Department Information

See each department page below for teacher contact information and other department information

Nick Gallaudet - AVID 9

Jennifer Fung - AVID 8

Scott Seaward AVID 8
Yves Bouyssounouse 
Home Economics

Dustin Greenler  

Beth Merrill

James Shimek
Technology, Multimedia, Robotics

Mike Tobey

Carrie Ziser
Art, Ceramics

Jonathan Dunsworth - English 7, English 8

Pernia Hassan - English 8

Katie Herrick-Jasper - English 9

Rebecca Honig - English 7

Kristen Tannyhill - English 9, Humanities
English Learners
Pernia Hassan - STEEL

Katie Herrick-Jasper - ELD 1B

Rebecca Honig - ELD 1A

Harper Junior High School provides 3 levels of designated ELD (English Language Development) classes. All English Learners will be assigned ELD courses either in ELD 1A, ELD 1B, or STEEL. Students' course designation will be determined by looking at a variety of factors, including their scores on the most recent ELPAC exam. Teachers work together in these courses, and sometimes students will combine with other ELD classes for learning opportunities. Students are able to move easily between the ELD courses, moving to the appropriate level without a disruption to the rest of their schedule.

Check out our English Learner website for more details and upcoming dates.
Briana Sanchez - Health 7, Health 9
Math picture
“Math is the only true universal language”

Yves Bouyssounouse
CC Math 2, CC Math 2/3

Jack Dapkewicz 
Integrated Math 1, CC Math 2

Jennifer Fung 
Integrated Math 2, CC Math 3

Dustin Greenler  
Integrated Math 1

Christine Hopper  
CC Math 3

Patty Latham
CC Math 2, CC Math 3

Scott Seaward 
Integrated Math 2, CC Math 3
Welcome to the Harper Music Department!

As lifelong musicians ourselves, we believe deeply in the power of a music education to enhance a person's emotional, social, and intellectual development. 
And - making music together is fun!

Please use the links below to connect with our music teachers.

Greg Brucker
- Orchestra
Orchestra Website

Arielle Deem - Choir
Choir Website 

Nancy Sanchez - Band
Band Website 
Band Boosters Website 

Physical Education
Darcie Hauger - 7th Grade

Heather Taylor - 8th Grade

Tom Taylor - 9th Grade
Science Team

Jolanda Blackwell 

Earth Science, Biology, Science 8
Mrs. Blackwell's Science Website

Sarah Garbers
Science 7, Science 8

Julie Lohr-Shelton
Science 7

Ken McKim
Science 8, Biology
Social Science
Welcome to the History Department!

Harper Junior High School’s History Department provides students with an opportunity to work toward achieving the six goals of DJUSD’s graduate profile through an exploration of centuries of global history. By examining the political, religious, social, and economic influences throughout history, students will create connections to the modern world. Through collaboration, our department works to ensure students are developing critical thinking skills while considering multiple perspectives both in history and in the classroom. At Harper, students will explore world civilizations around the world in 7th grade, the birth and development of the United States in 8th grade, and modern global geography and issues in 9th grade. Our goal as social science instructors is to help Harper students leave the school ready to be better global citizens.

Nick Gallaudet - U.S. History

Dustin Greenler - World Geography

Jesse Kermit - Social Studies 7

Mike Tobey
- U.S. History

Ma Lee Vang - World Geography, Social Studies 7

Special Education
Carmel Barajas  

Jessica Corcoran

Lindsey Foley
Speech Therapist

Abbi Furlow

Jennifer Hessl

Jeff Perkins

Carol Sorensen
World Languages
Gabby Avila-Tuttle - Spanish

Elisabeth Griffart-Meissner - French

Naoko McHale - Japanese
Mrs. McHale's Website

Kelly Ridgeway - Spanish

Alison Walker - Spanish