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Lila Allen

HI I’m Lila Allen your new English, History, and Psychology teacher. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and I’ve taught in Utah and Nevada for the last 17 years. I’m married to Joey Allen of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe and we have two boys. I’m excited to be here at PLHS and I can’t wait to work with my new students and families. I would love to have anyone who is interested in volunteering or who just wants to check out my classes come visit. Any family member is welcome in my room any time.

allenl@plhs.us

Rebeckah Baker

Hello, Lakers! I am so excited to be returning to teach the English courses at PLHS for another school year. This is my tenth year of teaching and my second year at PLHS. I also have experience working for nonprofits. I am a new mom to a beautiful baby boy, Miles, who was born in April 2017. In my spare time, I love to read (of course), cook, travel, and walk my dogs. I am looking forward to continuing to share my passion for literature and writing with my students this year. 

bakerr@plhs,us

Mark Bridgewater

My name is Mark Bridgewater and I am the new science teacher at PL. I am married with three grown up children. My wife and I are looking foward to becoming grandparents this year. My backround is in Biology and Environmental Science and I am looking foward to my first year at PLHS!

bridgewaterm@plhs.us

Penny Esposito

2017…really? Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I am Penny Esposito and am beginning my 14th year of teaching at our school. I teach reading, computers and digital media. I’m excited to have a Personal Finance course added to the schedule this year.

My work as a teacher actually began long ago with 12 years in restaurant management and 10 years as a safety professional. It’s amazing how “training” adults is much the same as “teaching” young adults. I love working with your children! They bring laughter, inquiry and challenge to our day. It is through challenge that we grow by being persistent and resilient—never quit trying.

In my off time I love to spoil our grandchildren and provide moral support to our children. Riding my Harley, going to Nascar races, photography and crocheting are a close second, third…J

Let’s all have a wonderful, productive school year!

espositop@plhs.us

Trevor Galvin

Hello everyone! My name is Trevor Galvin and I am the head of the math department at Pyramid Lake Jr/Sr High School. I grew up in South lake Tahoe, where I learned how to snowboard, master mathematics, and think outside the box. I will bring all my knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm into helping students scaffold and grow their own abilities. As well as teach the students the wonderful tool that is mathematics, I have created two clubs at PLHS. We are going into our 3rd year of the PL snowboard program at Mount Rose. I have also created a "deep thinker" class, where students have an open space to think, discuss, and explore their thoughts. If you need any help understanding what is going on in my class or help with guiding these students through the difficult world of mathematics, please feel free contact me at galvint@plhs.us

Darren Lewis

Hello, my name is Darren Lewis and I am the new Woodshop teacher and Athletic Director. I was raised and live in Fallon, NV. I attended college at Northwest College, BYU-Idaho and Concordia University-Irvine. This year I’m excited to be part of the Laker athletics.

lewisd@plhs.us

Jacie Paulsen

Hi Laker families! My name is Jacie Paulsen and I am the new 7th and 8th grade English and Social Studies teacher. I graduated from UNR with my Bachelors in English Education this previous spring, and I completed my teaching internship here at PLHS last year with Mrs. Baker. I am excited to return this year as part of the middle school program and build foundation skills that our students will need throughout high school and beyond. I have lived in Nevada for 25 years, and I enjoy hiking and camping with my dog, traveling, and playing softball with friends. I am greatly looking forward to this school year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at paulsenj@plhs.us

Teresa Wright

Aiy-yu-kwee(Hello), Nek New(My name is) Teresa Hendrix Wright. I am a Yurok Tribal member. I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Art in Art with a Native American Studies Special Concentration, Indian Teacher Education Personnel Program(ITEPP), Secondary Teaching Credential Program and a participant in the Bilingual Education Training Program. I have lived on the Pyramid Lake Reservation for 27 years.

I homeschooled my three children, Nikwich, Lena and Amos for nine years. Nikwich and Lena graduated from Stanford University and Amos attends Haskell Indian Nations University, they are all Pyramid Lake High School Alumni.

I enjoy traditional fishing on the Klamath River and participate in numerous cultural ceremonies, events and activities.

This year, I am teaching Native Studies, Native Art, Native Dance and College Prep. I am also leading two after school activities, a fishing club and “Daughters of Tradition” activities.

I welcome parents to visit and volunteer in my classroom. If you have traditional skill, art or knowledge you would like to share please contact me at 

wrightt@plhs.us

Shirley Steel

Hello, My name is Mrs. Shirley Steel. This is my second year teaching here at Pyramid Lake High School. It is a great place to work, great administration, staff and students. I have taught for 30 years in the public school system and still enjoy working with students, and especially Native American students. It is an interesting challenge to inspire the students and to encourage them to plan for future goals. I not only enjoy academics but I also enjoy watching the students perform in all sports.

I am a Native American, member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. I currently live in Fernley Nevada. My husband Hal and I have 2 daughters, and 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson, Rudy. I graduated from Mineral County High School, and received my BS degree from the University of Nevada, Reno Nevada.

steels@plhs.us

Harriet Brady

I am currently employed (since 2009) with Indian Health Service (IHS) and work as a full-time licensed teacher at Nevada Skies Youth Wellness Center (NSYWC), overseeing the online program coordination and teaching Native Studies.

I am member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, mother of four and grandmother of five. I am a licensed Nevada teacher in 7th-12th grade in social studies, US history and World History. My high school experience included Hug High School, Reno High School, Stewart Indian School, Alchesay High School in WhiteRiver, Arizona, and Fernley High School. Needless to say, I was exhausted from all the transitions to "new" schools but soon realized that I needed more education in order to support my son and I. I have worked in Indian education since the mid-eighties tutoring at Natchez, Pine Middle School, and Vaughn Middle School. I have also worked at Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc., Head Start Program in the administrative area traveling to McDermitt, Lovelock, Schurz, Moapa Yerington, Stewart, Dresslerville, Elko, and Owyhee. I loved the travel, meeting distant relatives and other Native people. Education continued to be the emphasis for me and I have always enjoyed taking classes in order to learn more about Nevada and Indigenous peoples.

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 1988. My major was Cultural Anthropology and minored in Ethnic Studies/Native American Studies. At the time of receiving my BA at UNR, I earned an internship with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. I was working on a basketry video with my mentors Norman & Bernie DeLorme and Dr. Catherine (Kay) Fowler. I have also worked with the late Harold Abel on the McDermitt Northern Paiute Language Program filming sites and stories with Elders. Prior to starting my master’s program in 2008, I taught at Pyramid Lake from (1995-97) 1999 to 2009 in the areas of middle school social studies, US History, government, World History, cultural photography, and my favorite, Native Studies. In December 2014, I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching of History from UNR.

My weekends are spent enjoying my two youngest granddaughters. I am now returning to beading, dancing, gardening and continue to enjoy cooking for family and events.

bradyh@plhs.us

Ray Charles

My name is Mr. Ray Charles and this will be my 6th year teaching at this wonderful school at Pyramid Lake. I am the Special Education Coordinator and look forward to a successful 2017/2018 school year and I will be teaching Algebra 1, Native Stand and a new enrichment class for the middle school. My beautiful wife Leah Ann of 24 years and together we have two great boys Web and Rylan, Web is a junior in college playing Division 1 baseball at Youngstown State and he is Majoring in Mathematics and hoping to use his degree to become an Actuary. Rylan is currently attending Bishop Manogue High School and is the baby of the family and will get his license in November. Leah Ann is in her 28th year of teaching, all which has been in 6th grade, and she is hoping to retire in two years. I am hoping to coach the girl’s golf team, and I will also coach the girl’s Varsity basketball team hoping to get our team back in the playoffs this year after three consecutive playoff appearance and two state qualifying teams. A quote that I really like and try to live by in my daily life, “ If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” Jim Valvano

charlesr@plhs.us

Aubrie Neil

Hello, Laker families! My name is Aubrie Neil and I am the new high school Social Studies teacher at PLHS. I was born and raised in Reno, NV and attended UNR, studying history, education, and Spanish. Prior to beginning my teaching career, I had the opportunity to spend nearly four months backpacking in Western Europe. It's a place that I always found fascinating which had previously only been accessible through my history books. The foods, the languages, the architecture and different approaches to living all further developed my love for traveling and I continue to make exploration a priority in my life. I love being able to bring those experiences to the classroom and inspire students to look out their window and note the beautiful world in which we live.

I'm looking forward to sharing my love for history, civics, and language with you and can't wait to see what we accomplish together this year!