lot of physics and math that are involved in producing music, so I think they complement each other wonderfully! I hope to be able to intertwine the subjects occasionally for the students this year! I also produce a science podcast, called The Daily Bolt, which discusses science news of the day, and I hope to get some students involved in this as the year progresses.  I also hope to start a research project which the GT students can be involved in if they wish. I look forward to a great year!