Middle School Physical Education
The PTO funds 50% of middle school PE instruction. (During distance learning, this will also include some K-5 PE instruction.) The remaining 50% is funded by the district.
Our middle school PE teacher is Tim Worthington. He has 8 years of experience teaching PE plus 6 years experience playing minor league baseball with the New York Mets. He loves to teach PE because he can stay active and pass his sports knowledge to his students.
Tim is a wonderful example of our strong community. He graduated from Roy Cloud, his mom taught 5th grade here until 2005, and now he joins us teaching!
Tim keeps busy at home with his three boys, ages three and one-year-old twins. In his limited free time, he loves to play golf, basketball, and softball. Tim is also a huge Warriors and Niners fan.
“I love seeing the kids accomplish goals and do things they thought they were not capable of doing.” -Mr. Worthington
The PTO funds 50% of our STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). In her role as STEAM teacher, Ms. Jessica Kwa will lead technology integration at Roy Cloud and develop/pilot our new Makery in Room 23. This is a new position at Roy Cloud.
Ms. Kwa taught at Taft School in RCSD for 4 years and then moved to NYC to work for BrainPOP, an animated, educational website for kids. Ms. Kwa also taught STEAM summer camps where she developed expertise engineering and building with students.
“I’m really excited to do more hands-on learning where we can MAKE things! I love helping students tap into their creativity by teaching them skills, presenting challenges that utilize design thinking, and seeing how they take off with it. I aim to work on projects that integrate into the curriculum and have coding components to it. Most importantly, I hope this space becomes a place where students feel safe to experiment, fail and try again, persist, and let the magic unfold.” – Ms. Kwa
PTO contracts with CSMA Arts4Schools to bring bi-weekly art instruction for all Roy Cloud students grades K-8.
Ms. Atreyee (pronounced Ah-Tray-Yee) joins Roy Cloud this year after previously teaching at Roosevelt. Her background is in architecture, design, and journalism. She has been teaching art to students of all ages and abilities since 2015. You can view her art at createtcetera.com. When she is not teaching art, Ms. Atreyee spends time outdoors road-tripping, hiking, or geocaching, especially through little towns, mountains and redwood trees. On indoor days, she spends her free time reading, baking and drinking copious amounts of tea.
I am so grateful that I get to bring art to my students. While opening their world wider through art, I love giving them another way of expressing themselves, building empathy, social skills, and engage their individuality and creativity. –Ms. Atreyee
The PTO contracts with Climate Corps Education Outside to bring garden science and eco-literacy to Roy Cloud students in grades K-5. The curriculum will be a continuation of last year’s very successful program.
Kevin Ma (Mr. Kevin, as the students call him) is our new garden teacher this year. Here’s a message from Kevin:
My name is Kevin and I am the new garden teacher at Roy Cloud. I am so excited to join this wonderful community and to bring environmental education into your K-5 classrooms! A little about me: I graduated from UC Davis in 2020 with a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (go Ags!). I then worked as a biologist, supporting environmental compliance for hydroelectric projects nestled in the Sierra Nevadas. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by nature. My most magical memories were made outside, where I developed a love for the environment that was built on a sense of wonder and appreciation. As an educator at Roy Cloud, I aim to help your kids experience this same magic as we embark on a journey rooted in four principles:
2) Improving attitude towards fruit and vegetables;
3) Increasing environmental stewardship knowledge; and
4) Developing connection with the natural world.