John Schlauraff
Department Head
Classes: Biology and 10th grade Health Science
Location: Room 118
# of years teaching: 10+
Originally from: Boston, MA
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, Eating

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Holger Michaelis
Chemistry and Engineering Teacher
Classes: Chemistry, A.P. Chemistry, and
Introduction to Engineering Design
Location: Room 112 (2nd & 7th) and Room 111 (3rd & 4th)
# of years teaching: 15
Originally from: Germany
Hobbies: San Jose Sharks and Cooking


Shawn Schwartz
Chemistry Honors and Earth Science Teacher
Classes: Chemistry Honors and Earth Science
Location: Room 109
# of years teaching: 13
Originally from: Louisville, Kentucky
Hobbies: I enjoy roller coasters, volcanoes, board games,
and heavy metal.
I have tutoring hours from 3:30-4:30 in my classroom on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. I also sponsor the Board Game Club in my classroom on Fridays after school.


Mr. Pearson
From: Wisconsin
Hobbies: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, and Cycling
Teaching for: 5 years
Classes: AP Biology and 12th Grade Health Science
Room: 112

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Amber Zertuche
Physics and Engineering Teacher
Location: Room 114 ( 3rd, 6th, & 7th), and Room 111 ( 2nd & 5th)
# of years teaching: 5
Originally from: Clovis, California
Hobbies: Eating plants, doing yoga, running, feminism and social justice.
I love Burton students!


Joe Rubin
Health Teacher
Classes: Health
Location: Room 110
# of years teaching: 31
Originally from: Brooklyn, New York
Hobbies: I love capoeira, reading, ping pong and arm wrestling.
Addt'l info: I run a club after school called Videos for a Better World. Come Join!

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Kayla Douglas
Biology & Health Science Teacher
Classes: Biology, Health Science I, & Health Science II
Location: Room 129
# of years teaching: 2
Originally from: Bay Area
Hobbies: I enjoy chocolate, and coffee.
Addt'l info: "Every moment is a fresh begining" T.S Elliot


Normita Balangue
Physics and Earth Science Teacher
Classes: Honors Physics, Earth Science
Location: Room 112 (1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th) and Room 118 (7th)
# of years teaching: 15
Originally from: Philippines
Hobbies: I love traveling, listening to music & audiobooks, scrapbooking and cooking.

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Dirk Nettles
Earth Science and Health Teacher
Location: Room 128
# of years teaching: 9
Originally from: New Orleans, Louisiana
Hobbies: I am an avid diver working on my master certification and in my free time I enjoy playing sports like softball and golf.
New to San Francisco.


Douglas Marchetti
Biology Teacher
Classes: Biology
Location: Room 114 (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th periods) and Room 112 (6th)
# of years teaching: 8
Originally from: Born in Florida, then raised in Massillon, Ohio.
Hobbies: In addition to teaching, I love traveling, the great outdoors, art, and sports. One of my favorite experiences was backpacking through Brazil for the World Cup because this trip was an epic combination of my previously listed interests.
Addt'l info: Favorite Quote: "Don't give up, don't ever give up!" -Jim Valvano


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David Zhou
Science Teacher
Classes: Human Physio and Health Ed.
Location: Room 131
# of years teaching: 1
Originally from: San Francisco
Hobbies: Music, cooking, and being with family and friends.
Always give it your all so there won't be any regrets later on.

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Mahvish Karim
Chemistry Teacher
Classes: Chemistry
Location: Room 127
# of years teaching: 3 (2 years in Brooklyn, New York)
Originally from: India
Hobbies: I love hiking, blogging, cooking, and of course teaching.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela