O.V. High School

Meet the Teachers


Jim Savage 

Over the past 12 years at OVHS I have taught biology, AP Biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, fine arts, pottery, pre-algebra, Algebra 1, driver’s ed, health, and horticulture. I have also been a teaching partner with SVS Spanish through Kansas State University. In my free time I like to hike, climb, and ski. Most summers I have been able to travel internationally, usually to Latin America to surf and practice Spanish.


Ron Simmons

Mr. Simmons’ bio is coming soon!


Amber Gratz

I received my Bachelor of Science, Education, with a Math emphasis from University of Nevada-Reno.  I received my Master of Education, minor in Math from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002.  I taught for 11 years at Sparks High in Sparks, NV.  The last two years I taught Math at Home Street Middle School.  I have been married to Nate Gratz for 17 years and have a 6 ½ son, William.  My family and I love being in the Eastern Sierras, enjoying the activities it has to offer.  I am very excited to join the staff at OVUSD.


Ms. Vivian Hanson

I hold credentials in elementary and secondary education and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with over twenty years of classroom experience mostly in the Eastern Sierra.  To relax and keep fit I practice yoga, hike, cross-country ski, cycle, and read.  My motto is: cooperate with others, compete only with yourself!