5th and 6th Grade Core Teacher, 3RD - 4TH GRADE Science SPECIALIST
Javier Montiel brings seven years of experience working with fifth and sixth graders as a lead naturalist at Walker Creek Ranch, Marin County Office of Education's outdoor education school. His supervisor's comment at the Ranch was that there was "No group of kids or any individual students that Javier couldn't reach, turn around and engage." His supervising professor from Sonoma State, MaryAnn Nickel, said he is one of the most natural, creative teachers who has ever come through her program, and added that Javier is an exceptional writer and thinker and has a beautiful way with kids.
Javier graduated with honors from Cal Poly in psychology, and completed his teaching credential at Sonoma State seven years ago. The year immediately following his credential program, he spent in Mexico City, teaching English as a Second Language. Upon his return, he was hired at Walker Creek, where he worked until he joined the Cascade Canyon staff in the fall of 2010. Javier is bilingual in Spanish, a singer songwriter and guitar player, an avid reader, and an outdoor enthusiast. He has significant experience in outdoor education, new games and team building.
Javier is excited to be in his fifth year as the 5/6 teacher at Cascade Canyon!