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PJSHS warmly welcomes new staff as school year kicks off

As school returns for fall 2021 at Portola Junior/Senior High School (PJSHS) the school welcomes six new staff members. There have also been a few changes that have taken place this year, adding additional support for PJSHS students.

Ms. Lori Marquette has moved to her counseling office full time, and Mr. Brian Sheridan has moved to his Vice Principal/Athletic Director office full time too. “We’re looking forward to a year full of new opportunities and plenty of activities!” said staff.

Seth Gordon now teaches Physical Education at PJSHS, where he says he “gets the privilege to create engaging and unique experiences through physical activity.” Photos by PJSHS

As a graduate from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Seth Gordon was able to develop his love for sports and physical activity into his passion for educating young people of the lifetime benefit physical fitness and activity has on every dimension of health. “My joy for teaching has brought me all the way here, along with my wife and two young daughters,” Gordon said. “In my free time, I love watching movies, binging shows, eating great food, and playing sports and games. I am extremely excited to meet each student, make new memories, and dive into this beautiful community of Portola. Go Tigers!”

Tim Brubaker grew up in Portola and is a graduate of Portola High School and will be teaching Construction/Digital Academy and Woodshop classes in addition to coaching.


Jamar Tate was born and raised in Portola and will be instructing 8th-grade science, geography, Fire Science, and Weightlifting.


Ben Steele is the new Business and Finance teacher at PJSHS.


John Burnes teaches seventh and eighth grade history at Portola Jr./Sr. High School.


Jade Pratt transferred to PHS from C. Roy Carmichael elementary, where she worked as a paraeducator for two and a half years before bringing that skill set to PJSHS.


Sherry Goodale, also known as ‘Nana Mom,’ is moving into a full-time position in the SPED department after working as a Paraeducator substitute at CRC and PJSHS.


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