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A new start for Madame Zahn

A new start for Madame Zahn

Alyssa Hui and Stuti Upadhyay

August 18, 2017

fter spending four years teaching at an international school in Boise, Idaho, new French teacher Janissa Zahn decided to start a new chapter in her life 680 miles away in Cupertino. Her family had always loved the West Coast, and she and her husband had been looking for a job for a while. So when sh...

Around the country in 33 days

Kim’s route around the United States. The black path traces their path. With permission from Joe Kim.

Brian Fan

August 21, 2014

From California to Maine and all the way back to California, math teacher Joe Kim traveled to all states in the continental U.S for a family vacation. The Kim family started their trip by heading north, through Oregon and Washington before turning east and hitting their first major destination: Yel...

VIDEO: Summer road trips with Hajjarian and Jones

Kathleen Yuan

September 9, 2013

Biology teachers Pooya Hajjarian and Kyle Jones share stories of their summer road trips to Los Angeles and Portland. Read More »...

History teacher Viviana Montoya-Hernandez shares her oversize souvenirs

M-H shows her oversized items that she keeps around the classroom. Her collection is an accumulation of student gifts and personal purchases. Photo by Smitha Gundavajhala.

Yashashree Pisolkar

May 23, 2013

On the first day of school, AP U.S. History and regular Government and Economics teacher Viviana Montoya-Hernandez pulled out her oversized pencil to take attendance, hoping to “break the ice” with her new set of students. Even though students initially felt a little discomfited by the showcase of ...

Hooked on fishing

Hooked on fishing

Anjali Bhat

April 29, 2013

Physics teacher Jeff Trevarthen’s fishing trips remind him of his love for the activity as a child. Read More »

Chemistry teacher Mike McCrystal details passion for jazz

McCrystal stands in front of his posters, which depict Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, some non-bands he listens to along with jazz. Photo by Joyce Varma.

Shuyi Qi

March 27, 2013

McCrystal's Favorite Songs "Body and Soul" by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton [audio: https://elestoque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/06-Track-06-Body-and-Soul.m4a] "Summertime" by George Gershwin[audio: https://elestoque.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/09-Track-09-Summertime...

Fresh from the garden

Fresh from the garden

Varsha Venkat

February 25, 2013

Pickles, gnocchi and ratatouille: it all sounds like something you’d find in a first-class restaurant in Paris, but for Spanish teacher Maria Coughlin, making these complex dishes is part of a weekly routine.Coughlin has been an avid gardener for as long as she can remember, and her love of fresh frui...

Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune combines dance with American tradition

Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune describes the emotional rush she feels when she does contra dancing. Fortune has been learning the dance or the past seven years. Photo by Varsha Venkat.

Yashashree Pisolkar

February 11, 2013

Fortune Teacher Feature from El Estoque on Vimeo. Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune enjoys spending her weekends performing a rather traditional American dance called contra dance. The dance form is similar to square dancing with it’s own twist. It requires two sets of partners -- creating a group of...

Teacher Jessica Kaufman on her love for body art

Kaufman's flower tattoo spent a total of two hours to ink

Shannon Lin

January 31, 2013

How many tattoos do you actually have? I have 7 [laughs]. When I was eighteen I wanted one because at the time, I thought they were pretty. Most of my tattoos are flowers and I wanted a flower so I got a lily with a big plant thing that takes up my lower back. I decided that I didn’t like the ...

Teacher Stacey Cler on knitting through life’s rough patches

Teacher Stacey Cler on knitting through life’s rough patches

Anjali Bhat

January 19, 2013

Literature teacher Stacey Cler develops a creative passion and finds knitting to have therapeutic effects. Read More »...

Photography teacher Tyler Cripe a versatile creator

Photography teacher Tyler Cripe paints at an event in Santana Row, San Jose. In addition to art, Cripe enjoys music and photography. Taken with permission from Tyler Cripe.

Yashashree Pisolkar

December 17, 2012

Tyler Cripe has always enjoyed being an artist. After years of working as an accountant cum marketing agent, becoming a teacher allowed him to once again tap into his creative side and focus on his passion for the arts. 1. Why did you choose to teach Photography? Photography chose me. I didn...



Shannon Lin

November 10, 2012

When did you first start photography? I don’t know — a long time ago, but not seriously. Seriously, probably 3 to 4 years ago? What was your first camera? My first SLR was a Canon Rebel XT, but my first digital camera was a Kodak DC 100. It was super old. What do you like taking picture...